Patricia Calhoun's post about the Ballpark Neighborhood Association's opposition to a day center for the homeless triggered literally hundreds of comments, with readers on every conceivable side of the issue sharing their views with passion. Here's an example.
Patricia Calhoun's post revealing that only about 15 percent of odor complaints in Denver were connected to marijuana inspired many of our readers to volunteer their picks for things that smell worse that weed. This reader went above and beyond. She listed off four.
We're still collecting comments on Patricia Calhoun's post about an aborted plan by the Denver Police Department to allow officers to distribute Bibles. Many of our commenters feel this would have been inappropriate, but not all. Take this reader, for instance.
Patricia Calhoun's posts about the new state logo, not to mention a slogan ("It's our nature") that's uncomfortably close to Cabela's, have led to a lot of debate among our readers, most of whom give the new "Peak" logo a thumbs-down. Here's a typical reaction.
Patricia Calhoun's post featuring suggested new symbols for Northern Colorado, the proposed name for numerous counties currently considering secession from the state, triggered a huge response from commenters, a lot of it negative in the extreme. Here's one example of many.
Yesterday, Patricia Calhoun offered up some alternative Denver tour stops for a group from Virginia, including the urinals at the Oxford Hotel, which have been around so long that Bat Masterson is said to have drained his lizard in them. Plenty of readers expressed affection for this unusual attract ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's reporting about the model-train layouts that have graced Union Station for decades, and the prospect of them losing their longtime home, has triggered a mixture of nostalgia and resolve that the situation must be fixed. Here's one example -- a reader for whom the trains have a spe ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's post about the end of Smiley's, once the world's largest laundromat, sparked a lot of nostalgia among our readers, who associate it with a lot more than an often-unpleasant but necessary task. Here's an example from someone who thinks there's still a place for laundromats in the ... More >>
Last week, Patricia Calhoun wrote about the apparent decision by University of Denver officials to exclude the controversial Denver Boone mascot from future affiliation with DU. The move frustrated a number of our readers, including this one.
Patricia Calhoun's post about the fifth birthday of "Mustang," DIA's Blucifer, and the prospect that the artwork could be moved proved as divisive as the demon steed itself. Take the following post, in which a reader offers a suggestion for the horse's next destination.
Last week, Patricia Calhoun wrote about the city's latest order to vacate directed at Jesse Morreale's First Avenue Hotel. Since then, readers have debated about the value of the hotel and the El Diablo restaurant associated with it -- but one commenter advises folks on either side of this argument ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's post about marijuana banking issues noted attorney Rob Corry's notion about using financial institutions in sovereign tribal nations to break the regulatory logjam. In the subsequent debate about whether this approach is feasible, one reader expresses doubts even as he supports th ... More >>
Our Patricia Calhoun didn't think much of the New York Times' take on the 16th Street Mall's thirtieth birthday, marked by an event featuring an appearance by Mayor Michael Hancock, seen here. However, another local endorsed the less-than-laudatory Times review.
Patricia Calhoun has been following the controversy over a proposed Denver Walmart project -- and the passions of proponents and opponents alike are certainly running high. One reader has a theory about why, as well as thoughts about other factors that should be considered in terms of backing or att ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's recent post about comparing Walmart and Trader Joe's from a red state v. blue state perspective revved up one reader, who questions the assumption of progressives that one firm's business practices are radically different from the other. Here's the post.
Yesterday, Patricia Calhoun wrote about former Westword cover boy Ali Hasan, who recently shared a lengthy essay about going through rehabilitation for sex addiction. In our comments section, Hasan took exception to Calhoun's assertion that the experience added a "scandalous line to his resume."
In March 2011, Patricia Calhoun called for an end to 3.2 beer, which she referred to as a loser legacy of Prohibition. A year later, 3.2 beer continues to survive in the Colorado marketplace, and one reader is mighty happy about it, as he makes clear in this belated post.
Patricia Calhoun's post about the great press garnered by John Hickenlooper nationally -- including his name surfacing as a possible vice-presidential candidate -- didn't convince one reader, who's a bit lukewarm about the governor's idiosyncrasies. Here's his take.
Patricia Calhoun's item about a Denver City Council food fight over building a new Sunflower Market on Colfax sparked a strong take from one of our most regular commenters after the project was approved. Here's what he had to say.
Patricia Calhoun's post about Harold Camping's fast-approaching deadline for the next Doomsday drew the sort of posts will miss if the Rapture begins according to his schedule. Here's an example, apparently from a historical personage with a track record of memorable predictions.
Does the City of Denver boot vehicles on weekends? For years, scofflaw drivers felt safe parking their too-many-ticket cars all over town on Saturday and Sunday. But we recently learned from the Department of Public Works that the city will indeed boot cars on Saturdays. And this weekend, a b ... More >>
Plenty of readers were surprised to learn (from Patricia Calhoun's recent post) that merely stopping to take a photo at Mount Evans scenic byway will cost a visitor $10. But one commenter was well aware of the situation -- and notes that it's not an isolated incident.
Videos below.Speaking as someone who was stuck in it (as was Patricia Calhoun), yesterday's Denver rush hour rainstorm was crazy -- which explains why so many locals recorded the deluge on video. Page down to check out a wealth of clips below, featuring viewpoints ranging from "Can the seat ... More >>
Patricia Calhoun's post about Denver Police retirees urging Michael Hancock to hire a "fair" Manager of Safety drew a strong post from a member of the force. He sees the decision as impacting the public in ways the average resident may not have considered.
Patricia Calhoun's post about receiving a parking ticket at 4 a.m. because her tires were on the curb in front of her house drew something of a rebuke -- albeit a good-natured one. Here's the reader's slant on the issue.
Timothy Tipton presents the "press vape" to Westword editor Patricia Calhoun.Contrary to popular belief, Westword is a newspaper, not a dispensary or a marijuana grow -- and anyone who's looked in our shared refrigerator will tell you there are almost never any edibles around here. Yet the o ... More >>
Westword's offices are closed today in honor of the 4th of July. So instead of blogging, The Latest Word staff will be honoring the work ethic that's made this country great by doing absolutely nothing productive. (Exceptions to the rule: Patricia Calhoun and Kenny Be will be publishing at their u ... More >>
Today's edition of Patricia Calhoun's Wake-Up Call notes the sudden newsworthiness in these parts of the previously humble coyote -- a development magnified by a recent attack on a local women while she was walking her dog. But the coverage of this last incident by daily newspapers and TV stations c ... More >>
Keep your distance, media scum. I was the 26th person in line at 6:45. Another fifty people had arrived by the time the election workers at the Mile High United Way polling place at the edge of Highland started the countdown at 6:59: "Five, four, three, two, one... the polls are officially open." ... More >>
After writing The Message column for nearly nine years, I figured that I didn't have a lot of fans at the Denver Post. Little did I realize, though, that the one fan I had wouldn't work. To explain: Westword's Patricia Calhoun took a ride this past weekend on the Cheyenne Frontier Days train, which ... More >>
Letters from the week of 2/21/2008
Letters from the week of 1/27/2008
The Colorado Legislature may not have known that "Rocky Mountain High" references drug use (ha!), but John Denver sure did. Because here are his lyrics for another song, "Poems, and Prayers, and Promises": And I have to say it now It's been a good life all in all It's really fine To have a chance ... More >>
At seven last Friday morning, as I shoveled my walk -- again -- I watched a city trash truck coming down a nearby street, pause so that the driver could contemplate the right-hand turn that would have led to my rutted, iced-in block -- and then continue on in the other direction. Can't see I blamed ... More >>
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