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From the week of February 13, 2003

Park-n-Chide, Round One

Dollars and sense: Patricia Calhoun's column on Denver parking meters ("The Meter's Running," February 6) was right on the money. Thank you for taking the city to task on this absurd debacle.

Although my political views are considerably to the right of Calhoun's, I am often surprised at how regularly we agree on issues that should be a matter of common sense. Her journalism is a credit to her personal integrity and profession.

Jonathan Byrne
via the Internet

LoDo lament: At last! Someone has put it in the face of Denver city government! As a former devotee of LoDo, I applaud Patricia Calhoun's "The Meter's Running" regarding the parking situation in downtown Denver. Although I live in Evergreen, I frequented LoDo for years -- to meet friends for happy hour or dinner, to see a movie or hear a band, to attend a ballgame, and for any other fun times available in what I used to consider the most accessible and easily maneuvered major city in America.

However, I no longer make an effort to frequent the wonderful businesses in the downtown Denver area because of the parking hassle...so sad, because I was Denver's biggest cheerleader! When guests from out of town came to visit, LoDo was the first place I would take them. When getting together with a group of friends, LoDo was the first place I suggested. Since the parking-meter invasion began and parking became the biggest issue to overcome when planning a night on the town, I have gone from a minimum of at least one night in LoDo every weekend to, at most, one night every six months.

Although I am no expert, it would seem that the revenues Denver is getting from parking in LoDo are at the expense of the tax revenues lost. All this because people avoid shopping and playing in the downtown area due to the parking fiasco. It would be interesting to see if the tradeoff is worth it in the end. I miss being able to go to downtown Denver with ease!

Linda M. Davis
Evergreen


Park-n-Chide, Round Two

Getting down in downtown: Regarding David Holthouse's "Dream Time Extended," in the February 6 issue:

Judge Joseph Meyer may not be able to define Latin music, but you would think he would be able to recognize that Latin music isn't stand-up comedy. Even so, the Pavilions should leave Sevilla alone.

Sevilla leases a space nestled snuggly between a dozen personality-free chain restaurants and cheesy bars. Sevilla was cool before it moved into the Pavilions, but now, anyone who knows anything about where to go in this town would never deal with that parking nightmare just to fight their way through the mobs of teenagers who swarm the movie theater every weekend. The Pavilions is lucky that anyone can stay in business up there at all. The last cheesy theme restaurant that leased that space couldn't stay afloat. The mall was just lucky to find a tenant to take on that bizarre rock-like interior from Cafe Odyssey. The Pavilions should be a little more worried about expanding its clientele beyond underage kids and tourists and a little less worried about starting a politically incorrect crusade to limit the definition of Latin music.

Jennifer Jones
Denver


Every Which Way But Bruce

SOB story:Regarding Alan Prendergast's "Bruce Talk," in the January 30 issue:

I signed Doug Bruce's petition once, but never again. He is an arrogant SOB. No wonder he recognizes politicians as that -- he is one of them.

Nick Werle
via the Internet

Capitalist prigs:There is a capitalist class war going on in this country. Right now!

Doug Bruce, a bootlicker for the capitalist upper class, knows that the primary function of government is to protect the wealthy elites from interference by regular working people. His goal is to shield the upper class by "attacking" their main line of defense: government. This gives the impression that it is the government and not the capitalist elites who are the enemy of the common people.

Fearing and distrusting their potential political activity, Bruce and the TABOR Amendment are simply a long line of obstacles created to ensure that working people do not discover the secret of our class-divided capitalist society: that rich people are parasites.

John Cassella
Denver


Every Which Way But Loose

Trivial pursuit: About the Coors twin ads, (Julie Dunn's " The Light Stuff," January 23) I just have to ask: "Who cares?" So they paid a couple of buxom twins big bucks to sell Coors by selling sex. So what else is new? All the hullabaloo about it confirms my contention that there are many people out there who are just waiting to be offended and have too much time on their hands. The trivial things that offend them reinforce the fact that they must have it pretty good, or they'd quit worrying about unimportant things.

But then, I'm not part of your demographic -- young, good-looking people who don't have a life. I'm a 65-year-old "rational individualist" who is about as close to being a conservative as is possible without actually being one. Until I happened upon the "controversy" in your pages, I didn't even notice the campaign except to appreciate the twins. But then, I don't drink, smoke or chase loose women (that last not by choice, but by lack of opportunity). I can't run as fast as I used to. And I do have a life.

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