Yesterday I received a call for a mayoral poll that was either a push poll or researching various negative campaign themes against Hickenlooper. I used to do these types of polls, but they never seemed as blatant as this one.
J. Mark Blaising
The right stuff: Kenny Be is brilliant. "The Morning After," his May 1 Worst-Case Scenario on what the mayoral candidates would be doing on May 7, was not only hilarious, but he predicted everything right. More, Kenny, more!
Meter market: I hope and pray John Hickenlooper wins so I can go downtown to eat without having to worry about meter maids. Not all of downtown has expensive parking garages, so you have to jump up and run to feed the meter that feeds city coffers and the boondoggles and friends of Mayor Webb. This policy of 10 p.m. meters is penny-wise and dollar-foolish. San Francisco cuts off meters at 6 p.m., encouraging people to spend money downtown. Please, Kenny Be, do a cartoon on meter maids eating their young.
You missed the vote: Silence equals cowardice. I want to take exception with Westword's paltry coverage of the recently concluded municipal balloting. Particularly in the at-large city council race, where a bona fide progressive, Tony Robinson, ran, your refusal to endorse conveyed the impression that Westword's political interests lie opposed to serious change.
For a paper that constantly markets itself to a youthful readership -- a readership that owned a stake in Robinson's affordable-housing and youth-involvement messages -- by not endorsing, you effectively allow revenue streams to determine editorial policy. An unflinching endorsement would have been worth vital votes to Robinson; it would have aligned your paper's political posture with its natural constituency. Many people supported Robinson privately but shied from public backing for fear of damaging pre-existing relationships. A candidate of progressive pedigree cannot afford such cautious niceties.
In fairness, Westword wasn't the only institution that dropped the ball by staying silent. But know you must that your retro non-endorsement doomed Robinson against well-financed competition. He deserved better than the shabby "money talks and we won't" bin.
It is fine to lampoon the sanctimony of the political system, as Westword often does. But if the price of such mirth becomes an inability to support authentic alternatives, then substance has capitulated to lucre.
Better late than never? I just read Juliet Wittman's reviews of Bent and Relatively Speaking in your May 8 issue. Bent was scheduled to close May 10, and Relatively Speaking on May 11. What is the point of reviewing a show just two or three days before it closes? Why not publish the review so that potential audience members can read it, decide whether they want to see the show, and make plans more than a day or two ahead?
The show must go on: Where in the hell are the gallery listings and art-opening listings?
That's entertainment: Thank you, thank you! Your old calendar listings were so tiny that I could never read them, and they were a waste of space. But with your new calendar pages, I can now read about all kinds of interesting events going on in town -- and even if I never make it to any of them, the stories themselves are entertaining!
It's a big improvement. Give yourselves a pat on the back.
Free expression: Thanks to Michael Paglia for the great review of "Above & Below," our current exhibition ("Springtime in the Rockies," May 8). We can't thank him enough for his support of our artists. But if it weren't for Michael, we wouldn't be listed at all due to Westword's new format. The art community in Denver relies on this publication for the listings of changing cultural activities every week. It is not enough to have only the critic's pick.
The art listings are on the Web now, which eliminates all of the traditional readers (I personally dislike reading from a computer screen). Besides, the events online are awkwardly listed alphabetically by title of the show instead of by venue. Westword uses twelve pages to list every restaurant in town. Restaurants don't change their menu every month like the galleries/museums change their shows. Why not put those on the Web? Restaurants, dance clubs, movies and concerts all end up being listed twice because of their paid advertisements and their free listings. Is Westword favoring those who advertise with them? Please, Westword! Give this town's art community a break and bring back the free art listings!