LETTERS

Georgia on My Mind
Regarding Steve Jackson's "Denver or Busted," in the September 14 issue:
Georgia Caven makes you feel special at a time when you really know you're all alone. With all the people she sees and all the complex cases she deals with, it's like you're just one of a special few in a little clinic. When all the changing doctors start to screw up, it's Georgia you call to get the story straight and everything back on track.

She's incredible.
John Carter
Denver

I thought the story on Georgia Caven was very uplifting--and very unusual to read in Westword, which is usually devoted to exposing the most recent scandal and dirt.

I hope that the city is able to make an exception to its residency rule for this woman. She certainly seems one of a kind! Denver should not lose her.

Jane Lewis
Denver

I am writing to you in regard to the article about Georgia Caven. I would like to thank you for writing such a wonderful article on such an outstanding woman. I cannot even begin to tell you what losing Georgia would mean to this community. Georgia has been sent by God to help the inner-city people of Denver.

God has blessed Georgia with a servant's heart--a heart not too many people are willing to accept, a heart Georgia has welcomed with open arms. God has entrusted her to help his people--the sick and oppressed of this world--and her work is now in the direction of helping AIDS victims and their families. The homeless people of our community are indebted to her for her work. She will guide them in whatever path needs to be taken.

Georgia will be able to adjust to any change in her life. But my concern is, will Denver General be able to adjust without Georgia?

God's work is done through Georgia, and she will never leave any stone unturned. As you stated in your article, she will even go under the bridges to find the oppressed of our city. Georgia is a member of the Church in the City, and I have seen her in action, not only with the people in the inner city but with every person she is in contact with. God has truly blessed me by allowing me to share a friendship with Georgia, and I pray that things will go her way. I have faith in what God will choose for Georgia.

Charlene O'Malley
Thornton

You might choose to do a small favor for DGH nurses, Denver firefighters, police and others. The city now gets tough about residency requirements. But, in turn, shouldn't the city make a stronger effort to provide sensible financing for them as they buy their required house or condo or else rent within the county? Quick loan approval and as good a rate as the credit union or other entity could provide--plus skipping discount points and loan origination fees--would help.

You make us live here? That can be sensible. But how about helping make it possible for this group of civil servants?

Patrick Bourgeron
Denver

They're Toast
Regarding Bill Gallo's "Thrown for a Loss," in the September 14 issue:
My only consolation this football season apparently will be reading Bill Gallo's excellent prose--which stands in stark contrast to the Broncos' miserable performance.

My vote goes to "The Eleven Slices of Toast"--but make that "milk toast."
Hal Walden
Denver

Can We Talk?
My congratulations to Arthur Hodges for his September 14 article "Can't We All Get Along?" about "facilitators," or whatever they call them these days. It's a sad commentary on today's society that we must pay extra for common sense.

Arlene McDougal
Denver

It's Not Easy Being Green
Regarding Robin Chotzinoff's "Chile Days Ahead," in the September 14 issue:
Thank you, thank you, Westword! No longer will I hold my head in shame when I go through the supermarket checkout line with a cart full of Stokes green chile. With all the restaurants around here that make good green chile (and friends who do it with produce from their own gardens!), I've always felt guilty about my Stokes addiction.

Now Robin Chotzinoff has set me free.
Susie Myers
Denver

As far as I am concerned, Stokes green chile will always be canned fat. How about writing a story about something that's good for you for a change?

Joel Hirsch
Boulder

Be True to Your School
As a former Graland parent, I would like to comment on your August 31 cover story, "Book 'em," by Steve Jackson. Much of what was written in Jackson's article was accurate, but what you failed to report (perhaps it's not "sensational" enough to be newsworthy?) is that the incidents mentioned represent only a very few children and a very small percentage of what goes on at Graland. The other 90 percent of life at Graland is characterized by truly wonderful, considerate kids, a dynamic and enthusiastic teaching staff and supportive, fair-minded parents. Let's not let the problem of a few (which I do think exists and merits both discussion and action) overshadow the warmth and caring and ethics of the majority at Graland.

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