Love That Bob!
I am appalled by Steve Jackson's "Top of Their Game," in the September 21 issue, for its tacit approval of the activities of "Bob," the self-appointed eco-terrorist who seems to limit his involvement in the environmental movement to stealing the Colorado Mountain Club's summit registers from the state's Fourteeners. A petty thief and vandal is still a petty thief and vandal, no matter how self-righteously he portrays himself. I personally think that concern for the environment has nothing to do with this sorry behavior. The poor, insecure son of a bitch has a real need to feel superior to other people, and since so many others climb peaks, the only way "Bob" can feel superior is to engage in childish, attention-getting behavior that others find offensive.
If he was doing this as an environmental action, the need to brag about his activities wouldn't be there. I understand that Westword caters to a crowd that needs self-definition as "cool," but this sorry little thief Bob and Steve Jackson are definitely not cool. They are just pathetic. Get a life.
David Delli Quadri
Oh, come on, "Bob"--you want to engage in mountain climbing but resent it that other people do, too ("You can't even be on a summit alone anymore unless it's winter"). You say you now see mountain climbing as a "sublime" alpine experience--but your actions indicate you're really starting out from a position of anger, on a mission. You justify your actions based on the remarks of a rookie volunteer--that's childish. You don't want to talk to the Colorado Mountain Club because you think they're trying to trap you into getting arrested. Well, first of all, they're not going to arrest you, and second, if you're worried, why don't you call them and talk to appropriate people and listen to their side of it?
I personally keep Colorado Mountain Club registers off Grays and Torreys peaks, or at least I try to, but it's difficult, because they are very diligent about replacing them. Anymore, no matter when I walk up (you don't have to "climb" but one of Colorado's Fourteeners, Crestone Needle; the rest you just walk or drive up), there are so many people at the summit waiting to write their little notes in the register, I can never get it away from them long enough to escape with it.
As far as offering a reward for my arrest and conviction--or that of "Bob"--may I ask what for? There is no law against packing out trash or registration canisters, and as far as I am concerned, they are one and the same. If I turn myself in peacefully, will you give me the $500? As soon as the legislature goes back into session, you can give a lobbyist four or five grand and he or she or it will get your logs declared official state documents, with stiff punishment for messing with them. Then you can really break my balls. For now, you're out of luck.
There are two reasons the registers are there in the first place. The first is a pissing contest. Like dogs approaching a fire hydrant, they just have to do it. There is no explanation for it, it's just something that must be done. They like to smell other dogs' piss, and then they piss on it themselves.
The second reason is that once a year, Colorado Mountain Club mumbers get together and congratulate themselves for walking up all those mountains. Awards are handed out for various categories and achievements. These hikes must be verified by the logs just to keep everybody honest. So if there is no register at the summit, it really pisses them off, because now they walked up the mountain for nothing! By getting rid of the registers, you get rid of two-thirds of the hikers!
P.S. Half of the club members are lawyers who would like to sharpen their claws on my bones, so please withhold my full name. Also, I'm a mechanic, and I make a good living fixing their cars.
Name withheld on request
Thank you for printing the September 21 article on Pat Miller, Ward Harkavy's "Don't Start the Revolution Without Me." We need more of this to save our Constitution.
Pat Miller's agenda doesn't include spousal abuse, sexual harassment, "these kinds of issues," as she so disdainfully puts it. You mean issues that affect my life and health? She just confirmed the wisdom of my pro-choice, registered Republican decision to vote for David Skaggs in November.
Evidently, truth is not one of Pat Miller's values, for she is an un-American pseudo-patriot. Here are the wrong values of the religious right:
1. Promotion and pride in ignorance.
2. Science illiteracy.
3. Failure to comprehend secular nature of Constitution.
4. Sexual irresponsibility (desperate need for sex education, contraception information).
5. Repression of women; irresponsibility about choice in abortion to assure every child is wanted.
6. Bigotry and prejudice toward non-Christians.
7. Dishonesty expressed by lies, disinformation (Falwell tapes, etc.).
8. Goal: Christian theocracy to satisfy lust for power.
Getting You Where You Live
I was upset after reading "Denver or Busted," Steve Jackson's article in the September 14 issue. I, too, was a nurse at DGH and was forced to resign because of the residency rule. I, too, used a friend's address on my records, because that's "what everyone did." I thought my work at DGH was more important than this "little lie."
When I resigned, along with over a hundred of my co-workers, I felt we were all entitled to the praise and support your article gave Georgia Caven. When I took my job, the hospital had many jobs no one else wanted. I feel we all worked our hardest to make DGH the best place it could be. In July 1993 a large group of DGH staff spent thousands of dollars in a lawsuit to defend our jobs and positions, and we lost. After all, when the city was desperate to fill nursing positions, the administrators didn't care where we lived. Every one of us had special stories to tell. Ms. Caven's case does not seem any different. I do not want Ms. Caven to lose her job. Once again, another staff member at DGH is being treated as if she were disposable. I find it as despicable as I did when I was forced to lose my job.
A Solid Alibi
This letter is in regard to Richard Fleming's article concerning the suspension of Alibi's liquor license ("Clothed Until Further Notice," September 14). The harassment is not limited to Alibi's staff but extends to Alibi's patrons as well. Several times, we've seen a half-dozen Glendale police officers come in and ID many people in the club. This harassment is unjustified, as most of Alibi's patrons are just there to hear good live music.
In defense of manager Matt Myers, on the same night that this incident occurred, Matt donated all of his bar tips from Alibi's busiest night of the year to ACCESS Housing, a shelter for homeless families. This arrangement was made weeks prior to the event. Matt wanted no recognition. Alibi's has held a number of benefits, and Matt deserves to be commended for his support of the community as well as the local music scene.
ACCESS Housing Office, Commerce City
And the Answer Is...
Regarding Bill Gallo's September 28 review of Quiz Show, "America's Quizlings":
I'm pretty tired of this blather I read over and over (including from your man Gallo) about the "patrician, elite" Van Dorens. My high school English teacher was one of Mark Van Doren's pupils at Columbia, and this is not the impression she conveyed to us. I heard Van Doren give a reading, and I have seen the posturing poets, the pompous professors, the to-the-manor-born intellectuals--and this was not the white-haired man I watched from a few rows away. If concern for personal integrity is patrician and elite, then we sure as hell need more patrician elites.
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State of the Reunion Address
Enough with this Woodstock crap! I'm tired of hearing from baby boomers like Scott Newell in his September 14 letter, bragging about this experience for the few people in his generation who actually attended. "It occurred in our generation, so we're more enlightened than you" seems to be the theme here. Newell's agreement that rap simply consists of "atonal, infantile jingles" sure speaks volumes about his level of enlightenment and tolerance. I guess it was pretty easy to feel socially enlightened and accepting during Woodstock, since almost everybody was high on something.
Even though rap has been around since the Sixties, I suspect that baby boomers feel negatively toward it (and grunge rock) because (a) "Young people are doing it, so it must be stupid," or (b) "I'd look like a fool if I listened to it." I suspect that choice (b) has a lot to do with it, because baby boomers are the ultimate conformists.
I think the attitudes baby boomers have toward "Generation X" or "baby-busters" (both negative terms) can be explained by distrust and jealousy. This whole "us vs. them" thing was started a few years ago by baby boomers trying to pin us down. They'd like to be able to label us so that they can market goods to us. But such attempts usually fail, because we're more independent, diverse and unpredictable than they'll ever be. So chew on that as you wither away at the next Barbra Streisand or Eagles concert!