We have two years yet to go on construction, according to the new timetable. The timetable that the voters voted on was for service to start in 2004, which of course has come and gone. The cost that was voted on has nothing to do with the final real cost. The cost of operation has not been adequately explained to the citizens as to how much is coming from the Transit 2000 sales tax and how much from general funds.

You forgot to mention that we had a trolley system that we tore out because it cost too much to operate. It was in the middle of the street, and politicians of the day considered it a safety hazard.
Bob McKnight, Phoenix

The government may be doing something right?: Great article on light-rail construction. It's about time somebody in the media told the truth about what's going on instead of kissing the asses of all the Neanderthal anti-progress idiots who want Phoenix to stay the same as it was in wagon-train days.

Typical Joe Arpaio supporter
Typical Joe Arpaio supporter

I'm sure said crowd members are pissing in their panties over what you wrote, since the Arizona Republic tends to report everything they say unchallenged. TV, too. Good job!

Also, it was refreshing to see New Times write a story that the government just may be doing something right for a change. Your writer wasn't entirely sure that light rail would work out, but still I considered his approach a breath of fresh air.
Ron Johnson, via the Internet

Shirt Happens

"F"-ing misquoted: This letter is in response to your article "Rage Against His Bowling Shirts" (Ray Stern, December 21). I was a witness to most of the occurrences described in the article and found many discrepancies in what was described and what actually happened.

However, I am writing for one reason, and that is to clarify what your reporter has printed about me. In his interview with me, I explained to him how offensive it was to have Jason Tunay screaming his anti-American opinions in my face with every other word the F-word. (I happened to be seated next to the man he came over to yell at.) Your article spells out the word, which I do not use, and it sounds like he is quoting me as saying the word. I realize it is a paraphrase and not a direct quote; however, it sure sounds like a quote! All I used was the letter "F" to describe the word Mr. Tunay is so fond of. I find the word crass and offensive, and I appreciate this chance to clarify what I actually said.
Fay Stancill, Phoenix

Property owners have bleeping rights, too: Here's the thing about the whole Jason Tunay incident. He has free-speech rights — as in "Congress shall make no law," etc. It doesn't mean that he has the right to wear provocative shirts on private property. Property owners have rights, too. They can say to whomever they wish, "You're on private property, and we'd like for you to leave." End of problem. I'm surprised that the situation escalated to the level it did.

For the bottom line on free speech and tee-shirt slogans, check out the "Bleep the Draft" ruling. It concerns the right of a citizen to wear a shirt that says "Fuck the Draft" in public. The Supreme Court ruled that yes, he could. State police can't stop him in public, but private property owners don't have to allow it.
Bryan Frymire, via the Internet

Patriot acts: Part of being patriotic is realizing that Jason Tunay has a right to express his beliefs, which are shared by many other Americans.

However, when he uses his guaranteed right, some want to squelch it using patriotism as their excuse. I'm saying, you may not like what his tee shirts say, but if you're patriotic, you will realize he has the right to say it. The people who don't believe this aren't patriots — they're being hypocritical and thumbing their nose at rights under the guise of being patriots.
Charlie King, via the Internet

Church Chat

The blind leading the blind: Sarah Fenske did a great job covering the mess at Valley Cathedral, and teasing out the smaller stories beyond what is apparent to any casual observer/attendee ("The Faithless," December 21). It was unfortunate that Sheriff Joe Arpaio got the front page that week ("Joe Strikes Back," The Bird, Stephen Lemons), but I certainly understand why.

Interestingly, Charles Combs and Sheriff Joe seem to have a great deal in common — they both have a gift for alienating people, spending money that isn't theirs to spend, and for being in complete denial about their own actions.

Bravo, New Times!
Patience Hoag, Phoenix

Our paper's free: As someone who attended Valley Cathedral for longer than Carol Davidson, I can tell you that you couldn't have gotten the story more wrong if you'd tried. Carol Davidson is not "Mama Davidson," whom everybody talks to when they're upset. She's an emotionally unstable individual and a gossip.

The conflict described (incorrectly) in your article started when Carol began a campaign of slander to undermine the new senior pastor — for reasons we can only guess at. She was asked to leave because, in a church, you can't have people in leadership who are trying to undermine the senior pastor. Like it or not, a church is set up more like a corporation than a democracy: If you lead an open, public campaign to discredit the CEO, you will be fired. It's not that hard to understand.

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Obviously "Joe" has no intelligence whatsoever...if he did, he'd stay on the topic and make some comprehensible comments...obviously a third grade education.


That Lori Chinnici, Phoenix should not her if she hates it so much.That old bag must be going through menopause. How dare she talk about our city.

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