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From the week of August 31

The most disturbing trend is the celebration of these crooks as heroes by their peers. They have become (at least with a portion of the local girls) sex objects. Bad boys will always be a magnet for some girls, but these kids' stocks have risen since their arrests.

The Columbine killers and our local felons share this in common: Underneath suburbia's materialistic and self-absorbed facade, a crisis is coming into bloom. The ante keeps going up over what marginal and troubled youth are willing/need to do to vent their teen angst.

Malcolm McMichael
Carbondale


Holy Moses!

No joke:If the August 17 Off Limits comparison of Ted Nugent and Jake Jabs with Charlton Heston was meant as humor, as funny, then you have a lot to learn about funny and humor.

A lot.

James C. Hess
via the Internet


No Reservations

Straighten up and fly right: I have read all your columns about United Airlines, and I want to let you know that you're 100 percent right on! As a former employee at United (I worked at reservations in Seattle), I can tell you that the reason the service is awful is because management doesn't know how to take care of their employees! They give poor training and treat them like crap! I will never forgive them for that attitude in firing me, and I have told many of my friends that I will never fly that *@&#% airline again!

I have a Web page talking about my bad experiences with United. If you wish, please visit my site at www.geocities.com/ualsux9679/index.html. Thanks, and tell people you know to stay away from United -- it's not worth your time or your money!

Patrick Williams
Seattle

At your services: Although I sympathize with the winner of your "What United Did to My Summer Vacation" contest, I find it extremely difficult to comprehend how, in the August 10 "United We Stand," you can categorize a funeral trip as a vacation. You must have an unusual dictionary.

Dave Brubaker
via the Internet


A Public Disturbance

Technical difficulties:Something worth adding to Michael Roberts's timely article on David Barsamian ("Leftoverture," August 17) is a mention of kgnu.org, so that some of us who can't receive KGNU's provincial on-air signal can hear such programming via the station's Web site. Sadly, the lack of metrowide on-air access to KGNU presents some uncomfortable truths for those in public-radio circles who claim to support the concept of diverse public radio for as many potential listeners as possible.

One part of Roberts's article to revisit: the section taking a swipe at Denver's only public stations, KCFR and KUVO, for not carrying Barsamian's show. Placing those stations in the same philosophical bag is shortsighted and doesn't explain the lack of more diversity in public radio programming. Having worked for both KCFR and KUVO, I see an approach to community service that is as different as night and day. Both stations run "underwriting" announcements, but only KUVO airs a substantial number of free public-service announcements (PSAs) throughout the day for numerous nonprofit groups. On KCFR, a rare freebie may be heard away from prime time. KUVO also brings features and live interviews on local arts and events.

KCFR tells us that if we just dig a little deeper into our wallets, they will save the day by buying and programming a second station. Be careful, though, if you're expecting to hear a wide spectrum of views, like those expressed on Barsamian's Alternative Radio. This situation screams out for a more economical way to increase the diversity on the air, which translates into allowing KGNU and KUNC into all of metro. Will enough of us demand that so it will finally happen?

P.S.: For the past two years, I have been volunteering as a musical host on KUVO.

Pete Simon
Arvada


Shark Attack

Something's fishy:I was saddened and disgusted to read in the August 3 "Special Attractions" that your restaurant correspondent would order shark fin soup in any restaurant and then promote it in the restaurant review. Obviously, Kyle Wagner is uninformed about the plight of the world's shark population and the brutality used in obtaining the fins for soup. Every day, 275,000 sharks are killed around the world. Some species do not reproduce until they are twenty years old. Many produce two to eleven pups every other year. Sharks are becoming more endangered every day.

Shark finning is brutal and inhumane. Sharks are caught, their fins slashed from their bodies, and the remaining fish is thrown overboard to die. I will not eat at La Chine or any restaurant I find that serves shark fin soup or encourages the practice of shark finning. Kyle Wagner and the rest of the public need to become better informed.

Marge Moninger
Lakewood

Editor's note:For more on sharks and other endangered species, see The Bite this week.

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