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From the week of February 24. 2005

Ready for Blastoff

It's the Rael thing: Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Space Case," in the February 17 issue:

Mr. Roehr's evaluation of the whole Ward Churchill controversy is really right on the money. It couldn't have been expressed more clearly -- but once again, it seems that the media have to make fun of somebody's viewpoint just because he is not "mainstream," philosophically speaking. If you look at things from a rational perspective, between Darwin's Theory of Evolution, what the traditional churches tell us and what the Raelians say, the latter actually makes the most sense.

Thomas Kaenzig
via the Internet


Hip Replacement

Biased sources: Regarding Michael Roberts's "Hip Hope," in the February 10 issue:

Thank you so much for the warning about the vile shit my former employer will soon unleash on an unsuspecting public. I recently left the Denver Post after witnessing, over the last several years, some very troubling changes. For example, it's no longer the case that anyone really cares about integrity or conveying real information. Everything has to be sexed up somehow now. But what really makes me laugh are these forty-something guys who take over departments with no journalism background whatsoever and think they know "cool." (They repeat it over and over: "That's cool." "Can you take care of that? Cool.") To them, blogging and any intimation of oral sex or "diversity" is hip. Who cares about spelling errors or work ethic when there is cash to be made? (As proof, I advise you to take a look at the Post's website. Between pop-up advertising and nonsensical blogs and pathetic attempts at humor, it's nothing but recycled newspaper stories that always contain typos and spelling errors.)

All that recent lip service paid to a new ethical code is a bunch of shit. Jayson Blair isn't the problem -- it's the willingness of the money-grubbing, misogynist whores at the top to sell out that is. How come that isn't addressed in the meaningless staff meetings? I've seen plenty of good people get beaten down to submit to this type of thing, and you know what? The reading public suffers. If Bias actually somehow makes it in this market, we will know the end is here. But hey, at least the two dailies will actually deliver the news (that rape and murder are hilarious) for a change!

In the words of spokesman Jim Nolan, "Peace!"

Name withheld on request


To Preserve and Protect

Contempt of Court:Regarding Alan Prendergast's "Beyond Contempt," in the February 10 issue:

Wow! This is the best exposé on the abuses of the "child protection" services and the corrupt courts that I've ever read in a newspaper. I've known enough people who've had their families destroyed by the system to understand the gravity of the situation.

I have no children myself, but when I do, I plan on home birth, no vaccines, home-schooling and other practices not in the best interests of Big Brother. That gives me reason to fear intervention in my future family on the part of the state.

Hopefully by the time I have a family, enough people like Suzanne Shell will have helped put the arrogant, intrusive, abusive, invasive, bullying, corrupt, holier-than-thou, statist-collectivist, evil "child protection" services and their bed buddies of the courts in their place.

Rich Angell
Missoula, Montana

Watching the wait line: Court order now, maybe justice later.

It is time for the public to take notice of the real problem with our justice system as it pertains to children and families. As an attorney handling domestic-relations cases, I am shocked by the length of time needed to put families back on track, oftentimes with children bearing the brunt of our litigious nature.

Many people abuse the system, knowing that it will take months for the justice system to resolve their disputes. In the meantime, parenting time is lost, child support remains unpaid, and court orders are treated as nothing more than an empty promise of eventual judicial relief.

Too many families are harmed by the failure to fast-track domestic-relations cases. Without some intervention, we may be dealing with a world of adult children whose lives are intimately affected by the extent their families will go to to preserve their own interests.

Todd R. Whelan
Lakewood

Shell game: The relentless pursuit of Suzanne Shell by system legal eagles makes me wonder whether "Beyond Contempt" went far enough in exposing injustices in child-dependency-and-neglect proceedings. Alan Prendergast's excellent article did a good job of explaining the plight of impoverished single mothers fighting the Fremont County Department of Human Services for custody of their children, but the intensity and substance of statements from the agency's attorney, Rocco Meconi, and other insiders makes it pretty obvious that they fear what Ms. Shell represents. Why? As a social worker, I know how easily a family can become enmeshed in the child-protective system. The use of so-called "risk assessment" instruments can lead to children being forcibly removed from innocent families.

Perhaps it is time to move beyond holding in contempt the one advocate who stands up for these families, and investigate the fairness of child-dependency-and-neglect proceedings. Shell has gained the attention of parents nationwide because she has a lot to say, and she says it well. She empowers families who are outgunned by huge social-service agencies and their lawyers. That the legal eagles of Fremont County want Shell out of their sandbox should tell us something.

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