These are the men and women who took "the road less traveled" and who walked proudly across the stage to join the Long Blue Line of graduates who have honorably served in all of this country's conflicts since Vietnam. They will become members in the world's greatest air and space force. Some Memorial Day, you may be thanking them for making the supreme sacrifice so that we can enjoy the right to a free press.
Richard S. Rauschkolb, '70
USAFA Academy Association of Graduates
A duty to dial: Regarding Michael Roberts's "Dial Another Day," in the May 27 issue:
I have enjoyed many of Michael Roberts's media columns over the years, and I thought that I would enjoy his cover story last week, but I did not. I realize that Michael's job is to rant from time to time, and I have no qualms about his views concerning radio in Denver, as I share his viewpoint, but I am surprised that Westword would make it a featured article, so little substance did it provide. The whole piece had a hasty quality to it, as though another writer had missed his deadline and this was an emergency assignment.
Amazing feats of endurance can sometimes provide great insights for those who experience them and for those who read about them, but I would remind Michael that Jesus already died for the sins of others. Michael's martyrdom added little of substance for the pain that he endured.
Radio daze: I think that the old proverb "The nail that sticks up is the first to be hammered down" applies nicely to the current state of radio here in Denver. It is all the same boring, bland rubbish. Why it is that way, however, is the one thing Michael Roberts failed to address in his article.
Denver has never been a cutting-edge city. It is a city consisting more of urban expansion than city living. It is a city content with cookie-cutter houses, secondhand trends and the unending desire to "you know, like, get away to the mountains." Any time the arts are involved here, there is a small community that supports what is happening, but anything "different" attempted on a larger scale is met with deafening silence from the masses. For example, 92X, any college-radio station, or, for that matter, any local station that tries to be different and eventually falls back into its old habits; half-empty concert venues for "alternative" bands; a small yet uninspiring local music scene -- all of these leave the door open for insipid, mass radio-station conglomerates to preach to the lowest common denominator, the attention-deficit-enabled youth of today who are taught to only have the attention span of a goldfish.
When it comes right down to it, I would be willing to bet that the majority of the people who would read a weekly like Westword don't even listen to the radio, but would rather listen to a CD. Honestly, if all of the radio stations just up and went off the air, would anyone care other than the three companies that own all of them? Ho hum.
Flipping the switch: Wonder if anyone else noticed that of the 52 station changes Michael Roberts wrote about, actual music being played (good or bad) was listed eighteen times? I did. Switched to Sirius last November and haven't listened since.
Teacher's fret: While reading Laura Bond's "Buttoned Up," in the May 20 issue, I was reminded of my high school English teacher, Mr. Basler. Like Mike Corey, Mr. Basler was an unconventional educator who challenged his students to expand their horizons, especially those enrolled in his advanced creative writing class. For Mr. Basler, the problem started when he discussed such topics as fairies, witchcraft and pyramid power. His philosophy was that students should know about different belief systems, because other people did believe in them, and those beliefs had influenced and inspired a variety of literature.