What I don't understand is how--and why--getting a tax break is "like turning a key in a lock."

Maymie Rolfs

When Pigskin Flies
I agree with Bill Gallo's "Let's Get Ready to R-r-r-rollerblade!" in the March 7 issue. Give us a break--just how dumb does Pat Bowlen think his fans are? He states that 25 percent of the new stadium will be paid for by him. Of course it will, when pigsEfly. The higher ticket prices, higher prices on the luxury boxes, extremely high prices on food and drinks--that's where the 25 percent is coming from, not from Patrick's pockets. I don't see Elway offering any of his salary for anything; at least Troy Aikman gave a million of his salary to get Deion Sanders to play for Dallas. Elway is like Pat Bowlen--greedy--and he's not going to donate any of his salary. The $20 million they offered Deion would go a long way toward fixing up Mile High.

Say, Pat, you want to leave? Be my guest. First of all, you'd better find a city that will take all you losers. Ever stop to think you won't fill up other stadiums? So move--take your Broncos, your has-been quarterback, and leave. I myself think your Broncos couldn't beat a class of first-graders. I'm not a fan and never will be one. Give me any team but Muleface Elway and his burros.

What a joke.
Vincent Sandoval

How come the other five counties in the Coors sales-tax district seem to have nothing to say about the proposed Bronco stadium? All I see in the newspapers is that Pat Bowlen wants this and that in his stadium, and Mayor Webb and the city council go along with whatever Pat wants. I never see anything that the other five counties have to say.

If Pat Bowlen wants a stadium, let him put some of his money into it and not expect the people of the six counties to fund it. He wants luxury boxes, a dome, natural grass, etc., etc., to be paid for by the sales tax; he is also dictating the items on the contract he wants. And no one gets to say anything pro or con. Before the stadium is voted on, let's see the contract. Some of the things I want:

1. Ten percent of the seats in the stadium between the forty-yard lines will be allotted by lottery on Wednesday before home games to non-season-ticket holders. This will give everybody a chance to see the games.

2. Ten percent of parking and advertising revenue will be used to pay off the stadium. Also, concessions and other revenue.

3. Sales tax will be deleted when the stadium is paid for.
4. No members of the stadium committee will be allowed to work for the Broncos for five years after completion of the stadium.

There are other items to be put into the contract--like the Broncos will not move until the six-county area agrees to the move by vote--but you get the idea.

As you can guess, I am not in favor of paying for a new Taj Mahal for Pat Bowlen. If he can afford to live in Cherry Hills and buy a football team and all the extras that go with a millionaire's life, why should the ordinary people be asked to build a castle for the Bronco millionaire club? Before this becomes a done deal, how about sticking up for Joe Sixpack?

John I. Goetschius

All Wet
Regarding Robin Chotzinoff's "Life of the Party," in the February 14 issue:
I think this was an unforgettable piece of writing, hilarious and sad. Robin handled this truly bizarre story with humorous facts but never laughed at "weeping widow Shaun."

The story reminded me of a Woody Allen skit. I read it three times, because I was laughing so hard I missed some of the gems. I was also touched by Shaun. She took her widow mission seriously and did a darn good job of it. Louie would have been proud.

Elaine McBride

All Wet
As a member of the Douglas County Water Resource Authority, I read with interest Stuart Steers's "Dry County," in the February 7 issue. The county must act responsibly to insure a continuing and economically feasible water supply, and the county and its water providers are doing just that through the Douglas County Water Resource Authority. However, it is hardly time for panic, as your article implies.

Douglas County is not running out of groundwater today. Water providers currently have access to 9,100,000 acre-feet of groundwater underlying their service areas that can be legally withdrawn at a rate of 91,000 acre-feet per year. This is only the groundwater underlying the service areas of water providers in the county, and it represents only a fraction of the groundwater available in the county.

For 1994, records show, the major water providers used only about 10,000 acre-feet of groundwater. Using 10,000 acre-feet of a 9-million-acre-foot supply is not overdevelopment of the aquifer system. This is evidenced by the fact that the aquifers are still "full" and the declines that you talk about are only in the pressure head above the aquifer.

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