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Tread softly, greenies
Green, to many individuals in Western Civilization, is a concept that evokes ideas around the preservation of our natural environment. At the heart of the green movement is a sense of urgency associated with the need to protect the planet, its ecosystems and resources. The main argument is the often publicized notion that human beings have a responsibility to future generations, that if nothing is done, if no action is taken, there will be no future.
There has been a call to arms amongst prominent green movement supporters. They argue the necessity of building a moral force in association with the green movement. The claim is that in order to effect change on the current environmental problems, society must redefine its concepts of right and wrong, the green movement must go morally viral.
Moral conflict amongst groups can be defined as opposition arising between differing viewpoints on how life should be lived. This type of conflict is evident throughout human history. Political wars, religious wars, and major human conflict can be reduced to manifestations of moral conflict. Often unyielding, those involved in moral campaigns can contain latent justifications for violence as virtue. Issues wrought with survival and propagation of the individual or its social group become dense, containing more energy, passion, and potential for conflict.
The timeliness to effect change on the current problems facing the environment is vital for the future of the species and world as we know it; however, let us heed the past and tread softly on the future. Becoming enmeshed in a war against "climate haters" is a foreseeable future that, in its righteousness, could destroy humanity and the world with which it aspires to protect.
— John Thompson
I was very disappointed to hear that Manitou Springs has suddenly raised the price of parking from $1 per hour to $5 per hour for hikers wishing to enjoy the outdoors on the Manitou Incline and the Barr Trail. The problem with such a drastic rate hike is the impact this will have on people with limited disposable income looking for a low-cost, fun activity for their family. I hope this was not done on purpose to chase poor people away from a tourist town that thrives on people with disposable income. I tended to believe Manitou Springs was a socially responsible town that was more inclusive than exclusive ... but now I'm not so sure.
— Chris Hale
Staring at the sun
Pun quite intended, but I would like to see CS Indy shed more light on Colorado's transition to solar energy and renewable energy in general. Public interest and demand clearly favor statewide development of solar energy resources, yet Governor Hickenlooper has yet to pass legislation that makes solar energy a more viable option for homeowners and businesses. Meanwhile, recent market forces hampering residents' abilities to install solar panels take us a step backward in the process of going solar. The incongruity between the interest of the Colorado public and the actions of Colorado government and businesses deserves way more publicity than it is currently receiving.
As potential solar-powered homeowners and business owners, the Colorado Springs public needs access to information about the current state of our renewable energy rights. Without information, we can't react to injustices, and we can't participate in conjunction with our government and businesses in an effort to render Colorado a cleaner and more efficient place to live. A petition I recently distributed downtown confirmed that this objective is, in fact, what the Colorado public overwhelmingly desires.
Let's allow the written word to highlight the shadow currently cast on Colorado residents' choice to go solar.
— Cat Braza
Common Core standards for special educators and their students are to meet the generalized standards without using computers that read aloud. Not all of these students can read and comprehend books for their grade level. In fact, some of them can barely read at all. By taking away these computers, Common Core is taking away one of the few ways that these students can understand and comprehend what is to be read. Common Core forces these students to take the test without resources that they need. Teaching simple math problems becomes difficult for the teachers and the students. Common Core adds extra steps to math problems that are unnecessary. This causes the special education students to do poorly in math because there's too many steps and educators cannot teach the math with fewer steps.
Common Core is taking away the tools and resources used by these students that allow them to succeed and give them a chance to do well. It is taking away from special educators and their students by forcing them to meet unfair standards and to learn only in the way found appropriate by Common Core. As the sister of a deaf and mute brother who has other disabilities and the daughter of a special educator who can't teach in ways that her students will benefit from, I am tired of watching Common Core take away from those who need something different and Common Core not caring about their needs. It is not fair that Common Core is not thinking of these students and is not realizing just how hard it is for them and their teachers to meet these standards, no matter how general they are. They need something different and Common Core needs to stop controlling how they can learn and how special educators can teach.
— Nicole Tetley
Worth the trip
I enjoyed reading "Incomparable valley" by Matthew Schniper (DayTripper, Nov. 4). He did a great job of characterizing Montrose as a place you aim to pass through. And if you are passing through and are hungry for some fantastic ethnic food, look no further than Pun Hill, a family-owned Himalayan (Nepali and Indian) restaurant that is just over a year old but has already garnered a tripadvisor No. 6 rating of 86 restaurants in the area. A warm family welcome and air of seasonings and spices await you as you enter this spare but clean little place. The dishes are many and varied, each a special "family recipe." There are many vegetarian options, and too many great dishes to mention — but the Lamb and Chicken Thukpa keeps me coming back... imagine a noodle soup with fresh vegetables and a symphony of spices including toasted cumin, ginger, garlic, cilantro, pepper, asafetida and lime juice. This restaurant is not to be missed when you are in the area.
— Frank Haas
After the review of Judge Baldwin's in Dine & Dash (Nov. 4) I can't wait to go. I used to love their little tray with six samples of ales to try. The shortrib tacos that "lacked spice and salt" sound right up my alley as I hate spice that detracts from the taste of the meat and I never salt. Also the ham and cheese with Brie, pear and rosemary sourdough sounds delicious!
— Colleene Johnson