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I have been a longtime supporter and reader of Westword. After seeing that articles like this have been printed, I question the validity of any of your articles.

Dana Ricketts
via the Internet


Nurse-Case Scenario

Clean up their act: Regarding Stuart Steers's "Critical Condition," in the June 12 issue:

I am sad to say it, but the situation in Denver is no different from anywhere else. Nurses are being treated like retail workers instead of the professionals we are. One hospital here in Florida considered getting rid of its room-cleaning staff to save money and have the nurses clean each room after a patient was sent home -- that, and continue our regular job of patient care -- until the staff spoke up.

While female nurses are leaving, male nurses quit the profession even faster for many of the same reasons. Hospital administrators and some physicians need to realize just how important our profession is. Unless things change soon, it will only get worse.

Keith Privette
Seffner, Florida

This is sick! Stuart Steers is right on target. Nursing is in trouble. As a colleague of mine once told me, "This is a profession occupied by fools and managed by cowards" -- i.e., obsequious hospital administrators whose prime directive is never offend a demanding patient or an arrogant doctor.

At my hospital, we're required to phone patients at home if they perceive they've been offended by their caregiver. How's that for support? In the same vein, why not require our cops to call and apologize to the DUIs they pull over? This is a noble profession, but it's beleaguered by lawyers and feckless human-resource personnel.

To all the new grads, let me give this bit of advice: Watch your back, and remember that whatever bad happens, it's always your fault. Good luck.

Isaac Green
Denver


Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow

A glass act: My baseball cap's off to Patrick Osborn for giving me the best laugh I'll probably have all year. "Summer in the City," in your June 12 summer edition, brought back everything I loved about summer when I was a kid -- and summed up everything I feel about summer now.

In other words, summer is a great excuse for drinking beer.

Joe O'Brien
Aurora

Slam dance: I liked Melanie Haupt's "Festival Fun" in the summer guide. Lewis and Floorwax were pretty hard on it. (Yeah, I listen to them on the way in and in the office.) They are too "lowbrow" to get the humorous aspects, and she was not really "slamming" them at all. They take themselves too seriously.

We are actually going to day two of Hawgfest because of Ted Nugent and Cheap Trick -- I'll feel like I'm in the ninth grade again!

Keep up the good work.

Jeff Allen
via the Internet

Lost and found department: Regarding Eric Peterson's "On the Road Again," in the June 12 Summer!

You know, I may be wrong, but back in the days when I did some nice fishing, there was a favorite lake of mine up near Rollinsville. At least that's where we'd park the car and then head off on foot. Shrimp-fed trout. Pinkest meat I've ever seen. Everyone -- at least everyone I knew -- referred to it as Lost Lake.

Cynthia Waldrop
Denver

Quit horsing around: By and large, you put out a decent summer guide. In particular, Julie Dunn's work was well written...funny, informative and done in the light, breezy manner that should typify the season.

I have a major problem, however, with Luke W. Thompson's movie reviews in "Think Distinct." I took particular umbrage at his referring to Laura Hillenbrand's brilliant book Seabiscuit as a novel. This is the best book I've read in the last five years, it has garnered more awards than any other book in recent memory, and it is a work of non-fiction. Ms. Hillenbrand produced this work at great physical cost, literally suffering for her art, writing a story about a subject she clearly is passionate about. To have a quiffy, smarty-pants reviewer cavalierly and incorrectly label it as fiction is an insult to a great writer.

As a published writer and someone who loves books, I was pissed off by the inaccuracy. Tell him to read the book. It's a wonderful read. If he has read it, please educate him as to the difference between fiction and non-fiction.

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