Carol's got a crush: I love Dear and the Headlights, and I found the article extremely interesting. I wish you had told us more about this fabulous band. What you said was great, but I wanted to know more about their personalities, especially about dreamy lead singer Ian Metzger's. Also, whether they have girlfriends or not.
Carol DuBois, address withheld
Yet another sleep-deprived reader: I love DATH so much, but I almost fell asleep reading your drivel. It's literary Ambien. Please, please go away as quickly as possible.
Why play king of the hill with bands?: OMG, why did this story have to be that long? DATH are a good band. They're also doing pretty well in respect to their career thus far. Great for them.
What I want to know is, why do we always have to play king of the hill in this town? There are so many artists and bands in Phoenix who are really friendly, hard-working, and business savvy.
I'm not trying to hate. I'm just saying: "The most important band in Phoenix?" C'mon dude! That's just asking for widespread resentment, which these guys don't deserve.
Does anybody at New Times write objectively? About anything?
No comment: Not a bad article, but it's really stupid how you spend paragraphs going on about how recent cover stories were worthless. Guess your editorial decisions suck. Maybe [the decision about] this story, as well.
It's your problem if you can't find good bands: I really like this band. I've seen them about four times, and they're always really solid. But there are a lot more people making great music in this town. If you're too lazy and disconnected to find them, that's your problem.
HOUSE OF WORSHIP
Pastor not in the right: It seems to me that Pastor Michael Salman is trying to scam the city and his neighbors. This is a zoning issue, pure and simple, and he most definitely is running a church in a residential area, from what your article states.
If I lived in Salman's neighborhood, I would be up in arms over his starting a church in my single-family home area. I agree that people can do whatever they want in the privacy of their own homes, but this is hardly Salman's home where the services are taking place.
I think the city is right to hassle this charlatan.
Mike Zine, Phoenix
A punch in the metaphorical nose: Mr. Salman, the right for you to swing your fist ends at my nose.
It sounds like you have swung your metaphorical fist, and it is debatable if you have hit your neighbors' metaphorical noses.
I do believe in religious freedom but feel you are pushing the envelope. The government officially ignores religions, due to the separation of church and state. This is the reason churches are tax-exempt (which I disagree with. After all, your own god said "Render unto Caesar, that which is Caesar's.")
Yes, churches may be allowed in residential neighborhoods, but one must use common sense (which unfortunately, is not that common anymore).
I don't know exactly where you live, but it sounds like it is on a small street. Follow the Golden Rule: Don't do unto others what you would not have done unto you.
Vik Thor, Phoenix
Christian with a lower-case "C": It seems to me [Pastor Salman] has little or no respect for people and their property. If he were a Christian and not a christian, he wouldn't offend people and claim it's their fault. Moral of the story: When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Good question: I belong to Calvary Community Church, and we have home groups. Are the police going to stop us now?
They should've just followed the rules: I think the main point here is that the family constructed a large building on their property for worship. If they had held gatherings in their home or backyard, I doubt there would be a zoning problem.
If there are laws in place about how and where you can build a large building solely for religious use, then you are stuck abiding by the zoning laws. All this carrying on about people being prevented from worshipping is nonsense.
Remember the ninth commandment: Michael Salman, you deliberately misled (lied to) the city about your true intents and purposes for the building in your backyard. Had you been honest (see commandment nine), you would have a case right now.
You have brought this upon yourself through your own dishonesty. While you and many others view the city's reaction as overkill, you have no legitimate complaint.