Letters to the Editor

From the week of July 31, 2003

Conditions on factory farms are a disgrace, and everyone who eats animal flesh should know exactly how their plates are being filled. Jason disingenuously tries to compare the "killing" of, for example, a broccoli stalk or a carrot with the torturous raising and slaughter of pigs, cows and chickens.

You don't have to crusade your right to eat meat, Jason, because most people are on your side. But stop getting in a twit about those of us who know humans have a long way to go in being careful and humane stewards of the animals with whom we share this planet.

Carol Carpenter

Catechism: Jason Sheehan notes in his July 24 Bite Me that that he hates "vegetarianism -- like Catholicism or Republicanism." This is not only gratuitous, it is shameful. And it would not have been printed had he said it of Islam or Judaism (and rightly so).

Sheehan says that at the dinner table it's best to "check your philosophy at the door." Then why doesn't he?

Joseph De Feo, policy analyst
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

Show him the door: While I generally appreciate Jason Sheehan's columns for giving me ideas about where to eat in the Metro area, I find some of his points in his July 24 article "Green Achers" contradictory. "It's not vegetarians I hate," he claims, and yet the title of the article and comments such as "all that fun food will vanish. It's gonna be veggie loaf...for everyone...I'll be...selling grill-fired, high-fat, bloody-rare twelve-ounce cheeseburgers...to all those folks desperate enough to flee the country for some decent grub." To further prove his point, he contends that he gives a good review (which is, by the way, not on the designated page) to a vegetarian restaurant, Sunflower, that anyone who can afford to eat there would have a hard time finding anything to fault. He notes that any kind of cooking involves killing. Accidentally killing field mice is hardly comparable to raising and deliberately slaughtering animals in a way that many of us would find difficult to witness and that is environmentally difficult to sustain on a planet whose human population doubles every thirty to fifty years. Mr. Sheehan would have us check our philosophy at the door without having to check his own.

P.S. Some of my best friends are carnivores.
Colleen McGovern


To Cur, With Love

No kidding: I was absolutely disgusted by what I read in Julie Dunn's "A Dog-Eat-Dog World," in the July 17 issue.

The economy is so bad that many parents cannot afford to get decent child care, and the government has cut back on almost all the help it gives the working poor. And here's an industry based on nothing more than babysitting for dogs! Don't these people have anything better to fight about? Don't they realize that other people are just scraping by?

Everyone who can afford to spend $20 a day on doggie daycare should send that money to their favorite charity instead -- and leave their pets at home.

Roxanna Harper

Pup talk: Thanks for Julie Dunn's "A Dog-Eat-Dog World." It is, however, only the tip of the iceberg. I hope it encourages former customers and (ex) employees of the Golden Bone to come forward and speak the truth. I pulled my dog out of that place for many reasons. I believe that the owner has made it a bit more difficult for other dog facilities' honest owners to conduct honest business. Hopefully, dog owners will investigate more carefully before making a choice. And they do have lots of choices.

Name withheld on request

Let's See What Develops

To serve and protest: I have to assume that Michael Paglia's July 24 "Summer Break" diatribe is residual anger at the quixotic idea of inscribing T.H. Ferril's poem on the blank eastern wall of Annex I. Otherwise, I don't believe we have been living in the same Denver, Colorado, for the past eight years.

I was actively involved in the final chapters of the Skyline Park saga. I served on the architectural selection committee, testified at the public hearing and -- because I was an aggressive advocate for preserving the choreography of Halprin's park -- was not invited to participate in the design review committee (although I attended and spoke up when allowed). Acknowledging that the park's "problems" had to do with terrible city maintenance, poor sightlines, the absence of a sidewalk and lack of strong visual and actual connections, I advocated for the "mend it, don't end it" approach championed by Historic Denver, Colorado Preservation Inc. and other leaders. In fact, I worked hard -- behind the scenes -- to affect a compromise, work which angered the committee chairs and other civic powers.

As if misinterpreting my comments to New York Times writer Patricia Brown wasn't enough, Paglia also fails to acknowledge my advocacy (always in the minority of the Denver City Council) for the lost I.M. Pei parabola, Currigan Hall, the Denver Post Building and virtually every other shameful demolition Denver has approved in the name of progress.

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