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Joined at the hip

I read and enjoyed your June 23 cover article about anxiety-ridden parents. The one thing that jumped out at me as incongruous, however, was author Beth Hawkins' link between stressed-out parents and the "attachment parenting philosophy."

Attachment parenting is about establishing a very secure relationship with your infant from the beginning. It involves a lot of holding, feeding on demand, not letting the baby cry to sleep, etc. That security is so important to form when a baby is not cognitively developed enough to understand that "you just can't have it your way all the time." You just can't spoil an infant.

In my experience, attachment parenting leads to more secure children who are more independent because they know that the basic needs will always be met. These children do better, try more, succeed more because their foundation is strong.

I do not see a link between attachment parenting and micromanaging your child through an indoor playground. It's a shame Ms. Hawkins had to drag this very beautiful parenting philosophy through the mud in her otherwise well-written article.

-- Megan Foss

Colorado Springs

Free offer

A few weeks ago, it was announced that a plan to reprogram the traffic signals throughout town would soon be presented to City Council. I laughed out loud when a local newscaster said, "It will be two years before motorists start to notice a difference."

The city seems to think that starting to fix this problem in two years is a marvelous achievement. This perfunctory plan seems, to me at least, to have many problems, the biggest being that by the time they get around to reprogramming the lights, the population will have grown -- and with it, the amount of cars on the road -- and the city will be starting over with a new two-year plan to reprogram the lights yet again.

Now, before the city pays an advertising agency thousands of our taxpayer dollars to come up with a name as elegant as COSMIX, I'll offer them one for free. I propose COSDAP, or Colorado Springs Delayed Action Plan. Or, perhaps a new slogan: "The City of Colorado Springs, solving today's problems, 730 days later."

-- Ryan M. Lowery

Colorado Springs

Greed and deception

This letter is for the Roadless Rule Task Force, which will be delegating what happens to our 4.4 million acres of national forests in Colorado this August.

While the multi-billion dollar corporations, such as the timber and oil industries, wish the public to believe that opening the national forests for complete and disgusting destruction will enhance Colorado's economy, it is a lie.

Thirteen percent of Colorado's job economy derives from our national forests and the tourism industry that follows. One percent of our job economy is supported by the extraction industry, which wishes to extract natural gas from the Rocky Mountains.

Last time I checked, Colorado had a water supply problem. In fact, ever since I was born here in Boulder, there have been serious water shortage crises. However, in order for the oil and gas industries to extract natural gas from the earth, it uses billions of gallons of water.

It's pure greed and power that makes the timber and extraction industries think it's OK to use propaganda and deception to influence the public to open our last third of national forest in Colorado.

-- Robyn Gulley Boulder

Don't buy that house

I just read that the Supreme Court has ruled cities may now seize people's homes for the sake of development if the development is deemed to be beneficial to the economic growth of the city. Thus ends property rights in the United States, and I will now rethink buying that new home. After all, how long will it be before some developer convinces our City Council that we need yet one more development in Colorado Springs? It seems that developers are more in control of our cities than the citizens are.

Another thought comes to mind: Everyone appears to be extremely worried that our president will be seating new Supreme Court justices. It looks as if we should be concerned about the justices that are seated now.

-- Garry Estep

Colorado Springs

Gazette bad

Since Gazette editorial page editor Sean Paige contends (as he did on July 10) that we should abridge our First Amendment rights of peaceful assembly and redress of grievances to the government when foreign dignitaries visit The Broadmoor, I wonder how far he would go with that thinking.

Would he abridge the prohibition against establishing a religion for them?

Would he give up our right to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures on their behalf?

Would he throw out his own right to a free press for their benefit?

Too late!

"Free speech zones" have replaced the First Amendment right to peaceful assembly and redress of grievances. Ten undercover CSPD officers replaced the protection against unreasonable searches at The Broadmoor. Jailed journalists, embedded reporters and canned news from the White House have replaced the free press.

And we all know what Dobson, Falwell and the theocrats would do about establishing a state-sanctioned religion in this country.

With all the fear-based reactionary rhetoric, police actions and court cases that have taken place in this country since Sept. 11, 2001, the above Constitutional rights are either threatened, going or gone!

-- Mark Lewis

Colorado Springs

Gazette good

I seldom find myself in agreement with any of the editorials in The Colorado Springs Gazette, so I surprised myself when I found much truth in their recent offering titled "Courting Confusion" (June 29). I thought the last sentence was of special interest when it stated, "Perhaps the United States needs to adopt an 11th Commandment (informally, of course): 'Thou shalt not leave every decision to the Supreme Court.'" How true.

Just think if this "commandment" had been in place when it came time to decide the 2000 presidential election outcome! I believe that we would have avoided a great deal of death, destruction and suffering for not only the people of the United States, but also for the population of Iraq.

-- Bob Armintor

Colorado Springs

No offense to the turnip

I'm sure we're all shocked, if not surprised, at the multiple July 7 bombings of the London transportation system. History obviously hasn't taught these terrorists that such violence focused towards the British people only serves to strengthen their resolve.

My sympathies go out to all those who suffered loss and injury in these events. Watching the news coverage from the G8 conference only made me more doubtful as to our government's ability to deal with such people.

Listening to Mr. Bush speak in conjunction with the leaders of the European countries was frightening. Mr. Bush's use of the word "are" when he meant to say "our," his use of the soft "a" in front of words beginning with vowel sounds and his fragmented speech left me wondering just what it was he was trying to say. It made me think he just fell off the turnip truck (no offense meant to the much-maligned turnip).

How we can expect our leaders to operate our government, build our economy and end this senseless war in Iraq when our president can't even string three words together is beyond me.

This, in conjunction with the recent decision resulting in the jailing of reporters for refusing to reveal their sources, which only decreases the ability of the free press to keep the American public informed of corruption in our government, makes me wonder just how far this administration is willing to go in the destruction of our individual rights.

Let us not forget that the principal duty of all Americans is to ensure and protect the right of free expression to the dissenting opinion. For if you dishonor their rights, what makes you think yours won't be next?

-- Zo Topper

Colorado Springs

Price to pay

In light of the most recent carefully staged and timely terrorist attacks in London, along with growing violence and deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, how safe should we feel? How effective is international and homeland security? How should we feel about our costly institutions of protection, the CIA, the Pentagon and our leaders?

At this time in our history, I would say we're in serious trouble. Never before have we gone so far against our basic values, our Constitution and democracy. Never before have we been so divided with the rest of the world.

And there will be a price to pay. Satan must be laughing all the way to the bank, on the backs of deluded evangelical Christians.

-- Sharlene White

Colorado Springs

It's a big lie

President Bush put the war he conned us into and Saddam Hussein together in the same speech last week. It's condemnation through association, and he convinced about 80 percent of the American people that Saddam had something to do with 9/11. Well, it's a big lie.

Bush, in a dramatic speech, has said, "We can't wait for the mushroom cloud," knowing that Iraq had no yellow cake to build a bomb because the CIA told him so.

It makes me very sad to read every day of the wounding and dying of our boys, with thousands of casualties. On top of that, it set up a climate where thousands of innocent Iraqis are dying.

The right wing went crazy about President Clinton's lying about sex. They never say anything about President Bush, who lied to us and sent us into a war.

-- Irwin MacLeod

Colorado Springs

Accountability now!

Iraq is no closer to stability than it was a year ago. Things keep getting worse every week. More than 1,700 Americans have been killed and more than 12,000 wounded.

I feel that our Mr. Bush is accountable.

The U.S. occupation is fueling a growing insurgency. Our presence is exacerbating the problem. There are tens of thousands of insurgents backed by hundreds of thousands of supporters.

George W. Bush is responsible.

We got into this war based on lies. It's time to get out the right way. The first step is to realize that the Bush policy is out of touch with reality.

George W. Bush is to be held accountable.

We need a real exit plan with a real timeline providing real accountability for our leaders. We need to turn control of the training of Iraqi forces and the rebuilding of Iraq to the international community. And we must renounce permanent military bases in Iraq because that angers the Iraqi people.

Too many have died and will continue to die under this administration. Die for a lie? I don't think so. We must hold the liars accountable.

-- Richard Rhodes

Colorado Springs

Horrible folly

Would it have been better to use our 130,000 troops to seal off our borders and to upgrade our own hospitals, roads, schools and power grids?

But, oh no, Bush thought it best to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and to murder 100,000 innocent Iraqis. Not to mention killing over 1,700 of our best servicemen and women, plus wasting a billion dollars per week with his horrible folly.

I guess that Bush, in his perverse way, did avenge his father. Our future generations will pay for the Bush mistakes and debt.

What would Christ have done?

-- Leon Rodriguez

Denver

Pop a pill

I got the Bomber Bait Blues,

Feel I'm being used.

Am I a tool or a "stool"

For Democracy?

Got a car door in my chest,

Went clean right through my vest,

Could use right now someone from

A Theocracy (a priest?)

Saddam Hussein was Bush's boy,

We played him like a toy,

Hey, wake up and smell

The hypocrisy

With all the dollars blown away

Social Security could be saved,

What we've got ourselves is a

Loonocracy!!!!

Chorus:

Way Ho, that's just the way it goes,

You're just a number, just a cog in

the wheel.

And if it sticks in your craw,

Just do like Rush Limbaugh,

Put your feet up,

Pour a drink,

And pop a pill!!!

-- Steve Luera

Colorado Springs

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