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From the week of 4/19/2007

"An Uphill Battle," Adam Cayton-Holland, April 5



A Good Man Is Hard to Find

Thanks for giving us the rest of the best Boulder story of 2006. While you wouldn't catch me dead in the military, I'd want Lance Hering (or Steve Powers) watching my back. Friends like Steve are hard to find. Somebody smart: Give this action hero a great job!

As the Enlightenment's Charles de Montesquieu, who actually wrote a book called The Spirit of the Laws, said, "It is always the adventurers who accomplish great things." Lance and Steve have that spirit. Whether it's true or not, I'm glad that Steve says he hasn't heard anything from Lance since he dropped him off at the bus station. Semper Fi.
Evan Ravitz
Boulder

When I first heard about this on the news, I was so against what these two young men did. Since reading your article, I now have to look at them in a different light. This is not to say that they made the best choices in the method of how they tried to solve Lance's problem. As we can see, it led to greater consequences. What your story does is give the situation human qualities. These are reflected by Steve and Lance's friendship.

Above all, our choices are guided by our human emotions. Not all crimes are committed because of hate.
Dorothy Dena
Lakewood

Adam Cayton-Holland's superb story touchingly focuses on the intimate relationship between Steve Powers and Lance Hering, each successfully protecting the other from societal predators (police and the U.S. military). The thirty-plus grand that Steve has had to pay for the unnecessary search and rescue should be paid by all of us as gratitude for saving Lance from having to go back to U.S. military hell and, quite probably, saving many Iraqi lives.

The sooner we all support U.S. soldiers resisting orders and going AWOL, the sooner we'll have our families back, and the Iraqi people will get their land and country back.
Mark Schneider
Denver

"No Pain, No Gain," Joel Warner, April 12



Of Human Bondage

The story that Joel Warner did on the Enclave was fantastic! I am a member, and I think it's about damn time that someone wrote an accurate story about the issues that we in the BDSM community are facing!
Jaime Pierce
Denver

I thoroughly enjoyed the story on the Enclave. I am not a practitioner of BDSM, but find it quite fascinating. Any time an article can bring to light a topic that is normally on the "down low," I am thrilled. I hope that the Enclave is able to stay in business and that it paves the way for more BDSM businesses to open and become part of the general public. Thank you for writing about a taboo topic.
Michelle C. Schultz
Denver

Bravo! I had noidea that Westword had a competent and fair reporter! Joel Warner makes Jared Jacang Maher's articles look like fourth-grade submissions. Jared can only hope to aspire to be half the journalist Joel is. Thank you for writing such an outstanding piece about a taboo subject. This article helps make the public aware that places and groups such as the Enclave have every right to exist in society. It also exposes that many city officials will try underhanded tactics to push their own morals and agenda onto the public, even if their tactics are immoral and unjustified. Joel's piece was informative, unbiased, fair and, most importantly, accurate. Thanks again.
Scottie Ewing
Denver

Editor's note: Last week, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued its ruling on the Enclave v. Commerce City case; for full details, turn to page 14. And to read Jared Jacang Maher's "Swap Talk," in which Scottie Ewing figured prominently, click here.

"Carved in Stone," Patricia Calhoun, April 12



Flats, Busted

Thank you for your piece on Jim Stone, the Rocky Flats whistleblower. I am an attorney, and I've been following the Arvada residents' lawsuit that awarded the plaintiffs the record award against Rockwell and Dow Chemical in February 2006. You should know that Rockwell and Dow were reimbursed by the taxpayers for the $554 million award due to an indemnification clause in the contracts. You should also know that the action was commenced in 1990 and took sixteen years to get to trial, due to Rockwell and Dow defense attorneys who were paid by, you guessed it, you and me! So it goes.
Isabel P. Posso
Lakewood

Editor's note: While last week's issue was being distributed, Jim Stone passed away. He's survived by Virginia, his wife of sixty years, and sons Robert and Randy. A celebration of Stone's life will be held at the Arbor House of Maple Grove Park, 14600 West 32nd Avenue in Golden, at 1 p.m. on April 28.

Best of Denver, March 29, 2007



Best Intentions

Boo freaking hoo! Ah, yes, another Best of Denver shows up, followed by another avalanche of missives complaining about either how they were chosen or who/ what else was chosen.

I think that such a venture is doomed to catastrophe due to the very subjective nature of human experience. No one in their right (or left) mind can expect any such listing to be objective or perfect. At least Westword's is always interesting.

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