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David Schumacher

Not a Pretty Picture
In Steve Jackson's February 13 story, "The Fight of Their Lives," about Warren Hern and Ken Scott, I believe you painted the wrong picture. You made Warren Hern out to be a great American hero, but Ken Scott is the real hero of the story.

You showed a picture of Warren Hern with a child in the jungle. You made him look like a compassionate champion of human rights. You should have shown him as the yellow-bellied coward that he is. You should have shown him killing children, as he is best at. He is only concerned about his wallet.

Ken Scott is a very compassionate man who is not afraid to put his well-being and freedom on the line to protect the most innocent of human life. I have known Ken Scott for about six months and am proud to consider him a friend.

P. James

I am writing to express my thanks to C. Miller for his/her description of Ken Scott in the February 20 Westword. It is refreshing to know that there is another side to the man than that portrayed in Steve Jackson's article.

It is kind of Scott to treat his friends to breakfast after yelling at women on a Saturday morning. Because Scott is such a good friend to you, C. Miller, may I suggest that you return the friendship and decline his offer to pay for breakfast? Consider that he is several years in arrears in his child support and that that may eventually lead to his getting into more trouble. You might pay for his breakfast so that he can work on this debt. Another thing you might do on his behalf is not publish the fact that he invites people to breakfast while claiming to be broke; that informs everyone, including the government, that his claims of destitution are false.

McClain R. Toll

Rules of the Trade
Regarding Tony Perez-Giese's article "The Word Is Out," in the December 5, 1996, issue:

Who could blame Oklahoma City bombing trial court reporter Paul Zuckerman for marketing his most valuable trade? I might just add that the hours he will have to put in to deliver that transcript reach far beyond the hours sitting in court. I'm sure the rest of Mr. Zuckerman's life is on hold right now. He will live and breathe that case until it is over, and he deserves to be well-paid for it.

Carol Martin
via the Internet

The Plane Truth
Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Soar Winner," in the February 6 issue:
On February 28, 1997, we suffered our two-year anniversary of being held noise hostages by the City of Denver and the FAA. The noise problem has not been solved!

Fiction: DIA officials will tell you the noise problem has been fixed, since complaints are down. Fact: Hundreds have called for two years with little or no results. Do we have to call at the same rate for the next two years or beyond?

You say we don't have a problem? Then move the planes over Denver, where they belong, and then Denver residents won't have a problem, either.

Denver's politicians pushed for, and its residents voted for, the airport. The City and County of Denver must share the majority of the planes. Most people in the city are oblivious to airplanes since they already have a high background-noise level.

We worked hard to achieve our rural lifestyle. We did not get a chance to vote on the airport.

When are you going to free us, Mayor Webb? Is this fair? Reasonable? Prudent? Ethical? Responsible? You judge: I think you know how we and hundreds of families in Douglas, Albert, Adams and Boulder counties feel.

Kendall and Sharon Haag

Missouri Breaks
I agree with most of Michael Roberts's review of Iris DeMent's last CD, The Way... (Playlist, November 21, 1996). But I really am not sure about some of his comments on specific tunes except for the first two, since after listening to half of the album, I called the record store and made a deal to return the CD for a full refund.

I used to listen to a lot of traditional, folk and country rock in the Seventies (note my extinct terminology), and when I discovered DeMent's first CD a few weeks ago, I was actually euphoric--what a pure and unusual talent. I even adored the somewhat high-school word "obliviously" in "Momma's Opry."

Then, not being able to get my hands on her second CD, I bought the third. I guess we are all hoping that this was a bad experiment and that Iris will go back to her earlier style. How about a solo album with guitar? I thought the Austin City Limits performance on Griffith's show was one of the most incredible performances I've ever heard--power, honesty and charm all rolled into one.

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