Letters to the Editor

From the week of July 14, 2005

Diamond Dave Morrell
Greenwood Village

All chalk, no action: Ahhh, the trials of having crossed paths with Patrick Osborn. I was recently an innocent barfly caught in the madness of these weekly drunks. (Don't believe me? Match my legs to your chalked-body pictures, Patrick. Ha.)

Here's my dilemma: I was inspired by Osborn's brilliance in getting Westword to fund his crazy antics, yet also put off by the lackluster mention of the Atomic Cowboy in his June 23 column. I was first tempted to invite him back out to Atomic to show him a blast (with fabulous service, of course) at my place o' business to make up for the shaft (seriously, we're a fun bar and were a bit surprised that anyone might think otherwise). Yet, I also have the contradictory urge to scrap that plan (if you can't beat 'em, join 'em) and apply directly to be a Drunk-of-the-Week trainee.

I can honestly say I quite enjoyed the Guns & Roses tribute. Let's face it: What girls out there would make such an admission, or let Osborn and his crazy drunkard friends chalk them up as if preparing for some inebriated amateur gymnastic competition? Hmmm.

You tell me. Osborn should either a) come out to the Atomic for one of the best nights of drinking around, or b) make it up to me by putting me through a proper boot camp to become a semi-celebrity drunk like himself, so that I may accurately represent the drinking scene in Denver and serve as public-relations specialist when breast-gawking and karaoke with pool-cue-twirling action gets out of control.

He needs me, man.

Rebecca S.

It Won't Fly

May the Force be with you: Regarding Kenny Be's June 30 Worst-Case Scenario, "Most Popular Prizes for Converting Cadets":

When Air Force's passionate head-football coach Fisher DeBerry recently hung a banner declaring "Team Jesus," it clearly displayed a religious bias and a possible coercive element, but was this banner any more biased or potentially coercive than a compulsory class entitled "Respecting the Spiritual Values of All People?"

Since such a course is clearly not neutral towards religion, the Air Force Academy cannot condemn bias and inappropriate Christian proselytization one day, then make mandatory a class on religion the next day. Ban "Team Jesus," demand "Team Pluralism"? To avoid coercion in the name of religion, shouldn't the academy make the class "Respecting the Spiritual Values of All People" optional? When has a tyranny of the minority ever remedied a tyranny of the majority? Perhaps the rules in Baghdad, Iraq, should be a little different than the rules for Boise, Idaho, and no cadet or staff member should have carte blanche authority to proselytize -- but neither should the Air Force Academy, the Air Force, or the U.S. Armed Forces have carte blanche authority to prohibit religious expression or proselytizing from any of their members.

Will a cadet be allowed to ask her roommate to join her at the "gospel meeting" on Friday night, or the church service on Sunday morning? Will a cadet or staff member be allowed to advertise and/or use academy facilities to accommodate his Bible study or show movies like Jesus or The Passion of the Christ to his classmates and staff members? Will the five branches of the American Armed Forces have to start training "Sensitivity Officers" to make sure Toleration Orthodoxy is maintained (much like "Political Officers" were attached to units of the Red Army)? Will a precedent be set where every Christian college ministry on secular campuses (Campus Crusade for Christ, Baptist Student Union, etc.) has to purge its proselytizing efforts to remain on campus?

Did our founders give us Freedom of Religion or only a Freedom to the Private Expression of Religion?

In reforming the Air Force Academy from an alleged Christian bias, it is beginning to sound like the cure may be more dangerous than the disease. Neither general Christian expression nor Christian proselytization are criminal acts in the United States, even from her citizens at her military academies, bases, barracks, forts, etc. Religious proselytizing is both commanded in some belief systems, and perfectly legal in most of the free world. The right to proselytize one's religion is a right that has been paid for in blood.

Please, Air Force Academy, be very careful before putting restrictions upon that right.

Terry Hodson

Borderline Case

Mexican standoff: Regarding Alan Prendergast's June 23 "Welcome to America," and the letters about the story published in the June 30 issue:

In Evan Ravitz's letter, he didn't bother to mention whether he was in Mexico legally or illegally. Why should U.S. citizens foot the bill for all these illegals coming over the border, taking our jobs, not paying taxes (because they are paid "under the table"), increasing our crime rate (90 percent increase in thefts, especially cars), trying to qualify for welfare and Social Security and doing a lot of identity theft. Several families live in one house, when the bylaws state one family per residence. Mexicans can't drive worth a darn and cause most of the accidents in Colorado and they don't carry insurance.

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