We Are Not A-Mused
Regarding Arthur Hodges's "Down by Law," in the February 22 issue:
Thank you for the very informative story on Denver city attorney Dan Muse. Although I have seen his name for years, I had never before read such a complete article about his background and his job. After reading Mr. Hodges's story, it seems to me that Mr. Muse had one very important credential for the job: the right friends.
If the city did nothing wrong, why are we paying out-of-town lawyers a million dollars because of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation? I've heard about the best defense being a good offense, but this is ridiculous.
Fill in the Blanks
Reading Patricia Calhoun's recent series on the city attorney's office, most recently "Blank Check," in the February 22 issue, is a true guilty pleasure. Although it is something of a cheap shot to continue quoting from those lawyers' bills (particularly with those thought-provoking BLANKs), this may be the only cheap thrill we'll ever get from Denver International Airport.
And speaking of guilty pleasures, thanks also for Eric Dexheimer's enlightening update on the Aronson-Quigley situation, "The Mud's Flyin'," in the same February 22 issue. Although Westword's willingness to print profanity has at times struck me as gratuitous, it certainly came in handy here.
Wow! That Quigley-Aronson situation just keeps getting better, doesn't it? Assuming I ever have a spare half-million dollars, I'll know in what neighborhood not to buy a house.
Something in the water, maybe?
A Little Hep From Our Friends
I've been reading Westword for years, and I want to say congratulations on the February 8 issue. Every article was either very interesting, informational or both.
Steve Jackson's piece on hepatitis C, "The Hep-C Generation," made a lasting impression.
Yes, it is sad that people are dying from hepatitis C. But it is important to remember that many of these people caught this disease because of dangerous behavior, including drug use. It is the same for most people (not all) with AIDS--they lived a dangerous lifestyle, and they are now paying the price for choosing to do so.
Is it right that these people be given top priority for medical research and services when everyone else cannot afford the same? For example, should people who got hepatitis C because they used drugs be placed at the top of the hospital's list for liver transplants?
Let's save our sympathy for those who really deserve it.