Letters to the Editor

From the week of January 31

"Fat Chance," Michael Roberts, January 24

The Biggest Loser

How much did Michael Karolchyk pay you for your cover photo?

Your story on his Anti-Gym brings to mind two old chestnuts: "I don't care what they say, as long as they spell my name right," and "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."

Yet hidden behind this huckster's hateful marketing gimmicks are some basic truths. We Americans are becoming fatter and fatter as we succumb to super-sized menus, processed foods and sedentary lifestyles. We can profoundly improve our health and happiness by two simple steps: eating better and exercising more.

In contrast to Karolchyk's crass approach, Oprah Winfrey and People magazine run inspiring stories on morbidly obese people who, through sheer willpower, reduce their food intake and increase their activity, losing hundreds of pounds. We should all follow their heroic examples.

Don't be suckered by hype, whether it's to eat junk or to join a ridiculous gym. We can instead drastically improve our health by simple, low-cost, gradual steps: Eat more fruit and vegetables. Walk more. Buy some cheap dumbbells and learn a few strength-training routines. All the support we need is online and in our communities — for free.

Rolf Asphaug


Worst-Case Scenario, Kenny Be, January 24

A Real Kick

I have read a lot of letters about Representative Douglas Bruce, and now Kenny Be gets into the act, and I am infuriated! Not at Bruce, but at the jerks who are attacking him. I have grown so sick and tired of the protocol, the decorum, the syrupy niceness that goes on under the Capitol dome while supposedly doing the people's business that I welcome the brutally frank "kick in the door" (or the photographer) attitude that Bruce brings to the legislature. That cameraman was told by Bruce not to do something, he did it anyway, and he got a little pop for it. Was he injured for life? No, so get over it, Colorado!

Years ago, Doug Bruce told the state not to spend all our money. We agreed, and passed TABOR. Since then, an assortment of governments decided to do what they pleased with our money, and found ways to circumvent TABOR. I think they could use a little kick in the knee, too, with a stern warning to not do it again. You don't like Doug Bruce in the House? Fine — I think he'd be better in the governor's office!

Jim Kiel


"Donkey Business," Michael Roberts, January 24

Mule Be Sorry!

Our mascot is a donkey or burro, not a mule, which is half horse! I know, because I wrote the resolution that Coloradans voted on to make the state mascot a donkey or burro, like those used in the mines to help extract gold and silver, like the one the Virgin Mary rode to the stable to give birth to the baby Jesus. They most likely came to America from Mexico. The animal you have shown with the article about the Democratic mascot is a mule, not a donkey or burro. You should get it right!

Richard A. Payne


"The Main Chance," Jason Sheehan, January 17

Baba's Day Out

I'm one of those people who endorse Ali Baba Grill at every opportunity. Actually, I only tell good people about the place. For the masses, I prefer to keep this pearl a secret.

How many days have I come back from the hills to an amazing meal at Ali Baba? Countless. Here's my two cents on what to order: the king combo and any of the fruit milks, especially banana. The king combo gives you a little of everything — no, a lot of everything. And it's delicious. Honestly, I think it's the best restaurant in Golden.

Jan Nerone


This food critic may think he knows about food, but his review of Ali Baba Grill showed how little Jason Sheehan knows about how to write properly. One paragraph was one run-on sentence with 169 words; I don't think that would get a good grade in any English class. Second, obviously the foods offered at this restaurant are loved by very many people who are more than willing to travel far to get there — even with gas prices as they are. And third, maybe that coffee urn came from Cost Plus, but the exquisite decor (that I know was imported special) in the upper room makes most of us diners feel like we have traveled out of the country for a relaxing mini-vacation.

I have a suggestion for the reviewer. He needs to go back to college and take some writing classes. To me, a writer who writes a sentence of 169 words invalidates his review and shows that he is not a professional.

Marian Gurnee


The Beatdown, Dave Herrera, January 17

Heart Attack

"Farts of Palm." There. The joke's been made, don't make it anymore. Though I honestly might respect Nathan & Stephen a little more if that were actually the band's new name, because Hearts of Palm is just that bad. Let us leave aside for a moment that it's incredibly lame for a band to steal its name from the title of an album or, worse still, a book, and focus instead on the simple fact that anyone who's listened to Nathan & Stephen's music knows, deep down in their pericardium, that this name does not fit the sound at all. Hell, even my friend Mike, who approves of everything any band ever does, thought this was a terrible name.

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