Letters to the Editor
"Fighting Mad," Alan Prendergast, November 16
Fantastic story, and I am very interested in the outcome of the November 17 hearing. Is the court going to hear this case?
Jack Grynberg's story raises questions for me. How does this affect the general public? Are we, the end users, somehow getting "cheated" as well, especially with elevation variations? If I am wondering this, I have the feeling that I am not the only one.
Alan Prendergast responds: After the hearing, Judge William Downes entered final orders dismissing most (but not all) of Jack Grynberg's False Claims Act cases against the oil and gas industry. His attorneys plan to appeal. In the meantime, Representative Carolyn Maloney has introduced a bill calling for an examination of industry standards that could focus the upcoming debate in Congress over possible fraud in gas measurement and royalty payments.
"Forgive, Never Forget," Adam Cayton-Holland, November 23:
What a magnificent story! This young woman is a powerful example of what can happen when damaged people (we are all damaged in some way, though few as much as Heather) come in contact with our Creator and Father, Who can heal us of every injury, physical or psychological.
Strange and wonderful things may happen around people who truly believe in Jesus. I have seen it, and I am grateful to Adam Cayton-Holland for reporting this additional example.
I just finished reading Adam Cayton-Holland's feature on Heather Cameron. What a fantastic, brilliant piece of journalistic excellence! Thank you so very, very much for doing this story, and for not sensationalizing the brutality of the murder of Debra Cameron (and Nathan Clark). I knew Debra, and like many others in the metro area, often wondered what became of Heather. How she managed to survive such a heinous adolescence and such a Mengele of a father is totally beyond me.
The entire piece was enveloped in concern, empathy, sensitivity and craft. Congratulations are definitely in order, and I thank Adam Cayton-Holland from the bottom of my heart and soul for this phenomenal venture!
Executive Director, Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
I am Heather Cameron's "Aunt" Jessica (Kristy Franson's sister). I am so proud of the woman she has become. I sit here with tears filling my eyes and a large lump in my throat from this story. First, I am so proud of her for telling her side. Second, I sit in awe of her strength and perseverance. She is an example to those of us who have had struggles and those who will. Her life is a testimony to all. Her life says we can all make it no matter what the circumstance!
Heather, you know I love you so much, and I am so thankful for you and your life. I am truly blessed to have you in my life. You continue to bless those who know you. Thank you for teaching us all about forgiveness, and that it is a lifelong process. You have told us in a short story what years of counseling could not teach us.
Jessica L. Hampton
Queen Creek, Arizona
Adam, love your columns and stories -- the one about Heather Cameron, in particular. What a woman, what a story, what a lesson: Forgiveness is a constant choice. Thank you for (once) writing about a person's faith (especially Christian) without mocking. Maturation? Come on!
Heather Cameron is one of my best friends. I have known her since she came to Green Mountain High School her junior year. After I read the article about her life, I couldn't help but feel like there were important things left out. Not facts, but the overall picture. Her life is so much more redemptive than it was portrayed to seem. She has been through the wringer and has come out a beautiful butterfly. Her life amazes me, and she has a lot to offer the world. I think her story is stronger than it was portrayed, and more positive than most people I know. She lives by hope and passion.
Adam Cayton-Holland, good work in the last issue of Westword. It was as if I was reading my own thoughts with your What's So Funny? column on light rail. I also found the Heather Cameron cover story fascinating, and a very nice piece of writing. I was so immersed that I blew off a meeting to finish it.
As a reader of the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and 5280, Westword is becoming my favorite Denver-based publication. Keep up the good work, Adam: Your writing talent and perspective is appreciated by this reader.
Ask a Mexican, Gustavo Arellano, November 9
It's amazing what answers you'll get when you ask a Mexican. When the Mexican answered Lambada Louie, he explained that impromptu dancing in the aisles is above and beyond the mere physical, and that every Mexican hallmark in Mexican society is centered around dancing to celebrate the rebuilding of towns in Mexico.
There couldn't be much building going on, as most Mexicans are headed to America. Perhaps if you all focus on building your own country and your country's infrastructure, you could do more dancing in your own aisles. With so much soul, it would be a real vision, I'm sure. We gabachos have been so busy creating a civilized, humane, intelligent society, we have had little time to dance. Our soul beats with that incredible creation called the USA.
Instead of baking your own pie, you wetbacks just can't wait to slice and eat a piece of ours. Put on some Los Tigres del Norte on your side of the fence and see if you can't create your own great civilization. Since building moves your soul so much, you should be able to get a lot done -- instead of gleaning from my world.
"Lady Libertarians," Off Limits, November 9
Politics as Unusual
I was eating at a local Chipotle and enjoying a Westword when the "Lady Libertarians" item in Off Limits caught my interest, particularly this sentence with respect to Dawn Winkler: "What with stocking their desert compounds with firearms, who knew Libertarians had enough time to screw around on MySpace?" I understand that the editorial staff at Westword leans toward socialism, as probably do most of the readers; socialism is what's currently popular. But I would like to remind everyone what Libertarians fight for.
A Libertarian fights for a country that has a limited government that cannot impose its will upon the citizens the government is supposed to represent. A country whose government recognizes that adults are people capable of making the best decisions for themselves, by themselves. (I am sure there are people willing to help adults who have trouble making these types of decisions.) A country that does not need a government telling adults what to do and how to do it. A country that allows individuals to decide for themselves what is morally right and wrong.
Thanks, Westword, for offering an intelligent alternative.
I'm not a big Westword fan, but it does have a certain entertainment value, and the price is right. I'm assuming that since November 7, the Westword staff has been in full-party mode, and I guess that's to be expected. Every dog has its day, and even CU wins occasionally -- so for what it's worth, congratulations.
But when all the crack pipes have been put away and all the empty wine bottles picked up and the uneaten brie put back in the fridge, will Westword be examining some of the lesser-covered aspects of the last election?
For example, the rejection of the so-called gay rights initiatives. In the past, mean, nasty Republicans have always been blamed when ballot initiatives involving gay rights failed. But in an election where Democrats were swept into office statewide, it would be difficult to believe that same old tired jive. And how do gays feel about their "friends" partying like it's 1999, while they've come up as the election's biggest losers?
And what about Bill Ritter, our newly elected, pro-life Democrat governor? How does the Colorado pro-choice crowd feel about being irrelevant? Do they feel abandoned by the Democrats? Has Emily's List become Emily's Pissed? Did they sit out the election, or did they vote for Mr. Ritter, like good little girls? Were they secretly rooting for Mr. Beauprez?
Will Westword be looking at these things, or does Westword only do political stories that fit the blame-it-all-on-Republicans template?
"Horror Show," Off Limits, November 16
Just to let you know, Red Dawn was filmed in Las Vegas, New Mexico, not in Colorado. In fact, Patrick Swayze still lives there, in a home he bought with his pay from the movie.
Drunk of the Week, Patrick Osborn, November 2
I thought that Patrick Osborn's article on the Melting Pot was hilarious! He is such a funny writer. No other writer can make me laugh out loud like he can!