Commentary

Letters to the Editor

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Chuck St. John
Arvada

The cold shoulder: I was very disappointed in the "From Cold War to Hot Property" series by Eileen Welsome, which concluded in the August 3 issue. There are very serious issues, both technically and politically, but these issues were not addressed correctly, nor was there any suggestion for remedies. I found her knowledge of the subject very spotty at best and her physics knowledge less than that. Example: If the ground around Rocky Flats has 200 times the normal amount of plutonium in Colorado, then why did we make it when we could have just mined it? A nanocurie is a billionth of a curie, not a gram.

Enough of pickiness: I feel she has a vendetta against not only the Flats, but anyone who might disagree with her. We do not need doomsday, but rather workable, reasonable and effective ideas. If there are problems or perceived problems, maybe through a rational exchange of ideas, we could come up with solutions to these problems.

Doug Cramer
Rio Rancho, NM

Little radioactive house on the prairie: I am a rock climber who spends the majority of his free time in Eldorado Canyon (northwest of Rocky Flats). I also spend time climbing in the Lookout Mountain area. These areas are my escape from the daily Denver doldrums. Before reading the recent Westword articles, I was researching the purchase of a home in one of these places. Now I think it is safer to live near Chernobyl.

As I type this, spread before me is a topographical map of the Front Range. Because of the articles on both Rocky Flats and Lookout Mountain, I have circled sixteen residential areas to be eliminated from my list of possible residences. Some of them are entire towns.

Questions:

1) How can the Colorado community learn more about the potential health threats surrounding both Rocky Flats and Lookout Mountain? Will it be objective information?

2) How can concerned citizens rally against these supposed atrocities?

3) Where on the Front Range can I purchase a home with relatively quick access to rock climbing, social gatherings and business centers and not die of tumors!?

Thank you to Eileen Welsome for her well-researched articles on the radioactive quagmire known as Rocky Flats. I would also like to thank Paula Elofson-Gardine, the Executive Director of the Environmental Information Network, for her research and opinions.

John P. Dubrawski
Denver


They're Outta This World

Space case: Maybe dental challenges and curlers are considered sexy on Beta Rituculi 7 (Karen Bowers's "The Truth Is Almost Out Here," August 3). If the walleyed little gray guys from out there only contact drunks jacklighting deer, homeless psychotics off their meds and toothless fat ladies in muumuus, it could be because they find these people more interesting than retired aerospace engineers and "state directors." I do, and I'm not even collecting specimens. Who is Mike Curta, state director of the Colorado Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, to be throwing stones at the fashion choices of "experiencers"?

You have the same chance of convincing a true believer in the flying disk, the Gray and the Holy Whitley of the speciousness of their beliefs as you do of convincing adherents to other faiths that that spot on the tortilla, regardless of its uncanny likeness to the plastic Holy Mother on their dashboard, is just a bit of burned dough. Still, Curta and his co-host, John Schuessler, toss out some issues regarding their "scientific investigation" (religion) that require, I dunno, a more objective approach.

First, why is it they're asking us to assume that because a guy has designed "life-support systems" on spaceships, he's also an expert on aerial phenomena? It's sort of like expecting your local astronomer to naturally be able to jury-rig a life-support system. Going to Mr. Schuessler's scientific credibility, shouldn't he have pointed that out himself? Second, has anyone over at the Mutual UFO Network ever considered why it is people set the biggest ball of twine in the world out on Route 27, or why the thing has been sucking in suckers for fifty years? Could be they do it for the same reason folks in the San Luis Valley have hot and cold running UFOs and the cattle mutilation du jour. Just because we here in Denver are dot-comming our way to financial orgasm, it doesn't mean that they're doing the same in the San Luis Valley, where cows, onions and potatoes outnumber both people and aliens, and farming is still hard and almost never as profitable as selling city folks fantasies. Finally, when Curta calls himself a "skeptic and cynic," he essentially verifies that he doesn't have a clue in hell what a skeptic is. Pick up a copy of Skeptical Inquirer or Skeptic, Mr. Curta. The first thing you will see in every issue are definitions of these terms, as well as the great pains to which the publishers go to point out that they are not interchangeable.

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