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Perhaps we should just keep things simple. COMA seemed much better when all we did was get together once a month to meet, drink and talk. Yes, attendance and membership is down. Is this present board the reason? Hard to say. The economy alone could be to blame. Many may prefer to do their monthly get-togethers at shows instead of boring panel discussions. Whatever the reason, this board and I are forging ahead to secure COMA's position in the music community. It's our plan to continue doing all we can for the many we know who still believe in COMA.

The Colorado Music Association cannot, and should not, exist without the interest and support of its members. So many are willing to offer their ideas as long as others can carry them out. It's easy to complain about what is not getting done when you offer nothing to help. If COMA is to succeed, more people need to take action. If not for each other, at least for themselves.

I love this music community, and I will do what I can to support it.

Tommy Nahulu, president
Colorado Music Association


Well, I'll Be DAMed

A clash of symbols: Regarding the January 16 Off Limits commentary on the new identity for the Denver Art Museum, I feel compelled to respond.

I am the creative director at MetaDesign responsible for this identity. Your comment about "no homage to the building's famous architecture, a hallmark of the DAM's former logo (which worked just fine for thirty years)" unfortunately misses the point. The previous logotype, which vaguely represented the original Ponti building, was very loosely applied and had both recognition and representational difficulties; it did not even say the name of the institution. If you add to that the upcoming presence of the new Libeskind building, which is a stark stylistic contrast to the existing building, representing both with a symbol becomes unwieldy -- and frankly unnecessary. The buildings themselves will be the symbols, so why represent symbols with symbols?

And, as for the comments regarding the use of Quark and Illustrator, MetaDesign is one of the leading typographic design firms, having designed some of the most-used typefaces of the twentieth century, including Meta and Officina. The typography you see is not "paint straight out of the tube," but a considered redrawing of the classic Akzidenz Grotesk and Trump fonts -- a contrast that represents both the traditional and contemporary posture of the museum.

Identities are not judged by whether they are "imaginative" or not -- that is the purpose of the buildings, the collections and the experience of the visit. Identities are judged by whether they are appropriate, not whether they satisfy some immediate urge for playful decoration.

I ask the critics to wait ten years and then comment on the identity. That is the true test of whether an identity works or not.

Brett Wickets
San Francisco


The Pry Files

Total recall: I do not desire to continue a running debate in your paper's Letters column, but I must reply to Frank Whiteman's letter in your January 23 issue. I hope Mr. Whiteman was not attempting to mislead your readers as to my actual opinions when he stated that, in reference to my earlier letter opposing the Bush administration's "Total Information Awareness" computer database, "It seems okay with Mr. Quet that thieves, criminals and mischief-makers can receive and record this info on the phone or the Internet or retrieve it from computers, but he does not want government employees to do this." It is obvious that no one on the correct side of the law actually wants criminals getting anyone's personal information. (And I agree that criminals stealing our personal information is a very real problem.)

But -- and I may be wrong -- his letter makes it seem as though he, on the other hand, is actually in favor of the total invasion of our privacy that is proposed by the administration, as long as it is "the Government" doing the invading. I do not think the "If Total Information Awareness was outlawed, then only outlaws would have TIA" argument has any real validity. I mean, if the government was (and I'm not saying that it isn't) going around doing almost anything else that is illegal (or immoral) to the American people, then anything else that "thieves, criminals and mischief-makers" also do would be okay?

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