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From the week of March 22, 2001

Weird Science

What a doll!Kudos to Patricia Calhoun for her March 8 column, "Blinded by Science," showing how low the high-and-mighty Boulder can sink.

The black-and-white-Barbie saga was embarrassing enough for a supposedly sophisticated city. But unless the box those two Hispanic gentlemen were carrying to their car contained a burning sofa on its way to another "riot"/bonfire on The Hill, that nosy neighbor had no reason to even question their presence.

Not only is Boulder supposedly a sophisticated city, but the University of Colorado is supposed to be a world-class institution. And if that all is true, wouldn't that mean that some students come there from other countries?

Jill McCarty
via the Internet

What's in a name? After what Calhoun points out quite clearly about some of the significant, inappropriate actions of the education system, the community at large and the law-enforcement folks in the city of Boulder, the Boulder City Council may want to consider changing the name of the city to Blunder, Colorado.

J. Matthew Dietz
Denver


Over the Edge

No kidding around: Steve Jackson's "The Racer's Edge," in the March 8 and 15 issues, was a good article.

So in Florida, they give a twelve-year-old criminal (who said he didn't mean to crush the six-year-old) life in prison (which I bet will become three years and probation). In Colorado, we give a fourteen-year-old criminal (who says it was an accident and still brags) two years in juvenile.

Nick Werle
via the Internet

Touched by an angle:Steve Jackson's ability to look at all the angles of a story made "The Racer's Edge" really exciting to read. Having been in the shoes of the parents making the donation decision, I could easily relate to their feelings. It's certainly a decision I never dreamed I'd have to make. Hopefully, many others will read Chris Klug's story and decide to become organ donors. Or, if they're ever in the midst of a most terrible event, they'll choose to help someone else.

Doris Brown
via the Internet


A Matter of Principal

Manual labor: I was very impressed with what I read about Manual High School in "The Next Test," T.R. Witcher's article in the March 8 issue. Rather than whine about what they cannot change (including the board and administration of Denver Public Schools!), teachers and officials at Manual are playing the hand they've been given, and they seem to be playing it wisely.

I'm willing to bet that when the CSAP scores are released a few months from now, Manual will do very well.

Jo Barrington
Denver

The rite stuff:I read T.R. Witcher's "The Next Test" and was very upset that the whole truth about taking the CSAP test didn't come out. As a matter of fact, the next-to-last paragraph failed to give the reason why 90 percent of Manual's tenth-graders showed up for the test.

Let me enlighten you. The statement Ms. Sutton made that "no one complained" is a downright lie. When students knew about the testing, there was a walkout scheduled. When Mrs. Sutton learned about the walkout, she sent a letter home to parents stating that the CSAP would be "part of the Rites of Passage." This statement was written in such a way that everyone freaked out and believed that they would not be passed on to the next grade if their CSAP was not included in their rites of passage -- hence the 90 percent turnout for the test. When one student carried a sign the first day of the CSAP test protesting its being part of the Rites of Passage, she was suspended for protesting and was not let back in school until the CSAP was over, because she refused to stop protesting. When Ms. Sutton was asked to clear up the fact that CSAP was not a requirement for the Rites of Passage, she flat-out refused to do that and said that after the CSAP was over, she'd have a discussion with the tenth-graders to see if they wanted to put CSAP in the Rites of Passage. We are still waiting for her to honor that promise.

I thought your readers would like to know just how Ms. Sutton had such a big turnout for the CSAP.

Cindy M. Sole
Denver


Mission to Mars

Over hill and dale:Regarding Michael Paglia's "Nightmare on Dale Street," his March 15 article on the proposed expansion plan for the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center:

Is there no end to the madness that has plagued the architectural history of Colorado Springs from the late '60s onward? It would seem that absolutely no structure is safe there. They've destroyed practically everything of any architectural significance in that city, and in the most non-sectarian of ways. It cannot be said that the city has a contempt only for modernist buildings: No period of architecture is safe there. Is it the altitude? The water, perhaps? There's nothing that really explains the phenomenon. From the writings of Harry Elmer Barnes, to the Colorado Springs Gazette, to Focus on the Family and the wholesale destruction of any type of edifice that could rightly be dubbed architecture, Colorado Springs will go down in history as a little bit of Mars right here on Earth. What a place to be!

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