Letters to the Editor

From the week of March 17, 2005

Governmental reports and other reliable sources of information on day laborers are available ubiquitously. For letter-writer Mike Thomas or anyone else interested in learning more about day labor or the work of El Centro and other centers like it around the country, we will gladly provide more information.

Tania Silva, Claude Jackson and Joshua Rael
University of Denver Sturm College of Law


The Lost Boy

A wild story: In regard to Laura Bond's March 3 followup on "Wild Child," I find it sad the way David Mallamo is bounced around, from center to center, while officials dispute serious mental-illness diagnoses made by licensed workers. What does that say about our opinion on the integrity of these workers? These people have some of the toughest jobs there are. Why is there so much fear and denial over their findings in this day and age? What will it take to convince judges, etc., of their validity? Is it all about funding and money?

We need to wake up in regards to our health-care system -- or obvious lack of it. I don't claim to know what the answer is, yet I do feel that we need to support and encourage our psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, therapists, etc. In his repeated behaviors, David speaks loudly and clearly to that issue. I also want to thank Paul and Susan Mallamo for obviously giving their all in an extremely difficult situation. Good luck in Kansas!

Ruth Urman
Denver

Breaking the code:This story is one of many. The Department of Social Services continues to use the code of silence to protect itself when kids fall through the cracks in the system. I know parents who actually were denied the legal right and due process of law to defend themselves after social services didn't do its job. They will silence the parents by keeping their children and actually brainwashing them. The children later slip through the cracks and are the ones who are hurt and continue to look for answers.

D. Pizzino
Hanover, Virginia


Aches and Pains

Broken promises: Regarding Michael Roberts's "The Pain," in the March 10 issue:

Yes, Michael Roberts, my leg is broken, but more important is what else in this town has been broken -- like our state's environmental laws, journalistic integrity and the public trust -- that warrant credible journalists' scrutiny. At issue is why the Rocky Mountain Newsand Denver Post have kept mum about a hot story, why Lowry Landfill southeast of Denver is loaded with plutonium, as records in a federal whistleblower case I won in 2001 reveal, and how the deadly bomb material with a radioactive half-life of over 24,000 years seems to have magically "disappeared" in only six short years.

Michael Roberts just doesn't seem to get it, why Dean Singleton's Post and Scripps Howard's News have attempted to sanitize what they don't want their readers to know about -- their own liability laundering and a libel campaign being waged against me to blunt public knowledge over the dirty deals at Lowry Landfill, where the newspapers dumped their own toxic printing inks and solvents among poisons dumped by Rocky Flats, Coors, Lockheed Martin, Shell, Metro Wastewater and other polluters, now commingled in a 38-million-gallon radioactive mess.

Is Roberts just too cozy with media moguls at Denver's dailies who are partners to a pollution scandal they'd rather deny than fix? In a letter published last week, Troubleshooter Tom Martino (Roberts's last target) revealed that local media know how to keep quiet what they don't want known: If "reporters came back with facts that did not support the angle, the stories were often dropped. In other words, media enterprises often'censor' by 'exclusion.'"

Yet while Roberts appears befuddled, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Eileen Welsome gets it (as chronicled in "Dirty Secrets," her series in Westword's own pages), as did the judge who ruled in my favor in my whistleblower case, ordering whopping punitive damages in no small part for Denver's dailies' willing part in a defamation campaign designed to shut me up after a secret deal was cut to foist polluters' poisons and future pollution liabilities onto the public, without our knowledge or consent, and all at our expense. To keep the lid on the boiling pot at Lowry, Scripps-Howard promotes polluters' paid patsies like Kyla Thompson, while publishing anything she'll say to damage my professional credibility and threaten my position at CU-Boulder on behalf of her polluting clients.

So let's keep the focus on my fallopian tubes, and perhaps no one will notice the facts regarding some of the worst pollution crimes in the country, like how this is the only place in America where wastes from a plutonium-saturated Superfund site are being routed back into the public domain, mixed with sewage sludge being dumped by the tons each day as "fertilizer" on eastern Colorado farms, where crops are grown for America's dinner tables, and toxic water is "recycled" onto Denver parks and schoolyards, or flushed to the South Platte River, where deformed fish are -- not surprisingly -- turning up downstream.

Adrienne Anderson
Instructor, Environmental Studies Program
University of Colorado at Boulder

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