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From the week of February 14, 2002

It is important that in the end, our state continues to help parents understand that education should not be driven by the state, but by the parent. Parental involvement is the leading factor in success, regardless of which type of education is selected for the child. Colorado's open home-schooling laws have helped in teaching that critical point.

Larry Garlick
via the Internet

Picture imperfect: Julie Jargon's story on charter schools was interesting, and I was glad to hear what some others were saying and facing. I feel she properly represented the things I had to say. However, my name was under a very nice picture of Treon Goossen. It may be confusing to those who know us, and she, who has worked so hard for our wonderful home-schooling law, should be properly identified.

Sibbi Yarger
via the Internet

Who's who:Just so you know, the picture that you say is of Kin Griffith in your article about virtual schools (which is a great article), is actually a picture of Kevin Swanson, the executive director of Christian Home Educators of Colorado. He is a good family friend, and I recognized the picture as being him. Hope you can clear up this mistake.

Anastasia Johnson
via the Internet

Editor's note: Our apologies for the very real screw-up on the photo cutlines for the virtual schools story. To read Julie Jargon's story online -- and to see those people correctly identified -- go to www.westword.com.


Rip and Read

Rave notices:I am amazed that some people's idea of community action is to take signs down in their spare time. Not just take them down, but put others up trying to get others to join in. With all of the problems in the world today and in our city itself, from unemployment to homelessness, it strikes me as a feeble attempt at community service.

As stated in Laura Bond's February 7 "Signing Off," the city itself has a task force for these horrible crimes -- so let the city take care of it. Get a hobby, help out at a food distribution center, volunteer at the Red Cross.

The fact that some of these signs actually generate income for people and provide some sort of hope even in our crippled economy should be enough. The main concern seems to be that they do not look good in the neighborhoods. It would be interesting to find out how many of these signs have actually caused any accidents.

Get a grip on reality, you do-gooder wannabes.

Paul Lunde
Denver

Flier-by-night enterprise:I would like to congratulate Laura Bond on her recent snapshot into the sick, sad minds of those sign-slasher guys. Wow! Get a life, geeks! (Or, better yet, a job!)

I notice that, in addition to yard-sale signs, they don't touch real-estate signs or campaign signs or political fliers. However, they do rip down local band fliers or paste them over with their own fliers advertising their own useless Web site. That tells me that they are not interested in enforcing any ordinance, only in for-cing their opinions on us through the use of violence and intimidation. They are, then, fascists in the crudest sense. Many self-employed, small-business owners are faced with the daunting task of competing with huge corporations. They have a marketing budget of zero against a corporation's budget of billions. Their only hope of success is to come up with creative and affordable ways of reaching their niche.

By vandalizing signs, fliers and anything else they can get their hands on, these fascists are the unwitting pawns of huge corporations. They help them maintain the corporate stranglehold by eliminating a small-business owner's chance to share the market. I have done research on some of these advertisers that the fascists attack and have found that some are not-for-profit organizations that help small businesses in need. They certainly provide much more support than any yard sale. But I suppose talking sense to these fascists would be the same as talking sense to an abortion-clinic bomber.

Name withheld on request


Uh-O, Pioneers!

Skating on thin ice: Thank you for giving the University of Denver hockey program the positive publicity that it deserves. The Pioneer faithful have known all along what others are now starting to see.

However, I would like to correct a couple of inaccuracies in Bill Gallo's "Pioneers Fly High," in the January 31 issue. First, a simple check of the ticket prices will reveal that student tickets go for four dollars, not five. Second, the article quotes attendance figures for two games earlier this season against Boston College and Vermont; it should be noted that neither of these games were played at Magness Arena. Instead, they were part of tournaments that took place in Alaska and in New Hampshire, respectively. Again, a quick fact check would have shown this.

It seems that a little more attention to detail, and perhaps actually attending a DU game, would have avoided these errors. Nevertheless, GO, DU!

David Costantino
Denver

Ticket to snide: I suppose I would have had an easier time with Bill Gallo's snide tone in his January 17 "A Plan for Shanny" had he not debased journalism and this publication by misspelling Jarious -- not Jarrius -- Jackson's name.

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