As one of your faithful--and no doubt oldest--readers, I am voicing my objections to your two new cartoons. In your July 25 issue, both "The City" and "Callahan" included cheap shots at those of us in our so-called golden years. Westword's younger readers should know that we have a lot more on our minds (and yes, we do still have minds) than our prostates.
In the past few days our local media has been informing us how delighted and joyous our citizens are that we will no longer allow innocent children to receive welfare (AFDC). Yet corporate welfare is alive and well. For example, the Denver Broncos are asking a mere $250 million dollars in corporate welfare with what seems to be very perfidious arguments. (See Patricia Calhoun's July 18 column, "Serf and Turf.")
As I am composing this letter, I have just heard that Denver will no longer allow the poor, hopeless and homeless to beg on its street corners to survive. What has happened to Denver's munificence? Is it reserved only for Christmastime and corporate welfare?
I hope these corporate welfare recipients, as they sit in the quiet of their palatial estates, are not disturbed by the crying of hungry, cold and sick children.
The Numbers Game
Regarding Stuart Steers's "Sorry, Wrong Number," in the July 11 issue:
As an employee of US West, let me see if I have this right: US West doesn't want other companies to know what we pay our management, because they might hire them away? Really!
1. Our stock continues to drop, nearing its all-time low.
2. We are being fined by the PUC on a regular basis.
3. Most important of all, our customers are fed up and are willing to go to another provider.
It would appear that on these facts alone, not only should we let someone else hire them, but we should help them pack their bags. Adios, so long, see ya later, don't call us, we'll call you!
After seventeen years with this company, I still hope that someone with enough backbone will tell them, "Don't you get it? It's the customer, stupid."
As you read this, I am sure that a response is swiftly on its way to me now. It'll go something like this: If you're so unhappy with working here, maybe you should find employment elsewhere. To that I say: No, maybe you should find employment where you're better suited--managing a 7-Eleven!
Editor's note: Yes, you have it right. After Westword asked to see Appendix A to US West's filing with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, which includes the salaries of 200 top company execs earning over $100,000, US West went to court last month to ask that the information be kept confidential. The PUC--which has determined that the public has a right to such information--has until August 26 to file its answer to US West's motion.
Regarding Michael Roberts's "DJ Keoki, Superstar," in the July 18 issue:
I have been to clubs around the world and listened to a wide range of DJs, and I am continually impressed with the musical talent that we have here in Denver. It's incredibly pompous and ignorant of DJ Keoki to come to Denver on a "pioneering" expedition when people like Hipp-E, John Chamie, Julian and Jim of Life Force, and K-Nee have been forerunners of club culture in this city for over ten years. Denver need not be patronized by the self-appointed "Superstar" of the turntables when we have DJs such as Craig C and Dealer, Greg Eversoul and Larry Bishop, just to name a few, with talent comparable to that which I saw in London clubs such as Ministry, the End and Cream, and in New York at the Tunnel and Sound Factory. After hearing Keoki play live several times and listening to his "hit" albums, I would say that he needs to spend more time cultivating his creativity and perhaps finding some talent rather than "pioneering" his vast frontier of ego. And for those of you still puzzled about why Keoki came to Denver, he answers your question by saying that it "will be nice to be a big fish in a little pond."
All I can say is that Denver's not buying this stinking fish.
Between Rock and a Hard Place
Regarding Michael Roberts's "Survey Says," in the July 4 issue:
This letter is to inform our local rock listeners that our so-called rock stations--KBPI-FM and Z Rock--specialize in limiting, toning down and generally censoring good hard rock and roll over the airwaves. I was recently down around the Colorado/New Mexico border and heard a station out of Alamosa that played hard rock like it should be played--with no limits. I've also tuned into a Salt Lake City (of all places) station that serves up kick-ass rock and roll in true heavy-metal style. Both of these stations totally blow away anything the Front Range puts out. What we get here is corporate rock and roll: wimped-out, limp, controlled and impotent. I say it's time to overthrow the bastards! There's nothing like tuning into a hard-rock station and listening to good hard rock and roll all day long.
You don't know what you're missing, Denver.
I agree with Jo Jansen's July 18 clamor for more public input into Colorado "Public" Radio. I travel extensively throughout the U.S. and am always chagrined that we are fed elevator classical music (when was the last time you heard any "new" classical music?) when there is such a wealth of good music out there. I believe the board of Colorado Public Radio is unaware of the discontent. On several occasions I have asked for the rationale that leads to the present format. I was told that questionnaires and focus groups are used; I've yet to see any announcement of such. I also asked for a list of the board and was given just a list of names, with no way to contact them.
Why don't you at Westword ask readers for their opinions? Follow up with a story on how, after the wonderful genesis that led to Colorado Public Radio, we've gotten to this wasteland.
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