Letters to the Editor

Sin and Tonic

Join the club: Thank you! David Holthouse's "Sip of Fools," in the July 18 issue, finally speaks the truth about GHB and its effects. I've been to Amsterdam and have seen a lot of the "partying" that goes on there. It's an outrage that the owners would put someone's life in jeopardy to save their run-down club.

I have worked in and enjoyed the club scene for years, and I know it is not the policy to let people who have overdosed be carried off by friends who most likely have taken drugs themselves. Most club owners and employees know that the customers are what makes the party, so they show respect and make that 911 call for them -- but I guess we all know now that Amsterdam won't. Maybe they should rethink their promotional tactics!

Name withheld on request

Minor League

Declaration of independents: After reading Patricia Calhoun's "Minor Irritants," in the July 18 issue, I wonder what Allison Maynard is doing running for Colorado attorney general. She should be running for president!

Until we have real campaign finance reform, we will continue to have the scandals that seem to get worse by the day. In politics, business as usual is a dirty business indeed.

Judy Hanover

Losers, weepers: I find it hard to believe that Patricia Calhoun could not find anything more important in the political arena to write about than one woman's shameless bid to grab free publicity with groundless accusations about our current attorney general. We want to read about candidates who have a chance, not losers who will just be bigger losers in November.

Ronnie Black
via the Internet

It's my party...Thank you so much for the nice articles you have written regarding small parties, including my favorite, the Libertarian Party, in Patricia Calhoun's July 18 "The Life of the Party."

Sorry -- I may be a little biased, since I'm running for House District 29. Since we Libs don't really have much money, not accepting money from any big companies and all, it's nice to have some "free" advertising. Thank you for showing news, and not just looking for the groundbreaking news, but the real news!

Hans Romer

Leggo My Ego

The importance of being Jason: Ever since I first picked up your newspaper six years ago, I have looked forward to the restaurant reviews. They are the first thing I turn to. Kyle Wagner knew food and had a readable, fun -- if sometimes brutal -- style. I was really disappointed when I turned to the July 18 restaurant review and found a new name. I apparently caught Jason Sheehan's maiden effort and, hopefully, his swan song. The review was appalling.

I had trouble wading through the psycho-babble and figuring out if the food at Venice was good or not. Sheehan made it sound like the restaurant was a find, then said the food was not good, not bad. It is not clear through the whining, but I take it his companion never showed up the second night, as he reviewed only one entree. This column is not supposed to be about Jason, but about food.

And the "bike" scenario -- was the "delete" key broken on the editor's typewriter? It is beyond good taste. I only hope that you see fit to print the letters that are sure to pour in from the Anti-Defamation League.

Then we get treated to Bite Me and Sheehan's CV. Who cares? Does he tell us where he was chef? No -- but we do know that he doesn't like celery. I know I was waiting for this tidbit of information with bated breath.

In a field like restaurant reviewing, where a review can make or break a restaurant, it is important to have someone who is less involved with his ego -- as in, "That's enough about me, let's talk about you, what did you think of me?" -- and truly knowledgeable about food and service and who uses some objective criteria. Yes, I know taste is subjective -- but there are some things in food that are a given. That's why you can get universal agreement about really good and really bad restaurants; it is those in the middle that are more affected by subjectivity.

I hope the guy does not have a contract with the newspaper. I would love to know how he got the job. Was there a shortage of applicants? Here's hoping next time I pick up Westword, there will be a different byline on the Cafe column.

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