Letters to the Editor

From the week of February 15, 2001

Garden Party

Things that go bumpkin in the night: As a native of LaSalle, another dusty little town on the way from Denver to Greeley, I appreciated Robin Chotzinoff's "The Plot Thickens," her February 8 article on Garden City and its infamous history. During my adolescent years in the area, I knew all about Greeley's past as a "dry town" and Garden City's role in keeping things lively. Still, I had no idea about A.F. Ray and the whiskey-riddled watermelons.

One thing Chotzinoff should know, however, is that JB's Drive-In still exists and thrives, even today. In fact, it does so well that it can afford to close down all winter while the staff heads to a warm vacation location, and anyone from the area will tell you that JB's is always closed on Monday. If Chotzinoff ever gets down that way again, I heartily recommend that she try the place out -- besides orange vinyl seats and paintings of the Broncos, it does have the best burgers and root beer in the state.

Mainly, I think her article does a good job of showing that there's more to be interested about in and around Greeley than the smell (which is not the stink of shit but the smell of money, as we like to think). While the article did sometimes waver on the edge of typical city condescension and attempted to "country-bumpkify" the area, all in all, Chotzinoff's heart was in the right place. The article was interesting and refreshing, as were the people in it. Keep it up -- that's why I keep reading.

Kelli Hulsey
Denver

I drink, therefore I am: I was thrilled to read the article about Garden City, especially since I was a bartender at Libation Station while attending college at UNC in 1997. It brought back some really wonderful memories of working in the craziest bar in town! My friends and I managed to survive the stink of Greeley by drowning our weekends (and most weeknights!) in many libations at the old Station. To anyone ever driving through Garden City, stop by Libation Station...it is a rare find!

Bonnie Reiss
Denver


A Bill of Goods

Showmen the money! After reading Patricia Calhoun's February 8 column, "What's in a Name?," here's the perfect solution for a stadium in a town so willing to sell out to big money: Let Pat Bowlen take his Broncos wherever he wants to, leaving behind the stadium that taxpayers are building anyway. Then we can bring the Buffalo Bills to play in Denver's new Mile High!

Randy Hansen
via the Internet

Pat answers: The Metropolitan Football Not-Stadium District can call its new not-stadium whatever it wants. I will forever call it "Pat's Pigskin Palace."

Jen Meyers
Denver

A penny for your thoughts: Nobody noticed when the penny-per-ten-dollar tax went into effect. And nobody will notice when it is gone.

Without the word "Stadium," Invesco Field at Mile High is a hybrid that isn't a hybrid. The "Mile High" part would soon atrophy and be dropped by everyone.

The Invesco Field proposal is a fiasco. And that's probably what most people will wind up calling it: Fiasco Field.

Lew Cady
Denver


No-Tell Hotel

Stink bomb: Thank God the unions are doing what Denver City Council didn't have the guts to do: recognize that the convention-center hotel deal stinks! And thanks to Westword, and Stuart Steers's February 8 "Check-out Time," for showing us the deal doesn't pass the smell test. Although the thought of a $64 million subsidy to the developer makes me want to gag, the fact that this generosity does not extend to the people who will work at his hotel is just plain putrid.

Joe Nathan
via the Internet

Keeping it in neutral: In "Check-out Time," Stuart Steers mentions union insistence on a so-called "neutrality agreement" on unionizing the employees of the new convention- center hotel.

Insisting on neutrality agreements shows just how low the unions have sunk and how little respect they have for the rights of working Americans. There are very few work-related decisions an employee can make that are as important as whether or not to be represented by a union.

There are two parties to an employment relationship: the employer and the employee. It is very likely that the employer will have information employees need in order to make a well-informed decision about whether to be represented by a union. Unions seek through neutrality agreements to prevent employers from providing this information to employees. What is it that unions fear about an employee being well-informed before making such an important decision?

The unions complain that without a neutrality agreement, the employer "could use veiled threats and intimidation to prevent its workers from unionizing." Their answer to this is to deny employees the right to a secret ballot vote on union representation and to instead insist on what is called a "card-check" election, where signed authorization cards are used to certify union representation. What this ignores is that unions frequently use subtle forms of moral suasion that are sometimes neither subtle nor moral to induce employees to sign authorization cards.

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