I'm OK, You're Hokey
Regarding Kenny Be's September 19 Worst-Case Scenario, "It's OK Not to Play Football":
Give it a rest, Kenny! Even Dan Rather was more original when he went after Newt Gingrich.
Bruce V. Bracken
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After reading your piece on Paul Cameron ("Fatal Blow," October 3), it's easy to see this man has a few hangups of his own. Obsessive? Probably. Professional? Probably not.
via the Internet
"Me thinks thou doth protest too much." This is what comes to mind when I listen to zealots. Paul Cameron is articulate and educated but lacks intelligence, wisdom and common sense.
History tells us that homosexual behavior was quite popular with the Greeks, and the Persians thought bisexual behavior was ideal. Today most humans behave heterosexually because our culture and religions consider homosexual behavior sinful. While homosexual behavior often leads to disease, it is because males are promiscuous; lesbians are less likely to have these problems.
I think as many scientists do--that sexual orientation, like many innate behaviors, is based on the bell curve. Most of us are bisexual, with perhaps 10 percent that are very heterosexual and 10 percent that are homosexual. Homosexual behavior has been with us for as long as Homo sapiens have been around. To doubt this says you haven't the knowledge to make a decision.
Monkeys Seen, Monkeys Done
Tony Perez-Giese's article regarding the experiments on the separation of mother and child monkeys ("Going Ape," September 26) provides a service. It brings forth questions regarding experimental usage of animals that should be considered.
The basic question is this: What is the moral justification for experiments that involve putting animals under conditions that cause suffering--particularly prolonged suffering--for the animals?
Robert F. Welborn
Thank you for printing the excellent story "Going Ape." It is very refreshing to see a respected newspaper bring such a story to light. The medical and laboratory communities seem to be generally successful in avoiding the light of public scrutiny in many of their brutal and wasteful projects. Thank you again for your courage and wisdom in writing and publishing this important story.
Kudos to Tony Perez-Giese for his expose of the deprivation studies at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
I have some questions not answered by the article: How will researcher Mark Laudenslager determine what type of stress in humans equals exactly two weeks of maternal deprivation of a macaque? What about baboons? What if the monkeys are without mothers for two weeks, or four days, or 6.75 months? What if there is no peer group but there is a Godzilla doll? What if, what if, what if?
Researchers in their little controlled microcosms never stop tweaking experiment variations, and they rarely conclude how to extrapolate the nuances to human beings. What Laudenslager failed to mention in his October 3 letter to the editor is that the reviewers of grant applications have an interest in seeing the status quo continue: They are part of the animal research system.
Finally, consider what a slippery ethical slope psychological testing presents. If non-human animals are enough like us that they can be driven insane through deprivation and inescapable torture, how can we withhold equal consideration of their interests? If they are so unlike us, how can the results still be applicable to humans? One can't have it both ways.
Elli Johnson, co-director
Rocky Mountain Animal Defense
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Kudos to Westword for Steve Jackson's September 12 story on Ben Nighthorse Campbell ("Athlete, Artist, Indian Chief," September 12).
Senator Campbell told reporters he voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because he objected to the way ENDA came before the Senate. Campbell said gays shouldn't feel he turned his back on them, even though his vote was the deciding vote that would have protected gays in the workplace. You're either with us or you aren't, Ben.
A Campbell staffer tried to convince Coloradans that Campbell was in the forefront of opposing Amendment 2. The truth? Campbell was slow to say no, just as he, as a three-term House member, failed to co-sponsor either the Gays in the Military or the Gay Civil Rights bill until he knew gays had endorsed him for his Senate run.
During the 1992 campaign, Campbell said he would co-sponsor ENDA as a senator. The Human Rights Campaign endorsed Campbell and backed him with $5,000. Campbell never co-sponsored ENDA.
As late as this past July, Campbell said he "supported basic principles of equality for all." But after Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott "laid down the law" to Republican senators prior to the vote, Campbell caved.
"Switchhorse" quit the Democratic Party in 1995--the group that had encouraged him to run for office and had backed his races. In 1996 he reneged again. "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me" takes on a new meaning for 1998.
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John R. Selig
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