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Art of the Deal
Calhoun, you are too kind. After reading your "Indecent Exposure," in the May 10 issue, I took a look at the alleged art. Mutombo should sue.

Herb Powers
Denver

Patricia Calhoun's column was the most mean-spirited piece I have ever read. Shame. Denver should be honored to have such a prominent tribute to three great athletes.

Name withheld on request

Rice Checks
Regarding the May 10 Feedback:
Michael Roberts and Westword have devoted more ink to Boyd Rice than any other local entertainer. Roberts is obviously impressed with Boyd's antics in the Partridge Family Temple and his kooky DJ nights at the Lion's Lair, going so far as to do a feature story on him in January and bestow a Best of Denver award on him last June.

But besides consistently promoting the wild wackiness that is Boyd Rice, Roberts has successfully hidden the most crucial aspect of Boyd's persona. Rice is a founding member of the white supremacist organization, the American Front, which is closely affiliated with the White Aryan Resistance (WAR). In James Ridgeway's book Blood in the Face--a history of the Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads and the rise of a new white culture--Boyd Rice is featured in his role as a prominent leader of the white supremacist movement. The book includes a photo of Rice in his Nazi regalia brandishing a large curved blade and staring intently into the camera.

The White Aryan Resistance, along with the American Front, has a considerable history of extreme violence, including the bombing of an NAACP office in California and the murder of an Ethiopian immigrant in Oregon.

Why Westword would go out of its way to keep the truth about Boyd from surfacing is almost as disturbing as Boyd's affinity toward Hitler and racial violence. Roberts's infatuation with Boyd's apparent playful silliness is helping to disguise a history of extreme violence and fanatical hatred of those outside the master race.

With the recent Oklahoma City bombing, the ideologies and actions of Boyd Rice and other American Front Nazis becomes relevant. White Aryan Resistance runs several computer bulletin boards that publish large volumes of material equating the United States government with the ZOG (Zionist Occupation Government).The WAR bulletin boards regularly publish tactics to be used to kill Jews and other enemies; the standard signing-off salutation is GFTT (Go for the Throat).

There is nothing cute about Boyd Rice and his American Front affiliations. When Michael Roberts begins working as the public-relations officer for leading white supremacists, the editors should see to it that the readers of Westword receive the full story.

Thomas C. Mestnik, co-chair
Denver Democratic Socialists of America

Michael Roberts replies: Mestnik's claim that I have devoted "more ink" to Boyd Rice than to any other local entertainer is patently absurd. So, too, is the assertion that Westword has not reported Rice's repugnant, racist views; they were explored in great detail in "Family Ties," a 1991 cover story written by Alan Prendergast. In addition to my Partridge Family Temple article, in which Rice played a secondary role, and the Best of Denver blurb, Rice has appeared in exactly three Feedback columns over the course of more than four years (each of which noted his affiliation with the Church of Satan). By comparison, Bits of Wood, Mestnik's band, was mentioned in eleven columns during the same period and also was the subject of a profile by writer John Young.

Vote Early, Vote Often
Regarding the May 3 Off Limits about Paula Woodward, fraudulent voter:
Would Wellington Webb try to stop prosecution of me if I committed fraudulent voter registration? Would he intervene if I showed people how easy it is to steal an aircraft or how to make a machine gun?

I guess it is okay if one gets permission first to break the law. In my opinion, Woodward should be prosecuted under the law. This type of journalism destroys a free society by teaching citizens how they can be criminals and that if they are elitists, they can get away with breaking the law.

Toby Holderbaum
Denver

Envoy Oy Vey!
I read with dismay about the brouhaha created by Ambassador Swanee Hunt's letter to the Austrian daily Die Neue Kronenzeitung ("Swanee's Song," April 26). I think your reporter Michelle Dally Johnston did a fine job clarifying all aspects of the "case," but since I am a personal friend of Swanee's and have seen her in action in her post, I wanted to share with Westword readers a few personal insights into the very positive contribution Colorado's own Swanee Hunt is making as our United States ambassador to Austria.

I know that ambassadors come in all stripes: Some are very social, some politically active, others contribute to the cultural exchanges between the United States and the countries to which they are assigned. The U.S. has the great fortune of having a woman for all seasons and for all these roles in Swanee Hunt. Swanee and husband Charles Ansbacher are gifted musicians in Vienna, one of the music capitals of the world. They have immersed themselves in the music scene in Vienna and have shared their personal talents, as well as supported and applauded the rich musical offerings for which the city is so justly famous.

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