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The Earth cannot sustain

Thank you for publishing John Hazlehurst's Nov. 11 column, titled "Naysaying old geezer."

It is amazing that most Americans in power still want to believe that there is a growth management plan on Earth that can cope with ever increasing population. A look at New York City, Tokyo and Paris tells us that "smart growth" is no long-term solution: Those cities have city density development and great public transportation.

It is high time that we realize that all causes are lost causes unless we also stop the population growth. Since immigration-driven growth is the main contributing factor to the U.S. population explosion, we must encourage a maximum of two children per family and urge President Bush and Congress to oppose all amnesty proposals, enforce immigration laws and drastically reduce legal immigration as well.

The U.S. environment, infrastructure and labor markets cannot sustain over 3 million additional people every year!

-- Yeh Ling-Ling

Executive director,

Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America

Oakland, Calif.

Looking to the future

Re: "Signals of distress" (Personal Space, Nov. 11)

Distress indeed. How interesting that you selected a "squeaky clean" truant and an anarchist to interview among the Cheyenne Mountain High School anti-Bush demonstrators. Let's hope this isn't the future of the Democratic Party.

-- Karl S Purdy

Colorado Springs

Fun on ice

Thanks for the story featuring sled hockey. (Personal Space, Oct. 21). In the last year, it certainly has become the sport of choice in our family!

My son, Scott Brandon fell in September 2002. During rehabilitation at St. John Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., he had a chance to watch his first sled hockey game. As a longtime able-bodied hockey player, the thought of participating in this exciting venue was a dream.

It wasn't until the spring of 2003 that he was able to get on the ice ... and hasn't stopped since.

He left recently for Germany, looking forward to the games but not wild about the long flight and waiting at Dulles airport for seven hours.

As a family, we are thrilled that Scott has this opportunity.

Thanks so much for your story.

-- Carol Brandon Halloran

Ferguson, Mo.

Not simply overlooked

I recently sent a letter to Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center CEO/president Michael De Marsche after he sent me a "personal" form letter stating my membership had expired and that I must have "simply overlooked" renewing. I didn't.

I have made a conscience choice not to support the FAC due to changes that were in my opinion not for the better of the institution or the community, i.e., staff firings under the guise of "cost cutting," lack of support for local art activities (TIE film festival, Colorado Biennial, etc.), county club elitism, current decorating motif of "Early French Whore House" and the almost certain eventual closing of the art library. This was difficult for me as I have a long history with the institution dating back to the late 1970s.

I feel that, perhaps, if other members withheld membership support if they did not approve of the direction the FAC is going, that the board of directors, management and staff may get the message -- but then again, don't hold your breath.

The CSFAC has been horribly understaffed for decades. Each new financial crisis has been dealt with by throwing out both baby and bath water, thereby undoing any progress in staffing made by previous administrations.

-- Thomas McElroy, owner

Chaos Studios

Colorado Springs

Go to Cheney

My great granddaughter will graduate from high school this spring and she asked me what I would advise about a military career.

My answer was: As long as our politicians, from the "Pendergast puppet" to the present, big-mouthed, back-boned, "bring them on" Bush, have the attitude that the only way to deal with the countries who don't suit their fancy is to blow and bomb the hell out of them, I, myself, would tell the half fast politicians, the "parasitic patriots" and the recruiters of all four of the military branches to go "Cheney" themselves!

P.S. It heartens me to see so many Cabinet members showing some semblance that they are not as completely brain dead as their "fearless" leader and are jumping ship!

-- Frank Camp

Sedalia

Infantile simplifications

I've had it with this moronic "We're fighting them over there, so we don't have to fight them over here," justification for the Iraq war, or as the Bush spin doctors call it, "The War on Terror." Such infantile simplifications and labels show a complete lack of understanding of the nature of terrorism.

Terrorism is not a country or a dictator. Terrorism cannot be conquered, occupied or imprisoned. There is no magic number of tanks, bombs or troops we can deploy abroad that will prevent or even lessen the likelihood of another terrorist attack on the United States.

Terrorism requires only one crazed individual with a weapon to wreak havoc on a populace, and that individual doesn't have to even be considered a foreigner. Thus, the instigation of the Iraq war by the Bush administration cannot offer an iota of assurance terrorists will not strike the U.S. again.

In fact, from a statistical standpoint, the number of terrorist attacks across the globe has risen since the beginning of the Iraq war. This seems to be a clear indication the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war has not decreased the threat of terrorism in the world, but actually increased it.

So whether or not you support this war, quit trying to fool yourself into believing it somehow makes anyone "safer from terrorism."

-- Tony Porter

Colorado Springs

Needs music

I am appalled at the past letters suggesting a takeover of KRCC, a college radio station, in order to force their political bias. While I appreciate people's different viewpoints, I do not feel that a college station is the correct format to place a political agenda. I totally agree with informing others of different political beliefs, but a college station is not the right place to allege that one's opinions are the only right way.

From listening to my friends' opinions (both liberal and conservative), I gather that NPR provides a somewhat balanced viewpoint. No matter what, a conservative or a liberal will still be dissatisfied.

Therefore, from that aspect, I think that KRCC is fine how it is on news coverage.

However, I would like to see changes at KRCC from a different angle.

We have plenty of talk radio stations, top 40 stations, classic rock stations, etc., in the Colorado Springs area. Our region is lacking in culture, and that could be much further enhanced if KRCC had more music programs. On a weekday, we don't have any music programming until 9 a.m. After 3 p.m., we do not have any music programming until 10 p.m., with the exception of the jazz program at 7:30 p.m. I like jazz and all, but they could have other programs on other nights, instead of the same programs every day.

While this is an opinion, I think many of you will agree that Colorado Springs would benefit from having a colorful station playing more diverse, underplayed music.

-- Rence Seyb

Colorado Springs

What we've done

"Good. Good times," the two climbers coming out of the canyon responded when I asked how it was, climbing in Red Rock Canyon on the first day.

And it was good! Walking into our newest open space was everything I expected it to be, and a little more. It was one thing to dream of the creation of an open space park in Red Rock Canyon for all those many years that so many worked so hard on the dream.

It was another thing to be on the organized hikes that the Trails & Open Space Coalition and others conducted over the past couple of years.

But it was an entirely other thing to walk up to the old John Bock residence on Oct. 29, knowing that on this trip I didn't have to "stay with the group" or be anywhere in particular at any specific time. I could simply enjoy the space and the time in it.

I met an older gentleman named Mark who was sitting in the sun on what was the Bock's patio, looking south, over the lake and up the canyon. We talked a bit about how nice that spot was and how he enjoyed being able to get to it and relax in it. It was clear from his smile that this was a place he'd return to time and again.

I saw the park's multiple uses being put to good advantage already that afternoon -- hikers, climbers, bikers, strollers.

I spoke with a couple from Miami that I met as we walked past the lake and toward the quarry. They could not get over the immense natural beauty of this new place. They were even more impressed when informed that the citizens of Colorado Springs had agreed to tax themselves in order to enable the acquisition of such open spaces.

As I walked out of the canyon shortly thereafter, I noted that the older gentleman had left his spot on the patio. I smiled. Because of the generosity and foresight that the people of this community have demonstrated, that spot will be there for him whenever he'd like to visit. The Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a fabulous gift from our generation to the future. It is a fine legacy, one we can, and should, be proud of.

-- Mark Cunningham

Colorado Springs

Editor's note: For more on Red Rock Canyon, check out the Outsider on page 10.

Give and give again

For two months, the Department of Social Services has not been able to issue families their needed food and medical resources due to a massive computer problem.

Many of our neighbors, including children, are hungry and in need of help. Please organize and promote over-the-top giving at your churches, places of business and neighborhoods.

Give to Care and Share and local churches that have food storage facilities. Invite your neighbors who are on a tight budget over for dinner, offer to pack their children's school lunches, supply families with baby formula and diapers, and give anonymously by putting groceries on their doorsteps.

Offer to drive them where they need to go in order to get what they need. Grocery stores have gift certificates that you can purchase and give to families as well. With the influx of more folks going hungry, volunteer or give to our soup kitchen.

Whether or not you know someone personally who might be in this situation, please give. Local food banks in our city will be happy to take your donations. Ask your neighbors to contribute to the effort. The need is very great.

-- Chelley Gardner-Smith

Colorado Springs

Put up some lights

If you want to attract people downtown during the holiday season you need to do something more traditional with the decorations.

In the past, they were beautiful and people really enjoyed them. Now, the skimpy light strings up the poles and the silly non-holiday flags are ridiculous. People now do not even realize that the decorations are up.

It is a shame to me that some of the smallest of towns decorate their downtown areas to the nines (you know that they do not have a large budget). Here, we are a large city and do nothing more then a few strings of lights.

In times past people would love to come downtown to see the streetlights and the storefront windows. My best Christmas memory is that of my mom and I going shopping downtown (it was snowing a beautiful large-flake snow) and of how beautiful the real evergreen garland with lights across Tejon was. Some of the stores had music playing in the entryways.

People are not going to be drawn to the downtown area when they can go to the Shops at Briargate where everything is so decorated. It was even nice when the big tree was in the middle of "Busy Corner" (Pikes Peak and Tejon). Since then the decorations have gotten fewer and fewer and now they are almost nonexistent.

-- Helen L. Montoya

Colorado Springs

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