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From the week of March 9

Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Hold, Please," in the March 2 issue:

Why don't you guys interview some of the US West employees and write an article exposing Sol Trujillo for the schmuck that he truly is? Everyone I have talked to seems to think that he shelled out the company, stripped away most of the beneficial departments, took the money, defecated on the people that do the majority of the work at this company (not the middle management), and ran. It's no wonder he decided to bow out of the Qwest merger picture: They had no openings in the pirate department.

Don Weiss
via the Internet

The only time US West moves quickly is when a company lobbyist spots a legislator who can be bought off. Or, now that there are questions about the Qwest merger, when US West has to act fast to cover its own incompetent tracks.

Jason Lowell
via the Internet

I want to thank Steve Jackson for writing "Nobody Gets Out of Here Alive," and thank you for running it in the March 2 issue. It is a beautifully written, thought-provoking, inspiring article. Not gay, not AIDS activist -- just human.

Yvonne Carts-Powell
via the Internet

After reading Alan Prendergast's "Unlawful Entry," in the February 24 issue, I wondered how much more wasteful, sloppy, intrusive and violent the "war on drugs" has to get before we can, with great relief, add the adjectives "futile," "lost" and "over."

Perhaps we could rephrase "war on drugs" to read "the campaign against violence, intrusion and neglect" and call it a day.

Rick Franz
Denver

I just moved to the Denver area (Castle Rock). My father told me about what happened to Ismael Mena; then I read Alan Prendergast's "Unlawful Entry." I cried, I was so sad and so disappointed in our so-called police officers. I am sure Mena worked here to support his family in Mexico. I just wonder how they are supporting themselves. I feel so bad that he came to our country for freedom, a chance to better support his family, and my people (our people) gave his family a horrible image of the land of the free.

Dawn Perry
via the Internet

What are the police thinking when they are caught on tape for all the world to see, over and over in reruns? We see them punching, kicking and pistol-whipping suspects who have been handcuffed and are helpless. Innocent people are shot by accident on warrants drawn up on toilet paper, and the investigation finds no wrongdoing. Police themselves get covered up trying to expose coverups. Doesn't the police academy teach the proper procedure on conduct while making an arrest?

Makes me feel proud of our mayor when he said he wasn't going to kick the police around, then no-knocked Chief Sanchez in the ass. Now it is up to the new chief to get crime and violence off radio talk shows, television and out of the newspapers.

Gene Reymundo
Denver

I realize Harrison Fletcher's March 2 column about kombucha mushrooms, "Beauty and the Yeast," was about art. However, Fletcher made several sideways remarks about kombucha tea that beg a response. I am not a doctor, and I take herbal supplements myself to improve my health. But as someone who has worked extensively in clinical research for cancer treatments, I must urge anyone who considers consuming kombucha tea to think about it carefully. I know of many cancer patients, some of them in remission, who died of liver failure after drinking kombucha tea. I don't know if drinking the tea is an issue for healthy people, but I personally would not want to test it on myself. The American Botanical Council in Boulder probably has more information about kombucha and other mushrooms.

Christine Krause
Superior

Regarding Harrison Fletcher's "One Man's Junk," in the February 24 issue:

Many years ago, as an eighteen-year-old in Denver, I met and formed a lasting friendship with Bill Good, a good-natured, fast-to-laugh ex-G.I., a Marine during World War II and proud of it. Bill has always been a fighter, and now he has the temerity to fight City Hall. It is apparent that the City of Denver is trying to quash him because he does not hesitate to speak up and publicize his constitutional rights to property and privacy -- those same freedoms he once defended before any of the city councilmen and councilwomen were born.

Before us is an old-fashioned case of selective enforcement. While the city doesn't hesitate to stow its own eyesore machinery all over the neighborhood, Bill bears the brunt of its wrath.

Howard Ratzky
via the Internet

More power to the man. I have visited the neighborhood; Bill Good's house is located near the Asarco plant. I feel that this poses more of a hazard to the people than a collection of vehicles and a man's dream.

M. Deshler
via the Internet

Regarding Michael Roberts's "Sex and the Single Mouse," his March 2 Message:

Kudos to Radio Disney for providing the onlyradio station in the entire Denver area, maybe the U.S.A., that I can turn on while driving around with my kids. My kids and I welcome the edited songs that Radio Disney puts over the air, as well as all the contests, jokes, birthday wishes and interactive DJs who actually take the time to chat when you call and personally reply to e-mail messages. And yes, I even listen to it when my kids are not in the car!

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