Letters to the Editor

From the week of July 12, 2001

Electric Company

Zap comics: I have all the symptoms described in Harrison Fletcher's June 28 "Unlucky Strike": memory loss, loss of balance, general confusion. I thought it was age, but now I know better. I must have been struck by lightning!

Great story, by the way.

Susan Mulligan
Denver

Greased lightning: On page 28 of Harrison Fletcher's lightning story: "The zigzag path it chooses is entirely random, dictated simply by the quickest way to the earth."

On page 32: "Thunderbolts have been known to travel more than ten miles before hitting the ground."

Que es verdad, amigo?

Rob Walters
Boulder


Speak From the Diaphragm

Barrier method: You go, girl! Patricia Calhoun's "Watch the Fireworks," in the July 5 issue, was hilarious, but it was also on the mark. Calhoun said many of the things that I've been waiting to hear, and I have just one more thing to add.

I didn't want to pay for the new stadium, and if it couldn't be named Bowlen's Boondoggle, then I'm glad someone bought the naming rights and saved railroaded taxpayers such as myself from paying even more money. And Invesco's temper tantrum showed that this company was the perfect fit for the new stadium: Invesco's as big a baby as Bowlen is!

Ray Hernandez
Denver

It doesn't ad up:In her July 5 column, Calhoun stated that "the Metropolitan Football Stadium District followed the letter of the law" in selling the naming rights to Invesco. They followed the letter of the law?

Was not the stadium board legally required to consider the "public sentiment" before selling the stadium's naming rights? Every measure of the public sentiment that was available -- the public hearings, public opinion polls -- indicated that a substantial majority of the public favored retaining the name Mile High Stadium.

Also, can someone point out where or how the law authorized the stadium board to combine the selling of the stadium's naming rights with the Broncos' advertising rights inside the stadium in a fifty-fifty split? How can the stadium's name, with its continual mention on TV and in the press, have the same value as the Broncos' advertising rights inside the stadium? If I'm missing something, please enlighten me.

Hopefully, these issues and concerns will be resolved when the judge hands down his decision on the lawsuit to terminate the agreement selling the naming rights to Invesco.

Seymour Weinberg
Denver


Wall of Shame

Zoned out:John Grant, Denver's public-art administrator, should change his focus from cracking down on billboards to creating more public art. And Jonathan Shikes, author of "The Writing on the Wall," in the June 28 issue, needs to learn how to write articles and not editorials. Both the Terabeam and Nike billboards lambasted by Shikes and Grant are great examples of advertising as art. Who cares how big the logo is? The billboards are a creative use of the side of a building.

"I've been getting a lot of calls," says Mr. Grant. Uh-huh, so how many calls are you getting? Mr. Grant says that the sign contractor didn't bother to call the city to find out about its rules -- how does he know? I have called the city zoning department on various occasions with questions about the same project and gotten as many different answers; they never logged my name and purpose for my call.

Mr. Shikes is truly a great editorial writer. "Portland-based ART FX Murals probably should have known better: It was responsible for putting the now-banned Terrell Davis mural on the same building," he wrote. But what he failed to do was write a balanced story. Why should ART FX have known better? Were they officially notified by the city about its logo rule change? Shikes tirelessly pointed out that both Terabeam and ART FX are big, bad, out-of-state corporations. So what?

The city is zoning itself into creative oblivion. Another of my least favorite rules is the zoning restriction on building houses on narrow 25-foot lots: Sorry, you can't do it. This even though there are a lot of historic homes already built on 25-foot-wide lots. Instead of promoting infill projects and economic development, the zoning gurus at the city would rather have a blighted, empty lot.

Ben Fiedler
via the Internet


Unsafe at Any Speed

Life in the slow lane:Regarding Alan Prendergast's "The Siege," in the June 21 issue:

As a part-time resident of San Luis, I have seen the Costilla County sheriff's deputies and their attempt to harass anyone who happens to be on the roads. I was very aware of the strictly enforced speed limits in the town of San Luis (25 mph), so I made sure to stay below that. I was pulled over once, though, for supposedly speeding at 26. After a lengthy explanation of why I was in the town, where I was coming from and where I was headed, I wasn't issued a ticket -- but it shows another example of the department's overzealous attitude regarding all rogue residents and visitors.

Name withheld on request

I am a former deputy sheriff of Costilla County. I read Alan Prendergast's "The Siege" and felt my stomach turn as I did. I honestly feel this is a lopsided story. I remember the amount of complaints reported to our office. I also recall the vast number of compliments we received.

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