Homeowner associations attract a full house of complaints. There blows the neighborhood!

"A Violent Disagreement," Letters, March 4

Free and Easy

In response to a letter published a couple of weeks ago about who reads Westword, well, a lot of well-educated people read Westword. I love Westword. This paper shows just how open and relaxed we are in the Denver area. I sent Westword to my friends in Kansas, and they love it and Denver's free, open-minded people.

The articles, ads and ideas in Westword are hip, and it has a well-formatted layout. I love Westword like the rest of Denver.

Fred Tinnemeyer

Castle Rock

Bright, glossy covers with scantily clad babes! Two more glossy pages of ads! Not much interesting to read! When did you become Maxim magazine?

Todd Kreitzman


"Battlefield Suburbia," David

McSwane, March 18

Neighborhood Botch

I live in this neighborhood. "Battlefield Suburbia" seems to be an accurate representation of what has happened here, so nicely done, Westword. As much as it pains me to see all this dirty laundry in print, this article is a pretty faithful representation. I would like to comment, however, on what a nice place to live Cherry Creek Farm has been, even during the circus chronicled here. For me, the neighborhood is exceedingly close to work in the Tech Center, allows my kids to attend the best schools in the area, is very friendly and quite well-kept.

There are no slums here. It's the kind of neighborhood where the kids play together in their front yards and their parents hang out together over a beer. The overreaching HOA was a minor downside to life in the neighborhood, but even the conflict there is subsiding.

CCF rules!

Justin MacLean


Editor's note: To read many, many more comments on David McSwane's "Battlefield Suburbia," go to

Now Hear This, Tom Murphy, March 18

Davies Locker

Tom Murphy fails Rock 101 rather abysmally in his preview of Ray Davies's show at the Ogden Theatre. "Ozzy Osbourne has suggested that Ray Davies invented heavy metal with his signature guitar-riff opening on 'You Really Got Me,'" he writes in his lead. Er, it was DAVE Davies who played lead guitar on that tune — not Ray. Yeah, Ray wrote the song. But the "heavy metal" sound was all Dave. Sheesh, this has only been chronicled a zillion times in the popular press over the years! Dave reportedly used a razor blade to slice the speaker cone of his amplifier to achieve the distortion effect on the recording. Another version of the story has him poking knitting needles into the amp to achieve the sound. As for the demented solo in the middle of the song: Myth had it that Jimmy Page actually performed it. But Page himself has long denied it, and it's generally believed that seventeen-year-old Dave was playing the ax here, too.

So, Mr. Murphy, go back to "School of Rock," do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Oh, and it's not Bon Scott playing guitar on "Problem Child" — that's Angus.

John Simpson


"Bad Medicine," Joel Warner, March 11

Business as Usual

I just wanted to thank you for your insightful "Bad Medicine." My husband's MMJ paperwork was just rejected. Why? Without his permission or knowledge, GreenDocs had sold him to a caregiver, forged a new set of paperwork, mailed it to the state months later, and the caregiver's information was incomplete on the form. We were very angry and confused, but now we have a better understanding of what is happening and why.

Thanks for your coverage of this important issue. I found it interesting and oddly reassuring to understand that this wasn't personal, just business.

Name withheld on request

Regarding "Bad Medicine," I regret that Joel Warner and I traded voice mails and I was not able to reach him in time for publication — which is not Mr. Warner's fault, of course.  Had I been able to reach him, I would have said that CannaMed and David Mazin (neither of whom I represent) provide an important service to suffering medical marijuana patients and that, in my opinion, CannaMed's financial assistance program complies with the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII, section 14, with the patient's waiver of confidentiality and consent.  It is unfortunate that medical marijuana patients, physicians, referral services and caregivers suffer from an obsessive level of government scrutiny, unheard of in any other medical specialty or business sector.

In comparison, hospitals, doctors, drug companies and pharmacies enjoy minimal scrutiny for their profitable handing out, like candy, of dangerous synthetic addictive narcotics, when marijuana would be a healthier alternative for many patients suffering from chronic conditions.

Robert Corry, attorney


"Worked Over," off limits, March 11

On the Rocks

We find it impossible to go to Red Rocks on Saturday mornings for a workout because of this club. They are overwhelming and not friendly in sharing the steps with others. We are taxpayers, and this is a public place we pay for.

Tom Mainard


Chef and Tell, Lori Midson, March 4

Rise and ShinE

We were delighted to read that chef Kate Horton counts our book, Culinary Artistry, among her favorite cookbooks — as do chefs Kyle Fitzgerald, Brian Laird, Paul Reilly, Hosea Rosenberg, James Rugile, Goose Sorensen et al., as Lori Midson previously reported in Westword. Denver may have the highest concentration of Culinary Artistry fans anywhere in the world! How on earth were they all introduced to the book so powerfully in Denver?

Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

New York City

I believe it is two weeks in a row that the subject of Chef and Tell has bemoaned the absence of good bakeries in Denver. My experience is limited to our local one, the Denver Bread Company. They provide goods to numerous restaurants and shops, and every product I've ever bought there has been superb.

Stephen Crout


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