Letters to the Editor

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Name withheld on request

Gil, Grilled

Publish or perish: Gil Spencer's letter to Westword in the May 30 issue was wrong.

Neil Westergaard was never editor of the Denver Post. When Spencer retired as editor of the Post on September 30, 1993, he recommended Westergaard for the editor's position.

Management chose not to name Westergaard editor, but instead let him continue in the lesser position of executive editor while his performance was evaluated. Past mastheads of the Denver Post verify his title.

After two years, management decided against promoting Westergaard to the top job and recruited an editor from the outside. Westergaard resigned.

Westergaard ultimately got an editor a small downtown weekly. Only the few readers of that publication can determine if his performance appropriately matches the title.

And Spencer? When I called this week to remind him of the facts, I got nothing more than a few choice four-letter words and two hangups. While his memory has failed him in his twilight years, his famous crude language is still intact.

I prefer to remember Spencer when most of his marbles were still in the pouch. And to remember Westergaard as executive editor, which he was -- not editor.

William Dean Singleton, chairman and publisher
The Denver Post

Column Calumny

Future shlock: Michael Roberts, your dislike of Chuck Green is evident and colors your views ("Post Mortem," May 30). While I have high regard for Sue O'Brien, her unverified comment about lack of feedback is overemphasized and unquestioned in your story and in its headline. It seems like you, a columnist, are happy with a competitor's demise. Chuck Green was an honest curmudgeon in the Mike Royko tradition. Papers are getting rid of -- or letting die off and not replacing -- this rare and valuable type of journalist. The replacements: feel-good shlock artists. Now, there's something to bemoan.

Why not give your column over to Chuck Green for a day? It's the right thing to do.

Carry on.

John K. Hartman, professor of journalism
Central Michigan University

Up Chuck: My heart goes out to Colleen Auerbach, who wrote in last week regarding Chuck Green's typical journalistic misinformation vendetta around the arrest of her daughter, Lisl Auman. Chuck Green is the most pathetic piece of mutant turd ever to wipe his filth on any Denver-area "newspapers." In our spare time, for fun, my wife and I used to try and outdo each other finding a new Chuck Green piece in the daily paper that outdid what the other had previously found, as an example of his juvenile, barely literate, writing "style" -- if you could call that pathetic slop a "style" (or, in Chuck's words, maybe: "style! style! style!").

I didn't really keep up on the whole Lisl Auman story, but it was apparent from the beginning that she was going to pay the price of a political campaign to make our prosecutors look like they are doing their job (laugh). Chuck wouldn't care if what he wrote was based on fact or fact, all of his columns were obviously based on fancy, and I am absolutely amazed that it took that long for the Post to fire his sorry ass. I figured he had some really dirty pictures of someone in the high ranks of the Post to keep the job as long as he did. My thirteen-year-old son (and I am not exaggerating one bit here), who is more interested in math than language arts by far, outwrites that poodle-humping buffoon. May he stay permanently retired and out of any journalistic light if there is to be any hope in this country.

Sam Coffman
via the Internet

What's in a name? Mr. Anonymous, in your May 23 letter about Michael Roberts's May 16 "Three the Hard Way," you wrote that nobody could dare call you an anti-Semite because your grandfather "nearly died in the Nazi prison camp after helping Jewish families." I don't know if you are real; how can I be sure you had a grandpa? And since when did honorable behavior by one's ancestor immunize a descendant from the responsibility for his own deeds?

Allegedly, your letter was triggered by a concern for "a disturbing trend to bypass the marketplace of ideas." Actually, you were concerned only about "the departure under pressure of reporter Jensen and talk-show host Rivers." Everything else was window dressing. You mentioned the "theft of that sophomoric piece of art from the Boulder Public Library." The person who removed this piece of, ah, art, took an action and was willing to be held accountable. This is more than could be said about you or University of Colorado students who spewed anti-Semitic propaganda anonymously.

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