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And regarding your complaint that Tom often turns episodes from Denver's past into circuslike events: I say, "Hooray!" A fun-loving trip down memory lane has much more appeal than a dry-as-dust lecture on history in some stuffy back classroom down at Metro! History can be such a blast if you can make it come alive. Enjoy it, have some fun and quit being such a spoilsport, Phil!

J. Eric Hammersmark
Denver

Let the Games Begin
I think it takes a lot of nerve for the owner of the Denver Broncos and all the rest of the fat pockets involved in getting a new stadium to even think of going to the taxpayers for any kind of assistance (Stuart Steers's "Bowlen for Dollars," December 20). When are the people with money coming out of their ears going to realize that the average taxpayer in the metro area could not care less about a new stadium or the Broncos in general? We all know that the reason behind wanting a new stadium is for the greedy top level in the organization to make more money and keep fattening the pockets of those overpaid players who for the most part make more in one game than most of us make working all year. I say to Mr. Bowlen and all the rest of them, pay for your own stadium; all you have to do is double the ticket prices on all those devoted fans who idolize and worship your players as if they were gods and you will be well on your way.

As for the tax now being used on Coors Field, after it's paid off let's continue the tax and filter it down to the homeless, hungry, handicapped and maybe even the educational institutions of the state. Again, I say this to high rollers: Wouldn't you feel real good as you head for your million-dollar mansions in Cherry Hills knowing that people and places that are really in need of help are benefitting, instead of the few that already have so much?

Alfonso Lucero
Littleton

Hot to Tot
I just wanted to say God bless the Rok Tots! (Hit Pick, February 22). I attended their February 23 show at Seven South. They were absolutely flawless and had more attitude in their little fingers than most bands dream of .

Until the gig's sudden halt due to an unfortunate altercation between someone in the crowd and the bass player, I was definitely enjoying watching a great band pull off a steadily moving, professional set of kickass songs. I don't know the details of what happened, but I'm saddened to hear that it resulted in 86'ing them from the bar.

Madison Lucas
Denver

A's You Like It
I very rarely read sports articles but had to laugh when I read Bill Gallo's February 29 column on the Oakland As, "Charles in Charge."

I don't know how the newspaper biz works, but whoever approved the article for publication is pretty dumb and could use a course in remedial English. Reference is made throughout the article to the "A's". Someone should clue you in to the difference between the plural and the possessive.

Jeff Reed
Denver

Editor's note: Well, Jeff, here's a clue for you from the Westword copy desk. According to the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual, the plural form of single letters should use an apostrophe before the "s." Only when more than one letter is used should "s" be added by itself, as in "ABCs." The idea behind this is that it's less confusing for the reader, and since communication is the point here, most newspapers follow this style. So mind your p's and q's, Jeff.

All Vets Are Off
On the last few occasions that I have had the misfortune of visiting Denver, I have had the good fortune of picking up copies of your newspaper, most all of which I enjoyed. I couldn't help but notice that the last few editions that I have read seemed largely devoted to the misfortunes, perceived or real, of various convicts serving their sentences in prison.

You see, Ms. Calhoun, I, too, am a prisoner and have suffered many injustices for the past 25 years. As a prisoner, I can empathize with--but I have no sympathy for--the convicts mentioned in your articles. You see, Ms. Calhoun, my crime is far different from theirs. My crime is that I am a veteran. A disabled veteran, ma'am, and I am not alone.

Richard Lee Warthen
Palmer Lake

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