Letters

Darleen Ford
Edgewater

Bravo to Steve Jackson for his thoughtful and articulate journalism. But a special bravo to Dr. Hern! While my words may be of little comfort to you given the harassing, irrational and just plain dangerous behavior of people such as Ken Scott, please realize that millions of women are grateful to you for your courage and strength. It is tragic that you are obliged to suffer from the attention of such unbalanced lunatics. With hope, Mr. Jackson's work will help to expose precisely how insane and menacing Mr. Scott is, and will remind us all of how important the services that you and other brave doctors like you are willing to provide.

Dr. Hern, I salute you and thank you again!
Joanna Hautin-Meyer
Denver

Road Warrior
T.R. Witcher: This is the first letter I have ever written to a writer regarding something I have seen in a newspaper. I was very impressed with your story on Jerry Stevens, "The High Road," in the February 6 issue. First of all, I appreciated the work and effort that went into making this piece understandable and comprehensible. You managed to convey the essence of the man as much as possible. I understand how hard personal transformations can be on any level, but to read about someone who had gone to the extreme heights and depths of this man's journey is quite remarkable. To emerge with insights and understandings instead of choosing the victim's path is very amazing. I am encouraged that it happened to a man who might teach his fellow men to take a different and enlightened view of their immediate environment, no matter what their circumstances.

Thank you for writing the article, and I would like to thank Jerry Stevens for sharing his story.

Mary Hume
Denver

He Has Seen the Future...
Regarding Andy Van De Voorde's "Do Not Adjust Your Set," in the February 13 issue:

What a story. You quote everybody: TCI officials, government officials. Let's see, who did you forget? Oh, yeah, the subscribers! That's why we're trying to build our own fiber-optic future in Boulder without the two parties who always seem to forget who the telecommunications future is supposed to serve in the first place.

Carter S. Johnson, chair
Citizens for Better Cable in Boulder

A Matter of Force
When I read Michael Sragow's Star Wars review, "The Force Is Almost With You," in the January 30 issue, I laughed out loud because it was so uncannily accurate and insightful. Sragow's review said all the things I had thought about that movie for twenty years, but it said them much better than I ever could. Don't get me wrong--I loved the movie as a sixth-grader and continue to enjoy it for what it's worth (it is better with Surround Sound). But Sragow's criticisms were hilariously true.

I opened the February 13 Westword to see a lot of whining, some of it less than articulate, about Sragow's audacity in criticizing the movie in any fashion. Don't let those idiots get you down, Mr. Sragow: You were right (but you probably already knew that).

Erika Enger
via the Internet

The Hep C Generation
As a hepatitis C sufferer myself, I am always on the lookout for general reading that will help other people, who are not infected, understand the disease. Steve Jackson's "Shot in the Arm," in the January 16 issue, was an excellent article.

Accolades to Steve Jackson!
Chris Kendall
Rumson, NJ

I believe that the more these statistics on hepatitis C are published, the more the public will be willing to provide the financial support necessary to research a cure. I appreciate the fact that you compared and related the HCV virus to the HIV virus. So very much money is being raised to help fund HIV research, and I hope that raising the public's level of awareness of the severity of HCV will encourage more support.

It is so frustrating to have something that is such a mystery to much of the medical profession as well as the public. I want you to know how very much I appreciate what you wrote. Thank you!

Sue Wolfrom
via the Internet

As a member of the "Silent Epidemic," I applaud your article on hep C. Too bad more people aren't exposed to this kind of information. It would make things easier when I have to tell friends I'm "too tired" to do XYZ...Never mind the part about not having access to insurance. Hey, that's Social Darwinism, a policy for the Nineties!

Jackie Read
via the Internet

My wife was first diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1994. In May 1995 she started to go downhill fast. On July 29, 1995, she was added to the transplant list, then transplanted on September 29, 1995. At the time of the transplant, the doctors said that she might have lasted another week. Anyone familiar with HCV knows that even a transplant is not a complete cure and that the new liver is infected in a short period of time. If the new liver fails, another transplant is a possibility--but the donors' organization is in the process of changing its liver allocation policy, and that could jeopardize this possibility. I seriously suggest that anyone with hepatitis C contact the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and recommend the rejection of these changes.

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