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Letters to the Editor

Mad TV

Regarding T.R. Witcher's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised!" in the March 30 issue:

What a typical Denver story: A legitimate bid for a building is rejected so that the city can play favorites with a certain political faction. But this time, the joke is on the Hispanic activists. They may be gaining an office building, but they are losing their own Hispanic TV channel!

I laugh every time I drive by the old DA's building. Good work, Westword!

J. Rosen
Denver

On March 27, I saw the Denver Post's "special advertising feature" on the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, with a picture of Sol Trujillo as the head of the campaign to finish the Bernie Valdez Hispanic Heritage Center. Why doesn't Smilin' Sol just pay for the project himself? The $3.5 million is pocket change for Mr. US West. And he should have plenty left over for the cable channel we were promised by another rich telecommunications company.

John Vigil
via the Internet

How does a black coalition manage to "snatch" a whole access TV channel?

Black Star Communications's new Colours channel was created by removing one of our local community-access channels, Channel 55, which was a request channel for re-airing locally produced access TV programs. Now what we have is an infomercial channel for paid advertisements on what was once a public access channel. Exactly where is this revenue going? And where is the promised six hours of programming that was supposed to go with this agreement?

I questioned the Denver Office of Telecommunications and was given a well-rehearsed reply that later appeared in a February 28 memorandum from Darryn Zuehlke, assistant director of the office. Assurances were made that the disappearance of Channel 55 as a community-access channel is temporary. When AT&T reconfigures, Denver Community TV will get back another channel. Sure it will.

Mayor Wellington Webb is quoted in T.R. Witcher's piece as saying, "Not only is this a good community project, it's a smart business project." Sure it is.

Who are these people and where is the money from this Colours channel going? It sounds like another Webb-administration giveaway to the black community. (I'm thinking about Eulipions, a storefront operation, suddenly acquiring a "mausoleum" on Sherman Street for next to nothing, then a strange board-of-directors takeover followed by a "for sale" sign for triple what was paid for the building and backed up by several loans from the city.)

I was shocked to find the whole board of DCTV and the management and office staff (minus a few very essential people) gone! No one is talking about this cloud-covered purge; they claim to know nothing about what happened at Denver Community Television.

When are the people in this city going to wake up and begin questioning some of these deals? Am I the only person in this city who thinks this is odd?

Tony Palange
Denver

Editor's note: Producer Tony Palange took DCTV to court after an explicit, gay-themed program he'd made was blocked from airing; in 1995 a jury ruled in his favor, but awarded just $1 in damages. For more on Palange, see Michael Roberts's "Censuring the Censor," September 14, 1994; Palange also makes a brief appearance in Roberts's "Access Denied," in the February 10 issue. And for more on Elipions, see T.R. Witcher's "All the World's an Empty Stage," from our January 6 issue. Those stories, as well as complete archives dating back to 1994, are available online at http://www.westword.com/search/.


Pulp Fiction

Regarding Michael Roberts's "Paper Trail," the March 30 installment of The Message:

It comes as no surprise that one of the major dailies in the Rocky Mountain region is, bluntly put, cooking the books when it comes to circulation numbers. Keep looking and I'll bet you will find the same or similar practice in numerous other dailies.

Why are the numbers off? Why do these rags need to cook the books? Because I, for one, have stopped reading them, either in print or on the Web. Most of a given issue of a given newspaper is advertisements -- not news. And what is passed off as news is nothing more than a well-constructed lie. So why bother to even give them a glance?

If the egotists, the sycophants, the whores that peddle these pulps of sorts wanted to do something right and proper, they would fold up and slither away in the dark of the night.

Given that they are cowards, liars and frauds, they won't.

James C. Hess
via the Internet


Bad News

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