Workers of the World, Unite!
Thanks for Stuart Steers's "Still Hurting," in the March 28 issue. It seems that the rich just keep getting richer--and the poor keep hurting.

Stan Brackett
I enjoyed "Still Hurting," by Stuart Steers, very much. The ancient Roman policy of bread and circuses still works in Colorado.

France has gone to a four-day work week. If America follows the French example, many workers will be able to have two jobs. Do insurance premiums decrease for part-timers? Will vending machines replace retail clerks? Should HR3039 (for a national retail sales tax) pass? The Japanese use vending machines to sell everything from beer to expensive gifts. Will high workers' compensation premiums force companies to automate or hire computer workers in India?

M. Okagawa

People Who Needle People
Patricia Calhoun: Just a little note to tell you that I look forward to your editorials and various stories on people in Colorado.

I love Off Limits, particularly the March 28 item regarding old Ben Klein and his shenanigans in trying to restrain other RTD boardmembers from attending executive sessions. How did Klein ever get to be RTD chairman? The story of Ben Klein's life in Colorado is hilarious, and I hope someone writes a book on the humiliation he has caused in his life.

You have wonderful staff writers, who never hold back in writing the facts as they are. Over the years, your top stories were Alan Prendergast's piece on the U-Haul murder, Karen Bowers's story about the divorce of the fighting Bernicks, and the article about plastic surgeon Charles German.

Keep up the good work, Patricia, and let's get the whole story on Spicer Breeden and Peter Schmitz! That will be the real story of 1996.

Thanks again for your marvelous editorials.
Vicki Cassel

A Clash of Symbols
Regarding Steve Jackson's "LifeEand DeathEon the Run," in the March 14 issue:

Who cares if three pieces of shit destroy themselves against a tree at 95 mph? I certainly don't. Your "newspaper" gives the left-wing rap that everybody is wonderful and that with a little bit of love, the world would be a better place. What a crock. Who needs these asshole teens? Nobody. They just want a free ride, lots of chow, lots of TV, lots of their really bad music, etc., etc.

You and your types are so concerned with this sort of behavior, but you don't do a thing about it. Take a look at yourselves sometime and decide if you are helping with the problem or if you are the problem.

Hope you all drop dead tomorrow.
Name withheld on request

In "Life...and Death...on the Run," a police officer says, "People say these kids fall through cracks. Well, it's not a crack, it's a great big hole."

I say it's not a big hole, it's as wide as the Grand Canyon.
Kids fall through cracks because no one gives a damn. Until, that is, a kid commits a crime that affects one of them. Then it's "Let's get tough on crime!"

Maymie Rolfs

In his March 28 letter, Bill Sherman said that Steve Jackson's writing is too cliched.

Cliches can cause a story to drag sometimes, yet there was no such problem with Jackson's writing in "A Wanted Man," the January 24 piece about Tom Luther and Cher Elder. To say the story was electrifying is an understatement. Also, Jackson's "Life...and Death...on the Run" was moving and compelling in its continuity, and of the finest quality.

Rolf O. Norstog

Manual Overboard!
In the middle of the March 28 Worst-Case Scenario, "Buffalo Be's Real West Show," Kenny Be wrote about "the automated baggage system--an exhibition of colossal greed and failed technology." Mr. Be's choice of words was inappropriate.

The airport planners under mayors Federico Pea and Wellington Webb displayed colossal hubris in thinking that such a system could be built.

BAE has shown colossal miscalculation for agreeing to try to build such a system. I doubt that BAE's shareholders will make any profit off of it.

The owner-employees of United Airlines had this system dropped into their laps, and they have been trying to make the best of it.

I do not see any "colossal greed" in the situation.
Newswriters cheapen the word, and their own reputations, when they use a word inappropriately--like the boy who cried "wolf."

David Olson

Regarding the great $240 million baggage system: $240 million at 6 percent is $14.4 million. This divided by $35,000 pays for 411 employees. Throw in the cost of operating the system even if it were working perfectly and you would have had enough for one helluva semi-manual system. And you'd still have the $240 million.