Letters to the Editor

From the week of March 31, 2005

It Was the Best of Times...

Readers' digest: Always enjoy your Best of Denver issue -- discovering new places to eat, people-watch, shop, etc. Almost as enjoyable is reading the readers' choices. A few always stun me, and this year is no exception:

1) Best Hair on a Media Personality -- Female: Adele Arakawa? Huh? I guess interns at the 9News newsroom were busy stuffing the ballot box that day. The workers at Supercuts mock that 'do.

2) Best Taco: Benny's? Folks, raise the bar. My junior high school cafeteria made a better taco.

3) Best Spaghetti and Meatballs: Saucy Noodle. What, Chef Boyardee wasn't available as an answer?

Keep up the good work -- perhaps a Best Of issue twice a year?

Greg Thow
via the Internet

Party on! For eight years, I've hosted a Best of Denver party. My guests are given copies of the Westword ballot, which then becomes the topic of conversation for 20 to 25 people during the course of a fun evening filled with lively conversation. Following the release of the Best of Denver edition, phone calls and discussions are generated based on the selections of Westword and comparing them to the readers' choice -- when we can locate the readers' choice winner.

Most of us have come to realize that advertising, marketing, public relations and plain old politics have come to play in the decisions made by Westword. We also realize that some of that comes to play in the readers' choice as well. But our basic concern is the treatment of the readers' choice by Westword. The positioning of this title downplays the selection; the font is so small as to be difficult to find.

Basically, I find this treatment of the readers' choice to be an insult to the readers of Westword, as well as those individuals/groups/businesses that may have won readers' choice for a particular category. Westword does not need to provide the same write-up as for the general Best Of category winners. But it should acknowledge that a readers' choice does exist, rather than seeking to hide this information.

Ken Tweedy
via the Internet

What a drag: Just wanted to say thanks for blowing it for kids who like to race with Best Illegal Drag-Racing Venue. Given that kids, as well as adults, are gonna race, at least they'd found somewhere they could do it without killing themselves or anyone else. Not to mention a "sting," as you put it, which would only result in damaging some kids' records and the racers finding somewhere else to go.

Perhaps a little more time should be spent on the drinking-related driving accidents, instead of kids who are sober and racing their cars. That is, if safety is the greater issue, of course, and not just what seems cool to your target reader.

Bo Turney
Denver

A mix-up: I really enjoyed your music awards for Best of Denver, but oh, man, DJ Quote for Best Mix Tape! I mean, sure, if you like crappy blends and dead space. I'm pretty much a sucker, commercial-kinda-mix show guy, so I'm easily pleased -- but I had to stop Quote's CD, because he stops in between tracks!

Other than that, big ups.

Mike Benevidez
Denver

High hopes: Best Radio-Host Return? You guys are obviously high. Jay Marvin sucks. He couldn't lead an interesting discussion if his life depended on it. If AM760 wanted to stick Jay in the 8-11 p.m. time slot to replace Phil Hendrie, I could maybe see doing that. But he can't hold a candle to Morning Sedition. The station is losing listeners because of this guy. Now Westword has vindicated his existence there. Jeers to Westword and 760 for such poor judgment.

Mike Younce
via the Internet

Higher hopes: Pop quiz -- Westword staff, get out your No. 2 pencil. You must have been on crack when naming Drew Soicher Best TV Sportscaster.

Dan Dunne
Denver

Shame is the name of the game: In the Best of Denver, you chose to celebrate the Rocky Mountain News's release of the alleged victim's identity in the Kobe Bryant rape case with Best Kobe Bryant Coverage Decision. While Westword may find this a celebratory decision, those working to end violence against women have a very different perspective.

Throughout the Kobe Bryant court battles, there was a permanent struggle to keep Mr. Bryant on trial, not the alleged victim. However, with the protective rape shield laws dropped and the News blurting out her name, the question quickly changed from "Did Mr. Bryant rape a woman?" to "Who is the woman accusing Mr. Bryant of rape?"

Applauding such actions only perpetuates the notion that women should be put on trial with accused rapists, investigated and held up to the public light for ostracism as if they, too, were suspect of a crime. This is an all too common practice that has direct correlations to U.S. Department of Justice statistics showing that a mere 26 percent of sexual assaults are reported.

Consider what you recognize as admirable behavior. Sure, the Rocky broke a story, but they also may have broken a life. Is that what journalism is for?

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