Letters to the Editor

From the week of November 13, 2003

Denver's Hot!

Where's the fire? Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "The Bare Necessities," in the November 6 issue:

Tell me the truth: What would be wrong with Eugene Dilbeck going to a strip club? I thought that the idea of promoting conventions in the Mile High City would be letting visiting firemen know that we have bare ladies and adult drinks after your convention duties are over for the day.

Think about it: If you are a man from Littletown, Iowa, where the good folks don't know what you are doing in Denver, it's like, "Wow, let's go to the Diamond Cabaret club, have a little to drink with our buds and then go back to Nowhere, Iowa, when the convention is over!"

If you are a man, not a woman, no problem -- that's why we have a place called P.T.'s, where they have male strippers and adult drinks for the visiting firewomen! Denver is where it is happening!

Jim Morlan
via the Internet


Pots and Panhandlers

Tutu good to be forgotten: As someone who lived on the edge of 16th Street for 26 years before and after the area became an outdoor mall, this letter is to praise "Mall in the Family," Patricia Calhoun's factual yet hilarious October 23 column.

The situation on the mall has been both overstated and downplayed. The truth lies somewhere between Calhoun's experience and those who are pushing the panic button. I have walked the mall at various times of the day and night, and I never felt personally threatened. Yet I have seen firsthand a segment of people who do become abusive and aggressive when passersby decline to give money. That segment is small in comparison to most beggars, who are harmless.

Rosemary McManis's letter in the November 6 issue asked if any Westword readers knew the "mystery" of the man who used to don a tutu and tiara while roller skating in downtown Denver. The skater was a daily treat to those of us who lived in the area. I was always amazed by narrow-minded people who expressed disgust at the man "in a tutu" and didn't focus on the skater, whose talents easily qualified him to be in the Olympics. Like the "Princess of Capitol Hill" to whom McManis referred, the skater passed into eternal rest three years ago in Denver. It will be difficult for anyone to ever match those two gentle and wonderful human beings. Ya descansan en paz.

Donaciano Martínez
Denver

Back to the 'burbs: I read with interest Patricia Calhoun's "Mall in the Family." I have to disagree with the last sentence: "I'll be back."

I have relocated back to my home town. I lived here until I was 23; I was gone for 23 years. I took my teenage children down to the 16th Street Mall a few weeks ago -- middle of the day, middle of the week. Mom kept telling us how great it was. Our impression was it is a great place to buy Colorado/Denver junk and a wonderful place to buy whatever street drug you are in search of.

Coming from the large city of Chicago -- with great shops/sightseeing, Navy Pier, great food -- I find there's no comparison. If Denver ever wants to compete, it had better start looking at the bigger cities. There is nothing to do in downtown Denver but buy street drugs. The mayor had better wake up. We won't be back downtown; it was a waste of our time.

Sheila L.
via the Internet


Getting Under Their Skin

All the nudes that's fit to print:I was very pleased to see "Skin City," Alan Prendergast's in-depth article in the October 30 issue about the shady dealings of the Sheridan city government in recent years. I thought it was very balanced, and I wasn't the slightest bit surprised that the Sheridan mayor and the Sheridan City Council refused to comment, since the facts argued against them.

My only issue with the article was that it did not show the original petition text and the reworded mess that ended up on the ballot, care of our city council. The ballot measure contained only oblique references to nude dancing (veiled as adult entertainment), yet went out of its way to mention lawsuits and legal fees -- an obvious ploy to get voters to vote the way that the council wanted. I was under the impression that campaigning in the vicinity of a polling place was illegal. A comparison of the wording of the two documents would have helped illustrate just how far the city council was willing to go to thwart the will of a citizen-sponsored initiative.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm no prude. I'm all for nude dancing. But like the majority of Sheridan voters, I voted to repeal the ordinance and send a message to the city council that I'm unwilling to let our city be hijacked by the owner of All Stars, much less by our "elected" officials. And come the next election, this is one voter who will remember what this city council and mayor stood for.

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