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Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings
Out-of-town visitors brought a copy of your sludge, the July 24 issue, to my shop. On the occasions I've read Westword, you've never failed to espouse the antiquated, liberal horseshit that thrives in Denver proper. You guys take yourselves soooo seriously; conservatives are soooo mean, wanting to keep our earnings for ourselves. Can't you come up with some new mantra? How about "for the children"? Wait, you use that one, too, in Patricia Calhoun's column.

Kenny Be's "The Long Bomb" suggests a 40 percent decrease in domestic violence if the Broncos leave town. Is he serious? That item was put to rest, I thought. But I guess if you toe the feminists' line, you have to suck up their drivel. Christ, you liberals would just march lockstep right off the edge, never thinking for yourselves.

Well, just get all warm and toasty in your feelings while the rest of us think.

Michael Mattei
Denver

Sex and the Single Mother
Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Raised From the Dead," in the July 17 issue:
Years ago, as a single mother raising three sons alone in Boulder, my biggest problem was fighting off sexual predators--not derelicts on the edges of society, but smart, attractive men after my sons. The awful innocence of mothers! My sons are men now and are extremely upset about this Ramsey case. They tell me how helpless children are in this situation and about the danger to their lives if they refuse or threaten to tell.

Sure, it's wrong to accuse innocent people, but letting position or wealth change the way our laws are enforced is far worse. And if we err, let it be always on the side of the children. Of JonBenet, "who can no longer speak for herself."

Mary Ricketson
Boulder

I am glad Renee Polreis was found guilty. What is not being brought out in the media was her religious influence and the fact that she's against atheists. This Russian child should never have been allowed to be adopted out to such a devoutly Christian person; with different parents, this child more than likely would be alive today. That poor child went through "hell" on earth in his two short years.

Mrs. Polreis was predestined never to get attached to this poor innocent child.

Jacqueline Marquis
Colorado Springs

Aside of Pork
I am as much an advocate of cutting waste in government spending as anyone, and like the next guy, I hate the thought of public corruption. But I think you are reaching if you think that J.A. Walker can buy a contract with a few hundred dollars in contribution money (Andy Van De Voorde's "Denver International Air Pork," July 31). Focus the attention of your article on the real bad guys: the Denver City Council that condones the waste and pays for it with our money. Raising questions about Webb's connection to Walker distracts from this point.

Keith Hoyt
via the Internet

The Bucs Stop Here
I've been really interested in reading about your new stadium possibilities. Here in Tampa, the Buccaneers shoved a new stadium down our throats by promising to give most of the new tax to schools and police, roads, etc. Well, it passed by only 53 percent--not an overwhelming victory. Unfortunately for our children and everyone else, the tax passed. The city council as well as newspapers touted this as being necessary for the city. Of course, now there is more talk about giving all of the money to the Bucs.

Let's see: They get all the profit for any events, they get our tax money, and the city gets screwed. No family that the stadium is supposedly being built for will be able to afford the $50- to $75-per-person ticket that it's projected to cost. This is not a community stadium but a corporate welfare project for a millionaire who does not need it.

Now I see the Broncos trying the same crap. Well, if they threaten to leave, then let them. Don't make the same mistakes that our city made. Our children are already suffering because of this boondoggle. I used to live in Denver and would hate to see the same result there. If the Bucs and the city cannot see the folly in all this, then perhaps it's time for a new city council. Tell the Broncos, "No new stadium."

Keith Privette
via the Internet

The Bus Stops Here
Regarding Alan Prendergast's "Beating the Train," in the July 24 issue:
Guide the Ride is nothing more than the latest attempt to guide our tax dollars into the black hole of RTD. By sticking with dinosaur technologies like HOV lanes and ground-based rail, RTD demonstrates only its ignorance and clearly is a bad investment for our mass-transit money. Only the technological jump to magnetic suspension rail transit (Maglev) will make a real difference to our air quality. While the French and Japanese already have Maglev transit (invented right here in the USA, I might add) and Germany is now building its first system, we should as well. For instance, a demonstration Maglev line from Union Station to DIA would bring an aesthetically pleasing, non-polluting and virtually silent transit system to our state, as well as a tourist and economic bonanza to every Coloradan--not just something for the fat cats. Sure, it will cost more; the best always does. But it will also bring state-of-the art technology and transportation to Colorado, as well as the very high-paying jobs we all seem to want. Plus--and this is the real bonus--no additional air pollution. Our politicians and RTD planners are stuck in the past. There is no reason for Colorado to be so. Send RTD back to the drawing board. We don't need another black hole to suck up our dollars, and we don't want any more dinosaur technology schemes to continue Colorado's worsening air pollution.

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