Letters to the Editor

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Thanks for the story. It reminded me that life -- no matter what -- is special.

Carla Clarke

Life on the outside: My heart goes out to these kids and to Eric Scott. People need to learn how to respect life. I hope David Holthouse's article helps in the investigation.

Keep 'em coming.

Jody Woodworth

A citizen of the planet: Thank you for the attention you've given to the murder of Eric Scott. Horribly shaken friends of Eric's in Denver alerted me to his murder. It is sad that so little appears to have happened in what seems to be an open-and-shut case. It is terrible when the wishes of a fine soul are not followed simply because officials could not locate a formal will. Shame on those same individuals for not letting his friends know where they might purchase his belongings at auction. Until the state realizes that non-blood relationships are often stronger than genetic ones, this sort of unfairness will continue.

The world is changing, and legislation must change with it. Eric was as much a citizen as anyone else. He deserved better. We all do.

Phil Waters
Avon Lake, OH

Good thinking: The story of Eric Scott has brought to my attention the sad truth of reality. After reading the story, I felt like I knew him, if only because I know many good people. After reading the things his friends said about him, I knew he had a good soul. If only there were true justice in this world, maybe at least in death he could have been treated fairly along with his loved ones. No one should have been able to sell off his things or bury his body when everyone knew he wished to be cremated. Now there is no way except through personal memory for people to think of him -- and even then, not enough people know how deserving this individual was to at least be honored with a proper memorial in death.

I would like to know if there is any way that a donation can be put together -- or if one already has been -- to at least give his friends a proper place to remember him.

Myrica Ouish
via the Internet

Local hero: I just wanted to say thanks for writing such a moving article on a most unlikely hero.

Arlen Beaudette
Sacramento, CA

Lost in America: Thank you for telling this story. It is one of many that normally would have been overlooked as insignificant, but it is filled with so many grim realities that it deserves recognition for what happens to those who disassociate themselves from the mainstream, and the fruition of the systems as they apply to many people lost in our society. Their choices should not devalue them, and your article recognized this fact.

While I never met this person, I have lived several eras within this lifetime associated with folks who have lived this type of life. You told this story with both fact and insight. I really enjoyed the read.

Michelle Rosenberry
Houston, TX

A friend in need: Huge, huge kudos to David Holthouse for an excellent article about the murder of Eric Scott. Thanks to Brian Stauffer as well for great art. I can't say how happy I am with the story. I was (it still hurts to use the past tense) friends with Eric. We rode scooters together. I want to share a story about what a great guy he was. It was about four years ago, and I had just bought a house. Eric calls me about 9 a.m. on a Saturday to see if I'm up and if he can come over, doesn't tell me why. He shows up fifteen minutes later with his dog and just starts washing the outside windows of my house. He had decided to start a window-washing business and just wanted to practice!

I have a lot of fond memories of Eric. Thank you very much for telling everyone what a great, kindhearted person Eric Daniel Scott was.

Pamela Anderson

A friend indeed: I am a retired, 54-year-old, Harley-riding Denver resident who for the past six years has owned a home that's equidistant to both the Broadway and First Avenue area where Eric Scott had his first apartment and the residence where he had his head bashed in. Also, as a part owner of CJ's Leathers, I had many occasions over the years to see and chat with Eric Scott. To me he was just one of the many youthful, interesting and charming faces that reminded me of myself so many years ago.

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