This is an interesting and informative article, but the one piece that is missing is why we do not have more openness and transparency in the initiative process. In Colorado, an anonymous group can use made-up names, run thirty-second TV spots and change our state constitution. I am pretty sure that our founding fathers did not consider that a part of democracy. Just like many libertarian ideals, the initiative process sounds great in theory, but in actual practice it is used for political retaliation and subverting our elected representatives. Colorado would be wise to tighten up requirements for getting items on the ballot, so that they are not just self-serving, special-interest amendments by people who could never get elected on their own merits.
Few people know Paul Grant. He is one of the unsung heroes of Colorado, fighting for the downtrodden and the "little people" who need him. Unlike some other attorneys, he has not sold his soul for money. Alan Prendergast's story deals with Grant and Douglas Bruce; it's a great article, beautifully told. This is why Alan Prendergast is probably the best writer for Westword and possibly all of the Denver papers. I found it revealing, informative and frustrating.
All of the money is behind the government, which has the resources and political backing to make it almost impossible to fight it, yet these players continue to fight for the rights of citizens without any fanfare or thanks. Well, let me thank them. Thank you, Douglas Bruce, for all of the work you have done to control the "out of control" spending of our state government. You are a hero to all of us, even though you don't hear that very often; I admire your courage and tenacity. Thank you, Paul Grant, for all of the people you have helped, and for all of the good that you have done without any accolades and with little acknowledgment. Thank you, Jon Caldara, for all of your efforts to keep some level of truth in the government; we need your work and thank you for it.
Without these unsung heroes, Colorado would be a much worse place. Thank you, Alan Prendergast, for reminding us about the sacrifice that these men go through, because it is right, honest and fair. As for the petition process: If you are thinking about trying it, you will find out the ridiculous political requirements placed on any petitioner. The government makes it so difficult that most people give up even before they try. Not these brave men. My thanks to them all.
Robin Edwards and Alex Edgeworth are two of the most articulate, intelligent, radical musicians I know — and Lust-Cats of the Gutters is the only band in Denver I wish I was in outside of my own. Robin's right: Comparing/connecting them to riot grrrl is kind of irrelevant; women have been making music for decades, and while that movement was important and powerful, it is not the epicenter of now. The community that Lust-Cats is a part of and is helping breathe life into is about women and the music they make, yes. But it's also about equity and collaboration and support of all for the good of all.
Individuals/musicians/writers/artists like Robin and Alex aren't interviewed nearly enough.
It was refreshing to hear about a good, old-fashioned stalker in the upper crust of society. While Louis Hampers may scare many nice women away from being on a dating website, he also makes guys like me who treat women decently but don't own a car look better and better. Thanks, Lou.