Readers discuss poetry, politics, green chile and more

"Slamming for Syria," Joel Warner, September 26

Poem on the Range

This is a compliment and nothing else.

I arrived in Denver Friday evening, and began seeing Amal Kassir's face. I saw it first at a gas station, then at a cafe, then at a bar, then at a restaurant. Her eyes are very serious and strangely alluring, so I grabbed an issue of Westword began reading the article by Joel Warner. It was a casual decision to begin reading, but I quickly became engrossed.

I just want to say that the story was truly great in my mind because of its depth. It captured identity politics, passion, the Syria conflagration, hijab politics, strength and passion and sorrow — a good range, with intervening vignettes of poetry (and great poetry, passionate and relevant and revolutionary poetry, at that). And yet it was captured in a continually flowing and interesting narrative.

Thanks for the good, great read — that's all I'm sayin'.
Chilton Tippin

Ask a Mexican, Gustavo Arellano, September 26

Yes, I Can

As a working (Anglo) mother when letter writer Cheez Whiz was a kid, I happily seized on the new info discovered by Hispanic friends, also working mothers. Campbell's chicken soup is a fine base for green chile — time- and work-saving. Does he think his mother should have ground the flour, too? In what spare time? Thanks for the buñuelos recipe.
Willa Allen

"The Harshest Hit," William Breathes, September 19

A Chance for Change

I knew the girl and teen that Rebecca Maez was, and I want you to know that she never had a fighting chance in life. When I heard about the accident, I immediately teared up. What she did was so wrong on so many levels. I feel so very saddened for the life that was lost and the devastation that her loved ones must be going through, especially the children. I wish you would have added some key facts into your story so that people could see how a tragedy like this can happen.

Rebecca grew up in a neighborhood that was not nice. Her mother was in and out of prison and left her children to fend for themselves. Her father has had numerous DUIs as well as other legal issues. This girl was sweet and kind growing up. She raised her little sister by herself and tried for a while to make a better life for herself. I don't know how she got sucked back into the chaos that is her family. There are a lot of issues there.

I understand the focus was on Jenny Kush, but perhaps a little more information about how a person gets to the place that Rebecca is in could help people understand. Nothing will ever make this right or better, but maybe someone would listen and tighten the laws on drunk driving, especially for repeat offenders. Obviously, arresting them repeatedly and allowing them to not finish probation is not the answer.

Thank you for your time.

Name withheld on request

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