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Rick Orum

Come to Papa
I was moved by Marty Jones's article on Papa Colfax ("Homeless No More," August 20). I live in Munster, Indiana, in a community of well-to-do people. We all have areas in our larger cities that have a homeless population--and I can only hope that the people and business owners in those areas are as kind to our homeless as the people you wrote about in your story were. To see people reach out and touch each other, no matter what their circumstances in life--rich, poor, middle-class--made me feel that there is hope for humanity.

May Papa Colfax keep on singing and dancing in the presence of the Lord...and may the Lord send Papa Colfax's rays of sunshine down to warm our souls.

Dawn Nichol
Munster, Indiana

The Objective of the Mission
Thanks for Stuart Steers's article concerning the Rocky Mountain News wanting to be a sponsor for Jefferson County Public Schools ("Jeffco Picks Rocky Road," August 27). Not only did the hair stand up on the back of my head, but my stomach turned and my eyes rolled at the same time. In the real world, business partners are not going to be publicly critical of each other. With all that is going wrong right now with the Jefferson County Public Schools, I think this is a bad idea.

Cindy Loveland
via the Internet

I have to agree with James Brodell. With that much money involved, I doubt very seriously if anyone can maintain his or her objectivity. The News has long been very biased on what it reports. I have a perfect example. I was at the Super Bowl celebration in downtown Denver after the game. I am an older man of small stature, hardly a physical threat to anyone. I saw the Denver police storm troopers running by me and I said, "You people are really screwing up big-time." For that, I was Maced right in the face. The News helped the police justify their totally out-of-line behavior by incorrectly reporting that the police had to move in because of the fire and the overturned car on Larimer Street. I was there, but the News would not publish a letter with my account.

The News--objective? I think not. I can't believe we are selling our souls to the highest bidder. I may take my son out of school here in Jefferson County if this deal happens. There is a lot more involved in this deal than just First Amendment rights--and they are very important, too. I hope the people of Jefferson County will stand up and be counted. This is not only unethical but immoral, and I am somewhat shocked that this has become standard practice in today's world.

John McElrath
via the Internet

As an architect, I have, over the years, had contact with any number of very wealthy people. Since I find the accumulation of money a mysterious undertaking, I once asked one of my clients how to make money. "Think of nothing but money sixteen hours a day," was his advice. I tried and found that, indeed, it works. Within two weeks I had made $2,000 I would have never made had I not become single-minded.

It turned out that the extra money was spent repairing relations with my family and friends whom I had ignored for two weeks. I guess if I hadn't valued the relationships, I might have actually cleared two grand. But that's me.

Which brings me to the brave new world of lower taxes and less government.
It used to be that we, the poor, misbegotten people, would educate our children by paying taxes to our local schools. This produced a rather bland education system in which our children were educated by public employees who had to answer to us. The public employees were in a constant dither trying to appease us. They got so confused, they stopped educating and started laying on the administrators to cover their asses.

Now that we have decided to educate our children by paying a little more to the grocery store so it can advertise in the newspaper so they'll have enough extra money to educate our children while selling subscriptions and making sure that high-school journalists learn how to be entrepreneurs in the conservative mode, we are horrified to discover that there is a twisted knot of highly placed self-interests running our lives.

It has come to the point that we have to think up ways that things we want to do might benefit guys who think about money sixteen hours a day. We ask them for money to do what we used to do with taxes. Letting the Rocky Mountain News or Pepsi or US West tax us to educate our children is the kind of thinking that gets us off the hook and into the frying pan.

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