By Joel Warner
By Michael Roberts
By Alan Prendergast
By Michael Roberts
By Michael Roberts
By Amber Taufen
By Patricia Calhoun
By William Breathes
Free love:These days, people are ungrateful for just about everything, and I've pretty much learned to accept it by now. But sometimes, like when there is blatant disrespect for a free newspaper (as in last week's Letters column), I just have to say something. Westword may be full of opinions, but I, for one, know that if I don't agree, I don't have to read it. After all, isn't freedom part of what the so-called "justified war" with Iraq was all about?
But that's another subject. The lesson that people just refuse to learn is this: Be grateful for your freedom to not haveto read other people's opinions, and to not have to agree with them. But overall, be grateful that someone is willing to put out a completely free newspaper so that people can disagree on whatever they want.
Who sounds unbalanced?Regarding the letter writer asking for "fair and balanced" in the August 5 issue, Westwordhas been a liberal rag for years. As with many in government, the Fourth Estate is often composed of those who burned bras, draft cards and the American flag back in the '60s and still feel the same today. Hypocrisy, lies and ad hominem attacks go hand in hand with this, as facts don't support most liberal positions.
You write articles about corruption in this town but support and vote for the party that maintains our own Tammany Hall of the Rockies. You rightly decry the sex scandals at the Air Force Academy and the University of Colorado, but take lots of advertising money from Susie Wong's Backrub Palace and Full Service House of Prostitution, which engages in the worst sort of exploitation of female illegal aliens. Like John Kerry, you want it both ways. Unlike Kerry supporters, we're smart enough to see through it.
This leads me to Patricia Calhoun's August 5 column on Yaller Dawg, who, like most leftie radicals, is too "yaller" to use his name. I must refute his "credo" since -- surprise -- he's wrong about all of it. On health coverage for all: Socialized medicine has huge problems, including immense taxation leading to businesses dying or leaving and double-digit unemployment, as in Germany and other Second World European countries. Regarding soft money, better talk to the Democrats first; the party would dry up and blow away without it. The tax cuts have enabled businesses to grow and hire people. They weren't for "the rich" -- this is a lie. John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush all realized that tax cuts work every time. On gun control: This is being able to hit one's target. Seriously, the Second Amendment protects the rest. It goes away, and the rest will follow.
Actually, if I was as wrong as Yaller Dawg is, I wouldn't want to use my name, either! I'm right, though, so I remain...
Schell game: There's something a little sad about the efforts of JM Schell, your regular right-wing letter writer. After all of those hours spent crafting third-rate imitations of William F. Buckley ("...dank alleyway of their dogma") crossed with the down-in-the-gutter nastiness of Ann Coulter, surely there must be a place for JM at the Independence Institute -- or at the Tom DeLay Society.
His August 5 letter revealed, with no real reference point, a fixation with the scatological that may say more about JM's own persona than about any of his/her straw-man evil liberals. "Pedophiliac...Democratic mutual masturbation...fresh tube of KY at an S&M convention" -- now, that's sticking to a theme, however pointless. We can only wait for next week's Westword to find out if JM will trot out tortured Olympic metaphors to throttle more teachers and Democrats. Together with Mallard Fillmore, JM proves once again that "conservative humor" is an oxymoron.
I'm no prude, but one afternoon a few years ago, I was listening to KS-107.5 with my then-eleven-year-old daughter. It was her new favorite station. A song came on whose chorus featured repeated use of the line "Don't fuck with me." This is the chorus, mind you -- the part that's repeated several times and then over and over at the end. Yes, I turned off the radio. Then I exchanged a couple of e-mails with the program director of the station (these guys never make themselves available by telephone to the average listener).
My point to him: Wasn't there perhaps a better song to be playing at three in the afternoon, when their audience is mainly young kids just coming home from school? His response (and this is as near a quote as I can remember): "I'm just the program director. It's not my job to determine what the kids today are listening to." He also explained that their target audience was not children (yet at the time, they were heavily promoting an upcoming Barney or Disney stage show). He also gave me the old standby B.S. about the Who's use of the F-word and how the previous generation's parents were offended by blah blah blah...