Letters to the Editor

Playing Doctor

The ugly truth: It should come as no surprise that Patricia Calhoun would support librarians, and the Denver Public Library, over Dr. Laura Schlessinger ("The Doctor Is Out," September 21). From its front page to its last, Westword is full of things that are not family-friendly. Ms. Calhoun may think it is all right to wrap her efforts in the banner of the First Amendment, but that does not disguise the ugly truth inside.

Perhaps in an upcoming show, Dr. Laura will focus her attention on free newspapers.

Dale Rodgers
via the Internet

The naked truth: For someone who talks so much about parents taking responsibility, Dr. Laura proved herself a real hypocrite with her campaign against libraries. But maybe she's still upset about all those nude shots of her that showed up on the Internet!

Jamie Sawyer
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The plain truth: I saw Dr. Laura's show on (allegedly) "Lewd Libraries." A few questions about the good doctor's tactics:

Cornering a Denver Public Library worker bee to discuss a policy she didn't make smacks of entrapment to me. Why not pick on someone your own size, like Dr. Rick Ashton?

For that matter, why send a fifteen-year-old girl to do the dirty work? Surely there's a youthful-looking eighteen-year-old on Dr. Laura's staff who could have carried out the same marching orders. No concerns about corrupting that good little girl? Or about her parents, blithely handing over their child for this dangerous mission?

And where, exactly, on the famous was this poll about filtering? It was nowhere to be found at 11:45 a.m. September 15, and I do mean nowhere. Are the numbers (gasp!) fabricated?

Dr. Laura certainly won't answer my questions. Let's hope her followers will question their guru's methods -- and their own faith in her.

Christine Jacques

Smoke and Mirrors

The American way: What is happening to the state of Colorado? When Bill Owens starts getting his advice about our justice system from Jake Jabs, we must be living in a very strange place.

Thanks to Patricia Calhoun for telling us about the Civil Justice League in her September 14 "Blowing Smoke" column, and for pointing out Jabs's role. All this circus seemed to be missing was a couple of animals from the American Furniture Warehouse ads. The clowns were already there!

Julie McDaniels

Where there's smoke, there's ire: Patricia Calhoun blew a lot of her own smoke in her "Blowing Smoke" column, creating the typical liberal fog that clouds reality. For example, she was very quick to make fun of Jake Jabs and the motives of Republican legislators who are rightly worried that our courts are increasingly overloaded by lawsuits. But at the same time, she did not see fit to mention the recent story about a Texas trial lawyer, Walter Umphrey, who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars from his law firm to the Democratic Party -- while Clinton was considering vetoing tort-reform legislation. And where does this lawyer get that money? Can you spell "tobacco settlement," Ms. Calhoun?

If you can't, don't feel so bad. The "mainstream" media that you like to make fun of also buried that story.

John Haskell
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The Media Is the Message

Making radio waves: Regarding Michael Roberts's September 14 "Dialing for Dollars," if you can count on anything about Denver's FM stations, it is constant change. The pie can only be cut into so many pieces for advertising dollars and ratings; the losers are the loyal listeners who enjoy a particular station. I've been a fan of KTCL since Clear Channel took over and presented its audience with a great compromise to the hard alt-rock formats of KBPI, the old Peak, and the classic rock of the Fox and the Hawk.

I can't understand KTCL's decision to surreptitiously throw in an '80s song now and then; it is definitely a mistake. The Peak's new format may fly, but who really cares about '80s new music anymore? Most of it was godawful! The problem remains the playlist. Now, as with other FM rock stations, after you have listened for a while, you know the entire catalogue played on rotation. The station owners, managers and programmers don't give Denver's sophisticated listeners credit for their diverse musical tastes.

When I'm in my car, I am constantly punching my preset buttons between at least six rock stations. The creativity of FM's rock stations has been lost to the corporations that run them and the Arbitron ratings, which decide the limited number of songs they play. It's only a dream to imagine the decision to have the DJs play different cuts of all the CDs that are available.

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