Like lambs to the slaughter: I can't tell you how much my circle of friends and I enjoyed Stuart Steers's "Meaner Pastures," in the February 1 issue. I have never met the Peroulis family, I know nothing about them, and I don't hear anybody defending them in Moffat County. It was a tough story, but it needed to be told in illustrative detail. Our local press does not have your courage, and the local residents I'm acquainted with were unaware of the FBI/INS sweep of the Peroulis operation. The local press must have quashed it.
I'm disappointed with the apparent refusal by the local sheriff and the deputy DA to move forward with a prosecution, but I am not surprised. It would be a simple, routine task to bring the key witness(es) back from Peru for depositions and trial if the special interests (local Greek group) hadn't blocked the effort. To me and others, it clearly demonstrates the level of corruption we are faced with in northwest Colorado.
Shear nonsense: Although the situation involving the foreign sheepherders sounded very sad, I find it difficult to believe that there aren't workers in the Denver metro area involved in situations that are much worse, with employers that make the Peroulises look like angels. Why doesn't Westword do some investigating in its own backyard?
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Frontier injustice: A friend shared with me T.R.Witcher's sad story in the February 1 issue, "Month to Month," regarding funding for the Black American West Museum. A city such as Denver, which is the capital of Colorado, should not be considering closure of this famous and worthwhile "Center of Education." Surely, with a stained-glass window in the State Capitol of "Aunt" Clara Brown and a seat in her honor at the Central City Opera House, Denver has long recognized the relationship it has had with African-Americans since their days on the frontier. Men like Barney Ford and others contributed to the city and the state. The Black American West Museum relates the times and deeds of these and other black people who contributed not only to the growth and development of Denver and Colorado, but to the opening of the West.
I lived in Denver during the '70s while earning my doctorate at the University of Denver, so I am aware of Denver. A budget deficit of $18,000 should not be impossible for the city to cover for this worthy enterprise while the effort continues to raise private funds to keep the facility operational.
Thank you for sharing my concerns. I hope there will be positive action in support of the museum.
Audreye E. Johnson
University of North Carolina
History in the remaking: The current mayor of this city is black, has been in office three terms -- and the Black American West Museum is closed for Black History month?
And don't forget that the City of Denver spent $50,000 extra to man the Columbus Day Parade after the Sand Creek Massacre site had been made a national historic monument.
Some people actually live in Colorado longer than a day.
M. A. Eckels
Offsides: Now let's have an election to ratify the Invesco name and to throw out the stadium boardmembers who pushed the name "Invesco Field at Mile High" on us (Off Limits, January 25). I did not vote to be taxed to support a giant billboard.
Hari today, gone tomorrow: Did Mary Motian Meadows, whose letter was published in February 1 issue, read the same review of Mexicanidad: Modotti and Weston that I did? I found Michael Paglia's January 25 column, "Mexican Sojourn," both insightful and entertaining. The description of Modotti as a "Marxist Mata Hari" was evocative rather than insensitive. Mr. Paglia should be commended for his intelligent reviews, and Westword should be congratulated for believing the visual arts are important enough to consign their care to such a sensitive reviewer.
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X Marx the spat: What Ms. Meadows calls "Cold War bigotry" and "hysteria of McCarthyism" notwithstanding, the evil of Stalin and his operatives is such -- particularly after the Nazi-Soviet Pact, purges, show trials, mass starvation and the suppression of religion -- that the alleged participation of Tina Modotti in the murder of Trotsky on August 20, 1940, needs to be known. This is more than an issue of Modotti being "socially concerned," as was the case with the preponderance of left-wing sympathizers in the arts and humanities at the time.