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All Bets Are Off
Regarding Karen Bowers's "Laws of Chance" in the May 18 issue:
Great story on the gambling community's problems. Just what the hell did those people expect? Instead of finding creative solutions to economic problems, the first thing they lunge for is legalized gambling. We now have what were once quiet, sedate places being overrun by every pinhead with an extra quarter to throw away. These towns got what they deserved: cops with more than dubious backgrounds and more work than they can handle. I feel sorry for the people who didn't want gambling but got reamed by the majority in their stampede to legitimize an industry that has no place in what is the most beautiful state in the Union.

I don't feel sorry for the morons who throw away their life savings on slot machines and then cry about it. Wake up--nobody forced you to go. What this world needs is a serious dose of self-control.

J. Gilbert
Denver

As a frequent visitor to the casinos in Black Hawk, I am always impressed by the tidiness and safety of the town. Going up there is just good, clean fun. Whatever his experience in Littleton, it seems that Chief Jerry Yocom is doing a good job of keeping order in Black Hawk. Shouldn't we judge a man by what he does now, not by past rumor and innuendo?

Mrs. Arthur Powell
Denver

I Love Lucien
While reading Robin Chotzinoff's story about Lucien Wulsin ("The Lucien Show," May 25), all I could think was: What a way to go! His zest for life is truly inspirational. At half his age, I wish I had half his energy.

Sally Fernandez
Denver

As a longtime acquaintance of Lucien Wulsin, I want you to rest assured that Robin Chotzinoff captured his unique personality perfectly. Would that we all could burn our business suits and dance through life.

Name withheld on request

You Auto Know Better
Bill Gallo's vehement defense of auto racing ("The Race Issue," May 25) was colorful and well written. Unfortunately, high-quality writing without equally high-quality thinking may well do more harm than good. There was a defensiveness in tone similar to those who assert their right to own assault weapons or smoke wherever they damn well please.

I've been to Indy Car and Formula One races, but I've been more impressed by downhill ski racers and cyclists whose skill and courage are primary to their success rather than secondary to the skill of engineers. The problem isn't inherently the Indy Car or Formula One circuits thmselves. The greatest argument for their adding value to society is one Gallo didn't raise, which is that they greatly advance the state of automobile engineering and encourage innovation, though why they eschew things like airbags escapes me.

No, the problem is with image. If we emulate our racing heroes by tearing up the landscape on ATVs or dirt bikes, or by driving fast or more frequently, or in any way give in to a car-worship that does more than anything else to unnecessarily consume, pollute and aggravate, then the image of these heroes testing their courage and skills is something less than heroic.

P.S. How did Gallo know we have a Toyota Tercel in the driveway? Happily, on the vast majority of our family's outings that's exactly where we leave it.

Richard Brenne
Bouldery

Pity Is as Pity Does
In response to the May 18 letter from Tom Gomez of National Image about Kenny Be's May 4 Worst-Case Scenario, "Risa":

Mr. Gomez, if you insist on sweating the small stuff, I'm offering a serious rebuttal to your tear-jerking, pity-pot letter.

The cartoon that angered you was neither derogatory nor offensive, but in my opinion a true representation of part of the Hispanic community. Take a good, hard look at our community. The number of illegal aliens living in this country is appalling. Women cross the border, have their children on American soil, and the American taxpayers (such as myself) are paying their bills. In addition, there are the gangs, drugs and violence surrounding the Hispanic community. This is not a groundless, bigoted accusation; it is fact.

I am proud of my Hispanic heritage, but I live in America and I speak the language of this country, which is English--not Spanish. Those who feel that Spanish should be taught as the primary language in the school system should go back to Mexico. America is a melting pot, and despite the divergent backgrounds of her citizens, most Americans gain fluency in the English language. Would you live in Germany and expect the German people to change their academic benchmarks for your benefit? Would you move to Algeria and expect printed material to show both Arabic and Spanish? Why is Cinco de Mayo celebrated here? Is the Fourth of July celebrated in Mexico? I think not.

And what of the purchase price of the old DA's building? You are not willing to pay the price the City of Denver is charging. Instead, you want the building either free of charge or at a reduced rate. Equality? I think not.

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