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Genetic modification blows into town
Saturday, April 26, was windy. Driving east from Delta to Paonia,
our dark mountains were virtually obscured by a thick haze.
Dust blowing off of the adobes, dust from dry, open fields,
dust blowing from agricultural areas miles away. The sky was
streaked high with yellow dust.
Like many areas in Colorado, ours is frequently windy. What
if our wind contained the residues of genetically modified drug
crops? Industry claims that pollen’s altered DNA is quickly
destroyed, but what of error? What of seed mistakenly spread?
Corn is promiscuous, humans fallible and nature unpredictable.
Contamination will creep past the designated fields and gradually
pollute crops and grasses beyond. Because homeostasis occurs
in nature drug production belongs in controlled settings, not
in open-air fields. A moratorium must be placed on biopharming
in Colorado until the safest, most conservative methods are
agreed upon by a broadly represented panel with public input.
Colorado citizens must have a voice in biopharming, a life-manipulating
technology that could harm us all. Currently, citizens will
be denied information about the types of drugs and chemicals
grown. The crop locations will be kept secret.
– Suzanne Watson
Practicesesh: “Tom P.” braces
for a landing while skating on the Fort Lewis College campus
Monday./Photo by Todd Newcomer.
Arrest fashion police
This week, my festering gob was forwarded to a page on the
Durango Telegraph website. Supposedly the Fashion Police caught
a rare glimpse of local royalty on parade. Who is this Fashion
Police and why did they not even ask the highness gentleman
his name? Everyone deserves a good photo credit.
This piece, typical of similar Fashion Police bits all over
the country, obviously takes jabs at people who wear clothing
different than the mainstream norm.A0I myself have been persecuted
for my “scurvies” (pants frayed at the bottom
similar to ones worn by The Incredible Hulk).
I believe the Fashion Police should follow up on their gesture
by continuing the adventures of The King. They did, after all,
want the readership to “stay tuned for breaking news of
the forthcoming uprising.” It would be nice to see if
something can be continued. Who knows, “Harvey Snead King
of Durango” could become a local celebrity whilst getting
his views out to the masses.A0It is a rare opportunity that
should be explored. This man may hold some unique power. I know
his real name!
It is a shame that the photographer did not even attempt to
contact “Harvey Snead” and get his permission to
publish the photo. That way, the paper could remove the filthy
black box from his face. The black box “identity hider”
only cheapens the overall effect of the Fashion Police’s
As the Fashion Police should undoubtedly know, it’s
not very fashionable to wear a black box over the eyes! I
feel especially dirty that they so harshly and cheaply tried
to hide his identity. Huzzah.
– Russell A. Dale
Shame on the Telegraph
To the editors:
Last Thursday, May 8, 2003, the Durango Telegraph published
a picture and three paragraphs of total fiction as their weekly
“Fashion Police” news.A0 Possibly intended to
be funny, it is stupid, puerile and contains not one word
I would like the good folk of Durango to know that this cruel
and embarrassing article hurt a gentle man who has lived here
and contributed to the community for over 15 years. The picture
and article were done without his knowledge and consent, while
he was participating, by invitation, in the Cinco de Mayo
Not being a Telegraph reader, I wonder how many others have
Publisher Will Sands, shame, shame, shame on you.
– Adrienne Bernhardt,
Absolutely no humor
As commander of the Post for four years and additionally,
the La Plata County Veterans Officer for over 8,000 veterans
and dependents, I and others find absolutely no humor in the
article and find no truth to the events Mr. Sands references
happening at the American Legion. I would respectfully request
a response to this.
– John J. Hardardt,
Hiding behind a little black box
In regards to your publication, Vol. 2 No. 19, I find your
“Fashion Police” to be puerile, inconsiderate
and churlish in their ill-conceived attempt at humor.A0The
portrayal of a man as a modern day Don Quixote when he was
in fact a member of a local group asked to take part in a
public celebration shows that your reporter would rather hide
behind a little black box rather than take the time to learn
anything from anyone who does not “go with the flow.”
Thank you so much for hurting and humiliating a man that
has been a surrogate father, brother, mentor and friend to
many.A0And thank you for showing us what you consider “humor”
at the expense of such a man.
– SM Trujillo,
Bad fashion taste
Concerning your Fashion Police article VOL 2. You showed
bad taste in allowing this particular bit of fiction to run
in you paper. Especially considering you didn’t ask
permission to run this man’s picture. Obviously your
poor attempt at concealing his identity was insufficient as
anyone who knows him can easily identify him. He’s a
real good person who didn’t deserve your public mocking.
– Kevin Dawson,
Better suited to tabloids
To whom it may concern,
In the most recent issue of The Durango Telegraph (Vol. 2,
No.19), a man was highlighted under the “Fashion Police”
section. This man was singled out for unwarranted ridicule
for his costume and accusations of drunkeness. This man’s
picture was published with the slightest anonymity possible,
without his consent or knowledge, and without having been
approached for comment as to his costume or his reason for
being present at the Cinco de Mayo Festival.
This man was an invited guest of the festival and an active
participant. The article’s sarcastic, infantile attempt
at humor by implying the gentleman had “crowned himself
‘King of Durango’ at the American Legion last
Friday night. His ordination was consecrated over several
luke-warm glasses of Rock and Rye” is an insult not
only to his character but to that of the American Legion.
If such a callow paragraph had been penned in regards to any
of the many other cultural representatives present during
the celebration, or such juvenile assumptions made about their
manner of dress, I have little doubt their population would
feel equally slighted.
This man you effectively dubbed Harvey Snead, the drunken
King of Durango, has lived here unobtrusively since 1986.
The costume so inaccurately described as a “Fair-weather
Dublet” is the hand-sewn result of weeks of research
into historical garments. The also inaccurately named “Traveling
Crown” was a gift given to him by the hundreds of people
in this city, in this state and others who hold this man in
the highest regard and awarded to him amidst a standing ovation
of at least 150 people. This man you have so callously insulted
has shown friendship and hospitality to more people, even
opening his house to complete strangers, more often than I
can count. This kind man has been a surrogate father for a
dozen or more individuals. This man portrayed as an inept
delusioned drunkard has sailed boats, raced cars, designed
aircraft, raised a family and touched hundreds of lives with
his kindness and joviality. This man is my father, and I hold
him in the highest esteem, and with as much respect as any
man I have ever known; and I am better for having been his
Perhaps the author of the article would find their time better
spent interviewing the person in the viewfinder of their camera
than composing “humor” better suited to tabloids
or Third-Grade classrooms.
– Max Bernhardt
The Telegraph offers its apologies to the
man pictured in the Fashion Police, Vol. II, No. 19, to the
American Legion and to the multitudes insulted by this and other
“Fashion Police” columns. The sincerity of this
apology is evidenced by our sacking the column and printing
all of the responses generated by an apparent letter-writing
For the record, the small feature printed
on the final page of the Telegraph always has been tongue in
cheek and was never intended to be malicious. Anyone who has
read more than a couple editions of “Fashion Police”
knows that we never deliberately target people or make genuine
accusations. In this case, the American Legion was mentioned
merely as an establishment serving alcohol. We tried to make
the subject anonymous, and when published, we believed the few
paragraphs to be a sleight on city government, not on the man
The “Fashion Police” has always
been an attempt to elicit a little laughter and capitalize on
Durango’s status as the “worst-dressed city in America”
– nothing more. Perhaps, when this blows over, we will
be able to laugh at ourselves once again.