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Coach Potatoes
Having read the McCartney article by Teri Thompson ("McCartney's Greatest Hits," November 30), it still amazes me as to the amount of fear that she and her ilk are under. One has to wonder whether the half-truths espoused by her will be taken as gospel, or whether the reader will be open-minded enough to see through the closed-narrow-mindedness of the article.

You bet McCartney has had problems and has made mistakes. Since he isn't Jesus Christ but merely human, it's bound to happen, yet he is one of the few individuals trying to build up people rather than tear them down with attractive but devastating "pop" programs that enrich the people who put on the program and destroy the people they are "trying to help."

If Bill is a neo-Christian right-wing male, Teri, are you a neo-liberal, irreligious left-wing feminist?

To me, to say that McCartney said to take control of families through whatever means necessary seems to say that dominance is what you are implying. Were you there for any of the Promise Keeper rallies? If you were, either you missed repeated messages of love and respect for wives and family or you chose to not hear these messages on purpose. If you relied on other sources of info, you got shortchanged.

In conclusion, it's your right to write cheap-shot, half-researched articles. But the question is: Is that your best, or can you rise above mediocrity?

Warren B. Marshall
Denver

Bravo to Teri Thompson! It's nice to see her byline again. While Denver's regular sports journalists are going through mental contortions trying to think of new ways to deify "Preacher Bill" McCartney, Ms. Thompson tells it like it is. I think her description of Promise Keepers as a group to "encourage men to take control of their families" (especially their wives?) "through whatever means necessary" is right on target.

"Preacher Bill" may believe he's being guided by God's light, but it's the limelight he's really after. It was sheer arrogance to demand that players attend prayer session, to make pro-life speeches at a player's funeral and to use the full trappings of CU to condemn all gays and lesbians as a class. It was also sheer arrogance to steal the football team's and Rashaan Salaam's moment in the limelight by the way he announced his retirement.

Make no mistake: "Preacher Bill" will be back. He likes publicity too much. Now that he's a private person, he can wage his war of intolerance and Christian supremacy without any restraints whatsoever. And Promise Keepers is the perfect vehicle for his dreams of greater glory for himself.

Peter Gross
Denver

Mind Over Natter
After reading Eric Dexheimer's "Innocence Lost," in the November 23 issue, I wonder why the parents of one of Spencer Day's victims are suing his parents instead of the psychiatrists and "treatment programs" that actually molded his mind.

The Days were obviously devoted and caring parents, as demonstrated by the fact that they spent over $400,000 for their adopted son's "treatments." As he spent the majority of his life in psychiatric institutions, it was the "guidance" of the psychiatrists, not the neglect of the parents, that turned a young preschooler with only minor problems into a child molester.

Psychiatrists had Spencer on the addictive drug Ritalin before he even reached kindergarten. Per the Physician's Desk Reference, there is no diagnostic criteria for the "syndrome" for which Ritalin is usually prescribed, and it is unknown how or if it works. Among its numerous complications is the fact that its use can cause behavior disturbances and psychosis. Is it any wonder his problems suddenly became much more severe?

The resulting stay at Cleo Wallace served only to teach him sexual perversion. While an official denies that sex occurred between the boys and claims Spencer must have previously had such tendencies, I find it unlikely that a nine-year-old boy would have been contemplating sex with other boys prior to being exposed to it in this facility. Let's face it: Cleo Wallace must deny it--or face numerous lawsuits.

Though psychiatrists themselves state that "aversion therapy" has yet to produce beneficial results, they used it at Northwest Passages. Having Day look at pornographic pictures while administering painful electric shock served only to make him associate violence with sex. Despite knowing he was worse after this "treatment" and a risk to the community, they released him into it--where he violently molested three young boys.

If you became blind after a treatment for the flu, you would sue the doctor who treated you for malpractice. Psychiatrists escape this, hiding their incompetence behind a cloak of authority and claiming that mental "illness" can be treated but not cured and is too complex for anyone other than themselves to understand. But when each of Day's "treatments" so drastically worsened his condition, it's no small wonder his therapists have legal concerns.

Mark Stout
Denver

The story about Spencer Day was very chilling but important reading for parents and the rest of society. I want to congratulate Eric Dexheimer for doing such a thorough job and keeping sensationalism to a minimum. These situations are difficult to read about (and I imagine even more difficult to write about), but that is no reason for us to put our heads in the sand and pretend that people like this do not exist.

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