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From the week of July 17, 2003

The Purrfect Storm

Itch, itch, itch:Kenny Be usually skewers popular metro celebrities with shrewd, funny insights. However, this was not the case with "Maybe Curiosity Killed the Cats," his July 10 "Worst-Case Scenario. I understand that he's trying to add a little levity to a bad situation -- but it didn't work. It might have worked better if he'd stuck to the Itchy and Scratchy theories.

Tim Ferree
Lakewood

Meeeow!I am very disappointed that you chose to print Kenny Be's July 10 cartoon. The mutilation and murder of animals is not a joking matter. You should be ashamed for including such distasteful material in your magazine. Then again, I shouldn't be completely surprised, considering the pages of adult advertisements you feature weekly.

Stephanie Simonson
Denver


The Bare Facts

Dancing around the truth: Robin Chotzinoff gave the stripping industry a surprise makeover in her July 10 "Bare Necessities." First of all, they're not strippers, they're exotic dancers; second, those thongs they wear are actually called T-bars (like some device a carpenter might have around the shop); third, it's in vogue for women to accompany men at strip joints (or are they "exotic dance" joints?); and, most surprising of all, the strip club is like a family, complete with a house mom to take care of the dancers. Those points in mind, the stripping business really seems to have some foundation in common decency, right?

Wrong. The stripping industry is morally bankrupt, and no amount of PC nomenclature or cute storytelling can paint the face of this beastly character.

According to the story, Gidget Sanders filled thirty containers with trash during the renovation of the downtown strip joint, but missed the establishment's most vile rubbish of all: the strippers. By the nature of their occupation, strippers reinforce the idea that all other women are objects (one already put in place by pop-culture media and fashion, among other mechanisms); that affection can be bought (at least for a short time); and that all the while, strippers help propagate a rape culture in which women are neither safe on the streets nor in the company of "friendly" acquaintances or dates. Women who visit these clubs with men are just as guilty of the above sins as the strippers are, perhaps more so for standing by while these evils are spread. That said, anyone thinking with his right mind would have to wonder who is sleazier: the "handsy" patron or the stripper herself?

Besides, the stripping industry can't be as de-stigmatized as Chotzinoff makes it seem, not if the strippers are afraid to be seen at work by family and friends. Stripping has a well-deserved negative status in the American occupational spectrum; let's just hope, for the good of future generations, that it stays that way.

Brad Lopez
via the Internet


The Eye of the Beholder

The naked truth:I don't know what everyone else thought about the almost-nude woman on the cover of the July 10 issue, but personally, I thought the photo of Tom Tancredo -- complete with flag! -- on the cover the week before was much more obscene!

Julie Anderson
Denver

The knee generation:I could almost feel the knees jerking when you published Michael Roberts's "The Flag-Bearer," his piece on Tom Tancredo in the July 3 issue. It was a fair treatment of the man, and you should be commended for such a well-balanced article. I believe Tancredo belongs to a very small group of politicians -- such as Russ Feingold, Ron Paul and Jesse Ventura -- who actually have the balls to represent the interests of their constituency over that of big business. We should be proud that Tancredo is a prominent representative of Colorado.

And, oh, yeah, that immigration thing. Since I imagine all sides of that issue will be covered in other letters in histrionic tones, let me briefly offer a different take on it. Thanks to the shortsighted exporting of most of our traditional manufacturing base (replaced with the bogus "service" economy) and the euro now posing a serious threat to the dollar's hegemony as the world's financial reserve currency, it's pretty safe to say that our days of $45 Chinese-made DVD players are limited. In short, the financial incentive for people to pour into America will simply evaporate, as will (hopefully) disingenuous corporate justification for cheap labor in the form of H1Bs and the like. We may find that a return to something close to a normal economy will end up resolving the immigration issue for everyone involved. A broken bubble will surely make costs easily absorbed up until now (in the form of providing services to immigrants and a bloated defense budget) come under much more scrutiny in the future.

Jonathan Armstrong
Denver

Greed acres:Mr. Tancredo really illustrates the politics of greed and shortsightedness and their impacts that are now leading to a financial meltdown in this country. First of all, immigrants -- whether legal or illegal -- have nothing to do with the flood of slave-labor goods being sold at Sprawl-Marts all over this country that have replaced "Made in the USA" with "Made in China" (for fifteen cents an hour). I believe that true patriots -- those who uphold the words "liberty" and "freedom" -- would back a bill that would raise import barriers to those countries that use slave labor. The resulting revenue should lower each American's tax burden, as well as create more American jobs -- which Tom really has no clue as to how to do.

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