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From the week of September 2, 2004

CU in September

Fighting mad:Regarding Bill Gallo's "Tough for Buffs," in the August 26 issue:

No surprise that Westwordwould hit a program when it's already down. The big question is, will Gallo eat his words when the CU Buffs have a winning season?

I'll be out supporting our team on Saturday. I encourage all real Colorado fans to do the same.

Roger Peterson
via the Internet

Germ warfare:Gary Barnett, stay home! I was appalled to read in Bill Gallo's otherwise excellent story that the CU Buffs will hold a rally in Denver on September 3. Bad enough that CU's athletic department has thoroughly corrupted Boulder; we don't need that infection to spread down here, too.

Rachel Stein
Denver


Write and Wrong

Be true to your school:As longtime residents from the wrong side of Sixth Avenue and East High parents, we laughed out loud at Adam Cayton-Holland's hilarious What's So Funny in the August 26 issue. Adam, keep supplying us with the commentary. And Westword, hang on to Adam.

Kateand Kyle Sandersen
Denver


Sex Marks the Spot

Prince charming:Thank you, thank you, thank you for Rob Harvilla's "Let's Go Crazy...Please!" in the August 26 issue. Janet's costume malfunction was a duh. Videos are so blatant they're boring. Yet somehow Prince makes the audience come alive!

Rob was able to identify what's missing in today's music scene and then point to an antidote. Bravo! I would die to go to the concert to see His Royal Highness, but being unemployed has its drawbacks.

Keep up the good work, Westword.

Maryanne Coppinger
Firestone

Feat of Clay: Why is someone who could beat up your grandmother automatically sexy? Ask some women what is sexy: brains, clarity of purpose, manners, courage of your beliefs, kindness, love of children, dedication to a noble cause and, yes, beauty.

By the way, watch Clay Aiken perform or skate sometime. He's not as pathetic as Rob Harvilla suggests. But don't send your grandmother after him -- he's a gentleman and won't hit back. My mother and I and my daughter all think that Clay is really sexy, not a fake.

Corey Stutz
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Go, granny, go:So what's Rob Harvilla's point? My great-grandmother could beat up Prince!

Tracy Jones
Green River, Wyoming


Preachers' Fret

Read alert: Two entries in last week's Letters section were self-reflexive, auto-referential gems of beauty, and surely proved that when any lame television newscasters run out of piddly banter on a slow news day, your office is the place for them to call. Taking a page from previously successful Westword authors who wrote stories using themselves as the protagonist and then who went on to write sequels after intentionally making more "news," Patricia Calhoun and Dave Herrera both used their metaphorical press badges to squeeze into the Letters section, getting the last word on people who wrote in (without being paid to do it, mind you) with their opinions on recent articles.

Calhoun bolstered her right, nay, duty, to keep beating the dead horse of Rocky Flats, which, sadly, might well be the only way to teach the moral of the nuclear story to all those gun-toting suburban relatives of Jeff Foxworthy who surround Denver with their Rangers, Astro Vans and, well, Suburbans. It might be the only way, but it's not Calhoun's job to teach them; the only ones who preach to unsoliciting deaf audiences in my neighborhood are Mormons.

And Herrera, who felt honor-bound to use his staff position to rebut the letter sent in from California by the president of a European/American Issues Forum, should feel secure enough in his literary manhood not to correct people who assert basically the same point as he does, just with fewer instances of the word "fuck."

Herrera wrote in the August 12 Westword, "From even a cursory glance at any of the coverage, you'd think hip-hop was the instigating factor in both incidents" -- the incidents in question being some assaults near LoDo hip-hop clubs that were assumed by some to be racially or musically based -- and then went on to prove how, obviously, hip-hop was not.

First, Dave, don't tell me what I'd think. I've found that it's usually unpublishable, anyway -- at least in publications with cleaner vocabularies than rappers or sailors. Second, the misleadings of such "coverage" are certainly not the fault of any one person reading newsprint at this moment in time. Third, it is nice to see someone who knows about hip-hop write a piece that credibly denies any correlation between violence and art, but then again, if people are stupid enough to believe such a correlation exists, why waste your time trying to teach them? Again, preaching to happily devilish choirs is the job of Christians who have too much time to kill before going to their just rewards.

I thank you in advance for editing my letter for content, adding several bold-faced curse words to it, publishing it, and discrediting it with the italicized paragraph which will surely appear about an inch below my name, which is:

Ben Hiller
Denver


Verse-Case Scenario

After the Fox:I just wanted to give Dave Herrera dap on his August 12 Beatdown denouncing the local hip-hop connection with that homicide that occurred at the Bluebird, and telling the people what every underground hip-hop artist in Denver was thinking. When I saw it on the news, I immediately called friends of mine in Dialektix, Optik Fusion Embrace and Reverb & the Verse to try and figure out who the hell was playing there to have Fox say "Violence at a local hip-hop show." Everybody was at a loss, and nobody even knew who the hell was playing, so it was slightly fucked -- to say the least -- to get that kind of publicity for a show that no groups I knew were even playing at or knew about, for that matter.

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