Letters to the Editor

The Party's Over

The light stuff: Getting my Westword on Wednesday night is always one of the highlights of the week. I only wish you could have devoted even more pages to your April 29 cover story, Julie Jargon's "The Importance of Being Holly." We really didn't get into Holly Kylberg's favorite color, what toothpaste she uses, or whether she prefers one- or two-ply.

Seriously...enough. It's easy to be charitable when you don't work for a living.

Greg Thow

Black-tie black eye: Julie Jargon's piece on Holly Kylberg, Denver's "Best Socialite," left me waiting for a Westword perspective -- perhaps a lampoon? I was surprised that this was nothing more than a glimpse into the "society page" content of more traditional newspapers. Hardly the usual Westword fare.

That being said, I imagine many readers had their own spin on the piece. Acknowledging the good that such volunteerism does for Denver, I suppose I'll always be skeptical of the intentions of our "bluebloods." It seems an odd juxtaposition to think of a world of philanthropy where "image means everything" and "it takes a village" to keep her looking good. One can only imagine how many kids could be vaccinated if Holly's hair money was used at Children's Hospital. Her French-manicure funds might feed a few homeless. The list could go on. The argument that we all indulge our narcissism isn't quite appropriate, as her attention to self transcends the usual social norms and seems to have become something of an avocation.

As Julie Jargon implies, Mrs. Kylberg has had to fashion her lifestyle to befit "the importance of being Holly." I personally wonder if these black-tie fundraisers are something of a mirror used by socialites to admire themselves. Certainly there is little of the selfless humility recently uncovered by the news of Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan. Ironic that the Westword piece would come to press at the same time.

J. Regan

Society's child: Okay, seriously, guys, why should I give a shit who Holly Kylberg is? If I wanted to read about socialites and other crap that applies to .0005 percent of the Colorado population, I would steal a copy of 5280.

Alicia Myers

A word to the wives: I just finished reading your enlightening "story" on Holly Kylberg. I know Holly and Rich. I have considered Holly a friend and have chaired numerous events with her. However, I find it strange that given some of the circumstances that Holly puts herself in, these were omitted from your article. After the cystic fibrosis event chaired by Valere and Tom Shane (who, by the way, did a wonderful job), Holly told Bill Husted the following morning about the "cat fight." I find it strange that a woman would tell a reporter the details if she did not want her name in print. In addition to that, I find it odd that your article would promote such despicable behavior as flirting with other women's partners. Perhaps your article should have been titled "No Boundaries Here."

By the way, kudos to VS for saying "no comment"; a true lady does not lower herself to revisit an episode that should never have happened in the first place.

Victoria Damone

Social injustice: I can't tell you how much I appreciate articles on wealthy socialites like Holly and all the hard work that goes into coaxing charity out of the greedy pricks in Cherry Creek. I really identified with the article as I looked for a job with a living wage and searched my closet for an outfit that wasn't too faded or overly repaired so that I could look presentable for my low-paying job.

I felt such empathy for Holly in hearing of her struggle to rise above her oh-so-difficult middle-class upbringing and awkward puberty as I reflected on my own childhood filled with abuse. Gosh, Holly's life of primping, Mao-ing and shopping just puts everything into perspective for me as I decide whether to get groceries or buy my medication. And it's so comforting to know that she still takes time out to get in touch with the peasants in their natural element -- the "dive" bar -- where she's just one of the masses.

I must tell you that I rest so much easier knowing that Holly is out there gala-ing her pretty little ass off for all of us caught in the fodder of her and her ilk's overpaid and excessive lifestyle., that's newsworthy shit.

Kris Shafer

Queen city of the plains: What an unfortunate statement Lisa Herzlich made about the Cherry Creek Shopping Center not being ready for a "drag queen" at the Mask Project benefit fashion show, because the "mall is a family place." Holly wanted to do something cutting-edge and different -- although maybe not in Denver, where female impersonators at high-profile events are nothing new.

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