Letters: Not everyone has forgotten the legacy of pot activist Ken Gorman

"Not Fade Away," J. David McSwane, May 20

Pot and Pans

Hey, McSwine: What if hemp is where the Word, the Light and the Earth meet in a sacrament? Historically and capability-wise, this is an obvious truth. As this is so, are you not a wisecracking idiot with a penchant for heretical disobedience from truth? These are your words. Maybe you should do some reading instead of flaunting your oily ego with lines like this: "He read The Emperor Wears No Clothes, by the late pot activist and author Jack Herer, which details the popular suspicion that big oil profiteers and racists pulled the strings on drug prohibition — required reading for any wisecracking pothead with a penchant for heretical disobedience."

R.J. Lotze


David McSwane

Hopewell Junction, NY

Marijuana never hurt anyone; this guy only had his house broken into dozens of times before he was finally killed. I suppose all of them were rogue policemen. Then there are the other break-ins and robberies at medical marijuana shops. Whatever you want to believe, I suppose.

Gregory Johnson


This story should be about how Ken Gorman was not only right, but how what Ken was doing was legal under Amendment 20 of the Colorado Constitution. Since Ken is dead, McSwane's "apology" is lacking. Ken educated more people in this state than almost anyone. Ken wasn't hiding anything; he would have told anyone what he told McSwane — because the language that Coloradans passed permits what he said and did as legal. Ken was educating him, and he f**ked him over.

Kathleen Chippi


Ask a Mexican, Gustavo Arellano, May 20


I gotta side with Michelle Malkin on this one as well. Mexico seems to be getting a pass on the same stuff the U.S. is being criticized for. I am completely okay with Mexicans coming into the U.S., both as workers and citizens. I just want them to be documented. Why is that unreasonable?

Jeff Pruett


Apparently, most people haven't read the Arizona law — or federal immigration law, for that matter. The Arizona law has a higher standard regarding the circumstances under which someone can be questioned than does existing federal law. If federal law was enforced, there would be no Arizona law.

On the other hand, Mexican immigration law is far more harsh than either the Arizona law or our federal law. Illegality in Mexico is a criminal offense punishable by jail time. It's not a good idea to lose your passport in Mexico. Yet the Mexican government complains about the Arizona law. It and others never complained about existing federal law! Interesting disparity here.

Derry Eynon

Fort Collins

"Death and Taxes," Karina

Longworth, May 13

Bag the Tea

From her review of Robin Hood, it's obvious Karina Longworth doesn't understand the film process. Pre-production and development happen years before a film's principal photography is even under way. Companies switch with one another for space all the time. It's really complicated, actually. Ridley Scott did not wake up a year ago and decide to do a tea-bagger allegory. Films rarely have concrete release dates. It's very possible that this film was set to be released in 2010, with 2006 for principal photography and post in 2007. Was the tea-bagger movement part of the national discussion then? No. They showed up in 2008.

The politics Karina Longworth brings in are just cheap, and they rip off the hard work of thousands of people.

Crystal Vales

Posted at westword.com


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