Letters to the Editor

From the week of May 24, 2001

Boeing, Going, Gone

Snow job: There's nothing wrong with progress, despite what Patricia Calhoun says in her May 17 "Blowing Boeing." There's nothing wrong with smart growth.

Calhoun apparently wants to freeze Denver in time, like a giant snowglobe where there's no traffic and always plenty of fresh powder for selfish Coloradans who want to shut this state off from future opportunities. That's not smart growth; that's stupid thinking.

Roger Comden
Aurora

Deep in the heart of Texas: Calhoun's column was a really funny and perceptive look at reality in action. I watched the same fiasco repeated in Dallas/Fort Worth, which does have 400 or so major companies domiciled in this area. Neither Denver nor DFW really needed Boeing, which should have located its corporate headquarters near Washington, D.C., because Boeing is going to need a lot of political clout in its war against Airbus Industrie and the snotty little frogs who run it. Henri Coupron wouldn't eat a Denver meatball even if it meant refusing the Frontier Airlines order. My uncle and his daughters live in Denver and like it just fine as it is; they will like it even better when Monsieur Coupron has departed.

Denverites seem to have survived the entire Boeing affair, whereas we Dallasites are still unhappy over the outcome because we thought we had the best shot at landing Boeing. In addition to $60 million from Illinois, Boeing also picked up two pretty good U.S. senators, which, along with two each from Washington State and Kansas, makes a Richard Daley sixpack. Hey, someone had to fill the vacuum created when Bernie Lincicome ditched Chicago for Denver. Why not Boeing?

Sam Lancaster
via the Internet

Hitting close to home: Believe it or not, there are those of us here in Denver who are pleased as punch that Boeing did not choose our fair city for relocation. I'll bet that would include just about all of us native Denverites who are tired of you transplants who have decided that Colorado is a wonderful place to live, thereby overcrowding our roads, adding to urban sprawl, clogging up the hiking trails and consequently making Colorado a much less appealing place to be. If you are interested in the booming big-city life, why didn't you just stay where you were rather than come to this pleasant "cowtown" and attempt to make us more like Chicago?

In the early '70s, we voted to keep the Olympics away from here, and for good reason. Now that we are being overrun by non-Coloradans, it seems we only delayed the inevitable. Colorado was a beautiful place. Now there are just too damned many people here. Let's not invite more.

Carrie Sullivan
Denver

Pressing engagements: So Mayor Webb thinks that Denver "benefited from the tremendous amount of publicity that was associated with the Boeing process," as Calhoun quoted in her column last week. Let's consider who benefited the most from the publicity: Boeing itself.

As soon as Boeing announced it would move its headquarters from Seattle to one of three cities, the press started slobbering all over the story. Newspapers and TV stations in Denver, Dallas and Chicago weren't the only ones drooling; this became a national story. A story that got Boeing the sort of good press money can't buy.

All that, and $63 million in incentives from Chicago, too.

Richard Terwilliger
via the Internet

Pray as you go: Boeing chooses Chicago! There is a God!

John Kessel
Fort Collins


A Touching Experience

Mind over money matters: Decades ago, infants abandoned by their mothers were allowed to lie alone for hours in state-run orphanages, with no attention whatsoever. Any human contact they received was the cursory change of a diaper, the giving of a bottle. Within months, these young lives often extinguished themselves, having been denied what so many of us take for granted: touch. Quite simply, they died of broken hearts.

Those young ones who made it past infancy had emotional, mental and behavioral problems no one knew how to explain. People considered "learned" or "educated" in such matters would write those problems off as a defect, something there since birth. Those with a more religious perspective on the matter would say the child was "possessed" or "touched." In this day and age, we know that the explanations are not so simple. We know that babies need to be held, nurtured, talked to -- by anyone, if it cannot be their birth parents. We also know that children who do not behave in class, who act out violently, who cannot control their impulses, can't be so easily dismissed as "crazy" or "defective." We now know that sometimes these children have seen, heard or felt unspeakable things done to them and those they love, and their child-sized mentality cannot comprehend these things.

I read Julie Jargon's May 10 "Teach Your Children Well," her story about psychological services in daycare. I must say, it was very encouraging to learn that in a time when the State of Colorado has chosen to cut funding for mental-health care, including monies formerly directed toward maintaining an adequate staff of counselors for public-school students, that there is such a place as the Renaissance Children's Center in Lakewood. I truly believe that the dedicated staffers of this facility are helping the children in their care take a huge step toward breaking the cycle of abuse and poverty that might otherwise continue for generations.

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