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"Honest politician" is an oxymoron

"A Distant Episode," Alan Prendergast, June 20

Law and Ardor

Oxymoron: honest politician. Oxymoron: honest lawyer.

Harrumph! Jeff Shrader wants more, give him less. Let him come clean first.

Gene Edwards
Colorado Springs

More secrets surrounding the Columbine shooting than mentioned here.When there are remaining secrets, how can this be discussed? If it's a problem, find a new candidate.

Karen Trujillo
Posted at westword.com

"Mile High Monumental," Michael Paglia, June 20

Civic Duty

Yeah, Civic Center is great. Just get rid of the crackheads.

Johnny Genova
Denver

"Standing Tall," Michael Paglia, June 20

Museum Quality

Michael Paglia remains the critic of record for art and architecture in Colorado. For MCA Denver to be listed among his selection of noteworthy hallmarks of area architecture — it was the only building of recent vintage to be acknowledged — is truly a great recognition.

The vision of Karl Kister, former president of the board of trustees, created the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to serve as the client for the building project. It is from that exceptional position that I was able to work with David Adjaye/Adjaye Associates. Karl's leadership, passion, cash and commitment to community were driven by transparency and a style of ethics that many see as fading in the museum world. As an architect, he brought depth and sensitivity to the entire design process. Without Karl, there would be no MCA Denver. His legacy should be embedded in any historical account or record; he truly gave to his community without the prospect of personal return.

MCA Denver was inevitable. It came into form through the hard work and passion of many individuals. The building stands today as a response to an intensive dialogue between all of the generations of amazing staffers, volunteers, trustees and donors, yet the continual association between the realization of MCA Denver and the gift of land concerns me. This gift should not be lauded as the key ingredient in the building of the museum. My intention here is not to diminish the role that the site played in the history of the museum, but to broaden the scope of understanding about the way that this special project came to fruition. Moving forward, it would be salient to credit the building of MCA Denver to Karl Kister. His contribution far exceeded the value of the ground that it was built on.

Adjaye's design creates an interstitial space where visual art can deliver the imagined. When I look to the photograph of the building in Paglia's Westword article, I see its integrity fraying at the edges. Let us hope that the current leadership knows that great buildings can only be remembered in the future when they have wise and careful stewardship in the present.

Cydney M. Payton
San Francisco


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