Incidentally, your article is quite commendable.
Vincent B. Rain
Musical monopoly: After reading Michael Roberts's Message about the fee crisis facing Internet radio ("Digital Dilemma," May 2), you have to wonder about the type of capitalism we have. Does it support the continued expansion of markets, so that entities large and small can thrive or fail? Or is it a system controlled by a few entities bent on monopoly? This society has lived through the pain of the latter, and our ancestors already had this discussion (and resolution). One hundred years ago, Republican Teddy Roosevelt led the charge to break up monopolies. (Imagine what would have happened to an entity like Clear Channel if it had been around then.)
There is one thing I cannot fathom in the efforts to control musical content: Why are record companies coming down so hard on upstart Webcasters who are far more likely to expand the variety, reach and profitability of a music company's portfolio? A goose laying golden eggs is being gored by an industry that stands to benefit the most. Oh, brother, where art thou sanity?
The copyright stuff: I was pleasantly surprised by two articles in the May 2 issue that addressed royalty issues for artists. While I agree that Webcasting does not seem to hold much profit for musicians/ composers/artists at this time, the U.S. Copyright Office is right to be looking into the issue, as Michael Roberts reported.
Otherwise, the industry could wind up with the same conundrum that now affects classical music and other, older works, as Marty Jones outlined in "Bitter Suite."
Interesting reading. Thank you.
via the Internet
That's entertainment? Michael Roberts's April 25 "Weather or Not" was an interesting article comparing and contrasting Denver's weathercasts and weathercasters. However, he gives way too much credit to Channel 9. They have shown how important they feel the weather is and how much their viewers deserve when they have Kirk Montgomery doing the weather. According to his station bio, Montgomery's only qualification is that he "likes the weather." At best, he is a marginal entertainment reporter, and now we are stuck with him doing the weather? Heaven help us as we enter the season of severe storms.
We have come to expect more from "Colorado's News Leader," and we certainly deserve more.
Name withheld on request
It's stacked! The Denver Public Library system is clearly one of the most interesting and valuable of the city's many institutions ("Check It Out," May 2).
It has one of the finest collections of books and videotapes by educator and philosopher J. Krishnamurti (DCTV-Channel 58, Sundays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 p.m.); social and political activist Michael Parenti (DCTV-Channel 57, Saturdays at 3 p.m.); and Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel on how to create a participatory economic system (DCTV-Channel 57, Mondays at 10 p.m.).
The library has access to the Prospector Computer Catalogue, which makes it possible to check out books and publications from numerous college and other Colorado county libraries. Looking for books or videotapes by Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Howard Zinn, Cornell West, David Barsamian or Z magazine? The library has it. Need video- or audiotapes for the progressive/liberal in your family? Type "What's left?" into the computer.
For hikers and backpackers, there's an enormous topographical map collection on the fourth floor of the central library.
Convert Colorado's Ocean Journey into another library!
Average joes: I read with great interest Stuart Steers's "Bean There, Done That," his April 25 article about Starbucks moving into the Golden market. It's so sad the way Starbucks does business, and also the way in which the general public supports its invasive practices.
The thing I find the most ironic, though, is that Starbucks has the words "embrace diversity" very clearly emblazoned in its mission statement. How hypocritical, when its mission truly is to stamp out diversity wherever it can be found.