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The notion of innocent until proven guilty is gone from this nation. I sat in that courtroom and had to prove I was innocent. I put witnesses on the stand who stated I did not commit the offenses I was accused of. And thank the Lord that I did, since when I testified, the government would not discuss the charges against me. Instead, Blumberg led me down the yellow hypothetical trail. The government's case and Blumberg's agenda were based on hypothetical incidents, and he was able to find some weak-minded puppets to confirm his position.

I will continue to support and defend my brothers until final justice is rendered and they are set free. God bless Mike, Rod and Bobby.

David A. Pruyne
via the Internet

We, the jury: I was a juror on this trial and found Alan Prendergast's article to be interesting and accurate. There was a time during deliberation when I felt the jury would be hung on the conspiracy count for LaVallee and Schultz, but by following the instructions given to us, it eventually became evident to all that they were guilty. I personally didn't see Judge Daniel's call for the five verdicts on Monday as an indication that he was pressuring us to reach a decision. I believe all of us were prepared to go another week or beyond, if necessary.

Good work!

Bill Norton
Conifer


The Outer Limits

Harry today, gone tomorrow: This is in regard to "The Truth About Harry," in the June 26 Off Limits. I am amazed and appalled at the rubbish that was written about what went on that Friday night at the Tattered Cover. Nothing was said about the activities the bookstore put together for the fans. Yes, it was stuffy, and with a large amount of people in the whole store, not just the basement, the air is going to be compromised. Next time do us all a favor and just shut your hole.

Or would you prefer your own petri dish, since you seem to view yourself apart from humanity?

Jennifer Abel
via the Internet

The gripes of goth: I found " Groovy Ghoulies," in the May 29 Off Limits, to be presumptuous of Westword, not to mention very stereotypical. You said that the people who did not accept the pink balloons were "too goth." I wonder, though, if anyone bothered to ask these people if that was their reason for not taking the balloons. The comments about the undead leading each other around on leashes, as well as assuming that everyone was a Marilyn Manson fan -- hence implying that goths fashion themselves after Marilyn himself -- were very ignorant stereotypes.

It seems to me that Westword has stated many times that it is an alternative paper, yet you clearly do not support the alternative scenes that are out there by publishing such things with interviews from only the two people who were trying to make fun of a genre of an alternative nature. Fair journalism should apply always, and in fairness, those in the gothic scene have fought hard to be able to be themselves without cynicism or stereotypes, and articles such as this only do damage to these efforts. Next time, try to at least get interviews from both sides.

I wonder if Westword would feel the same if someone went out of his way to make you all the butt of his jokes, as I would think you take your paper seriously.

Aliza James
Denver


Is There a Doctor in the House?

Banned aid: Thank you very much for "Critical Condition," Stuart Steers's excellent June 12 article on the nursing situation in Denver, and his "Nurses Denied" followup last week.

I am another one of those nurses who no longer works in the profession. In my case, I left to pursue a public-health education and now work in the field of epidemiology/program evaluation. Dissatisfaction with the profession did not lead me to leave nursing. It was more a matter of feeling more drawn to work on the population and public-health aspects of health care. Even though I do not currently take care of patients, I do feel very strongly that the organization and orientation of our health-care system is dangerous and misguided.

One issue that is not often mentioned when reviewing the problems in the U.S. health-care system is the notable lack of physician voices when it comes to the problems facing nursing. Occasionally, physicians bemoan the shortage of nurses or the replacement of professional nurses with less trained workers. However, I rarely hear any collective physicians' voice advocating for nurses.

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