Poem on the Range
Regarding the September 13 Off Limits:
Legal lyrics not done solo
News for some within Westword
Prosecution prose pro bono
But not without some effort.
Verse is not an easy art
As anyone can see
Rhyming is the biggest part
At least it is for me.
So when I see a poet
Whose verse is free or blank
I try hard not to show it
But I really don't like that style very much.
Craig Silverman
Chief Deputy DA, Denver

When Worse Comes to Ursa
I am writing to tell you how disappointed I am with Westword and Robin Chotzinoff for siding with the Denver Zoo in the September 13 article titled "We're Loaded for Bear." The issue about Snow and Klondike moving to Florida involves a lot more than where the two bears will spend the rest of their lives. If the bears go, it won't make a lot of difference, but if they stay here, they will continue to educate and entertain generations of Colorado's children.

This is an issue about a government entity taking our tax dollars and donations without being accountable to the people for their actions. The Denver Zoological Foundation operates on a 1956 agreement that allows them to do whatever they want with almost no accountability to anyone.

Ms. Chotzinoff said that the Zoo Two-Save Our Bears Foundation was proposing building something at the Stapleton site just to house the bears. This is crazy! The Save Our Bears Foundation suggested building something like San Diego's successful Wild Animal Park. This second facility would help all the animals, not just Snow and Klondike. It would also free up room at the present zoo for more improvements there. Why help Florida? Can't we have it all here?

The zoo has stated that there isn't room for the bears here. That simply isn't true. Northern Shores used to have eight bears. With Snow and Klondike we now have only seven bears. We also have enough genetic diversity to breed them here. We have two females and one male that are not related to Snow and Klondike! When Klondike and Snow are adults (in two to four years), they could be introduced to those bears for breeding.

In the article, the zoo's Angela Baier said, "It's time for them to go. We're maxed out on polar bears." I don't think this sounds like someone who wants to do "what is best for the bears." The zoo is hiding a lot of information from the public, and Westword got sucked into their lies. I think someone at the zoo is getting something under the table! The facts just don't add up.

I wish I could draw. I would love to update your cartoon on the cover to show Clayton Freiheit and Angela Baier's faces in place of Klondike and Snow's. "Clayton and Angela MUST GO!" The zoo director's comments about "SOBs" and Kinsey's past careers say a lot about the quality of people we have in the top ranks at the zoo. Thank goodness they don't care for the animals!

Alan Davis

I have to agree with Robin Chotzinoff about Klondike and Snow. Sure, they were cute, but hey, they're not exactly babies anymore. There are much better things to see at the zoo. Like my favorite, the red panda. I also agree that the gift shops are overcrowded with these two nuisances. Last time I went, the only other thing in the store were some stuffed dolphins. The zoo needs to hurry up and ship those bears to Florida so people can enjoy the zoo again.

Gena Lasater

Just finished reading Robin Chotzinoff's "We're Loaded for Bear," and it did make me laugh.

But being humorous is no excuse for inaccuracy. Don't know which novel the writer read about polar bears in Churchill, Alaska (reportedly based on true accounts), but her geography is way off. Churchill is on the migratory route for polar bears, true enough, but the town is located on Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba, in Canada. Alaska is thousands of miles west and a part of the United States.

Just wanted to clarify that one point.
Gloria Zakus

Way to go, Chotzinoff! I thought I was the only one who was tired of those damn bears. If only the TV stations paid as much attention to real issues instead of to furry media stars.

Jay Frank
Denver Hit the Bricks
In Stuart Steers's "Tricky Bricks," in the September 13 issue, Sue O'Brien is quoted as believing "the infield was for folks with pull." My brick is in center field with the Mick, Mays and DiMaggio. Infield pull, my backside!

Tom Van Arsdale

Rust in Peace
Regarding Michael Roberts's "Ohio or Bust," in the September 13 issue:
As a native of Akron/Kent, Ohio, I was not at all surprised by M. Roberts's carp coverage of Cleveland, under the guise of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bit. Mike mentioned the Cuyahoga burning. Been swimming in the self-heating ponds at Rocky Flats lately, Mike? We Rust-Belters are human beings; the U.S. war machine sucked us dry. Where do we turn for opportunity? Denver's open arms, nuclear arms?

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