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Julie Banderas Uses Littleton, Colorado Controversy To Bash Left Unfairly

Reported by Deborah - April 7, 2007 -

The community of Littleton, Colorado is in conflict over a proposed statue of slain Navy Seal, Danny Dietz going up in the park close to Columbine High School. Today on Big Story, Julie Banderas allowed the community controversy to be twisted into a left/right issue bringing on Ellis Hennican and Mark Williams, radio host, to debate. Williams' let loose with some hate filled rhetoric that perpetuated the left/right division and Banderas supported him.

Paul Day , CBS 4, Denver. reported that the concerned parents in Littleton issued this statement in a flier sent out to the community.

"We have serious concerns regarding the graphic and violent detail the statue portrays."
The group asks this question: "In light of our community's experience with the Columbine tragedy and the clear message of non-violence we teach in Littleton schools, what is the city thinking?"

The parents were concerned that the statue of Dietz with a rifle and armor might remind the children of the horrors of Columbine and asked if it could be relocated.

Williams attacked the concerned parents asking " What kind of freaks of nature could say that?" He continued his raving adding hat the parents should take their kid to see the statue so he wouldn't grow up to be " a simpering left wing fool."

Banderas did not intervene with Williams after he made the harsh statement. Hennican stepped in to remind him that the people on both sides of the issue were decent and he should not take Columbine lightly.

Banderas stepped in with an analogy to support Williams. She asked if it would be unfair to the schools near the WTC sight to have a 9/11 Memorial go up that could remind them of violence. Although it was a weak analogy, Banderas got 9/11 in the conversation.

comment: Banderas and Williams wanted to make this issue all about anti-troop sentiment which is a distortion. If their kids watched terrified while their friends were mowed down by the same sort of rifle depicted in the statue, they might have a few concerns too. Williiams calling them " freaks of nature" shows a heartless insensitivity. Danny Dietz deserves to be honored for his service but the understandably gun shy people in Littleton deserve our respect and understanding too.