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From the week of June 12, 2003

Donaciano Martínez
Denver

Hold the pickles:Great coverage of the 15. I don't ride it at night, so I miss a lot of the action. Still, daytime can be quite a trip, too. Much of the action in David Holthouse's story took place up front. I find that it's in the back where things get weirdest, especially in the articulated buses that run at busy times. Behind the bend, the driver is out of sight and out of mind. On other RTD routes, people generally follow the rules; I rarely even see people litter or drink soda. On the 15, I've seen a guy sitting on the pivot discover pickles in his burger and spit them onto the floor. That's enough entertainment for me and, I'd guess, for most novices to the 15 scene.

Roger Marks
Denver

The ride of his life:"Route of Ill Repute" was the most intensely kickin' story I've read in a long time, and I read a lot of them. I've never ridden the 15 and don't know where Colfax is except "Denver," but this story hooked me out of cyberspace and left me feeling better for having read it. I laughed out loud three or four times, it was just so dead-on good, and I sincerely mean that. Westword is kicking ass and taking names every week.

Brent Andrews
Franklin, Tennessee

Route 666:Kudos to David Holthouse for fine journalism and what is the most accurate of stories ever. The 15 is a ride to experience; every day is interesting. Myself, I have never been disappointed by the entertainment and the diversity of the 15. Also, some of the drivers of the 15 are the greatest. You have to have a sense of humor and the patience of Job to do that route. I look forward to hopping the bus this evening.

Robert Baca-Bower
Aurora

The street where he lived:Well done! Thanks for taking me there. As a past resident off the Colfax corridor, "Route of Ill Repute" was a trip down memory lane. Should anyone ever question the wisdom in David Holthouse's choice of vocation, direct them to the fifth paragraph. Succinct, colorful and less than 25 words. This is how good writing is taught and how it should be done.

Tim Karstens
Lincoln, Nebraska

Is this seat taken?I just picked up Westwordand read David Holthouse's "Route of Ill Repute." I absolutely fell in love with the work. I went online to find more of David Holthouse's articles. Woo. I got completely absorbed in them. I imagine this last article is an account of observations while riding Route 15? I felt as if I were also sitting there watching the drunks and curiosities get on and off. I applaud Holthouse for his unique and invigorating writing style, and can only zealously wait for his next publication.

Cassi Sattazahn
Denver

Situation normal:I was very impressed by David Holthouse's article. As I am moving to Denver in a few weeks, I find reading Westword a way to see what Denver is really like compared to D.C. Your story about the 15 bus makes me feel like I will fit right in and feel right at home. No, I am not a crackhead or a Bible-thumping maniac, but after twelve years in this city, my new home wouldn't seem complete without them. I have ridden a lot of buses here and have seen my fair share of the "local color" of Washington.

Thanks for letting me know that Denver isn't the bastion of normalcy I have seen from my friend's house in Park Hill. I think part of my summer (besides finding a teaching job) will be spent on the 15.

Anita Murano
Washington, D.C.


Daddy dearest:Regarding Harrison Fletcher's "Day of the Dad," in the May 29 issue:

While I do not believe the fatherhood programs described by Fletcher should be discontinued, I also believe that American fathers do not need a government that tells us how to be fathers as much as we need a government that enforces our rights to be fathers. If we can't see our kids and be an integral part of their lives, we can't be dads.

The government has its priorities backward. It believes kids need money more than love, failing to recognize that love finds a way where money does not. And in finding that way, boys become men and girls become women.

Politicians have long believed that fathers are the problem. Truth is -- and Harrison Fletcher deserves credit for pointing this out -- we're the solution.

Paul Robbins
Arvada

Man, oh man:Thank you for Harrison Fletcher's "Day of the Dad." Indeed, Daddy is destiny. A young woman is three times less likely to get pregnant if a father is positively involved in her life. A responsible fatherhood program is closely akin to being a family unit anti-trouble serum. What disappointed me was the only cursory mention and explanation of the Los Padres program. Los Padres is the result of a decade-old vision held by Richard Garcia and the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition. Garcia serves as the 23-year-old organization's executive director. CSPC is heavily involved in many parent/school involvement issues. The group works with schools and parents throughout Colorado.

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