Letters to the Editor

From the week of September 12, 2002

I believe that more and more people are waking up to some political realities, including the fact that We the People are not being represented by the status-quo, do-nothing politicians we continue to vote into office. My time, energy and votes will continue to support these alternative candidates, and I would encourage all non-voting political dropouts to do the same. We can get representation, and we are entitled to accountability instead of false promises. And we will be heard, with or without responsible media coverage, so long as we remember that we are the government!

Richard Trupp
Denver

Seeing is disbelieving: The politicians: When you see their mouths open and their lips protrude, you can expect to get dumped on. Don't be one of the glass-eyed mushrooms with their mouths open. Haven't you heard all this shit before? You also have to listen to their gestures, twitches, nods, jerks, blinks and tics. This is the sugarcoating. They use contributions to abuse us with more irritating ads. Give us a break!

For survival, use the mute button, channel selector, off switch and trips to the fridge and potty. They are trying to see how much shit they can put us through.

Hang in there until November, Joe and Joan Sixpack. You can make it. Save your money.

John F. Sisson
Arvada


Publish or Parrots

Squawking 101: What's the difference between writing "news" and "commentary"? Well, the former is just the facts, man, and the latter is opinion. But the cardinal rule of Good Professional Journalism -- objectivity -- is so regularly and purposefully ignored by members of the Fourth Estate that it's kinda hard to imagine a news article that doesn't include left-slanted opinion. And Westword's September 5 Off Limits certainly didn't disappoint in this regard.

A news reporter, or his editor, can (and often does) clean up the language of a quote. For example, if the lady marching for a woman's right to kill babies screams, "We don't gotta let you bastards shove yer god up our cunts!" the reporter will tell us she said, "Keep your religion out of my uterus! Please."

It's only right in a family publication. Unless the person you're quoting is a conservative; then strictly accurate quoting is a dandy way of making him look like a stuttering imbecile. For conservatives, the Good Reporter makes damn sure that any and every crudity (Is the GOP candidate picking his nose? I smell a Pulitzer!), every misspoken word (Did he say "noocuular!?" The president is a moron!), and each misspelerization ("potatoe"!? Stop the presses!) is prominently noted, and even emphasized in snide asides. That's what Off Limits did by noting a misspelling by a letter-writer who opposes the unfathomable insensitivity, ignorance and outright stupidity of Colorado College president Richard Celeste in bringing a Palestinian shill here to commemorate 9/11. Westword sees nothing wrong with that, of course, but misplacing a consonant or three in the name of a German now nearly sixty years dead is sure evidence of idiocy.

If, dear class, you have an issue with an issue, leave it to the issues columns. When reporting news, it's a good idea to, well, stick to news. Besides, you're an edjumacated journalist, ain'tcha? If you want to slam somebody for their position, do it in the opinonation columns, and if you really want to slam them, find a better point than mispeling. You just make yourself look like the lockstep, knee-jerk left-liberal parrot you are, otherwise.

JM Schell
Arvada

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