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Shame on Breslin. Which side of the law is she on? Is it any wonder there are so many lawyer jokes?

Artha Ortiz
via the Internet

Right and day: Views against day laborers are mostly driven by ignorance or by the distorted "knowledge" that is attained through sensationalist media and fraudulent statistics. Day laborers are not robbing and stealing from our system. The unpleasant truth about day labor is that big growers and many business lobbyists want the illegal workers here because they are easy to exploit. Otherwise, Congress would have passed a law addressing and penalizing the issue by now. The U.S. economic system needs migrant workers to do jobs that Americans are no longer willing to do. Despite arguments to the contrary, day labor is an essential component of the American economy.

Day laborers come to this country to lead an honest life, and what drives them to accept jobs that are dangerous, violate human-rights standards and are unfairly compensated (or not compensated at all, in many instances) is the need to provide for the families they left behind in their home countries.

Governmental reports and other reliable sources of information on day laborers are available ubiquitously. For letter-writer Mike Thomas or anyone else interested in learning more about day labor or the work of El Centro and other centers like it around the country, we will gladly provide more information.

Tania Silva, Claude Jackson and Joshua Rael
University of Denver Sturm College of Law


The Lost Boy

A wild story: In regard to Laura Bond's March 3 followup on "Wild Child," I find it sad the way David Mallamo is bounced around, from center to center, while officials dispute serious mental-illness diagnoses made by licensed workers. What does that say about our opinion on the integrity of these workers? These people have some of the toughest jobs there are. Why is there so much fear and denial over their findings in this day and age? What will it take to convince judges, etc., of their validity? Is it all about funding and money?

We need to wake up in regards to our health-care system -- or obvious lack of it. I don't claim to know what the answer is, yet I do feel that we need to support and encourage our psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, therapists, etc. In his repeated behaviors, David speaks loudly and clearly to that issue. I also want to thank Paul and Susan Mallamo for obviously giving their all in an extremely difficult situation. Good luck in Kansas!

Ruth Urman
Denver

Breaking the code: This story is one of many. The Department of Social Services continues to use the code of silence to protect itself when kids fall through the cracks in the system. I know parents who actually were denied the legal right and due process of law to defend themselves after social services didn't do its job. They will silence the parents by keeping their children and actually brainwashing them. The children later slip through the cracks and are the ones who are hurt and continue to look for answers.

D. Pizzino
Hanover, Virginia


Aches and Pains

Broken promises: Regarding Michael Roberts's "The Pain," in the March 10 issue:

Yes, Michael Roberts, my leg is broken, but more important is what else in this town has been broken -- like our state's environmental laws, journalistic integrity and the public trust -- that warrant credible journalists' scrutiny. At issue is why the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post have kept mum about a hot story, why Lowry Landfill southeast of Denver is loaded with plutonium, as records in a federal whistleblower case I won in 2001 reveal, and how the deadly bomb material with a radioactive half-life of over 24,000 years seems to have magically "disappeared" in only six short years.

Michael Roberts just doesn't seem to get it, why Dean Singleton's Post and Scripps Howard's News have attempted to sanitize what they don't want their readers to know about -- their own liability laundering and a libel campaign being waged against me to blunt public knowledge over the dirty deals at Lowry Landfill, where the newspapers dumped their own toxic printing inks and solvents among poisons dumped by Rocky Flats, Coors, Lockheed Martin, Shell, Metro Wastewater and other polluters, now commingled in a 38-million-gallon radioactive mess.

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