I read with interest Michelle Dally Johnston's October 18 article "A River of Asphalt Runs Through It," concerning Mayor Webb, the "parks mayor," trying to permit a road through one of Denver's largest parks, the Chatfield Arboretum. Obviously, the Sierra Club made a mistake in endorsing him over Mary DeGroot last spring, and now the environmental community and residents of Denver are being made to pay for that mistake.
Let's hope the Littleton City Council acts with more responsibility when considering the next step in the process.
It's ironic that the residents of Denver, whose mayor professes to be a defender of Denver parks, must now look to the Littleton City Council to defend one of their largest parks, Chatfield Arboretum. It's clear that Webb was only waiting for the election to be over before forgetting his election promises on the environment.
Those of us who live in Littleton will do what we can to influence our own mayor and city council to protect this park when the final platting comes before the council this November or December. Although your city council was locked out of the decision-making process at the whim of the mayor and one of his appointees, we can assure you that our city council will not be.
Baby, oh, baby! Kenny Be's Worst-Case Scenario, "Million-Baby Crawl," in the October 18 issue, is a must for every Washington Park refrigerator. I'm putting mine right next to the Halloween magnets holding soccer schedules and orthodonist appointment reminders (that we've already missed). Would Kenny be willing to come autograph copies for our babysitting co-op?
It was not enough that Kenny Be derided the outcome of the O.J. Simpson trial in his October 15 Worst-Case Scenario, "The Race Cards." Then he aimed his racist pen at the Million Man March, making fun of it in the "Million Baby Crawl." The March was an important event, and not something to be mocked.
Obviously, some people see things only in black and white--and Kenny Be is one of them. There is nothing "funny" about these cartoons.
Asleepy at the Wheel
In one sentence in the October 18 Playlist, John Jesitus managed to insult five of my favorite bands. He then proceeded to trash Buffalo Tom's latest release, Sleepy Eyed. Ease up, pal--who are you? Mr. Negative? Buffalo Tom, the Replacements, Soul Asylum, the Goo Goo Dolls and Dinosaur Jr. have always rocked and always will. John should keep his criticism of fast-movin' American rock and roll to himself.
I want Westword readers to know that Buffalo Tom's Sleepy Eyed rules. I hope you buy it and enjoy it as much as I do. All music is good, and some of it rules. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Erik W. Bauer
Michael Paglia: I was greatly shocked and saddened by the negative and misinformed remarks you made concerning Wes Kennedy's death ("Photography Today," September 20). I think you used poor judgment in adding your own thoughts to Eric Havelock-Bailie's statements: "Havelock-Bailie says his anger extends to those who have told him `to get over' Kennedy's death. `I will never get over it,' he says. Perhaps those who have used Kennedy's death as an opportunity to knock off the late artist's distinctive style are the ones who need to get over his death."
Michael, my main point is that your sour remarks attempt to kill Wes's great influential spirit and wrongly place bad energy around the sensitive area of emerging style. I can name several photographers your one stupid statement affected, including your beloved and previously gushed-upon David Zimmer. I feel you are being hypocritical, at one moment priding Denver on its strong presence of fine art photography and then shooting yourself in the foot by making insulting stabs at the very core of Denver's finest.
You have made odd comments before about Wes, the last one your strange statement about Wes being the Robert Mapplethorpe of Denver. Other than photography, sexual orientation and cause of death, Wes and Robert had very, very little in common. Comparative analytical criticism can be very informative if done properly. I believe weak, shallow criticism grasps at the constant need for comparisons to support a premise; some of yours make little or no sense and are insulting.
A comment about Eric getting over Wes's death: Though I am not one of the people referred to in your article, I am a close and very supportive friend of Eric's who greatly believes in his work. My problem, which has been voiced by others as well, is the redundancy with which he uses the images of Wes in a very sick state in the last weeks of his life. These are not pretty, and they are frankly very upsetting to those who were close to Wes; they have been shown again and again and again--maybe half a dozen times. Personally, I like to remember Wes as his full, handsome self when the sparkle was in his eyes...not death.