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I resent my tax dollars being used to feed, clothe and house these worthless pieces of shit. They should have been executed. To top it off, these killers are eligible for parole in 2006, 2019 and 2026. Won't it be nice to have them back among us again? Thanks, Peggy Jo, for raising such fine sons!

Bill Johnson
Denver


Pumpkin Pie-Eyed

Join the club: From the November 10 Drunk of the Week: "...especially when the pumpkin is dropped off a fourth-floor balcony outside the apartment of the Head of Drinking Regrets, who recently relocated to the University of Wisconsin."

Good God, people! Another member of the Institute of Contemporary Cirrhosis leaves town, and still my phone doesn't ring for at least an interview. I'm figuring that you've run a background check on me by calling my old "local," the Owen Glyndwr in Cardiff, Wales, which may have mentioned a few minor infractions of its "house rules" involving broken chairs and a few stolen pint glasses or ashtrays. Please ignore these incidents, as they occurred when I was younger, dumber and more susceptible to peer pressure (well, one out of those three, anyway). At least let me tag along for one or two Institute "lectures."

Diamond Dave Morrell
Greenwood Village


Moral Absolutes

Roman holiday: Regarding Michael Roberts's "Students' Counsel," in the November 10 issue:

I was somewhat surprised to find a long article on the subject of schoolchildren's critique of newspapers using as its base a group from Saint Pius X School in Aurora. Certainly, the editors of Westword are -- or at least should be -- aware of the fact that students in a Roman parochial school are taught what to think about whatever it might be they are permitted to read. And I am equally certain the editors are -- or should be -- aware of the fact that the Roman religion also teaches and tells its followers what they are not permitted to read, in order to prevent the "grave sin" of thinking differently from what and how they are dictated to in the first place.

While it might be true that, at least under the current conditions in the United States of America, brutal torture, long imprisonment in the foulest of imaginable conditions and ultimate execution by burning at the stake are not current punishments for thinking something contrary to the dictates of the Roman pope, the hundreds of thousands who did suffer and die this way during the dank, dismal, dirty and disease-ridden Dark Ages of the Roman religion's rule over the Western World stand in mute testimony to the ultimate goal of Rome's current Pontifex Maximus, whose avowed purpose is a "return to the absolutes" -- even though these so-called absolutes are nothing more than the discarded detritus of centuries of ignorance and superstition elevated to a status of "divine afflatus" in one "infallible" religious personage today.

How did Westword ever expect to get an unbiased set of opinions, much less thoughts or ideas, concerning freedom of the press in a Roman religion's "indoctrination camp"? Surely the editors are aware that the fundamental source for the practice of censorship, in all forms and on all methods of communication, is spelled out in those Roman "absolutes." And equally surely, the editors ought to know that were Rome's "absolutes" to be imposed here in America, Westword would be among the very first to be shut down and put out of business.

Colin J. Guthrie
Aurora


Man With a Plan

Box score: I share Michael Paglia's disappointment in the Building Outside the Box exhibit at the Denver Art Museum ("Future Tense," November 10). Knowing of the design process behind Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin and his master plan for the World Trade Center, I was excited to get beyond the "It was inspired by the mountains" tripe for the architecturally illiterate. (I'm a recent architecture-school graduate, for what it's worth, and an elitist, apparently.) But, no, the exhibit was clearly designed for middle-school field trips. Maybe the documentary DVD for sale in the gift shop goes deeper, but I'm reluctant to pay for more disappointment.

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