Commentary

Letters

Who's on First?
Regarding Patricia Calhoun's column "Last Call," in the February 7 issue:
Calhoun can dish it out, but she can't take it. When she wants to criticize a person or a business, she wraps herself in the First Amendment. When the city is critical of her paper, she wraps herself in the First Amendment again.

Is this a case of the empress having no clothes?
Larry O'Rourke
Denver

I was horrified by what I read in "Last Call." Having the city dictate what newspaper businesses can advertise in is only one step away from having the city dictate what papers we can read.

But then, we know that the city would rather we didn't read Westword! Heaven forbid we should know what's really going on in Denver.

K.T. Casey
Denver

I acknowledge that the reference to Westword in the stipulation was not necessary. I was presented with a stipulation that the attorneys spent quite a bit of time hammering out and to which both sides agreed.

The offer to not advertise in Westword was made by the attorney for the nightclub in a letter containing his offer of settlement. If there is a First Amendment right here, it belongs to Foxes, and its attorney is the one who offered the stipulation, apparently believing that not advertising in Westword would help them change their clientele. It was their idea.

I take responsibility for signing the agreement; it was a settlement of a case by two opposing sides. The Westword reference was but a small piece of a greater effort to allow the bar to continue to operate but in a fashion more acceptable to the community in which it sits. We were successful in that effort. The only "bitter" complaints involved were those of the neighbors surrounding the bar. We responded to their requests and served the community in which the bar sits in a very effective fashion. The community is grateful for our action.

Elizabeth H. McCann, Director
Denver Department of Excise and Licenses

Be Here Now
I thought the February 14 Worst-Case Scenario, "Mr. and Mr. Kenny Be's Really Big Show(Down)," was the most riotous item I've read in any paper in quite awhile. Until, that is, I read Robert T. Steinkamp's hilarious but ill-mannered response in the same issue to an earlier Kenny Be cartoon ("Colorado Dreamin'," January 17). It just gives me another reason to avoid Steinkamp's "restaurant" chain and its unappetizing promotion of corporate thuggishness and lifeless monoculture. I wouldn't go to "Crapplebee's" even if they did have a hash bar. Okay, maybe I would, but I certainly wouldn't eat the food! Thanks, Westword, for standing up to those bozos, and thanks for Kenny Be. I hope you keep him happy. Satire will prevail.

Glenn Arndt
Boulder

Your February 14 Letters section confirms beyond any shadow of a doubt why zillions of rational human beings express intense distaste for corporate lawyers. The same people maintain unyielding and active aversion to these types of chain restaurants that claim to be part of the "neighborhood" while serving the same old crap from the back of a Sysco truck. Patrons can taste the frozen cardboard in every bite of stringed hash browns. Meanwhile, another crackershack chain restaurant goes up along the neon strip they created just two or three miles from the other restaurant of the same name.

Go, Kenny, go. Kenny Be good.
Arch Kurtz
Denver

Left High and Dry
Thank you for Stuart Steers's "Dry County," in the February 7 issue. The information was greatly needed as developments keep mushrooming throughout Douglas County.

Driving along Quebec Street heading south from County Line Road to MacArthur Ranch Road, there are miles of laid soil, with hundreds of trees (not native) bordering these developments that have to be kept alive by irrigation. Do I understand correctly that the water is coming from wells of the Denver Basin aquifer? What disregard for the future of our great state!

Urban development should be denied when the water supply is based on non-renewable groundwater.

M. Lyle
Littleton

It should be mandatory that Douglas County commissioners, state legislators and land developers view the National Geographic special "Last Feast of the Crocodiles." They might even pick up on the fact that the biggest, fattest, greediest crocodile eventually suffers the same fate as its victims.

Our water resources are limited.
Name withheld upon request

Stuart Steers's article was well-written and well-researched. But when he wrote that someday the Douglas County aquifer will run dry, he missed an opportunity to remind readers that all the world's largest aquifers are already dry. Experts estimate the groundwater here will last a hundred years. I doubt the world will have enough water to support our burgeoning population for another eighty years.

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