Letters to the Editor

Give Me Libertarians

Ballots, not bullets: Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Mr. Stanley, We Presume," in the October 17 issue:

Thanks, Calhoun, for the non-judgmental article about Libertarians (in spite of Rick Stanley's disrespect for the decorum of the office he is running for). Don't forget it was the Libertarian Party that almost ran Russell Means of AIM as its presidential candidate in 1988. The platform was "honor U.S. government contracts and treaties." Many other sincere Libertarians are trying to make their point about our Constitution (not only the Second Amendment); you helped make that point. I don't think anyone wants to see Mr. Stanley continue making his point by pulling out a gun in the Senate chambers -- although I may still vote for him considering the options.

Ron Metzger

Life of the party: It is about time that someone took these people to court over the under-representation of all candidates for political office! The major media in this state are nothing more than feeders for the national chains and could not give a local opinion unless they asked someone else if they could. According to the major media in this state, for U.S. Senate we have Allard, the veterinarian who hasn't had a real job since 1990, and Strickland, the corporate lawyer turned political hack turned candidate.

Let's see: According to the major media last week, Allard and Strickland have no clue as to what we are paying for gasoline and stamps. Of course not! We are comping them all the time. Allard and Strickland debate issues, and it turns into an "I'm better than you are" shoving match where there is no winner. Allard and Strickland are mired in a mudslinging match where some guy named Ciruli can't figure out why people are so turned off by the whole mess.

And mess it is, because the major media thinks that they know what people want. Let's see: Twenty minutes on the news devoted to doom and gloom, fifteen minutes for sports, ten minutes for local weather, perhaps two minutes for something nice, and the rest advertising. Tune in at 5 p.m. for more. How about the local papers? The front page has five headlines from someplace other than here, and the rest of the paper is 95 percent advertising that most could care less about.

So, we have had Libertarians in this state for thirty years and not anyone knew? Why is that? The Green Party in this state did not start with Perot? Wow! The major media never really said anything about these, so these others, they must not be real. Only the Republicans and Democrats are real, because that's what they tell us, right?

Perhaps the Libertarian Party here in Colorado needs a loud wake-up call. Get off of your butts, and instead of mending fences, start backing the ones that made you into headline material. Take Rick Stanley's lawsuit to the max. Look at what happened in Wisconsin, where the Libertarian candidate for governor sued to be in the debates, and now he is. The local newspapers there carry everything that he is doing. Where is the Colorado Libertarian Party?

My company held a "town meeting" between the two idiots from the major parties a few weeks back. I called the local Libertarian Party for help in formulating questions for the candidates; I e-mailed the chairman and the campaign director. I never got a return message. Imagine that! I have been a Libertarian voter for over fifteen years, and the Libertarians are too busy "mending" fences. Sad.

Ken Brixius

Who's the Boss?

The creative Muse: Reynelda Muse -- that "bossy female voice" (Off Limits, October 17) at DIA -- accomplished exponentially more than a mere "stint anchoring on Channel 4." Not only was Muse the first woman to anchor a Denver newscast, she was also the first black anchor, period, in Denver broadcast news. Fresh out of Ohio State University, she joined Channel 4, then known as KOA-TV, in 1968 and was promoted in 1974 to the high-profile anchor spot. She jumped to CNN in 1980 but returned to anchor the evening news at Channel 4 in 1984; she did not leave again until 1997. To diminish the importance of her career at Channel 4 by characterizing it as a "stint" is terrible. Muse was a trailblazer, an agitator, a hero.

As for her excellent voice, some folks will forever use negative terms such as "bossy" to describe successful women -- and positive terms to describe the same in successful men. How would you characterize Ms. Calhoun's voice?

Jeanie Straub

The Genesis of a Debate