Letters to the Editor

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We have a motto that originated as a quote from Mr. Denver. It goes like this: "You do what you can do, and I'll do what I can do, and together we can make a difference." And that is what we are trying to do.

Peace, my friend!

Janet Jones
Sherwood Park, AB, Canada

Climb Every Mountain

Blind ambition: Does no athletic endeavor impress Eric Dexheimer? ("Highest Stakes Adventure," July 19) Climber Erik Weihenmayer executed an amazing feat when he became the first blind man to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Yes, he could have died -- leaving his wife and child to fend for themselves. But almost every climber -- male or female, blind or seeing -- leaves loved ones on the ground when they make the climb. The risks are something every family must weigh for itself.

Making the call is not the job of the sportswriter.

Aaron Ross
via the Internet

Editor¹s note: Safely back on the ground, Erik Weihenmayer last week met with President Bush. He's also written a book on his climb, Touch the Top of the World, published by Dutton and now available in local bookstores.

The Bolt and the Beautiful

Strike zone: Thanks to Harrison Fletcher for "Unlucky Strike," his great article in the June 28 issue. I've lived in Colorado for 25 years and have done numerous high-altitude hikes with more near misses than I wish to remember. I have the utmost respect for this natural force, yet even with sound decision making one can be confronted with an extremely dangerous situation.

This past weekend, I was hiking on Mount Bierstadt, and I believe that I was hit -- not directly, yet closer than ever before. The air went dead silent, which was not a good sign considering that the sky had turned black. The very next moment a film of light was traversing the outer part of my body, from my head and traveling toward my toes, and my body felt this tingling sensation. The light hit the ground, and that was followed immediately by the most deafening clap of thunder. At this point I realized that I was still alive and able to run -- which I did. I was engulfed by the raging storm for the complete 2,300-foot vertical drop back to the parking lot.

Life is good, and I lived to see another day.

Bob Lockheed
via the Internet

The Ultimate Penalty

Last writes: Steve Jackson's "Penalty Zone," his series on the death penalty, was an outstanding piece of journalism in my view. I was horrified, moved to tears and filled with disgust by the drama that unfolded in "Dead Reckoning," the final installment in the June 28 issue. Without posing the questions directly, the piece brought to my mind many of the unanswerable and unfathomable consequences of the shattering of so many lives.

Thank you for the sensitive and objective series. I shall not soon forget it.

Phillip D. Barber

Blonde Ambition

Dumb and dumber: Westword needs male and female critics!

I couldn't resist commenting on Andy Klein's negative review of the movie Legally Blonde ("Legally Bland," July 12). I'm a 53-year-old woman who couldn't imagine myself going to a girly-girl movie, but I recently was coerced to go on my birthday with friends who said this movie was a must. They were definitely right. It was so entertaining, funny and, frankly, profound that I would like to recommend that this movie be seen by all women. I now have a different opinion of dumb-blonde stories! Could it be I've trusted the male reviewers?

Andy's sad assessment is an example of how some men just don't get it; he certainly didn't. He saw only the surface issues -- the blondes, Reese Witherspoon and how important style is. What town did he grow up in? He never mentions the important issues like a woman's drive, endurance, stamina, creativity and bottom-line common sense.

As I was leaving Legally Blonde, a woman behind me tapped me on the shoulder and said she really appreciated my comments and excitement thoughout this movie. She said that we need more movies like this, about women and women's issues. Perhaps the Westword editor should consider having a male vs. female perspective to evaluate future movies. That's what this movie deserves. Above all, a thank you should go out to the women who wrote this movie; they should definitely do more!

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