Letters to the Editor

From the week of October 9, 2003

Ticket to Bride

Russia to judgment: Julie Jargon's "Russian Roulette" and "For Love or Money," in the September 25 issue, were interestingly sensational. I seriously doubt the veracity of most of what she wrote. The outright theme was that only desperate old men and people with many personal and legal problems get involved in this shady, next-to-illegitimate and certainly immoral kind of activity.

I am 48 years old, American by birth, well-educated and financially very well-to-do. I am divorced with two sons now in college, whom I raised by myself after my American wife decided to be like Frank Sinatra and "do it her way." I met and married a Russian woman through mutual friends in Canada four years ago. She loves family, is proud of our home, unconditionally supports me and is far more assertive than any American woman I've ever met. I did it because for most men, American women -- particularly women over 35 -- have become impossible to deal with. They are rude, have a what's-in-it-for-me attitude, and fame and fortune is their goal.

Redo your story, and look at how American women behave in divorce court and probate court. I think you would be stunned at the reality. This is the real dirty little secret of marriage in America. The American female population has taken itself out of the gene pool and is the true master of sex and marriage for money.

Your mail-order bride story was silly. Internet dating is everywhere. Katie Couric promoted it on the Today show. American women don't like the idea that when American men use this technology to date across borders; it becomes harder for them to find a good man. Any good man in his right mind would certainly be looking in other parts of the world to find women who are better-educated, feminine instead of feminist, enjoy smelling good and dress with personal pride -- instead of the Cherry Creek Mall pigs-under-a-blanket fashion statement.

Jerry Bergthold
Englewood

Till debt do us part: "Russian Roulette" was quite accurate. I have come to know a few people who have played this game, and not only did they unknowingly get caught up in what they thought was true love, they lost small fortunes in the process. These girls, be they Ukrainian or Russian, will do anything, be it by their own recognizance or by enlisting the aid of people with questionable character to help achieve their desired goal of obtaining a green card or financial gain or both. I know this because I was used for the same purpose by my now ex-wife.

Octavian Gogol
via the Internet

A word to the wives: When are you going to write an article about men who go to Russia and bring those women here and then physically abuse them? Your article made it sound like this Russian woman killed her husband. I think it was a cheap shot.

Josefina Ygoa did not care about her son's life and drug abuse...just the money.

Lila Orbidan
via the Internet


Moving Into the Majors

Kenny makes the grade: Kenny Be's "Conservative Arts Major" satire of David Horowitz (Worst-Case Scenario, October 2) was fantastic! I loved it. One of the things I've missed since leaving the economic boneyard that was Denver in the mid-'80s was being able to see Kenny Be's take on current events in Westword. Does this week's comic presage a move for Kenny Be to greater markets and national events like that other Denver satirist, Pat Oliphant? I can only hope.

Ever since Kenny's "Burnin' Down the (Frat) House" outraged the local Greek-letter societies, I knew that this was one guy to watch.

Marc Neville
Dauphin, Pennsylvania


Power to the People

A rally big show: I wanted to thank David Holthouse for his story addressing the marriage between pro sports and militarism ("Red, White, Orange and Blue," September 25). Sports fanaticism is ideal for developing jingoist patterns of thought that are useful to rally the populace for war.

I also appreciated Michael Roberts's "Power Up" in the same issue, on the democratizing potential of low-power FM stations. I'd submit that high-power AM (talk radio) is also a democratizing force, but only to the extent that the team spirit that pits "liberals" versus "conservatives" is tempered and an exchange of ideas can ensue. KNRC host Doug Kellett is a good example of how committed right-wingers can hold a civil conversation with people who hold differing views. And while KOA has a great evening lineup, it would be refreshing if they replaced the tape-delayed and predictable Rush Limbaugh with someone live and local and real, like Donna Star.

Lastly, your readers may be interested to know that there's a major conference on media reform taking place in November in Madison, Wisconsin (www.mediareform.net). I don't think a squadron of F-16s will be doing a flyover, but maybe a few VW vans will circle the lecture hall.

Preston Enright
Denver


Honky If You Love Dictionaries

To el and back: Regarding Vincent Sandoval's letter to the editor in the September 25 issue:

So we honkies can't speak Spanish, huh? I guess that means that some Hispanics can't speak English, either. Vincent Sandoval shows his ignorance of the nuances of both languages in his comments regarding the translation of "el grito."

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