The Slime of Your Life
Just when I think Patricia Calhoun may be developing a lick of sense, along comes a column like "The Mind Is Reeling" (December 21) to restore my faith. Comparing life to movies may work for a P.J. O'Rourke, but it falls flat when done by humorless folks such as Calhoun.

How bad can the new Republican majority be? We are rid of the mindless musings of Joycelyn Elders, and our esteemed president is actually talking about keeping one campaign promise. (Talk is only that, however.)

How hypocritical can Hillary Clinton be? She calls it "absurd" to put children in group homes while pushing the feminist ideal that women abandon their children at six weeks to strangers (also known as daycare).

Bill and Hillary can be excused for being distracted. They have a lot to be worried about. If the truth about Whitewater comes out, it's to prison they'll be goin'.

Regarding Ruben Perez, I do believe he will be fired. No good deed goes unpunished. Our new superintendent of schools should be run out of town and replaced by Mr. Perez.

On the homeowners' protection act (not "Make My Day," as the leftist press calls it): It needs to be expanded to include Mr. Coleman. These dirtbags threatened Coleman and probably would have come back. Thank God and Bob Coleman one of them now can't. Ms. Calhoun, until you've been victimized by human slime such as this, you have nothing to say on it.

Once again, thank you for the great coverage of the airport.
Pat Desrosiers

The Light Stuff
Arthur Hodges's article on the possibility of light-rail expansion ("Stop That Train!," December 21) doesn't go far enough. Hodges rightly states that the expansion was already set to go before the "demonstration line" was even running. In a published article not too long ago, Jack McCroskey said this was never a demonstration line, but that is "exactly" how it was presented to the voters--who, by the way, voted it down. How did we get it? We got the light-rail just like we've gotten most of the other headaches in Denver--by the boards doing what's "right" for Denver.

Stop the Insanity shouldn't be a book by a crew-cut blond woman talking about weight loss, it should be about the history of Denver. Light rail only works where the population density is about double of what we have in Denver. This is a point which has been totally ignored, even though the RTD board had this information long before their push for the light-rail system. Buses, which have the capability to adjust to routes where ridership is needed or not needed, are a much more viable system of transportation. It was originally estimated that light rail would cost the taxpayers of Denver a "mere" $43,000 per new rider, and that was only the construction cost, not the cost in upkeep.

Let's face it: Denver is trying too hard to be a part of the big leagues. It's got a new international airport, even though it's not open, and a new baseball team, even though they aren't playing. Why shouldn't we have a new light-rail system to bankrupt our town like all the other big-league cities? Arthur Hodges, you were entirely too kind!

Alan Fleming

Family Matters
Karen Bowers's "A House Divided," in the December 21 issue, was a real page-turner! My heart goes out to the entire Wahrle family. Whatever the truth may be, it is clear that they have all suffered.

Louise Parker

The Wahrles' story came just as I have been reviewing an excellent book on this topic by the son of an old friend of ours. Victims of Memory...Incest Accusations and Shattered Lives, by Mark Pendergrast, is just being released by Upper Access Books of Hinesburg, Vermont. It is a compelling and compassionate account of what is becoming a national tragedy, as your story confirms. I commend the book to you for a review in Westword. The Wahrles are not alone.

Byron L. Johnson, Professor of Economics-Emeritus
University of Colorado at Denver

Surrender Dorothy
I tremendously enjoyed the pieces on Dorothy Parker (Bill Gallo's "Dorothy In Toto" and "Final Cuts," December 21). Sadly, Ms. Parker was underappreciated in her day as a humorist and remains so in our time. I did, however, take offense at Gallo's statements that "high art has fallen on hard times" and that "the age of literacy has passed, and with it an underlying respect for the word." I beg to differ. The Denver area is blessed to be home to some of the best spoken-word artists in the country. Performers such as Don Becker, the angry Seth, the hilarious Ken Grealy and the dangerous Kalib Hunter obviously put great stock in the word and the power it can convey. These writers are only a few of the gems Denver can offer, and they are the voices that upcoming generations will rightfully quote. I believe that any of them could not only hold their own with the repartee at Ms. Parker's roundtable but could probably set it on its ear. Before you condemn, Mr. Gallo, take a good look around you.

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