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I, like many others, just give up and switch to the AM side for news, talk and sports.

David Hettinger
Denver

A Stern talking-to: Am I supposed to listen to this low-IQ dreck that comes out of the radio now that Howard Stern is gone and the programming schmattes have taken over the airwaves? I would no sooner listen to bland, meaningless FM than I would eat at the Olive Garden, Il Fornaio, Taco Abortion or PF Chang's, or buy anything associated with John Elway whatsoever.

KOA has killed radio in Denver. When does Clear Channel begin "voice-tracking" the Mike Rosen show? Not soon enough.

Greta F. Kuhlmyer
Denver

Mass hysteria: Roberts's September 7 Message, "Beyond JonBenét," was another good essay! The primary function of the capitalist/business-controlled University of Colorado and the Boulder Daily Camera is to cultivate public stupidity and conformity in order to protect the wealthy upper class from interference by students and working people.

Professor Chomsky summarizes thus: "The mass media in the United States is one of the most awesome and effective propaganda systems that has ever existed in world history."

Colorado Daily, we need you!

John Cassella
Denver

Roberts's rules of order: Many thanks once again to Westword for its valuable work. You did your readers a real service with your recent piece on David Barsamian's Alternative Radio (The Message, August 17). I recently purchased some tapes of the lectures he broadcasts, and while much of it is disheartening information about injustice, it has broadened my understanding of the concerns of working people, environmentalists, human rights organizations and others. It's also inspiring to know that there are so many people who are dropping their spectator role and actively participating in the experiment of American democracy.

Also, I want to thank Michael Roberts for his efforts. There are many good things going on here along the Front Range. We have community radio in KGNU. We have countless teachers and professors who are using their classrooms to cultivate respect for other cultures and the environment. We have grocery stores that provide food that is grown organically by small farmers. We have radio hosts like 630 KHOW's Peter Boyles and Reggie Rivers, who are opening AM radio to discussions of women's-health issues and the War on Drugs. We have numerous political groups working on everything from decriminalizing marijuana to ending the sanctions on Iraq. And our community's investment in public libraries, wind power and light rail have been tremendously successful.

All of this, and so much more, is not idealistic, utopian fantasies of Marxist-Leninists. This is the movement of the people, and this is reality. It's a reality that is more peaceful, equitable, empowering and fun than anything that will be designed by World Bank executives this month in Prague. While there are plenty of mistakes to criticize and losses to grieve, we need to celebrate what the good folk of our state have accomplished. And we need to put time, money and effort into protecting the natural world, independent thought and human freedom.

We are all connected.

Preston Enright
Denver


Qwest for Ire

Call waiting and waiting and waiting: Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Life's Bitter Here," in the August 24 issue: US West is now the new Qwest, and it ain't the phone service company any longer. Over the last thirty-plus years, I have seen the phone company steadily become the bottom-line company. I have had such poor-quality home phone service that I would have to move to where service is better to not have such bad phone service. My neighbors did not report enough trouble in a short period of time for the phone company to take my reports of trouble seriously -- and I was a phone repairman at the time.

The only thing that Joe Nacchio can do to look good is to do what has to be done, more efficiently and much faster than others have. An investment as large as the last five years of US West, wisely spent in the first two years of the new Qwest, would be a very good start on improving phone service. Five years of US West service growth should be easily matched in two years by the entrepreneurial new Qwest.

Intimidate and fire employees or place new telephone plant faster and better than it has ever been done before. Which is more charitable to customers and employees? Which is better business? Which is better for the community? See the light!

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