Crossing the Line
I couldn't believe my eyes as I was reading the first installment of the arrest saga of Kenny Be (Worst-Case Scenario, June 5). The same thing happened to me on Wednesday, June 4. I was walking to the evening Rockies game from my usual free parking spot with a friend. (I have parked in that area for the past couple of years for Rockies games.) As we proceeded toward the pedestrian tunnel by the ChopHouse, we noticed the police car parked down the tracks about halfway to the stadium. My friend was reluctant to cross due to the suspicious presence of the police officer. I said, "C'mon, let's just run across; he must be on a stakeout." Then I bolted across the tracks, while my friend chickened out at the last second.

About the time I reached the pedestrian tunnel, our hero, Officer Blea, screeched to a stop in front of me. He immediately jumped from the patrol car and demanded some identification. I asked him if there was a problem, and he informed me that I was trespassing. I told him that I had been using the crosswalk to go to Rockies games for years and he informed me that they had been patrolling this area and arresting people there for years. I told the officer that I strongly disagreed with him. I guess that because I didn't try to run away, he didn't formally arrest me but rather just issued me an arrest notice and let me go on my own recognizance.

I must say that Officer Blea treated me quite fairly. After all was said and done, I asked Officer Blea if he was going to make me walk back all the way around when I was only a few steps from the other side of the pedestrian tunnel. He said I could go if I didn't mind jumping over the new fence on the other side. This seemed redundant to me, considering that he was allowing me to do what he had just arrested me for.

P.S. I think the officer mistook me for Kenny Be (or vice versa) at Kenny's court appearance, because of how he mentioned that there were two people and one stayed behind.

Joe Hahn
via the Internet

Give 'Em Hellenic
I'm writing in rebuttal to Alan Prendergast's "It Takes a Greek Town," in the July 31 issue. First let me express my disappointment in the one-sided view of the "Greek Town" development going on at Colfax and Fillmore. I would like to know why the writer never took the time to talk with the neighborhood in the area to get the homeowners' opinions of what's going on. I for one, do not want or need a Greek Town on Colfax. While a few retailers in the area are Greek, there is nothing about the real neighborhood that even suggests a Greek enclave.

The Greek Town Cafe has been nothing but an eyesore and a detriment to the immediate neighborhood surrounding it. There is not enough parking for its customers, so of course, where do the overflow customers park almost every evening? On Fillmore and the surrounding neighborhood streets, leaving no space for locals or our guests. I have personally watched customers from the cafe litter the neighborhood on their way to and from the cafe. Trash from the overloaded dumpsters blows down the street regularly. Patrons who have had "way too much" to drink at the cafe "lounge" stagger to their vehicles outside my windows into the morning hours. On the weekends a fleet of rental trucks occupies part of the parking lot, adding to the shortage of parking on our street. The noise from the early-morning "dumping of the empties" into the dumpster echoes through the neighborhood, disturbing early-morning slumber for its residents.

Greek Town is nothing more than a plan to make the Greek owners a little more money and the neighborhood a little more crowded. Who will pay for the cleanup from all the tourists who will come to Greek Town to play? The taxpayers, that's who! Where will they park? On the already overcrowded neighborhood streets, that's where!

Greek Town--we don't need it and I don't want it!
Tom Rodman

Thank you for the informative article on Greek Town and for providing the names of many city officials and business owners involved in this project so I can contact them directly with my opinions.

I was greatly surprised to see the signs on Colfax that designated the area I live in as Greek Town. To cordon off an area of the City of Denver in this manner is, in my opinion, a move backward in the efforts to encourage diversity.

The businesses along the area of Colfax designated as Greek Town are very much part of this community. When the business owners live in the neighborhood that they want to develop they are more thoughtful in laying out their business plan. When they don't live in the neighborhood but are ethical business owners, they realize that what they plan will affect the private property of others. I fear the consequences of a business plan that includes a garish facade.

I like Jamaican patties and Ethiopian cuisine and buffalo burgers and Greek salads. I really like the hand wave, gracious service and neighborly greeting from the business owners who didn't respond to your request for an interview.

I'm very disappointed with the people that are allowing this to happen--and that includes me. So I hope your article affected others, as it did me, to become actively involved in my neighborhood organization.

Karen Miller

I have spent much of my adult life living in or around the area now known as "Greek Town." Much of the pride that I have felt for this community has been because I believed that it reflected the ethnic and personal diversity of all people living in the area. I believe that to define any section of our city by its commercial ethnicity denies the basic beauty of Denver. I hope that in Mr. Dadiotis's effort to beautify this section of the city, he will not neglect his own tavern's parking lot. My hope is that in this process, the parking lot will no longer contain an open trash container that spreads debris on the lawns of the homes across from it. Nor will those of us who live here continue to witness the continual parade of taxis and Ryder trucks. Perhaps he will encourage his patrons to use his parking facility rather than the street, so that the residents will be able to find a place to park.

Maggie Price

One Happy Camper
Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario in the August 7 issue shows remarkable insight into differing camping cultures. I have fit into each identity on multiple occasions, usually in direct correlation to my economic status at the respective time. I have stayed at the Jackass and Motel 69, owned a Vanagon camper, slept in my tent and, if lucky, the tent of a coed on spring break. Keep up the good work--running out of vodka, tequila, wine and beer is a much more justified and serious fear than that of mountain lions.

Troy Sholl

Hup-Hup Hooray
Thanks for Scott C. Yates's article on Mike Coffman and the hoser's Donkeys ("Canadian Bakin'," August 7). We'll never read that kind of reporting in the Rocky Mountain News or Denver Post.

Chuck Miller
via the Internet

First Things First
Patricia Calhoun struck a home run with her July 31 column, "Who's on First?"

Talk about sore losers! First the Rockies have Robert Lewis arrested for daring to distribute a newspaper outside the stadium that we built. (Thankfully, the umpires at the Colorado Supreme Court made the right call on that one.) Then they want to take him to court because he had the foresight to register a domain name when they, as Calhoun so aptly put it, "dropped the ball."

If the Rockies paid more attention to beating other teams and less to fighting the First Amendment, we'd all be better off.

Joe Harris

The Rockies need not look to rockies.com for a Web site location. I'm sure they can follow the example of the other two "official" web sites for local sports teams. The Broncos' "official" web site is at www.denverbroncos.com and the Avalanche "official" web site is at www.coloradoavalanche.com. I would imagine that both the Broncos and the Avalanche found someone doing what Mr. Lewis was trying to do with the Rockies and found a way around it.

It's a fairly common practice on the Internet for people to purchase a domain name (ie., rockies.com and broncos.com...it costs $100 per year to register a domain) and then try to package a deal to market that domain name and their services as a Web page designer.

By the way, you make no mention that the Nuggets don't have an "official" web site, other than the one provided by nba.com (at least, not one I could find).

Tim Dunn
via the Internet

Calhoun's free speech versus greed column was a top-notch story!
Harry Spetnagel
via the Internet

Suffer the Children
Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Raised From the Dead," in the July 17 issue:
The American legal system has "saved" many criminals from justice, and I noticed that that monster, child abuser Renee Polreis, has a lot of people who sympathize with her. But we all should understand how great a moral outrage it will be if this child-torturer escapes not only death, but also life in prison.

According to our crooked legal system, it is okay if a monster escapes justice so long as no one's rights are "violated." But in this case, it is not true. If Polreis escapes justice, it will give a great cause for Russian hardliners against America and her ideas. I mean, if our "democratic" country does not see torture and murder of a child as a serious crime, the spreading of Western attitudes into Russia may be impeded. This delay (even for one month) may result in delays in prevention of many more child abuse cases there.

I do not think that the fate of one monster is more important than the fate of these children.

Mike Shubov
via the Internet

Patricia Calhoun's piece on JonBenet was somewhat timely, yet I think I speak for millions of us when I ask: What about my issues?

In light of current findings regarding strong links between cancer and those who grew up in the shadow of Oppenheimer's toy, when will you in the Fourth Estate write stories exposing mass child abuse of innocent American children? For my own part, I was subjected to not only cesium-110 exposure through dairy products, but whatever the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons facility (not to mention the Rocky Mountain Arsenal) could spew out for 39 1/2 years.

But I've gotten off point somewhat. It truly is too bad about JonBenet, but what is the hoo-ha about? She is just one of many, and honestly her suffering is over; meantime, my inner child glows in the dark.

Forgive my impudence, Patricia, but from where I stand it seems to me that you and your colleagues are living the "good life" exercising your freedom of speech (as well as all other freedoms) for the sacrifices the innocent children of my generation have made. Isn't it about time you recognized those sacrifices? Where in the hell were you when I really needed you? Smokin' your smoke, drinkin' your drink and generally playing grown-up?

David S. Schneider
via the Internet
Howdy, Neighbor!

In response to T.R. Witcher's July 31 article, "Fallen Angel," about the couple who tried to put up a simple statue in their front yard and were thwarted by the unfriendly neighborhood fascists known as the homeowners' association board: I can sympathize with their plight.

I once lived in a homeowners'-association-controlled neighborhood, and for the seven years I owned that townhouse, I witnessed incredible abuse of power, including misappropriation of funds, nepotism and petty politics that would embarrass even the most seasoned politician. It seems that if you give a few folks a little power, it goes straight to their heads, and there's no wresting it from them if they have the power of proxy to boot. And unfortunately, as these entities are considered corporations rather than governments (despite having the authority to pass laws known as regulations, levy taxes referred to as fees and pass judgment on those who dare to cross them), they answer to nobody but themselves (including other homeowners).

My advice: Move. I did, and I'll never live in a covenant-controlled community again. These people have too much power for anybody's good.

Ron Howerton
via the Internet

Much Ado About Keanu
Your August 7 issue was the "Much to Read About Nothing" issue.
An entire page dedicated to letter-writers defending Keanu Reeves's musical gift? Not even the mention of his name repeatedly could whet a woman's interest. Spelled out: Models turned actors aren't better musicians.

The Mexicali Express from here to Juarez and back (Tony Perez-Giese's "Taking a Trip Aboard") was two days of timed turkeyism--which leads us to Robin Chotzinoff's "State of the Union" discovery of the number-one worst place to eat in Denver...only for about the last five decades.

Finally we find any real writing in Rob Brezsny's "Real Astrology." This is why my teenager reads the personal pages first.

Mae Eckels

Obviously, Susan Dunlap has had one too many sexual fantasies unfulfilled ("Star Power," July 24). Dripping with bitterness--one would think she has a vendetta. I've heard Keanu Reeves's band and, sure, they are not the next Pearl Jam, but they don't sound like fingernails on a chalkboard, either. I think that it is fair to say that because of Reeves's fame, Dogstar is getting more open doors than they should. They are, however, reminiscent of many college bands that feature a group of guys who love music and will play anywhere. Neither those guys nor Dogstar will make it onto the radio, but for a fun night out, I don't think most people will be disappointed.

Susan needs to get over herself already and get a date.
Erica Peterson
via the Internet

Regarding Michael Roberts's Feedback column of July 31, KTCL deejay Caroline Corley may be entitled to her opinion, but the fact that she has access to a microphone is unfortunate. She only manages to shame herself by declaring Keanu Reeves to be an asshole. He has been making movies for more than twelve years. He has a reputation for being charming, self-deprecating and kind to most people. To bait him with this sorry old rumor when he was obviously there to discuss the band and its music was totally without merit. To strike out at him for not responding to her bad manners only reinforces my opinion that the woman is an idiot...and guess what, the Constitution says I'm entitled to it!

Ida M. Garza
via the Internet

I was distressed to read that another media person has taken a few cheap shots at Keanu Reeves. If Caroline Corley had any media sense at all, she would have been aware that Reeves can be very open if the questions are on topic and involve the reason for the interview--the music. Instead, she was rude and invasive. Reeves is a private person and has the right to his privacy. His personal life has nothing to do with his acting or playing music. Her main purpose was to shock and stir up her listeners.

Unlike many stars, he makes a point of having fan contact. His fans, on the whole, treat him fairly. Reeves usually reacts in a human way if treated rudely or unfairly. This is not acting like an "asshole," this is responding to an asshole.

One of the reasons I respect the man is because he shows grace under fire. He is seldom (if ever) involved in any scandal. He is self-deprecating and has a sweet nature. He is a very talented actor and musician. He is sometimes rude to the media, but who can blame him?

Lois Roots
via the Internet

To Err Is Human, To Forgive Bovine
Over the years I have found it very interesting that the single most common animal to grace the cover of your liberal rag is a cow. Believe it or not, this has troubled me for some time. But it wasn't until your June 26 Best of Denver cover, featuring a cow arriving on Earth in a spaceship, that I got really disturbed.

I have a small interest in the phenomenon of aliens and their travel crafts. I have a pretty good idea of what they are and what their "mission" is. Aliens are preparing for one of the world's greatest deceptions. So how do aliens and cows relate to each other? Well, let us start with the bovine.

From the Bible, we know that Lucifer's original form was that of a cow. When the Jews were at Mount Sinai waiting for Moses to return, they made an idol in the form of a calf. Why? Because in the book of Isaiah, Lucifer wishes to be worshiped like the Most High God of the chosen people, the Jews. In India's religion Hinduism, the cow is revered to be the most sacred animal. I wonder why?

Unfortunately, most Christians miss this altogether, but those in the occult know and understand this. Aliens are Lucifer's fallen angels priming all of humanity to distract man's focus from the One True God. I believe you at Westword know this and are happy to help the demonic in their occultic plan. You obviously know something, and I feel that you are flaunting it in public.

Name withheld on request

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