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His Gala Friday
From reading Patricia Calhoun's "The Party's Over" in the March 9 issue, I can only assume that her upset with Denver International Airport was caused by everyone's failure to invite her to the party. My real question: If she's so upset with everything here, why did she bother to fly back to Denver at all?

Hal Maxwell
Denver

Congratulations to Westword for its continued coverage of this airport fiasco, including Patricia Calhoun's latest column. Indeed, if the dailies had done the same job of reporting on this disaster-in-the-works, maybe the baggage system would have been fixed before yet another opening date was broken.

Joan Myers Aurora

In the short run it will be July-October before DIA irons the bugs out and all systems are phased in and operational. Meanwhile, many travelers have booked other regional airports solid or have simply opted not to fly until we have a working airport.

In the long run, however, DIA fits the bill. It's the only big airport in the snowy Mountain Time zone equipped as a hub for consistently on-time arrivals and departures: extra runways for this future great population center. But soon that businessman will fly the info highway from his laptop in the coming era of virtual reality community. Then both pilots' wages and fares will have to drop and competition increase for the industry to foster either public or private interest.

Gene Edwards
Lakewood

Seems Like Old Times
Michael Roberts's story, "Experience Not Needed" in the February 16 issue, is certainly a wake-up call to all educational institutions. I commend you for having exposed a shameful situation.

My wife and I have known Dennis Powell since his early years as a Catholic priest. He has been a role model for our three children. Having known him and followed his wonderful example, they have benefited appreciably in their adult lives. Dennis is respected, revered and loved by all who enjoy the privilege of his friendship.

Hopefully the results of your well-written story and Dennis's determination to right a wrong will influence the Archdiocese of Denver to rethink its position and promptly renew the contract of an outstanding educator. I congratulate you on this fine piece of work and thank you on behalf of all teachers who have been treated unfairly.

Joseph G. McCarthy
Chicago, Illinois

Just a note to compliment Westword and Michael Roberts on the very informative "Experience Not Needed."

Hopefully the publicity your balanced presentation gave on Dennis Powell's case will make administrators in our Catholic schools and in other institutions think twice before terminating experienced and devoted teachers like Mr. Powell and his colleagues.

Keep up the good work.
Joseph J. Moore
Jackson Heights, New York

Taking AIM
Steve Jackson's February 9 article, "Civil Wars," was an excellent piece of work. I was mentioned in the article but not consulted; here are my opinions (I am not a member of AIM).

The article was balanced and fairly written, but Ward Churchill and his water boy Glenn Morris still came off looking like fake-Indian goons. The issue raised by Jackson's article is more than just a spiteful struggle for power between AIM leaders, as one might think. The use of intimidation by pseudo-Indian white men to usurp the authority of legitimate Indian voices is a disgraceful and unjust situation for the Indian community. Churchill could be called the unofficial head of the pseudo-Indian movement, "Chief of the Wannabes." It looks like these two white men, Churchill and Morris, decided that the foolish little Indians didn't know how to be Indians or do things right, so they dubbed themselves "Indians" and established their pseudo-Indian empire. Ward Churchill's actions have greatly damaged the credibility of the legitimate activist voices of the Indian community. The National AIM office suspects that he is an agent whose agenda is to discredit and confuse the activist Indian community from within, but I think that this is giving him too much credit. I think that his envy, jealousy and a healthy dose of white man's guilt mixed with feelings of inadequacy might explain his motives. The big question is why Russell Means has allowed himself to be taken in by these wannabes. Everyone knows that without Means, Churchill and Morris would be laughed out of the country.

In Jackson's article it is obvious that the other Indian doers and activists in Colorado try to ignore Churchill, hoping he'll go away. Because of his reputation of bullying and intimidation, many Indian people will not publicly criticize him, but have nothing good to say about him. Ward Churchill and the pseudo-Indian movement are anti-tribe and anti-Indian; they threaten the very survival of American Indian peoples as distinct native cultures and sovereign nations.

David P. Bradley
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Really, it wasn't bad enough that Steve Jackson, in his handling of the 1992 counter-Columbus demonstration in Denver, portrayed AIM bullying a group of people who had repeatedly threatened certain of us, or that the article neglected to mention at all the months of negotiation we undertook in order to peacefully resolve our dispute with pro-Columbus demonstrators. These are obviously a couple of mere oversights which undoubtedly had no effect at all on what Jackson calls the balance and objectivity of his article.

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