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Is anyone fooled by such simplistic behavior? If I tell a friend who is grieving for a lost relative, "My heart goes out to you," what have I really done except pay lip service? Should real patriotism be so cheap? Do we really look at the flag-wavers and swell with pride or, like me, do you wonder about the intentions of those selling such cheap trinkets and those who believe they actually mean something? If this is still not clear, see if these are the same people who, in the spirit of patriotism, are buying gas masks and anthrax medicine so they can survive while their American neighbors die because the patriots are hoarding these for their own selfish survival.

One last chilling question: Do you want to live among these "patriots" if they are the only ones to survive?

Robert C. Train

Unsafe at any Speedo: Once again, Denver (Colorado) has risen to the occasion of its namesake, the "Hate State." Not that we learn (again) that DIA is the third-worst airport in the country during this time of crisis (didn't we kind of know that all along?), or that the security company is hiring felons, using as a perk the opportunity for them to get a little on the side while performing their minimum-wage duties, but the October 25 ravings of Bryce Smith, "a proud American who doesn't bitch and complain."

It never dawned on me that women could be holding guns or knives in their bras, or that the hardware in their Wonderbras could be used as a garrote. For Mr. Smith's information, I could probably use my leopard-skin Speedo to strangle the life out of him (but I probably won't). Even so, I damn sure am not going to turn that over at the security checkpoint. Mr. Bryce Smith needs to get himself a life.

P.J. Methgarb

Check, please: It will be interesting to see if any of the people who rightfully complained about their mistreatment at the DIA security checks remember that they voted for the people who authorized this treatment and decide to vote for someone else the next time they have the opportunity.

David Aitken

Send in the Clones

Vicious cycle: Thank you very much for James Hibberd's "Home Sweet Clone," in the October 18 issue. Highlands Ranch is a perfect example of the suffocating conformity imposed by (sub)urban sprawl. The attitude that Highlands Ranchers take to their neighborhood is the same conformist attitude they pass down to their kids. I have an open message, not only to all HR residents, but to suburbia dwellers everywhere: While you sit around and enjoy the safety and security of your crime-free cookie-cutter neighborhood, a new generation of social oppression is being incubated. Abercrombie-wearing, bleached-blond boys and girls roam your neighborhood, and you breathe a sigh of relief. You've given your children a perfect environment -- so long as they all fit in -- but do you really know what this "paradise" is? Your perfect daughters have to starve themselves to stay accepted, to be recognized by your perfect athlete sons who view them as no more than another lay on prom night. It's a good thing they're getting a perfect education, too, an education in schools that help crush dissenting, independent thinking. An education in a system where you can get an A by simply doing the work, regardless of whether or not you actually learn. You'll buy them a nice, new car and send them off to college, all expenses paid -- by you. There they can reinforce the exact same homogeneous utopia, just without you around. After college, they'll find some cubicle in the Denver Tech Center in which they can earn money to support their families and pay the court for their divorces, perpetually returning to the same daily grind because it's the American dream, it was your dream, your setup.

At the end of the day, if this twisted world starts to get to you, you can put a "We are all Columbine" sticker on your car and forget about it, because you've done your part...right?

Brad Lopez

Sub-lifestyle: When a co-worker first told me about Westword's "Home Sweet Clone" story, I thought: "Here we go again. Yet another mindless 'Let's bash suburbia' story written by a U.S. author who probably is a product of American suburbia."

Thankfully, this story presented various viewpoints and touched on issues that bother me as a bona fide Highlands Ranch resident: bad planning and conspicuous consumption. I'm not sure what kind of mentality went into the creation of the American suburb. I only know that my family moved here from northwest Denver to offer our son a safer lifestyle than he might have had in other parts of the city. The homes are affordable. The community is kid-friendly. Yes, there are some trade-offs. This is the first suburb I've ever lived in. To offset any shortcomings, we spend many of our weekends exploring the entire Denver-metro region. We are always grateful to return to our beautiful Highlands Ranch home.

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