Teacher's Fret
Steve Jackson's article on Delia Armstrong-Busby ("Practice What You Teach," November 30) is a dismal commentary on American society. We have many problems, but our biggest is the seeming necessity to destroy anyone with the ability and guts to attempt to solve a problem. This case has nothing to do with race. In our society, anyone in a public position willing to act on an idea to change the status quo is fair game for lesser people.

I compliment Westword's comprehensive treatment of this kind of subject. However, your articles are too long to have much impact. Preceding the text with a short synopsis would attract more readers and provide the base needed for other media to recognize and more widely publicize such a case.

Bruce Pollock

I just finished reading the Delia Armstrong-Busby article. That is the best of Westword yet! Believe me, that's what it's all about.

Thank God I voted for Romer. What you wrote about is the same thing that's going on in Denver and the surrounding areas. Keep up the good articles on the school system. Maybe if this had been written earlier, Evie Dennis might still be with us and maybe Manual's Linda Transou might not have had to go through what she went through.

Name withheld on request

Denver Public Schools should hire Delia Armstrong-Busby. She and Ruben Perez are exactly the kind of people DPS needs if we are going to save our schools.

Jackie Adams

Suspended Animation
Congrats to Kenny Be for his December 7 Worst-Case Scenario, "Suspension Nominations." But he forgot an obvious candidate for Perez-ization. How about suspending Denver International Airport--forever? Ellie McCoy


The recent suspension of Ruben Perez is appalling at best. I could not think of a better or more fitting thing to do than to make the students responsible for their behavior. All too often, people, students, employees, employers, adults and children make constant excuses for their behavior. Instead of taking the responsibility to say, "What can I do to make this situation better?" they are allowed to make excuses. Parents often are too quick to put the blame on the school system and teachers. They need to understand that, ultimately, the responsibility needs to be put where it belongs. The sooner students and their parents learn that the excuses they use for inappropriate behavior will only exacerbate that behavior in the future, the better off their children's lives will be. These excuses can only cause more problems for themselves and their children with potential employers.

The school system was designed to educate. Inappropriate behavior makes learning difficult for other students who really do want to learn, and it makes teaching very trying. I believe we need to ponder the future of teaching as a profession. Are the ever-increasing disciplinary problems that teachers are facing today going to adversely affect future career decisions? Will we have enough competent teachers to teach our future generations?

Mr. Perez was on the right track to bring to light the problem that many of our teachers and schools are facing.

Elaine Granata

Of Nice and Men Regarding M.C. Moewe's "New Kids on the Block," in the November 30 issue:

I'd like to inform the very intelligent (that's sarcasm) police officers you interviewed in your article on teen squatters that when kids are "quoting the law," they are simply keeping the brownshirts in check, as opposed to not showing "respect." This is a classic case of a uniform boosting an officer's ego so high that the cop himself loses his respect for the law. If a homeless teen can baffle and aggravate a police officer with his or her knowledge of the law, isn't it time we took a second look at who we allow to walk around with guns? As for the comment about acting as primates: Primates are exactly what we are. How should we act? Like mollusks?

McLean "Mack" Schneider

You can call them "homeless youth." But they still look like old-fashioned juvenile delinquents to me. Throw the bums out!

Harry Sanders

Rosh to Judgment
Regarding Kenny Be's Worst Case Scenario and Hip Tip in the November 30 issue:
I read your paper, and I saw two comics that I found to be very offensive. I am Jewish, and the innuendos toward the Jewish religion were totally uncalled for. I feel that if you and your crew of artists and writers are going to draw or write about religions or races, you should consider how people will be affected by your actions. Thank you.

David Fleisher

Babble On
Recently, my daughter brought me Patricia Calhoun's November 23 article, "The Power of Babble."