Letters to the Editor

Waste Not, Want Not

Unsafe at any speed: I don't know why Patricia Calhoun thinks South Carolina should be happy to take the waste that Colorado doesn't want ("Deliverance," May 23). Or why she thinks that all the states between Colorado and South Carolina should have to endure plutonium shipments on their highways.

We are all in this together. Plutonium not only lasts forever (or close enough, as Calhoun says), but spreads everywhere. Nowhere is safe. None of us are safe.

Jayne Freed
Charleston, South Carolina

Here comes the sun: Has anyone considered putting the nuclear waste on a space vehicle(s) and sending it to the sun to burn up? After all, the sun is nothing more than a continuous nuclear explosion, and a little more nuclear fuel won't bother it one bit. Furthermore, I'll bet it could be done cheaper that way than spending $4 billion on a MOX plant, plus all the other costs associated with monitoring and controlling the waste plutonium before it gets converted.

Ken Krause
via the Internet

Qwest for Ire

The baby bells are wringing: "Wring Out the Old," in the May 23 issue, was an excellent article. Now show how Qwest would do without the pension fund. Show their real earnings and how the execs profited. The coming Qwest bankruptcy will have the largest impact on Denver since the town was founded. And the workers are really left holding the bag.

Stories like this are what newspapers used to do.

Al Jordan
via the Internet

Indecent exposure: I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the excellent job Stuart Steers did of exposing Qwest for the thieving bastards they truly are. Many of us at Qwest are fully aware of this, but sometimes it helps to see your own observations echoed back in black and white. For those who were not aware, Steers's piece should provide them with some valuable insights.

Name withheld on request

Sunset breach: Thank you for your well-researched and well-written story about Qwest. It is sad but true. I am grateful that I opted to leave US West with an enhanced retirement package in 1990. Much like Jeri V., I started as an operator and advanced to a middle-management position.

In any case, I want to state that, like most other retirees, I am appalled at (what appears to be) the self-serving actions of Mr. Nacchio, key executives of Qwest and the board of directors. As a shareholder and retiree, I feel helpless as I watch Qwest fade into the sunset. Is this another mega-corporation that the government will have to rescue because it appears that no one can or will stop the poor management practices? I watch with great interest and even greater sadness.

J. Wilkinson
via the Internet

Post Toasties

Giving credit where edit's due: At a Denver Post staff meeting announcing the departure of editor Glenn Guzzo, the paper's owner and publisher, Dean Singleton, reportedly denied that Neil Westergaard had been editor of the paper -- an interesting statement in light of the fact that Neil took over the editorship, succeeding me in October of 1993 (Michael Roberts's "Changing of the Guard," May 9).

Responding to a member of the staff, Singleton said Spencer, Britton and Guzzo had been editors, but that Westergaard had been given a tryout for the job and had failed to pass. Dean should damned well know better. Choosing to gratuitously castigate a professional who in no way had it coming was not only mean-spirited and inaccurate, but it left one with the impression that during the years Westergaard was running his paper, Singleton was somewhere north of Saturn or, at least, Colorado.

Neil Westergaard was editor of the Denver Post and a good one. If the owner of the paper can't deal with that for reasons only God knows, he needs help. I worked for Dean Singleton and like him, but there are days when his mouth could outrun War Emblem.

Gil Spencer
New York City

TV or not TV: Michael Roberts, in your May 23 "Letter to the Editor," you forgot: Dump Joanne Ostrow, and get someone who knows something about radio and TV!

Jay Marvin, WLS Radio

Credibility gap: Upon reading Michael Roberts's comments about the appearance of the Denver Post in his "Letter to the Editor," I had an idea: Maybe someone at Westword could loan the Post a copy of the tired template used to create Westword, SF Weekly and all the other tired alternative weeklies in the Starbucks, I mean, New Times chain.