I find it difficult to accept that Roberts, a man whose recent "investigative" report on local music consisted of him interviewing seven friends and his son, and a person who insists on giving terse, one-line reviews to acts such as George Michael just to show people how oh-so-cute and oh-so-smug he can be, has any sort of perspective to make such a bold and, quite frankly, ignorant statement. For just one of many examples, Westword's San Diego equivalent, the Reader, has, at an absolute least, an equal amount of reggae coverage--which would stand to reason, considering the music has a higher level of popularity there.

Also, in trying to justify why Westword did not have a Best Local Reggae Band, Roberts wrote, "Ska, a reggae derivative, was represented in the issue," as if that's at all relevant. That's like saying the reason there was no Best Local Blues Band is because rock, a blues derivative, was represented. For the first time since I can remember, Roberts had an opportunity to come out looking professional and competent--if he had just kept his mouth shut and his pen silent. Instead, his Perry Farrell-sized ego got in the way.

Please, Michael, for the sake of yourself as well as your ever-dwindling readership, jump off your high horse and pull your head out of your ass.

Douglas Dickstein

California Dreamin'
We moved to Denver recently from San Diego. To be honest, we were both skeptical about how interesting the city would be to live in. Then we found Westword, and with it the keys to this city! San Diego has the Reader; it has the reputation as the hip paper with everything you need to know about where to go and interesting events. We both feel that Westword has equaled or bettered our hometown paper. With insightful articles about the city, music and theater, as well as excellent graphics and layout, Westword has helped us to acclimate to this great city!

Mike and Bonni Verdugo

The Charge of the Tight Brigade
I am writing this letter to express my extreme dissatisfaction with "service charges," "handling fees," "convenience charges" or whatever anyone wants to call them (Feedback, July 11). I find it very disturbing that agencies and venues add as much as 50 percent to the cost of a ticket!

I refer, specifically, to the Crosby, Stills & Nash concert at Fiddler's Green on July 17. I was fully prepared to pay the advertised $20 ticket price and any reasonable service charges. When I called Ticketmaster, however, I was informed that the company was adding a $5 per ticket "service charge," as well as a $1.60 per order "convenience charge." On top of that, Fiddler's Green adds a $4.50 per ticket venue charge! How is it reasonable that the cost of a ticket increases from the advertised price of $20 to over $30? By my calculations, that is a 50 percent increase! I cannot find the justification in paying these ridiculous charges!

I have attended many concerts over the years at some of the world's finest venues, and I have never seen such greed. I have quietly witnessed these increasing service charges, and, unfortunately, I cannot afford to go to all the concerts I want to see. So I am going to take a break from one of my favorite pastimes. I am going to stop going. Congratulations--you win. I will also share my views with others and encourage them to boycott concerts with exorbitant service charges.

My opinion probably does not mean much. I am just a fan who loves live music. I am just a person who thinks that additional charges should be reasonable and fair. I am just a person who decided not to buy any tickets at all to see a great show. Is this show sold out? No. Will it sell out? I doubt it. Apparently, it is better to have five people paying $10 each than to have ten people pay $5 each. How many other people feel the way I do? Who knows? But judging by the nationwide decrease in concert revenue in 1996, the industry needs some changes!

John Boeheim

Another Best Bust
Your choice of Rockfish as the Best Radio DJ has been bugging me since the Best of Denver issue came out. Having to listen to him badmouth his old station, 92X, and talk about Seattle gets as old as the Metallica they can't let go of on KBPI-FM. You'd think he started the whole Seattle music scene. (He was a DJ at a heavy-metal station there.) Even the "Bill and Ted"-sounding Malcolm was easier to take than Rockfish's corny Top 40 voice!

Of all of the 92X radio personalities to emerge, I think Sabrina is the nicest thing to happen to radio since pre-sets. Now on KTCL-FM, she's likable, informed and seems to enjoy herself. (She doesn't run on and sound smug, like Ginger on 96.5.) She doesn't need a stupid name, either. You can dial her up in the evening after Dave Granger, on the weekend, or filling in for various shifts. (This should all change after this letter gets published.)

Rolf Helland

Less Than Zero
Regarding the Best Molecule in your June 27 Best of Denver issue, I feel compelled to suggest that if Carl Wieman and Eric Cornell managed to create rubidium by chilling an experimental chamber to "a temperature a smidgen below absolute zero," they should be awarded a lot more than just "Molecule of the Year."

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