Letters to the Editor

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What Aurora likes, Aurora takes. Actually, "I want it all" was the quote from Mayor Paul Tauer that surfaced in sworn testimony recently in response to a question about where Aurora's land grab stops.

Greed fueled by big egos and methodical plotting is what this story is all about. With regard to the Gartrell land, I feel sorry for all those unsuspecting Aurorans who are purchasing homes in the adjacent "Peaceful Adult Community of Heritage at Eagle Bend." Their introduction to Aurora citizenship will come when their own city, teamed with a pack of hungry California land speculators, slams 15,000-25,000 extra cars down their throats every day and through their brand-new, "peaceful" community, along Gartrell Road.

Aurora's own citizens are going to get screwed and don't have a clue. Some of us in Douglas County can at least see the shafting we're about to take. When Aurora's citizens discover the truth, and when Coloradans in general realize the extent of the problem your paper has so clearly identified, developers will move on to easier pickin's. For now, they're fast-tracking as much as they can while the village is sleeping.

We don't have to sit back and watch our state get destroyed by greed and politics. Let's stand and fight, and let's get rid of the "leaders" who don't even remotely meet the definition of the word.

The real Aurora/Gartrell Investments story goes much deeper, and I believe the Eagle story does, too. I encourage you to stay with it. There are thousands of us who need a voice, and I suspect there are some true Coloradans, inside the system, who are ready to talk. Thanks to Mr. Steers and Westword for firing the first salvo on the real story at the end of the sidewalk.
Rob Stuehrk
via the Internet

Work Relief Project
Kenny Be's May 4 Worst-Case Scenario on Doug Dean is first-rate work!

His political satire provides much-needed relief, and I'm delighted that he's opted to live and work here, as his wit and artistic ability qualify him to ply his trade anywhere he chooses.
Ed Halloran

At the bottom of Willy Webb's Top Ten list: Send car to circle Kenny Be's house every twenty minutes.
Name withheld on request

Spy vs. Spy
Eileen Welsome's piece on Wen Ho Lee ("Spies, Lies and Portable Tapes," April 20) leaves out the major component behind the frustration of Asian-American groups and other individuals who defend Wen Ho Lee: John Deutch, the former director of the CIA, who downloaded reams of classified material to a home PC vulnerable to being hacked over the Internet. Given that Deutch's offense seems exactly comparable to Lee's and probably involves data that is even more sensitive, the fact that one of them is sitting in prison and the other hasn't even been charged leads many of Lee's supporters to believe that Lee is serving as a convenient ethnic scapegoat for the Clinton administration's laxity regarding security issues with China.
Yon Kyong Lew
via the Internet

Where the Columbine Stories Grow
Thank you for publishing Alan Prendergast's "Stonewalled," in the April 13 issue. It is a breakthrough of all the distortions, lies, prevarications, deceits, gobbledygook, balderdash, tommyrot, and bafflegab issued by Sheriff John Stone's office on his interminable "investigation" of the Columbine massacre.

Mr. Stone should open a private detective agency with Kenneth Starr and Janet Reno and retain President Bill Clinton as their spokesperson.
James Carey
Allenwood, PA

Columbine, Columbine's victims, Columbine's victims' lawsuits...when will it end? I watched the tragedy unfold before my eyes last year on April 20. I spent the entire afternoon watching, crying and praying! I, like many in Colorado and around the world, have shed tears for Columbine. Now this latest bit over the police report and lawsuits is just sickening. Columbine was a tragedy that no one will ever forget. The dead will be memorialized and the wounded will heal eventually, but they will never be the same.

Lately, however, my sympathy is for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the countless other police, fire, paramedic, etc., groups that responded to Columbine. Everyone within radius responded to Columbine. Cops who weren't even on duty showed up to help and save those they could. Would the victims' families have been satisfied if there had been several cops killed along with their family members?

Don't these people know that every person who responded to Columbine also carries scars from that day? I am sure that they wanted nothing more than to save everyone. That is their duty and honor. They choose to put their lives on the line to protect and serve. Yet not one word of gratitude has been extended to them; instead, they are being sued and criticized. Columbine's families are not the only families in the world to have lost members to appalling violence. They just appear to believe they are the only ones who matter. No one is perfect, including Sheriff Stone and his department, but I believe everyone has done the best they can with an endlessly painful situation. Must they continue to pour salt in the wounds? Columbine, place the blame where it absolutely belongs: on the shoulders of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
Shelley Repstine
via the Internet

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