Letters to the Editor

From the week of April 12, 2001

The Bust of Denver

Fossil fuel: Congratulations, Westword! With your new Best of Denver 2001 edition, you've confirmed, once again, what a tacky rag you've become. Like that '70s dinosaur, Patricia Calhoun, Westword is one more reason to think Denver is still a backwater cowtown. Best of Denver 2001 was 320 pages of fish wrapping.

Lewis T. Ford
Denver

Best yearbook: Thanks for the Best of Denver 2001. As always -- and it's wonderful to say that annually -- I've come to anticipate the Best of Denver's publication.

Reynalds Bayard
Denver

Routine business: The Best of Denver wasn't -- and hasn't been for many years. Isn't it about time to cancel the tired old vaudeville piece? I doubt if anybody pays any attention to it anymore -- not even Milton Berle.

Vincent Clarkson
Denver

A dirty trick: Hey, what gives with your Best of Denver Readers' Poll? You ask us who we like and then you substitute your own answers. Why do we waste our time? Clean it up...get a bath!

Don Woods
Littleton

Poll faulting: I guess Denver still is a cowtown. Why does Westword even bother with readers' choices anymore? I remember in years past, I could predict nearly every choice. Best Pizza...Pizza Hut, Best Sub Sandwich...Subway, Best Taco...Taco Bell.

Taco Bell!? That even made it this year. I guess there isn't a Burrito Barn in Denver, or it would have grabbed a Best of Denver award.

Bill Lean
Wheat Ridge

California dreamin': I've been extremely busy, so I am late with my Best of Denver entries. But a more appropriate name for the Convergence Corridor is "Inferiority Complex." As for the Best Next Job for Wellington Webb: Roy Romer went to California -- maybe WW could be the chairman of the L.A. water board or join the California PUC. He's out of touch with the common people of Colorado; he'd fit right in out in California.

Ezra Sobel
Westminster

The heir apparent: That readers selected Adele Arakawa as having the best hair and Channel 9 as having the best newscast speaks volumes about the unsophisticated tastes of Denverites. I've lived here for almost two years, and as a Chicago native, I really thought that Denver would be similar. Ha! Channel 9's newscasts -- where they spend fifteen minutes oohing and aahing over the pregnant status of one of their "anchors" and then another five showing pictures of local babies -- is hysterical. I tell my friends at home and they don't even believe me! This isn't a city -- this is Hicksville with professional sports.

On another matter, the reason I'm not using my name is because I actually work for one of the local dailies currently embroiled in the much-hated JOA. Having previously worked at a daily in Chicago, I will come to the defense of the Denver Post. (By the way, can't you better conceal your blanket hatred of this publication? Westword is no less corporate or hypocritical -- "alternative," indeed! How about the fact that you are bought and paid for by New Times?) The Denver Post, whether the JOA is right or wrong, treats people humanely. Although there could be, there is no pretense at the manager-employee level. Maybe I just have a decent person for a boss, but I've found that across the board, Post editorial cares about content, cares about being unbiased, and has generally talented reporters (Chuck Green notwithstanding!).

Westword is well written, and I read it for the articles, but you should really drop this underdog pose. You're snobs, and yet you act as though you care about Joe Denver. It's a laugh. Get over yourselves.

Name withheld on request

The write stuff: Thank you very much for recognizing the efforts of Patti Thorn with the Best Literary Service Threatened by the JOA award. As one of her reviewers, I've had the opportunity to see how hard she's worked to create a first-rate weekly feature. Thousands of books cross her desk every year, and she manages to present a great cross-section of what's out there. Her "new authors" section is a particular favorite of mine, as it helps to make readers aware of high-quality first novels by writers whose books may not be aggressively promoted by their publishers.

I regret that her work won't appear in the Sunday P*** (I can't even bring myself to type the name), because its book section is probably what Lynn Bartels had in mind when she spoke of our dearly beloved JOA partner's "technical and boring" side.

Ed Halloran
Denver

Stormy weather: Too often, positive things about public schools go unnoticed and unprinted by the media. And far too often, the teachers responsible for making the programs work also go unnoticed and unmentioned. While Skinner Middle School is the Best Place to Be a Junior Meteorologist, it couldn't happen without a caring and professional teacher bringing the program into the school in the first place. In this case, that caring and professional teacher is Cheryl Kirksey. It is as much because of her as Reese Halter that Skinner even has a weather station. Through her diligence and hard work, students at Skinner are able to participate in this global project.

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