Letters to the Editor

From the week of December 11, 2003

Warren Yazzie
via the Internet


Wreck and Ruin

Banking on the future:I applaud Michael Paglia's "No, Thanks!" in the November 27 issue, which indicts the carpetbaggers and out-of-towners who consign our finest historic buildings to the dustbin for their own short-term benefit. Sadder still are the toothless or non-existent ordinances that make this destruction not just possible, but probable. Our cities and towns need to find ways to save important buildings on behalf of those citizens with a long-term commitment to their communities.

As a Colorado native and fourteen-year city resident, I can testify to what a great place Englewood is -- a friendly and livable small town of largely modest homes and shops. Incorporated in 1903, almost every building here dates to the twentieth century. All the more reason that the bank building at 4301 South Broadway should remain, a monument to one of Colorado's greatest architects of the twentieth century -- William Muchow -- and a testimony to the post-war wealth and stature of Englewood.

But Michael shouldn't forget that Englewood has at least one other fine building of statewide, if not national, significance. That's the Colonial Bank, designed as the Key Savings and Loan by Charles Deaton, architect of the legendary "Sculptured House" in Genesee.

Owners Jerry and Diane Gartner, president and vice president of Colonial Banks of Colorado, lovingly care for this regional landmark. They live south of Englewood, but Diane works in town every day, managing the branch. Through the generosity of the Gartners, the building is frequently used for community events and houses the Englewood Chamber of Commerce.

Colorado's Colonial Bank and Nebraska's Commercial Federal Bank have very different ideas of what business and community service are all about. Commercial Federal should find an empty lot for its new drive-thru bank. Englewood City Council and Community Development Department, please save this significant historic building!

Diane Wray
Englewood

Preserving the past:The insightful "No, Thanks!" was brought to my attention by a concerned citizen in Englewood. Michael Paglia points out a dilemma I often encounter, both as a technical advisor for Colorado Preservation Inc. who runs the Endangered Places Program (Colorado's Most Endangered Places List) and as a Denver native. Wrecking-ball operations (and other forms of demolition) are very often carried out by temporary and/or absent owners. The purpose of CPI's Endangered Places Program is to find solutions in situations where significant historic resources are threatened. Out of the 44 sites we've listed since 1998, 35 have experienced progress, up to and including several saves. (Nomination forms for Colorado's Most Endangered Places List can be found at www.coloradopreservation.org.)

CPI relies on the public to let us know about threatened historic sites. We will look into the Englewood bank building and Denver aquarium projects. Thank you!

Patricia Holcomb, technical advisor
CPI Endangered Places Program


Red Alert!

I did it Mao way:Regarding Michael Roberts's "Well Red," in the December 4 issue:

Despite his ignoble departure, you still gotta doff your rug to Justin Mitchell, former Rocky Mountain Newsmusic scribe; it sounds like he's having a helluva time. Now he just needs to keep his mind on his driving, his hands on the wheel and his snoopy eyes on the road ahead. Westword's media maven soft-peddling Mitchell's post-Denver bona fides is another issue. If a conservative newspaperman made his bones covering the Risen Elvis at Burger King, a lefty like Michael Roberts wouldn't -- couldn't--contain his braying dismissal. For a fellow traveler, though, it's just one more stop on a long, strange trip. Dude!

Mitchell is no Walter Duranty. His tap dancing around Chicomm (can you still print that word?) censorship can be excused. Meanwhile, back in the States, Roberts is smokin' in the boys room. Good liberals like Roberts meet any hint of censorship, no matter how tortured its definition, with roars of outrage. Recently, his panties were painfully knotted over the "censorship" endured by our own poor, repressed Chicks and Hollywoodistas and over Clear Channel's "censorship" of any hint of a lefty perspective amongst its yakkers, like those reprobate red baiters Scott Redmond and Peter Boyles. Yet real censorship under a truly repressive regime -- one with 65 million happy customers already in mass graves! -- is chuckle material?

Meet the new bosses, same as the old bosses. Only now, they don't bang their shoes on lecterns; they smile and bow. And why not? The same useful idiots are still telling us not to worry, be happy!

JM Schell
Arvada


Cash Landing

Riff stiff:I'm with Reno Divorce -- we played the Riff Disaster Fest, too. I just wanted to say thanks to Dave Herrera for doing his November 6 and November 13 Beatdown columns on that show. It's nice to see that someone is trying to get to the bottom of what's happening and exposing it to the public, because no one is talking to the bands.

We didn't get paid, either, and I have spoken to several other bands that have not been paid or had phone calls/e-mails returned. Reno Divorce has toured the U.S. and Europe and never had any trouble getting paid a guarantee -- until now. I figure they at least owe the bands an explanation, if not the cash we were guaranteed.

So, thanks!

Andrew Erich
via the Internet

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