Letters to the Editor

From the week of April 18, 2002

Am I pouting because Blue Ice did not receive any awards? Maybe. But is the Best of Denver issue really a chance for Westword staff writers to spout off about their personal favorite people, places and things in Denver? Definitely. Consider this an open invitation to the people of Denver to try something new for themselves, and not rely on the "back-scratching politics" of Westword to keep them informed.

Beth Maxim

Editor's note: Beth, you're absolutely right about one thing. The Best of Denver is indeed full of "Our Favorite Stuff," hundreds of people/places/ things that Westword editorial staffers have researched (anonymously) and feel they can recommend without hesitation. In dozens of Best of Denver categories, we also ask readers to share their favorites -- and we ask them to do so on a ballot that's published in every copy of the paper for three weeks running (advertising reps have nothing to do with the ballot process), and also posted on our Web site at www.westword.com. That's where you can now find the Best of Denver 2002 online, by the way. And for the record, Our Best New Bar was Lime; our Best New Club was Citrus. (The readers chose Funky Buddha as Best New Club.)

Join the Club

Buckin' Broncos: Regarding David Holthouse's "The Hot Seat," in the April 11 issue:

So now we are supposed to feel sorry for an elite group of idiots stupid enough to pay $5,000 for Club-level seating? Excuse me while I grab a Kleenex and search for my violin. Don Olguin openly admits that seating costs at Invesco are a ripoff, yet he paid for them anyway. Did he actually think that carpeted halls, padded chairs and full bar service was worth that much more? Gee, Don, I really feel for ya.

It is obvious to most of us that sports teams cater to the highest bidder. No longer can the average sports fan purchase a ticket to a sporting event short of taking out a loan. We must settle for our couches and a beer run to the store at halftime while much of the seating at Invesco, the Pepsi Center, etc., remains empty due to corporate sales. I believe the mentality here is that the seats are paid for, so who cares if someone is sitting in them?

And as far as waiting in line for ten minutes to use the bathroom, cross your legs and stand in line, honey. Women have been doing it for years.

Jan Higa

Flying High

Ready for takeoff: In "A Wing and a Prayer," in the March 28 issue, Harrison Fletcher quotes Cole Kugel as saying, "Back then, flying was an experience."

It still is. I don't often wax lyrical in public about flying, but...

Light-plane aviation is a unique portal to the world. My wife and I have been flying for more than twenty years, throughout the lower 48 United States, Mexico and Guatemala, all of it in airplanes like Mr. Kugel's Cessna 182. There is simply no other way to duplicate the visual, geographical and cultural perspectives.

And aviation is more accessible than most people realize. Earning a pilot certificate isn't easy, but it's a practical possibility -- in terms of skills and finances -- for almost any American who chooses to pursue it.

Karl Sutterfield

Airline magazine: Just wanted to drop you a line and say thanks for the great story on Cole Kugel. At first glance, it seemed to be just a long article on a fellow pilot, but I couldn't put it down.

Damon Decker
via the Internet

Last But Not Lease

A complex issue: Regarding Laura Bond's "Appointed Hours," in the April 11 issue:

The Columbine Sertoma Club, which I have been a member of for five years, nominated Alice Robinson in 2000 for our Service to Mankind Award. Alice was honored as an active community citizen volunteering for many activities that benefit the community.

I really would like you to do a little more research with the management and the Aurora Police Department and ask them what they think of Montview Heights' operation and how the crime rate has been reduced there. I think that more needs to come to light before judgment is passed.

Consider the past history of the tenants who are bringing this suit against Montview Heights.

Judy Wolcott

Out of Exile

The naked truth: I wish to compliment you on "Living in Exile," David Holthouse's excellent article on Project Exile in the March 21 issue. It was well-written and apparently well-researched.

Holthouse wrote that "anti-gun-control advocates like it (Project Exile) because it allows them to come out strongly against gun violence without supporting new gun restrictions." That is a true statement, with one significant modification: Only some anti-gun-control advocates like it.

There are many gun-rights advocates, like myself, who oppose Project Exile. I find the very notion of criminalizing so-called naked possession of a firearm (i.e., possession without intent to commit a violent crime) to be repugnant.

While I can see the reasoning behind prohibiting violent felons from future gun possession, I see absolutely no reason why most non-violent felons should be so prohibited. Moreover, there is even an argument to be made that certain persons convicted of violent felonies, who have fulfilled their sentences and do not pose a future threat to society, should not be prohibited.

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