Our Alan Prendergast stirred some controversy last week by arguing that April 20 is the worst day of the year in Colorado due to the anniversaries of tragic incidents such as the Ludlow Massacre and the shootings at Columbine High School. Some readers cheered his alternative, take while others were ... More >>
Alan Prendergast's recent item about a proposed hike in spending for the state's parole system described the notion as a good first step but not a fix. The topic inspired many of our readers to decry the current state of Colorado prisons. This post was among the most passionate.
Alan Prendergast recently posted about the eradication of a prairie dog colony on the site of a proposed "nature" school. The item prompted plenty of our readers to decry the plan and defend the prairie dogs. But not everyone was in the animals' corner, as illustrated by this post.
Earlier this week, Alan Prendergast introduced us to David Gunn, a former gun-store owner touting an electronically controlled firearms safety device he's invented. The concept inspired our readers to share their thoughts about gun control in general. The following post hardly conforms to stereotype ... More >>
Alan Prendergast recently updated us on the ongoing battle over whether to allow the artist Christo to move forward with "Over the River," a project that calls for the display of fabric panels over parts of the Arkansas River. Aside from environmental concerns, most of our commenters remain unimpres ... More >>
Earlier this week, Alan Prendergast reported from the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Energy Summit, where speaker Mike King didn't always come across like a neutral regulator for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Several of our commenters weren't surprised -- including this one.
Alan Prendergast recently wrote about civil-rights lawsuits against minor offenders whose lives have been turned upside-down by Colorado's sex-offender laws. The issue is a tricky one, but one reader was able to spell out her views on the subject in a detailed and thoughtful way.
At his next court appearance, on Monday, suspected Aurora theater shooter James Holmes is expected to be formally charged by a prosecution team fronted by 18th Judicial District DA Carol Chambers. Our Alan Prendergast is an expert on Chambers thanks to feature articles such as "The Punisher," so it' ... More >>
Alan Prendergast recently shared a letter from an incarcerated woman concerned that fellow inmates were using prison-issued electric shavers for vibrators and tattoo tools. In response, we heard from another woman who's spent time behind bars, and she offers a heartfelt testimonial for the tool's a ... More >>
Update: Yesterday, Alan Prendergast reported on a supermax lawsuit alleging shocking mistreatment of mentally ill prisoners. We've added a copy of the suit, plus photos of the facility and the imprisoned plaintiffs in the case. See it below following Prendergast's piece. Original post by Alan Prend ... More >>
In a recent post, Alan Prendergast dug into a study that documented horrific prison conditions for juvenile lifers. But the tales of rape by stalkers known as canines and protective isolation that can create additional problems didn't produce much sympathy among some readers -- like, for instance, t ... More >>
Alan Prendergast's latest post about fracking, touching on how polluted water in Wyoming could spell trouble in Colorado, found those opposed to the process facing off against folks who see it as a safe job-producer. Here's a post from a representative of the latter.
Alan Prendergast's recent post quoted Governor John Hickenlooper as calling the prospect of contamination from fracking "inconceivable." But one reader thinks he wouldn't have any problems conceiving of this prospect were he not buddying up to the oil and gas industry.
Alan Prendergast's latest wild-horses post juxtaposes a tribute to a stallion named Cloud, seen here, with the Colorado General Assembly's support for Bureau of Land Management herd-thinning policies. One reader supports wild-horse management, as long as it's done humanely.
Alan Prendergast's post about Christo's "Over the River" project, and potential opposition from the Colorado Wildlife Commission, didn't generate a lot of sympathy for the eccentric artist's plan to stretch silvery fabric over a portion of the Arkansas River. Here's one critic who offers a th ... More >>
Alan Prendergast's August 19, 2010 Westword cover story, "Asphalt jungle: For years, Denver police thought this parking lot was the most dangerous spot in LoDo. What's changed?" explained the violence in the Lower Downtown neighborhood of Denver after last call, when the streets are full of p ... More >>
In this cyber-space, Alan Prendergast has written on several occasions about the campaign to name part of Denver's new justice complex after Philip Van Cise, a gangbusting district attorney who fought corruption and the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s. Learn more by reading Prendergast's 2008 feature ... More >>
Alan Prendergast is at the center of a recent "How I Got That Story" feature. The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies is an organization devoted to publications like this one -- and to good writing in general. To that end, AAN has created a regular feature dubbed "How I Got That Story," in whi ... More >>
Earlier this year, "The Caged Life," Alan Prendergast's feature story about lockdown procedures at ADX Supermax, published last August, won a prestigious Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award as the top feature in the country during 2007 for a newspaper with a circulation under 1 ... More >>
Well, it's almost impossible to beat a disgraced cop turned body builder who is then accused by police of locking two underage teen girls in his wife's store and paying them to have sex with each other. For Alan Prendergast's blog on Joe Bini, click here. For previous Shmucks, click here.
Letters from the week of 4/17/2008
My mother was the Grand Inquisitor of hospital bills. She would question the inflated price of every pill dispensed, every package of unused gauze. She had excellent health insurance and rarely had to pay out of her own pocket for such things, but she understood how the padding built into the averag ... More >>
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