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From the week of January 31, 2002

Qwest for Ire

A family affair:I enjoyed reading Patricia Calhoun's column on Qwest's ever-so-helpful insert about how they protect our privacy by offering to give our privacy away ("Out of the Blue," January 24). She did a lot of research about how heavy they are into marketing. Thanks for the toll-free number at the end of the column; I used it without any trouble to tell Qwest I don't want their family contacting me.

Although I have to wonder what kind of family Qwest's is: traditional, nuclear, extended, multi-ethnic, same-sex, family by choice?

Shalom Aleichem! Peace be with you!

Peter Gross
Denver

Hold on: If Qwest is going to share customer information with other businesses in its "family," the company should at least give customers call waiting for free. That way, you'd be able to put a Qwest telemarketer on hold so that you won't miss a call...from another Qwest telemarketer!

J.R. Hillary
via the Internet

Editor's note: On Monday, Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio announced that the company had given up plans to share customer information between divisions -- for now, at least, pending new FCC guidelines due out later this year. Insisting that Qwest does not, and will not, share private customer data with outside businesses, Nacchio added, "We did not do a good job of communicating." Which, for a company in the communications business, is saying something.


It's All Downhill From Here

The last resort: After reading Stuart Steers's "Winter Park Grows Up," in the January 17 issue, I found myself overcome with nostalgia and a sense of loss for what's happened to Colorado. Skiing used to be a fun family sport. Now few families can afford it, and the state's ski resorts have turned into nothing but expensive advertisements for tacky mountain condos. Winter Park has been a rare exception.

Amy-Jean Foster
Denver

Snow job: Denver has no business owning a ski area when it can't fix its streets or give its kids a decent education. Mayor Wellington Webb has had two chances to sell Winter Park, and he's blown both of them.

Harvey Robinson
Denver

Photo finish: In case your readers are interested, the young woman sitting on the porch rail of the warming house looking down on the T-bar near the old Hughes run at Winter Park is me! The photo was taken in the spring of 1954, when my parents and college friends were staying at the Arlberg Club. Other pictures taken at the time include one of my dad, Hudson Moore Jr., and me riding the T-bar. As noted in the credit, those pictures are in the Colorado Historical Society archives.

Stuart Steers's article was great about past and present Winter Park issues.

Barbara Moore Rumsey
Denver


A Slippery Slope

< Airheads: Regarding Jonathan Shikes's "Airtime," in the January 10 issue:

In light of the fact that the CEO of Vail received a $1 million-plus bonus in 2001, the use of public funds to finance ski-industry ads is unconscionable.

Tal Jones
via the Internet


Hitting Them Where They Live

Mean streets: I just completed David Holthouse's January 24 article on Eric Scott, "A Hard Hit." I am sure that you will be getting a few, if not many, letters regarding Mr. Scott's life and lifestyle. That's not the reason I'm writing this response, however. Mr. Scott sounded like one of those individuals who comes along that we never have in our lives for long. He was truly special, and I am sure those who knew him will miss him tremendously. He was one of those people who didn't have the guidance and examples in his childhood to show him the way; he was figuring it out and basically was making things right for himself.

I was touched by what his friends said about him and the fact they did not get to properly say goodbye to him. Whether he was the president of some corporation or what he was, he did not deserve to die the way he did.

As a person who works in a building directly next to Skyline Park and the 16th Street Mall, I see the "street kids" all the time. Since I get to watch and listen to these kids, it's hard to have sympathy for them. I have to remind myself all the time that the majority of them are on the streets because they have problems at home, mental problems, etc., and have no other place to go.

I would like to make a simple suggestion to Eric's friends: The best way to "keep Eric's memory alive" would be to continue what he basically did naturally -- help the street kids. You don't need lots of money to simply talk, learn and teach. Maybe some of these kids will hear the message and help themselves get it right.

Thanks for the story. It reminded me that life -- no matter what -- is special.

Carla Clarke
Denver

Life on the outside: My heart goes out to these kids and to Eric Scott. People need to learn how to respect life. I hope David Holthouse's article helps in the investigation.

Keep 'em coming.

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