Letters from the issue of Thursday, July 14, 2005

Ethnic is where it's at: Just a note to thank Stephen Lemons for his Cafe reviews in general each week, but especially for the one on Stanley's Home Made Sausage Co. ("Sausage Fest," May 19).

Because of your article, my wife and I drove in from Chandler to the store on McDowell Road, where we had lunch and took home more sausage for later consumption.

I agree that ethnic is where the eating adventure lies. It's disappointing that, to so many, eating out in the Phoenix area is about the usual steak and/or barbecued-rib places.
Don Langlois, Phoenix

Stopped Up

Cutting through the crap: That was a shitty article you guys did, but it was really great reading ("S#&t Storm," Bruce Rushton, June 30).

Dissolving pipes, sewage backing up in people's houses. Why should this surprise anybody?! We live in an area where taxes are so low that the government can't keep up with the demand for services.

What I'm getting at is that with 100,000-plus people moving to the Phoenix area each year, our antiquated pipes have got to give way. This may be the actual thing that bursts the real estate bubble in Maricopa County.

Because, you know, something's got to give sooner or later!
Frank Connelly, Phoenix

Urine a lot of trouble: Bruce Rushton's story proves one thing once and for all. There has to be some sanity about how much development can go on in this city.

You can't keep building when the pipes are already overflowing. If the building is to continue, taxes have to be raised, as much as we all would hate it, so more and better sewer lines can be put in.

As long as development is what drives this economy, can we expect any rationality here from our government? Somebody needs to wake up!
Jeff John, via the Internet

S#&t for brains: Great article on the sewer problems in Phoenix. Very informative and timely (for me). I live at 56th Street and Osborn, which is one of the capacity areas.

[A developer is] trying to build 40 new homes right behind me. There is a planning meeting with the City of Phoenix because the new owner of the property is trying to get it rezoned for residential. I will bring up this article at that meeting.
Richard Milder, Phoenix

Illegally Wed

Slave trade: The problem with polygamy as practiced in parts of Utah and Arizona is that little girls are being bought and sold as sexual chattel ("On a Wing and a Prayer," John Dougherty, June 30).

"Marrying" a child is, and ought to be, considered sexual molestation of a child and should be prosecuted as the crime it is.

By the way, anyone who approves of George W. Bush's efforts to inflict theocracy upon the United States ought to take a hard look at the fundamentalist Mormon church. No sane community would wish to be subjected to theocracy, no matter which cult holds the reins.
David Rice, Abiquiu, New Mexico

Scratching the surface: Excellent reporting by John Dougherty on the polygamists, but the article only scratches the surface of the FLDS cult.

To see how deep the rabbit hole goes, I highly recommend Jon Krakauer's book Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, in which New Times' and John Dougherty's April 10, 2003, article ("The Wages of Sin") is quoted. Jack Jones, Phoenix

Editor's note: Also check out "Polygamy in Arizona," a compilation of New Times articles on the fundamentalist Mormon church in northern Arizona and southern Utah. It can be found online at phoenixnewtimes.com.

Revised Draft

Serving the public good: I take issue with people who object to the military recruiting of people on high school campuses ("Uncle Sam Wants Them," John Dougherty, June 2). In the first place, the draft never should have ended, largely because drafted people keep or help keep the military honest.

Also, the draft motivates people to do other things, like go to school to avoid serving in the military. In short, the very act of avoiding the draft serves the public good.

The military has to fill its ranks and needs to do whatever it can to accomplish that end. The military can be a great start in life. There are many advantages to joining. Not all jobs involve combat.

I spent eight mostly good years in the military. We must defend our free country. I think there should be a draft so people can be taught the basics of how to do that. To wait until something happens is too late.
Ronald A. Young, Waianae, Hawaii

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