Letters to the Editor

That's Life

No sympathy for the devil: Regarding Harrison Fletcher's October 5 article about inmate Alfred Madson Jr., "Hard Times," it infuriates me to read comments by ignorant people (such as his attorney) who feel that this twice-convicted killer should be released from prison simply because of his old age and extremely poor health. Madson's ability to re-offend is not the only issue here. True, a person convicted of a crime is incarcerated to prevent him or her from committing another crime, but let us not forget that prison also serves to punish an individual for the wrong that he has done to society. Madson cannot walk more than forty feet and cannot use his arm? Neither can his two victims! Madson does not deserve to be in a nursing home. That option is for the care of decent senior citizens, not cold-blooded killers. A man who twice takes a human life should die alone and miserable behind prison walls. That right he has definitely earned.

Edward Gadden


Hold Everything

Not cool: I thought I'd heard everything until I read about a suicide hotline that takes its phone off the hook. Make that a "lukewarm" line. Or maybe a suicide "cold" line. Karen Bowers's October 5 "Suicide Watch" was an amazing story -- mostly because it's amazing that the state has allowed this to continue. Please pull the plug!

Janna Haskell

via the Internet

From hotline to dateline: I knew it! I knew there was something wrong with that guy! In 1989, I was a freshman at Metro State College. I had called to talk to a Comitis counselor because I was depressed, but somehow I ended up being referred to Dick Berger. He convinced me that I should do some volunteer work for him. (I was taking psychology classes and thought it would be interesting to work at a crisis line.) I went to his apartment in Capitol Hill. He was a little too friendly. I did some paperwork for him, and he kept talking about his lack of a love life (as if I cared). He tried to talk me into doing his housework for him. He also wanted me to fix dinner and stay and eat with him. I felt very uncomfortable and refused. A few weeks later some friend of his died, and he talked me into driving him to the funeral. Afterward, I told him I didn't feel right about the whole situation and I wouldn't be around again. Unfortunately, he had my phone number and kept calling, asking me to drive him places and come over because he "missed our closeness." I was still living with my parents at the time, and he finally got so pushy that I had to threaten to tell my dad and have him report Dick to the police if he didn't leave me alone!

It's about time this weirdo was exposed! He uses his phone line to try to manipulate women who are needy and depressed. Old Dick tries to use his "service" as a dateline! I'm horrified he is still around doing the same thing. He should be stopped. Please don't use my name -- I don't want him to start bothering me again. Thank you!

Name withheld on request

Chip on the shoulder: Since the early 1990s, when Chip Frye first came to Colorado, he has been trying, very diligently, to depose Dick Berger from LIS'N. Looks like Westword has fallen for his rhetoric! Thanks, Dick, for all the help you have given hundreds, if not thousands,of individuals in need!

Name withheld on request

Mud Flaps

Hitting Rockies bottom: I just want to say "Right on!" to Michael Roberts for his October 5 "KBPI Wrecks the Rockies," about KBPI's tender regard for private property and wetlands preservation. Not even KBPI's listeners are dumb enough to buy the excuse that the DJs were merely discussing weekend plans. If Mike Rosen mentions that he's going to see a political speech, or if KVOD's announcers mention they are going to a concert, thousands of those fans don't just suddenly descend upon the venue.

Judging from incidents like the destruction of private property and natural habitat, cruelty to animals, desecration of a mosque and other abuses, KBPI has no sense of civic responsibility. If it did, it would offer an apology, fire the Neanderthal DJs and pay for the complete restoration of the landowner's property.

Finally, an English lesson: If you see property surrounded by a fence, with prominently posted signs that say "No Trespassing," that generally means the owner wants you to take your gas-guzzling, emissions-polluting, ground-destroying SUV somewhere else!