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Workers of Durango
A friend of mine who
works in roofing recently approached me in the supermarket.
"Danial," he says, "my friends and I were sitting around the
campfire the other night and we got the idea to start a union in
Durango. You know, a labor union." He explained that laborers and
skilled workers were being treated unfairly and there were no
benefits or security for these people. They were living in
campgrounds, for crying out loud. I quickly found out how the
people who build these million dollar houses in Durango use local
workers, pay them inadequately and then drop them, leaving them
jobless. That's if they don't "outsource," bringing workers from
out of state. If they get hurt, they are S.O.L. or discreetly
compensated so they will keep their mouths closed and not seek
After hearing such
grievances and a testimony of a hope for positive change, I
attended this forum on a proposed labor union. The showing wasn't
grand, but there was a certain, varied group of people, all with
valid concerns and points of view. What precipitated at this
meeting was a rallying point among these craftspeople.
A representative from
the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America helped
channel the energy into a common place, presumably a common
solution. A lot of good things were said, and many options
presented. Foremost, it was made clear that when people stand
unified for their rights, it is harder for employers to trample
them than if they go it alone.
I support the cause
presented here, and I see the need for structure and reform. I
think that this brotherhood, with the power of the common man,
could see results; improvements in standards and wages. This group
meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Durango Joe's.
Danial B. Grinnan, Durango
Before it's too late
To the editors,
I am a longtime Durango
resident. I have lived here long enough to remember the "old"
Durango with Woolworth's and Parsons Drugstore. It was a lovely
town then, before the three- and four-story buildings were built
along Main Avenue and before the developers took over. It was and
still is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. But things
have changed. Today, it seems that every patch of green is being
built on and that the way we were is no longer good enough. Even
Buckley Park needs to be upscaled. I never thought I'd see this,
but that's what's happening.
Some growth has been
good. We have a recreation center, a fine-arts auditorium and
excellent restaurants that many residents cannot afford to eat in.
But nothing comes free. Now we need a new library because the
current one cannot handle the increased population. While growth
brings certain advantages, growth today is around us, everywhere we
look. It is widespread and out of control. If we voters don't act,
we will lose that special thing that makes Durango our
If the Responsible
Growth Initiative loses, it will break my heart because Durango
will lose too.
Geraldine Burns, Durango
What in the world did Ted
Holteen mean in the Sept. 23 Society Page when he said of Amy
Goodman's appearance at Smiley: "for an evening of anger with the
angriest woman in journalism"?
Amy asks incisive
questions in a clear, calm, conversational manner.She is tough
about not allowing her interviews to be side-tracked by evasions. I
have never heard her be less than polite and respectful. Want to
talk about angry news people? What about the daily display of
contempt and frothing anger that are staples of the FOX network and
others such as Rush Limbaugh and that bunch?
The key to a healthy
democracy is open airing of all opposing views, news, facts.
America's corporate-owned media is trying to kill this.Amy
Goodman, and her staff, are doing a heroic job of preserving a
vestige of media independence something our country's health
depends on. And they are doing it with dignity hear for yourself,
weekdays at noon on KDUR or watch on Durango Community TV Ch.22 at
6 a.m. and 10 p.m.; Denver Community TV Ch.57 at 6 a.m. and noon;
and Ch. 59 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
I apologize if you misunderstood this
as anything other than the highest compliment that I can pay a
journalist. It is not her manner to which I referred, but rather
her refusal to accept the canned messages of either governmental
regimes or the media that report them, and her ceaseless
questioning of both.I worked at KDUR for over six years, have
met Amy on several occasions and am a longtime listener of
"Democracy Now!" If my description sounded in any way demeaning or
negative, the fault was mine. Thanks for your feedback and for
taking the time to read in a critical manner.
Where's the rest of the story?
I am absolutely appalled
at the recent suicide of Jason Clark, and equally appalled at the
Durango Herald's coverage, or lack thereof. No real information was
given about the boy or his family. No questions asked about why, a
17-year-old CHILD would feel such devastation, that the only way
out would seem to be ending his life. What is going on in our
society that this happens, and quite often, in all parts of the
world? You can't blame it on school systems, a screwed up president
or really anyone else.
I want to know what his
interactions were like with his peers. What did his parents SHOW
him, through their actions, to be in the world? Why did he see
suicide as the only way out? Did he not have anyone to talk too?
More importantly, was he ever taught (shown) that sharing emotions
was OK? Were his parents and friends ever taught that? Were
We seem to live in an
emotionless society, where feelings aren't tolerated. Men have to
be tough and "manly," aka numb. Women are free to be "crazy" under
the label of P.M.S. and a general stereotype. Women are allowed by
society (us) the freedom to grow from life and feel, fully, every
experience encountered. However the norm (still us) does not allow
men that same gift.
Parents have forgotten
what it's like to be a teen-ager. Not because of hormones, but
because of the ways in which kids have been shown to treat kids. I
would urge parents to know yourselves; you can only give what you
have. You are growing a human, and showing them, by your example,
how to BE in the world.
I feel such emotion for
Jason Clark. It's a sad day when a local newspaper reports more on
the beagle that found Jason Clark's dead body, than on what would
cause a 17-year-old to commit suicide, for no apparent reason. Or
so they report.
Where did the gun come
from? Is this occurrence being stuffed under the belt of
depression? If we're going to go that far, why don't we spend some
time analyzing the trash or "food," as some call it, that we
consume on a daily basis; starving our bodies of necessary
nutrients, which then will cause chemical imbalances all throughout
the body, including the brain. Why not go even deeper and explore
our over-medicated world, thanks to the valiant medical
corporation, er, I mean system. I know we've all heard the little
voice at the end singing: "side effects may include internal
bleeding, loss of intestinal control, severe hemorrhage and heart
failure." Scary. But the scariest part is that we all buy into this
So, in my seemingly
pessimistic, slightly neurotic view, the point is this: Why are we
afraid of emotions? Why 4 aren't we all screaming and
crying in the street, mourning the death of Jason Clark, or anyone
for that matter? When are we going to wake up and love ourselves,
truly give ourselves? Love your world and its
Crash the party
Ralph Nader and Peter
Camejo are running as third party candidates in the USA
presidential elections in 2004. In reality though, they are running
as challengers to the ONE PARTY Republicrat/Demoblican duopoly that
has embedded itself in the U.S. governmental suites of U.S.
As Ralph Nader correctly
states in his book, Crashing the Party, "both the Republican and
Democratic parties are delivering our elections and our government
to the highest bidders at the expense of our democratic processes."
Nowhere is this more apparent than with the establishment of the
Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), formed in 1988 by a
private corporation headed by the co-chairs of the Republican and
Democratic committees. Funded heavily by companies such as Philip
Morris, Anheuser-Busch, Ford Motor Co., and AT&T, the CPD was
specifically put into place to exclude third party candidates and
limit the parameters of the debate choice for president to the ONE
As Ralph has correctly
noted, "each time the cycle of power has favored more democracy,
our country has prospered a rising tide lifting all boats. Each
time the cycle of corporate plutocracy (rule by the rich) has
lengthened, injustices and shortcomings proliferate."Truly, it is
high time to stand up against the ONE PARTY corporate duopoly in
America and assert the enormous leverage we, the American
citizenry, have in "equaliberalizing" the Democratic-Republican
governance equation, now desperately out of balance.Vote your
conscience on Nov. 2, 2004, America. The choice between the "lesser
of two evils" is the central stratagem used by the plutocratic
duopoly to keep itself solely in power and unchallenged.
Its time to SMASH this
bankrupt ideology once and for all this upcoming election and take
our country back from the corporatists and robber barons who have
illegally usurped our rights to govern our own country.