I like Jamaican patties and Ethiopian cuisine and buffalo burgers and Greek salads. I really like the hand wave, gracious service and neighborly greeting from the business owners who didn't respond to your request for an interview.

I'm very disappointed with the people that are allowing this to happen--and that includes me. So I hope your article affected others, as it did me, to become actively involved in my neighborhood organization.

Karen Miller

I have spent much of my adult life living in or around the area now known as "Greek Town." Much of the pride that I have felt for this community has been because I believed that it reflected the ethnic and personal diversity of all people living in the area. I believe that to define any section of our city by its commercial ethnicity denies the basic beauty of Denver. I hope that in Mr. Dadiotis's effort to beautify this section of the city, he will not neglect his own tavern's parking lot. My hope is that in this process, the parking lot will no longer contain an open trash container that spreads debris on the lawns of the homes across from it. Nor will those of us who live here continue to witness the continual parade of taxis and Ryder trucks. Perhaps he will encourage his patrons to use his parking facility rather than the street, so that the residents will be able to find a place to park.

Maggie Price

One Happy Camper
Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario in the August 7 issue shows remarkable insight into differing camping cultures. I have fit into each identity on multiple occasions, usually in direct correlation to my economic status at the respective time. I have stayed at the Jackass and Motel 69, owned a Vanagon camper, slept in my tent and, if lucky, the tent of a coed on spring break. Keep up the good work--running out of vodka, tequila, wine and beer is a much more justified and serious fear than that of mountain lions.

Troy Sholl

Hup-Hup Hooray
Thanks for Scott C. Yates's article on Mike Coffman and the hoser's Donkeys ("Canadian Bakin'," August 7). We'll never read that kind of reporting in the Rocky Mountain News or Denver Post.

Chuck Miller
via the Internet

First Things First
Patricia Calhoun struck a home run with her July 31 column, "Who's on First?"

Talk about sore losers! First the Rockies have Robert Lewis arrested for daring to distribute a newspaper outside the stadium that we built. (Thankfully, the umpires at the Colorado Supreme Court made the right call on that one.) Then they want to take him to court because he had the foresight to register a domain name when they, as Calhoun so aptly put it, "dropped the ball."

If the Rockies paid more attention to beating other teams and less to fighting the First Amendment, we'd all be better off.

Joe Harris

The Rockies need not look to rockies.com for a Web site location. I'm sure they can follow the example of the other two "official" web sites for local sports teams. The Broncos' "official" web site is at www.denverbroncos.com and the Avalanche "official" web site is at www.coloradoavalanche.com. I would imagine that both the Broncos and the Avalanche found someone doing what Mr. Lewis was trying to do with the Rockies and found a way around it.

It's a fairly common practice on the Internet for people to purchase a domain name (ie., rockies.com and broncos.com...it costs $100 per year to register a domain) and then try to package a deal to market that domain name and their services as a Web page designer.

By the way, you make no mention that the Nuggets don't have an "official" web site, other than the one provided by nba.com (at least, not one I could find).

Tim Dunn
via the Internet

Calhoun's free speech versus greed column was a top-notch story!
Harry Spetnagel
via the Internet

Suffer the Children
Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Raised From the Dead," in the July 17 issue:
The American legal system has "saved" many criminals from justice, and I noticed that that monster, child abuser Renee Polreis, has a lot of people who sympathize with her. But we all should understand how great a moral outrage it will be if this child-torturer escapes not only death, but also life in prison.

According to our crooked legal system, it is okay if a monster escapes justice so long as no one's rights are "violated." But in this case, it is not true. If Polreis escapes justice, it will give a great cause for Russian hardliners against America and her ideas. I mean, if our "democratic" country does not see torture and murder of a child as a serious crime, the spreading of Western attitudes into Russia may be impeded. This delay (even for one month) may result in delays in prevention of many more child abuse cases there.

I do not think that the fate of one monster is more important than the fate of these children.

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