Letters to the Editor

From the week of August 5, 2004

I'm not talking about the sports page and some reporter motivated by some hidden agenda against a coach or a player. What appalls me is your constant display of liberal bias and the total disregard for the consequences of your actions when it pertains to life and death and real-world issues. Do your job and just report the news. Let the reader decide.

Ernest Giardini


The Doctor Is Out

One size fits all: Alan Prendergast's "The Doctor Is Out," in the July 22 issue, was very interesting. I'd always heard that Trinidad had a reputation as the "Sex Change Capital of the World," and the title really applies now! Just having that city in the same state where she lives must give Marilyn Musgrave fits!

Suzy Ross


Prints charming: I know about the good doctor, and it is nice to see in print what a lot of transsexuals are ostracized for. Maybe some of the religious morons will read the story and comprehend -- although that's doubtful.



Gender bender: Thank you for doing a story on Dr. Marci Bowers. I had my gender changed with her, and I also run a group on the Internet for her many patients. As a journalist myself, I found your story very good.

Lisa Estrine

via the Internet

The Lowdown on LoDo

I must hand it to Wyatt Jenkins. Of all the letters you published last week regarding David Holthouse's "Where the Wilding Things Are," from the July 22 issue, his was far and away the most intelligent and measured. C'mon, Erik Wiesner, do you really believe, as you stated, that the bloody dude pictured on that issue's cover "is from a rich high school and college Daddy paid for" and "works a white-collar sissy job"? How do you know? Is he a personal friend? Did you take a census last Saturday night? Ask all the drunkards about their education, where they went to high school, which Ivy League university they attended and how much money Daddy has?

And John Cassella's letter was simply inane. A "right-wing/fascist dictatorship that has seized control of our nation"? Are you kidding?

No, Wyatt hit the nail on the head. The bottleneck is the time frame. People, regardless of their race, age, sex, financial means or type of music they listen to, will always get drunk. Sadly, many of them will do stupid things when they're drunk, including fight, drive and puke all over themselves. Denver certainly isn't unique in this situation -- as residents of Vail, which has experienced similar mayhem on the 4th of July and New Year's Eve holidays, can attest. And, as Jenkins correctly points out, the solution isn't rocket science.

Tom Winter


Uptown girl: I read with great interest and mild amusement David Holthouse's "Where the Wilding Things Are." First of all, I applaud the efforts of the Denver Police Department for trying to control the alcohol (and who-knows-what-else) demons that ooze onto the LoDo streets in the wee hours. And it's great that they are collaborating with the club/bar merchants to see what works best, even if it changes often.

I remember a few years ago when suburban kiddies were afraid to come downtown for dining and dancing, thinking it was "dangerous" somehow. Those of us who knew better really had a good time before LoDo got hip. Now it appears the tables are turned: Those of us who know better party somewhere else, anywhere else, besides this area.

I hope to come back to a safer, saner downtown.

Andrea Spikes

Wheat Ridge

That's a rap: I want to respond to Kostas Kouremenos's comment in "Where the Wilding Things Are" that "I don't want to be racist about it, but 95 percent of the trouble I see is because of the hip-hop issue." Um, excuse me, but, hello, you just made a racist comment!

I'm confused. Does he think that by putting a qualifying statement in front of the racist remark, it would not be racist? I am so tired of people blaming hip-hop/rap for all the ills of the world. Come on, people, be a little more original and put the blame where it should be, not on a type of music that happens to have artists and fans who are people of color. And for the record, hip-hop is not music. It is a culture. Rap is the music.

Denise Griffin


The Joke's on Us

Turn up the mike: Thank you for Adam Cayton-Holland's article on the open-mike scene in Denver ("Get Up, Stand Up," July 15). His perspective captured the best of both first and third person. His writing was perceptive and very funny. Westword has found a fresh and interesting new voice in Cayton-Holland, and I look forward to further efforts on his part. Keep up the great work!

Darold Killmer


A Purr-fect Ending

In the kitty: I enjoyed the July 8 Off Limits story about the dumpster cat that got to be a movie star! There used to be over 200 stray cats languishing under the boardwalk in Atlantic City, but four years ago, Alley Cat Allies (www.alleycat.org) set up a TNR program. Now there are only a hundred happy, healthy, high-roller cats living in front of billion-dollar casinos!

Carl Simonsen

Tuckerton, New Jersey

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