Paul Bregman, M.D. (with support of DGH staff)
Denver General Hospital

Are You a Man or a Mouth?
Reviewers (restaurant, music, art, anything) should know that loyal readers look for an ongoing relationship with someone they can trust. The reviewer requirements are a lot of soul (Kyle Wagner's got that in spades when it comes to food) and to remain unfailingly objective.

When Kyle Wagner proclaims in the March 30 Mouthing Off that she'd "settle for edible seafood in Denver," she is showcasing either her ignorance of what's available or her pretentiousness and lack of objectivity--neither of which makes for the great relationship.

Denver has a commendably diverse restaurant scene that's (I think she'd agree) getting better all the time. Kyle's writing almost always hits the nail right on the head. Please don't let her sell Denver, herself and me short with all-knowing, ill-informed comments.

Stephen Ramsey

I just read Kyle Wagner's March 23 Mouthing Off, and I have a lot of problems with it. I'm a male chef and I think that her whole orientation has been very feminist and not really objective. I resent the fact that her column is so one-sided. I have worked with some female waitstaff who are even vulgar: grabbing men's butts, saying what a cute ass.

Seeing as how Westword has a female editor and this is a female reviewer, somehow we're missing the all-around point of view, not just about how men are bad but also about how the industry in itself is bad. I think we should have a more objective, well-rounded journalistic approach to these things rather than an entirely feminist, one-sided, oh-my-god-the-men-are-after-us approach.

Name withheld on request

Deep in the Art of Texas
I have to take exception to Michael Roberts's March 23 Feedback on Austin's annual SXSW music conference. I lived in Austin for years before I came to Denver, and I can tell you that in spite of being only one-fourth the size of the Denver metro area, Austin has a much bigger and more prolific music scene. Unlike Denver, which has seen so many clubs shut down in the past two years, Austin actively supports its local music--resulting in its being dubbed the "Third Coast," trailing only New York and L.A. in terms of original acts signed. Denver, on the other hand, has only two papers supporting the local music community (Westword and the new Denver Scene), and most local musicians are unable to support themselves through music alone. Perhaps Austin-based bands, with their financial and creative support through the community, are considered so much more polished and ready for major-label signing because of this local support. If the band is free to concentrate on the music, instead of working extra jobs, it follows that the music produced is probably going to be better. But for now, compared to such music, the bands appearing at SXSW from the Denver area (with a few notable exceptions, such as the Hippie Werewolves) are going to be passed over. Hopefully, Denver will start activating the public to go out and support this local music. Until then, however, music-based communities like Austin are going to keep overshadowing Denver. And, for now, rightly so.

Karen Pitcavage

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