Letters From the Issue of Thursday, August 30, 2007

UNFLATTERING PORTRAIT

Poor old Joe: It's terrible what Elias Bermudez did to the best sheriff in the United States ("Grand Wizard Arpaio," The Bird, Stephen Lemons, August 23). He should be strung up for that.

And your boy, Lemons, should be strung up for re-publishing that illustration Bermudez passed around. I know you guys at New Times don't like Arpaio, but he's not exactly a Klan member — unless being justifiably hard on crime qualifies him for that (Mexicans commit a serious crime when they come hear illegally).

I had to laugh when I read that Bermudez was bending over to apologize to the sheriff, because the little fucker is scared. He's pissing in his panties that Arpaio will mess with him, figure out something to charge him with. If I were Elias, I'd be keeping a keen eye in my rear-view mirror. Ha!

It just goes to show you what kind of cowards are speaking for the Mexicans.
James Carlton, Phoenix

SMOKIN'

Hazy hyperbole: People need to learn to tolerate other people's lifestyles. If others enjoy smoking marijuana and you don't, then don't do it ("The Bong Show," Ray Stern, August 16). But don't tell other people what they can and cannot do.

There are plenty of people who use it for medical reasons, and although the article doesn't allude to it, you can bypass most of the harmful toxins by using a vaporizer or ingesting the cannabis through food.

Cannabis is the most benign of "illicit" drugs. No one in history has ever died from the stuff. In fact, in many countries, the elderly attribute their long lives to it.
Henry Anslinger, via the Internet

THE TROOF IS OUT THERE

Shucks, Tom, you don’t mean it?: What a very fair and balanced article you wrote regarding September 11. At no point did it seem like your article was an opinion column. It seemed very open-minded and objective, and completely without an agenda ("The Yoda of 9/11," Stephen Lemons, August 9).

I'd like to thank you for including the likes of Jim Hoffman, Stephen Jones, and the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth in your well-researched article. Too often, authors submit narrow-minded slam pieces that focus on one or two really absurd conspiracy theorists and use them to discredit all of the scholars and professionals that have submitted extensive evidence that would warrant further investigation.

You're an excellent example of the type of journalistic integrity that all publications should strive to attain.
Thomas Edwards, San FranciscoGrasping at straws:You'd think the 9/11 "truth" movement would have built enough of a case in five years to go before a grand jury with solid evidence. But claims that no steel-framed buildings besides the ones at the WTC ever collapsed from fire are false.

And those that collapsed before weren't hit by fuel-laden wide-body jets doing 500 miles per hour.

But "truthers" keep repeating the same thoroughly debunked nonsense day after day, week after week, year after year, as if maybe ignoring their isolation will somehow make them mainstream.

Not that long ago, truthers tried to conduct a "citizens grand jury" in San Diego, and despite a complete show- trial-meets-kangaroo-court environment, they couldn't secure even a minimal "indictment" for anyone or anything related to 9/11.

Seems after the mistakes made in Iraq and after Katrina, reasonable people not suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) are unwilling to believe the Bush administration consists of the infallible über-mensches (whom the entire "9/11-was-an-inside-job" hypothesis is based on).

Even among truthers themselves, their fact- and evidence-free lies only produce internal division and bickering: There were planes; no, they were holograms. There was controlled demolition; no, there were particle beams from space. The phone calls from the hijacked flights were faked and the passengers were killed; no, the passengers are living in the lap of luxury on Bali Hai.

Thanks to Pat Curley and his Web partner James Bennett for providing a breath of fresh air among all the miserable 9/11 conspiracy nonsense online.
Arnold MacGregor, via the InternetAmericans in the dark:I reviewed screwloosechange.com and didn't find it very convincing, but I do appreciate your holding people accountable for what they say.

I think that's the same spirit that we "truthers" are trying to bring out. The main message is: Don't swallow everything you're given to chew, be it from the media or from the government.

If your intent at New Times was to make people back up their claims, I have no qualm with that. I personally don't believe a damn thing the government says, but I felt that way before 9/11.

Unfortunately, Americans are largely in the dark about what we do abroad. Many in this country claim we overthrow dictators without realizing it was us who installed the dictator to begin with.

Even if you disagree about government involvement in 9/11, you have to admit that past attacks were staged by the government (example: Gulf of Tonkin) to bring us to war.
Ben Logan, PhoenixMaybe next time: Before you print another 9/11 "conspiracy" hit piece, perhaps you should talk to this former NIST employee about what he thinks of the WTC NIST Report:

James Quintiere, former chief of the fire science division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has called for an independent review of NIST's investigation into the collapses of the World Trade Center.

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Larry S
Larry S

I'd like to comment on the increasing use of loud, obnoxious radio ads, especially those for auto dealerships in which they scream at the listener.

Nearly every morning I am verbally assaulted by these LOUD, obnoxious commercials. I simply cannot for the life of me figure out what these ads are supposed to do - are they intended to make me feel like I have to drop what I'm doing and RUN down to Midway Chevy, or similar dealership who run these obnoxious ads.

I've heard more and more car commercials using these same obnoxious, loud, high-pressure ads. Do they really think shouting at people will entice the listener to buy a car from them? Let me tell you my response to ads like theirs - I either change the channel, turn the radio down so low I cannot even hear the ad or I turn the radio off. When I hear ads like this I immediately vow I would NEVER visit that dealership! I'm guessing that is not what they're paying all that ad money for.

If they want people to get their message and actually want to visit their dealership and, perhaps purchase a car, I STRONGLY suggest that they change their ads to approximating normal ads or, better yet, take a lesson from the Grubb dealerships - make nice, calm ads.

 
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