Don't tax me: Great story on how the NFL strong-arms cities into paying for stadiums that increase the value of its franchises with very little investment on their own part ("National Football Cartel," John Dougherty, January 31). As a frequent visitor to Phoenix, I was surprised at the level of taxes that were placed on me by the bills for my car and motel. Since the voters decided to stick me for the cost of the stadium, I have stuck them by reducing my trips to Phoenix.
Cowart D. Fairley Jr.
El Paso, Texas
Tax them: Thanks for your excellent exposé of how the NFL rips off taxpayers. My guess is that professional baseball, basketball and hockey abuse us in much the same manner. The exorbitant earnings that owners and players extort from this arrangement should be taxed at a much, much higher rate than they now are.
Try this translation: Today in my class at ASU, I gave a translation of your convoluted and deeply confusing story, which, as usual, was aimed at twisting the truth in order to make rich people look like villains.
My translation of the article was as follows: "We at New Times, in addition to furthering the practice of prostitution, like to make successful people look like they are bad. Our latest attempt comes at the NFL owners. Because they are rich and will always be rich, this makes them liars and lawbreakers (even though they've never done anything illegal). All owners in the NFL make millions and millions of dollars, as do the players. This is mainly because millions and millions of people like to watch games on TV, and because TV networks like FOX pay billions of dollars to the NFL, who then splits the money among all the teams. Despite this obvious form of supply and demand working to the advantage of NFL owners and players, we must make it seem like they are criminals. Therefore, we found an economist at Lake Forest College (yes, this college exists, it's just that we couldn't find anyone else to say what we needed) who says that the NFL is indeed an unregulated monopoly which takes money from the millions and millions of fans who voluntarily give up their time and money to watch football. So there, the NFL is a monopoly, told ya."
Nice try, Mr. Dougherty.
Standing by the teacher: I just read your article on the schoolteacher Mr. John Hansen ("Passing Notes," Susy Buchanan, January 24). I worked with Mr. Hansen for three years, not only in the classroom, but in an after-school program in the computer lab two evenings each week. I found working with Mr. Hansen to be a wonderful experience. Mr. Hansen is a wonderful, caring, compassionate and knowledgeable teacher. He worked with many, many students who loved to go to his class because he regarded them and taught them with the respect that he expected. I have been an educator for 20 years and have worked with many educators, some good and some bad. I consider Mr. Hansen to be among the good.
This article sounds very slanted and off-balance to me. Was the student investigated as thoroughly as the teacher? In this day and age, many of our students come from non-nuclear families, and adults in the families are deficient in parenting skills. Children often twist reality to fit their needs. Sometimes this backfires and a caring teacher is perceived in a dark light when they have done nothing inappropriate.
I would be honored to work with John Hansen in any capacity; moreover, I would feel comfortable having my own children in any class that he teaches.
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Memory lame: I am concerned that your article "Expert Tease" (Paul Rubin, January 24) may have left readers with the impression that all claims of repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse are false. That is not the case. I am a victim of childhood sexual abuse and until the age of 35 had no memory at all of the abuse. After I began having "flashbacks," I made two trips to my hometown and confirmed the facts. I was abused and my memories were true. In fact, I was not the only child abused. There were at least six others. Please let your readers know that repressed memories can be true, but they must be confirmed before an action against the abuser can be taken.
Founder, Savior's Hope Ministries