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Crossing the aisle
Doug Lamborn has hurt our region and the people who live here. He voted to shut down the federal government even though it employs 18.8 percent of the workers in Colorado Springs. At the end of the day, nothing was accomplished besides headlines for Lamborn.
Doug Lamborn has hurt veterans. Lamborn has a responsibility on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs that he has shirked by missing 58 percent of the meetings. The VA health scandal happened on his watch.
Doug Lamborn embarrassed our district when he boycotted the State of the Union address, but I noticed he was real quick to catch a ride on Air Force One and then get real cozy with Barack Obama every time a camera shutter might click after the Waldo Canyon Fire.
Irv Halter served 32 years in the Air Force and has the guts to do unpleasant things, like restore integrity when scandals hit the Academy. Irv has the guts to support the Keystone XL Pipeline even though his Democratic Party has a different idea.
Irv Halter will certainly stand up for veterans, and I'm sure he will actually attend committee meetings.
Irv Halter is not a "showboater." He will get things done because he is not afraid to blemish his "cast iron" image by actually talking to others and reaching a workable compromise that is good for all.
Irv Halter's service record is exactly what we need when the Pentagon is deciding on which military facilities are going to be cut. He was endorsed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal — he knows our military leadership and is the best advocate for Fort Carson and all our military installations.
This Republican will be "crossing the aisle" and voting for Irv Halter.
— Tim Haley
One veteran's choice
I'm an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran. Service to this nation is very important to me. It demonstrates that one knows things like sacrifice, selfless service, integrity and personal courage.
We need someone representing us who will, at a minimum, listen to our military and veterans. Someone who will attend Veterans Affairs meetings, represent from experience, and not shut the government down when we need them the most.
When a congressman, regardless of ideology, does not have time for his constituents, it's time for him to go. If he doesn't have time for the military in his region, he will also need a public lesson on how our colors are able to keep flying. When he doesn't have time for the wounded military members in his region, he needs to walk the road of shame, permanently!
This November, we need a representative who will not fall in line with a political party. We need a representative who will not only stand up to both parties, but also work with both parties on issues affecting our community. I'm voting Irv Halter for Congress because it is time to get rid of a career politician who has forgotten who he works for.
— Donald E. Martinez, Capt.
Thank you, John Hazlehurst, for the nice piece on Ann Zwinger ("Goodbye, Ann Zwinger," City Sage, Sept. 10). She was a kind, intelligent, talented woman and she'll be missed. The world is poorer for her passing.
— Linda DuVal
Finding the big picture
Fr. Bill Carmody made a good point in his letter ("Seeing is believing," Sept. 10). He is right that sometimes we need to see examples to understand just how horrifying something is, and what repercussions there can be to our actions.
I would ask him, therefore, to use his computer to see what happens to women when abortion is criminalized.
The Center for Reproductive Rights at reproductiverights.org does work around the world on this issue, and tells us what an absolute ban on abortion is doing to women in El Salvador.
There, women put themselves at risk of imprisonment for decades, not only when they need to end a pregnancy, but also when they seek medical care for serious and potentially fatal pregnancy complications.
Because of El Salvador's harsh abortion law, women avoid hospitals because they get treated like murderers when what they need is immediate medical care.
"Seeing" was believing for the Catholic nun who, as an administrator at a Phoenix hospital, permitted an abortion to save a woman's life when her pregnancy caused severe health problems. If she had continued her pregnancy, doctors evaluated her risk of death as close to 100 percent — and the baby would die as well.
Phoenix Bishop Olmsted, however, refused to understand the tragedy of this situation, and excommunicated the nun involved in the decision, even though having the abortion had saved one life.
Sadly, Colorado is once again having to vote on a constitutional amendment which, by declaring personhood for the fetus, could criminalize abortions here. Women could end up as limited as those in El Salvador, with opponents unable to "see" the value of women's lives.
— Janet Brazill
It is unnerving to hear so many members of the House stand and say things like, "Bomb them back to the Stone Age," as U.S. Rep. Ted Cruz recently did, while others exclaim that we should flood the area with arms, to fight the growing threat of ISIS. It is precisely this sort of minimal thinking that too often results in unintended costs and casualties.
The second Iraq war is a great example, since upward of 100,000 civilians and 4,500 American warriors died in an action that created the power vacuum, which allowed the formation of ISIS.
The same Republican senators and representatives who hang on the president's every word, searching for something to squawk about, apparently have no inkling that prior to that war Iraq was actually one of the more stable countries in the region, and Saddam Hussein had no, and desired no, quarrel with the U.S. They had no WMDs and were not tied to al Qaeda. Condoleezza Rice knew full well that the aluminum tubes she said could be changed into centrifuges were for missiles, which every country has.
The cost in blood and treasure of that war was obscene and should not be brushed under the rug, and the resulting perfect bed for growing insurgents should be acknowledged.
Understand that these savages want war with America because they operate and recruit best in that fog. They also benefit greatly from the likes of Sen. John McCain and Rep. Cruz's endless clips calling for more war and more arms. Unfortunately those arms do not magically dissolve after the current conflict, and we could be fighting against our own guns for decades to come.
— Max Clow
I want to believe that "Philanthropy is about the 'love of mankind,' regardless of appearance," as Eric Cefus wrote in his "Don't judge a book by its cover" (The Greater Good advertising supplement) in the Aug. 13 issue ... but I can't.
For example, the discriminatory practice of "racial profiling" is a practice fundamentally based on "appearance." This means a type of "appearance" that police officials want to associate with crime. This individual desire or behavior by police officials, which operates as a "snap judgment" to stop and arrest drivers, is in conflict with the societal interest of "tolerance" and "diversity" in our society.
The same happens with philanthropy. Dr. Gail C. Christopher, W.K. Kellogg Foundation vice president of programs, wrote that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's program of the 1980s and 1990s, which sought to increase adoption rates and help communities find permanent homes for vulnerable children in the child welfare system, "failed children of color," and that "embarrassingly few children of color were adopted."
The conclusion is that agents of philanthropy are racially selective, and therefore, philanthropy is not "love of mankind" because "appearance" is a critical component unmasking the generality, the inhumanity, and fallacy of the concept.
At a minimum, I can accept that philanthropy is a feeling about "love of humanity," and that is it. But if you include in the equation "regardless of appearance," that "love of humanity" becomes a myth.
— Wilfredo Gutiérrez
Gordon Klingenschmitt, Republican candidate in Colorado House District 15, did not retire from the military, as we reported in "This could leave a mark" (News, Sept. 3). He was discharged honorably in 2007, following a court-martial for disobeying an order when he wore his military uniform to a political protest at the White House in March 2006. We regret the oversimplification.