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From the week of December 21, 2000

Insensitivity Training

A matter of principal: I've been reading Westword for years, and I believe it's a wonderfully informative paper. As I was looking through the pages of the December 7 issue, however, I came across a comic -- Kenny's Be's "Holiday Cards From Local Celebrities" -- that wasn't very comical. It was in very bad taste to use Frank DeAngelis as the brunt of a joke. He has beean a pillar of strength and courage for thousands, and here you have him cowering in a gift box as if in fear. There is no joke here, or do you think what happened at Columbine was funny? I don't know anybody who thinks it's funny. To be honest, I was appalled and disgusted by what I saw. I couldn't believe my eyes. How could you possibly have the gall to print such an atrocity? The Columbine massacre has had an unexplainable effect on our community, as well as the nation and the world. This being the holiday season and a time to come together with our loved ones, the cartoon is not a very respectful way to remember the ones we have lost. Do you think it was appropriate to make fun of a man who is looked up to by many as the role model of perseverence? The appropriate thing to do is to print an apology to Frank DeAngelis and the Columbine community.

What? Westword emotionless. Who knew?

Bryant DeAngelis
via the Internet

Italian dressing-down:It has come to my attention only today because I was away in the civilized world that your October 5 issue contained a cartoon -- Kenny Be's "The Best Darn Discovery Dude Parade Ever" -- insulting my country with racist and typically ignorant innuendos. I do not believe the creator of that cartoon is able to read this letter, because he must be a graduate of one of the higher-learning institutions of this country.

First of all, there are not enough floats in the Rose Bowl parade to show a minority of Italian accomplishments in the world culture. Did that moron ever hear of names such as Michelangelo, Dane, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Verdi, Fermi, Marconi, Vespucci, Marco Polo, Vivaldi, Puccini, Meucci, Pacinotti, Volta and a few thousand more?

What is your contribution to the world culture? Coca-Cola, chewing gum and Bill Clinton? Without Columbus's courage and vision, Russell Means and his tribes would still be hunting buffaloes and living in teepees. Did anyone ever hear of Italian embassies being blown up or Italian flags being burned?

A copy of this letter is being forwarded to the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., for appropriate action with your State Department and against the local "Honorary" Consul, whose duties include the protection of Italian interests in this area. I ask you to publish this letter and issue a letter of apology to the Italian community.

Carlo B. Amato
Denver


Boiling Mad

Lobster trap: Well, I'm sure the live lobsters Whole Foods sells were obtainedhumanely. What a stupid thing to say.

This pretty much says it all about Kyle Wagner's December 7 review of Whole Foods, doesn't it? Are all (even the big corporations') media people really, really stupid? Or is that answer obvious? Where do you find these brainstems who write for your paper? Are they fresh-out-of-college, wet-behind-the-ears, pimply-faced people who have no clue as to what really goes on in the world, and you provide their training ground for life as well as work experience so they can move on to supposedly bigger and better things after they've gotten a clue? Or are they destined to be clueless all their lives, simply because they are stupid? Wait, don't answer that. I already know the answer. It is obvious.

C.J. Bishop
Englewood

Sowing Wild Oats: Having been disappointed with Wild Oats for various reasons, we thought we'd try out Whole Foods. We filled up a grocery cart before noticing that they sell live lobsters. According to Kyle Wagner's "The Whole Truth," they were "humanely obtained" -- so that some lowlife could take them home and boil 'em alive.

We couldn't believe it. We left the cart where it was and left the store. Corporate greed has no boundaries. We'll never shop there again. Wild Oats looks pretty good right now!

Bill Stevens
Denver

Heavy petting:Your article glorifying Whole Foods as a caring place just reinforces my belief that your publication is the most animal-unfriendly one in the Denver area. No matter who says it, the facts are plain and simple: Lobster is not a humane product. They are boiled alive! Simple. Logical.

Justin Sivey
via the Internet


The Name Is Bond. Laura Bond

Bond girls: The problem with the last Wastewordmusic editor is that he championed the less-than-mediocre scenesters in this town, like Boss 302 and the Hectics. Have you ever read their CD reviews in national rock magazines? They're not very pretty. Anyone with any sense of rock and roll would not cover Hemi Cuda (Backwash, December 7) unless they rubbed elbows with them, much like the last editor did with the previously mentioned bad bands. Hemi Cuda is the most bland, boring stuff I've heard in this town since Boss 302, not to mention its sophomoric musicianship to go with the moronic lyrics. It seems lazy of Laura Bond not to find other bands in this town that warrant acclaim and can hold their own nationally, and instead write about another crappy Denver girl band whose members have to dress like hookers to detract from their mediocrity. Call it what it is: not very good.

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