Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers.
More than change in your pocket
Driving down the street on a hot summer day in an air-conditioned car and seeing someone begging on the street with a child seems heartbreaking. Of course, it may be human nature to want to share our blessings with someone in need and give them some spare change we might have in our pockets. After all, how can anyone drive by the face of hot, tired, desperate looking child and not give them something?
Well, here's the truth; giving handouts to an adult begging on the street with a child is the must cruel thing you could do to that child. Those babies don't care about the $5 dollar bill you just handed their mom, or the hot sandwich you just gave their dad, or the ice cold drink you gave them. The truth is, they don't want to be in the sun. They don't want to be forced to suffer at the expense of their parent's choices.
If their parents want to beg, that's one thing. But to force a child into standing in the summer sun, in the danger of traffic, for hours and hours, day after day, is not fair. The children do not have a voice. They cannot choose to walk away and sit in the shade, or go out and play like all the other kids are doing. Instead, their suffering on a street corner in the summer sun, sweating, and hoping for some help.
They aren't begging for money, they're little faces are begging to be saved from that situation. If you want to help, stop giving them handouts. Instead, call someone to come check on the welfare of the child, that's how you can make a difference. Write to your senator, congressman, or mayor and ask for something to be done to protect these children. Give the children something worth more than any change in your pocket; give them a chance to be happy, free and safe.
Señor Manuel's is the real thing
We are two of "those people" who your restaurant critic found to be unique (surprised she did not call us "deplorable") ... eating our authentic Mexican fare at Señor Manuel's with family and friends for a very long time. Our first time at Senor Manuel's was 1972. Forty-six years later, we still enjoy the incredible service the critic discussed and it is in fact wonderful to be called by name, given your favorite table and wait staff when you enter this historic establishment.
We have watched the current generation of the Hernandez family, Michael and Michelle, grow up and take over for their parents, founders Lucy and Manuel Hernandez and it is wonderful to watch their children join in the operation of this excellent eatery. Señor Manuel's is the real thing - homemade tortillas, tortilla chips, incredible sauces and enchiladas to crave - everything from scratch. The review was nothing short of mean-spirited. If chain food is what this critic is looking for, we are sure there is a Taco Bell somewhere nearby.
Cindy Flater Drew, Sarah Britain Jack
People need to know the truth
For several years now, I have been concerned over the apparent sense of "no emergency" concerning the continuing radiation leaking from the nuclear power plant in Japan. While this may seem far away and inconsequential, I assure you it is not. The particular isotopes from there have been detected in all areas of the Pacific Ocean, including the Hawaiian Islands and the entire West coast of the U.S. Some may consider this the reason for the recent display of Pele's anger.
The chairman of the Water, Power, Oceans subcommittee is our Rep. Doug Lamborn. Being from his congressional district, CD-5, I thought I might get a moment of his time on this subject. After contacting his office, I was informed by a staff person, that the information requested was "classified" and could not be disseminated without clearance and "Need to Know". I don't know about anyone else, but to me this is unacceptable. Americans as well as all humans deserve to know the truth. Now. Good, bad or ugly, adults can handle the truth.
Should have used the same words
If only Roseanne would have used the same language to describe Valerie Jarret that TBS' Samantha Bee used to describe Ivanka Trump she'd still have a show.
Smart people in short supply
The reconstruction of I-25 in Denver in the early 1990s included a High Occupancy Vehicle lane 11 miles from the central business district to 120th Ave. The HOV lane was built without a toll. The money, $236 million, was gleaned from numerous sources, including close to $80 million from the Environmental Protection Agency.
I was the public hearing officer for this construction. There was not tax increase involved. In 2018, there are numerous toll roads in metro Denver. Most are owned by foreign corporations. The tolls increase every year.
Smart people are in short supply, especially in the Legislature and the governor's office.