Your (yawn) Best of Denver (yawn) issue had such (yawn) variety from the (yawn) past few years' issues (yawn). It was really interesting (yawn) reading all about Aimee Sporer's (yawn) hair again, and (yawn) all those neato paragraphs by you clever Westword staffers about such (yawn) really cool Best Ofs such as (yawn) the Best Transformation of a Parking Lot (yawn). Can't wait 'til next year's (yawn) issue.
Keep up the work, Westword!
Your Best of Denver 1998 was the best one yet! It reminded me why I love living here. In fact, I'll keep a copy in my car to help me remember all the good things the next time I'm stuck in a traffic jam on Speer Boulevard (not the best synchronized lights in Denver).
Thanks again. Even with the traffic, this town is the best place in the world to live, and Westword is one of the main reasons why.
Thanks to Westword readers for voting me the Best Radio DJ. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support. With all the changes going on at KTCL since the evil corporate takeover, it helps to know there are still fans out there.
A Word to the Wives
Congratulations are in order to everyone involved with your excellent domestic-violence package, "Hitting Them Where They Live" (June 11 and 18). But I must admit, after such depressing reading, your Best of Denver last week came as a refreshing break.
I'm writing this in response to Harrison Fletcher's columns about zero tolerance ("What a Pane," June 11, and "Look Out Below!," June 18). What's happened in our society is that when our economy moved away from manufacturing, what took up the slack (or was supposed to, according to the economists of the 1980s) was that we started becoming a "service-oriented economy." Unfortunately, the leader in service-oriented jobs is, of course, the government, with laws and judicial processes. Money has to be generated from somewhere, and what better way than to strictly enforce fascist, totalitarian laws? It will be interesting to see how many people will allow themselves to be treated like victims of the state instead of citizens of the state before there is a more complete disintegration of participation in the political processes.
Name withheld on request
This is insane. The police have real jobs: to catch criminals, not fourteen-year-olds firing rockets. My car has been broken into--why not catch those punks instead of kids who're trying to have fun without breaking something?
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A Growing Problem
I was so happy to see Stuart Steers's June 11 article, "A Growing Problem," regarding the problem of growth in Colorado. This is an issue that needs to be addressed seriously for the preservation of this beautiful state. I have lived in Colorado Springs for six years and have worked in Manitou Springs for a little while as well. I have watched the rapid and vast growth with disgust and wonder why it seems people care so little for the environment they live in. I grew up in California and witnessed the destruction of the natural beauty that once existed in that state. Most of the orchards, ranches and mountains have been decimated by cardboard housing, shopping malls and widened streets. As an adult, I moved to Colorado due to the clean air, smaller population and open spaces. Not to say I am ignoring the population growth in Colorado; I am just saying that it can be maintained within a certain area so that we may all enjoy the environment we love. With continued expansion, the best qualities will diminish. In addition, we are shrinking the habitat of the wildlife we so admire. I think it is quite sad that places such as Rocky Mountain National Park, which create a safety zone for wildlife, are becoming a novelty. It is particularly sad when you think of the large wildlife populations that existed in Colorado at one time.
Alas, I digress. In conclusion, I would just like to say that I think the proposal by Pat Pascoe needs some intense publicity. People throughout the state need to be aware that this bill exists. I personally might not have known about it had it not been for Westword. (Contrary to what you may have heard, Colorado Springs is not a mecca for free journalism and bright ideas.)
Denise M. Terao
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The Wheel Thing
Regarding Tony Perez-Giese's "Free Rides," in the June 11 issue:
Granted, handicapped placards are abused on a daily basis. I have four suggestions to help both the bona fide handicapped patrons and the system.