Letters to the Editor

From the week of June 12, 2003

Eight years ago Mr. Garcia and I were asked to sit on the Governor's Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood. We issued a report. Then most of us went away. Garcia, though, actually took the bull by the horns. The rigorous "fourteen-week training program" is his creation.

As Jaime diPaulo can attest, it is far more than men gathering to learn how to become touchy-feely. For him and other men striving to become better fathers, it has been a life raft, paddle, sail, nourishment and compass. Regardless of language skills or education, men learn about child development, communication, healthy leadership and how to become truly immersed in the lives of their children. Los Padres has programs in Denver, Greeley, Trinidad, Longmont, Pueblo, Colorado Springs and even in the Boulder County Jail.

My excellent friend, Jaime diPaulo, is but one of hundreds of English- and Spanish-speaking men who have benefited from Los Padres. Step by step, men who would scare the heck out of Mike Tyson are guided through the solid, research-based program curriculum worthy of Ph.D. coursework. I kid you not.

Tomas Romero

Disorder in the Court

Tell it to the judge: Regarding Julie Jargon's "The Waiting Game," in the May 29 issue:

I just wanted to say I feel little sympathy for any court that is overwhelmed with work due to budget cuts and hiring freezes. If they can afford to pay family members to do work, then surely they can take on volunteers who actually went to law school and passed the bar (like me), and who cannot find jobs elsewhere.

Until I read your article, I didn't even know such a crisis existed. It might be more productive to advertise their staffing needs with the law schools rather than high schools.

Jeremiah Hayes
via the Internet

Post, Toasted

Mr. Roberts: Lost amid all the fuss over whether Michael Roberts has it in for the Denver Post and its staff (The Message, May 29 and Letters, June 5) is this question: Who cares?

I'll wager that the typical Westword reader no more wants to read tales from the Denver Post (where I work) than it wants to learn about gossip whispered around Qwest, Coors or the kitchen of a LoDo eatery.

Roberts's tardy rehashes of stale tidbits phoned in from a couple of newsroom malcontents validates only those who call in, needlessly embarrasses -- or worse, harms -- a few, and is unlikely to entertain anyone outside of the two newsrooms (people who probably already had heard the gossip days -- if not weeks -- before it appeared in The Message). When Roberts stoops to this level, he dishes up thin gruel for readers seeking serious reportage and criticism of Denver's newspaper scene.

Roberts can write whatever he wants, and his editors can clear for publication anything they please, but columns such as his May 29 effort are a sorry excuse for reporting. Westword ought to re-evaluate its purpose and future.

Keith Morse

Let's Do the Time Warp Again

The long and Rocky road: Thank you, Bill Gallo, for your tribute to the Rocky Horror Picture Show phenomenon in the May 15 issue. If the weekly midnight gathering at the Starz FilmCenter is a "family ritual," then I (as a 56-year-old regular celebrant) am the designated mom.

I also want to thank the CEI (Colorado's Elusive Ingredient) cast and crew for making Denver's Rocky such a wonderful celebration. As we say at the show, "Yay that type!"

Cheryl Kasson

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