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As to the jokes who call themselves the Freemen, that not even questionable, so-called militia groups are having anything to do with: So they issued a few hundred thousand dollars in bogus money orders. How many people did they murder? Huh? But do you see the FBI laying siege to the Crips, the Bloods, the Bandidos, the Hell's Angels, any of the other really organized crime elements in America?

No, but we're being led down this path by most of the mainstream media--including Ward Harkavy, who falls into this crap--that all these militias are a threat to all of us. Yet there's no evidence to suggest it or even remotely link them to the terrorist activity that's been done here or to American bases. The Bandidos and the Hell's Angels fire rocket launchers at each other's headquarters in Europe and regularly steal munitions here, and they have leanings toward white supremacy, but we don't seem to hear much about that, do we?

Ward, your research is very lacking, just as your story is lacking in any kind of direction.

Daniel King
Denver

The Odd Squad
Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, Thomas Pynchon, Gunter Grass, Anaas Nin--this is how your splendid Best of Denver issue affected me. Your writers are excellent, your taste(s) oddball...but I love to be kept guessing.

Please, always, keep it going!
Reynalds Bayard
Denver

This Best of Denver is the worst edition that's ever been put out. I don't know who was evaluating things this year, but it was terrible.

Name withheld on request

In the June 27 Best of Denver issue, under "Best Place to Find Relatives of Your Meal Watching You Eat," at the bottom you wrote: "There are always more fish in the sea."

Not! The fishing vessels that are out there are literally mining the oceans with huge drift nets, purse seine nets, etc., and they drag out for miles, consuming all in their path and at an alarming rate! Many sea animals are considered "trash" and discarded as non-commercially viable. The truth is that it won't be very much longer before the oceans are literally empty!

C. Raymer
Denver

Mon Overboard
Great article by Joshua Green on Postman Roger ("Please, Mr. Postman," July 4). It's wonderful to see coverage of the interesting personalities on the local music scene besides just the musicians. It's also great to see such thorough coverage of the reggae scene. Thank you!

Rick Guthke
Denver

The point I made in my June 13 letter, which you failed to address, is that we local, blue-collar, busting-it, rent-paying artists who play reggae music right here in our own charming town are completely ignored by Westword when it comes time for the Best of Denver readers' poll (this year was no exception, although I wrote you in plenty of time for reggae music to be included). We also seem to escape your attention completely when it comes to reviews. It's just dandy--and pretty damn safe, I might add--that you review all the major touring acts coming through. They really need your review to establish their success. You get to go to all those concerts free! What a contribution you're making to reggae music!

Those of us who also attend those concerts don't need you to tell us which artists to see. But have you made the acquaintance of any of the local players? I would say that you are still in the Tourist Safety Zone.

I admit I have not read Westword much in a while. I am busy trying to support myself and my child playing reggae music. Who am I? What band am I in? Don't ask you, right?

Kathryn Harris
Denver

Michael Roberts replies: Harris is a member of the Healers, a band that certainly has not been blackballed by our staff. The act was a participant in last year's Westword Music Awards Showcase; a profile of the group that appeared in the event's program called it "Denver's favorite reggae band." But Best of Denver isn't a popularity contest, and Westword didn't name a Best Reggae Band this year because we didn't have a clear winner. (Ska, a reggae derivative, was represented in the issue; Judge Roughneck took the prize in that category.) Westword's ongoing coverage of reggae, however, is arguably the most extensive of any publication of our type in the nation, and we remain committed to doing everything we can to further the appreciation of it--Harris's severe case of sour grapes notwithstanding.

Letters policy: Westword wants to hear from you, whether you have a complaint or compliment about what we write from week to week. Letters should be no more than 200 words; we reserve the right to edit for libel, length and clarity. Although we'll occasionally withhold an author's name on request, all letters must include your name, address and telephone number. Write to:

Letters Editor
Westword
PO Box 5970
Denver, CO 80217
or e-mail to: editorial@westword.com

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