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After attending the city's community meeting at Coronado High School last week, I was faced with a choice. Will I support the $37 million ditch, or just $35 million?
I reviewed the various proposals presented by the city engineers with the other members of the Pleasant Valley neighborhood. Camp Creek must flow into Fountain Creek, this we know. Where the debris is deposited, we can predict.
Several residents witnessed last year's flooding, and they all agreed that the water level never exceeded the top of the existing ditch — came close, but contained, nevertheless. It became apparent that this project was not about flood mitigation at all. It is motivated by the same forces of Mayor Bach that choose to beautify a run-down area, rather than putting all those tax dollars to a use for a higher purpose.
We could help our sister city, Manitou, which is about to be leveled (everything within 20 feet of the creek). I know a pleasant corridor from Highway 24 to Garden of the Gods would invariably enhance tourism and property values, but we are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
This is not the city's biggest problem, and does not warrant the expense. Yeah, sure, everyone is tired of looking at that ditch, but that's why you got the house so cheap.
— Kenton Lloyd
The war on workers
In 2014, the war on the workers is undeclared. Poor wages are the bullets which keep workers slave to a bad wage, no matter where they turn. Even some who become nurses or teachers who went to college are badly paid. They earn less than the cost of living. So education alone is not the way to move into feeling human rather than a cog in someone else's wealth machine.
Ludlow ("Blood for coal," cover story, April 16) happens daily; it occurs quietly. Today the National Guard are not called to force labor. People are free to strike, only they cannot pay their bills when they do. They are free to exchange one bad-paying job paying less than the real need for another. But "gentlemen's agreements" keep all similar jobs within equally awful ranges.
Even the minimum wage is nothing more than a government hoax. It is a number chosen out of the air to keep workers from striking, "not the amount of the cost of living." But as long as the news keeps its advertisers satisfied, the public does not realize.
It is time the media carries the news from the viewpoint of us masses, the 80 percent to 90 percent of Americans who do not break into a livable wage — or out of human lack. Even the Indy does not cover this happening. Society must have three reporters for each who tells us all is candy, even for people who cannot afford rent or candy. We need to expose the hidden war against most workers, who are not CEOs.
Turn it down
Well, spring has arrived again, and you know what that means! Ghetto season is here! Car subwoofer stereo systems will be spewing their trashy noise all over our streets and into our homes even more, now that it's warm enough to drive around with the windows down.
Inconsiderate, arrogant and stupid is no way to go through life, people. This noise is in violation of city ordinance, and it's up to us to push for enforcement. Call in a noise complaint to police, and be sure to have as much information as possible, including license plate number, description of car and driver. This could even help with tourism, as I'm sure most people come to Colorado to get away from that crap.
— Jacques Sears
To the Independent: I am a spokesman for a media conglomerate who will soon be acquiring both your organization and the Gazette.
We plan to combine the Independent and the Gazette into a single Colorado Springs news powerhouse. We like things to be big. To raise revenue, we will hold televised chain matches pitting members of the editorial departments from both news outlets in bouts of hand-fighting. The normal employees who are simply interested in contributing to the dying art of journalism will, of course, be allowed to do their jobs.
It will be a memorable event, as however young and fresh is the approach of the Independent, the listing hull of the Gazette has for years been righted with the efforts of David Philipps and fellow crew members. That longtime daily now moves forward with another flag of publishing's greatest acclaim trailing in its wake, the Pulitzer.
This is not all snark. I enjoy reading both papers — they serve the different needs and give voice to alternate perspectives of the community.
— Bryan Brunton
The celebration of Mother's Day can be traced to the times of ancient Greece, when tribute was paid to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. The next recorded tribute to Mothers was during the 17th century, when England celebrated "Mothering Sunday" on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
In America, Julia Ward Howe, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," suggested the idea of Mother's Day in 1872. However, it is Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia who is credited with creating Mother's Day in 1908. She wanted to pay tribute to her mother, who had tried to establish Mother's Friendship Day to help heal the scars of the Civil War in America.
In 1910, West Virginia became the first state to adopt a formal holiday, and a year later nearly every state officially marked the day of celebration. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day as a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May.
Today Mother's Day is celebrated in many countries throughout the world. Families honor mothers by dining out, giving flowers, sending cards, giving gifts and visits. Additionally, it is reported to be one of the busiest days of the year for phone calls.
The celebration of Mother's Day should be every day. They are the ones who nurture us, teach us, protect us, and make us feel that we matter. Mothers are most responsible for the way we grow and mature. If you are a mother and are reading this, please accept a special thank you for the part you play in each of our lives.
Our flood of guns
Recently, a few letter writers have called me inane, dithering, prejudiced, arrogant, ignorant, disparaging, naive and egregious.
Good God (if any)! At least they didn't call me a tea party member.
I had written a little satire on hunting and fishing ("Hunting is so yesterday," Letters, March 12), and it seems to have struck a nerve among some folks who may have temporarily lost their sense of humor. And a few of them evidently believe that name-calling is an adequate substitute for cogent argumentation.
America is flooded with guns, including many, many hunting weapons. It's a national disgrace. So many accidents and suicides, so few actual shootings of crooks in the act. Worldwide statistics prove that guns don't increase safety; they decrease safety. Among nations unable or unwilling to protect their citizens from gun deaths, America is nearly in first place out of more than 190 nations. What are so many other nations doing right to make their people safer from gun deaths, and what is America doing so wrong?
— Larimore Nicholl