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Some Stern Talk
I'm not sure what affiliation, if any, Westword has with KXPK-FM (the Peak), but in searching the Internet, I found Celebrity Death Slalom, a contest depicting Howard Stern, Leo DiCaprio and Calista Flockhart.

I would ask you to join in my disgust that Howard Stern is afforded a venue for his sick and twisted comments regarding the kids at Columbine. This may be my own personal way to deal with the events of last Tuesday, April 20. His comments made me so angry, I can't believe any human being could be that uncaring, callous...that unconscionable. But it doesn't surprise me in regard to Howard's track record.

I'd like to get Howard Stern off the air. Please join me in severing any ties to Howard Stern. If that includes taking him off the Westword Internet site, please do the right thing. Look inside your own heart as to what that is.

Dave Meyer
Denver

Editor's note: Westword has no affiliation with the Peak. Howard Stern was chosen as one of the participants in our Celebrity Death Slalom because we wouldn't mind if he hit a tree--and that was before his comments about Columbine. (See Michael Roberts's Feedback column, starting on page 82, for more on the Stern situation.) And so Celebrity Death Slalom will remain on our Web site, at www.westword.com. On the site, you'll also find many of the letters discussing the Columbine tragedy that Westword has received in the past week.

Blast From the Past
Thank you for reporting on one of Denver's most volatile times in Harrison Fletcher's "Smoke and Mirrors," in the April 22 issue. There is so much more to the story of Denver back in the late Sixties and all of the Seventies. Police injustice was rampant, and civil unrest/rights were carried to extremes. Westword has become Denver's most important paper to read.

Thank you for bringing Denver's history/ background to print for all the misinformed to see.

Alex Tafoya
via the Internet

In these times of trouble, it was enlightening to read Harrison Fletcher's article about the Crusade for Justice and to realize that we have indeed made some progress in accepting our fellow man. Thank you.

Joy Rosen
via the Internet

Zeroing In
It is time that we distinguish between the people who cause the trouble and the people who do not. Not everyone who wears a black trench coat is a killer. And not everyone who has a shaved head is a skinhead. The mainstream media needs to remember that.

Juliet Wittman's story on Lisl Auman, "Zero to Life," in the April 15 issue, showed that sometimes a person is just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Is it right that Lisl must pay the price of her "bad choice" by spending the rest of her life in jail?

Tony O'Neal
via the Internet

In a day and age where it seems that nothing is shocking anymore due to the ever-increasing jadedness that accompanies one atrocity occurring after another, our desire to take a stand as a society and demand justice is completely understandable.

Sadly, though, as in the case of Lisl Auman, we as a culture are overly ready to rush in blindly (or perhaps with a personal agenda) to accuse, prosecute and persecute one who, in reality, had nothing to do with the horror that occurred.

We now have additional victims of inhumanity. When will we ever learn?
Patrick Murphy
via the Internet

Tragedy and grief fall heavily on both sides of this family equation. Neither moralizing on the human motivations nor siding with one set of allegations or the other, one must necessarily question whether in the case of Lisl Auman the punishment fits the crime.

Ray Tapia
via the Internet

I am a friend of Rob Auerbauch's and have known him for eight years. He has always spoken with pride about Lisl and has always been very grateful to be her stepdad. I cannot imagine that Lisl could be the horrible person everyone says--and Juliet Wittman's article proves the lies and the discrepancies in testimony. Thank you so much for running this article!

Candi Davidson
via the Internet

The tragedy of Lisl Auman lies not just in our corrupt judicial system, but in the continual mischaracterization of the police as "saints" and "heroes." The mainstream media is largely responsible for this, but ironically, it is the mainstream media that has also brought to life how wife-beating, adultery and excessive drinking are rampant among members of the police department. How does this behavior constitute "sainthood"?

I am not a skinhead, nor do I hate the police, but I am not particularly enamored with them, either. As a law-abiding citizen, I rarely have an opportunity to interact with the police, but when I have (usually over an inadvertent traffic violation), they have always been rude and condescending toward me.

I don't doubt that there are good people on the police force, but my impression is that the majority of people (particularly the men) go into police work not because they want to "serve and protect," but because they enjoy the power they have to bully and intimidate others with impunity. Not only can they get away with bullying and intimidating average citizens, but they can get away with killing an innocent person as well. Where is the justice when a police officer can kill an innocent citizen and is "punished" with a slap on the hand or taken off the street and placed in a desk job? Why aren't these officers spending their lives in prison? Apparently, as far as the police and the district attorney's office are concerned, a human life has value only if it is clad in a blue suit and totes a pistol on its hip.

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