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Letters: Racists should make a run for the border

"Gulf Wars," Alan Prendergast,

May 13

Slick Behavior

I am surprised that you did not mention Ken Salazar's history regarding toxic spills. Remember the Summitville gold mine and the toxic flow that killed everything downstream for miles? When Salazar was head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, he reduced the performance bond that the mining company had to post. The spill was not prevented and the state and federal governments had to pay a huge amount for cleanup.

L. Hagood

Denver

President Barack Obama's position to end the cozy relationship between the Minerals Management Service and the oil industry is long overdue. No longer should permits be issued on assurance, but regulations should be enforced and verified. Obama is calling for accountability from all involved, but the agency that issues the permits and revenues needs to be held accountable as well. It has been the system that has enabled these companies to carry out their "business as usual" rhetoric, as permits for new, off-shore sites are rushed through.

However, the behavior currently exhibited by British Petroleum, Transocean and Halliburton is more like a bunch of schoolchildren on the playground pointing fingers to avoid being sent to the principal's office than classy businessmen. It is time to focus on a real solution to stop the spewing oil instead of planning the right public-relations campaign to save the image of off-shore drilling.

Sara Tscheschke

Denver

"Denver's Most Dogged," Kenny Be, May 13

Heavy Petting

Petrosexuals? Sheer genius! Thanks, Kenny. Your "Denver's Most Dogged" is already on my refrigerator.

Susan Kramer

Denver

Kudos on the recent Best of Denver issue! I was so happy to see that Chatfield won the award for Best Dog Park. However, I'm concerned about changes that Colorado State Parks plans to make this summer at Chatfield, as Kenny Be noted. The board currently plans to reduce the available size of the dog park by more than 50 percent! Bill Kane, chairman of the Colorado State Parks board, has an extensive background in "mountain resort design." Is he trying to make our dog park look more like Aspen?

For more information, please search "Don't fence Chatfield" on Facebook. Don't let them fence in Chatfield!

Ethan Masterson

Littleton

Letters about Ask a Mexican,

May 13

Border Wars

Joyce Fields hit the nail on the head. No one in Arizona is stopped without probable cause, especially if they are Mexican!

Just in case the racists didn't get it, this is sarcasm.

Bryan Loughry

Posted at westword.com

Ever notice that all the screaming is having little effect on public opinion? Large percentages of Americans support the Arizona law despite reservations about its potential for impinging on some individual rights, and they want similar laws in their own state. That is exactly what the pro-amnesty open-borders crowd is really afraid of, and why they are pulling out all the stops to try and stop the public's desires from being implemented. I'm a lifelong liberal Democrat, and this issue will either cause me to vote Republican for the first time (if the Republican candidate opposes amnesty) or stay at home. I will not vote against my own self-interests, and every Democrat at the state and federal level who supports amnesty – otherwise known as cheap labor – I will not vote for.

Paul Carter

Posted at westword.com

Whatever one thinks of the Arizona law, it is reckless and irresponsible for groups, including the ACLU, to be calling for boycotts. Boycotts usually end up affecting everyone except those who they wish to hurt — in particular, small business owners, who may or may not agree with the laws. Now it's gotten so silly (and sad) that people are boycotting the boycotts!

People really need to start thinking more and stop the knee-jerk reactions!

Barb Adams

Parker

I live in metro Denver, and my parents entered the country as illegal immigrants. I wrote this original poem in response to Arizona's SB1070:

Dear Arizona,

Brown is father and brown is mother

And brown is abuelita and many others,

Drinking cafe on a stone patio, smiling into the sun.

Brown is earth and brown is wood

And brown is the sepia of my childhood.

It rolls on my tongue and it shakes my hips

And it fills my eyes like an umber eclipse.

It is not a weapon or shame or suspicious or foreign,

It is not the color of probable cause

No matter what you write in your fist and your laws.

It is just my blood and my soul and my country and you and we

And me.

It is just me.

Linda Thornton

Arvada

After getting pissed off at the gringos for always putting the Mexicans down, I penned this.

 Here we go again: The Mexican nationals are stealing our jobs, invading our land and are going to attack us. The American people have become blind once again to think that these people need to be deported. Let's remember that illegal immigrants come from all nations, not just Mexico. Shouldn't the real issue be how we are going to deal with the threat that is already living among us — "imported radicals/ homegrown radicals"?

While we are so occupied with this issue, the focus has been taken off the growing threat that the radical Muslims are planning. Yes, we need legal immigration — but we need it in a way that is fair and allows the good to stay. Or maybe we should just exchange some of our deadbeats for the good, hardworking people of Mexico. Also, let's not forget we have quite a few illegals entering through the northern border; maybe we need to shut that crossing down, too.

In the end, we will all have to answer to the One who is always protecting us. Viva la raza...have a great day.

Robert Shawn

Denver

I love watching and hearing the modern-day race zealot displaying his/her anger over "illegal immigration" while praising the gutsiness of Arizona's woman governor for signing a state law which aims to enforce state immigration laws consistently. I suspect many of those pissed-off "patriots" are the same people who ridiculed me for asking for consistency in civil-rights laws by trying to shut down ladies' nights at bars and restaurants. The principle of the issue is the exact same: consistency in law enforcement. And the fallout from the law enforcement will be the same. In my case, the backlash came from women who have come to expect social favors because of their gender and by men who need to get women drunk to get laid. In Arizona, the backlash will come from illegals who have come to expect social favors because of the color of their skin and from those who need cheap labor to stay in business.

Steve Horner

St. George, Utah

"Death and Taxes," Karina

Longworth, May 13

Crowe Magnon Man

I thought the History Channel did a better job at telling the Robin Hood story. Russell Crowe can't even get TV viewers to watch the trailers for Robin Hood. Crowe is a mess; soon he will be joining Jude Law in the unemployment line. Both aim at being Hollywood horror stories gone dreadfully wrong.

Thomas Chi

Denver

"Oh, Brother!," Patricia Calhoun, May 6

Band of Brothers

Thanks for your article on the Karagases and the Wazee Lounge. When I began working at Karman Western Wear (1525 Wazee Street) in 1972, the place was run by two older brothers and was your basic cafe and bar, with worn linoleum floors, chrome and plastic booths and a long bar (still there). Early mornings, the postal workers from the Terminal station drank 25-cent drafts at the bar after getting off their night shifts. The rest of us ate breakfast while they drank beer, and then we drank there in the evenings after work. The sign above the front door (perhaps an old Coca-Cola sign) said "Wazee Lounge and Supper Club"; legend was that the place had actually been a supper club. In any case, it definitely was a bar before Jim and Angelo bought it and refurbished it. I clearly recall being in the old place one night when four men wearing masks pulled guns, fired them into the ceiling, stuffed the patrons in the back room and made the bartender empty the cash register. Apparently having concluded that lightning and armed robbery don't strike twice in the same place, most of us were back in there the following night.

Thanks again for the memories.

Frank Steiger

Denver


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