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Sludge Match
Regarding Richard Fleming's April 19 article, "Don't Spread on Me," on the dispute between the City of Boulder and the Somerset housing development over the spreading of sludge bio-waste on rural land: I hope that the residents of Somerset each have their own septic systems and drainage fields. It would be unjust and hypocritical of them to put their sludge on any other community, county or ecosystem.

David W. Olson
Littleton

I say "Sludge away, City of Boulder!" As a Boulder resident who has watched with horror as housing developments have threatened to take over the county's open space, I heartily cheer the city's attempt to buy more land to be treated with biosolids and used as farmland.

Debbie Quackenbush claims Boulder is "using the city's sludge...to punish newly arrived residents and real estate developers...for the Californization of their community." Good. I've seen the overdeveloped hillsides of California (and the resulting mudslides), and I don't care to see the same thing surrounding Boulder. One look at Rock Creek (tract housing of the Nineties) is enough to turn my stomach. Quackenbush says she left California to get away from development, yet she moves here and does the very same thing to Colorado. Thanks a lot.

My hope is that there will be another boom state in a few years, and all these transplants/boom followers will find their next dream home there. Have any of you been to Montana lately?

Trena Moya
Boulder

Out of the Norm
Westword, you artfully withheld facts regarding talk-show host Dr. Norm Resnick and patriot gadfly Mark Koernke to make it appear that KHNC supports Koernke (Off Limits, April 26). As you said, Dr. Resnick interviewed Koernke last year. But after a few times on the air, it became apparent to Resnick that Koernke was not credible, and he has repeatedly said as much on his show. In addition, KHNC hosts Paul Dinsmore and Ray Parker have regularly vilified Koernke on the air as a nutcase who is hurting the patriot movement. It's odd that you only obliquely referred to this "falling out." While President Clinton demonizes conservative talk-show hosts as "purveyors of hate," the public needs facts about the patriot movement, not coy journalism.

Johnathan Clark
Broomfield

Editor's note: For more of those facts, turn to Ward Harkavy's story "Doom and Doomer," on page 15.

An Inside Chance
Regarding Richard Fleming's "Choosing Sides," in the April 26 issue:
As a longtime activist on Rocky Flats issues, I think it's encouraging and hopeful that Melinda Kassen is environmental counsel for the new Rocky Flats contractor, Kaiser-Hill. She's a committed and experienced environmental lawyer and an intelligent, articulate person. Who better to work for an adequate, safe cleanup at Rocky Flats?

Melinda's hiring shows a new attitude on the part of the Department of Energy and its contractor. No previous Rocky Flats contractor hired an environmentalist who had spent years making life difficult for the plant.

The cynicism of those environmentalists who say she has sold out to "the other side" is disappointing. Do they think that everyone on the public payroll is a sellout? Does not the same conscientious conviction that drives them to work for change "from the outside" also drive others of good conscience to work for change "from the inside"?

Thomas M. Rauch
Denver

Jefferson Airplanes
Regarding Eric Dexheimer's "Plane Truth," in the April 26 issue:
Who is Eric Dexheimer, anyway? Obviously a paid flunky for John Andrews or Renee Reinhart. If he knows so much, how come he has not made himself known to the Citizens for General Aviation? We meet once a week, and if he is there, he never says a word. One thing for sure: He doesn't live in the neighborhoods near Jeffco airport. If he did, he would be as violently opposed as C for GA is.

The truth: Real estate prices will drop $15,000 to $20,000 per home, according to anyone trying to sell around here and local agents who work the area. How can Rik Hansen compare our neighborhood to the one around Stapleton? They are about as different as could be. And he has not noticed an increase in noise for the past twenty years--this guy must be dead from the neck up.

This "non-issue" is "the issue" for C for GA. We will not tolerate the noise, pollution, increased traffic for an already increasingly crowded area, drop in property values (of course, we will all file tax grievances and have our taxes reduced as a result of this airport) or endangerment to the bald-eagle nesting area, not to mention the danger that increased use of Jeffco airport will pose to the thousands of children who live around here.

I encourage anyone wishing to, to stand up and fight. Go to Citizens for General Aviation meetings. Write to the Jeffco commissioners. Why did we open DIA, anyway? Certainly not to put more jets in our backyard.

I suggest that Eric Dexheimer go to a C for GA meeting and get his facts current. Believe me, we would love to meet him.

Jayne Hartman
Westminster

Audit Plaudits
We're in that weekly newspaper window where an event occurs after the writing but before the reading--in this case, Denver's election. So readers will know--but I don't--that auditor candidates Jack McCroskey and/or Sandy Adams are/are not in the June 6 runoff election. Arthur Hodges's otherwise excellent piece on wannabe watchdogs, "Check, Please," in the April 26 issue, included two minor errors: First, I am not campaign manager to my friend of twenty years' standing, father of light rail Jack McCroskey. I'm just another dedicated hardcore fanatical volunteer for this honest, tough, mean old dude. Second, Sandy Adams's transfer of her expired New York CPA registration (void since 1987) to Colorado occurred after the beginning of the auditor's race, not before it. Specifically, it was on February 22 that Sandy transferred her New York license here, using a loophole in Colorado law, despite the fact that she does not meet continuing education standards to be a current CPA in either state. Why does that matter? Because Sandy had been holding herself out as a current Colorado CPA for months before that, which violates state regulations. And because continuing education (although halfway just a union card) is halfway relevant to maintaining competence and ethics. She ain't got either.

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