Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, July 21, 2011


Gun nuts feel manly — when they're packin' heat: There was no reason for Bill Russell to shoot this poor, crazy dude. If he were a real man, he would have taken care of it without the use of [violence] ("Deadly Force," July 7; "Gun in Hand," June 23, both by Stephen Lemons).

Of course, all the dickless gun lovers in Arizona will come to Russell's defense, and these include many police officers (that is, don't hold your breath until there's an arrest).

Gun nuts, why is it that all you honkies need your little guns? Is it that you are just a bunch of pussies who are afraid of your own shadows?
John Raymond, Phoenix

Nathan wouldn't shoot anybody to save Lemons: Anyone ever notice that the only people Stephen Lemons ever defends are pieces of shit?

Take, for example, this convicted felon/squatter. Stephen manages to make this trespassing, violent piece of shit who attacks a law-abiding property owner [with an aluminum stick] the victim and turns the man who is exercising his right to protect himself into the bad guy [by shooting the vagrant with a gun].

What kind of bizarro twisted world do you live in, Stephen? God, I hope you get put in a fucked-up situation where you need a gun owner like me to come along and help you. I wouldn't waste a bullet to save your fat ass.
Nathan Fluet, Phoenix

Russell's a good guy who helps the community: I've helped [Bill Russell] acquire properties in the area [you write about]. We affectionately call it "the hood." He has single-handedly done more to clean up the area from drugs, prostitution, and related crime than anyone.

He is a kind, fair, hard-working man who can afford to live anywhere but has made a major commitment to "the hood," which includes his living there.

He often risks his own life driving "the hood" late at night to try to keep crime in check. He's called 911 hundreds of times to report the activities that drag any good neighborhood down and terrorize the good neighbors/families that live there.

He rents his properties to the homeless, convicted child molesters, and others who are not able to live anywhere else. Many times, the only requirement is that they work; they don't have to pay rent. He has been robbed and threatened many times.

There were two victims that one day. Bill [doesn't want] to hurt/kill other people. We will never know what [Percell] Bagley was thinking. Why he went after Mr. Russell. Drugs, alcohol, years of abuse in the prison system.

It appears Mr. Bagley is the type of criminal that has been a burden on the system, society, and could hurt anyone who he came in contact with.

Your article title depicts a man out looking for trouble, a man that is a vigilante, not a man that should be awarded medals for making a commitment to a community above and beyond any possible monetary reward.

I wouldn't do what he does: pick up garbage on a Sunday morning.

Dialogue on these issues (guns, the homeless, owners' property rights) is a good thing. I collect rent from homes. I carry a gun in my tuck. I've been threatened by lowlife types who have little to lose. I'm a firm believer in the Second Amendment.

Your article should depict a man trying to make things batter for everyone, getting attacked by a vagrant on his own property, and defending himself. Any other twist on this story is doing an injustice to Mr. Russell.
Rich Vairo, Scottsdale


Theresa "assumed" the New York Times was right: In reviewing ("Real Men Get Their Facts Straight," June 30; see also "Stuck in Trafficking," July 7), I have a few more observations:

• It should be under opinions and not news. Way too many loaded words. It's not objective journalism;

• Calling minors "prostitutes" is misleading, suggesting that these children chose to become sex workers. People who help the victims call them "sex slaves";

• According to the article, Moore and Kutcher used statistics from reliable sources. Whether the numbers are accurate or not, one would assume CNN and the New York Times are reliable. If they aren't, how can we think [VVM] is?

• Hopefully, [the writers] simply thought it would be fun to bust on a couple of celebrities. Let's see them do that with an article about same-sex marriage or global warming. Then I might think they are objective journalists and not tabloid hacks.
Theresa Monroe, city unavailable

Hmmm, Kutcher played dumb on TV: I wonder if [Kutcher and Moore] realize that many consider actors prostitutes.

A total of 300,000 child sex slaves in America. Ashton, really, dude? That's a lot of prostitutes, let alone child prostitutes. Our major cities would be flooded with prostitutes if this number were true.
John Hanson, city unavailable

Who cares if child prostitution isn't epidemic? So the numbers are wrong. That doesn't make me upset that there are public-service announcements attempting to raise awareness about child prostitution.

I think 827 is a large enough number of exploited children to get upset about, but maybe that's just me.

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Are the mormons getting 30 million dollars per year from the Arizona Welfare System? According to two ex-mormons on the Dr Drew program they are, and it's nothing more than FRAUD, and the Arizona Taxpayers are paying for it. (The Dr Drew program was about the upcoming WARREN JEFFS TRIAL). Can anyone answer this question? If this is true, you can bet that Pearce, Brewer, McCain, and the people who decide who gets welfare knows huh?


SEX OFFENDERS are now being released to the streets of Phoenix by the DOC. Seems there is no Parole approved housing that accepts indigent sex offenders. There is no real way to keep track of them. They simply register with the sheriff department a homeless.

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