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Reader: Aguirre family at Rosa Linda's are true Americans

An artist who lived in northwest Denver clued me in to the little storefront burrito joint that had just opened in his neighborhood in northwest Denver, a spot decades away from being tagged with the nickname "LoHi" or labeled a "hippest hipster neighborhood" by Forbes. I've been eating at Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe ever since, for close to thirty years, watching as both the restaurant and the Aguirre family that founded it grew up.

I stopped in Tuesday for some food and fellowship before the craziness of the presidential debate hit -- but as it turned out, I was in the quiet eye of the storm. A storm we started when we reported that Rosa Linda's had declined to let their restaurant be used as a campaign stop by the Romney camp. See also: - Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe becomes a campaign hate stop after Mitt Romney turn-down - Mitt Romney stopped at Chipotle today -- but is not invited to Rosa Linda's - Mitt Romney at Stapleton Chipotle pays extra for guacamole -- big spender!

Then the rumor spread that Rosa Linda's had refused to feed Romney, which was simply not the case. This family will feed anyone -- often for free.

Writes Conservative 1:

Step back, and let's think about this for a little while.... Who are the true Americans here? The Aguirres for exercising their American rights to support what they believe in and their own political views, or the geniuses who are bashing them for it?

What have Americans become?

Good question. Through the day, the comments became increasingly hateful -- and the restaurant was subjected to a barage of harassing calls. Finally, Oscar Aguirre, the oldest son, sent out this message:

I (Oscar) would like to apologize to EVERY ONE WE MAY HAVE offended concerning Governor Mitt Romney, and the article in westword. We did not refuse him service yesterday. THAT IS FALSE!

As stated in the article, when we were contacted by the campaign of candidate Romney on August 6th, by a former Mormon missionary, that he would like to bring the candidate here, NOT TO EAT but; it was presented to us that he wanted to do a political stump here. Talk about our small business and how because we share our religious views with the candidate and are Latinos it would be great for him to do a campaign stop. We did say NO because we are not Republicans, nor are we Democrats. We will welcome any sitting President of the United States. But we did not want to be a campaign stopping place....

Since this article came out we have been getting hate emails, from people across the country, people sending us death threats and people calling us telling us we are racist... that they hope we go out of business. All are welcome to join us for family meal! we may not be your cup of tea but we still welcome anybody with open arms.


If we do go out of business our Annual Thanksgiving Feast to the needy would end. Last year we fed 5500 meals, this year we may serve above 6000 meals. Please let the American public know that we are not racist or bigots. We are just a working family wanting to help our community and our country by serving those in need.



Read the rest of the Rosa Linda comments here, and then see if you can answer Conservative 1's question. Politely.

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