Read and Buried
Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Where the Bodies Are Buried in Boulder," in the January 23 issue:

In a word? Bravo.
If you are quiet, you can hear the thud reality makes when it smacks against the heads of those who wish to hide from the truth. Well, unless they've already buried their heads in the sand.

A.A. Rosania
via the Internet

I find it astounding that Westword could allow this kind of gibberish to even be published. "Where the Bodies Are Buried in Boulder" is one of the--if not the--most uninformed and pathetic diatribes I have ever read (that was not written in spray paint or crayon). A modest sprinkling of fact surrounded by ignorance and fabrication.

1. The coroner doesn't simply have a quick look and make a pronouncement (unlike Patricia Calhoun). An autopsy is performed, and physical and circumstantial evidence is examined; a determination is made as a result of these elements.

2. The "former Boulder County Sheriff's deputy" worked for the sheriff's office fifteen years ago, for a year or less. This is hardly some major connection with any official entity.

3. The coroner's office uses a professional photo lab, one of whose employees committed this criminal act. Not "Shoot-and-Go," or any other fictitious photo-lab name that Patricia Calhoun dreams up.

The rest of this "article" is just as full of unfounded speculation and innuendo. Don't the editors read any of this material before it is published? Or does being the "editor" mean you can bypass reality?

C.S. Gaskill
via the Internet

Patricia Calhoun: Your articles on the horror of the murder in Boulder were absolutely on target and very, very powerful. Again, great work.

Listening to and observing the Boulder Police Department leads me to believe that they should obtain help from the very well-known police department in Mayberry run by Sheriff Andy Taylor and his assistant, Barney Fife. Also, Mayberry's Floyd the Barber was quite facile at solving life's puzzles.

Just a thought.
Tom Turnquist
via the Internet

Rage Before Beauty
I totally agree with Patricia Calhoun's "Global Warning," in the January 16 issue. It is horrible the way that little girl was paraded around in her beauty costumes. I think the pictures in the Globe accurately showed the brutality of her murder.

Stacy Harth
via the Internet

Being a pageant participant had nothing to do with the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, yet the media continues to focus on this one aspect of the little girl's existence. The media uses images of the little girl in her pageant costumes to attract the public's attention and then has the audacity to criticize her attire and demeanor. How hypocritical!

I am continually irritated by the judgmental, negative criticism of people who know absolutely nothing about the pageant world. How many of those who have negative comments to make have ever even attended a pageant, let alone spent five minutes talking with participants? While I do not care for makeup on children, pageants have a lot to offer contestants of all ages, such as public-speaking abilities, confidence, goal-setting skills and good sportsmanship. As a mental-health professional who is also a former winner and current pageant director, I know of no research in the psychological literature to indicate that participating in pageants is any more "damaging" than any other competitive event for children, such as Little League or auditioning for the school play. There are no studies that compare pageant children to other children on variables such as motivation, intelligence or general adjustment. There are no longitudinal studies that follow these children throughout their lives to assess the effects of pageant participation. In the absence of reliable research data upon which to base conclusions, all one is left with is opinion--my opinion vs. your opinion vs. the next guy's opinion. With eighteen years of experience in pageantry, my opinion is this: Children who participate in pageants tend to be very intelligent, well-spoken, well-behaved and mature and are involved in many, many activities, including dance lessons, Girl Scouts and school activities.

Why is it that in the 1990s, girls and women are so applauded for participating in non-traditional female activities such as sports but so criticized for enjoying traditional activities such as cheerleading, modeling or pageants? In this modern era, girls and women should be reinforced for participating in whatever types of activities they find to be personally rewarding. I say to those who criticize pageants--if you don't care for these types of events, then don't enter!

Lori Sikorszky
via the Internet

I guess a mother may turn her six-year-old into an enameled, hip-swinging, eye-batting little freak on Halloween, but to make a career of it is sick. And please don't point to Shirley Temple. She was always clearly a child, never a nymphet.

The sight of JonBenet Ramsey up there practicing the arts of seduction as coached by her mother? That would have gagged Humbert Humbert. Nabokov's temptress, Lolita, was all of twelve, if memory speaks rightly.

It explains exactly nothing to say that JonBenet enjoyed her work. Any parent knows a child will work hard to win approval. Which reminds me--I wonder how the ten-year-old boy in that home handled the natural rivalry of siblings. He appears the most tragic and sympathetic figure in the case, now that JonBenet is beyond suffering.

Nolan Nix

The Bees' Knees
Regarding Robin Chotzinoff's "Hive Anxiety," in the January 16 issue:
Mr. Marion's permission by local zoning to keep bees is a blow for freedom in a country gone micromanage crazy. All power comes from God to man to government, in that order.

Tom Cornick
via the Internet

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