"Bullet. Proof.," Melanie Asmar, December 12
Karina Vargas is the most beautiful lady I've ever seen grace Westword's cover. She could even sell that photo as a pinup. Kim Kardashian, move over! If we didn't want illegal immigrants in this country, why did we let them in...by the millions? So give them a clear path to citizenship if they're already here.
Some Westword reader(s), please donate Karina Vargas enough money to get her firmly on her feet — literally — and on the road to full recovery.
Gene W. Edwards
Wow. I don't know what is more stunning, the (very well-written) story about Karina Vargas or the flawless cover photo by Anthony Camera (real name?). One thing is for sure: Karina Vargas is bulletproof, boundless and beautiful!
Rock (and roll) on, Sister!!
Erin Eugenia Conway
"Parks and Wreck," Alan Prendergast, December 19
City Loop sounds like a great way to add a lot of high-value features to get more people enjoying the space in richer ways. A few people enjoying a pastoral, picturesque ideal seems selfish given how much of the space in the proposal is open, the rest of the park, and nearby Cheesman. I think that, as represented, the design could be plopped anywhere, and agree that it sorely needs to be site-responsive and feel like it belongs in Colorado, but on the whole I think the proposal has tremendous value.
A lot of the things that are criticized in this article are far from insidious — the mayor is characterized as selfish for trying to build social housing and an elementary school, for example. I think that the bigger problem is the resistance to referenda; that, and some of the ways Parks has behaved, are very big-government and anti-democratic. Thankfully, they aren't behaving this way to promote the financial interests of party members or donors (check out Vision Vancouver for a corporate example).
I am a stakeholder and live two blocks from City Park. I think that the services proposed in the loop would be fantastic and believe that Denver should be ambitious, not mediocre. I am pro-development and transit; for instance, I think that the surface lots downtown would be better as restaurants, brewpubs, shops, community centers, offices and apartments. Hopefully, this informs my perspective.
"Under the Influence," William Breathes, December 5
I never thought I'd say something positive about a William Breathes article, but he is doing us a favor by publicizing what a shallow job we're doing in collecting and reporting driving-under-the-influence-of-drugs data in this state. He actually got many of his facts correct in this one. I'm confident we can do better.