From the week of April 23, 2009

"Power Play," Joel Warner, April 16

No Fuel Like an Old Fuel

Stan Lewandowski is a fossil fool! I have a hard time understanding how someone could be so closed-minded to the climate crisis. Coal has had a devastating effect on the health of Colorado citizens as well as the climate. Mr. Lewandowski needs to learn to adapt with the times. Perhaps if he was to add a computer to his workspace, he could do research on the benefits of clean energy to our environment and the American economy. Dirty fossil fuels have no future in Colorado's clean-energy revolution.

So, Mr. Lewandowski, you should either jump on board or stand aside, because global warming is a serious threat that affects all of our futures. Your boardmembers, the community and Colorado representatives are addressing and adapting to the call for a clean, renewable energy...shouldn't you?

Danny Roach

Denver

Mr. Lewandowski believes that conservation diminishes quality of life? Does he not realize that conservation is an effort to maintain and improve a sustainable quality of life now and for future generations? Global warming is a "made-up" catastrophe? His ideas are as fossilized as the fuel he is so enamored with. His short-sightedness figuratively takes my breath away and, if allowed to prevail, may actually take it away physically.

Chuck Woods

Denver

Editor's note: The much-watched board of directors' election for the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, which many saw as a referendum on general manager Stan Lewandowski and his ideas, wrapped up April 18. But so far, results have been determined in only one race, for the District 7 board seat (which represents the area around Parker, Castle Pines North and Sedalia): Incumbent George Hier garnered 3,899 votes, or 68 percent of the total, defeating Charles Bucknam, one of three candidates backed by progressive activist group IREA Voices. That means that IREA Voices won't be able to take control of the board this year. If the other two IREA Voices candidates are able to win, things could still get pretty interesting at IREA, the state's largest power co-op and part owner of a massive new coal plant in Pueblo. The rest of the election results will be available on the Latest Word blog at westword.com in the coming days.

"Owen Meany Doesn't Have a Prayer," Juliet Wittman, April 16

The Play's the Thing

A Prayer for Owen Meany does have a prayer....

But not on stage; Juliet Wittman was right. Read the book — the characters are endearing and not annoying — or, rather, the annoying characters are realistically annoying, at least, in John Irving's prose. The story makes sense, and the symbols make sense in the book. The play was truly rotten. I walked out after the second act, snorting with laughter. I simply cannot believe Irving gave a nod for the use of the novel to that crap, but then, times are tough, I suppose.

Thanks for the review! And do pick up the original for a quick, fun summer read.

Katie Smith

Denver

"The Zen of Ken," Alan Prendergast, April 2
Land Sakes!

The time of oil and fossil fuels is quickly ending. Renewable energy is the way to the future. Secretary Salazar's actions since entering office are a breath of fresh air after eight years of the "Oil and Gas" administration of George Bush.

It's time to put the oil and gas back in the ground — for good!

Dave Boudreaux

Denver

I disagree with the letter writers in the April 9 issue who believe Salazar is a good choice for the critical job of Secretary of the Interior. The job requires not only knowledge, but objectivity, in order to properly balance the need to protect wildlife with administering the appropriate but cautious use of public lands for private enterprise. Ken Salazar, though I'm sure he is a decent individual, comes from a long line of those in the livestock industry who have long been hostile to our native predatory animals such as wolves and coyotes, and strongly believe in the use of lethal force to control the predation. I seriously doubt Mr. Salazar is able to simply put away his inherent prejudices toward these animals, as he has already displayed by his automatic agreement with the premature delisting of the gray wolf in certain Western states.

Many livestock owners call Wildlife Services, an agency of the Department of Agriculture, to come out and kill predators that are preying on their livestock. This lethal control program, paid for by U.S. taxpayers, annually kills 100,000 mammals per year. Native animals such as wolves, coyotes, mountain lions and foxes have a right to live and thrive, do they not? There are kinder and more effective ways to control predation using non-lethal methods. For a detailed chronology of the history of the federal government's lethal control to protect the livestock industry, read Michael Robinson's Predatory Bureaucracy: The Extermination of the Wolf and the Transformation of the West.

Barbara J. Adams

Parker

I am a Denver resident who reads Westword religiously! I believe global warming is the greatest challenge facing our community (and all communities around the world). Last month, President Obama signed legislation granting Secretary Salazar the authority to rescind two Bush regulations that undermine the protection of polar bears by refusing to recognize global warming as a threat. How can we protect polar bears if we are not willing to take steps to limit global-warming pollution? Exploiting the Arctic is not even a viable solution to our energy crisis. Even if companies were to harness all the natural resources, it would supply the United States with energy for only twelve years. Overturning these regulations and recognizing the threat of global warming is a fundamental step to securing the protection of polar bears and, quite frankly, ourselves. Not only would this ensure the preservation of a magnificent species, but it would show the rest of the world that the United States is serious about combating global warming. Global warming is real, and unless our representatives act now, we are all in danger.

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