section and your opportunity to weigh in and be heard. Send
us your thoughts and profundities. You can contact us here.
So, Dave Stephenson has found a new forum for his opinions
(“Soapbox” 02/06/03). Readers of the Fort Lewis
College Independent may have noticed his absence; some might
even have mourned it. Either way, it seems Dave remains committed
to his view that all ills visited upon us are courtesy of a
His claims of domination of a considerable portion of this
country’s society by feminists – of whatever stripe
– are questionable on their face and unsupportable, I
contend, by the facts. Dave’s other arguments are less
convincing still, and his recommendation to Beth Christie about
the suitability for her children of any particular restaurant
is gratuitous, to put it kindly.
“Let the games begin,” Dave? Games have rules that
we abide by. There’s also an expectation of fair play
and good sportsmanship. Above all, they are supposed to be fun.
Take care; you might find that the game’s locked.
Chap Myers, Durango
Editor’s note: We regret to inform fans of Dave Stephenson
that he has been barred from further participation in the Telegraph’s
letters section after advising a member of the editorial staff
to “grow a pair of balls.” Mr. Stephenson will just
have to go back to playing with himself.
To the editors:
In response to Beth Christie’s letter, I frequent Three
Rivers Brewery at least two times a week with my husband, daughters
and granddaughter. This establishment, in my opinion, is a respectable
place, and it is family orientated. The owners and employees
are always gracious and asking if the food is all right or if
there is any thing they can get you. I feel very comfortable
taking my family there. Ms. Christie was offended by a sticker
that was placed on her tip tray, which was not a sticker for
Three Rivers but a sticker to their new 21 bar to be open soon.
Her opinion was that it offended her, and she was concerned
about the juvenile customers.
She has every right to voice her opinion, as I do. Making the
statement “Riding the high hard one” is like the
pot calling the kettle black, because that statement is more
offensive that the sticker itself. Besides, only the lonely
would truly understand the meaning of this phrase. She drove
home approximately 50 miles one way and wrote the letter with
TLC and concern.
When I read the letter, I thought how negative this woman is
and how much time and energy she must have on her hands to be
writing about a sign in Durango and a sticker in Farmington.
But in turn she did do something positive. She gave these two
advertisements and struck the curiosity of the public to see
what this is all about.
So this in turn will up the sales. When the owners “must
be on vacation in the Bahamas” and return from their vacation,
they should graciously say “Thank You!” instead
of apologizing. Ms. Christie you are entitled to your opinion
as am I. Neither is right nor wrong, but that’s our freedom
of being in America we have a right to make choices. God I love
– Thank You,
In praise of wild women
It took me some time to determine whether or not Dave Stephenson’s
letter (“Another Look at Jugs”) even deserved a
response. Especially since a quick search on the Internet revealed
that Mr. Peterson is not new to anti-feminist rhetoric. After
some deliberation however, I decided to speak my piece.
The very fact that there are opinions like Mr. Stephenson’s
surfacing means that the women’s movement is working.
Women’s issues are taking center stage, and they will
never be suppressed again. You have to kick the hornets’
nest to get things done now and then, and apparently it is working.
For us fellas, it is time to get on board or get left behind.
Mr. Stephenson seems to think women are “hypersensitive”
when they object to seeing a large-breasted brunette on a beer
coaster. Did he say the same when the Fort Lewis College “Raider”
mascot was deemed offensive to Native Americans? It is just
a guy on a horse, right? How would Mr. Stephenson react if the
same beer coasters were adorned with a well hung, nude man?
Men are not hypersensitive because everything in our society
up until now was controlled by and designed for them.
I would say to the educated, independent and refreshing women
who make this town such a great place to live, “Thank
God for wild women.” Your progressive, caring and intelligent
ideas are inspirational and helpful to us all. Archaic, fear-based
pontifications such as Mr. Stephenson’s are merely the
last, lonely grunts of a dying animal. The old guard is changing,
and by winning one small victory at a time when women are getting
the respect they deserve. It’s about time.
– Andrew Wracher, Durango, via e-mail
Say no to golf growth
To the editors:
It is glaringly obvious to almost everyone except the developers
and Planning Commission that any proposal of a new golf course
and new housing development should be rejected. For one, the
Animas Valley has been ruined enough not to mention the elk
habitat. For two, the water is not available. Denver is actually
closing golf courses for lack of water. What are these developers
thinking? The fact is, Durango is in a bad way unless the area
receives a ton of moisture. And even if it does, can “planners”
just not leave well enough alone? It is possible to say “no”
to growth. Say “no,” say “no,” say “no.”
– Debbie Williams, Durango
Bring down the Toh-Atin Indian
To The Citizens of Durango,
When I first moved to Durango a couple of years ago, I could
not help but notice a certain sign located downtown. Since this
sign now appears on the cover of the Snowdown schedule of events
(surely in jest) the question must be asked: What gives with
the Native American caricature located at the Toh-Atin gallery
on W. Ninth Street? If that sign does not portray an old-time
stereotype of Native Americans, what does? If the Toh-Atin gallery
depicts itself as a place of class for Native American works
of art, that sign makes the place out to be classless!
I know around the country there have been movements to change
team names like the Washington Redskins or the mascot of the
Cleveland Indians, both deemed offensive and rightly so. So
how can Durango put up with a sign that promulgates the continuing
image of an old Hollywood stereotype?
Has anyone else noticed? Does anyone around here find it offensive?
Maybe it is time for the owners of Toh-Atin to do the right
thing and take that sign down. I hope so.
– Sincerely,Shelly Perlmutter
A walk with Johnny
To the editors,
I thought your package story and photos on that man named Johnny,
or the Sheriff, was a wonderful idea. This man is Durango and
it was very appropriate to tell his story amongst the pages
of what is now considered Durango’s independent local
I’ve lived here for more than seven years and have always
seen his happy face, his waving arms, his constantly chattering
mouth walking the streets of town. And always, I’ve wondered
who this man was.
Thanks for solving my mystery! He sounds wonderful, and it
was a great idea to run a story about a day in the life of such
an interesting and friendly character. I certainly wish I could
be as carefree as Johnny. We can all learn from people like
Thanks for profiling him.
– Shirena Trujillo Long, Durango,
Stop the cigarette twirly dancers
I went to see The Gourds last weekend and had a very enjoyable
time. Most of the folks at Storyville were well behaved and
respectful of each other, despite the crowded environment. However,
there was a young lady who enjoyed both smoking a cigarette
and twirly dancing, and she was doing them simultaneously. Her
cigarette spinning round and round put everyone in the immediate
vicinity at considerable risk. I know there are many responsible
hippie smokers who do not try to combine the pleasures of smoking
and twirly dancing. Please do not twirly dance while smoking
– Erik Jones, concerned Durango citizen
car blues: An old Durango & Silverton Railroad car
sits idle along Narrow Gauge Avenue in downtown Durango
on Monday. /Photo by Todd