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Reader: "Big money draws thieves as much as a cow patty draws flies"

"Drilled, Baby, Drilled," alan prendergast, january 19

greasing the wheel

I just finished reading Alan Prendergast's latest story on — to use the politest of euphemisms — mismanagement at the Department of the Interior. As is often the case with Alan, it's great stuff, suggesting that Colorado's beloved Ken Salazar may be asleep at the wheel, to phrase it politely.

It's not the first time I've seen a story in Westword that isn't even visible — though it should be — to the mainstream media, and it's one more reason why, years after moving away, Westword is a publication I still make a point of reading online every week.

Ray Schoch

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Big money draws thieves as much as a cow patty draws flies. When people work in a position of trust and violate that trust, they should be punished. The corporate criminals should be blackballed from doing business as a punishment, along with paying a cash penalty. This will always happen, and we have to be vigilant and hire enough police and investigators. When corporations support candidates, that say they want less regulation — but they just don't want to get caught. If a business can't survive without stealing, then it just didn't make it. Shut it down!

Bob Schmetzer

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The federal government is stealing from us daily — all under the hype of public good and public safety. Salazar is a puppet for the big boy, and that's just why he was appointed: Birds of a feather flock together. They are trying to harness any creative energy this nation has and funnel all the funds to a few. Wake up, America.

Sally Moore

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Call it what it is: an arm of the IRS that makes the price higher at the pump. As far as the sex, was Bill Clinton in charge?

Mark Roberts

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Enough, already.

No corporation has ever paid fees or taxes; their customers do! The continuous hue and cry to effectively raise everyone's cost of living in the name of class inequality is the siren song aimed at the truly ignorant.

Your audience knows and deserves better.

Paul Cuthbertson

Federal Heights

"A World Away," Melanie Asmar, January 12

Made in America

Thank you for Melanie Asmar's cover article on Drucie Bathin and her efforts to help the refugee community in Colorado. Drucie is a smart and dedicated lady and a real asset to the Karen community, the refugee community and Denver as a whole. Your readers should be aware that, along with the work of Drucie and her organization, there are hundreds of volunteers in other church- and community-based organizations who are helping refugees resettle in Denver. This is important work in so many ways, and there are always opportunities for more people to lend a hand.

We should keep in mind that, since American foreign policy is often directly or indirectly responsible for the conditions that cause many people to become refugees, we as Americans citizens bear some responsibility for helping these people resettle here and start new lives. And for those who are concerned that refugees are coming to America so they can take advantage of our public assistance, please consider that when you go to a restaurant or stay in a hotel, it is most likely an immigrant and/or a refugee who is cooking the food, cleaning the dishes and changing the towels in the bathroom. Above all else, consider the significant ways in which ethnic communities from all over the world help enrich the diversity of the Denver area and make this a better place to live for all of us.

Steve Laudeman

Denver

I went to Vietnam three times; I have watched as the Vietnamese people came here much in the same way. If they stayed, they would be in prison or dead. It is not going to be easy, but they can make it better. They have a chance, and these are the people who end up making the best Americans. They will do whatever it takes, and they are not like the lazy Americans born in this country who think it should be free. These are proud people, and although things are bad now, it will not stay that way.

Welcome, but just be careful of those who say they want to help.

Mark Roberts

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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Jef Otte, January 12

Platform Politics

To amplify Jef Otte's comments about Cee Lo Green's "And no religion too" to "All religion's true" mash-up of John Lennon's "Imagine":

Damn right, Jef! Nothing should be sacred, especially Lennon lyrics! Art ain't art till it's been ridiculed or defaced. In 1975, the WTC Twin Towers were inaugurated as a "Monument to World Peace." Reflections on "world peace" never had a finer moment than the day after they came down. End result: Over ten years later, we've got some professional soldiers peeing on dead Afghan boys labeled-in-translation "students," and American hero Taliban Tim a-scramblin' and a-throwin' and "grateful for the platform."

"All religion's true" is a wonderful uptake on Lennon for our times. "All hail the placebo effect!" Oops — I mean, "God bless us, one and all!"

Paul Berry

Lakewood

Chef and Tell series, Lori Midson

Butter Bawl

In the wake of Paula Deen's diabetic confession (insert feigned surprise here), should I find it unnerving nowadays that very few (if any) chefs interviewed for the Chef and Tell series actually describe their foods as healthy, nutritious or salubrious — using terms like "whimsical," "focused" and "creative" instead? What am I missing?

Dave Shuck

Lakewood

Regarding Marilyn Megenity's letter in the January 19 issue: Right on, Marilyn!

Pop surveys of local hot chefs don't ask because, as so many of us know, you are in a class by yourself. You are a great cook, true community glue, and patron saint of the arts in Denver.

Jimi Bernath

Englewood

"No Street Cred," Laura Shunk, January 12

Rice Checks

I am so thankful for Laura Shunk's review of this "Asian" restaurant that sounds like 100 others like it — and because of that, I won't be heading anywhere deathly near the Tech Center anytime soon. You foodies can relate to the lack of true Asian "street food" places here in Denver, and for those of you who haven't been east, you can trust us: Pad Thai, udon, shu mai (correct spelling, when I last checked) are nothing like the cloyingly ridiculous marketing gigs named "street food" we get here in cowtown. Street Kitchen Asian Bistro sounds like a real downer. I am sorry, but $11 for a plate of Singapore noodles? At any Asian grocery, said noodles are $1.59 a pack...season, add vegetables, you get the picture. And being upsold in a barely improving economy is a no-no in my book. Coconut rice? How about Coconut I scream instead.

Thanks, Laura, for telling it how it is. 

Deb Weisman

Denver

I have been to Street Kitchen Asian Bistro many times and always thoroughly enjoy it. I love the variety on the menu, and especially like the pho and the fried rice. It is a beautiful thing to get delicious Asian food without worries of MSG and with consistently high-quality ingredients. The atmosphere and staff are great — a gem in the Tech Center!

J. C. Mattern

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I went several times when Street Kitchen Asian Bistro first opened, but haven't been back in a while. After checking out the website, it looks like perhaps they've ditched the separate extensive dim sum menu and only added a few of those items to the regular menu. I thought that menu had the tastiest offerings at Street Kitchen and would order from it almost exclusively. I'm glad the money bags and a few other dumplings stuck around, but I'll miss the excellent soup dumplings.

Jeff Newcomb

Greenwood Village


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