Petty Is As Petty Does
Trust Westword to mock the Denver Post's Snapshots of Colorado. Ward Harkavy's "They Came from Denver!" in the May 21 issue was a sorry excuse for journalism. At least the Post is trying to make this state a better place.

What is Westword doing?
Larry Flynn
via the Internet

Ward Harkavy's "They Came From Denver!" was a typically juvenile Westword stunt. In other words, I loved it! If Westword had a town meeting, I'm sure you'd get more than ten people to come--especially if Kenny Be were there. (His Worst-Case Scenario in that same issue, "Two-Way Streets Help Build Better Neighborhoods," was hilarious. But he forgot to mention how those traffic jams would be a perfect place for people to hawk the Denver Post!)

Jill Sanders

I'm moving out of New Mexico back to Denver, and you're scaring me--not really. "They Came From Denver" was a great story; I enjoyed it.

Westword has really come into its maturity. Keep up the good work!
H. Spetnagel
Roswell, NM

The Cheese Stands Alone
Belated congratulations to Patricia Calhoun for her May 14 column, "The Big Cheese." It is outrageous that while everyone else, including the rest of the media, jumps to the defense of more affluent neighborhoods (does the Firehouse Car Wash story ring a bell?), residents of northwest Denver must suffer in silence. Yes, Leprino Foods Company has been there a long time--but other people who live on that block have been there even longer!

Lila Sanchez

Let's be clear here: Because of the city's new "mediation process," a long-established business must postpone plans for over a year while it talks nice with neighborhood groups. Not only is the delay costly, but it is time-consuming.

The result? The neighbors still badmouth the business, and the business has to start the same process all over again.

Do you call this progress?
J.T. Stein
via the Internet

It is worth noting that the three expensive Jefferson County houses sliding down the hill were built by Mike Leprino, as has been reported. Given this disregard for people who can afford half-million-dollar homes, it seems it's no coincidence that Leprino Foods would be treating its Denver neighbors badly, too.

Name withheld on request

Is There a Doctor in the House?
I want to respond to Judith Graham's "Separation Anxiety," in the May 14 issue. I appreciate that this article was written and think it was well-researched and carefully presented. However, what doesn't come through is how ludicrous, how absolutely ludicrous, it is that any of this is happening.

The idea that doctors would even consider this, let alone take the risk of actually building a hospital, speaks volumes to the extent that they are engaged in battle with the managed-care, for-profit industry. Testimony by the ex-CEO of a major health-maintenance organization in front of the U.S. Senate revealed that it is openly said within the managed-care industry that they are at war with doctors and patients. Realizing that doctors are spending at least half of their time now just trying to survive and trying to find a way to continue to treat patients and pay their own bills hopefully will serve as a loud wake-up call to America. Believing that creating managed care--a new, for-profit industry that makes its money by denying service to the patient and refusing to pay the doctor--will somehow magically reduce the cost of health care is beyond ludicrous. More for less? Wake up, America! It's time to listen to your doctor. The doctors at Rose Medical Center are shouting at the top of their lungs.

Achieving the best health care for every American is a societal value that I endorse with all my soul. But doctors don't owe us anything any more than you owe me anything. Don't let an ill-conceived, for-profit industry deny you the care that your doctor can provide or allow yourself to believe that it is okay to let managed care deny payment to your doctor.

Gary A. Fenster

I know the health-care system is a mess, but how will having the doctors at Precedent cream off all the lucrative services and rich patients help? Although I applaud their courage, it seems these doctors are adding to the problem rather than solving it.

Laurel Fox

Pay As You Go
Eric Dexheimer's "Foreclosure Encounters," in the May 21 issue, is one-sided and does not give correct information on foreclosure investment. When someone is about to lose his home to foreclosure, investors step in and pay back mortgages and fees. In exchange, the investor acquires ownership and sets up tenants in a lease option to pay back money plus a service charge. This keeps their credit from becoming seriously damaged, and they stay in their property instead of being displaced. We also do job placement and budget planning so that if we do have to evict them and fully take over their property, we do it with a clear conscience.