Rock Star Ridicule

Limping along: Is it possible for a person to have a life-changing experience?

Apparently not ("Marketing Misery," Bill Blake, November 1). So a dimwit pseudo-angsty rock star is doomed to make dimwit pseudo-angst rock and can do nothing positive except by your standards ("like unloading your bank accounts in an anonymous manner"). Sure, who can argue that? Maybe he already has.

I doubt it, too, and don't get me wrong, I loathe Limp Bizkit and every other white rap metal excuse for suburban anger. Their audience is only pissed because dad wouldn't let them take the Expedition out on Friday night. But if you're not gifted with a triple-digit IQ and you're used to cameras following you into the bathroom to watch you piss and you want to let the world know that you've had a revelation, what do you do?

My point is this: Maybe this is the first sincere thing Fred Durst has ever done. Granted, Bizkit has been on borrowed time since they first plugged in their turntables, but I fail to see the wisdom in ditching one's only chance at above-minimum-wage remuneration.

A couple of days after September 11, some friends and I were talking about possible effects the attacks might have elsewhere in society, such as art. I said something to the effect of: "After this, how could Limp Bizkit and Britney Spears (among others) ever go back to doing what they were doing?"

We're halfway there. Please, God.

Stephen Phelan
via Internet

Pride goeth before a fall: I have no thirst for Durst, or the cry-career of Ohne, either.

Fortunately, as far as stage fright goes, it's almost bedtime for Bono -- also a political pundit awash in self-pity.

Durst and his Limpwristic Band-Aids may also combine for some less than Pro-Bono performances for cry-me-a-diva conspiracy-of-the-month gigs. I think it's every good American's duty to just say no.

For those who like to sing in the faces of wimps in dark clothing, there have got to be other ways of washing out one's filthy trap.

Bono's sound-the-same exploit(s)tation of sensitive human issues reeks of fine whine. While Durst simply bursts with himself, all any of us can do is feel sorry for ourselves.

Richard Beeman

Game Daze

Biased blather: John Dougherty's recent articles about Maricopa County supervisors using box seats at World Series games have been laced with journalistic errors that demand to be examined ("Suite and Low," November 1, and "Ticket to Raid," November 8). The societal role of a journalist is to provide an unbiased view of a topic, with quotes supporting both sides of the argument. This is the fundamental necessity of the media.

Dougherty, on the other hand, reports as though he is a columnist by choosing vocabulary that is heavily opinionated. For example, stating the supervisors "raided" the United Way's suite after "strong-arming" them and "claiming" they didn't actually use the tickets leaves little for the reader to decide. Instead, the reader is left wondering what the supervisors did to anger the reporter into writing such a biased piece.

Where was the press coverage when the supervisors initially signed the suite tickets over to the United Way? Better yet, how much money has this organization raised because of the supervisors' generosity during the last four years? Why not examine the situation a little deeper and present more information, rather than skimming the top for tabloid junk?

Dougherty has an obligation to Arizonans and others in his field to report more accurately and fairly. From the incorrectly labeled photo accompanying the first article to the confusing rhetoric in the second, this work is unacceptable.

Kelli M. Donley

A careful reader: Regarding the World Series not being a Major League Baseball event: The hologram on the back of my Game 7 World Series ticket, indicating its authenticity, is the MLB logo. Copyright infringement?

Corina Wood

We're sure it was the sincerest form of flattery: Wow, after years of thinking that the writers for the Arizona Republic couldn't actually read, I have proof that at least one of them can. And his choice of reading material couldn't be more appropriate: New Times. Craig Harris, the author of an article in the November 2 Republic, not only copied John Dougherty's "Suite and Low" story word for word (almost) which ran on November 1, he took credit for the county board members not repeating their mistakes. In bold type, it reads: "But they decided Thursday, after the Arizona Republic began making inquiries, to return the tickets to the United Way . . ." Imagine having all that power and not even having to lift a finger like Craig Harris can. He's a modern-day Clark Kent. Do you think he gets paid extra for that?

Keep being first!

Adam Schabel

Head of the class: Way to go, Diamondbacks. Glad you won ("Rookie of the Year," John Dougherty, November 8)! For the past several years, I have seen the fans of the Yankees and Mets act arrogant and rude to the opposing teams and fans. They would mock the Braves' Tomahawk chop and, given another opportunity, would mock the white pompoms. But like baseball fans outside of New York, I saw the Diamondbacks fans conduct themselves with class. The Yankees fans needed to eat some humble pie.

Enjoy your championship, because you deserved it!

Ric Burnett
Atlanta, Georgia

Curse words: I would like to respond to Mike Mottola of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who cautioned Robert Nelson about the Curse of the Bambino (Letters, November 8). There is no Curse of the Bambino in Boston! But there is bad ownership, bad management and leadership, and bad play. Too bad, because Boston fans are great baseball fans.

I would also like to respond to Chris Long, the former Phoenix resident now talking to good ol' boys: Good riddance! You know why, good ol' boy? Because we are the Champions of the World!

Todd Shealy

Gynes and Dolls

Finkel finger of fate: I have known Brian Finkel for almost 20 years. He can be brash, abrasive and obnoxious, but he is one of the most competent and dedicated providers of women's health care in Arizona and the United States ("Finkel Aborted," Paul Rubin, October 18). Instead of trashing Brian's reputation, perhaps you should be asking how the osteopathic board could act so rashly, with virtually no evidence, and without any "due process."

Seven complaints out of more than 15,000 procedures over the last 10 years! That is an extremely small percentage. I would doubt that most doctors, regardless of their specialty, could do better.

To me, the most shocking part of the story is Ann Marie Berger's statement that she initiated the proceedings based on your previous story. Come on, no disrespect, but one disputed story about seven complaints over 10 years and they yank his license? Maybe that is why a real judge reinstated Finkel almost immediately. If he is proven guilty, then he should lose his license. But how do you prove or defend "he-said she-said"? Certainly not on testimony from disgruntled ex-employees.

Will you be there to rebuild his reputation if he is not found guilty?

Jeff Grobe


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