Letters to the Editor

From the week of October 11, 2001

Box Score

Bloom service: What a masterful job Harrison Fletcher did of capturing the beauty and spirit of a most amazing woman, Jodi Jill, in his October 4 "Out of the Box." I'm grateful that he was the reporter who wrote about her: He was very thorough, supporting through others' eyes the insanity of a child's growing up in such dreadful circumstances. Thanks for capturing a glimpse of this most incredible woman.

My image is of the beautiful flower that makes its way through the cracks of the sidewalk -- just to bloom.

Paula Phipps
via the Internet

Shed some light: Many readers will be keeping their eyes open in anticipation of the feature interview with Mr. and Mrs. Storage Shed.

Tom Wolf
via the Internet

Past imperfect: Jodi Jill's story is absolutely mind-boggling -- and more so because this young woman has chosen to surge forward in life and not be bitter about her past.

The one thing that I do want to say to her is that you don't need to be ashamed of your childhood. It was not your fault. None of us have any control over how or where we were brought up, but we do have control over how we choose to live our adult lives. Jodi, you have so much to be proud of! You have prevailed! You didn't have any of the advantages that most children have. You didn't even have the basics. Still, you taught yourself to read and you have chosen to help others rise above their circumstances. That, my darling, is truly something to be proud of. You are amazing!

Linda Ridding
Arvada

Mom's the word: Tell me where Jodi Jill's mother lives, and she will wish she had not been born.

And we think terrorists only come from the Mideast?

Nick Werle
Colorado Springs

Prize patrol: Harrison Fletcher deserves a prize for "Out of the Box," and I hope he receives it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It is so touching, and I will forward it to others. What a truly wonderful, brave young woman.

Melanie GeBron
via the Internet


The Case Isn't Closed

Hospital zone: I was very impressed by Alan Prendergast's well-written, thorough and enlightening article, "The Strange Case of Dr. Schmidt," in the September 20 issue. The roughshod politics and backward mentalities that prevail at UCHSC are indeed alarming.

I would like to know how I can best make an impact, to state my concern over 1) the fact that university chairs are not overseen or reviewed for their conduct, and 2) the university's troubling attitude toward new and experimental therapies.

Georgia Cotton
Denver

Striking a nerve: I would like to thank you for the article you wrote regarding Dr. Schmidt. I was one of many fighting to keep him on at the University of Colorado, one of many with a sacral nerve implant. Alan Prendergast may have read my letters to CU in his research for the article; after receiving no replies, I'd wondered if our voice would ever be heard. So, thanks!

Megan Hooker
via the Internet

Give him a hand: What a sorry-ass outfit the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center is! Dr. Schmidt is much too good for them. Any other UCHSC staffers reading this letter should voice their opinions with their feet by finding kinder circumstances far, far away from office politics.

UCHSC hospital is nothing but a hand job. Good article, Alan Prendergast.

I'd also like to comment on the "Mideast War" -- a touchy subject these days. What's going on in the world is like a body with a diseased part, a part you would like to make well again, not sicker! The body cries out for attention; something's wrong! Dis ease (sic). Harmony needs to be restored. Where did all of these enemies come from? Well, inequalities in the world -- fighting over money, land, power, disenfranchisement, not just politics and religion. From unfortunate and unhappy, many Arabs and Islamics have gravitated into fanatics and then into terrorists. When we see and address the larger issues of inequality, the painful cycle of exacerbation will gradually circle back to fanaticism, to unrest and then to balance.

This is not to absolve the souls of those who planned and executed the bombing. (Fat chance you'll catch Bin Laden.) But observing and addressing the behavior is not enough; what about the cause of the matter? Bomb now, ask later? No way. The many-headed hydra of injustice always finds its own level. So seek justice for the behavior, but also seek justice for the cause. Shallowness, fear and insecurity must give way to a vision and remedy of the larger issues. Else a bloodbath of martyrdom will ensue, such as the world has never seen the likes of, until truth is found.

Gene W. Edwards
Colorado Springs


Situation Normal

Ignorance is bliss: As the "loyal" opposition, I have to say that John Casella's letter in the September 27 issue was enlightening. Sorry, America is programmed to be an arrogant and ignorant society. I support my view with these facts: America represents less than 5 percent of the world's population and consumes over 40 percent of the natural resources. This confirms that it is a totally indulgent society. To make it even worse, a third of our consumption is pure waste.

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