Letters to the Editor
"The Plane Truth," Jared Jacang Maher, August 30
Jared Jacang Maher's "The Plane Truth" was an excellent article! It shows that many people see only what they want to see. I was a sightseeing guide in Denver for some years. What a lot of foreign visitors see in the artwork at Denver International Airport is that "Americans are being ridiculed and portrayed as idiots," and I somewhat agree, mainly from the large map of sights in America, which shows nothing of our accomplishments except for the world's largest ball of string. That map does not in any way indicate that we brought the world freedom of expression, which brought us radio, television, air travel, computers, plastics, cures for horrible diseases and, more than anything, a place where anyone from any part of the earth can come and live in peace, to speak how they want, write what they want, worship whatever God they want and invent whatever they want.
Denver International Airport
As I picked up hundreds of visitors from many parts of the world, the comments that I heard about DIA were: bizarre, hideous, disgusting, nauseating, repulsive, evil, psycho, nuts, insane, etc., etc. I also heard many times, "This is America?!"
I think that the workmanship is beautiful, talented and very creative. The message that it sends is dominant and overbearing. Colleen Fanning, DIA art program manager, told Jared, "We definitely want to enhance and humanize our spaces here at the airport and just beautify the experience." Yeah, right.
Mark S. McGrew
El Paso, Texas
And here I thought that United Airlines ate my luggage. Now I know it was really reptilian Freemasons at DIA. Either way, I'd like to get my socks back.
New York City
I've listened to Coast to Coast before; supposedly Art Bell, who hosted the show at one time, had to take some time off because of death threats.
One thing's for sure: If there is anything peculiar or amazing under DIA, tiddlywinks like Federico Peña, Wellington Webb and Roy Romer would not be privy to it. Those who maintain that the government doesn't have any secrets and dismiss cover-up and conspiracy theories seem to forget that some government info is clearly classified. That doesn't mean it's reptilian aliens, but I'm sure much of it might be astonishing to us. The "public good" and the mission of "ensuring domestic tranquility" is used often to keep us uninformed — for good or ill.
Like you say, it makes for interesting reading and discussions!
As the former spokesman for the Colorado Department of Transportation, I feel compelled to correct just one fact in Jared Maher's otherwise fine piece about DIA.
He states that at the old Stapleton airport, "jets were forced to taxi through underpasses built below I-70 to access certain runways." Actually, the jets went above I-70. The traffic went through the underpasses.
I was there the day that CDOT imploded the old tunnels. You could feel the strange presence of "something" out of the ordinary. Despite meticulous preparation by one of the most experienced demolition companies in the nation, about midway through the implosion, the detonations mysteriously stopped. Did some force beyond our understanding want to keep those tunnels there?
Eventually the old tunnels came down, but not without a struggle. I, for one, felt no need to dig any deeper into the landscape.
Other than that tiny error about the tunnels, I found Jared's article to be factual, well researched and very insightful. The truth is, indeed, out there.
Between stories about the Forbin Project-like automated baggage-delivery system and one summer's marathon for passengers going from gate to gate because of flights canceled due to weather out east, I must have missed the real story.
One thing I am familiar with is Coast to Coast. Its original host, Art Bell, is a poet; each of his sentences one can ride on a wave of contemplation for the rest of the day. George Noory, on the other hand, is like the town drunk. His reaction to the world appears to be that he can't quite remember why he "woke up on this park bench, officer." He never appears to be quite sure about anything. The thing that I don't completely understand is that hosts like Art and George are perfectly comfortable rubbing shoulders with hosts like Rush Limbaugh at company get-togethers, at one of which Rush gave either Art or George a giant inflatable alien. I know Art has been a longtime conservative, and George has said on air that he is a creationist (as far as he's...sure), yet does the difference between the content of Coast to Coast and rest of the fare on KHOW mean anything? Is contemporary politics simply a market for radio? Are the reptilian Masonic alien ghost flying tube remote-viewing (ushered out of military "intel' and yours for this low price) mothmen really radio talk-show hosts?
I don't fly anywhere (on planes), but I do paint. I will be watching for the vanload of neighborhood metaphysical-watch members.
Formerly of Denver
Jared Jacang Maher failed to mention that the runway configuration at the airport is shaped like a Nazi swastika symbol.
Name withheld on request
Jared Jacang Maher replies: Over the past week, we've received a flurry of calls, e-mails and mysterious notes from readers pointing out various aspects of the DIA conspiracy that were not included in my article. That DIA's runways sorta resemble an enormous swastika when viewed from the air, for example. That recorded Native American chants play on the pedestrian bridge leading to Concourse A, indicating that the airport was built atop an ancient Indian burial ground. And as for the gargoyle in the suitcase statue by the baggage claim — we don't even want to guess what that means. But theorists leaving online comments have been more than happy to hypothesize on everything from shady contractor deals to sickeningly disturbing satanic pedophile rings leading straight to the "Nazi elites" who built DIA. Like, um, Federico Peña and Wellington Webb? For more, go to http://www.westword.com/2007-08-30/news/dia-conspiracies-take-off/#comments.
Now Hear This, August 23
I would like to thank you for Tom Murphy's review of the Tudaloos. It's nice to see the local music scene in Denver portrayed as it should be: astounding. I was at the concert in question and couldn't agree with the writer more. The Tudaloos are personal friends of mine, and their music is extremely wonderful and interesting.
Thank you for reviewing the Tudaloos in such a way as to encourage readers to discover this truly innovative breed of music and, in particular, the Tudaloos.
Just wanted to make one correction to Jon Solomon's recent mention of the Richie Cole show. The Paramount concert with Richie and Phil Woods was not put together by Dick Gibson, although he produced many great concerts there. It was conceived and promoted by Clyde Babb, who also ran the very successful Clyde's Pub, a pure jazz nightclub in Arvada.
I had the pleasure of working with Clyde on this concert, and it was one of the highlights of my jazz experience.
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