By Joel Warner
By Michael Roberts
By Alan Prendergast
By Michael Roberts
By Michael Roberts
By Amber Taufen
By Patricia Calhoun
By William Breathes
I know that the Landmark training has nothing to do with fascism and everything to do with the technology of communication.
Think or Swim
Steve Jackson's "I Think I Can, I Think I Can," in the April 18 issue, was the most biased, narrow-minded piece I've ever read in Westword. Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Anthony's idea of an alternative transportation system was condemned before Mr. Jackson asked his first interview question.
They could very well be brainwashed cronies of the Landmark Education Corporation, as they are brutally depicted in the article, but at least they're trying to improve our world. We could use a little more positivity. I say, more power to 'em. What if the great inventors throughout time took these types of criticisms to heart and gave up? Can you, Mr. Jackson, think of a better idea than theirs? Let's hear it. Or you're probably happy with our carbon-monoxide-spewing, number-one death-causing, asphalt-breeding machines. Ah, yes, I can see it nowEwhat a beautiful sight, as the population continues to double and quadruple, we'll try to keep up with more and more freeways. Ten-lane super-highways, twenty-lane mega-super-freeways. Yes! It'll be great. Concrete everywhere, yee-ha! Imagine the first 1,000-car pileup!
Do you think the CEOs of Shell, Exxon, GM, Ford, etc., give a damn about the welfare of our planet? Yeah, right. If we don't put pressure on the government to change, they won't. Until the day when politicians aren't bought and sold by the huge automobile and oil companies that are exploiting our planet, we'll have to rely on the ideas of dreamers such as Anthony and Hopkins. They don't need the negativity, and neither do I.
I think Westword should ask for suggestions, hold a contest perhaps, asking for the most creative ideas. Imagine the possibilities.
Footing the Football Bill
Regarding Bill Gallo's "And the Hits Keep Coming," in the April 25 issue:
Who is ramrodding the Broncos stadium bill? Who are the lawmakers supporting this abuse of taxpayers' funds? Pat Bowlen has threatened to move the Broncos if he doesn't get a new stadium. Let him move. I think we could do better with the Denver Seahawks or Denver Dolphins. Maybe they can get us to the playoffs. Bowlen's Broncos can't.
Bowlen has said that he needs a new stadium to increase his profitability. I believe it is more important that we increase the profitability of our school systems and law-enforcement and fire departments so that they can provide us with better schools and police and fire protection. That one cent in sales tax for every ten dollars would go a long way to showing our teachers, police and firefighters that they are recognized and are more important than a bunch of multimillionaire football players.
I believe the Broncos stadium should have a very low priority with our lawmakers, voters and taxpayers.
Fredrick G. Clutsom
Center of the Norm
Alan Prendergast's article on Phil Burgess and the Center for the New West ("Winging It," April 11) was not an accurate portrayal. Prendergast insinuates that Phil Burgess recommends programs that benefit US West because he is paid by them. In my seven-year working relationship with Phil, never once have I seen him deliberately skew his recommendations to favor his employer. Sometimes the recommendations do favor US West and sometimes they don't, but they are always based on Phil's strong belief in private enterprise and innovation and are grounded in real-world experiences.
Further, to portray the staff at the Center for the New West as frivolous researchers interested only in media coverage is to ignore nine years of extensively documented studies published there. This felt like a story written by some unhappy former employee, not one carefully researched by an unbiased reporter.
Can't Stop the Music
Whatever happened to saying something nice about people and their professional jobs?
After reading Michael Roberts's April 11 article about radio stations, "The Mouths That Roar," I have one comment: Dave Granger of KTCL rules. He is great, and why shouldn't he be? He makes the radio station fun, plays great music, has a great voice and, best of all, he likes what he does. Quite frankly, not too many people can say that in life. Dave Granger is an intellectual human being and therefore will succeed. I am not the only person who feels this way, and that is why KTCL is happening.
I do not know what challenged Michael Roberts's inner problems. But as a singer and someone who's been in the religious field all my life, I can tell you that if you don't like the music, turn it off--don't criticize.
Life is toooo short.
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