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Down Pat
Is it any coincidence that Colorado's two biggest mouths--Schroeder and Calhoun--share the first name of "Patricia"?

I don't think so. Nor is it a coincidence that Calhoun would write a column championing her heroine ("Standing Pat," April 16), when Schroeder has done nothing more heroic than write a revisionist history of her do-nothing career.

To both of these big mouths, I say: Shut up.
Ben Rice
via the Internet

Thanks for the refreshing piece on Pat Schroeder. It wasn't until I read "Standing Pat" that I realized how much I missed her as our representative. It was also a good reminder of how far women have come in Congress, as Calhoun said.

I thank Westword for the story, but more important, I thank Schroeder for what she's done for this city and this country.

Janey Adams
Denver

Party Animals
Regarding Ward Harkavy's "Life of the Party," in the April 9 issue:
As personal friends of Bill Owens, my wife, Edie, and I, who are of the Jewish faith, have never in our twenty-year friendship with Bill ever heard him promote any special religious agenda. To attack Bill for his religious beliefs is equivalent to an attack on everyone's personally held religious beliefs.

Over the past years, it has been our pleasure to have Bill and his wife as guests at our Passover dinners and to hear Bill stress the fact that if the world would only follow the Ten Commandments, then mankind would need no other laws.

If elected governor, Bill would bring strong leadership to Colorado based on fairness and equality to all, and to think that we can have such strong leadership without strong character is like saying we can take a shower without getting wet.

Mort Marks
Englewood

I fear the potential Owens gubernatorial candidacy.
I cannot believe that anyone can be so naive as to think that Christians elected to office can forgo their fervor to convert all of us and mold the lawmaking process to their own ends.

And if you think they can disassociate their religion from their politics, then all you have to do is try to stomach about five hours of monitoring the many, many Christian broadcasting outlets, get on a couple of Christian mailing lists and attend a couple of fundamentalist Christian church services. You will end up with the same fear and distrust of the Christian political agenda that I have.

Having done this kind of research myself, I can quote the following: "If Christians unite, we can do anything...we can pass any law or any amendment. And that's exactly what we intend to do." That's Robert Grant, leader of Christian Voice.

Also, from Pat Robertson, founder of the 700 Club: "Unless Christians desire a nation and a world reordered to the humanistic/hedonistic model, it is absolutely vital that we take control of the U.S. government."

This is a tiny sample of the attitudes of powerful Christian leaders, and I don't know about you, but I now regard any candidate of the Christian persuasion as a "stealth" candidate until proven otherwise. If we don't watch it, they'll try to outlaw Judaism, beer, Shinto, condoms, Islam, crystals, Buddhism, hypnotism, Hinduism, unbuttoned collars and just about any other little old thing they happen to interpret as against God's law.

Perhaps, perhaps, even journalism.
As Pastor Martin Niemsller said of the Nazis: "In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic. Then they came for me--and by that time, there was nobody left to speak up."

Well, pardon my paranoia, but I'd rather object now, when it might do some good, rather than later, when it won't.

Dick Valentine
Denver

Postal Marks
Regarding Eric Dexheimer's "Go Postal, Go for the Green," in the April 2 issue:

Sadly, once again the "average" postal worker is made to look like a lazy, money-grubbing opportunist. What fails to get mentioned in any news article that I have read on the subject is that the Denver General Mail Facility is supposed to be a secured facility! Could it be that postal management is willing to take a big (pardon the expression) "hit" on workers' compensation claims in lieu of a high-profile and astronomically costly class-action lawsuit? From what I have seen in my ten years as a postal employee, the only way to effect change is to cut into management's wallet or to expose its blunders through the local media.

Most of the people I know who work for the Postal Service are decent, hardworking folks who just want to come home at the end of the day knowing they've done a satisfying job. That's hard to do when the pervasive managerial attitude is "What are you trying to get away with now, you lazy...?" It's insulting, degrading and a form of self-fulfilling prophecy. Postal management, with very few exceptions, doesn't seem to understand that management by intimidation is ineffectual at best and, at worst, potentially deadly. My father was a major in the Marine Corps. He believed that if he treated his nine children with respect for their intelligence, that respect would be returned in kind. Believe me, it was. Maybe the Postal Service would do well to live by my dad's axiom.

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