Letters: "It seems as if every Colorado law-enforcement office is full of people who care absolutely nothing about the facts"

"Playing With Fire," Alan Prendergast, March 10

Where There's Smoke, There's Ire

Alan Prendergast's "Playing With Fire" is very disturbing. It portrays the judicial system with a "hang 'em high" approach, which I think is fitting. However, the quote from Patryce Engel that "previous conduct by anyone, whether a juvenile or an adult, is never considered in filing charges" is a bunch of bovine fecal matter, and is purely wrong. The first thing an arresting officer does is look for priors, and anyone who thinks priors have no play on the outcome of a court case has never been arrested for habitual traffic offenses or DUI.

In my humble opinion, her quote is no more than an attempt to save face at the end of a blatantly wrong decision on the part of the courts, and yet one more bald-faced lie by yet one more puppet.

Forrest Houser

Evergreen

 

I'm sick of it and I'm ready to puke my guts out. It seems as if every Colorado law-enforcement office is full of people who care absolutely nothing about the facts and only care about generating revenue through fines and fees. It looks like Carol Chambers is doing the same thing to young children who are probably emotionally devastated by the damage they caused, and whose parents are going to be financially broken by this process. What has happened to common sense and taking each case one at a time, and not making blanket laws that can ruin a young child's life?

Vote these morons out, and let's return some sanity to these offices.

Jeff Noble

Denver

I saw the article in Westword; well done. Investigators are trained interrogators who will always seek a "confession" to avoid having to do the tedious work of true investigating. They can interpret nervousness as guilt and an eagerness to help as a confession. They automatically have the trust of youths because parents set them up as authority figures and "good guys." And at the direction of the DA, they will make a case for the worst scenario rather than what their experience and good judgment tells them.

Really, how tough is it to get a scared eleven-year-old to agree with you? Carol Chambers is a crusader trying to make the world a perfect place by putting imperfect people away. How else is an eleven-year-old boy charged with felony arson? How else does an eighteen-year-old boy in a drunk-driving accident get charged with two counts of attempted murder? We have only a rational judiciary and citizen juries to protect us from overzealous public servants like Chambers. (Ambitious for higher office?) Her administration of the district attorney's office is a horrible joke, like Steve Martin's punchline "death penalty for parking tickets." We need to be ever-vigilant about whom we elect to the judiciary, and we need to impart our common sense as citizens when it comes our turn to serve on a jury.

Thanks for the four-alarm wake-up call; I'm curious to hear about other cases of overcharging by the DA's office. 

Name withheld on request

Editor's note: For additional comments on "Playing With Fire," go to latestwordblog.com.

"The War Next Door," Alan Prendergast, February 24

Army on the March

Alan Prendergast's article on the battle fought by locals against the U.S. Army's apparent intention to expand their operations (and land acquisition) in the Piñon Canyon area was extremely well-written and informative. Analogous to sharks who have to keep in motion to survive, bureaucracies (like the Army) have to keep acquiring to maintain the illusion of being viable — whether it be acquiring more staff, more office space or, in this case, more land, regardless if such acquisition translates into more efficiency and effectiveness.  When an Army official says they will be doing more "in-sourcing" to assess possible damage to sensitive sites and wildlife habitat (as opposed to an independent entity, like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), the handwriting is on the wall: The Army is determined to expand, come hell or high water.

Jon Weimer

Denver

 
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Thank you for writing your article about the Child Sex Slave Myth. PLEASE, PLEASE Write more articles about this, and the Child Super Bowl Sex Slave Myth, and Sports sex slave myth and the Myths in the United Kingdom, Germany World Cup, Olympics, etc. You should keep having more cover stories in every Village Voice Media publication around America and a full report each week on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves.

The lying people, get all the press. It is time the truthful people get some press.

In order to do this you must KEEP IT UP. Until other news organization pick up the story. Each week you need to have a big NATIONAL cover story on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. There is plenty to write about!

You should include the link and TV Video below in a future story from WFAA Dallas TV News about the Super Bowl Child Sex Slave Myth: Sex Trafficking in Sports Events links: Dallas WFAA TV News show about super bowl sex slave myth: http://www.wfaa.com/sports/foo... Video only:http://www.wfaa.com/v/?i=11498...

http://www.dallasnews.com/spor...

News night BBC video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

There is also great information in the links below: http://sextraffickingtruths.bl... http://bebopper76.wordpress.co... I would like to see a major national news organization do a full investigative report on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. But they won't do it because they are all sacred of the anti-prostitution groups, so the media continues to tell lies and only report what the anti-prostitution groups and politicians tell them to. The articles about the super bowl and sport sex slaves, has been proved wrong many times, but news organizations still report about it, as if it were fact.

Sex Trafficking/Slavery is used by many groups as a attempt to outlaw all prostitution around the world by saying that all women are victims even if they do it willing. This hurts any real victims because it labels all sex workers as victims. This is done by the media, aid groups, NGO’s, feminists, politicians, and religious organizations that receive funds from the government. There are very strong groups who promote that all adult women who have sex are victims even if they are willing, enjoy it and go out of there way to get it. These groups try to get the public to believe that no adult women in their right mind would ever go into the sex business unless she was forced to do so, weather she knew it or not. They say that 100% of all sex workers are trafficking victims. They do this in order to label all men as sex offenders and wipe out all consensual prostitution. Which is what their real goal is. There is almost no one who challenges or questions them about their false beliefs. Therefore, the only voices you hear are of these extreme groups. These groups want to label all men as terrible sex offenders for seeing a willing adult sex worker. No one stands up to say this is foolish, the passive public says nothing. These groups even say that all men who marry foreign women are terrible sex predators who take advantage of these “helpless foreign women wives”. These groups believe that two adults having consensual sex in private should be outlawed. Since they believe that it is impossible for a man to have sex with a woman without abusing the woman in the process.

Maxwin
Maxwin

Regarding "The Truth About Sex Trafficking"; The issue is not just over-blown, its become totally idiotic! Driving the 'oldest profession' underground has as much success as the other idiocy, "The War on Drugs". Keeping it above ground and in full view, like in the medium of the BackPages, is the sunshine that will disinfect the evil that insinuates into the profession. The view of some 'feminists' (which happens to be disagreed by other libertarian feminists) that the answer to the victimization of SOME women and juveniles, is to outlaw it all and victimize ALL of them, is clearly idiocy. Traffickers of kids and coerced women need to be dealt with severely and mecilessly. Women who freely choose this course for their lives have that right in terms of self-proprietorship. In nations where it is de-criminalied and even legal, trafficking of slaves and kids becomes minimal. The free practitioners are unwilling to tolerate it or even compete with it. They will assist law-enforcement to rid it. Where it is outlawed entirely is where the evils of traffickers lurks in the dark. The answer is not just simply to de-criminalize or legalize the profession. In Thailand, the best solution that came out was to empower the adult women to independently take control over their own business, without any men dictating anything to them. In Germany, the legalization brought them police protection, health insurance (along with income taxes). The only clear restriction, other than age limits and no coerced women to practice, was the absolute mandatory use of condoms. Max WinklerArapahoe County

 
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