Letters to the Editor

"Fighting Mad," Alan Prendergast, November 16

Oil Slick

Fantastic story, and I am very interested in the outcome of the November 17 hearing. Is the court going to hear this case?

Jack Grynberg's story raises questions for me. How does this affect the general public? Are we, the end users, somehow getting "cheated" as well, especially with elevation variations? If I am wondering this, I have the feeling that I am not the only one.
Patrick Higgins

Alan Prendergast responds: After the hearing, Judge William Downes entered final orders dismissing most (but not all) of Jack Grynberg's False Claims Act cases against the oil and gas industry. His attorneys plan to appeal. In the meantime, Representative Carolyn Maloney has introduced a bill calling for an examination of industry standards that could focus the upcoming debate in Congress over possible fraud in gas measurement and royalty payments.

"Forgive, Never Forget," Adam Cayton-Holland, November 23:

Lost and Found

What a magnificent story! This young woman is a powerful example of what can happen when damaged people (we are all damaged in some way, though few as much as Heather) come in contact with our Creator and Father, Who can heal us of every injury, physical or psychological.

Strange and wonderful things may happen around people who truly believe in Jesus. I have seen it, and I am grateful to Adam Cayton-Holland for reporting this additional example.
John Rasmussen

I just finished reading Adam Cayton-Holland's feature on Heather Cameron. What a fantastic, brilliant piece of journalistic excellence! Thank you so very, very much for doing this story, and for not sensationalizing the brutality of the murder of Debra Cameron (and Nathan Clark). I knew Debra, and like many others in the metro area, often wondered what became of Heather. How she managed to survive such a heinous adolescence and such a Mengele of a father is totally beyond me.

The entire piece was enveloped in concern, empathy, sensitivity and craft. Congratulations are definitely in order, and I thank Adam Cayton-Holland from the bottom of my heart and soul for this phenomenal venture!
Dora-Lee Larson
Executive Director, Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council

I am Heather Cameron's "Aunt" Jessica (Kristy Franson's sister). I am so proud of the woman she has become. I sit here with tears filling my eyes and a large lump in my throat from this story. First, I am so proud of her for telling her side. Second, I sit in awe of her strength and perseverance. She is an example to those of us who have had struggles and those who will. Her life is a testimony to all. Her life says we can all make it no matter what the circumstance!

Heather, you know I love you so much, and I am so thankful for you and your life. I am truly blessed to have you in my life. You continue to bless those who know you. Thank you for teaching us all about forgiveness, and that it is a lifelong process. You have told us in a short story what years of counseling could not teach us.
Jessica L. Hampton
Queen Creek, Arizona

Adam, love your columns and stories -- the one about Heather Cameron, in particular. What a woman, what a story, what a lesson: Forgiveness is a constant choice. Thank you for (once) writing about a person's faith (especially Christian) without mocking. Maturation? Come on!
Nathan Pierce

Heather Cameron is one of my best friends. I have known her since she came to Green Mountain High School her junior year. After I read the article about her life, I couldn't help but feel like there were important things left out. Not facts, but the overall picture. Her life is so much more redemptive than it was portrayed to seem. She has been through the wringer and has come out a beautiful butterfly. Her life amazes me, and she has a lot to offer the world. I think her story is stronger than it was portrayed, and more positive than most people I know. She lives by hope and passion.
Hayley Johnson

Adam Cayton-Holland, good work in the last issue of Westword. It was as if I was reading my own thoughts with your What's So Funny? column on light rail. I also found the Heather Cameron cover story fascinating, and a very nice piece of writing. I was so immersed that I blew off a meeting to finish it.

As a reader of the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and 5280, Westword is becoming my favorite Denver-based publication. Keep up the good work, Adam: Your writing talent and perspective is appreciated by this reader.
Mark Stubbs

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