Letters to the Editor

From the week of June 10, 2003

From Tancredo to Grave

Darts and flowers:Regarding Michael Roberts's "The Flag-Bearer," in the July 3 issue:

Thanks for the great cover with Tom Tancredo. It's just what my dartboard desires.

Samuel Nelson
Denver

The Tom Tom club: As an American living and working in Mexico (with a legal permit, by the way), I strongly support Tom Tancredo. The Colorado congressman has a lot of guts to speak out about what the political establishment (of both parties) is shoving under the table. Go, Tancredo!

Allan Wall
Durango, Mexico

Tripe for the picking:It is typical of the leftist-Marxist-controlled media in this country to treat patriots such as Congressman Tom Tancredo with disdain. But never have I read such tripe as loony liberal Michael Roberts's slanderous and one-sided diatribe against one of this country's greatest heroes.

Roberts regards the congressman's John Wayne idol worship as expressive of a dark, brooding personality, hunched over movie memorabilia in his basement museum muttering lines from favorite Westerns. And observing that the congressman's office is littered with lucky charms and Reagan icons, Roberts goes on to label our hero as one of the House Crazies.

But all reasonable and rational Republicans (not the sellouts who inhabit the White House) know that Tom Tancredo is none of these things. He is, in fact, the Good Humor Man, the Jolly Giant of true Conservative Idealism and a Searcher with far-reaching vision, a funny story to tell and a heart as deep as the Rio Bravo. Just ask the Apodaca family.

Franklin Boyd
Boulder

Who says they're not illegal immigrants?I vote Democratic on most issues. One of the core support groups of the party is unionized blue-collar workers. If illegal immigrants were coming to Westword and taking reporters' jobs (or any other white-collar job in America) for a quarter of the pay, would your views change? Undocumented worker? Hmmm. So is a bank robber an undocumented withdrawer of funds?

Chad Theis
Denver

A day at the racists: Tom Tancredo is certainly politically incorrect, and I doubt it is remotely possible for him to be anything else. As such, it has become politically correct to label him a "racist," "reactionary" and even "radical-right demagogue." Over five years before he hit Congress, I heard him speak on the issues of illegal aliens in this country. His view was that if they were needed here and were law-abiding, they should be able to come here legally. His primary issue is this simple question: If no other country on the planet is willing to give up enforcing its borders, why should the USA be willing to unilaterally do so?

I know Tancredo personally. Racism is essentially impossible in the character and personality makeup of this man. It is impossible because the thinking patterns of a person like Tancredo are too much into seeing people as single individuals rather than groups. He is also too much of a pragmatist when he does have to deal with groups not to miss their positive and worthwhile attributes. It is entirely possible that Tancredo has a prejudice against creeps, jerks and assholes, but they come from all groups, and too many of us share that prejudice to be faulted for it.

Max Winkler
Englewood

Teacher's fret:Michael Roberts did a superb job of catching the persona of ultra-conservative Tom Tancredo. Notice I said "ultra-conservative," because that's what he is. And he keeps getting re-elected by like-minded citizens. I am so lucky they had to redraw the congressional districts, because he no longer "represents" me.

But this is only part of the story. In the early '80s, Tancredo and other ultra-conservative groups went after some of the publications that were printed by the Center for Teaching International Relations at the University of Denver. Quite some controversy, too! All about supplemental teaching materials and how they were "anti-American." Their goal, although not stated, was to not only discredit CTIR, but to get DU to "shut down both the publications and the classes" offered by CTIR. I attended one of the debates between the ultra-conservative group and CTIR. It was very scary, and I got an insight into what it must have been like to attend a rally in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s. Thank goodness they didn't know I was a teacher.

I hope Tancredo keeps working on his "immigration problem" -- and I hope he is the first to leave the U.S.

Name withheld on request

The wages of sin:I liked your piece on Tom Tancredo for the most part, except for a few things. You point out the contradiction of a conservative who wants to limit immigration but benefits from immigrant labor. How about the liberal who cries about growth and urban sprawl, but refuses to address the impact of unprecedented mass immigration on U.S. population growth? Or the liberals who claim they want a "livable wage" for the working poor and blue-collar class, but fail to see that wages of these jobs are undercut by illegal immigration?

Open your eyes!

Paul Bagwell
Littleton

From Russia, with love:When I first discovered that the kind, motherly Russian teacher I had for two years at Oberon Junior High was in fact Mrs. Tom Tancredo, I was frankly shocked. It seems that behind every dangerously right-wing, giant-fence-building, immigration-halting extremist is a genuinely good woman.

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