Chris LaMorte's September 10 "The Mom Squad" teaches us how, through the magic of one dead little girl and the power of the Internet, people without actual lives of their own can fill the long days and nights by exchanging cyberjabber over America's telephone system. And unlike its low-rent predecessor, this upscale version of CB radio helps keep 'em off the streets. Dim bulbs no longer need a commercial radio station to boost their low wattage, either. All those with "'puters" can now be irritating Boyles themselves. Ten-four, Jon-buddy!
P.S.: I'm disappointed they're not eating at Pasta Jay's! It's just a dinner roll's throw from both the Mork and Mindy house (space aliens could be involved) and the Susannah Chase murder scene. Would Angela Lansbury pass up this chance?
Chris LaMorte's "The Mom Squad" article is pathetic and sick, and the "JonBenet Unplugged" title on the cover is simply offensive. I am a regular fan and reader of Westword, but this is going way too far. We're talking about a dead little girl and her unsolved murder; this has turned into some freak show. These people need to seek psychiatric help and hobbies desperately. Gathering in Boulder to "tour" the murder scene? Giving time and money to this daily is totally unhealthy; this is not an activity or social situation. I feel truly sorry for the family of this little girl. Although the press has implicated the family, we have no evidence, and they have not been charged.
Boulder is a nice, charming, friendly community that doesn't deserve these demented, sad little people descending on it to explore their fetish in real life. I lived in L.A. when people came from miles around to see where Nicole Simpson was murdered. I worked down the street and had to take a different route to work to avoid the "tour." How sick is this?
My hope for these people is that they have a similar experience from the other end and run into twisted busybodies like themselves. In the meantime, stay home, freaks! Colorado doesn't want you here!
Name withheld on request
I have read Chris LaMorte's "The Mom Squad," about the posters meeting in Boulder to discuss the JonBenet Ramsey case. I am Anderson, the poster who met with Jameson. I am not--repeat, not--a ProRam. I believe that John and Patsy Ramsey are guilty as sin in the murder of JonBenet. I met with Jameson, and she gave me a kitten to replace a cat I had for fourteen years that had recently passed away. Jameson is a manipulative, vindictive woman. She and I had a falling-out soon after our meeting, and I suppose her pegging me as a ProRam is her way of revenge.
Wilton Towe Jr.
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The still unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey is a tragedy. These "cyber-sleuths" are merely pathetic. Tell them to get a life.
The Nutty Professor
Regarding Megan Hall's "Spread Alert," in the September 3 issue:
I have to side with the Auraria Child Care Center on this one. As a child-care provider for nearly eight years, I understand the predicament they were put in.
Even a three-year-old can be taught that something is bad for them. The Septons were ultimately responsible for teaching their child that peanuts and peanut butter are dangerous for her and that eating it will put her in the hospital. What the Septons should have done was to make it clear to Rachel and the center's staff that she was never to have peanut products. Alternative snacks should have been provided for her, either by the center or by Rachel's parents. And she should have been told, on a regular basis, not to share food with the other children. To insist that peanut butter never be present in a child's class is an unreasonable request. Shame on the ADA if they say it is not. For young children who may not like meat very much (and quite a few don't), peanut butter is a viable source of protein.
And shame on the Montessori school and parents who gave in to this unreasonable demand and are depriving their children of a delicious and nutritious food.
Harrison Fletcher's "Sex Machine," in the August 27 issue, was one of the best articles I've ever seen on the subject of Dr. Biber and transsexualism. Thank you for being so open-minded, fair and thorough. I thought the views of the local people were balanced and informative. It's articles like this that inspire the art of journalism.
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Regarding Jim Neely's September 3 letter in response to "Sex Machine":
So Jim thinks that if you look like a man you cannot be a woman. Too bad for Janet Reno, I suppose. The bigger problem, though, is Jeff's willingness to stereotype and pre-judge people based on their appearances. Saying that he saw two transsexuals (out of the many thousands who have had surgery) who looked like men and that therefore all transsexuals look like men is akin to someone saying that because they saw a television news item in which two black men held up a bank, all blacks are criminals. It is a wrongheaded argument. Jim's view is very shallow, anyway; he misses the point that what Dr. Biber does is genital reconstruction and plastic surgery, not whole-body surgery. There are thousands of post-operative transsexuals in the world who are "undetectable," including one of the James Bond girls (the fashion model Tula).
Silence Is Golden
At 6:30 a.m. this Saturday, I woke to the sounds of construction equipment at Hillside Community Church and was reminded to write a thanks to Stuart Steers and Westword for the August 13 "Raising Holy Hell," which covered the problems with the Golden church.
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