Letters to the Editor

From the week of November 16, 2000

John Fielder

Aurora's Trick or Treat

Pumpkin patch: I had the unfortunate experience of visiting Aurora's annual Pumpkin Launch (Eric Dexheimer's "Going for the Gourd," October 26). The few thousand people who attended were directed to park directly on top of active prairie-dog fields. (And they wonder where all the eagles have gone.) I asked the officer directing traffic about this and received a "Gee, I don't know" look from him, complemented with a giggle. There was a school bus shuttling attendees right past what must have been an arduous quarter-mile walk to the event. All this while thousands of parking spaces sat idle two blocks away at the mall. Brilliant planning, folks, and a great lesson for the kids on what is important in life (not to mention the glorious waste of edible nutrition).

If this type of event is what the city puts on in order to evoke civic pride, they may as well run rush-hour car tours of the beautiful new cracker-shack housing developments. Wake up, Aurora, you hideous cancer! You could still save your rapidly decreasing endowment of aesthetics if you were not so hopelessly devoid of a progressive sense of planning.

Patrick B. Hogan

The blight stuff: If Aurora really wants to enhance its neighborhoods' visual appeal (Megan Hall's "Don't Fence Me In," October 19), a first step would be to eliminate the advertising signs on RTD benches. It's interesting that you don't see such blight in Cherry Hills!

With regard to privacy fences, Aurora might also consider using surfaces that don't invite graffiti, unlike the unpractical design used in Eastridge.

Peter D. Wulfsohn

Get the Message?

Light makes right: I am always impressed when a media outlet can make light of being used itself. However, Michael Roberts's November 2 Message on Jon "Steppin' Stone" Caldara, "Lighting a Fire," did not point out one obvious feature of his use of the media: Somehow, Caldara has become an "expert" commentator. What has he done to get this role? Not much other than be available when the press wants a quote, whether he is knowledgeable or not. Most interesting, however, is the lack of acknowledgment by such outlets as 9News of his relationship to an ultra-conservative "think" (oxymoron) tank. Instead they play him as some impartial, intelligent talking head. It's the worst and most irresponsible form of journalism, and what really sinks in is how lazy the reporters really are.

Keep up the good work.

Roger Spincter
via the Internet

Horsing around: I always enjoy the horse laugh I get whenever someone with a gored ox starts bleating, "Not me!" Media man Michael Roberts's assurances in "Lighting a Fire" that individual media personalities never -- no sirree, Bob, ever, ever, ever! -- let their own biases show in their reporting is, let's just say, somewhat less than convincing. No, wait. Let's call a spade a spade, shall we? It's horseshit.

It's pretty clear that lefties in the print and broadcast media (and they are legion) were actively and overtly campaigning for their favorites also -- coincidentally! -- on the left. What I saw amounted to a cynical and un-American attempt by the Democrat's Fifth Columnists of the column-inch and the pixel dot to get out the vote -- in reverse. The plan? Simple: Through the incessant drum-beating of polls of questionable parentage and treble-headed offspring, they hoped to convince as many undecideds as possible (who typically end up voting Republican) that since this thing was all but in the bag for their boy, why bother getting out of the La-Z Boy at all on Election Day? Sort of like VW vanloads of eager, bright-eyed Young Democrats going out into the neighborhoods, but instead of driving voters to the polling places, giving them a forty of Schlitz and a TV Guide. Once real pollsters began showing that this thing was whisker-close and, in fact, Bush was ahead, the media bongo-bangers started tapping a different dance. Suddenly they were telling us to pay no attention to the pollster behind the curtain.

Regardless of the outcome, if nothing else, this year's presidential election should put to rest any lingering doubts -- if you were stupid enough to still have any -- that individual media personalities have any intention of being objective in their political reporting.

JM Schell
via the Internet

Food for Thought

Funny money: Oh, what an ugly web we leave when a very big platitude we do weave. I was quite offended by Kyle Wagner's statement in the November 2 "Overload" that "nowadays Morton's is for nearly everyone, because nearly everyone has money." While I'm aware that Kyle did qualify her statement with the adverb "nearly," and that the economy of Denver is much healthier now than it was when Morton's first came to Denver in 1984, I still think this is a very big overstatement.

In my own case, after returning to Denver in late August this year after two years in the Peace Corps, I was able to procure a part-time job working weekday mornings as an English as a Second Language tutor at the Community College of Denver. While the wages I earn from this job are acceptable, I could not live on them, and I receive no benefits. For this reason, I went shopping around for a retail job that would allow me to work evenings and take my days off on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As the cost of renting an apartment in Denver has increased quite a bit over the last sixteen years, I had hoped to find a job that would pay me $8 an hour. Several unacknowledged applications later, I was only too happy to accept a full-time job at a local bookstore.

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