Out of Left Field
I decided to grab a copy of the February 18 Westword since I hadn't read one in a couple of years.
The first article I read was Harrison Fletcher's "Arrested Development." Next, it was Julie Jargon's "King of the Dump." That was enough for me!
Let's see: "Arrested Development" details wayward kid crusader Dellena Aguilar whining about alleged mistreatment of herself and a few of those angelic, polite and upstanding students of Skyline Park by Big Bad Cops. Then there's "King of the Dump," which details ignorant environmental/ recycling crusader Peter Coster whining about the alleged injustice being inflicted on Mother Earth by Big Bad King Soopers.
Well, to comment specifically on these stories, I say good for the cops and good for King Soopers for doing what makes sense given the circumstances.
To Dellena Aguilar, the Skyline Park student bums and Peter Coster, I say: "WAAAHHH!"
And to Westword: Thanks for showing me your left-wing writing perspective still has that distinct absence of reason, balance and objectivity. Now I don't have to bother checking your paper out again for another couple of years.
Julie Jargon's "King of the Dump," on the decision of King Soopers to stop accepting glass, steel cans and plastic in its recycling program, is interesting. Currently, the missing link in recycling is that dominant corporations in the marketplace resist or refuse to make decisions to create the market for recycled materials. King Soopers' giant parent, Kroger, had total 1998 sales of near $30 billion and profits of $300 million and easily has the market muscle to insist that its major suppliers package their products in certifiably recycled containers, be they plastic, steel or glass. A good starting point would be their own numerous Kroger-brand products. Kroger/King Soopers can choose to continue to be a central part of the problem or move to become a functioning part of the solution. A home planet with rapidly diminishing resources and nearly 6 billion people needs everyone's commitment.
After all of last week's uproar over the latest Ramsey revelations, I reread Juliet Wittman's "Eternally Yours," in the February 11 issue. Interesting to see that Alex Hunter's bumbling as Boulder district attorney isn't limited to the murder of JonBenet.
My heart goes out to Gloria Lamar.
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I believe Alex Hunter is selective as to which cases are treated with a light touch or his heavy-handed tactics, as I witnessed in his early years in Boulder's law enforcement.
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Honk If You Myth Jesus
Please, please, please bring back Peter Gilstrap's "Jesus of the Week." It is a welcome respite from the numerous arch-conservative, religious-based articles published so frequently by the other newspapers in this town. Please don't succumb to a few letter-writers' pressure to eliminate such an entertaining cartoon. I hope they realize that Mr. Gilstrap does not make these things up; they are sent to him by folks who find them in places like flea markets and garage sales and, like him (and me), are amused by them. He just adds his own interpretation to the painting/drawing/trinket.
Religion is not much different: various interpretations by various individuals based on various myths. Most religions have "savior" myths, "resurrection" myths and the like. If people want to base their lives on such myths, they are free to do so, but they shouldn't be offended if others don't believe in the same myths. Their beliefs can't be proved (nor can they be disproved).
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Honk If You Myth Mick
Regarding Michael Roberts's February 11 "The Rolling Stones Live: A Content Analysis":
It is interesting that so much discussion and commentary is bandied about regarding the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger--evidence of the ever-shortening memories and lack of spiritual belief in America.
I'd be interested to know just how many people who paid too much to see Mr. Jagger recently own or have ever heard the completed Their Satanic Majesties Request. And where did that great song "Sympathy for the Devil" come from?
In the mid-Sixties, Jagger and Richards traded in the talent of Brian Jones and sold their souls to rock and roll. Admirable, but I cannot personally condone the beliefs of their anti-religion. It simply exists. Another famous bunch, the Eagles, went public about their Faustian contract. As I recall, in the Eighties, Stevie Nicks complained about the weird goings-on around the Henley/Frey gang. And later, Henley said, "There are contracts you make in life that cannot be broken."
So, really, Jagger is simply the embodiment of human desires, fame, riches and sex. The same desires the Dalai Lama seeks to subjugate.
I appreciate many of the Rolling Stones' creations ("Angie," "Bitch") as beauty, so I figure as long as Jagger doesn't sing "Street Fighting Man" anymore, who cares?
Anyone who doubts my opinions and needs a laugh simply needs to view the British movie Bedazzled (1967), featuring Dudley Moore in his first movie and Raquel Welch at her peak. Hey, kids, rock and roll, rock on, ooh, my soul.
Regarding Steve Alvarez's "The Bus Stops Here," in the February 4 issue:
Erin Ault should quit his whining. I'll bet if he was the shooting victim, he'd wish "someone" would stop and help in some way. If the driver had not stopped, he would have been dismissed by RTD for failing to provide assistance. Go back to your desk, Erin, where you can feel safe--and, oh, don't forget to change your panty liner.
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