CORRECTIONS

• Last week's cover story should've said that the case against Sandra Dowling began before the formation of the Maricopa Anti-Corruption Effort.

Also, Don Stapley hired both Paul Charlton and Tom Henze as his criminal defense lawyers.


BIG BALLER

Mike Nixon's story is movie-ready: Who's got the film rights? I'm sure someone like Kevin Costner would love to do Mike Nixon's story.

It's also good to see the name Nixon [attached to] a good guy, instead of Tricky Dick. Well done, Steve; this gives an honest impression of sport in the U.S. — from the overpaid to the underdog.

It's hard out there, and I just wonder what sort of career these guys will have when their bodies are worn out.
Ken Brickley, London

NFL should take a chance on Nixon: Steve Jansen's article on Mike Nixon reminded me of something the great Red Smith might have written for the late New York Herald Tribune and the New York Times.

After devouring the story, I felt that I knew about the tribulations of striving to make it into the professional ranks, how hard it is even when you're a gifted, "three-sport" athlete like Nixon.

That is, most people would have given up on their dream after that [minor-league baseball experience]. Yet there are some, like Nixon, who may fall short — on paper — of the prototypical (too small, too old), but who have the instinct and drive to make it to the top. They are naturals.

Nixon reminds me of the legendary Lee Roy Jordan of Dallas Cowboys fame, who was an even smaller linebacker than Nixon (though everybody was smaller when Jordan played in the NFL in the '60s and '70s). Jordan was also "magnetized" to the ball — had a nose for where the play would go.

Here's hoping some NFL coach takes a chance on Mike. I've got a feeling that whoever does won't be sorry.
John Ellerbee, Los Angeles

KINDA BLUE

White people disappoint again: This is too white for me. These people have shown their true colors. But I'm glad they did; I won't be spending any money in that area of Arizona.

It's 2009, and their kids cannot relate to Martin Luther King?! These people are from the past. They do not believe in diversity.

Are these people educated and enlightened, or do they light crosses? They have forgotten about what's best for their kids.
Gerald Barnes, Tempe

They like white: Looks like the good burghers of Pine-Strawberry don't know much about art. They do know what they like, though: white people.
Joe Curwen, via the Internet

Quit using the race card so much: So let me get this straight: I don't want this beautiful little town to look like the 'hood, so that makes me and everyone in this town racist?

I got news for you: Most of us moved here from the Valley, so if you're under some weird impression that we all don't have friends from different walks of life, guess again. People are different, people like different things, they like different colors, shape and sizes.

I don't believe [Francisco Garcia's] style looks good in this town. I applaud principal Mike Clark. He obviously saw talent in this guy and thought he'd give him a chance. It didn't work out. So what. Get over it.

People use the racist card way too much. I have noticed that people who do are usually the racist ones trying to cause problems.

I will be happy to come down to Phoenix and paint a big huge white kid with a cowboy hat on the side of one of your schools. You let me know how well that goes over for ya. The sad thing is that, when you paint over it, I wouldn't call you racist.
Name withheld

There's a big world out there: I have to agree with Francisco Garcia. Once the kids leave Pine, there's a whole new world out there. I think the community should embrace the idea of preparing their children for life as adults.
Name withheld

In defense of Pine: Whoa, whoa! I think there are some clear misunderstandings here. I have raised two girls here, both of whom attended Pine-Strawberry. My youngest is vice president of the Pine student council and was a part of and excited about the mural.

We are a primarily an Anglo community and very small town — but racist? No! Unprepared for the real world? No!

Our children are as prepared as any with the parenting available to them. Their education is excellent. Two of the boys raised here now serve in the Marines, and one is on active duty in Afghanistan. Some of our town's kids have gone on to jobs in Washington and attended universities all over the world.

It's sad that Mr. Garcia and our school had a falling out. But let's not pass judgment when you've not lived here.
Name withheld

GHOSTBUSTING

Did you really read the story, Ralph?: I think it's kind of funny that people are actually taking the paranormal seriously and that for many it's a daily job.

I've never been real big into believing those things, but if there is evidence, then I won't doubt it.
Ralph Demark, via the Internet

Trademark suit is inevitable: Why do I have the sinking feeling that the Scrooge or Grinch who actually owns the Ghostbusters trademark is sooner or later going to threaten a lawsuit for copyright infringement?
Tom Kanab, via the Internet

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SENT THIS EMAIL TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.STRONGLY URGE AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO DO THE SAME.MAYBE IF WE HIT THEM WHERE IT HURTS (THEIR POCKETBOOK),SOMETHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT THESE 2 BOZOS.(12/8 NOW JABBA THE HUTT WANTS 7 MILLION MORE TO KEEP DOING THIS? OUTRAGEOUS!!)

FYI UNTIL YOU FOLKS CAN MANAGE TO CURB THE FRIVOLOUS SPENDING HABITS OF SHERIFF JOKER & cANDY (ASS) THOMAS, I WILL BE SPENDING ALL MY MONEY EITHER ONLINE, OR IN PINAL COUNTY (GAS, FOOD ETC,). I SEE NO REASON FOR ME TO FINANCE THESE TWO BOZOS! GOOD LUCK BALANCING YOUR BUDGET!

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