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Abuse of the living

Re: "Brother's keeper," by Justin Park (cover story, Jan. 22-28).

When I saw the first news reports of the arrest of Ted Kaczynski, my first thought was: How could someone turn in his own brother? I didn't know then that my knowledge of this was against the FBI's promise to David Kaczynski. In retrospect, of course, such mendacity is no surprise, at least to me.

Now, I have to wonder: How could David Kaczynski ever have been so naive as to believe that the federal government's enforcers would behave honestly and honorably with him? Indeed, how could anyone today be so naive?

I'm glad Mr. Kaczynski is working against the death penalty, and I wish him well in that endeavor. The living abuse to which his brother and others held in the Florence torture prison are being subjected should also concern him.

I just wonder how many people out there are still so uninformed that they risk repeating his mistake, and would sacrifice their own kin before realizing that "law enforcement" in modern America is totally corrupt and self-serving. Thanks for the article.

-- Patrick L. Lilly

Occupied Cheyenne Cañon

Near Colorado Springs

Down the sewer

Ted Kaczynski is the reason we have the death penalty. He killed three people and ruined who knows how many lives to prove some stupid point. His papers should be flushed down a sewer along with his remains. He killed and terrorized the whole country for 17 years.

Whether he has had a bad childhood or not, he does not have the right to do what he did.

What is wrong with you people? Because of a bad childhood or a bad experience in a war, we are supposed to feel sorry for them?

What about the victims and the people who loved them? As always, the people at the Independent have their head up their asses.

-- Jade Mondo

Yoder

It takes a village

Re: You are soooo Colorado Springs (Jan. 8-14 issue)

Great issue. I've been living in the Springs for about four years now. I was immediately gratified to see our "village" had spawned a like-minded publication that paralleled my favorite Nashville Scene.

The Scene had a yearly write-in contest and had an issue printing the "best-of" observations.

One that I still chuckle at, and one that I'm guessing may be ubiquitous to the highways of the world ... is "You are so (select city, state, nation, etc. ...) that you believe using your turn signal will run your battery down."

I'll have to admit, some of the references in the article still elude me, but they won't for long.

Thanks for a great alternative to the daily "rags" available in the area. If you start a contest, I'll have a few entries for next year.

-- W. Gordon Ray

Colorado Springs

Reading the Bible

Focus on the Family is again spewing their hateful homophobic rhetoric. How dare gays want their partners (who they cannot marry!) to have the same health benefits as heterosexuals.

Why do fundamentalist Christians feel the need to subjugate others? Is it to feel superior, or is it because they subconsciously know they're morally inferior? And what about Councilwoman Margaret Radford, gleefully siding with our local Christian Pharisees?

These people can't possibly believe in Jesus, for they are the very kind of people he despised the most. Anyone who has read and understood the New Testament would know that.

"Woe to you Pharisees!

For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God."

-- Luke 11:42

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves."

-- Matthew 23:13-15

-- Thomas McCullock

Colorado Springs

The bill of humanitarian priorities

People before ideology.

Justice before hegemony.

Liberty before lip service.

Religious freedom before totalitarianism.

Humanity before coronation.

Voice before dictatorship.

Facts before pre-emption.

Job security before homelessness.

Family security before the Bible.

Healthcare before profits.

Sanity before imprisonment and torture.

Population control before dehydration, starvation and disease.

Environment before assumptions.

Responsibility before hedonism.

Humanitarian aid before military unilateralism.

Science before hypnotism, incantation of hip testimonials, and leaps of "amazing" superstition.

Earth before Mars.

-- Peter Dunn

Colorado Springs

Play ball

Well, I listened and watched President Bush's State of the Union speech, and I must say from his words that the state of the union is in fact in a very sorry state. He made it sound like we were in Never Land. To use a baseball metaphor, the smoke and mirrors trounced the realist with lots of curve balls and change-ups.

Mr. President, history has proven that just throwing money at a problem will not solve any problem, and you and Congress are spending taxpayers' money like there is no tomorrow. If you keep it up, then someday there will not be any tomorrows for America.

Mr. President, you didn't address the huge deficit problem, which is devaluing the dollar, especially against the Euro. This is causing a serious problem with the national debt, which is mostly supported by the peoples' governmental trust fund moneys (Social Security, Medicare and others).

Mr. President, the Medicare bill, the proposed energy bill and the foreign-aid bill passed by Congress include $10.7 billion worth of pork and corporate welfare. This money is needed to reduce the national debt.

Mr. President, the grandiose PATRIOT Act is flawed because it has become the usual bureaucratic nightmare and the abuse of constitutional rights.

Mr. President, your illegal legal immigration proposal will cause enormous problems for all legal Americans because of its draconian implications.

Mr. President, another lesson that history has taught the world is that morality can't legislated because morality is a conscious attitude and not a commodity to be bartered.

Finally, I must say that no matter what America's problems are, there are honest, forthright solutions. Reforms are not solutions; changes are the solutions. Leadership from statesman, with strong support from the people, will begin the process.

-- Bob Bock

Colorado Springs

CBS censorship

I was amused and heartened a few weeks ago to discover the results of a contest run by MoveOn.

Called "Bush in 30 Seconds," this contest asked for 30-second television issue advertisements speaking about the Bush presidency and policies. The results were outstanding, with some very interesting and even emotionally moving political commentary. The winners and finalists of the contest can be found at www.bushin30seconds.org/.

Unfortunately, things don't always go smoothly. After raising the money to run the winning ad from this contest during the Super Bowl, MoveOn was informed by CBS that it would refuse to run this advertisement because it's "too controversial." At the same time, CBS has been eager to schedule advertisements -- during the same time slots -- for the Bush White House.

Maybe this isn't surprising, but it's certainly disappointing.

-- Chris Smith

Colorado Springs

Dreams and nightmares

Impossible! Forty years have passed since Kennedy's assassination; my grief thought dead was merely dormant. It was stimulated by the vacuum created by our current poor leadership, which left me recalling more hopeful memories:

Friends joining the Peace Corps

Attending precinct meetings

Canvassing neighborhoods

I remember my buddies, pleased and surpassed at the pride they felt in participating in their government. Passionately they stood on the pros and cons of different issues, heatedly arguing their points of view.

Bang went the dream!

Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins, a knowledgeable critic of Bush, explains his insensitivity to the working and middle classes, as due to his privileged background blinding him to the struggles of us peons. How readily Kennedy or Roosevelt could have chosen to stay behind that same wall of privilege, but saw through its windows and walked out its door. They pulled us out of the Great Depression, deftly handled the Cuban Missile Crisis, and furthered the cause of civil rights.

Now, we have non-bid contracts to his cronies' corporations, tax breaks to the rich, and rescinding hard-fought environmental laws. Ms. Ivins says he's not mean but just blind, which I think is open to question.

Molly Ivins may be wrong about his lack of meanness, but certainly is not about not expecting too much of him. After all, what can you expect from a grown-up rich kid, draft dodging, AWOL abusing, and illiterate liar? He considers unpatriotic those of us opposing the war in Iraq. I would like to refer him to the words of Patrick Henry: "I disagree with every word the man says, but would defend to the death his right to say it."

-- Jim Sears

Colorado Springs

In support of chickens

Many fast-food chains have begun meeting consumer demands by offering healthier menu options.

Another big change being made is fast-food corporations adopting minimal animal welfare standards for animals in their factory farms and slaughterhouses. After months of campaigning against horrendous conditions at McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has successfully helped billions of animals live and die without suffering by working with these businesses and convincing them to make major improvements to their animal welfare standards.

Safeway has also become the first grocery store chain in U.S. history to pledge much-needed improvements in treatment of animals on farms that supply their products.

One fast-food chain that continues to torture animals on its farms is KFC (as well as other YUM! Brands companies).

If the biggest fast-food chains and one of the largest grocery chains can improve their standards of treatment toward animals, KFC has no excuse to refuse to do so. For more information on KFC's treatment of chickens, please visit

www.kfccruelty.com .

As consumers, it is our right to make businesses aware of our concerns and our obligation to make sure that companies who use animals for product treat them humanely and are accountable for their actions. Animals need our voice because they cannot speak out for themselves.

-- Jessica McDorman

Pueblo West

Unblock your chi

In the United States, as many as one-third of the population suffers from chronic pain conditions. Many patients who are looking for either a cure or relief from their pain turn to complementary and alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, to help relieve their pain.

In the practice of acupuncture, it is believed that there are more then 2,000 acupuncture points beneath the skins surface that are connected by meridians or energy channels. Chi is the energy force, or life force, that flows through these meridians. When someone is ill or in pain, it is believed that chi is blocked. By placing hairpin needles at specific points energy can be restored and pain be reduced.

One million Americans receive acupuncture treatments annually. The World Health Organization recognizes more then 40 indicators for acupuncture, and the National Institute of Health recognizes acupuncture's effectiveness with treating several conditions. Acupuncture treatment is less invasive, and less expensive, than many conventional methods of pain control, and it should be considered by pain sufferers.

-- Impala Nance

Colorado Springs

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