Letters

Justice, Boulder Style
Thanks for a great article on Alex "See No Evil" Hunter (Juliet Wittman's "He Aims to Plea," September 24). I can only hope that as Election Day 2000 nears, the people of Boulder will finally do the right thing and vote him out. As inbred as Boulder politics are, it's the only way to get rid of the scumbag.

William Offord
via the Internet

First off, Westword's writers are some of the best journalists I have had the pleasure of reading.

Boulder DA Alex Hunter is surely one of the most prissy, political-playing, ball-less DAs to "represent the people." And yes, unfortunately, political alliances and their influences that go with this self-deemed absolute power is a factor in today's life. As citizens, we should be able to file a class-action suit against Mr Hunter to recover his salary and expenses for the last 26 years, or against any other elected official guilty of poor performance.

John Rael
via the Internet

I am a resident of Boulder, and I have been shocked at the lack of good investigative reporting in this case and other cases in the area. What an excellent article Juliet Wittman has written! It seems to me that while our local media has done a very poor job of investigating and reporting this case, Wittman has done her homework.

Mary Suma
via the Internet

Juliet Wittman's "He Aims to Plea," on the Boulder DA's office, was excellent. I think it should be published nationally.

T. Moore
via the Internet

Say Cheesy
While I was perusing "No Nudes Is Good News," the September 24 article by Tony Perez-Giese, the thought occurred to me: Am I reading the Rocky Mountain Oyster or Westword?

Artistic license aside, in our outrageously litigious society, it's not surprising that a printer would shy from this job. In spite of the First Amendment, it is still within someone's rights (if that's the word) to refuse to print anything they choose, based on the possibility that some overactive idiot with nothing better to do would choose to sue them. Remember McDonald's $400K coffee?

Hey, how about this? If Pat York's work is that good...why does she need to do a cheesy photo of herself?

Tom Dailey
Denver

Stress Test
Kudos on the overdue expose of flim-flam man William Lyons and Triton under-Development (T.R. Witcher's "A Lot of Trouble," September 24). Lyons and his subpar subcontractors should be hung up by their nuts and bolts and then given cement shoes at the bottom of Cherry Creek Reservoir. Of course, if they constructed the restraints, they wouldn't hold!

I am a current resident of a project they "completed" in the middle of 1996, and while my personal experiences are limited to two roof leaks and a weight-bearing wall that doesn't bear the weight (it's cracking), I was privy to many horror stories from fellow residents while sitting at the pool.

One woman's front door didn't close completely against the jam, causing flooding in her entryway every time it rained. Another complained of a hole in the bedroom wall that exposed live electrical wires. The "garages" that Triton built all succumbed to muddy runoff from the parking lot, to such a point that a complex-wide meeting was held to address the problem. Ironically, many of the new residents were hesitant to report the problems to the papers, the Better Business Bureau or the media in fear of lowering their resale value.

But the kicker came when the City of Denver discovered that a corner of one of the new buildings (mine, as a matter of fact) was built over city-owned property and, more accurately, over a city-owned main water vane. The weight was causing undue stress to the pipe. It came down to a decision for Lyons and Triton: Either move the pipe or move the building.

Apparently, rather then face the over-daunting task of moving the building (which would require skills above and beyond what Triton possesses), they opted to move a segment of the Denver Water Department vane at their expense. I wonder what neighborhoods in Denver weren't receiving water during that weekend-long procedure?

Please withhold my name (gotta save my resale value).
Name withheld on request
Denver

Please Re-Lease Me
Being related to the architect who was inspired by a view of Mile High Stadium while driving to inspect another job last year, I appreciated Stuart Steers's September 24 article, "Bucks and Broncos."

Besides the fact that we have a stadium for every sport now, renovation is in the best interest of urban planning for Mile High. The city-funded 1996 study showed that truth--before the study was buried somewhere under the H file, for HKH.

COST apparently recognizes that our city fathers and mothers accommodate private enterprise like their children; they think they are just wonderful, but they cost and cost and cost. Bowlen threatens to move the Broncos on the one hand (trying to get out of a performance lease for twenty more years) and asks for money on the other. I think I've heard the words "blackmail" and "extortion."

Our city deserves an apology and continuing good faith to the lease from the Broncos.

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