By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
What the Flock
Acting the part: Capstone Cathedral's former pastor Neal Frisby was never a pastor to his congregation ("The Frisby Legacy," Sarah Fenske, August 17). He would just show movies of himself and keep the church dark so no one could read the Bible or check him in a misquote. This way he had a captive audience. He never would pray for the congregation and would tell them to send a letter to him, and if they called for prayer, they were told in front of the whole congregation not to bother him. Frisby would not talk to his congregation and even indicated at one time that he would one day come down from the stage and talk to the people. It never happened, and it seems he would not step off his throne. He was always coming and going by the back door and said the people could not talk to the musicians on the stage. He was an actor who played a role. Now it seems that his children, because of the way they were raised by him, have a lot of emotional baggage to carry around. He was not a prophet, only a p-r-o-f-i-t. Too bad Leroy Jenkins put so much money into that church and Frisby was stringing him along. Certainly not a friend. Frisby was never a shepherd to his flock. The whole family got screwed by Frisby in his latter days. In his latter preaching days, Frisby would only reference his "scripts" or scrolls. These scripts replaced the Bible for him. He was married to them. Frisby was the only one to interpret these scrolls. Curtis Frisby was abnormally boasting about his father and now Neal has done him in. Curtis is on his own and trying to fill Neal's shoes. It seems that when the money was flowing, everything was good. I attended this church at one time, but it was revealed what this pastor and his family were all about.
Kathy Simpson, Phoenix
Show him the money: This story sounds more like an exposé on the Frisbys than a tribute to them. Especially from the family that got burned from him. Curtis Frisby always had a thing about his father, and it looks like he was always trying to gain his love. Could this have resulted in Frisby's rearing of his other children? Frisby didn't treat his parishioners any better than his family. He would never say hello to them whenever he saw them. In fact, he would run, lest the people would talk to him. He would take the money, but not even pray for them. He was a phony who enjoyed the money.
C. Abram, via the Internet
A Dreadful Disease
A great subject: I am responding to the article about living with cystic fibrosis ("Borrowed Time," Megan Irwin, August 10). I am a 26-year-old man who also has cystic fibrosis, and moved to Phoenix from Denver about a year ago because of my health. My parents had four kids; three were diagnosed with CF. My older sister passed away from the disease at 19. I wanted to thank you for your article and tell you that I don't think you could have picked a better subject to interview with CF. Brooke Sterling gave a great picture of the trials and triumphs that can occur with CF. Just wanted to let you know that it hit home for me, and it is comforting to know there are people out there like me.
Richard Nichols II, Phoenix
Cowardly crime: Just when you think that humanity has sunk to the darkest depths of depravity, a despicable piece of garbage like Eric Natzel emerges and proves you wrong ("Toy Box Killing," Paul Rubin, August 10). Killing a child is the most sickening and cowardly crime one could ever commit, and he should be locked up for the rest of his life with no chance for parole. I think that Amy Minor should be prosecuted as well, as Abigail's death can in part be attributed to her for leaving the child in the care of a sick monster like Natzel. Amy Minor stated to the police that Natzel had been physically abusing her for some time, but she still chose to leave her child in the care of her abuser. Where is the logic in that?
Ameer Triggs, Glendale
Personal style: I agree with Brendan Joel Kelley's take on Authority Zero 100 percent ("Authority Solo," Revolver, August 17). I have followed Authority Zero since high school, and when Jason DeVore came to be the lead singer, you could tell he was going to be something great. I noticed that most of the followers of Authority Zero would swoon at the sight of Jason, and he was the main reason they would go to the show. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. Maybe his style will flow over onto the Authority Zero sound and give them the change in sound that they have needed for some time.
Emily Flentye, Mesa