Letters From the Issue of Thursday, June 1, 2006

 A Hard-Rock Life

It's been done before: About Katie Rose, her fans who worship her are either people who lead dull lives and who are dissatisfied with themselves or they're people who don't have anything better to do with their time ("It Girl," Megan Irwin, May 25).

Pretty pathetic, if you ask me, that people admire such a sedentary and common lifestyle in this local music scene. I wish her well, but there has to be something more interesting about her than the typical local rock star junkie story.

I see her around and say "big deal." When you hang out with different local musicians, you hear similar stories of drug abuse, child abuse, child-sex abuse and any other dysfunction imaginable. It's commendable that she can promote herself based on some of this dysfunction, but it's a story that has been told time and time again.

In this local music scene or any other music scene, there are other musicians more deserving of fame because of their talent, not their image. I have to admit, it was a good story to read while I was sitting on the toilet.
Luis C. Porter, Phoenix

What readers want: I loved the story on Katie Rose. She's an interesting character, and she's somebody who wouldn't get the time of day from any other publication in Arizona. I'm not dissing New Times, I'm praising it! This is why people read New Times: because you find out things in it that no other media are cool enough to report.
Mary Castaneda, Phoenix

Dear Abbys

Father figure: I just wanted to say thanks for "The Case of the Two Abigails" (Paul Rubin, May 18). It was such a great article!

It really touched me and saddened me that there can be men out there who would hurt a child so. I love being a father, and even though I won't deny that it can be a little unnerving at first, it is so full of joy that you just can't put a price on it.

I am angry that the one little Abigail's father, the one who put her in a toy chest, is still walking around a free man. If our justice system fails her, there is always divine justice.
Natsuki Saballos, Tempe

A great storyteller: "The Case of the Two Abigails" is another example of Paul Rubin's great storytelling ability. I have loved all of the "Murder City" series, but this story was especially poignant because it involved two innocent little girls.

I thought the juxtaposition of the two cases was interesting; at first you thought that both dads might be guilty, and then you found out that one was and one wasn't. The good parents whose child got hanged accidentally became a cautionary tale.

As for the guy who stuffed his daughter in the toy chest, there is no hell hot enough for him. I pray every night that the authorities are able to put him behind bars where he belongs. Imagine, he's so busy playing a video game that he can't be bothered by his baby. What a monster!
Alice Pugh, via the Internet

A detailed investigation: Regarding the "Murder City" series, that article you published about the investigation of Phoenix police Officer David Uribe's murder was very good ("The Case of the Grim Tweaker," February 2).

A friend of mine is an extended family member of David's, and I know it hurt them deeply when he was killed. Thank you for the article. I never really knew what went into an investigation like this. Wow!
Robert Foster, Mesa

Cult Figure

She blinded us with Scientology: The article on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's house ("Dianetics Dive," The Bird, May 4) is far from journalism -- it is propaganda, and bigoted. Devoid as it is of any information, a clarification is in order as to the true significance of L. Ron Hubbard's presence in Phoenix in the 1950s.

In May 1950, Mr. Hubbard published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, his perennial best seller that has since sold more than 21 million copies in 55 languages. Through application of Dianetics principles and practices, millions around the world have learned to uncover and resolve the source of the stress, fears, unwanted emotions and uncontrolled reactions that overshadowed their lives.

Mr. Hubbard's continued research led him to the realm of man's spiritual nature -- and to Phoenix. In March 1952, he arrived here and immersed himself in these investigations. It was here that he made many of the discoveries about the spiritual nature of man upon which the Scientology religion is based. That same year, he introduced Scientology.

While in Phoenix, Mr. Hubbard delivered hundreds of lectures to local residents, and thousands from around the world traveled to Phoenix to hear him speak. Several such lectures and events were held in Phoenix's largest auditorium at the time, the Little Theatre -- now called the Phoenix Theatre -- on Central and McDowell.

From these early activities in Phoenix, a religious movement flourished. Today it spans the globe, with more than 6,000 Scientology churches, missions and groups in 159 countries, and an estimated 10 million members.
Marylyse Brock, manager, L. Ron Hubbard House, Phoenix

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