Letters to the Editor

That's Life

No sympathy for the devil: Regarding Harrison Fletcher's October 5 article about inmate Alfred Madson Jr., "Hard Times," it infuriates me to read comments by ignorant people (such as his attorney) who feel that this twice-convicted killer should be released from prison simply because of his old age and extremely poor health. Madson's ability to re-offend is not the only issue here. True, a person convicted of a crime is incarcerated to prevent him or her from committing another crime, but let us not forget that prison also serves to punish an individual for the wrong that he has done to society. Madson cannot walk more than forty feet and cannot use his arm? Neither can his two victims! Madson does not deserve to be in a nursing home. That option is for the care of decent senior citizens, not cold-blooded killers. A man who twice takes a human life should die alone and miserable behind prison walls. That right he has definitely earned.

Edward Gadden


Hold Everything

Not cool: I thought I'd heard everything until I read about a suicide hotline that takes its phone off the hook. Make that a "lukewarm" line. Or maybe a suicide "cold" line. Karen Bowers's October 5 "Suicide Watch" was an amazing story -- mostly because it's amazing that the state has allowed this to continue. Please pull the plug!

Janna Haskell

via the Internet

From hotline to dateline: I knew it! I knew there was something wrong with that guy! In 1989, I was a freshman at Metro State College. I had called to talk to a Comitis counselor because I was depressed, but somehow I ended up being referred to Dick Berger. He convinced me that I should do some volunteer work for him. (I was taking psychology classes and thought it would be interesting to work at a crisis line.) I went to his apartment in Capitol Hill. He was a little too friendly. I did some paperwork for him, and he kept talking about his lack of a love life (as if I cared). He tried to talk me into doing his housework for him. He also wanted me to fix dinner and stay and eat with him. I felt very uncomfortable and refused. A few weeks later some friend of his died, and he talked me into driving him to the funeral. Afterward, I told him I didn't feel right about the whole situation and I wouldn't be around again. Unfortunately, he had my phone number and kept calling, asking me to drive him places and come over because he "missed our closeness." I was still living with my parents at the time, and he finally got so pushy that I had to threaten to tell my dad and have him report Dick to the police if he didn't leave me alone!

It's about time this weirdo was exposed! He uses his phone line to try to manipulate women who are needy and depressed. Old Dick tries to use his "service" as a dateline! I'm horrified he is still around doing the same thing. He should be stopped. Please don't use my name -- I don't want him to start bothering me again. Thank you!

Name withheld on request

Chip on the shoulder: Since the early 1990s, when Chip Frye first came to Colorado, he has been trying, very diligently, to depose Dick Berger from LIS'N. Looks like Westword has fallen for his rhetoric! Thanks, Dick, for all the help you have given hundreds, if not thousands,of individuals in need!

Name withheld on request

Mud Flaps

Hitting Rockies bottom: I just want to say "Right on!" to Michael Roberts for his October 5 "KBPI Wrecks the Rockies," about KBPI's tender regard for private property and wetlands preservation. Not even KBPI's listeners are dumb enough to buy the excuse that the DJs were merely discussing weekend plans. If Mike Rosen mentions that he's going to see a political speech, or if KVOD's announcers mention they are going to a concert, thousands of those fans don't just suddenly descend upon the venue.

Judging from incidents like the destruction of private property and natural habitat, cruelty to animals, desecration of a mosque and other abuses, KBPI has no sense of civic responsibility. If it did, it would offer an apology, fire the Neanderthal DJs and pay for the complete restoration of the landowner's property.

Finally, an English lesson: If you see property surrounded by a fence, with prominently posted signs that say "No Trespassing," that generally means the owner wants you to take your gas-guzzling, emissions-polluting, ground-destroying SUV somewhere else!

Peter Gross


Rocky Mountain lie: Colorado is a place where the most popular vehicle is a truck (an SUV is a truck), most people live in a suburb, and guns are quite popular. Your sports fans are notoriously ill-behaved and you have an annual prairie-dog shoot. The most popular radio stations are "classic" rock and country. I visited your state and heard the "red-neck" DJs with behavior that would make John Rocker proud. To say that KBPI wrecks the Rockies is hypocritical. Colorado is Podunk in many ways: KBPI simply is the Rockies.

Anthony Allen

San Francisco, CA

A dirty job: What is going on over at KBPI? First they want to send a prairie dog across I-25 on Groundhog Day, then they throw a chicken out of a third-story window, and now this mudfest debacle. Are the infantile, asinine and irresponsible DJs in charge over there? Where are the upstairs executives who are supposed to be listening to what their employees are saying and doing? How can they not realize the damage they are doing? I mean no offense to the people who listen to the station -- I have been one myself -- but it's true that there are a lot of young and easily influenced people who listen and think that DJs are cool and wish to emulate them. When someone in that position of power engages in these acts, he is doubly evil because he is leading so many to believe that it's okay. More and more now, people are recognizing the link between cruelty to animals and violent crime in the human world, not to mention the fact that there are laws against animal cruelty and it is just plain wrong. Even hunters and butchers don't torture before they kill. What KBPI promotes is not okay.

The damage done by this mudfest is huge: to the land, the animals and our collective psyches. They say it may take twenty years and thousands of dollars to repair this. I believe that KBPI should shoulder all that responsibility and cost. Let us not forget what happens to that area and the animals that depend on it during that twenty years, though. Even if the station pays for it all, it cannot make up for what it has done. There needs to be a major overhaul of personalities at the station. There are plenty of cool on-air people who don't need to abuse nature to prove that they are cool. Find them and employ them, KBPI. Until you do, I, along with many others, will no longer listen to your station. I encourage all like-minded people to join us.

Sandy Cooper


It's all relative: It seems that Denver's corporate radio has turned a wetland into a wasteland, much as it has turned the airwaves here into a wasteland. It seems sometimes that almost every FM and AM station based in Denver is actually owned by just one giant corporation. There just ain't much to the dull, uninteresting sounds originating from our town.

And who is really responsible for the sorry state of Denver radio? Us, the same SUV-driving yahoos who tear up meadows. We get the radio we deserve, the radio we listen to. And this metropolis, it would seem, ain't populated by a bunch of Einsteins. Remember: If we listen to it, they will transmit.

Leroy Quet


This wetland all wet: While I realize that the intent of Michael Roberts's article was to whine about some people who own some radio stations, I'm going to comment on the section about Willie B's Mud Fest. As a source who doesn't request anonymity, I can tell you that the tract of land that was used for the Mud Fest has been used by four-wheelers for decades, and it is the most foul and stench-ridden piece of property that I have ever encountered. This "wetlands" is actually a soupy coagulation of mine run-off and tailings from the Hendricks Mine. I guess Roberts forgot the part about how the Hendricks operation is a gigantic mine that routinely drills, bulldozes trees for roads and digs 150-foot holes in the ground -- this is what mines do. So why, when a "mouth breather" drives his "big-ass SUV" on a blade of grass, is he accused of destroying the planet? Because Hendricks wants someone else to pay for the cleanup of the area that he's been polluting for so long.

In the last 25 years, the worst destruction I've seen in this area has been by the Hendricks Mine and by the City of Boulder, which, a few years ago, closed most of the roads in that area to traffic, then cut down trees, dug holes and clear-cut several acres of forest to build a parking lot and a toilet for a cross-country ski trail.

Money and power.

Michael Maloney


Gilding the Lillie

Pride goeth before a fall: After moving here from New York and reading Mr. Lillie's reviews for a few years, I am continually confounded by him. Why can't he just say what he means in a clear and concise manner rather than feel the need to let us know how smart he (thinks he) is?

Regarding "Against the Tide," his October 5 review of Pride's Crossing: Does he like this play? Did he find the leading actress effective? Is he criticizing acting technique from knowing personally about it, or is he coaching from the sidelines? How can a critic give anything but his own subjective opinion? And why does he need to be so convoluted? The criticisms of accent are clear, but what does that fourth paragraph mean?

Ellen Bach


Young at Heart

The Neil thing: Just wanted to tell you how awesome Laura Bond's review of Neil Young's show was in the September 28 Backwash. Not only did she take us there with vivid descriptions of the action, but she also captured the pure essence of what this guy is all about, and all the mediocrity that surrounds him. I know Bond's job keeps her covering the local beat and thereby lacks much of the inspirational spark a national band can command (it's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it), this piece was sheer brilliance.

Now, about that Borders thing...!

John Quill

via the Internet

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