Green Acres
I loved Stuart Steers's December 17 article, "The Village People," on the Greenwood Village annexation. Having taught at Cherry Creek High School for over 25 years, I have some experience with what Greenwood Village considers "solutions" to the constantly growing traffic problems. For instance, a favorite solution is the realignment of streets so they don't match up at an intersection. What is that monstrosity at Quincy and Happy Canyon? Another is the construction of large planters to create artificial bottlenecks in previously free-flowing thoroughfares. The Castlewood Fire Department had nothing good to say about driving on Belleview east of Union.

For the past 25 years, the Greenwood Village master plan has been to offer the same amount of office space in the Denver Tech Center as is currently leased in downtown Denver and to reap the taxes from those tens of millions of square feet while retaining little two-lane country roads with quaint little four-way stop signs every 100 feet. Try Holly south of Quincy for that delight. This latest annexation is so consistent with the last quarter-century, no one should be surprised.

Bill Bradley
via the Internet

Hopefully, you're getting a lot of these letters, so that this is just one more confirmation of how people "out there" feel. I don't take the time often to put my opinion in print. However, with a wife and three children, it's time I began to speak up for all of us.

I've put a Centennial City bumper sticker on my car recently, and I don't really like bumper stickers all that much. But I find I'm getting very caught up in this grassroots movement. My father taught all six of his boys to have a strong distaste for bullies and to stick up for the little guy. When that's coupled with a transparent motive based purely on overindulgence and greed, such as Greenwood Village's move to "flagpole annex" all the commercial tax base around my home, it's time for me to get involved.

Greenwood Village, with its population of approximately 10,000, seems to enjoy a very high quality of city services. With the DTC being a part of their commercial tax base, the residents of this small community get beautiful brick walls put up by the city to buffer street noise. The city paid for their trash removal last year, and the benefits seem to go on and on. Bottom line: More power to them--it's rare that a city services its residents so well. I'm a bit jealous.

However, several months ago, I found out that they now want to annex all the commercial businesses around my home. And what's really offensive is that they don't want the "burden" of annexing more residents, they just want all the shopping centers and businesses around us. If Greenwood Village's residents win the right to cherry-pick the commercial tax base around this area, everyone here will see either their county services go down or their tax rates go up. And my neighbors and I enjoy some very basic services: good law enforcement, street repair and snow removal.

I'm writing you to cast my vote for the formation of the city of Centennial, Colorado. We are approximately 100,000 strong. We are grassroots all the way, right down to our shoestring budget. We are creating a new city so that we can decide how much we should be taxed and how our tax dollars should be spent. We are fighting for a very basic American right, the right to have taxation with representation.

I want to publicly thank all the volunteers who have recognized this attack early on and have organized the Arapahoe Citizens for Self-Determination movement. I'm on board, and I hope to see a lot more Centennial bumper stickers in the months ahead!

Andy Burnett
Englewood (Centennial)

A Real Barker
Regarding Bill Gallo's "Dog Days," in the December 10 issue:
While Mr. Gallo tried to paint a glamorous image of greyhound racing in his article, he completely ignored the darker, much uglier side of this industry. Yes, greyhound racing is in decline and was even listed as a "dying sport" by Sports Illustrated, but the sooner dog racing ends, the better for all the greyhounds involved. Greyhound racing is responsible for a tremendous loss of life and the well-documented abuse of tens of thousands of gentle dogs. Many have been found bludgeoned, shot, electrocuted, abandoned, starved to death or consumed by their kennel mates. While some hounds are humanely euthanized by veterinarians and in animal shelters, others are sold for medical experimentation, and thousands are unaccounted for.

As long as greyhound racing exists, greyhounds will be overbred and killed in masses. In the horrible ways in which surplus dogs are being discarded, public outcry would soon put an end to the dog-racing industry. Too bad so few are paying attention.

Nicole Huntley

Consider the hounds that the Castor Troys of the racing world leave behind in the dust: the slowpokes, the has-beens, the injured, the ones who prefer playing to racing. Dogs who, for some reason or another, just don't make the grade. What Westword readers may not realize is that racing greyhounds make wonderful family pets and are in need of loving homes. These superb athletes are also affection-craving, tail-wagging, 40-mile-per-hour couch potatoes. After all, the retired racing greyhound is simply--and supremely--a dog.

Judy Greenfield

French Roast
In the December 10 Letters section, James Ludlow drones on about Ronda Lietz's letter in which she "throws around the words 'America' and 'American' as if there were a country named America." He amusingly goes on to state that "The French would never assume that they were the only country in Europe and act like the other countries on their continent were inconsequential." Oh, really? The French? Are we talking about the same people who don't bathe or brush their teeth? Leave the stinking French out of this...they'd be speaking German if it weren't for the Americans.

John F. Lynch III
via the Internet

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