Clothes Encounters
Thanks for Robin Chotzinoff's article on vintage clothing, "The Thrifters," in the October 5 issue. I've been into vintage since high school, and I'd hate to tell you how long ago that was. I've shopped at all the stores in Denver and Boulder, and I'm glad to see that new ones have opened, because they were all getting to look about the same.

Linda Schmitt

Much as I enjoyed Robin Chotzinoff's article, I have to ask: If "The Thrifters" were women, would Westword still have posed them in underwear? Or do I detect some reverse sexism at work?

Bob Carpenter

Plutonium Lasts Forever
Regarding Richard Fleming's "Melting Down" in the October 5 issue:
It is obvious that Rocky Flats has a lot to hide. Remember, folks, Rocky Flats is perhaps one of the highest "national security" facilities in this country and perhaps the world. In a word, it's the plutonium (very dangerous stuff).

The Rocky Flats security network that includes partial and total control and manipulation of so-called "peace" and "watchdog" groups is only the FBI/CIA/DOE in drag. The network similarly has its web woven into businesses, universities, public facilities (such as libraries), local, state and federal councils, departments and legislatures (and legislators themselves). The control and manipulation has been so thorough and successful, in fact, that it is even now becoming an effective Big Brother model to emulate and copy across the nation.

In an ironic way, we're fortunate to know and to experience a taste of the type of "global control" that is soon coming to America (and to the world). Thanks to Rocky Flats and Co.--a time warp to the future--we can now learn to prepare to meet head-on the maxim George Orwell so eloquently noted in his novel 1984: "War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength."

Welcome to the New World Order.
Steve Jones

Miller Mouths
Regarding Ward Harkavy's "Don't Start The Revolution Without Me," in the September 21 issue:

Harkavy strikes again, and once more makes a fool of himself. When you write a slam piece, Ward, it helps to use reason and have some sort of evidence with which to slam your subject. On page after page, I read too much about nothing, waiting for him to make his point. No point was made, because at present Pat Miller cannot be ridiculed.

Thank the Good Lord for Miller, our next congressional representative. Finally God-fearing Christian patriots have someone to vote for, someone who will not only help us take our country back, but will also send misguided liberals--those who willfully distort our Constitution and crave government discipline at every turn--back into the closet.

Unfortunately, liberals never die, they just keep popping up every thirty years or so, when conservative America nods off for a moment.

Fortunately, it's Pat Miller on the wave of a long overdue conservative return.
Ron Baxendale II

Regarding David Petti's letter in the October 12 issue, about the responses to Ward Harkavy's Pat Miller story:

Petti's pain seems genuine.
I am not a Christian, but I did notice "a growing hostility toward and intolerance of Christianity" in the 1970s. In the 1990s, I have more frequently noticed a growing attempt to dismantle our pluralistic democracy by persons overtly or covertly promoting theocracy and by politicians who help them or look the other way.

Mr. Petti feels that critical commentary on his tradition should address "the substance of Christian faith." Very well: as Carl Jung, Aldous Huxley and others have pointed out, it was the exclusively heavenward, earth-denying leap of Christianity as it disassociated itself from traditional Judaism that created the notions of "Satan" and "hell." (No, I am not Jewish.) Though it sometimes has beneficial effects as well, conservative Christianity's overwrought, un-nuanced "virtue" often creates and preserves, as an equal and opposite reaction, the very deceit, misery and social decay that it presumably laments. For a theology of untenable goodness to have a "rebound" effect is a reality of human nature, the human nature from which Christians are not exempt, though they sometimes claim to be.

As to who I believe Jesus is: I feel he was an earthshaking, earth-loving teacher and prophet who would probably not have countenanced the founding of a religion in his name--particularly one that promotes domination of (or condescension toward) women and nature and the repression of denial of honest emotion and sexuality.

Christians like Mr. Petti, who are understandably weary of negative remarks, might be surprised at how many of their detractors would rather make room for Christianity than scold it--but tend toward the latter out of distrust of the motives, intentions and behavior of Christians like Pat Miller, who seem to exploit anxiety and even to condone, at times, disregard for the social contract.

Name withheld on request

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