Letters to the Editor

From the week of May 31, 2001

Another Opportunity Blown

The plane truth: Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Blowing Boeing," in the May 17 issue:

Everyone in town was blowing Boeing, all right. It just never came!

Jay Brown
via the Internet

The Kreme rises: In the May 17 issue, Calhoun's column and Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario did a great job with on-the-money commentary about our losing the Boeing opportunity and the impending (impinging?) I-25 expansion.

They did, however, overlook a couple of key points. We lost Boeing because Denver throws itself at insignificant things: Krispy Kreme doughnuts and the media covering itself are perfect examples. A better one is how new stadium deals throw out the baby with the bathwater. In this case, Boeing was only 500 jobs and one building. Most of those jobs are administrative support, not super-salary executive positions. But this doesn't stop Boeing's execs from soaking up all the bribes, perks and frills three cities will throw at them -- that's part of the business scene we suck up to. It also doesn't stop them from picking Chicago, because Chicago offered them more of the bathwater, as in tax breaks and such. Boeing took what we gave them -- not because we needed to, but because we offered.

Denver will not put that kind of effort into many other employers bringing companies with much larger benefits to local communities: The ones that come here do so because they want to, not because Denver slashed their tax bases, sold out the other businesses and whored itself to their executives. All this means that Joe Sixpack pays the way so big business gets to buy the imports.

Kenny, you overlooked the true value of the name "T-Rex." Before other media pick up on it, you should jump on just how appropriate it is. Its voracious appetite for money will gobble up millions -- turning into billions -- of taxpayer dollars. It will captivate and swallow drivers who dare enter its territory. People will die (of old age, mainly) for going near it. It will be this looming, overpowering, unrelenting presence, unstoppable until it decides it is finished. It will leave huge piles of excrement in its wake. Just as dinosaurs were around for millions of years, T-Rex will also be around a lot longer than the projected seven years -- mark my words. And like its prehistoric namesake, it will be extinct as soon as it reaches its peak.

On both issues, we've been here many times before, or does collective memory fail? Can you spell Pat Bowlen? Can you spell Mousetrap?

Name withheld on request

Traffic retort: The Regional Transportation District should provide company-sponsored round-trip transportation from home for all RTD employees. Furthermore, larger companies throughout the Front Range that employ more than fifty people should consider providing in-house or outsourced employee transportation services. A small fleet of used vehicles donated by employees (tax-deductible) could remain at the company's facility and be used for personal emergencies or company-related activities. A company might choose to purchase the used vehicles from its employees. The employees, in turn, might donate a small portion of their savings from not having to drive to work toward a vehicle maintenance fund.

Doug Masser
Denver


Sticking His Neck Out

Another animal entirely: The fiberglass giraffe described in the May 17 Off Limits may be a perfectly nice animal and deserving of some attention, but another famous Denver giraffe predates him (her?). His name was Leon, and he stood on top of the Sack's Fine Furniture store on West Colfax for many years. He was featured in a radio jingle that began, I think, "Leon the Neon Giraffe..."

I can't remember any of the rest. Maybe it's just as well.

Jack Farrar
Denver


Razing the Roof

A stone's throw: Thank you for Michael Paglia's May 17 "Written in Stone," a great article on local architecture and what is left of it.

There were many great buildings that were razed in order to make room for city growth back in the late '70s, and now we see that the tradition continues. I guess I would not mind so much if the building that is demolished was replaced by a building of at least equal design and quality; however, we see that the buildings are simply replaced for pure economics, with no consideration for the city and architecture.

It is a shame to lose Currigan Hall to an expansion of a fairly boring building. Despite the suggested improvements, to put another DIA roof on top of this building will not make it better -- it just shows a lack of imagination.

Name withheld on request


The White Stuff

Honk if you love honkies: Okay, I like Tom Tomorrow's This Modern World, but I hate Derf's The City.

Making fun of white suburban males is easier than getting rid of spare change along Speer Boulevard. I miss Life in Hell and Ernie Pook's Comeek. Lynda Barry had depth Derf has never even approached.

Art Biggs
via the Internet


The Same Old Story

Are you experienced? Regarding Michael Roberts's "Old News," in the May 3 issue:

Dave Minshall was perhaps the best investigative journalist we've had in this town, and if only he'd had a push-up bra, he might have been able to stay at Channel 7 and do the kind of reports that would have exposed the Lowry Landfill scandal long before now, as well as numerous other coverups the mainstream media sleep through. Let's just hope that Minshall's new "crisis communications" firm isn't working for the Webb administration. We need Dave Minshall back where he belongs in Denver, to do the stories that are in the public interest.

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