Letters to the Editor

From the week of January 2, 2003

The story about Father Medrano, his church's Nativity scene and his parishioners gives a picture of how ordinary and extraordinary these people are. Artisans. People who believe in something and work hard to give it honor. People who have little to give but give freely and often go unrewarded because they know some neighbors have less. People who are inspired to reach beyond their problems because Father Medrano -- a saint in the making, I'm sure -- believes in them.

Thank you for bringing a real Christmas story to light. Rather than wail about the plight of the good Father's parishioners and beg for money, Robin showed us what he and they do to overcome some wicked obstacles.

Kathy Robinson

There Auto Be a Law

Free advice: Why did the city need to spend $40,000 to learn what anyone who's ever tried to park downtown could tell them? The parking system stinks!

Thanks to Patricia Calhoun for keeping the pressure on with her December 19 "Time's Up." Give 'em hell.

Joseph Cutler

Lots of luck: The lack of foresight exhibited by Patty Calhoun, KPMG, the Denver Parking Mis-Management morons and his "Cronyness" Wellington Webb regarding Denver's lack of viable public parking is truly amazing!

For a lot less than the $38,000 KPMG audit, it would seem that any moron could tell the City of Denver that it needs to stop declaring war on people trying to patronize Denver merchants! That war chases lots of consumer dollars to suburbia, as Webb's holiday relaxation of parking rules seeks to ignore the rest of the year.

Also, why can't these Webb crony "kickback" studies figure out that they need some public parking structures and then get the boot-happy VCAs (Vehicle Control Agents) to patrol the new parking structures instead of locking the public out of parking in buildings named after his Cronyness?

Daniel King

You'd Better Shop Around

Big-bang theory: Regarding Stuart Steers's "The Wal-Mart Crusade," in the December 12 issue:

I recall seeing bumper stickers that read "If you don't like abortion, then don't have one."

I guess that would apply in this case as well: If you don't like Wal-Mart, then don't shop there. Meanwhile, I get the best bang for my buck at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, so I go there. That's called a free economy -- one where we can shop where we want and where we can work where we want.

I can't wait to get out there this week when everything is cut to the bone; that benefits me and my family. Have a great new year.

Buddy Quinn
via the Internet

On Target: I don't agree with anyone who continues to shop at Wal-Mart in spite of the way it treats people. Doing the right thing sometimes requires sacrifices. In this case, the sacrifice seems so small as to be insignificant -- presumably paying a little more for an item. You can reduce your overall expenses by buying less. Most Americans waste a lot of money, resources and stuff: Buy better quality that doesn't have to be replaced all the time. Shop at the stores that deserve your patronage.

Frank Azar said he's never had a complaint against Target or K-Mart. I bought stuff at Target last week because I decided to quit patronizing Wal-Mart, and I can't see any difference between their prices and Wal-Mart's. And even if I did, I would shop at anyplace but Wal-Mart. Self-esteem comes from doing the right thing. Better to have self-esteem than to support bad things happening in order to save a few pennies instead of reducing purchases and buying better stuff.

Benton Wheeler
via the Internet

They've Got Your Number

Information, please: I was a little (but only a little) surprised that there were so few letters in the December 19 letters section regarding Bill Gallo's December 12 Sports column, "Our Mitts on You," on the topic of the Total Information Awareness database.

I am grateful that someone, even a sports columnist, is talking about this issue, which should be much more of a concern to us all than it is. But with the mainstream Media being an accessory to our apathy, what else should we expect?

First, we have all heard those naive and "patriotic" Americans who, regarding restrictions on civil liberties, say: "But if one is not a terrorist (or whatever type of undesirable), then one has nothing to fear." Or, "I have nothing to hide."

But with the proposed Big Brother/John Poindexter database, which would be set up under the Homeland "Security" Bill just passed in November, we will all have something to fear, and we all will be able to hide nothing.... Not only will all of our e-mails and phone calls be subject to being tapped (without court order), but they will be tapped. As has been already noted by many, every conceivable piece of information will be gathered on all of us, from surveillance video to credit and medical and library and supermarket purchase information to.... Then this information will be scanned with computer software to search for "terrorists" (or whatever). But my point is: With all of the mistakes computers make, and with all of that identity theft lately, we are all at risk of being "found" to be terrorists, whoever we are. (Databases never, ever contain misleading or false information, do they?) And as accused terrorists, we will most likely have our constitutional rights to due process violated, especially if we fall into certain ethnic and racial groups.

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