Readers respond to "Church of the Deadbeat Dad"


Living well on a prayer

Bradley Campbell completely missed the point of the court case between Patricia Rooney and Christ's Household of Faith ("Church of the Deadbeat Dad," 1/14/09).

"As the night progresses, it becomes apparent that the overriding issue is that Christ's Household does not want to pay Patricia because she betrayed the church's teachings."

He didn't even come close. Perhaps he should request a second interview with Alsbury so he can get it right the second time.

St. Paul

Props from PETA

Bravo to Beth Walton for telling readers about the deplorable conditions in puppy mills ("Animal activists target puppy mills across the state," 1/12/09). The vast majority of pet stores in the U.S. obtain dogs from puppy mills. The dogs are confined to small crates or wire cages; they're deprived of exercise, adequate food and water, veterinary care, and attention. They are often emaciated and sickly with crusty, oozing eyes, ear infections, swollen teats, gangrenous skin, and/or abscessed feet. Many have pneumonia, kennel cough, mange, ringworm, and other diseases. Some spin maniacally in their cages, cower in fear, or slump into severe depression. Female dogs are typically bred every time they go into heat and killed when they can no longer produce puppies.

Between three and four million homeless animals—both mixed breeds and purebreds—are euthanized in U.S. shelters every year. People who have the time, money, love, and patience to make a lifelong commitment to an animal should go to an animal shelter, visit, or contact a reputable breed rescue group. As Oprah Winfrey, who did an exposé on puppy mills, says, "You can find any kind of dog you want, any age you want, at a shelter or rescue." See for more information.

Heather Moore, senior editor, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Norfolk, Virginia

Correction: Records are recycled, not burned

I am requesting a correction for the article on how the county manages our court records ("The Paper Chase," 1/7/09). The county does not incinerate records. We have two ways of disposing of paper files. If the materials are deemed confidential, they are then securely managed through Iron Mountain, a document destruction service where the materials are shredded and then recycled. If the material is not confidential, it is recycled through the county's in-house recycling program where the paper is recycled by Pioneer Paper, in Minneapolis. I am requesting your article be changed to reflect that the county recycles the files, that the image be removed immediately and a correction printed. I have spoken with the reporter, Bradley Campbell, and he agreed that the story wrongly portrayed how we manage our records. Thank you.

Angie Timmons
Hennepin County Environmental Services

Rape article was misogynistic and offensive

While out for breakfast I saw the cover of City Pages ("An Open Letter to the Man Who Raped My Wife," 1/7/08). As a woman and a feminist, I was intrigued by the title and was expecting a heartfelt letter from an angry and hurt husband expressing his rage against a monster who inflicted pain and heartache on his wife. Instead I found a misogynistic and offensive article with a myriad of stereotypes about women and rape. Rape is wrong. No matter how many sexual partners you have had, no matter what you were wearing, no matter what your past. Rape is wrong. And I sincerely hope for the future of our daughters that this is the message we pass on.


Wrestling with Mickey Rourke

You know, most people in life don't even get to be has-beens ("The Comeback," 12/31/08). They are the quietly desperate, no-second-acts of literary lore. Like, 99 percent of the people on this planet. So we're to stand in awe of Mickey Rourke simply because he's making better decisions now? Let us not forget, folks, he's an A-C-T-O-R, not Christ. And a damn lucky one. And that's the only difference between him and your aspiring actor/bartender: luck. God, I hate celebrities.

Rob Workman