Letters: Rick Griffith should be recognized for his good work

"Man of Letters," Joel Warner, January 6

Just His Type

The Rick Griffith feature is awesome. I love the photo on the cover, too. It captures his essence, to say the least.

I've known Rick as a friend, a college professor and a life mentor. If you know him well, you know that he has a giant heart and is very charismatic. He is also very honest. Ego? I think you mean professionalism and confidence in his work. I have seen him change the lives of designers, art fans, businesses, etc., through various means. I think there is a lot to be said about how genuine his work is. Never have I seen him produce something without heart or thought. In a world where print media relies on technology and computers, Rick still holds on to the magic of manual printing. Mixing up your own colors of ink...getting dirty! He truly creates rich learning experiences for his students by showing them how to be hands-on. Instead of scrolling down on a menu to pick the perfect font, students physically grabbed letter by letter to create words. The fact that he puts priority back into typography in a world obsessed with overbearing graphics is something he should truly be recognized for.

I loved his courses, and feel that as a designer, I am in a way better place than before because of his teachings. I also make more money than my parents combined. So thanks, Rick.

Morgan Hemphill

Denver

Editor's note: For many more comments on the Rick Griffith story, as well as a video interview with the designer, go to www.westword.com.

"O Scum All Ye Faithful," Josiah Hesse, December 23

Poseurs, Not Punks  

Central to the punk movement is the rejection of oppressive institutional authority — a principle that was clearly at the heart of Jesus's radical and inclusive vision of the world. Josiah Hesse does a great job of outlining the inherent conflict between an evangelical "Christian" identity and the true freedom that can only exist when individuals have the courage to overcome fear and not be governed by religious or institutional convention.

 Even with their tats and piercings, members of Scum of the Earth are no more radical than their Sunday-best evangelical counterparts. They're still afraid to do what's right and break free from oppressive structures and ways of thinking. To use a parallel label of '80s lingo, they're poseurs, not punks.

 Although they may be well-intentioned, members of Scum are only fooling themselves: Without an honest recognition that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, should be equally valued and loved, their "church" is still a conservative, hierarchical institution that serves to exclude and alienate — exactly the opposite of what Jesus was about.

Mike Bailey

Tamarac, Florida

Wow....I was surprised at the cover, and then I read the article, and I understand what you were trying to convey by doing this.

But I think I'm done with you guys, and know a couple of other Christians that are, too. You guys are ignorant. Anarchy stands for chaos and disorder. Don't believe me? Just right-click on the word "anarchy" and you'll see the synonyms for it. If you're going to write an article about a child of God that died so that you would come to the light and be filled with knowledge, wisdom, love, peace, forgiveness, hope, faith and true happiness in life, then the last symbol you put on him is one that stands for the opposite of all these things.

I used to read you guys a lot. I most likely won't anymore. I'm tired of your egos and ignorance. Someday when you really know who and what Jesus Christ is, maybe you should apologize to Christians who know without a doubt that anarchy isn't an accurate representation of him.

Ronnie Garcia

Denver

2010 Year in Review, December 31

Bike to the Future

Best. Cover. EVER!! Kudos to you and your staff. Laughed my arse off. 

Wishing all good things for you in 2011.

Eric Bergman

Westminster

 
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