Letters to the Editor

From the week of September 21.

J. Matthew Dietz

Oh, brother! Aree Song Wongluekiet and her older sister, Naree Song Wongluekiet are two of the most promising female junior golfers. Perhaps they will meet Tiger in some Battle of the Sexes match, à la Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

Michelle Cunningham
Carbondale, IL

For men only: Mr. Gallo's column about Tiger Woods is itself an example of the power that Tiger Woods has to draw the attention of people outside the world of golf. If Mr. Gallo was more familiar with the sport, he would know that the twins, Aree and Naree Wongluekiet, are in fact female. While they are prodigious talents, they will never challenge Tiger Woods's dominance of the men's game.

Tom Gwin

Bill Gallo replies: I beg the pardon of golf nuts who pointed out my egregious error regarding the gender of the Wongluekiet twins. It's only one of many double bogeys I've put on my card over the years. Long may Aree and Naree prosper, shooting under par.

The Women's Room

Survey says: With regard to Michael Paglia's "You Go, Girls!," his September 14 review of the current show at Metro State Gallery, I have to agree with him about the omission of Mary Chenoweth from the exhibit. It simply isn't possible to overestimate her significant contributions to the visual arts in Colorado and the bridge she created between '50s and '60s aesthetic concerns, a period which seems to have been given short shrift in this show. However, Smith-Warren's choices here are often fascinating, particularly Eppie Archuleta. That in itself is a wonderful simultaneous praise of and sendup to the period. I admit to a certain weakness for those Magafan girls, whose work, much of which was created in New York, remains steeped in the flavor of this part of the world and thus is forever linked to Colorado. I often have occasion to look at Ethel Magafan's mural in the South Broadway post office, and it is a wonderful piece of work. In any case, a great, if small survey of Colorado women artists.

John T. Haeseler

Of Bison and Men

Buffalo nickel and dimed: Kyle Wagner's August 31 Cafe review, "Where's the Bison?," was very enlightening. I never had been to the Denver Buffalo Company, because I could not afford the price of gourmet food. The article was very thorough in dealing with the culinary aspects of the Denver Buffalo Company, yet one important detail was missing.

Westword has always championed the common man over big business and always wanted fairness in the marketplace. The fact omitted was published several years ago: Ted Turner and the Denver Buffalo Company are two of America's growers of bison. The average person cannot afford bison meat at his local grocery store, so they have unsold bison meat which cannot be sold at the free market price. They get the Department of Agriculture to buy some of the excess bison meat, which is given to prisons and other public institutions that are in need. Who determines need?

So poor Ted Turner and the DBC are getting corporate welfare -- which means a tax subsidy from you and me -- and we cannot afford to eat there. The American Bison Association has been trying to curtail bison production, as demand does not meet meat supply, but to no avail.

Corporate welfare is really legalized plunder. When people cannot sell their goods in the free market, they get the federal or state government to purchase it or help with a subsidy or have a high tariff to protect it, as the sugar industry does.

Why not try freedom in the marketplace and not rely on a taxpayer bailout? Capitalism for the poor, socialism for the rich.

David W. Hester

Editor's note: For an extensive look at the bison industry, see Jonathan Shikes's "Where the Buffalo Moan." Originally published in the January 6, 2000, issue.

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