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That April Fools' story
So the cats ("Here, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty ..." cover story, April 1) become more approachable when exposed to asbestos? Some of the funniest ISH I have ever seen.
Way to go! We will see how many Gazette readers fall for it.
— Steve Sherman
But where's the 'news'?
Many of us in Colorado Springs depend on the Independent for the truth about what's going on: for facts, in-depth reporting and coverage of issues ignored by local TV and radio and that other paper.
It's cause for alarm, then, that the Indy seems to be leaning more toward filler. Example: two weeks in a row with fluff cover stories.
One family's story ("Fathers & forgiveness," March 25)? A cat park? There are plenty of more important things we need to know about.
Please get back to providing the news!
— Joyce Cheney
You are the change
In response to a recent letter to the editor from Nard Claar about the bad conditions of our "parks," or more specifically, the Pikes Peak Greenway ("Looking ugly," April 1) ... I challenge everyone to be a part of the solution.
This is a recurring trend I've seen in Colorado Springs. We complain about things that anger us, however we don't take the initiative to help change these things.
Yes, I agree with him that the Greenway needs help, a lot of help. There are people and organizations that are here to do that. For instance, the Urban Single Track Project is adding urban mountain biking trails to the area south of America the Beautiful Park, which has already increased more desirable "traffic."
Coming up is a "Tackle the Trash Day" put on by El Paso County on April 25. Our organization, UpaDowna, will also be hosting a cleanup the same day and ... in the area questioned as "safe." We believe it is a safe area. Safe enough that as an organization, we adopted it and that as parents, do take our kids there.
We all have to work together to be a part of the solution, and I invite the community to join us to take care of a trail we love and don't want to turn our backs on.
— Randi Hitchcock
Pot calling kettle ...
Ralph Routon's recent column criticizing the Gazette's series on marijuana, "Gazette: concerns beyond pot," makes some good points. Reading the articles, I too questioned whether the line between objective reporting and editorial opinion had been breached.
However, it is worth noting that the Indy is not exactly an uninterested party. One has only to observe the percentage of its advertising pages devoted to the marijuana industry to wonder just how objective a source the Indy is. Let the reader beware and, as my mother would have said, consider the source!
— Kathleen Beck
John Wark's letter ("Not so hot," April 1) displayed all the hallmarks we've come to associate with agnotology. This is the study of culturally constructed ignorance — achieved primarily by sowing the teeniest nugget of doubt in whatever claim is made. (And as we know, no scientific theory is free of uncertainty.)
Wark does this by tossing in the "tiny" amount of CO2 (by comparison with the total mass of the Earth's atmosphere), failing to also note it is the nature of the molecule as a thermal insulator that is of import, not its relative proportion. But hey! It serves as a specious factoid and so advances the unscrupulous doubt agenda.
Stanford's Robert Proctor has correctly tied this M.O. to the trend of skeptic science sown deliberately and for political or economic ends. In other words, agnotology supporters — whoever they may be — are committed to one end: destroying actual science to enable economic profit at the cost of human habitability of the planet.
Proctor also notes these special interests are often paid handsomely to sow confusion on the issue. A few years ago, in fact, the American Enterprise Institute offered $10,000 per article written by a "scientist" to refute global warming. (Not saying Wark was paid, but his letter can have much the same effect.)
As for his complaint about anthropogenic global warming not being settled science, I have news for him: It's a hell of a lot more settled than the standard theory of stellar structure and evolution, which remains used by most astrophysicists today.
Wark can consult the Eos Transactions report that finds in a survey of 3,146 climate and Earth scientists, a full 96.2 percent concur that temperatures have steadily risen, and there is no evidence for cooling. Meanwhile, 97.4 percent concur there is a definite role of humans in climate change.
— Phil Stahl
Iran won't forget
For an American Congress that is dead-set against any progress, foreign or domestic, on the part of the president, the recent framework agreement with Iran has got to be a bitter pill.
Although Sen. McCain and the rest of the pro-war party can easily forget that we installed the shah as the ruler in that sovereign country many years ago, the Iranians have not, and it has soured relations for decades, and it was probably over oil. Now that there is new leadership in Iran and the sanctions have worked, it is actually possible to draw Iran into the mainstream and make the Middle East a more stable place, despite the hardliners here and there (including Bibi) who want nothing more than a perpetual state of war.
— Max Clow
Fear and loathing
I read with interest about a pizza parlor run by devout Christians who were never asked to cater a gay wedding, but who said that if they were, their religious views would not allow it. Several people supporting homosexual rights threatened to burn the place down. It got so bad that the family temporarily closed the restaurant.
This reminds me of the KKK in the 1920s and '30s. My grandfather was denied service at a hardware store because he was Catholic and the hardware store owner was afraid that if he served my grandfather, the KKK would burn down his store. It is ironic that the homosexual promoters and the KKK are eerily similar in their tactics to squash people who disagree with their ideas.
— Fr. Bill Carmody
Respect Life Director,
Diocese of Colorado Springs
On p. 58 of the 2015 Insider, which was inserted into last week's issue, a photo was identified as having been taken at SwitchBack Coffee Roasters when it actually was taken at Urban Steam Coffee Bar & Café. We regret the error.