BROCK 'N' ROLL
Fulton Brock must resign immediately: It's very apparent that [Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton] Brock was protecting his wife and daughter long before the arrest of his wife ("Brocked Up," James King, September 8).
I actually felt a degree of empathy for him when this first hit the news and he seemed to also be a "victim," of sorts. Oh, dopey me.
All the adults and the Church [of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] should be ashamed [for not reporting the apparent sexual abuse of a teenage boy], including the Quinns [the victim's parents].
Mr. Brock needs to resign his position as a supervisor immediately. [He] sat in a meeting more than a year before his wife was arrested, where she was openly accused of having molested the teenager. She, of course, denied it, and then continued to see him in spite of many attempts to stop her.
At that point, I would expect any man to be just a bit suspicious of his wife's activities. You can't say [Fulton Brock] didn't have a clue.
He also was an apparent conspirator when she was on the way to meet an attorney and was arrested. She had a list of questions written by [Fulton Brock] to ask the attorney. He got the attorney's name from Rick Romley, for a "friend."
[Fulton Brock] was also an apparent conspirator when he threatened to call the MCSO to have [Sheriff Joe Arpaio] stop the search incidental to the arrest and court-issued search warrant.
The county attorney simply [chooses] not to do anything about it.
Tommy Collins, Phoenix
Church turns it back: Good job, James King, in exposing not only the Brock [family's problems], but the [Mormon] church's in this. Somebody should have reported this [molestation of a minor] to the police!
This proves that the church — in actuality — condones its members doing pretty much whatever they want as long as the church doesn't get dragged into it.
Ron Durham, Phoenix
Oh, lighten up, Barr: In addition to the people's actions described in the story, what's also "Brocked Up" is the Book of Mormon prophylactic cover photo.
I have no doubt those involved with the art direction were pleased with themselves, knowing the condom-wrapper design would get a good laugh from those who don't know or care about the Book of Mormon and would be, as anticipated, inflammatory for those who do.
So with some hesitation I give the desired response and say the photo is crass.
Every editor loves a good fallen-from-grace story, especially when politicians and religious leaders can be written into the same [piece]. What happened is tragic for those directly and indirectly involved. Both the commission and attempted cover-up are clearly not in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the Book of Mormon.
It's obvious that beige news stories about the quiet, boring lives of LDS church members don't make headlines, and those involving adultery, child molestation, and cover-up do.
Am I surprised to see this [cover image]? No. Disappointed? Yes. Hopefully such art direction will give New Times the edgy street cred required to boost circulation.
Barr Petersen, Phoenix
Just one big, evil clique: Thank God for New Times. Because reading New Times is the only way you find out what is going on in Arizona.
The "Brocked Up" article proves once again what a corrupt, insane bunch of imbeciles these Mormon Republicans are. Just one big, evil clique that includes Mormon bishops, Mormon lawyers, and most of all, Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock.
If there is a God, he's got to condemn all these worthless pieces of crap to the deepest part of Hell.
Bill Demski, Glendale
Investigators made all the right moves: I wish it were easy to get a police investigation into suspected molestations. I know of hundreds of cases in which reports were made by people thinking something may be happening, and the cases get suspended because there are no facts to support their suspicions.
To conduct the investigation, the police need some facts and, most importantly, a statement from the victim that something occurred. In this case, the young victim was not telling anyone, even his girlfriend, that something happened to him.
The parents tried for a year to find even one fact to give to the police so they could investigate and couldn't [because of] secretive paths that Susan Brock took to keep the victim quiet.
Kenneth Thatcher, city unavailable