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From the week of August 30, 2001

Bad News Bear

Trouble's bruin:Your "Bear Facts," in the August 23 issue, was in extremely bad taste. A reason, if not thereason, bears are moving to lower altitudes is to find food. There are various reasons for this: development, and a late spring snow that killed their higher-altitude food supply.

What happens when a bear looking for food encounters humans? It is tagged, returned to the mountains, and most likely faces death if it returns in its search for food.

Westwordfinds this sort of thing funny? Of course you do. You have made it known previously that you think the murder of unborn children is funny as well.

James C. Hess
via the Internet

Grin and bear it: Bears have been much in the news recently. Let's take a cue from a traditional event: the Running of the Bulls in Spain (sanfermin.com/guide/encierro.html).

If we established a Running of the Bears Festival in Denver, we could gain positive national and international publicity for Denver and for Colorado. The race course would begin at I-25 and Speer Boulevard at 4 p.m. on the Running of the Bears Festival Day and would continue south to I-25 and Colorado Boulevard. Since traffic in both directions is mostly stopped at that time, there would be no necessity for road closures.

People who have moved here from other states during the past ten years would be required to participate. This would include the CEOs of development companies working in Colorado who might be residents of other states. Each annual Running of the Bears Festival would feature all the immigrant members of state and local government. The Colorado congressional delegation would also compete each year.

Anyone who could outrun a bear would be able to stay in Colorado. Those who failed would have to leave.

The participation of government officials offers a solution to the problem of term limits and would reduce the size of government. The publicity generated by the annual event would stem the tide of immigration and would make another food source available to bears who have been vexing suburban residents. The physical conditioning required of successful participants would also do much to reduce the costs of health care in Colorado.

Harry Spetnagel
Aurora


Noise in the 'Hood

You're in the army now:I'm ready to enlist in the war against Clear Channel. After reading your August 23 "This Means War!" package, I realize why concerts costs so much, why concerts suck and why radio sucks.

If consumers don't fight back, Clear Channel will think that we don't even notice the general suckiness of the music business.

Never surrender!

Ally Pierce
via the Internet

Light's on, Nobody's home:Go, NIPP! Clear Channel destroyed radio, and now they're destroying concerts (Michael Robert's "Taking on the Empire," August 23). It's going to be a hard fight, but Nobody in Particular Presents has my full support. NIPP should throw an anti-Clear Channel concert to rally the troops!

Marnee Koehler
Denver

Fey's way: If Barry Fey has such a problem with Clear Channel and how they do business (Laura Bond's "His Way," August 23), why is he promoting events (KBCO World Class Rock Festival)? Could have been an interesting point that was somehow missed in this article.

Thomas Downey
Boulder

Pardon his French: Whatever, Barry, n'est ce pas? After reading "His Way," I'm struck by the irony of the House of Rules hiring Fey, the great wannabe Peter Grant aka Carp Man, "Carpline" concerts, etc. Barry used to have first dibs on every date at Red Rocks; he blew it.

Any smart businessperson knows that if you go on a buying spree, you eventually need to sell something to realize a profit. As Barry knows, he started the process of buying and selling that led to the current situation in the Denver concert market. If Bill Graham called him anything, he called him a putz. Ask some of us who grew up in Denver what we call him.

A real music lover does it for the music. Who's crying now?

John R. Longmire
Denver


Razing the Roof

Building resentment:Well, doesn't it just figure? As Michael Paglia's August 16 "The More Things Change..." points out about the current misdeeds of the Denver city government in the razing of buildings and the resulting lowering of cultural standards, these people have nothing but contempt for the intelligence of Denver's citizens. They rely on the indifference of the average person here, assuming those people won't know what they're up to. If it weren't so literally devastating, all of these so-called improvements would be laughable.

I am repeating myself when it comes to architectural sense and sensibility. But I guess if the city can keep doing these stupid things over and over, I can at least repeat my ardent objections to it.

Thanks again, Michael, for a wonderful article about the moribund taste of our city fathers.

John Haeseler
Denver


Sprawl in the Family

No halfway measures: It's taken me a week to find a way to say this nicely, so here goes: After reading Michael Jones's letter regarding urban sprawl in the August 16 Westword, I can think of two possible reasons that might have driven him to write such a diatribe.

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