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La Voz will continue to produce what has been the Hispanic Voice of Colorado in the print media for more than 1,000 issues. Hola Colorado is preparing to enter the realm of Hispanic print as the self-proclaimed "Voice of the 21st Century," growling, "If you're not of Mexican descent, you have no right to be here"--an inspiring message that will either repel or attract some 50,000-plus Hispanic readers with its underlying philosophy.

But there is a rule in the world of journalism: Readers--not reporters or would-be-publishers--will decide who speaks to and for them.

Bill Galloway
La Voz Hispana de Colorado

The White Stuff
After reading his letter about "Dealing with the Devil" in the July 22 issue, I hate to burst Frank Sheridan's hate bubble--but Brandy DuVall was Hispanic!

Keith Espinoza
via the Internet

Do As I Say, Not As I Do
In regards to Kyle Wagner's July 29 review of Cafe Cero: I used to respect Kyle's restaurant reviews. However, if she thinks the word "FUCK" should be included in her reviews, as she did this week, then I guess she can "FUCK OFF." I don't appreciate this type of language, especially where any kid can pick up a copy of your weekly rag.

And if she thinks that using this type of language in a RESTAURANT REVIEW is cool, I suggest the editors tell her to think again. She just blew any credence I would give to her reviews. From now on, I'll stick to the Post, News, Gabby Gourmet, etc.

Four-letter words are NOT acceptable in a restaurant-review format. YOU just lost a reader.

Name withheld upon request

A Bonding Experience
Regarding Laura Bond's July 29 Backwash:
Okay, okay, Laura. So rock is dead in Denver. But by what standards can some non-daylight-savings-time-acknowledging, non-Martin-Luther-King-Jr.-Day-observing, Circle-K-on-every-other-corner native of Arizona judge us? Taking the hipper-than-thou approach is always a safe bet when exploring new territory, and Westword obviously had been feeling for a while that good old Uncle Mike just wasn't jaded enough anymore. (Geraldo had Al Capone's vault, and you, Mr. Roberts, had your Spice Girls review.) One word: To retain any ounce of credibility, be sure to get out the whiskey and chairs--not to mention the red carpet--whenever and wherever 16 Horsepower rolls into town. It is one band that makes us out here in the sticks. Thank the Lord (the Devil?) that they even exist in our little town, or any other. Sure, the scene sucks. But for God's sake, let it take more than a blessed couple of weeks for some flatlander to realize it.

P.S.: Welcome!
Cat Spacey
via the Internet

Hmm, Phoenix...Yup, you're right. The first thing you would notice is the "fast-food row" of musical offerings. Considering you just came from the world of sand, big cactus, streets that only run in straight lines so you can drive highway speeds through your neighborhood, no left turns, over-tempered work force, bored youth, over-tanned senior golf partners, the time-zone-challenged, plastic-wrapped and culturally flatlined--it is going to take time. Just make sure you slow down long enough to discover the many shades of the Denver music scene. While there are a lot of musicians wanting to "make it big," there are far more wanting to explore and entertain. They really don't care what the outside world thinks. If you've come to town looking for "shock and anger is the only musical offering we have," "look at me at any cost" or "if we all act like it's L.A., maybe we'll magically be transported there," you might want to just rent for a while before you buy. On the other hand, if you can get dialed in to what is really going on and your column brings meaningful insight and critique, then welcome aboard.

L. Mason
via the Internet

Bravo to Laura Bond for not trying to curry favor with her new audience. Too often, support of a Denver scene turns quickly into defensive wish fulfillment. The ignored champions of local music or local art after a time seem unable to face the truth: that the scene in Denver is deficient for a town of its size. And no amount of wishing will make it otherwise. What we need right now is a little facing of facts to get us on track again. Again, congratulations to Laura on her ability to convey her disappointment with the local music scene without raising too many hackles.

Rich Armstrong
via the Internet

I was surprised to see "The Vinyl Solution," by Kelly Lemieux, in your July 22 issue. It's about time Westword began paying attention to non-traditional DJs. I am not a Denver native and was very excited when I discovered Gary Norris and Patrick Robinson playing their records at the Skylark. The sad thing is that they are the only alternative in Denver to clubbing. The music these two play as DJs is hot news on either coast, where DJs are leaving drum-and-bass behind to explore the more campy side of music. Let's hear it for the record collectors! These guys have been invited to play their records in Las Vegas over Halloween weekend with some of the more infamous West Coast DJs--folks who've been doing this sort of thing for years. It's good to see Denver try something new; let's hope this trend continues. Thanks for the article.

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