Readers Weigh in on Charlotte's Web and Housing in Denver


"Myth or Miracle?" JoeL Warner, December 4

A Tangled Web

I have to commend you on Joel Warner's article: thorough and well-presented. People needed the facts to make their own decisions. The more evidence they have, the better chance they have at helping and not harming their loved ones.
Kathleen Chippi

As the parent of a child who is treated by Realm of Caring and the Stanley brothers, I would like to voice my disappointment with Joel Warner's recent Westword piece. First and foremost, I think you attempted to write a balanced piece, but that attempt fell drastically short when you did not speak to one happy Realm family. I guess we were supposed to feel gratitude that you allowed the people from Realm and the Stanley organization to respond to criticism, but without actually speaking to any of the many happy families of their current patients, the bias in this piece was very clear.

I was quoted in the article, but you never actually contacted me. In my case, at least I know that the words I wrote were passed on via Heather Jackson, and they were mine. But when you chose to use quotes from screenshots off Facebook, shared by people who sought to embarrass those connected to Charlotte's Web, you really did a very serious disservice to many struggling parents whose children have epilepsy and use cannabis oil as a treatment. You took what should have been private conversations between parents and shared them with your audience without even contacting the parents you were quoting. Not only is this bad journalism, but it was hurtful toward the audience we assume you were actually trying to reach. Those of us who have sick children rely on having a private place to discuss the issues that come up with our kids and their various seizure treatments. Yes, we all know that Facebook isn't ever truly private. But your choice to include parents' statements from what you knew to be a private group is extremely disappointing.

Most important, I find it really irresponsible that you insinuated that Charlotte's Web was at fault in Eric Prine's death or any of the other deaths mentioned in the piece. The families who uproot their whole lives to move to Colorado for this treatment often have extremely sick kids. I know mine was when we arrived here. Most children who have died on any type of cannabis treatment here in Colorado were deemed terminal before they initiated treatment. I, for one, appreciate that there is an organization that is willing to take on patients like that when they are truly in need.

Just wanted you to hear from an extremely satisfied Realm of Caring parent. I hope if you ever decide to "expose" them again, you will take the time to interview a few of us as well.
Liz Gorman
Colorado Springs

"Sweet Sorrow," Patricia Calhoun, December 11

Sorry State of Affairs

I am very disappointed in John Hickenlooper for apologizing for Sand Creek on behalf of the state. He can say what he wants personally, but he is not speaking for me. This happened 150 years ago; let it go.
Jack Fitzpatrick

Hickenlooper didn't have to say anything. Big ups for saying something.
Marshall Chippewa
Posted on Facebook

I think the best apology would be to change the names of the towns and monuments named after the murderers involved in the massacre.
Marcelino Casias
Posted on Facebook

"Change Up," Gretchen Kurtz, December 4

No Squidding

So many restaurants have closed, and others may be struggling to stay open. It wouldn't be so bad if they would serve foods that people understand and like. For example, why would I ever eat octopus salad (one of the dishes at the Nickel)? That's why I get frustrated with your restaurant reviews.

There's a reason that Casa Bonita, for instance, has remained open for decades!
Cheryl Murphy
Commerce City

"Rental Health," Ana McKenzie, December 11

Homeless on the Range

I became homeless when I retired. I worked fifty-plus years; people do not seem to care. It hurts a little...
James McCarty

How many people can afford $1,000 a month? It might work for a couple, but most single people just can't pay that much.
Don Heldenbrand
Posted on Facebook

I just moved out of Denver for this very reason. Too many people moving in, and although there are jobs, it is difficult to be offered a well-paying job. I was booted from my $915/month apartment at the end of my lease so they could remodel. When I asked what the new cost would be, I was told $1,295/month. A 41 percent increase is ridiculous, especially when most companies only offer an annual wage increase of 2 to 4 percent on average...if you get one at all.
Nate Smith
Posted on Facebook

The excessively high housing rentals in Denver are very troubling, especially in combination with wages that remain stubbornly low for most people — particularly young people starting out.

I rented a small one-bedroom apartment in Capitol Hill in the late '90s and early '00s for an affordable $400 per month. In 2003, because of a job change, I bought a two-bedroom condo in far southwest Denver, before the housing bubble burst a few years later. For a while it seemed I had made a big mistake, as I ended up owing more on the condo than it was worth (this is still the case today).

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