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Normally, I'm not one for spy stories -- true or not -- but I couldn't put Eileen Welsome's story down. Move over, John LaCarré!
I am forever impressed by the quality and depth of your feature reporting. Your paper does vital work in this part of the United States. Congratulations for consistently excellent journalism.
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With her April 27 "The Bum's Rush," she shows that her love for the underdog knows no boundaries. Now she's championing the noble bum (excuse me -- homeless person) over the city officials who must walk through the bum's crap to get to work! Pardon me? If she thinks the homeless are such attractive additions to the "urban landscape," then why doesn't she invite them in to use Westword's fancy new bathroom?
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It was quite obvious that Stuart Steers doesn't live in Eagle County and was fed biased information from the anti-growth community. If Mr. Steers had done better research, he would have found out that, as usual, there are two sides to every story. Eagle County has a totally different situation from the Front Range, because it is a resort area. Mr. Steers needs to interview people other than the Eagle Town Council and manager to seek the truth.
Of course, we have come to expect any solution to these kinds of crimes by local and regional law enforcement to be mostly accidental. Certain Front Range police systems have been exposed around the world as incompetent, and after the release of the Columbine High School musical massacre video, they must be perceived as something very close to insane. Training video? For the S.W.A.N.T. (Superior Weapons And No Tactics) team?
You have certainly done your share/duty to the public, asking the right questions and pointing the right fingers. I can almost see Sheriff John Stone laughing dementedly and saying, "Let's see what Westword will do with this!"
I also appreciate his critique of Frank DeAngelis's fifteen minutes of fame that have actually lasted over a year now. I was at the ceremony on April 20 at Clement Park. I listened to DeAngelis's empty words about "looking to the stars" and how his tears water the plants he's planted in remembrance of the slain. What I would like to know is exactly what he saw on April 20, 1999 -- after all, he says he did see one of the gunmen. When and where did he see this gunman? What did the gunman look like? How was he dressed? I don't believe a reporter has ever posed such questions to him. I doubt he has a "canned" response for that.
I urge Westword to continue its reporting on the Columbine situation. For too long, we have had emotion-driven, fluffy stories cranked out by the press. Now it's time for serious questions to be asked, criticisms to be hurled, and names to be named.
Justin R. Tribble
I did not know a student, parent or teacher who experienced the Columbine shootings. I do not have a friend of a friend who was there. All I witnessed was the pallor that overcame Denver on that day and for days to come.
I have since moved to another state but still read Westword online. Despite the hope that your magazine would not cover this event as much as the other news affiliations you so sardonically mimic, I still read your weekly rag. But that ends here until your weekly, exploitative Columbine coverage comes to a close. I was hurt by the entire event, so it is difficult to imagine how devastated those who were actually part of the shootings would feel. Let us heal and, please, find another subject.