Letters to the Editor

From the week of April 5, 2001

Carrying a Torch

Love everlasting:I just read Steve Jackson's incredible "The Racer's Edge" series, including "The Bounce-Back Kid," in the March 8 issue, and "The Kid Bounces Back," in the March 15 issue, for the fifth time. I wanted to write to tell you how moved I am, and to tell you what a wonderful writer Steve Jackson is.

The Klug family is indescribable -- in their love, in their devotion as a family, in the way they look at life and, most important, in their faith. How can words describe what the organ-donor program does for families like the Klugs? No one can know the pain, the sleepless nights, the agonizing days, the memories of seeing your child grow up and suffer. I only wish the world could read this series. For all of the cynics who think love is dead, Chris Klug's story only proves love gives and restores life.

It is hard to think that someone had to die so another could live, but that thirteen-year-old heart will go on giving and go on loving in the body of a very brave man.

Peggy Thoma
Redmond, OR

Blinded by science:Thank you for the incredible two chapters on Chris Klug.

"Science writing" came of age only fifty years ago, with Blakeslee of the Associated Press. It's a complex process: The writer must become a readable, observant, understandable, accurate translator who takes arcane material and makes it accessible to laypeople.

In March 2001, Steve Jackson did that flawlessly. But he did more, mastering not only the medical mysteries and solutions but the joy of sports, the warmth of the love from Missy and Chris's family and friends. Even Blakeslee wasn't that versatile. And on top of all this, Jackson's prose is that of a fine contemporary novelist.

You have excellent writers at Westword, anyway. But Jackson's latest may be a Best of Denver in itself.

Pat Huff
Lakewood

Be a sport: While reading Steve Jackson's story, I thought how great it would be to see Chris Klug carrying the U.S. flag or even the Olympic torch in the 2002 Winter Olympics. I found a site where everyone can go to nominate Chris, the person most deserving of this honor. He would not only be representing the United States, but Colorado as well. So everyone should take a minute and go to olympics.coca-cola.com, fill out the form and be proud that we could vote for one of Colorado's finest and most courageous athletes to represent our state and our country.

Trayce Titterington-Alfrey
via the Internet


Doubting Thomas

An ace in the hole: I had to laugh when I read in Stuart Steers's March 22 "Take Cover" that someone compared Denver councilman Ed Thomas to Jesse Ventura. If I were to liken Mr. Thomas to a Ventura, Ace is the one who comes to mind!

Ed Thomas is a lot like Denver's mayor, Wellington Webb -- basically a blowhard who hasn't done much in office. With Webb, it has been the economy that has done the heavy lifting, not any great mayoral work. Thomas, too, has been coasting along. It's an easy ride when the economy is going your way.

It would be nice to get a take-charge, do-something mayor like New York's Rudolph Giuliani, someone who is willing to not follow the same tired path. But it isn't going to happen here. Thomas is the type of politician that Denver loves: bland, stale and out of touch. Sounds like the perfect candidate for mayor!

Bill Stevens
Denver Same old story: There was a time when Westword was a gutsy, tell-it-like-it-is newspaper. Now you're playing into the hands of lame politicians. Stuart Steers's article on Denver councilman Ed Thomas was too silly for words. Thomas is little more than a blowhard. Nothing new. Nothing special. Nothing more.

Denver needs people in the city council with new ideas, and a willingness to do the right thing and not be afraid to step on a few toes. Thomas is none of those things. He's old news.

Karen Reed
Denver


Dinner Belle

Let's dish: I feel the need to respond to Julie Jargon's well-written article about the women's gifting groups ("'Tis Better to Receive," March 22). It is embarrassing for me to admit, but I made the large mistake of giving my money away to someone I never met, who didn't even bother to thank me. These groups provide a few women with lots of money and many women with nothing. If you got in early, while all the hype was still up and everyone was excited, then yes, some women made money and even cycled through several times. But that lasted maybe two months. I joined last summer and haven't received a cent. And I know of several other women who also haven't been gifted.

It was easy to get sucked into this "get rich quick" scheme because of the lies and propaganda presented at the meetings. I was told that no one has never not been gifted; that you don't have to invite (recruit) anyone in order to be gifted; that it is totally legal; that the Denver district attorney approves of the Original Dinner Party because it's the only gifting group that is functioning legally; that you should cycle through in about three months; and even that there is a fund set up to help any women who "get stuck."

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