Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, February 16th, 2012


Another hard-boiled gem: This is another great Paul Rubin story — hard-boiled and fact-based. I wouldn't want to get on Rubin's radar screen if I had anything better left untold ("Risky Business," February 2).
R.J. O'Brien, Tempe

A look at Weymouth's "morality ledger": Paul Rubin has done a good job at getting into the mind of the personality type [that] is Brian Weymouth.

I am an acquaintance of Alice Cooper's and have golfed with Alice and [Cooper manager] Shep Gordon. They are, as stated, "handshake" businesspeople, as are many people in the Valley and beyond.

Weymouth keeps a morality ledger in his mind. His intentions are good, and he usually gets results. The Julio Cesar Chavez part of the story illustrates Weymouth's morality ledger.

I say this because I have felt the same way at times — namely, were it not for my ideas, sweat, and collaboration, then (insert names of other people) would have nothing. It is not hard to rationalize questionable fiscal behavior when you have convinced yourself [that] the overall good for the project or other people continues to move forward.

Weymouth may be 100 percent correct with his internal morality ledger, but a deal is a deal — handshake or in writing. Unless you are an elected official, you have to play by the rules, even if your hard work benefits others more than yourself. If you want to change the rules, you have got to run it by the rule makers (financiers) first.

This is where Weymouth disconnected. Had he sought approval instead of forgiveness, he might still be creating great ideas [that] others could endorse. Perhaps he can do so in the future.
Barry Hegrenes, Mesa

A pal of Weymouth's defends him: Been friends with Brian Weymouth for 30-plus years; he has been nothing but a model citizen. It's pathetic when guys making money off Weymouth try to trash his name. He's a great person to the community and constantly is giving back, mostly through youth sports.
Name withheld

No sympathy without due diligence: If people got themselves mixed up in [ventures such as this], that's their own damn fault for being so naive. Do your due diligence before you cut the check.
Name withheld


Reader fears it's a Flake/Romney year: Now, wouldn't it be great if [former Surgeon General] Richard Carmona could actually get elected to the U.S. Senate from Arizona? Unfortunately, I don't think there are enough Democrats in the state to make this happen — especially in an election in which Barack Obama will be fighting for his political life ("Flake Baker," Stephen Lemons, January 26).

But you make an effective argument. The polls have been going Carmona's away when compared to GOP golden boy Jeff Flake. Though I hope they are right, I fear there will be some new economic catastrophe and Flake will waltz in, with Mitt Romney leading the ticket.

Then, we'll really be in the soup, because remember, everybody: George W. Bush got us into the economic mess we're in, not [Obama].
Richard Rodriguez, Phoenix

Carmona instills hope for AZ: When I read about men like Richard Carmona, I have hope for our state. Hope that it will emerge from the dark ages following its Centennial and elect leaders who really can improve the plight of citizens.

Barack Obama gets a lot of flak for [not curing] the plague that George W. Bush inflicted on our country, but electing a Teabagger-loving president, like Mitt Romney [would be], isn't the answer.

And Jeff Flake, who used to be rational on the issue of immigration, lately has stuck his head squarely up the ass of the Tea Party because he thinks this is the way to get votes.

Carmona is the type of senator we need, not somebody like Flake, who bends far too easily to foul political winds.
Edward James White, Tucson

Hello! Lemons is an opinion columnist: This article is not news. This is an op-ed piece touting Stephen Lemons' personal opinion. It clearly is not an objective discussion of both Democratic candidates.

I have been a New Times reader for many years and never once have seen Lemons write favorably about [former state Democratic Party chair Don] Bivens.

Rather, Lemons regularly makes harsh criticism of everything Bivens does. Frankly, if one calls himself a news reporter, he should at least try to create an unbiased discussion about the upcoming election and candidates.
Name withheld

No one owns God: I guess it's okay to make predictions; the GOP extremists have their prophets/psychics predicting Obama is a one-term president.

But I think I'll [wait until] post-election night to bark at the moon on a Democratic win. I'm a Democrat, but I never did believe in anyone having psychic ability. And I surely don't believe that the GOP owns God, as [it claims]; last I read in the Good Book, he was non-political and owned by no one!
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A.k. Benjamin
A.k. Benjamin

MOBILIZE! A Glendale, AZ resident? Know someone who is? Get them talking to their council members, as there's a huge budget deficit, and each city department had to evaluate their own budgets to make up the difference. Like - or LOVE - your library? Please let your council members know: not only are materials, databases, etc. on the block, but so are hours. The main library could be open only 3 days a week, w/ the branches at 2 days a week (which would result in lay-offs, of course). All library programs - Teen events, adult job-searching labs, ALL Storytimes and summer events - could be eliminated. Or the branches could be shut down entirely (resulting in staff cuts, again). Or ALL libraries could be shut down in favor of tiny 'store-front' libraries with minimal staff and no programming.

Don't get me wrong. Staff cuts would be really awful. But I know a lot of those staff members, and they don't work in libraries simply because it's a job. They love and are inspired by what they do. They teach adults how to write resumes that help them find jobs they love. They provide a space for people of all ages to play and listen to music, practice their English, learn how to use their new ereaders, or to simply talk about the books they enjoy. They help people find materials that inform, comfort, enrich and brighten their lives. Library staff read to children, make them laugh, surprise them, and find ways to teach them to draw, do magic, learn to yo-yo, research inventors, find their next favorite book, and to discover interesting science projects. They program for teens, listen to them, mentor them, give them opportunities to build their resumes or scholarship applications through volunteer work, show them how fun it can be to read to children or to listen while a new reader reads to them. Librarians give teenagers a safe place to figure out who they want to be, and how they want to live their lives someday.

Please show the library you appreciate what it does for you and tell your council member. Find that person here:

A.k. Benjamin
A.k. Benjamin

Did you know The Glendale City Council may close all libraries to close the budget gap by July 2012? Did you know staff could be laid off? Did you know that story-times, and programming, could be done away with? Did you know that these libraries circulated 2.1 million items last fiscal year? Did you know, if the libraries close, it will be a drop in the bucket compared to the debt the city has?

This may not seem to be your fight, yet. But how long until your Glendale program, or service is cut to the bone. How long until the City Council says, "Mea Culpa!", to the loss of the tax money you paid? If the libraries close, it will be the first shot in a war on the very services you as taxpayers have bankrolled for this next fiscal year.
Support the libraries! Don't let them close! don't let city politics kill something so good, and vital, to our community. Thank you!

Jesus Cristo de Guadalajara
Jesus Cristo de Guadalajara

Wheb will Gustavo Arellano and Steve Gallardo end the illegal Mexican occupation of the United States?

Jesus Cristo de Tijuana
Jesus Cristo de Tijuana

VERY URGENT NEWS ALERT: All of us readers of the Newtimes rag need to join Gustavo Arellano and Steve Gallardo in denouncing their stay in the US. Come with us, my brown skinned occupiers of "El Norte" and return to Mexico and take over the country from the pale skin descendants of the colonial masters. Let the brown people take over their contry of Mexico. Are you with us my fellow occupiers?? That is real news that the Newtimes needs to cover!

Greg Mercer
Greg Mercer

You should be aware of an important case in progress that has begun to attract national and international attention, and regarding which two publicized letters have been sent to Governor Brewer.
Amanda Trujillo is a Arizona Nurse fired by Banner Corp for detecting woefully inadequate informed consent in a prospective transplant patient. She reports having offered education using approved Banner materials. When the patient expressed possible interest in Hospice, potentially costing Banner an estimated $250,000 in revenue, she documented the conversation and placed a request for discussion of the matter. On learning of this outcome, the Surgeon involved reportedly offered a public tirade in hospital open areas, demanding Amanda's job and license. She was promptly fired with little due if any due process, and her request for an ethics review was reportedly denied. Banner then filed a complaint against Amanda with the AZ Board of Nursing, which has dragged out for a year now without conclusion. Amanda was reprimanded informally by BON for telling another Nurse of her situation who then made it pubic, and a psychiatric consult was ordered to address this issue, consistent with Communist practice but not BON rules, which allow discretion for consultations but make no mention of a need for those accused to maintain and secrecy regarding their situation. Meanwhile, AZ BON notified Amanda graduate school program that her case is in progress, defaming her without resolving her situation, and refusing other comment until it does so. There seems strong suggestion of an abuse of this important system for the protection of the public, and multiple BON-Banner conflicts of interest have been found. For reference, see the following:

Copies of the letters at web addresses, and

Tens of thousands of readers are now aware of this case, and the numbers are growing at an accelerating rate.

I am in regular contact with Amand, and she is available for comment.
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