The Light Stuff
Nothing quite so disappointing as the sight of a favorite doing something really dumb. Kenny Be's pathetic stab at satire in your July 11 edition, "Let There Be Light," is an unfortunate case in point. He was somehow suckered into believing that the Great Bicycle Incident on the CU campus was little more than another example of "White Boulder" snootery.
It's hard to guess what Be's transportation druthers are, but for some years now, bikes have been rather standard items in Boulder, and to travel at night without a light is a deadly serious matter. There are no more exceptions to the bike-light requirement than there are in respect to cars. Be is not alone in his misapprehension about the way things go down here; a couple of weeks ago, Peter Boyle's clutch of chronic gigglers on Colorado Inside Out had one of their clutzier moments of high humor over the Incident.
Be's puerile effort could be excused if in fact Boulder were the Toy Town that it's so often made out to be. It's not. A lot of big-time money has slithered into this place while the assorted gigglers have been having their fun. Boulder is struggling to stave off the Terminal Junkification that has all but smothered large areas of Denver and is about to sink Louisville and Lafayette under a flood of franchise imperialism. If Boulder can't muster the savvy to save itself, there's not much chance that any other place in Colorado will be able to maintain whatever integrity it has.
John H. Sherwood
A Dry Idea
Regarding Stuart Steers's "Aurora Sucks," in the July 4 issue:
As a native and longtime resident of South Park, I would have to side with the opposition concerning the City of Aurora's plan to desecrate South Park. I find it hard to believe that they plan to spend $100 million to withdraw water and then put it right back, leaving them in the same place they started and with no impact.
Wasting money is not Aurora's intent; getting water is. And to what end? More irrigated highway medians? More golf courses? The harvest of more grass clippings for transport to the landfill? It may come as a surprise to some, but we live in a semi-arid desert and should plan and develop accordingly. The water supply is finite.
This plan leaves too many unanswered questions. How will they guarantee the recharge of the aquifer? How many years between recharges? If the aquifer is not recharged, at what point would the draw-down cease?
If Aurora knows they will be allowed to collect all this extra water during "unusually wet years," let them start now and store the water in the aquifer under Douglas County. I hear there is plenty of room there.
Triumph of the Willis
I hope Bruce Willis cleans Patricia Calhoun's clock! If it weren't for the fact that her July 4 column, "Planet Lowdown," starts out in a bar, I would think she was some kind of politically correct police-person who wants to make sure no one has any fun. I'd say that letting some big-time bars into LoDo, even "$12 hamburger joints," is a fair exchange for getting Coors Field.
Why don't they just go ahead and turn LoDo into a giant mall? What's happening in that part of town (have you been there on a Friday night?) reminds me of Glendale in the Seventies. Party on, dude.
An anal-retentive roommate is on a quest to purge our household of any undesirable paper products. I, on the other hand, hold your rag in much higher esteem, as I attempt to preserve its place near the throne for at least a week. So before your tome was ripped from my hands, I managed to speed-read Patricia Calhoun's July 4 column, "Planet Lowdown," which demands a correction.
Bruce Willis is subjugating the fine people of Hailey, not Hayden, Idaho. Hayden is approximately 500 miles further north and is separated by significant ideological considerations from the budding La-La Land surrounding Ernest Hemingway's old haunts in Sun Valley. My feeling is that the kind, Neo-Nicety people of northern Idaho would counter Mr. Willis's offensive with stronger tactical maneuvers. Perhaps they would "tease" him into a winner-take-all-the-property game of paintball.
In all Demi-seriousness, the Gem State will remain beautiful in any kind of Moonlight, I hay-den to say.
Troy J. Sholl
Apparently Patricia Calhoun was infected by the same hysteria that resulted in Ward Harkavy's July 4 story, "Still Crazy After All These Years," concerning Colorado's so-called "patriots." How else to account for the fact that in the same issue, Westword's editor got the Idaho town of Hailey, Bruce Willis's new hangout, mixed up with Hayden, the right-wing stronghold? There are many philosophical differences between the two, as well as a hundred miles or so.
Having just returned from Sun Valley, Idaho, which is thirteen miles north of Hailey, I was amused to read Patricia Calhoun's "Planet Lowdown."
Bruce Willis does live in Idaho, but not in Hayden. Hayden is located in the northern part of the state and is home to the Aryan Nation. Hailey is the town that Bruce and Demi have adopted and call home. Willis and his company, Valley Entertainment, have done marvelous things to this central Idaho town--first and foremost, bringing it back from deterioration in the early Nineties. Willis has sunk a tremendous amount of his own money into Hailey, building new buildings, putting in two bars/ restaurants, redoing an art-deco movie house and treating the community to many events, including spending $25,000 on fireworks for the Fourth of July. He brings good things to the community--let's not be too hasty on Bruce!
And by the way, Patricia, please get a geography lesson before it is too late!
Take His Wife, Please
Right on, Bill Gallo, with your review of Striptease ("Barely Breathing," July 4). I haven't seen it, and I don't intend to. And no, I am not "pro-censorship," a "man-hating feminist" or a member of the Christian Coalition. It just sounds like there is more plot in some of the late-night cable porn!
I mean, what is this, really? Seemingly more and more of Demi Moore's movies are nothing more than narcissism, doing nothing more than showcasing her spectacular physique. So what?
All right, perhaps I am envious. Envious, yes. Jealous, no. I mean, who wouldn't look like 12 million bucks with a personal chef and a staff of individuals concerned with nothing other than one's image? Give me something I can relate to. How about a college-educated data-processing manager who works for a large aerospace and national defense contractor, a former homecoming queen, divorced with one child, dealing with a glass ceiling, turning forty and choosing to stay single?
Not too sexy, is it?
Jean M. Lundquist
via the Internet
Congratulations on Michael Roberts's "Survey Says," in the July 4 issue. I would sure like to see a lot more of this type of research done nationwide. As a jazz musician, I have said time and time again that people will listen (and watch on TV) so much more than the daily crap and schlock that most commercial stations shovel out. I also question how much negative influence major record labels exert. The formula seems to be that a major record label can turn anyone into a star. Just add the ingredients of money and influence over commercial media and ignore the fact that there is a very large group of people out here who honestly want to hear some real music--original, fresh and challenging. Now please do another survey on annoying DJ voices. I am a listener/ member of KUVO public radio. This is not entirely due to the fact that I am a jazz lover (I listen to many other kinds of music) but also because, aside from a few minor annoyances (mainly a Brazilian DJ on Sundays and a manic-depressive fool most weekday late-mornings), I can't stand the alternative: ridiculous commercial DJ personalities and advertising that sounds like a cross between the TV voice one hears for "Monster Truck Competition" commercials and a constipated baboon trying to push out a turd.
I enjoyed Michael Roberts's "Survey Says," but I sincerely wish someone would look into why Colorado is so short-changed in the public-radio department. If you have listened to public radio in most other cities, you know it is a vital part of the community. In Denver, not only do we miss a lot of the great programming offered by National Public Radio, such as "Taste of the Nation," but we get no inroad into city treasures like Swallow Hill or the Tattered Cover. If it weren't for the brief weather reports, you wouldn't know it was Colorado Public Radio. Classical music is fine, but constantly? I am a member and have written and phoned, and I am told that is what members want. I don't know how they know, because to my knowledge, no one ever surveys the membership.
Everyone I know would prefer a more vital public-radio station with some variety. We couldn't even listen to E-Town, which originates in Boulder and is produced by NPR, until the Peak bought it--and this is one of the few high-quality radio programs that's been written up in national magazines and has received critical acclaim.
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