Justice, Boulder Style
Thanks for a great article on Alex "See No Evil" Hunter (Juliet Wittman's "He Aims to Plea," September 24). I can only hope that as Election Day 2000 nears, the people of Boulder will finally do the right thing and vote him out. As inbred as Boulder politics are, it's the only way to get rid of the scumbag.
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First off, Westword's writers are some of the best journalists I have had the pleasure of reading.
Boulder DA Alex Hunter is surely one of the most prissy, political-playing, ball-less DAs to "represent the people." And yes, unfortunately, political alliances and their influences that go with this self-deemed absolute power is a factor in today's life. As citizens, we should be able to file a class-action suit against Mr Hunter to recover his salary and expenses for the last 26 years, or against any other elected official guilty of poor performance.
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I am a resident of Boulder, and I have been shocked at the lack of good investigative reporting in this case and other cases in the area. What an excellent article Juliet Wittman has written! It seems to me that while our local media has done a very poor job of investigating and reporting this case, Wittman has done her homework.
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Juliet Wittman's "He Aims to Plea," on the Boulder DA's office, was excellent. I think it should be published nationally.
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While I was perusing "No Nudes Is Good News," the September 24 article by Tony Perez-Giese, the thought occurred to me: Am I reading the Rocky Mountain Oyster or Westword?
Artistic license aside, in our outrageously litigious society, it's not surprising that a printer would shy from this job. In spite of the First Amendment, it is still within someone's rights (if that's the word) to refuse to print anything they choose, based on the possibility that some overactive idiot with nothing better to do would choose to sue them. Remember McDonald's $400K coffee?
Hey, how about this? If Pat York's work is that good...why does she need to do a cheesy photo of herself?
Kudos on the overdue expose of flim-flam man William Lyons and Triton under-Development (T.R. Witcher's "A Lot of Trouble," September 24). Lyons and his subpar subcontractors should be hung up by their nuts and bolts and then given cement shoes at the bottom of Cherry Creek Reservoir. Of course, if they constructed the restraints, they wouldn't hold!
I am a current resident of a project they "completed" in the middle of 1996, and while my personal experiences are limited to two roof leaks and a weight-bearing wall that doesn't bear the weight (it's cracking), I was privy to many horror stories from fellow residents while sitting at the pool.
One woman's front door didn't close completely against the jam, causing flooding in her entryway every time it rained. Another complained of a hole in the bedroom wall that exposed live electrical wires. The "garages" that Triton built all succumbed to muddy runoff from the parking lot, to such a point that a complex-wide meeting was held to address the problem. Ironically, many of the new residents were hesitant to report the problems to the papers, the Better Business Bureau or the media in fear of lowering their resale value.
But the kicker came when the City of Denver discovered that a corner of one of the new buildings (mine, as a matter of fact) was built over city-owned property and, more accurately, over a city-owned main water vane. The weight was causing undue stress to the pipe. It came down to a decision for Lyons and Triton: Either move the pipe or move the building.
Apparently, rather then face the over-daunting task of moving the building (which would require skills above and beyond what Triton possesses), they opted to move a segment of the Denver Water Department vane at their expense. I wonder what neighborhoods in Denver weren't receiving water during that weekend-long procedure?
Please withhold my name (gotta save my resale value).
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Please Re-Lease Me
Being related to the architect who was inspired by a view of Mile High Stadium while driving to inspect another job last year, I appreciated Stuart Steers's September 24 article, "Bucks and Broncos."
Besides the fact that we have a stadium for every sport now, renovation is in the best interest of urban planning for Mile High. The city-funded 1996 study showed that truth--before the study was buried somewhere under the H file, for HKH.
COST apparently recognizes that our city fathers and mothers accommodate private enterprise like their children; they think they are just wonderful, but they cost and cost and cost. Bowlen threatens to move the Broncos on the one hand (trying to get out of a performance lease for twenty more years) and asks for money on the other. I think I've heard the words "blackmail" and "extortion."
Our city deserves an apology and continuing good faith to the lease from the Broncos.
May Westword and writers like Stuart Steers continue to bring the truth to the fans and voters. Allowing Pat Bowlen to name his own terms for a new contract, which he cannot be trusted to honor, is not in the best interests of the citizens of the six-county special district. The stadium committee, set up by Mayor Wellington Webb and his cronies, is nothing more than a rubber stamp to meet Pat Bowlen's extortion demands for a taxpayer-guaranteed personal profitability for generations to come.
Pat Bowlen's stadium committee is just sitting back salivating, waiting to step up to the Bowlen trough, like the rest of our elected officials.
Fredrick G. Clutsom
I oppose this stadium based on poor representation, lack of fairness, and discrimination. The governments of the six metro counties and the stadium board are supposed to represent the people and businesses in the area. How is it that only one of the thousands of employers here has been singled out for a free place of work? I am sure that many employers are in very competitive situations, strapped for cash and need help with expansion. Some of them probably have many more employees that do more for Denver and have lived here longer than any of the Broncos ever would. Why isn't the referendum this fall asking if the citizens would like a sales-tax hike to offer all employers help with a free place of work? Is this not discrimination and poor representation by our elected and selected officials?
I am afraid that the only solution at this point is a court injunction to the referendum based on discrimination and unfair representation.
On November 3, residents of the six-county metro area will have an opportunity to vote on whether or not to help finance a new multi-use stadium. Citizens for a New Stadium (CFANS) would like to share ways we all win with a "yes" vote.
Great facilities are a major part of what makes the metro area a fantastic place to live. Like these other facilities, the new stadium will not be built unless the public leads the way. The stadium will ensure that the Broncos remain in Denver for at least twenty years. They will be able to remain competitive since they will be back in a comparable financial position with other NFL teams.
"Everybody wins," right? Wrong. Pat Bowlen wins, of course, and millions of Colorado tax dollars will head for Canada. Elway? Yep, he's a winner, and I guess he'll hire another "personal spokesman" to tell us what a saint he is. The rest of the Broncos win, for sure, and they'll still be making in an hour enough to support several Denver families for a year or more. The stadium board didn't do so well, but they'll still be sharing an executive box that you and I will never sit in. Everybody but you and I is a winner, and you'll soon see an intense advertising campaign supporting this bad deal--and, yep, we'll be paying for that, too.
Or we can dump this obscene proposal, dump the Bronco-worshiping stadium board that sold us to Canada and negotiate a stadium package that'll give Denver-area working men and women a decent return for their hard-earned tax dollars.
All's Affair in Love and War
Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Speaking From Experience," in the September 17 issue:
I don't think Governor Romer's admitted affair with B.J. Thornberry ought to be included in the same vein as the Lewinsky/Clinton scandal. Governor Romer's nonsexual affair is decidedly not an issue that can be placed on the same table as the personal affair and behavior that has necessitated efforts to impeach the President of the United States.
Having admitted his own affair, and as chief of the Democratic National Committee, Romer has stated, "The president's relationship with Monica Lewinsky was wrong." I ask: Why does it seem necessary to make any "affair" sexual in nature?
To Kenny Be: In your September 24 Worse-Case Scenario on the 16th Street Mall's personalities, didn't you mean to say "prospective" (adjective meaning likely to occur or expected), not "perspective" (noun meaning point of view or technique for showing three dimensions)?
To Westword editors: Please don't let Kenny contribute further to the grammatical delinquency of Denver's press.
Erika Z. Enger
The September 24 Worst-Case Scenario provides an interesting perspective on the use of incorrect vocabulary. Prospective cartoonists should take note.
P.S.: Isn't this what editors are for?
Doesn't Westword have a proofreader? (Spell-checks just don't cut it.) I grit my teeth and roll my eyes at the misspelling in the daily papers. Their longtime excuse has been the time element--the rush to get out the paper on time. But Westword is a weekly. What gives? One of the worst offenders is Kenny Be--love the cartoon, hate the spelling. Spell-check can't determine the vast difference between "perspective" and "prospective." Give me a break!
Kenny Be replies: It is hard to find a way to say I have sinned. So I won't. Rest assured I have repented, even though, by the legal definition, perspective is a word. I am not a misspeller by nature. Please join me on my journey, because this cartoonist has important work to do.
Like Jean Tuthill (Letters, September 24), I'm a Christian, too, but I don't think having a sense of humor is a sin; and since I'm not a psychologist, I don't consider myself qualified to sit in Freudian judgment on Peter Gilstrap. I see him as a slightly eccentric art collector with a brilliant gift for humor. The Jesus of the Week is uproariously funny and very entertaining. Hopefully, a few cross-waving soreheads won't dissuade you from running it.
Shari York Stowell
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Showcase and Tell
Kudos to Michael Roberts for the work that went into the 1998 Westword Music Awards Showcase supplement, in the September 17 issue. It points to a thriving local music scene. Unfortunately, that scene is often kept from the ears and minds of anyone under 21. It wasn't always that way.
I recently took my thirteen-year-old daughter to see the Squirrel Nut Zippers at what felt like an oversold Ogden Theatre. We were among those packed in like sardines in the "under 21" balcony (good thing for the promoters the fire marshal was somewhere else).
Alcohol hasn't always mattered that much at such events. On the way home from the show, I was reminiscing about a place in Philadelphia in 1967 that had been a bar but was operated by people with no interest in selling booze to the people who came to hear Frank Zappa, Lothar and the Hand People and other "cutting-edge" bands. Sure, some of the patrons were hopelessly stoned, but they were the minority. Most of us among the all-ages crowd were there to listen to and absorb the music.
Today, if under-21 folks are lucky enough to gain entry into the smaller venues, we segregate them in a section away from the "more mature." But more often, as in cases like the Music Awards Showcase, they're just left out, period.
Over the last three decades, a lot has changed for the better, but our obsession with alcohol isn't one of the shining moments, especially when we treat the up-and-coming generation as second-class.
I just want to say that the 8-Bucks Experiment has changed my life! All I can say is: Wow!
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