Letters to the Editor

From the week of April 17, 2003

While I rode the elevator solo, I did notice a few cigarette butts on the floor and rails. There were empty beer cans and bottles littering the hallways, and the unmistakable stench of beer wafting throughout. To be fair, the room seemed to have been cleaned, but because no effort had been made to update (furniture, paint, carpet), it was dark, dingy and, in terms of value, on par with many of the inns on East Colfax.

In previous lives, I've stayed at some fairly unsavory establishments. One such place, in Reno, washed its sheets in kerosene. And motels in the 'burbs are no exception; they, too, take money from those who howl at the moon and slam drugs until they're drooling piles of goo.

All of these places were sad and somewhat pathetic, and the truth is, the Regency is no exception. While it could be argued that for the sake of those who do not have access to fair or equal housing, some of these establishments serve populations in need, unfortunately, where the Regency is concerned, there is a not-so-fine line between providing housing (and/or a place to congregate) and exploiting those who are most economically and socially vulnerable. In this regard, the Regency panders to the party-till-ya-puke crowd at the expense of others, especially the children staying there.

Dominic Perino

Mile heinie city: I read David Holthouse's piece on the Regency and thought is was a very good "slice of life" article, one that focused on Denver places that are not seen in the mainstream view of the "Mile High City," the "Queen City of the Plains" and the "Gateway to the Rockies." Other self-satisfied views seem to stem from the boosterism that infects our fair city and the yuppies who now infest it.

I was last at the Regency in the mid-1990s, when the Golden Gloves tournament was held there, and I really have no idea what the place is like at the present. But I don't find any racism in Holthouse's article and think that his prose would have been equally colorful, and often hilarious, if he had written about the ChopHouse in LoDo, or some restaurant or watering hole around Washington Park. (By the way, I detest the fucking nickname "LoDo," a crappy word by developers and the artsy crowd who want Denver to have an "arty" district like New York's SoHo. Those who want Denver to be a "world-class city" -- like New York is believed to be -- should just move to New York.)

Lastly (almost), the word Holthouse heard as "heinie" -- which I always thought was a slur against Jews -- does not really translate to "piece of ass." What he heard was probably the word jaina, from the border slang sometimes called calo. A jaina is a woman, usually a young woman, just like a "chick" or a "babe" would be in American slang. A bato, chavo or similar words in calo would be the equivalent of a "guy," "dude," etc.

Lastly (really, this time), I sometimes wonder why folks don't realize that Denver is actually many cities, not one. There are Jewish neighborhoods, Mexican neighborhoods, yuppie enclaves, ones of Indochinese, working-class, middle-class, wealthy and dirt-poor residents, that of the African-American ghetto and of African-American "strivers," etc. Holthouse's article was a snapshot of Denver that, like other snapshots, is worth seeing as it is. This, after all, is the city in which we live.

Ernesto B. Vigil

State of Eddieness

Jam and dread: "Much of the music was forgettable," Laura Bond writes in the April 10 Backwash about the Pearl Jam show.

Perhaps that's true for the fair-weather fans who were only there to see Jeremy and Alive and then bitch about Eddie's antics. As for us "true" fans, the music was the only memorable part. Listening to a couple dozen clueless individuals complain that someone's political views don't match their own is something I'd much rather forget. I'm a Republican and had absolutely no problem with anything Eddie said or did. I bet if Eddie had done that same thing with a Clinton mask during his presidency, those people would have stood and applauded. We need to pull the proverbial pole out of the ass of America.

Jim Paradise

A Pearl beyond price: Great column by Laura Bond regarding Pearl Jam. Her implications about the connection between quality music and album sales and popularity are fascinating. As we all know, it's not enough to write and perform creative and original music -- to be a great artist, you've got to move units.

As soon as those album sales go down, you're no good. And all the better if your political opinions are unpopular or left of the mainstream -- because truly remarkable music adheres to the status quo.

In twenty years, no one will remember Pearl Jam, of course -- but they will remember the music of Ted Nugent and Toby Keith. Now, those guys can write!

Michael Metivier
via the Internet

The name is Bond: Laura Bond, you have no clue, lady. This is America, and last time I checked, you are entitled to your opinion -- unless people don't like it, and then you're unpatriotic. You act like Pearl Jam members are upset that their record sales are like that. They purposely do things to minimize their status. They still sell out 12,000-seat arenas. Most Pearl Jam fans support the band and their actions. If you had a clue, you would know that Ed Vedder has had that mask for years and done the same thing for years.

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