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Jim Zavist
Denver

There's a very simple solution to both the Internet hogs at Denver Public Library (Chris LaMorte's "Time's Up!," October 8) and the parking-lot woes at the RTD light-rail stop at Broadway and Alameda: Charge people money or something else of value to use them. This, of course, won't sit well with the fascists/socialists at either RTD or DPL, but it's the only permanent cure there is.

This dilemma is known as "the tragedy of the commons"--free or commonly owned (public) property always gets abused. By contrast, private property is better cared for and managed by its owners.

David Aitken
Denver

The Buddha System
Tony Perez-Giese's "Buddha Behind Bars," in the October 8 issue, is excellent. Having the inmates speak in their own words really gets across their message with simplicity and clarity. If meditation can free criminals from the cycle of crime/jail, there should be more programs of this type in prisons. It would also be helpful to teach it in schools to reach younger people before they wind up in jail.

It was interesting that at least one inmate felt he had more freedom than people on the outside. I guess I'd better go get on my cushion: I want to feel as free as these prisoners.

Dave Christy
via the Internet

"Buddha Behind Bars" was fantastic! This article inspires me to do the same kind of work in our area. What easier way to change society than to educate others on how to work with the mind?

Mark McClenaghan
via the Internet

I thought Tony Perez-Giese's "Buddha Behind Bars" was very insightful. However, even though I usually vote Democratic, after reading the comments made by prisoner Bill Bileck, I am beginning to wish that all prisoners were forced to break rocks all day, especially habitual prisoners. I was appalled that any "man" who has a wife and possibly other obligations (children?) outside in the non-"free" real world could be so blatant about his lack of concern for how they may be coping in that world that is so lacking in "freedom." Is it possible that this person got to prison because he is inherently lazy and that we as a society lose with him in or out of prison?

John Swanson
via the Internet

I would like to commend Tony Perez-Giese on his well-researched and well-written article. I was interviewed for "Buddha Behind Bars" and just wanted to set the record straight. The article states, "Bileck looks as if he wouldn't mind a longer sentence." I may look that way, but I don't feel that way. There is not much peace and serenity in the world. Believe me, I can meditate at home just fine.

Bill Bileck
FCI Englewood

Sex and the Single-Minded
In the wake of the horrible death of Matthew Shephard, it is more important than ever that we "live and let live." Ward Harkavy's October 1 "Fact or Friction?" was an excellent story about how it is not right

to make people change their sexual feelings. We must accept homosexuals as people with rights and feelings who are no different from heterosexuals. They have no more obligation to change than we do.

Joy Porter
Denver

When Westword published my letter regarding "Fact or Friction?" in the October 8 issue, you left out the signature that said I am gay (and also respect diversity and am a liberal). I am a far cry from the right-wing fanatic your reader implied I was in the October 15 Letters column. My point is that our community (the gay community) has in recent months displayed blatant hypocrisy toward the very community we so desperately want to accept and respect us and our diversity--the heterosexual community. How self-righteous and judgmental is it for a large part of the gay community to imply or state that an individual who previously held a homosexual orientation but presently enjoys a heterosexual one is lying, in denial or has only "retreated back into the closet"? How hypocritical is it for us to not accept these individuals for who they say they are but want others to accept us for who we say we are?

Why do so many of us gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/transgendered (glbt) people get so upset and unnerved by someone stating that while he previously held a homosexual orientation, he now enjoys a heterosexual one? What scares us so about that? Can we read or scan the contents of the minds of these individuals? No, we cannot--so who are we to say they are lying or in denial? The ones who now hold a heterosexual orientation but previously held a homosexual one more likely than not would still have occasional homosexual thoughts or have images pop into their heads. Unless one has amnesia, one cannot permanently forget past homosexual experiences, images, etc. So, yes--one who has changed his same-sex orientation for a fulfilling opposite-sex orientation will have occasional homosexual thoughts or images. But that in no way means that he is fooling himself--or anyone else, for that matter.

I do not desire, nor have I ever consciously desired, to change my homosexual orientation. Some may have wanted to and been unable to do so (I am sure we all know someone who has tried and failed), but for those who have desired to do so and have been successful by their own report, then we need to accept these individuals and stop ridiculing them. Who are we to judge? I mean, don't we all deplore those who judge us? It's time for the hypocrisy to end.

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