A Matter of Life and Death
We would like to make some comments regarding Steve Jackson's "Dealing with the Devil" series, which concluded in the June 3 issue. First of all, the Warren brothers are not related to Francisco "Pancho" Martinez. Second, we feel that the justice system has failed David Warren all through his life. All of Social Services knew of him being abused as a child. Now the justice system has failed him again, by telling him lies that they were going to send him out of state. They did not. He already has been getting death threats. Therefore, he did not want to respond to any of the last questions for Pancho. David was jumped in jail already--so what kind of life does he have now? You can say the death sentence.

Also, we want to let Brandy DuVall's family know that there are no regrets of not saying "sorry," because the Warren family sincerely does.

The Warren family
via the Internet

To be honest, I have not read all of Steve Jackson's articles in full, since I cannot handle the details of Brandy's last hours of life and how she died, but I feel that you are making the public aware of exactly how monstrous Francisco Martinez and his followers are.

I never met Brandy DuVall, but I think of her daily, and each night, I pray that she is at peace and for the Lord to watch over her. I have a young daughter and cannot imagine the pain Brandy's parents go through daily, nor can I imagine my daughter enduring all the hell that Brandy did. It both sickens and saddens me.

Brandy was a child--a child who will never grow into an adult. Her rapists, her torturers, her killers have gotten off way too easy. They should have to suffer everything that they put that defenseless child through, and personally, I hope that they get gang-raped and beat up in prison...daily. And how could that uncle ignore her cries? Doesn't he have a conscience? Or a heart? How selfish to protect yourself and let a child suffer what Brandy did. He should have to be raped and beaten in prison, also...and have everyone ignore his pleas for help.

Kathleen Loften-Neubauer
Castle Rock

The articles on Brandy were very well-written and told the story of both sides. It's a shame this murder took place, but thank goodness the people responsible for this hideous crime are where they belong and won't be able to murder any more young, innocent girls. Good reporting.

Biz Sikorra
via the Internet

Having moved from Denver, I was glad to be able to find out on the Web how the trials went and the sentences the gang members got for the awful things they did to Brandy. They all deserved the death sentence, but I'm glad they will be in jail for the rest of their lives, at least, so they can't hurt another innocent person. I do resent those kinds of animals using my tax money to live on, though.

L. McKinney
Kansas City

Editor's note: Steve Jackson's entire "Dealing with the Devil" series is available online at www.westword.com/1999/022599/feature1-1.html.

Suit Yourself
In the June 3 issue, I found Patricia Calhoun's "A Blanket Indictment" very interesting. Where was the Denver Art Museum for all the years the blanket was missing? If the museum wanted to find a likely suspect to blame, it seems they should have looked a little closer to home. To curator Norman Feder, for example, who signed off on the sale.

I wonder what else the people of Denver lost from the museum's collections and will never see again?

Sally Hirsch
via the Internet

The question is not who stole the blanket from the Denver Art Museum, but who stole it from the Navajo? Where is the tribe's cut on the sale?

Jay Walkinghorse
via the Internet

Editor's note: Last week, New York District Judge Naomi Buchwald released her decision in the case of the Denver Art Museum v. Adelaide de Menil--and the museum lost. Buchwald ruled in favor of de Menil, noting that at the time she purchased the blanket from a New York dealer in October 1970, the museum had no formal deaccessioning policy and its record-keeping was "imperfect." Subsequent to the sale, the judge added, the museum did not treat the blanket as stolen, nor did it "contact anyone to find out the whereabouts" for 27 years--until the piece turned up in a 1997 catalogue for Sotheby's, which was auctioning it off for de Menil. "Plaintiff has failed to establish that the exchange [between the museum and the dealer] was anything other than a bona fide exchange," Buchwald determined.

Left, Write, Left, Write ...
Patricia Calhoun: With the April 29 "Opportunism Knocks," you proved once again what a rotten and despicable person you are. I was appalled that you would be so amused about the family of state legislator Doug Dean receiving telephone threats because of his trying to make it easier for law-abiding citizens to get concealed-gun permits. The persons responsible for these threats are no doubt politically correct liberals.

When Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860, his law office in Springfield, Illinois, received a flood of hate mail, cursing him as an ape and a baboon who brought the country evil. He received letters with drawings of skills and daggers, plus threats of poisoning and shootings.

Going back to the present, I sent that article of yours to Doug Dean so he can see for himself how you feel about him and his family. I also sent your paper's latest hate article about Governor Bill Owens, "This State for Sale," in the May 13 issue, so he can know what new kind of poison is being published about him.

To conclude this letter, Linda Tripp, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey and Henry Hyde have also received threats against them and their families for trying to expose Bill Clinton and his politically correct liberal ilk. I'm sure that you don't give a damn. This shows to me that the perverse counterculture luminaries of the 1960s and their minions (like yourself) are using their newly won power to wreak their spite and vengeance upon conservatives who opposed them thirty years ago and those who oppose them today. The gutter has come to power. Calhoun, a statement by Adolf Hitler in 1934 would have described such like yourself well: "We are barbarians. We want to be barbarians. It is an honorable title."

John Bales

I love Westword. Patty Calhoun's perceptive ability is off the chart. She has proven to be interested and committed to providing the community with the kind of news we are interested in.

The city of Denver is so diverse, and some of the stories are so perverse, but the boundaries seem to be limitless. I have found that there is no hesitancy on the part of Calhoun to print what's out there. What I enjoy most is her vision and the impartiality with which the paper is willing to provide news noteworthy to all citizens of this diverse culture, a culture that continues to strive for harmony among its diverse peoples.

Donna Citizen

Pave As You Go
Your June 3 Off Limits item on our gov-on-high's fundraising dinner with the Lutherans is just another example of his lack of leadership--to the contrary of what many believe. He seems to affiliate with every conservative view (but only the ones with deep pockets)--not in a bid to better the general welfare of the citizens of the State of Colorado, but seemingly to fill the fuel tank of a future run at Washington. If Bill Owens gets to spend more than one term in office, the Front Range will be paved over more than the New Jersey Turnpike with Highlands Raunch clones and strip malls; the highways will be full of unregulated SUVs (all standing still four hours a day); any open groundwater will be filled with acid mine drainage; and his eminence The Governor will have a cabinet consisting of CEOs and the religious right.

Greg Majersky
via the Internet

Double-DARE Ya
I noted a few things in T. Steele's June 3 response to Nadia Pflaum's May 20 "Truth or Scare" article that were very telling. Just as Mr. Steele defended DARE by noting that your article concentrated on its "failures," so does Mr. Steele have an equal bias as an enabler for the controversial program. I believe some of the deficits in this tax-supported propaganda program derive from the same failures that made "experimentation" so popular in the Sixties. The first inducement to any contraband is the disapproval of authority, which has always sweetened any experiment since the apple. The second failure comes from spouting lies that makes suspect any and every utterance to follow.

In Mr. Steele's presentations, did he ever mention that the "sativa" in "cannabis sativa" is Latin for "cultivated" and that this recognizes the fact that it is among the oldest deliberately grown crops in existence? Did he mention it's been used for millennia without a single recorded fatality? Did he mention the medicinal properties ascribed to it since before Christ? Did he tell how it was the number-two cash crop in the U.S. before World War I and was outlawed through efforts by the cotton lobby, an industry that resented its versatility as a textile and how cheap and accommodating it is to grow? Did he make the point that the war on drugs has been waged ineffectually for decades and has produced in the Drug Enforcement Administration an organization that the Gestapo would recognize and envy? (And in DARE, do we see a precursor for the Hitler Youth? Get the kids to turn in their parents and the prescription will be complete!)

I somehow doubt he did. And maybe only he and his ilk would wonder why their "well-meaning" lies and misstatements do not produce the obedient robots that it seems this program promulgates.

Jeff Miller
via the Internet

Waste Not, Want Not
There are a couple of incidents in the news recently that I feel have not been explored to their full depth. One of these is the censoring of the TV film Atomic Train (Off Limits, May 27). Was it pulled for, as they claim, "resemblances to the Columbine incident"? Or rather because local authorities feared it would set off a backlash against atomic-waste transport in Colorado?

I suspect the latter.
Roger Freed

The Straight Dope
Regarding Susan Froyd's May 27 Night & Day feature "Telling Truths":
I think the film It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School is very important in teaching not only respect for a person's beliefs, but acceptance of them. I am not gay or lesbian but have many friends and family members who are. The ignorance in this country is what I believe cripples us; these types of shows and conversations (not only of gays, but of people from all walks of life) will aid in broadening our children's horizons and minds.

A job well-done. Of course there will be havoc raised about it, but when people who believe against something so strongly get confused on whether or not they are wrong, you will always have conflict--that's what makes it so great!

Name withheld on request
via the Internet

Notting in Common
Scott Kelton Jones's May 27 "Star Struck Out," a review of the truly entertaining film Notting Hill, was off the mark. Is it so difficult to lose the critical eye and actually find the good in a film? Yes, the film was overly stereotypical. So what? Should we really expect more from Hollywood today? People attend films to escape reality, to at least glimpse hope through the eyes of others. If you have a problem with Hugh Grant or Julia Roberts, then you should not go see this film. If you enjoy raw British humor and romance, please don't hesitate to go.

R.J. Roll
via the Internet

Chew on This
In the May 27 issue's Mouthing Off, I read Kyle Wagner's comment about the Southside Cafe, that its bacon had "melt-in-your-mouth fat with a minimum of grease." What's the difference? Melt-in-your-mouth fat is good-tasting grease and grease is bad-tasting fat? Help me out here.

Jim Dumas
via the Internet

Mellow Journalism
As an Elvis Costello fan since 1977 who has read hundreds of articles about The Man since, I must say that Michael Roberts's May 27 "The Mellowing of Mr. C" is one of the best and most insightful pieces I have ever seen. Most people who write about Elvis are out of their league. This was spot-on.

Lee Rousso
via the Internet

Homie on the Range
Regarding Kelly Lemieux's "A Hamblin You Can Dance To," in the April 22 issue:

DJ K-NEE is the real pioneer of Denver urban music. He has always been my inspiration and my source of knowledge. Keep up all the good work, "homie."

You, too, Westword. You guys have a great 'zine.
Hakeem Abdul-Khaaliq
via the Internet

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