Hell, no, we don't grow: I read with interest Stuart Steers's December 13 "Howdy, Neighbor," wherein city planner Ellen Ittelson is quoted as saying that "most people realize Denver needs to grow to stay competitive." Competitive? With whom or what? And for what purpose? On what basis has the assumption that Denver's citizens support or even condone such competitiveness been drawn? Perhaps a poll is in order to actually determine whether constituents believe amassing more money in the city's coffers is preferable to not enduring more traffic, pollution and other nightmares. As it is, the lungs of Denverites serve as air filters in order for SUV carburetors to have sufficient oxygen.
If history is any indicator, increased revenues from growth would likely be given away to support Denver's real leaders (those in the sports industries), anyway. Is that what Ittelson meant by competitive? Go Broncos.
Control yourself: Julie Jargon's "New Life," in the December 20 issue, was a nice article -- and I know some of these people at CAP and PWA Coalition personally.
But I must voice my opinion of the condoms that CAP was handing out a few months ago. They were crap! I hope that, along with new people heading the biz, they've opted for a different brand. Color selection was nice, for whatever that's worth. I'm a white, HIV-negative hetero female who expects a qualified product from such organizations.
Name-dropper: Regarding Michael Roberts's "He Got Game," in the December 20 issue:
Dan Issel shouted a slur at a fat, drunk Mexican. Is that the truth or not? The guy is fat, was drunk and is a Mexican. People mistake the truth for racism. Issel had been a bad coach for a long time. He should have been fired for that, not for this trivial incident.
Just what, exactly, is a "Chicano"? Is that a real word, or a made-up word that people use to feel important? Moreover, just who, exactly, represents the "Latino" community in Denver? Is it a bunch of bloated egomaniacs who puff out their chests and act like they truly contributed anything to the "Latino" community?
These "Hispanic" leaders acted like the sky was falling with this Issel incident. It's all a big facade. Besides the Columbus Day B.S., this was the only thing these "Chicanos" could jump on to play the role of the poor little victims.
Why should the Nuggets be a large financial sponsor of Latino community programs and events? Why should any sports team cater to the Hispanic community? The last time I looked, the Nuggets gave a huge amount to the general Denver community. Why should the Hispanic community get any special treatment because their heritage comes from south of the border?
I am "100 percent Hispanic." I don't hyphenate my name like these idiots do. I am an American, period. My "Hispanic" father fought in WWII. When the Germans tried to kill him, they didn't see a "Hispanic" or a "Latino," they saw an American.
A day at the races: I would like to congratulate Dan Issel for bringing us all back to reality. I was under the impression that since September 11, all divisions had magically disappeared. Well, I guess the illusion of a colorblind society didn't exist prior to September 11, nor does it exist now. After the Issel incident, individuals questioned why the Latino groups were so outraged, and they attempted to dismiss the seriousness of his ignorant statement.
Issel's hateful outburst was more than just an accidental misuse of words. It struck a chord that most Latinos know far too well. It painfully reminded Latinos of the historical discrimination that sadly continues today. Issel also reminded Latinos that no matter what valuable contributions you have made or what social position you inhabit, you are still viewed as an inferior person.
Any attempt to dismiss the verbal attack was just a ploy by individuals who refused to acknowledge the reality of the situation. When the president and coach of a corporation makes such statements, it casts a cloud over it that will only dissipate with the termination of the offender. Issel was in a powerful position that could affect several levels within the Nuggets corporation.
Did his mentality reflect the corporate culture at the Denver Nuggets, or was he just an anomaly? The next question is how many other corporations have individuals like Dan Issel within their ranks. It is one thing to have his mentality, but when you can influence a person's career path based solely on his or her skin color, the matter has bigger implications.
Richard O. Delgado