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Prisoners of Race
Regarding T.R. Witcher's "Say It Loud," in the May 7 issue:
I am a black male currently incarcerated in Denver County on a drug charge. I'm an addict but quite functional, and I have been writing music for years now. While I don't have all the facts on the Gil Webb case, I can safely say there is no way to overplay race in America. One-third of us are currently locked up, and I plan to do something about this by suing the U.S. government, which has never been held to answer for the CIA's mass involvement in drug trafficking. NAFTA is another example of government policy where everyone involved should be indicted for either stupidity or drug trafficking, since it has only succeeded in increasing border drug traffic. Even on negligence the government is liable, and if millions like myself are doing time for drugs, then the government must be held responsible for its negligent border policy.

If nothing else, I would like to meet Anne Sulton, because she seems intelligent and unafraid to acknowledge the racism of today that most African-Americans seem to think ended years ago.

David Adebonojo
Denver

What do well-known blacks with names like Cochran, Gumbel and, last but not least, Sulton have in common? When the sun goes down, they tuck tail, jump in their luxury cars and run to their white neighborhoods, miles away from the people whose welfare they claim to be interested in.

Erwin Goetzfried
Boulder

Steal Yourself
I am writing to thank you for Stuart Steers's "Chilly Reception," in the May 7 issue, about Colorado's new cable-theft law.

Westword has provided a valuable community service by educating its readers about the very serious economic and quality-of-service problems our customers suffer because of cable-television signal theft. The well-considered enhancements to Colorado state law about which Westword reported substantially increase the penalties for cable theft and enhance the ability of the cable industry to protect honest, paying customers by aggressively pursuing those who steal service.

In view of the severe penalties that can now be levied against those who steal cable service, we respectfully request that Westword reconsider its policy of accepting advertising from professional cable thieves. As a matter of ethics and for the protection of your readers, we request that Westword stop accepting advertising dollars from illegal businesses that promote the violation of law through the sale of illegal descrambling equipment.

Our previous letter that requested you stop accepting these ads to date has been ignored. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Jerome Kashinski, division counsel
TCI Central, Inc.

Editor's note: Hey, we'd like to request that TCI lower the rates it just raised this month. But you can't have everything.

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