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From the week of September 13, 2001


We've Got You Covered

A true gift: What a gutsy call to make Harrison Fletcher's "Touched by an Angel" your cover story for the September 6 issue. Few people know anything about gifted kids or care, something you no doubt know, yet there are Linda Silverman and the remarkable Justin Chapman, grinning happily in place of some more sensational story geared toward circulation.

Hopefully, many thousands will read this well-researched, well-crafted article and learn that doors don't automatically clang open for children with magnificent brains. All of their lives they have to fight the preconceived notions, prejudices and envies of a public that equates them with beautiful women (she's gorgeous, so her life will be easy) -- i.e., "The kid has an IQ higher than Einstein. He'll be awash in scholarships and money. He needs nothing from society or government." Harrison Fletcher figured it out and told us the truth, that these kids need exhaustive nurturing and understanding from all of society, especially teachers and school administrators.

Featuring this fine article on the cover supplies the extra status and credibility to make people read it and maybe learn something. Nice call.

Dale Boller
Englewood


French, Fried

Life in the slow lane: I enjoyed Bill Gallo's "Tour de Lance" sports column, in the September 6 issue. But he may have missed one salient feature: The cycling team that has so demoralized the French is sponsored by -- of all things -- the United States Postal Service! This butt of all jokes about things slow, this inspiration for the term Snail Mail, this bureau-corporate jugger-naught, is now the emblem of French subjugation. I expect any day to hear allegations by the French that the USPS cycling team is actually a creature of the CIA, designed to thwart France's ambitions of regaining its rightful place in the community of nations -- abetted by the British, I'm sure they'll say, it being well-known that Americans aren't smart enough to do something so subtle on our own.

Karl Sutterfield
Eastlake

Mob mentality:I was actually in near disbelief while reading Bill Gallo's ridiculous "Tour de Lance." Is it just me, or is the guy a contradicting, self-obsessed clown? I'm not sure if he's ever traveled to France, but the stereotype that he is trying to confirm does not really exist. Sure, if you travel to any large city anywhere in the world you will run into rude people. Maybe Bill went to Paris and expected everyone to greet him with a "Hi" instead of "Bonjour." Or maybe he's never been to Paris but jumped on the ol' stereotyping bandwagon with the rest of America.

The French are great people as long as you don't have Gallo's attitude. Hey, Bill, I guess every Italian-Americans is a mafioso, right?

Name withheld on request


Can't See the Forest for the Tree

Leaf us alone:I remember when Lone Tree didn't exist.

But now, according to Stuart Steers's "Branching Out," in the September 6 issue, we soon will have not just the Town of Lone Tree, but an Entire Kingdom of Lone Tree -- a land that would like to pretend it is a solution to runaway growth, but is just another sprawl of mini-malls and ugly subdivisions.

What a joke!

John Rodriguez
via the Internet

Sprawl for one: I was in Denver for the first time last week on vacation; I read your paper with interest, especially Stuart Steers's article about Lone Tree. I found Denver a generally friendlier place than the metro Washington, D.C., area, where I live. But there are some obvious problems with the sprawl I saw in Denver. I am dismayed by the extent of it all. And how is it going to be kept watered? All those non-indigenous plants and grasses take huge amounts of water to sustain.

The Washington Post recently published an article about planned communities in my area, including Reston, Virginia, which was mentioned in your article; the Post gave the history and also the shortcomings of these places. I think that Lone Tree's plan is only wishful thinking, because it will be surrounded with the typical suburban sprawl and it will not make much of a difference.

I'm rather cynical and I think that the Front Range will become an axis of sprawl, from Fort Collins down to Pueblo.

Dave Bollinger
via the Internet

Live and let live: I confess I didn't read Alan Prendergast's August 9 "Scenes From a Sprawl" or even Michael S. Jones's original letter to the editor that caused such a brouhaha. However, I did read his letter in the August 30 issue.

It's interesting to note that in his last paragraph, Jones exhorts us to read Ehrlich and Malthus, two economists whose theories have been widely discredited. Ehrlich was once challenged by Julian Simon, a respected economist, to pick several economic goods that, according to Ehrlich, the world would have less of in ten years -- the reasoning being that with the population "explosion," there would be more demand for these goods, therefore increasing the price. Instead, after the ten years were up, the prices droppedfor all of the items Mr. Ehrlich chose. (I would suggest reading The Ultimate Resource 2, by Julian Simon, since we're on the subject of reading lists.)

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