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From the week of April 1, 2004

Eyes on the Prize

Best wishes:Regarding Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario in the March 25 Best of Denver issue:

Thanks for the look at Commerce City in "The Best of Commerce City." It was great fun. Now others can appreciate some of the finer points of suburban Denver's pride and joy.

Shane Smith
Commerce City

The mural of the story:Kenny Be is the best. That comic on "The Best of Commerce City" was the funniest. Of the three times I have been nominated, this award for the Hi-Lo market mural was truly the best.

Andy Mendoza
Denver

Bust wishes:I think Westwordhas gotten a lot more conservative. What happened to Best Of themes of yesteryear -- e.g., Best Place to Spank Your Monkey? Not a single mention of where one may acquire the best in adult videos. Wouldn't it be to your advantage to do more with this category next year? Big advertising revenues would surely follow.

What's the matter? Oral Roberts got your tongue?

Name withheld on request

Editor's note: The rest of the Best of Denver letters will run in the April 8 issue. In the meantime, feel free to send your own comments to editorial@westword.com.


The I's the Limit

Leggo his ego:At a quick glimpse, can you guess the main subject of Jason Sheehan's "A Capital Idea," in the March 18 issue?

Prior to mid-2002, Westword used to be the prime source in this town for useful information about restaurants. Now its culinary section has become a pure creative writing forum for the bizarro E.B. White.

I realize that Jason Sheehan can turn a nice phrase and spew infinite streams of compelling tall tales. However, can't you create a separate column for him -- call it "I About Me" -- and find someone else who can actually advise Denver readers on local restaurants and what to order in them?

James Jay Jones
Boulder


Green Achers

In like a lion, out like a Lamm: Regarding Stuart Steers's "It's Not Easy Being Green," in the March 18 issue:

I'm a longtime member of the Sierra Club, a strong environmentalist and a liberal Democrat who voted for Richard Lamm and other anti-immigration candidates in this year's Sierra Club board election.

The Sierra Club, while right on other environmental issues, is simply wrong on this one. To me, Lamm does have the "ideal pedigree" for a spot on the board in that he firmly favors limits on our population, including protecting our borders from illegal immigration.

Wanting to protect the quality of life for Americans does not make Lamm (or others who feel the way he does) a racist!

The United States is overpopulated, a situation that causes almost all of our environmental problems, directly or indirectly. Our roads are clogged; our parks, hospitals and schools are overflowing. Our water and air are polluted; our wild animals, trees, wetlands and grasslands are disappearing -- mostly because of too many people not only taking up space, but consuming too much. Far too many illegal aliens come here with huge families and continue to procreate. They are the fastest-growing segment of the population. (Anyone having more than two children per couple is contributing to overpopulation.)

We need more people like Lamm in positions that can do something about this situation. Yes, it's important for us to help educate people in other countries about economics and family planning. However, the illegal-alien situation, especially from Mexico, is a gaping wound that needs to be fixed, and fast. The Sierra Club needs to be among the first to apply the tourniquet!

Carol Carpenter
Denver

Board games:Stuart Steers's otherwise thorough, balanced piece on the internally generated battle within the Sierra Club left one putrid can of worms unopened. That's an oversight not lightly excused, because the can's contents tell more about the foul air polluting the environment in the executive suites of the club's entrenched elites than did this otherwise straightforward report.

Throughout the piece, the club's spokesmen pursued their now trademark McCarthyistic effort, using club resources to smear the good names of a good people who are challenging the club's current, non-traditional "neutral" policy on stabilizing U.S. population. Who, then, does the club's old guard back for the seat Dick Lamm is running for? Tellingly, it is Morris Dees, a former mail-order rat-poison salesman and self-acknowledged ignoramus on all things green, except money -- and lots of it.

Dees is the co-founder of the disarmingly benign-sounding Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. Steers's inadequate, misleading description of that thoroughly discredited sham organization headed by the lowlife Dees as "a prominent civil-rights think tank" did a great disservice to his readers and to the full understanding of the Sierra Club's current corruption of leadership. Dees was outed for the "fraud and conman" he is in a November 2000 Harper's magazine must-read exposé, "The Church of Morris Dees"(http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3a3e5cb925c4.htm).

This is who the Sierra Club's higher-ups have jumped in the sack with. And it is this prostitution by the club's entrenched bosses that serves as yet another reason the club's disaffected members are supporting Lamm and like-minded candidates, who understand all too well Jacques Cousteau's words that "population growth is the primary source of environmental destruction," something now entirely lost on the club's elite honchos.

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