Letters to the Editor

To Be or Not to Be?

Worse comes to Worst: The absolute worst-case scenario is that Kenny Be's weekly insight into local news will no longer be in Westword. I noticed his Hip Tips are still around, but where is the full-page cartoon? I look forward to Worst-Case Scenario each week -- it is the introductory number that puts me in the mood for reading the paper.

Please don't tell me he is gone. I find it disturbing that there is no explanation of his absence.

Keith Stansell


Beyond his ken: Where is Kenny Be? No Worst-Case Scenario for the last couple of weeks! I have finally (no, not really) gotten over his Hip Tip being moved from the BackPage, and now this.

Bob Swanson


Editor's note: Kenny Be is back, on page 7. As we've noted on the Contents page for the past three weeks, Kenny was on vacation -- and well-deserved it was.

Keep Your Cool

This mom's a dud: Kudos to Westword for cracking the sleeper scandal of the year. I'm talking, of course, about Adam Cayton-Holland's impressive investigative chops in covering the Cool Mom story ("Mom's Away!" November 17). Every morning, I would flip through the channels, scan the radio and click around the news websites. Where was the Cool Mom coverage!? How could the mainstream media just bury this?

Mencken and Murrow must surely be smiling on this golden boy's bright future.

As long as Adam's out cracking the fresh stories nobody else has the guts to run, I've got a tip for him: There's this little blond girl in Boulder who was killed a while back. I heard she was into fashion shows or something. Might be a story in it.

John Zwick


Sick and span: I really enjoyed Adam Cayton-Holland's story about Cool Mom; it helped me understand (a little) why she did what she did. In short, she's sick. But because of that, I wonder why she got such a long sentence. Thirty years? Murderers don't get that.

Joan Parks


One Toke Over the Line

Up in smoke: I was surprised that no one wrote in to complain about Westword's "operative" buying dope in Civic Center Park (Off Limits, November 10). It may not be against the law in Denver to possess a small amount of marijuana, but I believe it is still against the law to sell or buy the drug. By making a joke of this, you are encouraging young people to break the rules.

Jamie Alaerez


Suit yourself: I am pleased that Denver passed the initiative to remove criminal penalties for adult marijuana possession. Marijuana prohibition is a failed public policy, and Denver has sent a message to the rest of the state that it's time to replace that policy with one based on common sense.

Colorado continues to incarcerate people who use, possess, cultivate or distribute marijuana, even if the marijuana is for personal use by adults. Incarceration of nonviolent individuals not only wastes taxpayer money, it overcrowds prisons so much that violent criminals are often allowed to go free when they are eligible for parole. Marijuana causes less harm to individuals and society than alcohol or tobacco, and yet responsible adult drinkers and smokers are not punished by the state in any way. Ultimately, our state government should use tax money to prosecute violent crime, not punish marijuana users.

Denver voters have shown that they believe that responsible adults who use marijuana should not suffer criminal penalties, and I hope that Colorado will soon follow suit.

Jessica Waesche


Used and Abused

The price isn't right: Last week's letters responding to Luke Turf's "The Price You Pay," in the November 3 issue, missed a huge problem in today's society. Instead of focusing on the point, the letters focused on Peggy Jo Freeman and how she couldn't keep her legs shut, and now the taxpayers are paying the bill, and waahhhhh! What about the people in jail for petty crimes? Their families and friends also pay extra to send them money! Some smoked marijuana, or maybe are innocent -- you know they are in there!

"The Price You Pay" offered another example of the business of putting people in jail and then abusing them. Poor people once again being taken advantage of in today's society. Yeah, so most of these people broke the law, but they shouldn't increase the profits of some money-hungry corporation while locked up! Let's look at the reasons some of these people are in jail here in the Land of the Free. Why do we have over two million people in prisons across this great land? It's a big business, locking people up, and the article made a good point as to how the system is increasing the abuse on these folks.

Eddie Hinchliffe


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