December 2009

Pain in the Back

I thought Luc Hatlestad's article ["Back for More," October] was extremely well written and captured the agony and frustration of back pain in a very real and identifiable way. I have been a chronic back pain sufferer for at least 12 years. A lower spine fusion, several follow-up operations, an implanted spine stimulator, and innumerable steroid injections and narcotic drugs have provided only a minimal amount of relief. The constant companion of pain simply robs you of any opportunity to enjoy life. While I used to be a competitive racquetball player and an enthusiastic skier, all I do now is attempt to take long walks to maintain some semblance of physical fitness. Additionally, real clinical depression continuously lurks in the background and makes you wonder if this life sentence of hell will ever get better. Thank you for attempting to let the caste of healthy readers understand the agony. As the saying goes, "If you have your health, you have everything." Truer words were never more honestly spoken.
Charles Canella
Colorado Springs

Drama at DIA

At last someone speaks out with an intelligent view of the proposal to renovate DIA's Great Hall ["Airport Angst," October]. In addition to the issues you mentioned, this plan will require more TSA screeners and police to staff multiple screening locations; experienced fliers will not wander far enough away from their gate to make use of the improved amenities; and I can only imagine seeing all the people returning to the gate area when the trains are packed or when the trains break down, as they do on occasion. Even that pretty damn good bagel you describe is not going to make a difference.
Name Withheld
Greenwood Village

The Price of Education

As Eric Peterson, president of Metro State Alumni Association, rightly asserted in October's letters section, "a contribution to Metro State would give more bang for each donated buck." If only those donations went into the pockets of the affiliate professors who comprise over 80 percent of Metro's faculty. As a group, these dedicated professionals, who must have a master's degree, are among the most undervalued educators you will ever find. They are the academic equivalent of day laborers, working as "at will," nonunionized employees able to be terminated "without prior notice or cause," offered no health-care benefits, and paid a salary that if they were able to work a full-time course load—which they aren't allowed to do—would gross them $29,520.
Jeffrey Wolfe
Affiliate Biology Professor, Metro State

In October's "Top Doctors" we reported that Dr. Isaac Teitelbaum was not accepting new patients. The doctor is accepting new patients. We regret the error.