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From the week of August 5, 2004


Who's Your Buddha?

Stress for success: Peace out, Westword! First you have that wild cover on Let Out, then you get all blissed out with Laura Bond's positive story on Buddhism, "Across the Buddhaverse," in the July 29 issue.

Although I liked Laura's article, Westword is better when you're bad than when you're good, if you know what I mean.

Jerry Harper

via the Internet

What a way to go:My ex-girlfriend, Wendy Woo, had her mother cremated at Shambhala Mountain Center a few years ago. By cremated, I mean she was placed on a large, hibachi-type thing engorged with firewood and sent to her glory, with a funeral party of 200 in attendance. It was the most amazing funeral you can imagine, almost anti-sad. It fucked me up for a while, but in a positively good way.

I'm so happy that Laura Bond is getting a positive feedback to herself from that place. It does that to everyone who goes there. Usually, it's not until after you leave that you see real results. Meditation, I feel, has made me a better musician (I'm in Opie Gone Bad). Could you imagine if all of our kids were taught meditation as a rule -- similar to teaching please and thank you? Children are amazingly receptive individuals. They would get it.

Loving Laura's writing more and more.

Scott Davies

Denver


Special Needs

Attention, K-Mart shoppers: In your July 29 issue, the Off Limits item on Jeffco public schools' financial problems made me pause about halfway through "Solid Gold," Bill Gallo's column on "a 26-year-old man wearing a beautifully cut pale-gold suit." The piece on Kenyon Martin, the Nuggets' new "golden boy" whose $92.5 million over seven years blends nicely with Mrs. Martin's enthusiasm over Denver having "a Neiman Marcus," stands in frustrating contrast to the story of Jeffco students who "begged through the evening rush hour" for donations to help defray Jeffco's budget shortfall.

Again we see an example of our citizens' values. The Nuggets are able to pay K-Mart this much because fans continue to fork over their hard-earned dollars. Our society has an inexhaustible willingness to pay athletes and other entertainers far more than they would ever consider paying for other commodities. (I was inclined to say "more important" commodities, but that would have been presumptuous; perhaps I am actually of the minority opinion here, and my chagrin over what seems to be profoundly misplaced values and affections is irrelevant.) Kenyon Martin is a fine person and an extraordinary athlete. Most entertainers are of the elite in talent, and often character as well. I certainly agree that they are special and deserve to be rewarded.

The teacher who touches a kid and gets that kid reading, wondering about things and turning off the TV is also special. The teacher who inspires a kid to push toward accomplishment and to recognize just what "accomplishment" means is also special. The teacher who is emulated by students because that teacher has put in countless hours to get those students to realize, sometimes for the first time, that someone actually thinks they're wonderful, unique and so very worthwhile is also special. These teachers and educators and all the folks comprising our school systems are special. They, too, deserve to be rewarded. In my estimation, it would be a fine day when fans, upon picking up their pens to ink the check for season tickets, remember the labors of all those educators who willingly took less in salary in order to contribute to society. Finally, might we properly reward them? Might that check be best spent elsewhere?

Jim Regan

Denver

Left field:Liberals seem to have an almost pedophiliac urge to use kids. Seems like every time I open Westword, there's another story about some Aqualung lefty enticing kids into the dank alleyway of their dogma. In the July 29 Off Limits, it's the Beggin' for Cindy event organized by Y-Vote, which sent fifty Jeffco public school students out to elbow legitimate panhandlers off street corners and beg for money to "help" with the district's budget shortfall.

I don't suppose it occurred to Nathan Havey of Y-Vote to tell the kids the truth about why Jeffco is broke. Did any of these kids -- or their proud parents -- know that the red ink flooding Jeffco schools comes not from evil conservatives bent on depriving innocent kids of arts classes, but because teachers recently muscled the district into granting them hefty pay increases despite the district's contracting tax base and a drastically shrinking student population?

We just saw four days of Democratic mutual masturbation in Boston, so we know that to liberals, distortion, hypocrisy and lying are like a fresh tube of KY at an S&M convention. Still, is it too much to expect that liberals occasionally tell the truth...for the children?

JM Schell

Arvada

Rag, rag, rag:Please do me a favor. Actually, do the country a favor. Please explain the motivation behind your news reporting. What is your mission statement? What are you trying to accomplish? In a matter of three short years, you have turned a reputable newspaper into an opinionated rag driven by extreme liberal biases. When it comes to the "news" portion of your newspaper, you have a responsibility to present the news, both good and bad.

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