Readers Weigh In on John Evans and Paper Bird

"Writing Wrongs," Patricia Calhoun, November 13

Guilty Vonscience

Although I'm not sure whether administrators will appreciate the courage of the University of Denver John Evans Study Committee, I do. Even though the Sand Creek Massacre happened many years ago, you cannot ignore the fact that as territorial governor, Evans created the atmosphere that made that massacre possible. The committee was right to find him culpable, and DU should have a guilty conscience.
Julie Howe

One cannot be struck by the hubris of the University of Denver's efforts to seek contrition for the actions of its founder, John Evans. Ironically, the same university had no moral hesitation to extend a speaking invitation to former president George Bush. Despite the rhetoric of rationalizing his invitation on the dubious pretext of the freedom of intellectual inquiry, this former president was responsible for the destabilization and occupation of a country that did not attack the United States. Indeed, his unilateral attack on Iraq discovered no weapons of mass destruction and relied on other information of dubious authenticity.

Unfortunately, as admirable as it might be, it appears that the University of Denver is unable to discern the tinge of hypocrisy in its efforts to seek rectitude. While the academics may want to split hairs, genocide is genocide, whether on the plains of Colorado or in the land of the Tigris and Euphrates.
Mark Boyko

So we get another tiresome polemic about Sand Creek! It's over and done with! I, for one, don't even know where Sand Creek is. There's a Sand Creek here in Commerce City — is that a part of the heinous crime? Maybe now that John Evans and the victims are laid to rest, DU can get on with it.
Cheryl Murphy
Commerce City

Editor's note: For descendants of John Evans, the Sand Creek Massacre is not over and done with. Turn the page for another polemic.

"Flight Paths," Kiernan Maletsky, November 13

Flying High

I'm trying to remember the last time I read a full three-page article in the Backbeat section. I can't. Usually when it is a music article, it exceeds the space of Backbeat and is in the cover-story area in the front of Westword. "Flight Paths" marks a change in more than just its placement. It is one of the most fascinating descriptions of an evolution of a band, but also an artist (Esme Patterson), that I've read. It reminds me more of what I expect to read in the New Yorker, not Westword. The piece gives full descriptions and interviews to all segments of the evolution.

This is a wondrous change, and I hope to see more pieces as thoughtful and well put together in the future.
Alex Teitz