Letters to the Editor

From the week of April 19, 2001

Native Truths

Best intentions:Just about my favorite part of your Best of Denver issue is reading all the letters of response from people complaining about how lame Denver is. What a bunch of whiners and babies and people whose self-esteem is way too high: "Denver is still a backwater cowtown"; "This isn't a city -- this is Hicksville with professional sports."

Boo hoo. Why are they here? Couldn't get a job at the Trib? They should go back to Chicago or whatever sophisticated hotspot they've moved here from. They're polluting my air and water and cramping my style.

Carolyne Janssen
Third-generation native of Hicksville


Let There Be Light

The hole truth:After being inundated with Columbine stories during the past two years, I was surprised that I was unable to put down Alan Prendergast's "Lights, Camera...No Comment," his account of "60 Minutes and me" in the April 12 issue. It was extremely well-written.

Thanks for poking some new holes in the flimsy facade that "everyone and everything is okay." It takes longer than two years to recover from such a tragedy. Obviously, there is more healing and an enormous amount of unanswered questions that still need to be dealt with.

Stacy Freeborg
Arvada

First things first:The Columbine story is exactly why the First Amendment was created. The British in 1776 could not have done a better job to justify the First Amendment than have Jeffco officials.

The press has to be unrestrained -- not to harass families or dig up titillating subjects, but to keep governments from hiding.

Keep up the good work.

Nick Werle
Colorado Springs


Coming Clean at Lowry

Dirty tricks: Eileen Welsome's April 12 "The Lowdown on Lowry," the first in the "Dirty Secrets" series on the Lowry debacle and the insane policy to transfer the radioactive waste to the unwilling citizens of Deer Trail, was superb!

Her incredible fact-gathering on this sordid tale is to be commended. Finally, a Denver media outlet tells the truth about the Colorado conspiracy to poison our food supply so that polluters can save money. As a former Arapahoe County Planning Commissioner who was relieved of her duties for opposing this madness, I couldn't be more pleased to see that the truth will out, in spite of those who have defamed our efforts to educate the public.

Thanks for a balanced view of Adrienne Anderson's valiant battle against the Goliath of Colorado corruption.

Leslie Hanks
Watkins

A healthy regard for the truth:The article by Eileen Welsome concerning the pollution generated at the Lowry Landfill is a masterful bit of investigative reporting. She has exposed an attempt by the EPA to cover up a hazardous and life-threatening process that could lead to dire consequences. Moreover, Westword's choice to print this article shows your concern for the health and welfare of the people of Colorado.

Professor Adrienne Anderson's work to end this atrocity is another example of someone displaying an attitude of "We are not going to take it any longer." She has been a leader in trying to get the spreading of contaminated sludge stopped.

Both of these ladies, as well as your publication, deserve a pat on the back. Without the fortitude, leadership and assertiveness of people like this, where would this country be headed in the future?

Gary O. Schaefer
Grand Bay, AL

The sludge report:Thank you for your comprehensive and courageous report about the discharge of toxic and radioactive wastes from the Lowry Landfill Superfund site to the Denver metro sewage plant, where they are reconcentrated in the sewage sludge being spread on homeowners' gardens and Colorado's cropland.

The corruption of the EPA and state and city officials on this issue is simply breathtaking.

Helane Shields
Alton, NH


Strike While the Irony Is Hot

Train robbers: Stuart Steers's April 5 history lesson on Union Station, "Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind," is so packed with irony, I wonder how the promoters of the latest scheme to defraud area taxpayers can keep a straight face.

Start with the zoning agreement Denver made with the station's owners in 1988. It may not have been the first time a property was held hostage for in-kind ransom paid by the city, but it ranks with Omaha's stockyards as one of the most outdated. The Moffat Mansion, the Tabor Grand and numerous other pieces of Denver's illustrious past at least had potential for conversion into residential or commercial properties. Why there was an overriding need to preserve Union Station for another fifty years can only be attributed to edifice complex.

Then there's the Trillium Corporation, which owns 50 percent of the Denver Union Terminal and stands to make a bundle on the eventual sale, even more from property across the street that could be turned into office space. Nobody should be surprised that the company is pushing RTD's plans to run trains to DIA, Boulder and who knows where else.

The enviros who would have us all riding bikes and light rail instead of driving our SUVs must be suppressing a gag, though, knowing Trillium's clear-cutting past in the Northwest and its heavy investment in South American rainforests. But that's okay. Just as long as they like trains and trolleys, they have the right attitude.

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