Letters to the Editor

From the week of June 24, 2004

Loathe 'em and Leave 'em

Taco the town: I just want to thank you for your newspaper. I look forward to reading it at lunch every week. I love seeing Denver called "Mootown." I love seeing the "white suburbs" being trashed. I love hearing George Bush and Republicans being blamed for everything from the worn-out (see latest U.N. resolution) blood-for-oil premise to some drunk getting a lousy taco after closing time. Your paper's white guilt and self-loathing remind me why I could never be a liberal.

Paul Bagwell
Littleton


Ain't Life Granby?

Ire when ready: I want to personally thank Kenny Be for the "Reinventing Granby" pictorial essay in his June 10 Worst-Case Scenario. It saved me from a serious bout of post-traumatic stress disorder. After I saw this tasteless display of journalistic integrity (an oxymoron, if you haven't caught on yet), I just got flat-out pissed off. Anger can be a good and cathartic thing -- when it's not used to destroy lives. Silly me: Stuffing down those feelings of knowing my friends and husband were ducking bullets and flying debris, and then, of course, being separated from my kids, not knowing if they were safe because they happened to be in the care of someone on old Marv's hit list that day. Or if I had to make plans to attend multiple funerals.

Like everyone else in town, I just got on with the business of life until I stumbled across Westword. I'm all better now, thanks to you! You just saved me hours of couch time!

My troubles aside, and for the record: Granby may not be Vail, or fun and exciting smog-ridden Denver -- but we're definitely not the least interesting town in Colorado! Although at this point I'd find it real hard to invite you here to show you what is special about it. Please stick to chiding local politicos and socialite wannabes -- that's more your speed, and a helluva lot funnier than Kenny's cartoon. I've had to wonder where, exactly, you draw the line. Would it have been off limits had people died -- or have you just totally lost touch with human feelings these days?

I'm proud of my town and the response from the community to this awful disaster. I hope Patricia Calhoun is paying attention and sends Kenny back to the drawing board.

Amanda Feighner
Granby

All the rage: I respect and admire the pride of Westword's staff for being brutally honest, even if it does taunt and expose our vulnerabilities in our perfect, plastic world. I even appreciate Westword and the other media outlets whose priorities are to seek out injustice and corruption wherever or whatever it is, while the major outlets' priorities are innocuous sensationalism. However, the Granby comic strip was tasteless and out of line.

Instead of making light of a pathetically tragic situation, how about doing an in-depth story? With a stealthy increase of cyberpunks, vegematics and the Left-Behind yearning for a glorious future, rage is becoming a national epidemic that doesn't discriminate against race, age or sex. We the people need to ask ourselves some serious questions. I admit that Kenny Be's Granby comic shed a light on reality, but a shred of humanity would have also been nice.

Michael Claxton
Littleton


The Crime of Their Lives

Big Brother's watching: After reading Eric Dexheimer's "Age Inappropriate," in the June 17 issue, and in light of many similar articles in Westword over the past few years, I am convinced that Orwell was only slightly off with 1984. It's not thought crimes that Big Brother will watch us for, but sex crimes. No one is innocent and everyone is suspect. What is particularly sickening is the realization that private sex-offender therapy companies like T.H.E. are creating perpetual revenue for themselves by advancing the assertion that their clients are virtually incurable. Actually, this is more twisted than Orwell. This belongs to the realm of Philip K. Dick. Still, I couldn't help thinking that if Curtis Franks would only finally admit to himself that he is, indeed, a pedophile, he would be just like Winston Smith finally accepting the truth of 2+2=5.

Lord, protect us from our protectors.

Bruce Kaufman
Denver

Self-serve justice: I want to thank you and your staff for your honest and straightforward stories on the downfalls of our so-called justice system. Our state -- and I'm sure many other states -- makes it hard, if not next to impossible, for offenders to live a normal life after they've supposedly served their time. After being in a relationship with someone who's gone through the Colorado court system, I know that no matter the severity of the crime, all past offenders are treated as second-rate citizens and have to work three times as hard just to have a normal life. People need to be aware that although our justice system may sound like a good idea, it is not planned to help an individual with an individual's needs.

Kristin Goodman
Denver

Plight for life: I find it inconceivable that you would publish a story about the plight of sex offenders without getting any input from others involved in the cases. Even though you publish a photo of Greig Veeder, nowhere in the article do you say that you requested his program's version of what transpired. You didn't request interviews with the probation officers or others involved in the supervision and treatment of these offenders. Perhaps they have a different version of events. Perhaps the victims of these assaults now feel re-victimized by the fifteen seconds of fame you have given to their perpetrators, but you didn't even bother to ask them, did you? I assume that the victims' words may have impeached the stories you got from the offenders, embittered over somebody finally holding them accountable for their actions.

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