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Letters from the week of March 30, 2000

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Heavy metal thunder

This letter is in regards to the annual Klammies awards. I am on your preliminary voting panel this year, and my question is: What does the Pitch have against original heavy rock and roll? This year, when I was actually offered an opportunity to nominate bands from this particular sector of rock, I was thrilled! All of us at the club where I book bands were very excited. We thought, "Finally, the Klammies are going to recognize heavy metal rock!" Otherwise, why would they send us a ballot? I mean, they know what we do at Niener's. So we got together and made some deserving suggestions -- bands that worked hard for their fans for many years to bring heavy rock music to the KC scene, keeping it alive and well!

Finally, the results came out, and once again, the only rock bands listed were alternative. And the funny thing was all the venues nominated were under 1,000 seats/alternative clubs.

I have nothing against alternative music; these guys work very hard and are equally talented. I just believe that all original heavy metal rock should get the same recognition, or even any recognition, by the Klammies. It's really hard to believe that these local music awards organizers are not biased.

Even if you can't give them a single spot in your existing categories, then how about giving them a category of their own? I suppose it doesn't matter if we ever get credit from the Klammies; we simply are not going away! -- Vickie Norris

Independence, Mo.

Lewd, crude, and rude

I really have tried to be patient with the new Pitch. Several times now, I've resisted the impulse to complain, in order to allow time for things to gel. But enough is enough. It is time to give Dan a "Savage" boot out the door.

Now, I have a twisted sense of humor myself. As an avid fan of such Pitch features as the "Red Meat" cartoon, I've even shocked my children a time or two. But the "Savage Love" column (March 16-22) devoted to the putrid urban legend of lesbian/lobster lewdness is a new low. For God's sake, people, get a real writer. Better yet, forget about trying to replace Kiki Dakota altogether. We can't seriously allow this creep Savage to continue. Where is the editorial discretion?!

Such crap can't even be defended with the old journalistic argument that provoking controversy is good for discussion and good for business. Perverse stories like this aren't controversial or even entertaining in any way. They are simply the twisted ravings of some beer-soaked frat house puke. Pitch readers deserve better.

Thanks for all the other good stuff you do. -- Scott Shattuck

Kansas City, Mo.

Change it back

I knew that once a big corporation purchased the venerable PitchWeekly it was not going to be good for the readers. Now I have been proven correct.

In what appears to be clear-cut cost-saving measures, the type in the classifieds now looks like something out of The Star, what used to be red and black lettering on the back is now black and green, and the most dangerous thing of all, there is no longer any editorial. I must also comment on the softball main articles. They suck and should only be found in The Star, not the Pitch.

Many people that I have spoken to take offense to this new "design" and pick up the Pitch only to be used as birdcage fodder. If you really want to keep me as a reader, you need to change back to the Pitch of only a couple of months ago and quit trying to look and act like the Star! -- Ted J. McIntyre

Kansas City, Mo.

I want to express my opinion about the change in the two comics "The City" and "Red Meat." I enjoy both strips, but I think that you have done a disservice by reversing the size of "The City" and "Red Meat." I think that there is a lot more detail in "The City" and it benefited from the larger size that you used to publish it in. I think that you need to reverse the decision and return "The City" to its old size. -- Bruce Tanner

Olathe, Kan.

I am a longtime reader of the fine newspaper PitchWeekly.

Recently, it has come to my attention that the paper has reduced the font size of the print in the Classifieds section and Personals section. I can appreciate the economics behind this decision. However, I would ask that you reconsider your change to the typeset. It is too small to be of any use to a large group of readers. It is hard and difficult to read and scan the copy.

I wear eyeglasses, but I'm far from blind. But after trying to read and comprehend the copy print for several minutes, I decided to put the paper down. I'm sure other longtime readers are having the same problem and will begin to drop reading or using the publication due to its unreadability.

Please give this issue your consideration. I'm sure other options exist to keep your paper profitable rather than reducing it to a phone book miniformat. -- Paul Green

Bonner Springs, Kan.

Missing person

I have been reading PitchWeekly for many years on and off. During the last city elections, I was a faithful reader due to your true and accurate coverage of the candidates and the issues at hand.

In the recent years of reading the Pitch, I have always looked forward to reading the articles by Shawn Edwards. I remember an article he wrote concerning July 4th, which I still have hanging in my office, and many others that I have saved.

While reading the March 9-15 issue of the Pitch, I noticed that the first seven comments from the Mail column were directed toward Mr. Edwards and were great compliments to his writing, researching, and credibility. I appreciate Mr. Edwards' work; however, I am concerned and displeased that he has not been the writer of any feature articles lately. I miss the thought-provoking articles that I look forward to reading every Thursday.

All in all, I just want to say thank you, Mr. Edwards, for your intelligence, thoughtfulness, mindfulness, introspective views, and being thorough and nonbiased. Keep up the good work, and I pray that I see more articles from him in the very, very near future. -- Rita Ellison

Kansas City, Mo.

We're slack-jawed yokels

I can't understand why KC residents insist on trying to justify this town's existence. "Cultural mecca" is a term I hear quite a bit. Are you people joking, or just inbred? "Cultural"?! Will everybody please refrain from using this expression?

KC is a sorry excuse for a town and the sooner you stop denying that, the better off you are. The only positive aspect is the cost of living. I've lived in many different places, good and bad, and I have NEVER seen such rampant ignorance. I've also heard all about your "Midwestern hospitality" and your "small-town charm." These are excellent qualities for a city to possess. Unfortunately, KANSAS CITY POSSESSES NONE OF THESE QUALITIES! Please, stop kidding yourselves!

Wake up! You are currently residing in the shithole of the U.S.! I have my reasons for putting up with it, and I'm sure you have yours. But please, let's get real. -- Mina Furr

Kansas City, Mo.

Nostalgia doesn't pay the rent

Once again, I see that the Glenwood Theater is on the brink of destruction.

As much as it pains me to say it, maybe it's time to go. Sure, we all get a little misty-eyed in reminiscing about all the good times we have had at Kansas City's grand old theater. For me, the number-one memory is of seeing Star Wars (a New Hope or Episode IV or whatever the hell it's called ...) over and over again as a kid. Then, 20 some-odd years later, seeing Phantom Menace at the midnight premiere and marveling at the electricity in the air. There was the diving tank in front during the opening of The Abyss. And let's not forget Top Gun in all of its glory on the 70mm screen.

Before anyone gets a burr up their ass about saving the Glenwood, ask yourself what the last movie was that you saw there. Mine was The Phantom Menace, almost a year ago. Let's face it, the Glenwood can no longer compete with the AMCs and Cinemarks that now make up a majority of Kansas City's screens. The growing trend in the exhibition industry seems to be that more screens equals more choices equals more profits (despite AMC's loss of $8.9 million in fourth quarter of 1999). Sure, not all screens are used and not all auditoriums have anyone in them, but you have 12 to 14 different movies to choose from. The movie industry itself must totally love this whole situation. Megaplexes help support the trend of big opening weekends for movies, because they can show the same movie eight to 10 times a day on four different screens. The downside: After two weeks, movies are relegated to the basement of Ward Parkway to make room for the next big hit.

So, I say, tear down the Glenwood! Get it over with! It's prime real estate! Who are we to complain about what the rightful owner is going to do with the property? Tradition, history, romance, and nostalgia don't pay the rent. A SuperTarget, Old Navy, Barnes & Noble, and Rio Bravo do.

What's next? Are they going to tear down Fenway Park? -- Jason Weis

Kansas City, Mo.

It takes a village

I wish to thank you and your staff for the article on the homeless that appeared in the Feb. 17-24 issue ("Meet Snowman and Company"). It brought an awareness to your readership of a problem that is getting worse as time goes on.

The gentleman (John Heuertz) who wrote the article did so with a compassion that let area readers understand a little more about the silent society. I do wish to point out that his article made it seem as though there were only two people at Uplift.

Uplift is composed of a group of 130 men and women who each take the time to volunteer their talents to get the jobs done. Every one of the volunteers are a part that completes the entire Uplift family. Some may be more visible, but they could not do the work without the support of the whole family. Thank you. -- Ronald J. Aerts

Uplift Organization Inc.

Kansas City, Mo.

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