From the week of December 4, 2008
"Mustang" is so ugly that the only possible nickname would be a play on Bucky, the name of the far more appropriate horse that stands above Invesco Field at Mile High.
And that name would be: "Sucky."
"Mustang" is not a monstrosity. It is an artistic vision of something that is slipping away here in Colorado: the ancient wildness of this land — fearsome, terrible, angry, powerful — and "Mustang" is all the more so because it killed its creator. For those who like their art tame, conventional and cerebral, stay away.
The ugly sculpture at DIA should be called Big Blue Denver Compensation.
My four-year-old, Cole, and I drive through the airport every other weekend to pick up my ex (his dad) for a visit. As soon as we see the sculpture, we scream "Scary horse, scary horse!" until we get to the angle when you can see the menacing eyes, and then our chant switches to "Evil eyes, evil eyes!"
When I first started reading "No Place Like Home," I wondered why companies, labor unions and the law treat illegal Mexicans better than they do legal immigrants from other countries. Then I read that Swift — of Tillie Olsen and Upton Sinclair fame — is today owned by a company with "S.A." behind its name. And this foreign company is trying to monopolize the beef industry in the U.S. of A.?
I wish the Somalis well. Unlike the illegals from Mexico who more typically man the belts at a Swift packinghouse, they are good people who will eventually settle into life here and prosper because, regardless of their faith, they want to become Americans.
But screw the rest of 'em. I hope the festering lawyers; this crooked, alien company; the illegals who work there and their representatives in the community and on the job; and the union and its bosses all fight over this until they put Swift out of business entirely. Bad for Greeley in the short run, but good for the rest of us if it sends all those illegals who pack this foreign conglomerate's packinghouses, um, packing.
After reading the letters in last week's issue, I went back and read Adam Cayton-Holland's feature on Monarch Center for Family Healing. And all I can say is, I think those letter writers protest too much!
If I was sending my child to a program like this (and God willing, I'll never have to), I would want to know that he would be safe and supervised.
Editor's note: Not 24 hours before both sides were set to make their opening arguments in Denver District Court on December 1, attorneys reached a settlement in the lawsuit that the Jarvis, Haney and Canty families had filed against Monarch Center for Family Healing, alleging extreme and outrageous conduct, negligence and violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act. "It's always best for the parties to put these types of difficult cases behind them as quickly as possible," says Jay Reinan, attorney for all three families. "And I think we've done that. We're hoping that now the families can really start on their road to recovery."
The terms of the settlement are confidential — but you can read all about what led to the filing of the lawsuit in "Where the Wild Things Are," Adam Cayton-Holland's November 13 story, which is archived in the News section at westword.com.
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