Where the Columbine growl: Regarding Alan Prendergast's "Hiding in Plain Sight," in the April 13 issue:
Let's see. Since 1999 we have seen 3,000 people toasted by al-Queda on 9/11. We have seen 210,000 slaughtered on our highways. Yet seven years after Columbine, you are still talking about it. Let's move on. Some assholes got some guns and shot some students. That was a terrible thing. But the only people guilty of anything were those two worthless pieces of shit -- not the police, not the ambulance drivers, not the custodians. No one but the two killers were at fault.
Now, move on!
Uncovering the coverup: "Hiding in Plain Sight" was stupendous reporting! I had no idea of the whole story behind the Columbine massacre, nor do many others, I suspect. The horror of this police coverup reminds me of what did not get reported to the higher-ups right before 9/11.
I wish to thank you for your sincere effort to make us aware of how this could have been averted if the police had paid attention to warnings they received. Just like 9/11...
Hurricane, West Virginia
The ugly truth: Even the most beautiful person looks hideous a few weeks after death. Worms crawl in and devour the flesh, and a terrible decaying odor comes out. We bury or burn dead people so we don't have to experience this foul process. Let's bury this nasty, ugly video made by two obviously sick people just before Columbine.
If it is released, we will have to see it over and over on the news again! It only happened once. Why should we all have to experience this foul, ugly situation full of worms and maggots over and over? Can't we let the dead people and the ugly evil things they created stay dead? What is our fascination with this terrible situation?
Why should we use free speech as a platform to promote one of the most disgusting acts of terror we have seen in our neighborhoods? If we make these videos public, we will just glorify them -- and they don't deserve to have air time. I think we need to let this dead video lie dead!
Sylvia L. Groeger
Civic lesson: Thanks for Michael Paglia's informative "Hit Parade," in the April 13 issue, about the Civic Center and future plans for it. My question is, why this need to screw around with an already wonderful, beautiful and functional space? The only thing I might see as important would be to add some more great contemporary sculpture.
I think you should publish the names of all those on the Civic Center Conservancy. Also, it would be helpful to know who should be contacted in the city government so those of us who are outraged at any thought of destroying this public space could make our opinions known.
Music to our ears: Here is an interesting idea. While people try to preserve Civic Center Park, let's throw a huge music festival there. Denver has the necessary facilities and fan base to do so, and why not bring a little more charm to our city?
No cause for celebration: I was happily reading about Troy Guard in Jason Sheehan's April 13 Bite Me until I got to the part about Nine75's "one-year anniversary." My hair stood on end. Sheehan's writing is usually great, and I've had lots of laughs reading his column. But one-year anniversary is redundant. It should have been "first anniversary." Anniversary is derived from annus, the Latin word for year. Anniversary is the turn of a year. So there is no such thing as a six-month anniversary, a two-week anniversary or a five-day anniversary.
An honest man: Regarding Michael Roberts's review of Toby Keith in the April 13 Playlist:
I respect that Michael Roberts does not run with the Toby fan club, but I would like it if he would educate himself just a little about the man. It sounds like this is the first Toby Keith album he ever listened to. Toby has written great, softer (what we fans call "sappy") songs rarely, and way before Keith Urban. (FYI: "Leave Me Weak," "Rock You Baby," "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This," just to name a few.)
And Toby himself said just a few nights ago on Jay Leno that "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" is not a new idea in the country biz, but his song is. The great thing about this man is that he is the most honest man you will have the chance to write about.
By the way, Roberts should check out Toby's song "The Critic." It helped me to not lash out at people who write disturbing things about an artist just because they can, and to understand that they get paid for being a "critic." I think Roberts would like the song.
Her fair share: Regarding Luke Turf's "Until Death Do Us Part," in the April 6 issue:
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I thought Luke wrote a good article about my friend, Larysa McGookey. However, I do take exception to this quote from Jennifer McGookey, Larysa's stepmother: "And these people were so very, very greedy. Very greedy." I helped Larysa obtain a highly respected estate attorney in Denver, Jack D. Henderson. Larysa handled the settling of the McGookey estate precisely to the "letter of the law." In fact, Jack felt that Larysa was very generous to the two older boys of Dennis McGookey.
Aside from the implication that Larysa had been greedy, which she was not, the article was well done.
Bear in mind that Jennifer McGookey was the only living person in the U.S. who could have sponsored Larysa, her daughter-in-law, and kept her and Jennifer's new grandson from deportation. Jennifer was unwilling to do so, in spite of the fact that Larysa arrived with a degree in mining engineering and probably would never have had to use the welfare system in America had she been able to stay.