Letters to the Editor

Tiers for Fears

Big deal: After reading Julie Jargon's "Culture Clash," in the April 26 issue, I think it is high time we revisit the concept of how SCFD funds are divided. The Big Four in the top tier just keep getting bigger and greedier. (Haven't Denver residents also approved bond measures that benefit the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Zoo?) Meanwhile, the truly exciting cultural developments in the area are coming from the lower two SCFD tiers -- and they must share a relative pittance, if they get a cut at all.

The issue is not whether Colorado's Ocean Journey should get a cut of the SCFD take. The issue is whether institutions like Ocean Journey, and the Big Four in general, should be allowed to suck up our tax funds when other worthy organizations go wanting.

J.T. Adams
Boulder County

Are we having funds yet? As Wal-mart did to small local retailers, as Starbucks is doing to the neighborhood coffeehouses, so shall the Big Four do to the little guys. Big money not only allows financial freedom, but it can also buy political power. Clinton taught us that.

I agree that we need a restructuring of the SCFD funds-disbursement policy. I say we, because I mean we. Have all these organizations forgotten where the money comes from? It seems so.

An artist, I went to the Denver Art Museum yesterday. I wanted to inquire about resources available to further my passion -- but I was overwhelmed by the sense that I would be lucky to get a free admission on Saturday. I want to see accessible funding for individual artists, both performing and visual. I can't go to corporations, philanthropists and pillars of the community and to ask for funding. If I tried, laughter would ring in my ears. (I'm frustrated enough, however, to cut one of those ears off.)

In the past, I voted for the SCFD tax without much thought. Now I just don't know.

Roman Christopher Hildt

No Home on the Range

Something's fishy: I'm outraged and appalled over what happened to the Veasey family! No wonder these kids are behind. Look at what they have been through! And to not let them attend their father's funeral was just a crime. Karen Bowers's "A Range of Harsh Lessons," in the May 3 issue, shows there was no apparent evidence of sexual molestation (unless there was evidence in the information that had been sealed), and for Elbert County officials to accept the word of someone who lived in a totally different state and then take the actions they did seems fishy.

Is this legal? It smacks of discrimination to me. There really needs to be an investigation into all of the parties that broke this family apart. There seems to be no reason for taking all of these kids out of the house; only the kids involved in the accusation should have been dealt with, if any at all. Elbert County officials have some questions to answer, and I sincerely hope that they are publicly called on the carpet after this article.

Name withheld on request

An American Tragedy

Where the Columbine stories grow: Even a gruff, often insensitive person like me is heartbroken every time I read stories like Alan Prendergast's continuing exposés of the Columbine betrayals and Karen Bowers's tracking of the Veasey tragedy. We see stories like these every day on programs like 60 Minutes, Dateline, etc. -- and more and more often.

The great utility of a free press, and one we must preserve despite the attending pitfalls, is that we are able to learn about these things and can try to do something about them. In his May 3 "The Do-Nothing Defense," Prendergast points out that, counter to the intuition of all citizens -- and maybe to the chagrin of honest-thinking, anti-Second Amendment people -- the government has absolutely no duty to protect you from the harm of others; you're left to fend for yourself under the Constitution. And it does not matter how much you pay in taxes! Bowers's story, "A Range of Harsh Lessons," shows that the government can royally screw you and destroy your family based upon precious few reasons. How many times have we seen innocent people's lives destroyed by empty accusations and overzealous prosecutors?

I wonder when people in this state, and in our country in general, will realize that ultimately, you cannot really count on the government to do anything but potentially destroy your life; if we want to preserve freedom, the best thing we can do is revoke as much of its power as possible. Too many people in this country are seeking safety rather than freedom. Wake up, folks: The price of freedom is risk. If you want to be safe, learn how to protect yourself, take the risk of self-reliance and preserve the Second Amendment. No cop has a duty to protect you, anyway; if you want to ensure the happiness of your individual families, whittle away the government's power to seize children and divide families.

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