What a Beaut
Regarding Patricia Calhoun's January 16 column, "Global Warning":
Patricia Calhoun is very defensive. She typically tries to steer the reader away from the real issue. The real issue is reality. Yes, little JonBenet was murdered. Yes, the police are handling the case in a much different manner than most murder investigations are handled. Yes, very few actual points of fact are being released by the police. It is interesting that Calhoun attacks Chief Tom Koby's accent as if trying to say that he is less intelligent because he has an accent. But not just any accent. It is not an aristocratic Brooklyn accent like Rocky--"Yo, Adrian!" It's not an aristocratic Massachusetts inflection--"I dove into the water to try to pull Ms. Kopechne from the car." It's a Southern accent. Calhoun also tries to poke fun at the City of Boulder's public-information officer for alternately grimacing and smiling at journalists.

Calhoun acts as if all she wants is for an arrest to be made in the case. She chides law enforcement for fully investigating a leak in the system that allowed evidence to be sold to the highest bidder--in this case, the Globe. Never mind that the little girl was tortured, raped and slain. Now she is fodder for any mercenary connected with the case who wants to make a fast buck.

The truth of the matter is this: The police are investigating this murder. At some point, the information surrounding the case will be made public. If the cops are crooked, that, too, will come to the surface, as Calhoun so succinctly reminded us about the Simpson case. There are professional journalists who live by a code of ethics. Then there are those like Calhoun and the Globe, who care only about the bottom line.

Leave the cops alone. Their job is tough enough as it is.
Rowdy Yates
via the Internet

I so appreciate Patricia Calhoun's perceptive and cogent remarks on the Ramsey case.

The Boulder establishment would apparently like to bury the case. One hope is to keep shaming them, not letting them get away with murder by letting other people get away with murder. The de facto motto of the Boulder police seems to be "to protect and serve the establishment by intimidating and harassing those who would leak the truth."

The other hope is to encourage leaks. (Why not, since Boulder authorities seem disinclined to do anything with their information?) That way, some courageous reporter may pull things together and get at the truth.

Thanks, Patricia. Keep it up!
George Guthrie
via the Internet

This is another O.J. deal. If a family member is not involved, she ain't dead. Face it, folks. If these and the Susan Smith deals are smoke and police sloppiness, I quit. I think I was told that Ramsey was six. I know I heard ad nauseam the phrase "beauty queen." Huh? Shouldn't this be "princess" of something--maybe dolls? Shame on mama.

Dean Helliker
via the Internet

You were right on with your editorial about the disgusting situation that existed in the Ramsey household long before the murder of JonBenet. Putting a five- or six-year-old in the outfits that she is shown parading around in should be grounds for molestation and child-abuse charges. Every time I see that little girl in the pageants, it makes me physically ill. And believe me, I am more than happy to look at a hot, nearly naked, full-grown woman prance around.

E. Wilks
via the Internet

I'm not sure why, but every time I see the pictures of that little Ramsey girl, I get the creeps. With all that makeup and those sleazy outfits (she was only a little girl, for God's sake), I wonder how many perverts get their kicks watching this kind of thing. It looks too close to the shots of girls in the Far East that work the streets, and I find the whole thing disconcerting.

I'm not suggesting that this is a direct comparison. But one thing is that in both cases, the girls are smiling but they don't seem very happy. I may be wrong, but they look old and tired, not what a child should look like at all.

Mark Pilkington
via the Internet

The Big Chill
Alan Prendergast's story about parole ("Please Release Me," January 9) was the most chilling thing I've ever read. Is there no way to break the cycle? Is there no hope for rehabilitation?

What a depressing start to the new year.
Jane Horrigan

Are the people who work in the jails and prisons, such as guards, required to have some knowledge of human relations? Are parole officers there to try to help these prisoners, or are they just there to lock them up if they don't report?

Something is wrong with the system, because if things were being done right, there wouldn't be so many prisoners going back.

Name withheld on request

Park and Chide
Regarding Karen Bowers's "Lots of Profit," in the January 9 issue:
Believe it or not, there is a silver lining to the JonBenet Ramsey case: The media doesn't have time to bicker over their spots covering the Oklahoma City bombing trial!

Leslie Wright

There are lots of profits in the parking industry; in fact, for the cheaply constructed and marginally maintained surface lots, most of the revenue is profit.

As for the insurance-policy issue Westword mentioned, isn't it odd how you can't make Allright Parking liable for damage, theft or loss to your $25,000 automobile? Perhaps some lawyers should study what liability non-conforming parking lots have to their patrons.

Perhaps Dan Bragassa, as co-chair of the City of Denver's parking task force, could mediate. Hopefully not. Bragassa rates below an attorney in my book--and a bad attorney at that.

Jack Simpson

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