Letters to the Editor

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1) Where are the real crimes being committed?

2) Who are really the criminals?

3) Whose lives are in danger?

4) Why does the city utilize more of its police force on parking violators than it does on crack dealers?

5) Why does Mary have to fear going outside of her house to water her lawn? Why can't she sit on her front porch in peace without seeing the parade of zombies walking up and down the street?

Thanks for Holthouse's important article concerning one of the drug problems in our city.

Jeffrey Foster

The Real World

Taken for a ride: I work in the south tower of Denver's World Trade Center, and I just wanted to say that Robin Chotzinoff's poorly written "We Are the World," in the September 5 issue, barely made any sense. The people working here were generalized as a bunch of robotic drones. This may be true for a few people, but you could say the same thing about any workplace in any city across the nation. I get the feeling all this writer did was ride around in an elevator, eavesdropping on a handful of people.

In the future, please look for better written and researched material. I am sure there is an abundance of it out there.

Jennie Berger
via the Internet

Nice Try

Around-the-world coverage: After reading Michael Roberts's "Distant Replay," in your September 5 issue, I was motivated to comment on it.

The article mentioned coverage of the one-year anniversary of 9/11, which I feel deserved all of the coverage it could get, without concern about losing advertising. The piece also spoke of various tragedies that occurred nationally as well as locally, which had very little or no coverage on their one-year anniversaries, specifically by the Rocky Mountain News.

The following might be strictly off the subject after such a tragic event, but I feel it does tie in with some of the thoughts in the article.

The News has not changed much about covering events, especially one involving "something" good and newsworthy after 9/11, like Steve Fossett's record-breaking solo flight around the world in a balloon. I realize that some people could care less about it, but it is something positive and should be acknowledged. The News's "coverage," if you could call it that, amounted to a dinky article close to the back of the paper. No massive headline or pictures; zilch on the front page. Then a few days later, they printed a very negative and nasty cartoon about Steve Fossett's ego, and much later printed a balloon on their cover about a local event.

The press should cover more "nice" news such as this.

Rosemary McManis

Burn, Baby, Burn

A beautiful world: I wanted to thank David Holthouse for "Burn This," his September 12 article on Burning Man 2002 and our local burners. Ahhh, the memories. Unfortunately, though, he did not even hit the surface.

This year was my first year at Burning Man. I've wanted to go for six years and finally found someone with the guts to face it with me. Though we did not stay with the village Holthouse did, it was our wonderful Colorado Burners who led my partner and I to one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Would I suggest this to all? NO! The environment is a wonderland of humanity that at times can be an overload. We were constantly challenged by this, but in the end truly found ourselves in wonderful situations we couldn't even make up if we tried. Imagine not using money on a regular basis for a week. Or having men and women on a totally equal basis at all times with an environment of peace and friendship. These are not things that happen in the "real world," and they make coming down from the trip even harder. But it was worth every moment, and it's nice to realize that there can be a world out there like this...even if it is for just a week.

So I would like to make one suggestion for next year: Give David at least a week to come down off the playa and into our "real world," and give him more than one page to write of this beautiful society and its people.

Leslie O'Donnell

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