Letters to the Editor

From the week of August 14, 2003

A new library tax district? An inventive idea from tax-and-spenders, hiding issues in "social-good" feathers while tarring fault onto "an uncaring national political administration" -- typical Clinton-Gore-era tactics. Facts scream beyond partisanship, though. Elections brought us the "I don't care who's responsible, I want it fixed Parking Meter Mayor." Well, good luck, Mayor; the honeymoon might last another couple of weeks.

David Husted

He speaks volumes: Oh, no -- say it ain't so! First Westword reported on the demise of Denver's renowned Museum of Nature & Science, and in your August 7 issue, it is the deterioration of the Denver Public Library under Rick Ashton. I used Christ's words a year ago regarding the museum: "Do not cast your pearls before swine, lest they be trampled under foot." The same applies to what is happening to our great library. When the leadership is concerned mainly about monies, the reason for the existence of these institutions gets lost. They were not started to make money. What is happening is like a watering-down of good beer, wine or whiskey: The great taste is lost. These so-called leaders seem inept in knowing the real purpose of these institutions and clearly misunderstand and care little for the great people who dedicate their lives and time to these institutions.

What a shame, and what a loss to the people they should serve.

Frank Galmish

Hacks and Flacks

Pressing engagements: In the August 7 "Role Reversal," Michael Roberts's excellent coverage of DIA PR maven Amy Bourgeron shows eloquently why Bourgeron is incompetent to run communications at a major airport (or anywhere else).

A PR rube from inner Labrador would know that not talking to Paula Woodward, taking action in the courts and fighting coverage of a personal-patronage gravy train are three successive, basic blunders. If Amy had gone to school and cracked a PR book (does she even know Cutlip, Grunig, Hunt?), she'd realize that personalizing public dissonance suggests culpability (get a dictionary and look up the big words).

Real PR pros know that they're cannon fodder paid to take it for the good of the organization. By blubbering, Bourgeron shows that even with a "demotion" to $72K, she doesn't have what it takes.

The gig's up, Amy. Your $72K won't last long, either. It's still not too late to sign up for the fall semester. Right now, you can afford it.

Marco D'Ugo
Wheat Ridge

California Schemin'

Good riddance: Regarding Richard Scott's letter about Kobe Bryant in the August 7 issue:

Richard, glad to see that you've moved back to the land of milk and honey (and Gray Davis). Since you're now back where you belong, I suggest you keep your whiny trap shut about Colorado. Ooooh . . .so your nasty neighbors ratted you out because you didn't want to register your vehicle in Colorado. If you were a Colorado resident, by law you were required to register your cars in Colorado within thirty days. Period. No excuses. If I were your neighbor, I'd have done the same.

So get off your high horse about what you feel about Colorado law. You didn't feel obliged to obey it while you were here, so you have no right to criticize it from there in Looneyfornia.

Hey, are you running for governor yet?

Pete Bialka

See Dick run: No, Mr. Bryant can't get a fair trial here or anywhere else. Our society has immortalized our professional athletes to the point where a local rape case gets international press. To be honest, I don't give a crap about Kobe Bryant's "misadventures." If he is guilty, he should do the time just like any other Joe; if not, let him play his game and do his thing. Just like O.J. Simpson -- of California.

As for Richard Scott's experience here in Colorado, well, I'm sure his neighbors in Longmont didn't shed a tear when he moved to L.A., nor did the tens of thousands of other California residents who relocated here to Colorado (many of them friends of mine). It sounds like Scott has read a few brochures on Colorado history. I assuming he's referring to the Sand Creek Massacre; actually, such events took place all through the West during the 1850s through the 1890s. The settling of the West involved many bloody conflicts that left innocents killed, both Native American and white. Hey, why don't you go to the L.A. public library and read some books about the battles that took place in Arizona and southern New Mexico? You'll find some California ancestors of yours in the Army collecting scalps and raping Native American women, as well as a few Mexicans. Unfortunately, Scott, Western history isn't pretty, and California did help shape the West.

I've been to California as well as many other states, and I've found that every state has great things to offer and nice people. But each state also has its dicks, Dick.

P.S. Alferd Packer committed his crime in Colorado, and his trial took place in Lake City, Colorado -- but he was from Ohio.

Kurt Foster

Stink or swim: What does some jackass getting turned in for not registering his car here in two and a half years have to do with Kobe Bryant getting a fair trial? Why is it that Californians seem to think they are above the law? Mr. Scott claims to know from firsthand experience that Kobe won't get a fair trial here because "alleged" rape and car registration violations are the same? According to Mr. Scott, they are. Mr. Scott also goes on to speak about negative events and people who were in Colorado in the 1800s.

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