Letters to the Editor

From the week of March 18, 2004

The Plot Sickens

Let's get reel:I cannot understand why all the movie deals about Rocky Flats have fallen through. From reading Patricia Calhoun's "Toxic Shocker!" in March 11 issue, it seems like this story has everything, from government villains to ordinary citizens as heroes (one a cowboy, even) to a polluted playground that will make Coloradans sick for generations to come.

On second thought, maybe that plot sounds too unbelievable even for Hollywood.

Jenny Tolland
Denver

Watching the wasteline:Bravo to Wes McKinley, Jacque Brever, Jon Lipsky and Caron Balkany for their exposé of "Justice" Department obstruction of the Rocky Flats Grand Jury! How despicable -- and predictable -- of "our" representatives to make the Flats a wildlife "refuge" and "recreation" area. Re-creation indeed: encouraging people to come and mutate the gene pool by inhaling plutonium dust! It's right down there with poisoning Iraq and Serbia and our own soldiers with "depleted" uranium munitions.

I have a perfect use for the Flats: permanent, mandatory, quarantined housing for the people responsible for the criminal violations there (the Department of Energy, Rockwell, EG&G, the EPA and Colorado Department of Health officials); the "Justice" people who protected them (U.S. Attorney Mike Norton, Judge Sherman Finesilver); and politicians along for the ride (Roy Romer, David Skaggs, Mark Udall). Let them and their descendants farm, hunt and fish on-site until they are gone from the gene pool.

Evan Ravitz
Boulder

What a waste!Next time you do a report on the astronomical lying, cheating and stealing at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Mega-Site, you should start off with how you and your peers at Denver's other fourth-rate papers bolted out of Judge Matsch's courtroom at the close of Timothy McVeigh's trial, allowing a trial that was a hundred times as important to resume: Jim Stone vs. Rockwell International. Ditto for the New York Times, Washington Post, etc., which were also present.

If you and your peers didn't take a bribe, hush money or marching orders from the crooks in charge you allude to, then why haven't we seen any article on Rockwell's crimes in your back yard so clearly explained in that trial? The shocking facts were revealed from secret documents the perpetrators wrote at the time and thought would be protected forever. These are now in the public domain, and any student of journalism could take them, starting with closing arguments, and make a real shocking story. The crimes continue.

Greg K. Marsh, president
Rocky Flats Cleanup Commission

Editor's note: Whistleblower Jim Stone is a major character inThe Ambushed Grand Jury, whose authors will be at the Tattered Cover on Tuesday, March 23 (for details, see Performance). Last Friday, Judge Richard Matsch finally ruled on a motion filed in August 1996 by other members of the grand jury, who'd asked to be released from their oath of confidentiality so that they could talk about the Justice Department's deal with Rockwell International. Although Matsch said he lacked the power to grant the jurors' request, he called their concerns "serious and substantial."


Big Daddy

Stand by your man:Julie Jargon's "Father Hood," in the March 11 issue, was such a tragic story. Isn't there anyone out there who can help this young man? Hello -- is anyone listening? With so many people throwing away and abusing their own flesh-and-blood children, this man is a hero. Please, somebody help him!

M. Gebron
via the Internet

Baby steps:Your article about Albert Galvan touched my heart so deeply. I believe that this man belongs with his daughter and his daughter belongs with him. There is nothing that would make it a bad thing for them to be reunited. He has worked hard to prove this, and I think that an appeal for this family reunion is important. Despite the statistics, I believe that it is possible. Anything that I can do to support this effort, I am available. I am a single mother with a six-year-old boy, and although I am 31, I have been in the midst of families with these problems and have seen people who don't care about their children get them back. I am not political, but I am completely supportive of him getting his baby.

Justice has not served this man.

Michelle L. Gonzales
via the Internet

Family ties:I just went through a long and heartbreaking case with the Weld County Department of Social Services. I lost my son in June 2003 and last saw him in July 2003; he will be two this coming May. I'm currently in the state appeals court trying to reunite the family. My son's name is Xavier, and he has two sisters and another brother who miss him very much and talk about him. What do I tell them about Xavier?

I did nothing wrong to keep my son away from me and his family. My son is just a reason to make the county money, and I guess that is more important than the whole purpose of social services to preserve the family. They obviously didn't have any intention of doing so.

Raul Luevano
Brighton

The parent trap: Thank you for Julie Jargon's excellent, well-researched "Father Hood." I want to commend her for her insightfulness and objectivity. A good journalist looks at all sides of an issue with a critical mind and presents them in a balanced way, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. She has done her job well. The personal stories of Albert and Victoria, and Ponciano and "Rosa" reveal the downside of EPP that has begun to surface. Legislation can sometimes be a double-edged sword, bringing justice to one group while causing another group to suffer injustice.

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