Letters to the Editor

The Sprawlful Truth

Mall-to-mall carpeting: I just read Alan Prendergast's "The Next Bad Thing," in the May 6 issue, about the suburbs taking over the open land in Colorado. I am from unincorporated Parker, and I feel the same way that the two gentlemen in the article do. I was young when I moved here in 1997, but I've still been able to witness countless shopping centers being built, along with more and more housing everywhere you look.

Off of Gun Club Road and Smoky Hill, there's now another ridiculous mall being built. Why is there need for more shopping centers? Drive down to Park Meadows if you want a mall experience! Along with that, there has been a constant battle with the residents of Parker and the wealthy assholes trying to annex another piece of land near Gun Club Road. When will it end? Isn't Aurora big enough? Worry about cleaning up that crappy city before expanding it into our nice city! It really angers me, to say the least, and I have to wonder if eventually there will be absolutely no open land anywhere in this state anymore.

Thank you for taking the time to bring this issue to light for more people. It makes me happier to see that there are still people out there who care about the old ways of life and a little peace and quiet away from all of the city noise and stress.

Nicole Drahnak

Wake-up call: Alan Prendergast's story on Elbert County may be the most depressing thing I've ever read. Is there any way to save this state before it's ruined? Neither our economic bust nor the continuing drought are apparently enough to stop this mindless growth. Wake up, Colorado!

Mary O'Rourke Denver

The road to ruin: I loved Alan Prendergast's article on Elbert County, as I am a resident who was involved with the local yokels who tried to ram a local-improvement district through our neighborhood a few years ago. They violated the open-meeting laws and put the issue on the ballot before our public hearing date -- then they canceled the public hearing. Why did we need to have one? Everything was set, thanks to the fancy talking of the lawyer that elected officials seemed to think of as God himself standing before them!

Thanks for the good job. We tried to get coverage over the sneaky, illegal road-paving local-improvement district. I didn't know people in public office could be either so corrupt or so stupid. It was hard to tell the difference!

Kathy Bernardini

Border line: Regarding the tremendous growth in Elbert County, as long as we have a never-ending growing population in this country, situations like that are inevitable. Unless we control our borders, our precious open space and other natural resources will remain in peril.

Jay Bloomfield

Can Do!

Life's lessons: I really enjoyed Laura Bond's story on Carlton Stewart ("The Can Man Cometh," April 29), because I knew Carlton. I lived on Franklin Street before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1995. My neighbors introduced me to Carlton, who was always looking for odd jobs. Over the years, Carlton helped with yard work, remodeling and other things.

I learned several things from Carlton about not making assumptions.

One day he was doing some work at my house, and my neighbor mentioned that it was Carlton's birthday. I took him down to the Burger King on Colfax and got him a hamburger, shake, fries and a pie for dessert and said "Happy birthday." Carlton got a bit quiet and then said it was the first time anybody had every gotten him anything for his birthday. Ever.

Carlton used to drive a huge and ancient Cadillac. I once asked why he didn't try a small, gas-efficient Toyota or Nissan, and he told me that he and his family had to move about every two months and they couldn't get their possessions into a Toyota.

On the day of that huge drop in the Dow Jones in the 1980s, Carlton was doing some work at my place. I said something about the stock market crashing, and Carlton thought the roof of a grocery store had fallen in. He had never heard of the stock market.

Carlton had a tough childhood, but he's a very decent guy, and I'm glad you wrote about him.

Daniel Settles
Vienna, Virginia

Good Golly, Miss Holly!

The party's over: I shudder to think of the piles of negative mail you have solicited with Julie Jargon's April 29 cover story, "The Importance of Being Holly." Certainly, Mrs. Kylberg won't deserve all the scorn that your article has guaranteed her, but did you really think that Westword readers would be intrigued by an obscenely wealthy socialite whose great "sacrifice" is her willingness to party for a good cause?

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