June 2009
Recalling Columbine

I've never written to a magazine about an article, but after reading about the survivors of Columbine ["Ten Years After," April] I felt a response was required.

I was not in Colorado for the ordeal, but sat with others watching it on the news and prayed for all those who survived and their families. When I moved to Colorado I realized just how much community means to the people here; it's part of the reason I did move here.

Whatever emotion you intended to pull out of people with this article, I can't say. But I felt a sense of pride in the survivors' accomplishments, which is strange because I don't know any of them. All I can hope is that others who read it felt a similar emotion, because these young people could have been anyone to us—brother, sister, best friend—and maybe if we do start to feel something it will lessen the chance of it happening again.

This is what our youth should be shown, that even after going through something so frightening you can become more than you imagined, more than anyone imagined; you just have to put forth a little effort and strive a little harder. Thank you to David Raccuglia, Robert Sanchez, and everyone at 5280 who had a hand in the publishing of the article.

Kim Grashoff
via e-mail

Thank you for the recent feature on the Columbine High School survivors and principal. Spare and elegant, the black-and-white portraits by David Raccuglia were gorgeous, and it was inspirational how everyone found purpose and meaning in the "helping professions"—teaching, nursing, social work, child advocacy, motivational speaking. The piece was moving and sensitively done: It honored their sacrifices and indefatigable spirits.

Patricia McKinnon

Bargain Hunting

Your feature "Denver on a Dime" in this April's issue was quite a letdown. I expected to find great deals on things to do, see, or eat in this fine city. Instead I read an article about designer handbags, buying yearly passes to the theater, and going to auctions to get a "bargain." These may all be legitimate discounts for someone, but I can't feed my family on a Prada bag. What it boils down to is that your article only targeted the fluffy things that are cheaper, with just a few valid and valuable pieces of information, like the money saved on vet bills for your animal. For the most part, you left out the everyday Joe, who is wondering when his job will be cut or where Grandma is going to live now that her retirement investments were stolen. Point being: Try to think of all of the people in Denver. I am happy that the better-off have this magazine to use as a point of reference, but when will the majority of us be able to find valuable price-saving points on practical things?

Shari Doege
via e-mail