By Joel Warner
By Michael Roberts
By Alan Prendergast
By Michael Roberts
By Michael Roberts
By Amber Taufen
By Patricia Calhoun
By William Breathes
Face the Notion
There she goes again. In her most recent column ("Serf and Turf," July 18), Patricia Calhoun gets all red in the face shouting over some perceived social injustice at the Palm, which even she admits is "just a restaurant" (and a "chain steakhouse" at that).
Could it be that the real injustice that has Calhoun so worked up is the fact that her face does not appear on the Palm wall?
Get over it...and get a real job, why don't you?
Welcome to Denver, where the lawyers and developers carve up the town like a juicy steak--and the citizens get the bill. The Palm is just more of the same. How about this menu item: Roy Romer appoints son Chris to the stadium board--as Calhoun pointed out. But keep going: Chris Romer is working to elect Tom Strickland to the Senate; Strickland is a partner in the Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Strickland law firm that lobbied to get the stadium bill through the legislature; and both Norm Brownstein and Steve Farber are on the wall.
Just a quick correction of Michelle Dally Johnston's July 11 piece, "The Education of Craig Livingstone," in which she reports that a certain Colorado politico once was accused of being a "member of the Universalist Church--essentially a 'Moonie.'" It may seem a small thing, but there's a world of difference between a Universalist and a Moonie, or member of the Unification Church.
The Unification Church was founded in Seoul in 1954 by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon (hence "Moonie"). And, depending upon whom you ask, it's either a worldwide movement to realize a world of freedom, peace, unification and happiness centered on true love or a deceptive, manipulative cult run by a power-hungry demagogue and self-professed messiah.
By contrast, the seeds of Universalism were sown around 225 AD when certain bright lights began to argue that there was no hell and talked of a benevolent God who offered salvation to all people. For their trouble, early Universalists were burned as heretics. The first organized Universalist Church in America was founded in 1779 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Two hundred or so years later, the Universalist Church merged with the Unitarian Church, whose founders argued for the unity of God, rather than the Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
All the Unitarian/Universalists I know are non-dogmatic, socially conscious, compassionate, humanistic, tolerant folks. They're very sweet people, really. Not a demagogue among them.
No offense intended (I'm sure), and none taken.
Thunder on the Right
Two letters in the July 11 issue had a similar underlying message: Don't worry about people in the extreme right. They are disorganized and scattered, with no central leadership. They have widely differing views and ideas, and while some are dangerous, some are not. Some want to re-establish the country the way it was in a Golden Age that used to exist--or so they imagine.
Unfortunately, the situation bears strong resemblances to the early stages of the decline and fall of the Weimar Republic. If I were to assert that our situation now resembles that of 1932, the eve of Hitler's accession to power, that would be ridiculous, and I would be rightly derided as an alarmist. But the parallels to 1922 or 1923, let us say, are unmistakable. The Munich "Beer Hall Putsch" was quite humorous in its own way, just as funny as the Freemen, every bit as amateurish as the Viper Militia. The principal need of the far right now is for a fYhrer. So far, the closest they have been able to come is Pat Buchanan, and he falls far short of what they require.
The extreme right will, of course, deny all responsibility for and connection with any acts of terrorism that, like Oklahoma City, outrage ordinary Americans. They will issue these denials when they have no connection and/or responsibility, as well they should. But they will issue exactly the same denials when they do have connection and/or responsibility. For them, the sole ethical question is whether or not the contemplated action furthers their attainment of power. If it does, to them it is good. If it does not, to them it is bad. All subsidiary questions are questions of tactics only.
Hitler did not come to power because the Weimar Republic acted strongly against him and drove the Nazis to violence. He came to power because it was weak and did not crush the Nazis when it could have. The emasculation of this year's anti-terrorism bill shows that, so far, we are walking down the same road. But we still have many years before us, if we use them.
Richard P. DeTar
Roger, Over and Out
Thank you for Joshua Green's July 4 article on Postman Roger, "Please, Mr. Postman." It has been refreshing to see more coverage in Westword of reggae in Colorado, and it's especially gratifying to read about one of the personalities who has been instrumental in making the Colorado reggae scene what it is today.
The Ska's the Limit
In the July 11 issue, Kathryn Harris, member of local reggae band the Healers, wrote to complain to Westword (and, specifically, Michael Roberts) over the lack of coverage for reggae music. While her letter was written with all the grace and pettiness of a junior high student (and, therefore, I'm not sure really merited a response or, for that matter, even to be published), in his reply Michael Roberts made the statement "Westword's ongoing coverage of reggae...is arguably the most extensive of any publication of our type in the nation." Now, where the fuck is that noise coming from?