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I Think I Cayenne
Kenny Be's detailed rendition of the rampaging squirrels (Worst-Case Scenario, September 11) is painfully similar to my backyard. I agree--we should be compensated for the loss of our tomatoes, sunflowers, etc., though there is little enough left after the hailstorm. Kenny, here is a hip tip for you: Sprinkling cayenne on the fruits and veggies discourages squirrels.

Priscilla Footlik
Denver

The Bum's Rush
Regarding "What a Rush," by Tony Perez-Giese and T.R. Witcher, in the September 11 issue:

Your two little undercover reporters are the next Woodward and Bernstein--NOT! What complete and utter bullshit! Your frat article sucked. Wow, you found out that college kids drink--big deal. What an easy target. I know--for your next article, write about bean eaters who fart or smokers who cough.

You guys act like you're so hip and with it. You're just a bunch of wannabes. Your two geek reporters probably couldn't get into a frat on their own merit if their lives depended on it! I just loved the way that you tried to turn this into a race thing. Was this supposed to be some great expose? Slap yourself several times for this one and try again. Go up to CSU and find out if the frats up there caused the flood.

P.S.: You don't have the balls to print this letter.
Al Garcia
via the Internet

The first time I visited the States from France in 1989, I stayed with my girlfriend of the time at her college campus in Virginia. As a member of a sorority, she was invited to frat parties all the time, and she took me to one of them. When I got there, all I saw was a bunch of sweaty, red and glassy-eyed guys and girls drinking and smoking and yelling. The basement's floor in that frat house was under an inch of beer and vomit. This was the most disgusting thing I have ever seen, and I don't consider myself a prude. I couldn't believe it.

I don't think the "Greek" (what's Greek about this system, I still have to find out) system has changed all that much from what I see around Boulder and from reading your piece. What is particularly distressing about the situation in Boulder are these "riots." I used to think that people rioted when they were hungry, not thirsty. This much money spent on education seems to make great beer drinkers. What a bunch of over-protected w(h)iners these kids are. They need to understand that they don't have it that bad, but that might be too much to ask from hungover "students."

Franck Abate
Aurora

Last But Not Lis
Was it just me, or was I not the only one shaking my head while reading Eric Dexheimer's "Spaced Out," in the September 11 issue?

I'm probably as anti-growth as anybody. But I'm even more virulently anti-hypocrisy. Couldn't Dexheimer find anybody besides Craig Lis to represent the anti-development position? Talk about your "I got mine but you can't have yours" mentality. I mean, surely it must have occurred to Lis that the land on which his four-year-old house rests was at one time open space someone cherished every bit as much as his beloved Coyote Gulch. Sadly, people like Lis are too much the norm. Here in booming Broomfield, a recent transplant from Florida has been complaining about the traffic, all the while bragging about her brand-new $200,000 home.

Please, folks. It's fine to want to limit, if not stop, growth. But if you're going to talk the talk, you'd best walk the walk. So limit the size of your families (no rugrats for this kiddo). And always buy a pre-owned house.

Thomas J. Benson
Broomfield

Myopia is a wonderful thing. If a community wants to stop development, all it really needs to do is cut off the source of developers' financing. If, for example, a "lender" was faced with a fee to the community equal to the amount of the development investment, it might be discouraged. This would probably require some law changes, but that never stopped a determined electorate.

John Bright
Golden

Since I am originally from New Jersey, the hands-down winner of the Most Overdeveloped State Award, I am as opposed to rampant development as are the Colorado residents mentioned in your article. I have witnessed the untold damage it can do to ecosystems, infrastructure and, most direly, quality of life. The sole winner in the Battle to Build is the economy, and that is only for the short term.

I was, however, amazed at Craig Lis's outlook. Lis ought to realize some basic tenets of economics: Supply is increased only to meet demand. Since he has lived in Colorado for only four years, and since the state's population explosion erupted in the early 1990s, and since he lives in a brand-new housing subdivision, Lis is quite directly responsible for the problem to which he is so vehemently opposed. In short, Lis and others like him are feeding the voracious development machine by moving to Colorado in the first place.

While it was encouraging to read about a series of successful efforts to at least slow the "progress" that many call growth, we as a nation must prepare for a future filled with it unless we act now to address its underlying causes, such as overpopulation and increasing immigration, and not just the symptoms that manifest themselves in the form of more and more buildings for more and more humans. We must look at the larger picture in order to solve this very large problem.

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