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Roger J. Wendell
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Letters (and Voicemail) Unanswered

Letters Don't have the courage of your convictions to return my call or write me back? Or, are you simply too important or special to waste time responding to regular people/constituents like me? Maybe laziness is what stops you? Whatever the reason, I use this page to post letters I've written (and voicemails I've recorded) that didn't receive a response - who knows, maybe this small page of mine will help convince government officials, bureaucrats, "journalists," and the economic elite that the rest of us do care and deserve a response!

 

 

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Dianna DeGette
Representative, Colorado's 1st Congressional District
(303) 844-4988
June 01, 2020

Diana DeGette On June 1st, 2020 I left a voicemail at Dianna DeGette's Denver office asking her to appear on my radio show at any time of her choosing. My request was that she be prepared to tell my audience what she was doing to protect the people and property in her district that were being thretened by the riots and looting related to the death of George Floyd.
 
Her office never responded.

 

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Al Letson
Center for Investigative Reporting
https://www.revealnews.org/author/al-letson/
April 13, 2020

Al Letson Mr. Leston,
 
While listening to public radio I heard your April 11th "Reveal" broadcast that included a piece about ICE and immigration. I was astonished, throughout the piece, at the not so subtle advocacy for a loosening of controls on America's borders.
 
This kind of sentiment couldn't have come at a more inappropriate time - not only are our own citizens in danger of COVID-19 but the country is becoming ever more crowded as the result of immigration (nearly 80% of our population growth is now the result of immigrants and their progeny).
 
At one third billion people, the United States remains the world's third most populated country with a huge impact on not only the biosphere and environment, but the quality of human life as well. Huge population numbers are damaging and not sustainable.
 
Will you take this opportunity to assure me and your listeners that you'll discontinue any and all programming that advocates increases in our population or any lessening of border controls?
 
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
 
Sincerely,
 
Roger J. Wendell
 
 

 

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Todd Zwillich (guest interviewer for 1A)
National Public Radio
[email protected]
January 28, 2020

Todd Zwillich Thank you!
 
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the very professional, unbiased interview and discussion with Ezra Klein on his book, "Why We're Polarized."
 
This interview made if very clear that conservative media is evil while liberal media is completely honest, unbiased, and only interested in presenting the facts.
 
You must be very proud!
 
Roger J. Wendell

 

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Amy Irvine
Friday, April 5, 2019
Population and your book, Desert Cabal

Amy Irvine Hi Amy!
 
I really enjoyed your book, Desert Cabal, and feel a lot of it is relevant to the problems we're experiencing throughout the west and with the environment in general.
 
However (there's always that "however!"), deflecting readers away from our overpopulation problem isn't helpful. Despite your assertions to the contrary, immigration is a huge problem in that it's now responsible for 80 per cent of our population growth. The U.S. remains the world's third most populated country with an ecological footprint that far exceeds our land area.
 
So, I hope you'll consider a greater emphasis on the population problem in your future lectures and writing.
 
Thanks!
 
Roger
 
Roger J. Wendell

 

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Friends of Mt. Evans and Lost Creek Wilderness
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
[email protected]
Peter Vrolijk's February 27th presentation

Friends of Mt. Evans and Lost Creek Wilderness Hi Matt!
 
I attempted filling-out your organization's contact form, at http://www.fomelc.org/contact, but it kept coming up with errors. So, here's the message I was attempting to send your website:
 
I very much enjoyed Peter Vrolijk's February 27th, "Wilderness in the Anthropocene" presentation at the fire department. However, during the question and answer period I was surprised at the effort to block my questions about population pressures on wilderness. One woman announced that my question was "too political" while two other men in your group proceeded to talk over me while I tried to follow-up. Although your group's perception of the question and answer period may differ from mine it's still important to allow everyone present an equal hearing.
 
Thank you,
 
Roger
 
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Roger J. Wendell

 

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Scott Simon
National Public Radio
[NPR webform]
October 20, 2019

Scott Simon Mr. Scott Simon
National Public Radio Weekend Edition Saturday
10-20-2018
 
Dear Mr. Simon,
 
While driving this morning (Saturday, October 20th) I had the opportunity to listen to most of your interview with Bishop Gene Robisnon concerning the murder of Matthew Shephard 20 years ago.
 
For the interview, you said that Matthew Shephard had been murdered in Wyoming because he was gay. Actually, there's every indication that Matthew Shephard was not murdered because of his sexual orientation but, rather, he was killed because of a drug deal gone bad. Additionally, one of the men responsible for the killing had previously been Matthew Shephard's lover.
 
I hope you'll take this opportunity to dig deeper into this story and set the facts straight.
 
Thank you for considering this matter,
 
Roger J. Wendell
Golden, Colorado

 

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Betty Boyd
[email protected]
February 03, 2009

Betty Boyd Although I didn't know Boyd that well I always thought better of her. While campaigning for office she seemed available and concerned. But, like most politicians, it's probably just a facade - she was good at asking me for money or dropping an election sign off in my front yard but just couldn't get around to answering my letter and calls about that pesky little resolution that made a lot of headlines back in '09...

[Note: After Boyd was term-limited out of the state legislature she decided to run for Lakewood City Council in 2013. Despite a career in politics she lost by over 9 percentage points to Councilman Dave Weichman - obviously most voters were no more impressed with her than I was a few years earlier...]

BETTY BOYD
President Pro Tempore
Colorado State Senator, District 21
Office Location: 200 E. Colfax
Denver, CO 80203
Capitol Phone: 303-866-4857
E-mail: [email protected]

February 03, 2009
 
Dear State Senator Boyd,

As I mentioned in my voicemail message, we've met a few times (in my Green Mountain neighborhood and at an environmental event) but I don't expect you to remember me with so many constituents.

Nevertheless, as a follow-up to my voicemail I'm writing to express my deep disappointment over the state Senate's recent passage of a resolution supporting Israel.

Anyone witnessing international events knows the past month has been horrible for the Palestinian people - they've been completely brutalized by Israel yet my country (and my own state no less) continues aiding and abetting Israel in its aggressions, theft of land, and control of Palestinian resources.

In my voicemail message I requested that the Colorado Senate make amends by creating a resolution that, at a minimum, shows support for Palestine but also condemns Israel for its brutality and occupation of lands it has no legitimate claim to.

I hope the Colorado Senate will immediately attend to this matter.

Sincerely,

[signed]

Roger J. Wendell

 

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Dan Caplis and Craig Silverman
September 08, 2008

Dan Caplis
Caplis
Craig Silverman
Silverman
 
Two of Denver's most famous ambulance chasers, Dan Caplis and Craig Silverman, conducted a popular afternoon drive-time radio show that could be heard throughout central and northern Colorado. On September 2nd, 2008, I called into their show to ask about the irresponsibility of having five children at a time when not only was the economy starting to fail, but America's population was the third largest in the world and quickly growing to over a third billion. Specifically, I was referring to vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her huge family. Caplis, during my brief attempt to ask my question, giggled over my audio and then cut me off by saying that mine was a "...bizarre premise that it's irresponsible to have five kids - we have Kumbaya here." Craig Silverman, to his credit, said to Caplis, "I know you just cut Roger off and you were laughing throughout his call, but to me, again, that's something that can be talked about..."

On September 8th, just a few days later, I sent them both a letter requesting to be on the show again to ask my question. Of course neither had the courage to ever write back with any kind of response or answer...
 

[Ed. note: Interesting to note that Caplis and Silverman were taken off the air at KHOW during the summer of 2012 - only to reappear
[Ed. note: on KNUS in early 2014. Caplis left KNUS in 2018 with Silverman being fired from the station on November 16, 2019... ]

 

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Jay Marvin
September 20, 2000

Exclamation Mark Bonus points and extra credit for Jay Marvin! On September 18, 2011 Jay wrote me a personal email answering the questions I had asked a decade earlier. I'll protect his privacy by not reproducing his letter, here, but can summarize it by saying that he's been in very poor health for a very long time now due to complications from back surgery. He also assured me that he was still a socialist and that he had earned very good ratings at WLS. His response to me was patient and polite so all I can say now is that Jay has my support again - thank you Jay Marvin!
Jay Marvin For many years Jay Marvin was a talkshow host on Denver's KHOW 630 AM station. He didn't do too well, there, so off he went to Chicago to try his luck. Unlucky for us, in the Denver area, was his return in the mid-2000s to Colorado where he ended up on KHOW's "Progressive" sister-station, AM760.

On April 4, 2008 Denver's Michael Roberts (Westword magazine) interviewed Marvin about his recent contract renewal at "Progressive" AM 760. Marvin, clearly never knowing what side of the political fence sells best, stated, "I'm getting more and more calls -- and more and more calls from independents and conservatives, which I've never had before. I think there are a lot of people out there who are looking for answers."

I hope someday Mr. Marvin answers the letter I wrote him, below, but I'm not holding my breath...

Mr. Jay Marvin
WLS Radio Chicago
September 20, 2000


Dear Jay,

It's been a long time since we've been able to hear you here in the
Denver area - your brand of entertainment has certainly been missed!

However, what won't be missed is your brand of ultra-conservative
right-wing politicking!  As you will recall, you were instrumental in
assisting with the election, and narrow win, of Colorado Governor Bill
Owens.  As a result, those of us who call this state home must now
endure government sanctioned Bible-beating,  increased population and
crowding, the decimation of our wilderness and wildlife, and the public
glorification of greed and avarice.

Your thoughtlessness and inability to reason has done a grave disservice
to those Coloradans who care about their home and quality of life.
Although I would encourage you to continue your career in entertainment,
I hope and pray your mindless babbling will never influence another
voter anywhere, ever again.

Sincerely,

Roger J. Wendell
http://www.rogerwendell.com
303-385-3030
[email protected]
P.O. Box 460101
Aurora, Colorado 80046-0101

 

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