Letters

Jesse Davis
Denver

I wish to respond to the recent letters regarding Where Grace Abounds. The October 8 letter-writer who went to WGA in 1992 says she was appalled by the "bigotry from the pulpits" she heard during the Amendment 2 campaign. Where was WGA? Many churches and synagogues condemned Amendment 2, even those who disagree with homosexuality as an attack on God's children. Where was WGA? In Fort Collins right now, opponents are telling residents that if civil-rights laws based on sexual orientation are approved, rates of sickness and death will increase. Where is WGA to attack such horrendous group libel?

In her October 15 letter, Mary Heathman states that she is fully aware of people with homosexual feelings being harmed by churches and clergy who have "misused the Bible to condemn homosexuals." I am a gay political activist who also receives the Colorado for Family Values CFV newsletters (which is why I am asking that my name be withheld). I have given Westword's editor a copy of a CFV newsletter showing Ms. Heathman standing by CFV's executive director as he releases a report condemning a proposal to make changes to laws so that gay and lesbian couples have some of the same rights and responsibilities as straight couples. CFV constantly attacks gays and lesbians and viciously attacks any attempt by gays and lesbians to achieve full equality in our state. How can WGA associate with the foremost group stirring hatred and bigotry toward gays and lesbians in this state? We are all known by the company we keep. WGA's company speaks volumes.

Name withheld on request

Guerrilla Theater
Some statements in Steve Jackson's October 15 story "Guerrillas in the Midst" need some clarification in regard to the war in Guatemala:

1) No "official" funding from the United States or the Guatemalan government: In reality, the United States has supported the Guatemalan military (which controlled the Guatemalan government until recently) since the late 1950s, when the U.S. helped establish a new power structure.

2) Guerrillas who supported themselves through drug dealing, bank robbery and terrorism: Some acts of terrorism and human-rights violations have been linked to the URNG (the Guatemalan guerrillas), but according to the latest report, approximately 85 percent of the atrocities against the people were committed by the Guatemalan military and national police force. Incidentally, the author of the report, Bishop Gerardi, was murdered two days after making the report public.

More than 200,000 people are listed in the Book of the Unknown, people who were killed or disappeared during the Guatemalan war. I have to wonder: Who were the "good" guys?

Sabin Portillo
Denver

The Big he
I love Jesus of the Week. If God hadn't wanted us to make fun of His followers, He wouldn't have created organized religion.

David Klamann
via the Internet

I just wanted to note that your October 1 Jesus of the Week is about the furthest thing from His real stature. He came as a lamb, but He's coming back as a lion. (He'll be the baddest motherfucker you'll ever meet.)

I think you'll learn a few things.
Jonas the Prophet
Nederland

What's Cooking?
Recipes in Westword? I never thought I'd see the day, but I have to admit that they're a welcome addition. I eagerly read Kyle Wagner's reviews, but I don't get the chance to eat out very often. Now I can follow along at home! Thanks.

Susan Franks
Denver

In Kyle Wagner's October 15 Mouthing Off, the recipe recommends two chicken breasts. A chicken only has one breast. Does she mean two whole breasts or one that has been split in two pieces?

James Ludlow
Morrison

Kyle Wagner responds: Sources use "breast" as both singular and plural when referring to chicken. The rule seems to be that when skinless and boneless is specified, it means halves; if a whole breast is required, instructions are given for boning and skinning. The 29 Mile Cantina recipe, which calls for four skinless, boneless breasts, calls for donations from two chickens.

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