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"Fourplay," Michael Roberts, September 27
Sitting here at Tokyo Joe's reading Michael Roberts's latest Message, I had to comment on David Harsanyi's claim that "Aurora councilmembers have no political affiliation." That's just silly. We are elected in nonpartisan elections (like every other city councilmember in Colorado, per the state constitution), but every one of us has a party affiliation. Ryan Frazier's a Republican, I'm a Democrat; there are currently four Ds and seven Rs on Aurora City Council, and not one councilmember is unaffiliated. Some of us (like Ryan and myself) are quite active in our respective party organizations, others not so much.
Of course, if you lined up the Aurora council on the traditional left-to-right spectrum, it wouldn't be four on one end and seven on the other. I'd be amazed if we were ever to have a vote that divided along party lines.
Aurora City Council
During lunch, Scott D. Clarke came up in discussion since he works in our building. I was not aware of Adam Cayton-Holland's What's So Funny column, so a colleague grabbed a Westword, and I proceeded to read it aloud. My three colleagues and I laughed hard at Adam's clever writing style until I articulated words like "closet homosexual," "fag" and "closet queer." The room was silent, the discomfort was thick, and the ability to regain the ease of laughter slow.
While I enjoyed the article, I believe the direct insult toward gays was unnecessary to get Adam's point across. I'm disappointed and shocked that an editor would not have asked him to remove those irrelevant correlations from his piece and just stick with the Scott-bashing. In Denver, we have a wonderful gay and gay-supporting community, and I am certain my thoughts would be shared by many.
By the way, I have never written to a writer before; please let this be an indication of how bothered I was by a portion of Adam's comments.
Laura, aka Savage Lucy
Denver Roller Dolls
Thank you for Luke Turf's "Killer Instinct." I feel much sadness over Michael Tate's difficult life. He should have been found not guilty due to insanity. He clearly suffers from some mental illness(es) and should have been sent to a mental-health facility for treatment, not prison. Also, I think sentencing for juveniles is far too severe in general. After I read the article, I couldn't even sleep that night.
I have read other letters to Westword regarding "Killer Instinct," angry letters that condemned Michael Tate. I don't understand that. I had expected to see letters of sympathy. Here is mine.
Thank you for your story, which was both chilling and heart-rending. As the adoptive mom of four children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, I believe that condition may have been the underlying diagnosis that your medical sources missed with Michael Tate. He fits the profile very well. FASD is very common in jail inmates.
You would do all of us a great favor by doing a follow-up story on FASD and its impact on children. There is no treatment and no cure — only prevention.
I loved Joel Warner's story on Evan Makovsky. I look forward to seeing what he does with that block, which has long been a blight on downtown.
I've seen a lot of changes downtown. A facelift to block 162 will soon be one of them. Kudos to Evan Makovsky for what he has taken on. People may never appreciate the deals, but soon they'll see a shiny new development in Denver.
For 33 years, my business has occupied the fourth floor of the "Fontius" building. Patients asked if I owned the building. If I did, long ago I would have breathed new life into it. Our city isn't so young after all. The Landmark Preservation Commission doesn't make Mr. Makovsky's job harder; they make it possible for him to prove that Denver history is "not a cold brick to us."
From that fourth floor, we've helped a lot of people to see — more than an eye chart. Our loyal patients know you don't judge a book by its cover; it's what's inside that counts. Good books have tattered covers; tattered covers need mending, and (fortunately) this book isn't even finished. It's too bad if the cover is all you see, because the real story is inside it. The heartbeat of a city is in the people, because buildings get "boarded up and beleaguered," as someday Mr. Makovsky's will be.
Dr. R. Alderete
Having worked for a venue that hosted Amateur Poker Tour games (Club Zodiac until it closed), I share the following thoughts: