Kenneth Flowers
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Tied Up in Yellow Tape
Patricia Calhoun's columns on the Ramsey case, most recently "The Worst-Laid Plans," in the January 30 issue, were really on the mark. I can't believe some letter-writer had the audacity to comment that the Boulder police should be left alone to do their job. What exactly is their job? Stringing up yellow tape? I can't believe they still have not interviewed the Ramseys. If a murder had happened in anyone else's home, they would likely be in custody until the police had sufficiently questioned them. What is going on here?

If it were my child, I would be cooperating to the nth degree to provide the police with anything that might help with the case. Something really strange is going on here, and it appears that a motive of protecting the culprit is being pursued to drag this out until the public forgets about it and moves on to something else. The Boulder PD does not appear to be doing its job and is just delaying to let the trail go cold.

Cal Anton
via the Internet

I agree that the Ramsey murder case is bizarre. When wealth and influence enter a case, facts often become garbled and jumbled. However, there is a new program that can help parents prepare should their child ever be missing. It is called Child Trace, and it allows you to save a sample of your child's DNA. Parents simply rub the inside of their child's cheek with cotton swabs and place them in a vial containing a preservative.

Also, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a Web site--http://missingkids.org--that offers tips for parents on choosing a babysitter, selecting a daycare provider, protecting children in cyberspace, and more. It also has a "poster page" that rotates the twelve children most recently reported missing, providing physical descriptions and any other information that might help with the recovery of these kids.

Colorado will forever have a vivid picture of the tragedy that can and does befall more children than we can accurately number.

Fran Washko

Care Tactics
I read with interest Alan Prendergast's articles on the state of mental-health care in Denver ("Out of Sight, Out of Mind," January 17, 1996, and "Mental Anguish," December 5, 1996). My ex-wife is currently mired in this system, and I thank you for the help your articles have provided.

Doug Flint
via the Internet

Editor's note: "Mental Anguish," as well as any other Westword story published since July 1, 1996, is available on our Web archives at www.westword.com

Pasta Imperfect
Regarding Kyle Wagner's "Oodles of Noodles," in the January 30 issue:
Who the hell is Kyle Wagner, anyway? I eat at Basil Pasta Bar twice a month when I go to the Mayan Theatre, and I think it is excellent. Her description of the food was contrary to what I have experienced each time I've eaten there. If I read a bad review of a restaurant by Kyle Wagner, it tells me that I want to eat there!

Erin Conroy

I have been with Peter Schlicht through Compari's, Baci and now Basil Pasta Bar. I felt Kyle Wagner's review was unfair and incorrect. After reading it, I took the liberty of looking up her luncheon check. Unfortunately, I found the prices quoted in the review were actually dinner prices, not lunch. My guests have always raved about the food at Basil. Some wonder if Kyle Wagner actually ate there.

Rhonda L. Damraur

Editor's note: Believe us, Kyle did (as her Basil's check should make clear). For more on Basil, see Mouthing Off, page 59.

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