LETTERS

LoDo Lowdown
Regarding Patricia Calhoun's September 6 column, "It's Not Over Till It's Over," I submit the following comments:

It's not over, Patricia...it's just under way.
Your depiction of LoDo development is unbalanced and over-emotional, because it details symptoms rather than true, underlying problems caused by LoDo development. Consider the following:

You note uncontrolled, late-night revelers drinking and vomiting and your preference for pre-development LoDo bums who "confined their Technicolor yawns to the alleys..." Regarding late-night revelers, the issue is bar owners and patrons refusing to serve/drink responsibly and safeguard each other, as well as society and/or insufficient policework. Regarding your preference to view homeless, drug-addicted and/or mentally tormented alcoholics vomiting in a dark alley, how could you wish that misfortune on anyone to preserve a "historic district"? Tax dollars created by LoDo development support the homeless in Denver. In any case, the issues above are not caused by LoDo development!

You subordinate a homeowner's high-priced lofts to turn-of-the-century warehouses used by urban pioneers? High-priced lofts were built as a result of market demand, not in spite of it! Patricia, your essay reflects the minority view; hence, you must respect an individual's right to purchase and own his home--where, when and how he wishes. If you want to reside within a historic district, move to Leadville! You'll find the infrastructure and public services there pretty much turn-of-the-century! Like LoDo development, the towns of Cripple Creek, Black Hawk, Central City and most ski towns (which were once mining towns) had their decaying, economic infrastructures completely rebuilt due to commercialization. When required, development was voted on and approved. Voters knowingly traded off some "historic" form for modern-day "function." In doing so, these towns became sound municipalities contributing revenue, jobs and economic infrastructure to Colorado. Now these towns hustle and bustle, allowing fun times and future memories for all rather than just preserving historic memories for some.

Humans are the sum of their experiences and memories. From birth, we confuse comfort with conformity, familiarity with repetition and change with loss. Childhood pictures, high school yearbooks, diaries, wedding albums and family reunions rekindle fond memories of how things used to be when things were good. Unfortunately, some refuse to let go of the past and preserve nostalgic memories and history as an emotional foundation for narcissism and retreat. Society finds its own balance when trading form for function or historical preservation for growth. With enlightened concern, balanced support and managed growth, when the dusts settles, LoDo will be a better place for all Denverites to enjoy both now and in the future.

Timothy L. Muller
Denver

China Crisis
Patricia Calhoun: From your column on James Dobson and the current conference on women in China ("Girl Crazy," July 26), I assume you read the entire August newsletter and not just the partial quotes used in your article. It puzzles me why his statements provoked such virulent anger.

Dobson clearly, with documentation, addressed the mockery of a conference on women in China--a country with a history of oppression. China is now a nation with even less respect for women.

The conference has as its agenda the promotion of activities that degrade women, that degrade men in the family unit, that degrade the family. Instead, they should be promoting the value of women, of male/female relationships and the value of family as a unit of stability and character development. True "gender equality" respects the strengths and weaknesses of each individual and each gender, and it seeks to strengthen each.

Our nation was based on principles that recognized the value of the individual in a productive, growing society--Christian principles. I hope that we as a nation can remember this. Then, as we continue our struggle for truth and understanding, we may help others break free of the lies that bind them.

Libbie Speer
Denver

Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson
Regarding Steve Jackson's "By the Book," in the September 6 issue:
I've never written to a newspaper before, but the story of Pauline Robinson's life prompted me to do so now. It is a real page-turner, and it brought tears to my eyes, a smile to my lips and gladness to my heart. If anything can foster a more together, nonracist world, Pauline Robinson's story is my choice to do so. Thank you, Mrs. Robinson. The world needs fewer lawyers and more librarians like yourself.

Maria Matthews
Denver

More Cross Words
I read with great interest Ward Harkavy's cover story detailing the financial resources behind Marilyn Hickey, Marilyn Hickey Ministries and the Happy Church ("Let Us Pay," August 30). During the summer of 1994 I spent two weeks as a temporary employee in the data-entry section of Marilyn Hickey Ministries. Although my tenure was mercifully brief, I noticed several practices I considered highly irregular, especially for a business that considers itself a Christian ministry. First, there was the brand-new (it still had its temporary license plates) forest-green Range Rover that was always parked in the areas reserved for upper-level staff and ministers. Next, I noticed the other employees who shared work space with those of us in data entry were considered the "customer service" department, an appellation I thought odd in light of Marilyn Hickey Ministries' supposedly evangelical mission. However, after reading Harkavy's article, I am convinced this designation was apt, for the people at Marilyn Hickey Ministries do regard those who call the prayer lines, order the products and send in contributions to be "customers"--individuals to be exploited for profit.

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