Letters to the Editor

From the week of May 26, 2005

A Little Behind in His Work

No kidding: My favorite part of "Spanks for the Memories," Jared Jacang Maher's May 19 cover story, was when Michael "Masterson" said, "My kids do not even know what spanking is. Spanking sucks as a way to raise your child." I'm sure that when those kids get older and "know what spanking is," they'll be so very proud of how Mommy and Daddy make a living.

Ray Bell
via the Internet

Paddle-pushers: Thank you for Jared Jacang Maher's "Spanks for the Memories." As a member of Michael Masterson's sites for four years now, I am happy to see him and his team getting the credit they deserve! They are indeed leaders in the online spanking community, and have helped me enormously in not only understanding my desires, but have educated me on how to explore them safely. Articles such as this help to reduce the stigma of alternative sexual desires. I am sure there are people who will read this article who never realized that there is an online community available to help them understand and explore their needs in a safe, sane and consensual way!

Name withheld on request

Butt out: Your last cover story was disgusting. With all the important news in the world, you could not find anything better to write about than this perversion? I will never read your publication again.

Harriet Fox

Lash but not least: I very much enjoyed Jared Jacang Maher's article on Michael Masterson and his Denver-based spanking video company. Jared did a nice job of fairly presenting what some might consider to be shocking subject matter. My one disappointment was that the article contained some incorrect information about my website, Colorado Spankers. The website is not a commercial venture; it's a free informational site for Denver-area adults interested in erotic spanking play. Adventurous souls can visit Colorado Spankers at http://spankers.protgp.com (no www necessary).

Other than that, well done. This was probably the best spanking-fetish article I've ever read in the mainstream press.


Father Knows Best

Stream of consciousness: After reading about the lineups for the various Father's Day concerts in Michael Roberts's "Unhappy Together," in the May 19 issue, I have a better idea. Let's set up a big stage in Boulder Canyon and invite the Starship, the Doors, Terry Reed and the Doobie Brothers. Make sure there are lots of pipes and a stream where the young girls can frolic naked. That's where I would like my kids to take me for Father's Day.

Johnny Rhino

Big Hack Attack

Rock pile: Jason Heller, what kind of a hack writer are you? "The Simple Life," your May 12 article attacking Glenn Sacks for his campaign to ban Todd Goldman's T-shirts, is so bereft of facts it would be laughable if it wasn't such a serious subject.

1. You say Glenn is Canadian; he's American.

2. You claim it was an online campaign; it was a radio campaign that made over 300 media and newspaper outlets across the world.

3. You wrote that his slogan was "Throw Rock's (sic) at Todd Goldman." Considering that was never said and that the statement sounds like Glenn is calling for violence against Todd, it sounds fairly libelous.

4. Glenn never said the T-shirts incite "violence toward men"; he merely stated, quite correctly, that the T-shirts come at a time when boys are in more and more danger of falling behind in schools. Negative imagery such as this can be very detrimental to young children.

Get your facts straight before you try to come across as a "hip" journalist. You attempted to target a genre of people in order promote a showing by Goldman. The sad part is that you lied and took shortcuts in order to do that.

Imagine the fallout of a "Journalists Are Liars" T-shirt.

Scott Javoroski
via the Internet

Smoking crackpots: Jason Heller, where exactly are your ethics? Have you misplaced them? Apparently you have slandered a man, Glenn Sacks, based on his protest against a T-shirt line that attacked young boys. Reverse genders for a moment: Would you enjoy seeing a young man wearing a shirt that said "Girls are stupid, throw rocks at them"?

Mr. Sacks led a campaign that helped to remove these ignorant products from 95 percent of retail stores that carried them. As a member of this campaign, I can tell you that Mr. Sacks never advocated throwing rocks at anyone.

Your journalist integrity must be non-existent to make such inane and unresearched comments. Looks like you are the "crackpot."

Eric Grantham
via the Internet

Boy, oh, boy: I work with media as part of my job, and know and respect many journalists. It's challenging to be tasked to fill blank space with new and original ideas every day. But please check your facts before belittling a cause as important as the safeguarding of our children.

While I'm sure Mr. Goldman's shirts are not meant to be taken literally, recent studies and facts indicate that our boys are in trouble. We need to be supportive rather than dismissive of their unique challenges.

Dave Erskine
Toronto, Ontario

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