Letters to the Editor

From the week of September 26, 2002

The Wheel Thing

Taken for a ride: I just read Harrison Fletcher's "Wheels of Misfortune," in the September 12 issue, and I have a few comments.

Latinos come to this country to work and make a new life, which is almost impossible at home. Over time, some become quite successful. The real issue regarding these buses is that many in the "majority" just don't like that. In addition, Latinos have a little bit different cultural home life, and the "majority" doesn't like that, either. If these successful businesses were stealing, cheating and robbing, then the "majority" would complain that they are no-good aliens.

I have ridden the Golden State bus some four or five times over the last few years and found the experience to be clean, cheap, fast, more fun and nowhere near as interminable as a Greyhound ride.

To those who are bothered by the buses, I suggest they build their $300K condo somewhere where homogeneous-population desirables are welcome, like Boulder or circa-1963 Mississippi.

M.S. Mora
Indio, California

The white stuff: I have to agree with the complaints on the Mexico bus travel. I drive by there every day to see some Mexican puking or doing something socially unacceptable. Why doesn't the city do something about it? If someone was puking and acting disorderly in LoDo, you can bet something would be done. The white person would be pepper-sprayed or arrested or both. I am so tired of this minority-pandering. It is ridiculous. When a white person does something, it is against the law; when a Mexican does the same thing, we are told to be understanding. Bullshit! I don't see my tax dollars go down because I am understanding. I don't see them paying the taxes, either.

John Rosemeier
Denver

A terminal situation: Thanks so much for the excellent article on the buses at 23rd and Park Avenue West. We in Curtis Park are so afraid of talking to the press, because words and meanings get twisted, and we get crucified as racists. Harrison Fletcher really showed the condition of those bus companies and how they take advantage of their customers.

Sue Glassmacher
Curtis Park Neighbors

The bus stops here: All of the solutions to the bus problem are in Harrison Fletcher's article.

1) The determination to do it. All this hemming and hawing is gutless. I am amazed and furious at the laziness of all the parties: the cops, the city officials, the bus managers and especially the riders.

2) Knock down those two duplexes right now and pave the area, and reroute the street congestion into the lot. Get those damned buses and people off the streets.

3) Move Greyhound to Union Station and move the Mexican bus companies into the vacated Greyhound terminal. Not everyone has to move to Union Station.

4) However much money it takes, do it. The death of the boy should have been enough to move on all this.

5) Since all of these managers claim "they are getting no complaints," then, by God, people -- start complaining! Go in there yourself and make your anger known, and if you speak and write Spanish, make up signs in Spanish and put them in the windows of the businesses on the streets where families are forced to wait all day. Put them on phone poles. Walk the crowds and hand them out as leaflets. Get some public awareness moving; get the complaints rolling in!

I used to live in Denver. I have been out in L.A. for nine years now. Out here, we had to form a "Bus Riders' Union" to organize our anger at the bus companies and have riders' strikes, bring court actions and get media attention before the top offices took us seriously and realized that without us, they had no reason to be in business. We paralyzed the citymore than once before they finally gave us what we demanded.

I can't believe you guys in Denver have become such powerless wusses. This is not the Denver I left! What's the matter with you?

I remember Curtis Park. Looks like you've let it go to hell and forgotten the lessons of the past. Wake up. Get up. Turn on your printers and get to the copy shop and get going on this. What the hell are you waiting for?

J.P. Schwartz
via the Internet

Paint the town read: I just got through reading Harrison Fletcher's article and was so impressed that I sent it to everyone I could think of in the city who might be part of the solution. Along with being an extremely good read, I found it to be thorough, comprehensive, accurate and balanced. Fletcher is the first person to so carefully and vividly lay out all of the convoluted pieces, players and history. He's painted the picture, and it ain't pretty -- although it's very human.

Alana Smart
Denver


Penned Up Emotions

Prisoner of the heart: I wish to thank you from my heart for Alan Prendergast's "The Long Silence," in the September 12 issue. You have given me hope that someone out there truly cares enough to see the truth! All too often, "the truth" is locked away with inmates, and even their families fear to speak out for fear the prisons will retaliate by taking away phone privileges, visits, even correspondence. It appears that the federal prison system hides under the guise of everything being a threat to the safety and security of the system, when this is mostly hogwash.

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