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Worst-Case Scenario, Kenny Be, March 22
"Youth Crime (Prevention) Wave Hits Denver" is a sad commentary on Kenny Be. Denver has some very creative and successful alternative programs to crime for young people, including the people whom he attacks in his cartoon. Would Kenny rather that kids get locked up in prisons or disposed of on the streets?
After reading Jared Jacang Maher's "Love the Sinner," I must wonder if this is an indictment of Regis University's Department of Campus Safety, or an allegation that a homophobic culture pervades an institution whose administration has created a facade of social tolerance. What a frightening experience for Alana McCoy. I wonder, however, if this is more symptomatic of a generally sluggish safety department than evidence of an administration tacitly condoning homophobic behavior.
The Jesuits are a highly intellectual community; some Catholics might accuse them of being overly receptive to the beliefs of others. Without compromising Catholic doctrine, the Jesuits have embraced the spirit of enlightenment for centuries. Personally, I believe that Regis has earnestly cultivated diversity. I bet this is one of the many reasons Alana McCoy chose Regis University. That said, it saddens me that this young woman has to think about anything more than what brings her joy, what is exciting in her future and when her taxes are due.
As a physician involved in the daily health of college students, I regularly see confusion and even fear as students grapple with their approaching future and adulthood. Throw into this mix the trepidation attendant to entering a largely straight world as a gay, and one realizes the courage of Alana McCoy. I'll bet she will be just fine. One might argue that the two perpetrators of her harassment may have a rougher go of it: Can one harboring such intolerance toward others truly be able to love oneself?
Last spring, I graduated from Regis Jesuit High School, and I am now attending Regis University. The main thing that I don't think was stressed enough in "Love the Sinner" is the concept of the "Jesuit" mission. After five years of learning under Jesuit principles, I have become an advocate for the concept of being a man for others and living in service for the common good. Many people fail to realize the vast differences between a Catholic and a Jesuit institution. In my experience, it seems that Catholic institutions emphasize the importance of strict Christian doctrine, whereas Jesuit institutions focus on the foundation of Christian principles through love and service.
When reading "Love the Sinner" to two fellow Regis Jesuit High School graduates who also attend Regis University, I wasn't surprised to hear that they felt the article was accusing Regis students of being hate-filled lunatics. I admit that I initially felt the same way. I believe that Regis University and Regis Jesuit High School have the two strongest communities among all Colorado institutions. I am sympathetically saddened and embarrassed by the actions that the Regis University students took against Ms. McCoy. However, I also feel that it is necessary for people to understand all the great things that this Jesuit institution stands for. I refuse to let the actions of a few disrespectful students tarnish the reputation of the community that I am a part of.
Letters, March 22
I read Kevin Kelley's reaction to the March 8 review of 300with considerable amazement. I've been a student of military history for over forty years, and I've never noticed any particular connection between the Battle of Thermopylae and American patriotism. However, let's assume that Mr. Kelley is correct: 300 isn't a special-effects-laden action movie based on a comic book, but is instead some sort of allegory.
300 tells the story of a superpower (Persia) that invades a much smaller nation (Greece) because it considers the smaller country to be a threat to its security (the Greek support of the Ionian revolt in Asia Minor). The superpower's ruler (Xerxes) also has a personal reason for the invasion: the failure of his father (Darius I) to conquer the small country ten years earlier. The small country contains a number of mutually antagonistic factions (the Greek city-states), some of which support the invaders and some of which oppose them. Among the opposing factions is a group of fanatics (the Spartans -- and yes, the other Greek city-states of the time did consider the Spartans to be fanatics). The fanatics send 300 of their men to essentially commit suicide while killing as many of the superpower's soldiers as they can.
So, if 300 really is meant to be a parable about the current world situation, Mr. Kelley has just written a ringing endorsement of the fifth-century B.C. equivalent of Al-Qaeda.
As a transplant from California looking for great journalism, wit and a bite in the ass of pap reporting/coverage, I found Westword. Now it's my main "take" on Denver; I prefer it to the mainstream papers. I read Gustavo Arellano and Jason Sheehan first -- then the featured articles -- and love Patricia Calhoun!