Letters to the Editor

From the week of January 4, 2001

The Days of Whine and Poses

Eve us alone: Well, well. With "2001: A Spaced Odyssey," in the December 21 issue, once again Crusadin' Calhoun comes out of her corner swinging with another whining diatribe about the fact that last New Year's Eve, Mayor Wellington Webb had the Denver police out in full force and there was no riot for them to quell: no drunken brawlers, no merchant's stores vandalized and looted, no cars overturned and/or set on fire, and no weirdos that the media had predicted would be wreaking mayhem and violence against peaceful citizens who were just out to have a good time celebrating New Year's Eve. In fact, as she so loquaciously lamented, it was positively boring!

Mayor Webb made his decision with no knowledge of what would happen that New Year's Eve, and he said he would probably be criticized for his decision no matter what he did. Crusadin' Calhoun didn't let him down. She took her cheap shot at him after New Year's Eve, and taking after-the-fact cheap shots at public officials who have to make decisions without knowing what the future may hold is something that is certain to sell copy.

There were two other possible scenarios if Mayor Webb hadn't had the police out in full force. If there had been no riot, Crusadin' Calhoun could have cited all the media predictions that the crazies might be out that night and could have whined that the mayor did nothing to protect the citizens and merchants. On the other hand, if there had been a riot, then she could have whined about Mayor Webb's shortsightedness and incompetence in running a city. And in one additional scenario, if the police had been out in full force and had had to quell a riot, then Crusadin' Calhoun could have had a grand time whining about police brutality and the tear-gassing of innocent bystanders.

Mayor Webb was right: No matter what he did, he would have been criticized. Crusadin' Calhoun and her relentless whining wouldn't have let him down. After all, her job is to sell copy, isn't it?

Phillip Klos
Lakewood


Bad Information

Uh-oh, Opie: Although I was disappointed in the city's lack of advance planning, I am even more disappointed with Laura Bond's description of Denver's local talent in the December 21 Backwash. I have to say, I would rather listen to these local acts on the mall than pay ridiculous ticket prices for so-called major performers. Opie Gone Bad and Hazel Miller are more significant to Denver's culture and Denver in the new millennium than any national act.

Drew Peterson
via the Internet

Bond on the run: So what's with Laura Bond? All I ever hear from her and about her is negative stuff! Does anyone know anything this writer does that benefits the arts and entertainment industry in the Colorado scene? I'd like to know! Seems like Westword, the magazine that most supports the Colorado music scene, ought to have a writer who can be a little more positive and supportive of our local shows and artists (we struggle so hard to get these baby steps taken, as demonstrated clearly once again by this New Year's Eve situation), rather than one who can only demean and degrade those of us who actually stick our necks out to make those baby steps happen in hopes that someday something even more substantial and exciting can grow from our efforts.

Opie, don't let this kind of negativity stop you from continuing to blaze the trail for locals yet to come in years ahead.

Jennifer Sweete
Conifer

That's enough: I was very surprised to learn from Laura Bond's December 21 Backwash that my band, Opie Gone Bad, was to play at the New Year's Eve celebration downtown. Although it would have been fun to "rock just enough" at the big bash, we had already scheduled our own New Year's show almost a year ago.

Please take care to proof your facts so there is no confusion. Or do you "proof just enough" to make your deadline?

Scott Davies
Denver

Laura Bond responds: Apologies to anyone who joined the mall throng on December 31 expecting to see Opie Gone Bad; the band headlined at the Little Bear in Evergreen, not the stage at Glenarm Place (that gig went to Nina Storey). And my particular apologies to Opie -- I'm sure the band rocked more than enough on New Year's Eve. I'd mentioned the "tentative" possibility of the Opie booking because the band was repeatedly named as the most likely candidate by local music sources, including some involved in the planning of the event; at press time, the Mayor's Office of Art, Culture and Film had yet to confirm the identity of the fourth artist (or return my two calls asking for information).


Stand Up and Holler

Go, team! Random thoughts regarding Justin Berton's December 21 article on Eaglecrest, "Three Cheers for Cheerleaders": I'm glad to see that tumbling and gymnastics are being incorporated into the cheerleading routines so that girls can be physically fit. I also like to hear of their enthusiasm for being part of a team with other girls and struggling for recognition. But cheerleading is still not a sport: As long as they are judged on elements like "eye contact" and "facial expression," we're talking about a type of entertainment -- one that is a sexual stereotype, to boot.

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