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The rest, as they say, is history. I would run into Mary socially, and we were even civil to each other. Reading your article brought it all back. I feel sorry for the fools who are duped by her, and that includes all the press who swallow her story line. Thank God you finally wrote the truth.
Thom Wise
Las Vegas, Nevada

Right fucking on! I've just been waiting for someone to see through the veneer that is Starkey and its leader, Mary Starkey. I graduated from there several years ago, and they haven't done a fucking thing for me. I found my own position. The problem with their placement is that they tell prospective clients that their grads can do anything, including work for days with no sleep and little food. It's ridiculous what they tell clients. The article was exactly the way things work around there.

Excellent, excellent story.
Name withheld on request

Joel Warner responds: Mary Starkey had been slated for an August 14 jury trial in Denver County Court in connection with her alleged attack on former Starkey International teacher Raymond Champion. But that trial has been delayed until September 26 — which means it will occur after the trial connected to Starkey's alleged assault on student Lisa Kirkpatrick, now scheduled for September 14. In the meantime, go to the Westword blog to read parts of Starkey's official response to the Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools regarding the complaints filed with the division by two of Kirkpatrick's classmates, Skip Muller and Natasha Madison.

"Drink Up, Ladies!," Patricia Calhoun, August 9



Man Overboard

Should of known that a woman wrote the ladies' night article. I applaud Steve Horner in taking on this cause. I turn on the television or call a company, and all I see and hear about are women. While many of you women want to bitch and moan about equally, what you actually want is supremacy. All it takes is a reasonably prudent person to see that the media and government are turning American society into a culture wherein women dominate everything.
Wayne
Denver

If Patricia Calhoun stops writing about him, will Steve Horner please, please, please go away? This "man" gives mankind a bad name.
Tracy Fox
Denver

Like all great endeavors, one rarely reaches the summit on the first, second or even third attempt. As with fighting the inherent hypocrisy of ladies' night, I'm fighting years of prejudice where these Denver County judges believe that discrimination is only about blacks, lynchings and women's 1970s pay inequity, plus the fact that I can't find a lawyer with guts enough to want to jump into the fray, so I'm on my own, doing the best I can, learning from each case. I'll eventually get there. And then we will have all learned the lesson that if we want to end discrimination, we have to stop discriminating.
Steve Horner
Denver

Patricia Calhoun responds: Everyone but Steve Horner, turn to Off Limits on page 10 for a ladies' night update.

"The White Stuff," Letters, August 9



A Day at the Racists

As ignorant racists go, Teri Rosen should.

Rosen writes, based entirely upon what her current BF of a few weeks (no doubt a graduate of the Ward Churchill School of Made Up Stuff) has told her, that there is no distinction between "Spanish" and "Mexican," and that besides, all are "Latino" and/or "Hispanic." I'd have paid to see her try and sell that at, say, 38th and Mariposa, circa 1980. Moreover, she's equally certain (ibid) that it was "Mexicans" who first settled (must come as a shock to the Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, et al.) what we today call the American Southwest, and not the Spanish. Which would likely come as a big surprise to all those Spanish missionaries, conquistadores and well-heeled Spanish gentry awarded land grants here by Spanish kings.

When Ms. Rosen's "Mexicans" first came to the Southwest, the nation of Mexico did not yet exist. A vast tract of land from just south of modern Mexico to about the Arkansas River in Colorado and from California to the Mississippi River was simply called Nueva España, or New Spain. Mexico was simply one region of the whole. The "Hispanics" who first settled here in our own San Luis Valley in the early 1500s came directly from Spain, via Mexico, where Spain had numerous ports. This may explain why some of their descendants still living in the Valley speak an archaic Castilian-Spanish patois, now long extinct in Spain.

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