Letters to the Editor

From the week of August 4, 2005

Good job on the piece. Many thanks.

Ian Salazar

Positive Thinking

Stay focused: Regarding Luke Turf's "Law & Border," in the July 28 issue:

Please let me get straight to the point and congratulate you for the tremendous article that you prepared about Lilian Shea. To me it looks very professional. My biggest hope is that you follow this line of work, and God grant more journalists the ability to focus, like you, on these types of human-interest stories about very positive things.

Again, congratulations.

Ricardo Estrada
Greenwood Village

"Law & Border" was great. I always enjoy reading anything progressive in this city. You're not likely to find much of it in any other paper.

Erin Romero
via the Internet

The Art of the Deal

White makes right: Regarding Jared Jacang Maher's "Creative Thinking," in the July 21 issue:

As a gallery owner and president of Denver's Artdistrict on Santa Fe, I am encouraged by the creation of a city position to help Denver's commercial arts. We all know that the commercial galleries and film and music studios contribute so much to a city's culture and feel, yet they're almost always neglected when it comes to city planning, promotion and funding. I thank Mayor Hickenlooper and Denise Montgomery for following through on their promise to initiate this unique and important program.

I had the opportunity to work with Ginger White during Doors Open Denver in the spring and found her to be thorough and knowledgeable. Ms. White recently contacted our art district, as well as others in the city, to meet so that she could gain insight as to what our needs are and how the city may be able to facilitate them to the mutual benefit of artists, neighborhoods and the city as a whole. That is a good starting point.

I appreciate Westword's attention to this important matter and hope that Westword will once again provide what was perhaps its most important contribution to the commercial galleries and their artists: a full printed listing of openings and continuing art events.

Jack D. Pappalardo
Habitat Gallery and Studio

Editor's note: All art openings and ongoing shows -- more than a hundred of them -- are listed on Westword's website every week. (At www.westword.com, you'll also find over a thousand more listings for cultural events -- not including music -- that fall outside the art category.) In the printed version of Westword, we not only devote a page and a half to Michael Paglia's art review and his smaller, capsule critiques, but five pages every week to stories and previews of upcoming cultural events -- many of them at commercial galleries. And the arts often break into our news pages, too, as they did with Jared Jacang Maher's piece on Ginger White. We consider that a better use of space -- and a greater boon to the greater arts community -- than tiny-type listings that repeat what we do online.

Mission Aborted

Flip remarks: Regarding the Off Limits item on Operation Save America in the July 21 issue:

You know, I had the chance to meet Flip Benham last year in Columbus. I was broken-hearted when we went to an abortion place and I saw a young woman being taken in by her mother. The young woman was crying her eyes out. I couldn't stop thinking how she must want to keep the baby and no one cared, not even her mother.

I, for one, am glad Flip is doing what he is doing. Maybe one more baby was saved from death by this man.

Jimmie Couch
via the Internet

Signs of the time: At 11 a.m. on July 21, I was running a friend home, driving along University at Evans. We found ourselves in the middle of an anti-abortion protest that spanned a good four blocks on both sides of the road, with protesters holding huge placards with graphic slogans and pictures. My friend and I were shocked -- not by the protesters, but by the revoltingly graphic and bloody images these protesters used: giant pictures of dead babies, often with smashed or dismembered limbs, all dripping in blood.

I believe very much in the freedom to express one's opinion. However, I object totally to the way this anti-abortion message was rammed down my throat. The dead babies in these images were nearly full-term, not fetuses within the legal time frame for abortions to be performed. Therefore, the images were purposely misleading. The best bumpersticker I've seen recently simply says, "If you can't trust me to make a choice, how can you trust me with a child?" It seems that the anti-abortion protesters I saw believe their own message to be so fragile that they have to resort to incorrect images and shock tactics.

I called the police station on University and complained. The officer I spoke to said he felt the same way and was horrified, but legally there was nothing they could do.

Sarah Kenny

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