The Hubris of Denver
As a fan of your journalism, I am able to blow off the tree-killer of an issue that is the Best of Denver. But do you ever soul-search over whether the boosterism tinges the journalism? You'd know better than I how much your ad lineage impacts your editorial mission. Still, with the CNN-Time gas story grabbing our attention and with other media scandals on fudging stories and sexing for market share, I'd imagine it occurs to more than just me that such a hubris-inspiring money-winner as Best of Denver might institutionally inspire those at Westword to squander their objectivity.
An Oldie but a Goodie
I'm not at all surprised by RTD director Robert Ore's quote about me in the July 9 Off Limits: "The guy's seventy years old. There's not much you can do other than ignore him." (Actually, I'm 73.)
A bigoted statement through and through, and one that consorts well with official RTD thinking. Similar sentiments abound among general manager Cal Marsella's managerial elite.
Frankly, and from my viewpoint, director Ore and his confreres in the front office are as free as they like to think as badly as they want about old people. It's when they turn their contempt into action--that's when my breathing begins to labor and my nerves begin to jangle.
For example, when Ore starts using my age as an opportunity to hurl physical threats in my face, I start thinking about...well, about defenestration. It's just my nature.
(P.S.: Restructuring RTD management is an idea I chew over as I watch Marsella and his multitudes step up their campaign to deny all prior accomplishments--and to aggrandize their own expensive but largely hapless initiatives. Why do they do it? Greed, primarily. For them, this is just another way of wringing more dollars from RTD users and taxpayers--and channeling them into the profits of RTD's top bureaucracy. RTD's scandalously overpaid and woefully underproductive top bureaucracy.)
Where did you find Jim Lillie as a music critic? In his "Unchained Melodrama," in the July 9 issue, how could he say the aria "Recondita Armonia," from Tosca, was "popularized as 'Nessun Dorma' by Luciano Pavarotti in the Three Tenors concerts"? "Nessun Dorma" is from Puccini's Turandot. Please, let's have someone reviewing opera who at least knows one aria from another and one opera from another. Shame on Westword!
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