Write all you want about Scott's mistakes, eccentricities, and possible lack of fiscal integrity. Just keep in mind that there is a possibility that Scott will receive some level of vindication when this is all said and done. Unfortunately, closure appears to be several years in the future.
Name withheld

FIXIE FIXATION

Fanatics and elitists: I feel that the recent "Pedalphiles" article (Benjamin Leatherman July 24) failed to cover two aspects prevalent in the Valley's fixed-gear culture:

Fixed-gears are stupid, and their riders are elitists.

I've been riding and working on bicycles since I was 5 and was intrigued when I first learned of fixed-gears. My disdain for this trend was inspired by a brief dialogue I shared with a pony-tailed enthusiast and well-known fix-head who rode his bike up to my coffee shop a couple of years ago. When I inquired as to why he chose a fixed-gear, he contemptuously replied, "Man, I rode a fixed-gear in Baltimore for four years!" Sadly, this statement failed to address my query.

Yes, the first bicycles ever constructed were fixed-gears. Soon thereafter, something occurred: ingenuity and innovation. The creation of multiple speeds and brakes was a boon to the utility of bicycles. Although full-suspension mountain bikes are overkill in an urban environment, brakes and gears are still efficient and practical.

First off, spending hundreds of dollars at a bike shop for a new fixie discredits the argument that a fixed-gear is a good way to save a mechanically unsound road bike from the scrapheap.

Furthermore, some of these hipsters drive automobiles to downtown Phoenix, unload their fixed-gear bikes and ride en masse to our local watering holes. If exercise is your aim, how about riding an efficient 21-speed or mountain bike from Scottsdale, or keeping the fucking bottle out of your mouth? It begs the question if this trend isn't based wholly on the aesthetic.

Riding bicycles is fun. Many of the people riding fixed-gears are good people. Fanaticism and elitism are grotesque. Please don't let your diet or vehicle identify you.
Benjamin Gallaty, Phoenix

What a bunch of wankers: After reading the "Pedalphiles" story, all I have to say is, Wow, what a bunch of wankers. Can't wait until they get creamed by a bus during one of their little races. I'll sit back and laugh my ass off then.
D.K. Rogers, via the Internet

PIG-HATER

Booze Pig blows: What is the point of Booze Pig's excuse for a column? How much do Arizonans really need to know about hole-in-the-wall taverns ("Dirty Verde," C.M. Redding, July 31)? Do we need to be regaled with Booze Pig's pride in his excessive consumption of alcohol?

Or what about his obvious hostility toward "random whores"? That is just so offensive on so many levels that I can't even begin to fathom why you would print this.

Why are you wasting space? If you are trying to be taken seriously as a paper, and you do seem to try, lose Booze Pig. Or lose readership that just can't seem to take your attempts to be Arizona's political watchdog and at the same time publish Booze Pig's pathetic attempts to wax proudly about his obvious low-life mentality.
Nancy Germond, Phoenix

WHAT A DRAG

Judges, lawyers act above the law: What's wrong with the judge and the prosecutors? They, without a doubt, should lose their jobs ("Deaf Justice," Sarah Fenske, July 10). Maricopa County has made national news before, and what you hear isn't good.

The judge and prosecutors have a control problem and can't even admit they're wrong. This isn't justice. Your whole state should stand up and protect this young man, Jacob Ritter-Clark. Write or call your senator. Do something!

When law enforcement and judges put themselves above the law, we have a big problem. This young man and his family have been put through enough hell. Someone, maybe your governor, should take care of this ASAP.

How dare the judicial system be used in this manner?!
Linda Lund, Boulder, Colorado

Hire a mathematician, not a lawyer: I read "Deaf Justice" with a bit of skeptical interest. Though Jacob might actually have been drag racing, I'd opine that it probably isn't legally provable.

It seems to me that the answer lies in a simple set of time, speed, distance calculations, and a real-world test. We know, per the accident investigation, that Jonathan Hernandez's car was going at least 88 miles per hour when it crashed. The distance from the light at Greenfield and Mesa, where the incident started, to the crash site is a known value. Calculate the time and speed based on the information at hand.

Ritter-Clark's car, likewise, started at the same point. The distance traveled to where he stopped is also known. Stopping distances can be determined from tables and values already calculated for his vehicle. His likely top speed or range of possible maximum speeds can then be calculated, using the available data.

The time to the crash of Hernandez's car from its start also gives a good indicator of what speed Ritter-Clark might have reached (and stopped from).

One could then check these calculations in controlled conditions by the simple expedient of driving Ritter-Clark's car under maximum acceleration and normal braking over the measured distance.

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roy hilliard

It's been a while but leave it up to a new times reader to complain about a fucking free paper!! I always looked forward to the booze pig for a couple of reasons one was simply for the early articles when he would describe the vivid pig fantasies some of us look for when escaping life; cheap alcohol, good looking women and a short walk. I hope to enjoy one of the places he has written about or that I wander into a booze pig dive bar so I can give him a heads up to give it a review and see if we agree. Also if you have read 'Breakfast of Champions' you might get be looking for that picture in real life of a secret place people go to hide what they do in public because no one cares there. Also how can you complain all of the other great articles take 10 pages to read, I can never get through more than 80% of them, this one page is my quick escape before checking the resturants and weekly events. Basically if you want this to be a real paper pay them money!! other wise become the editor I will always enjoy the articles of CM Redding AKA the Booze Pig and hope he could make holiday exceptions in the future.

 
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