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I read last week's article on Salem Communications ("A higher frequency," cover story) and was very impressed. Most, if not all, of your articles concerning Christian organizations are slanted against them, or have at least one negative comment. However, this one was well-written, unbiased and very informative.

When I looked farther into your paper, I saw the anti-Christian slant is still alive and well in the Independent. You have again printed as advertising the ramblings of the Freethinkers. These poor people aren't free thinkers at all. They spend almost all of their time fighting religions, especially the Christian religion. What is their problem, and why are they so obsessed with religions?

And, of course, we always have Kathryn Eastburn. In her movie review of The Chronicles of Narnia ("Symbolic? Secular? Just spectacular," Dec. 15) she couldn't resist making a statement against Christians -- asking if C.S. Lewis would approve of "the vicious and divisive marketing ploys claiming the film for a fundamentalist Christian audience." She must not know that C.S. Lewis was a born-again Christian, and that this series of books and others by him were Christian in nature.

By now, you have probably noticed that I read your paper from cover to cover. I usually do and will continue to do so. However, I continue to be surprised by the anti-Christian comments coming from the Independent. If you only really knew what Christianity is all about and took the time to discover what some of these larger ministries do, you might change your reporting.

For instance, years ago Pat Robertson started a ministry that sends 18-wheel trucks full of supplies to areas that experience disasters. The ministry uses volunteer truck drivers and pays for everything. But no one is reporting this. The media is only interested in reporting on his sometimes-stupid comments.

Keep publishing your paper. It is very informative and interesting, and although I don't agree with much of what I read, I enjoy reading it. We don't have to all agree to get along, and we don't have to be rude in our disagreement with each other.

AIN'T AMERICA GREAT!!

-- Dick Schinke

Colorado Springs

The missing word

Please correct the repeated errors in your article, "Business shuns Tancredo" (News, Jan. 12). You describe Tom Tancredo as a figurehead for the "anti-immigration movement" and his donors to include "controversial anti-immigration activists." The descriptions should not be characterized as anti-immigration but anti-ILLEGAL immigration. What part of the word ILLEGAL is hard to understand?

-- Gerry Wade

Marietta, Ga.

A better person

I enjoyed your Jan. 5 cover story titled "You're sooo Colorado Springs " Some of the comments were funny and others insightful. Others, well

Anyway, it gave me the idea of another article that might be titled "You're so Indy." With apologies to casual readers, you're so Indy if

You absolutely hate all those right-wing hate-mongers.

You believe in horoscopes, crystals and channeling, but think religious people are insane.

You believe SUVs are ruining the planet, but have no problem with environmentalist celebrities who use more energy in one cross-country jaunt in their private jet than the average SUV uses in a year.

You celebrate the diversity of each and every person in the world who agrees with you.

A big part of your identity is made up of the fact that you're an outnumbered liberal in the vast cultural wasteland that is Colorado Springs. You constantly criticize the city but for some reason refuse to leave to a more hospitable place.

You moved here from someplace like New Jersey and ever since have complained about all the growth.

You feel entitled to mock all the locals that don't live up to your enlightened standards for dress, choice of vehicle, choice of shopping venue, etc.

You subconsciously take pride in the fact that you're a better person than all those common people you are forced to share the freeway with.

I hope you will print this. Perhaps there are a few others in this right-wing, Nazi, Snopesian, hateful community that might have a few comments of their own.

-- Craig Anderson

Colorado Springs

Hang on tight

I have a dream ... It began at the Stock Show.

The People of Colorado, will rise up.

You can feel it in the air.

You can hear it all across our great state

And you can see it at the Stock Show.

We, the people, are taking charge of our government.

We will defend our Constitutional Rights to

"acquire, possess and protect our property."

Our Legislators will be listening.

And we will be sending a loud clear message.

Hundreds of thousands of signatures from the People,

will put the Citizens Initiative on the ballot in November.

Bills that protect our properties, our right to seek safety

and happiness will be passed.

Vetoes will be overridden.

Get to the polls early -- November voter turnout will be massive.

The People's Amendment to the Constitution will put

a stop to Eminent Domain for Economic Gain.

We will elect the candidates that will work for the people.

All other candidates will tremble and fall at the polls.

We are ecstatic to announce 8,948 signatures in the first nine days.

theccpr.com was getting 3,000 hits a day over the weekend.

Hang on tight everyone, it is going to be a great ride.

The Town Hall Meetings are about to start, the signing has just begun.

-- Kathy and Tom Fauth

Elizabeth

No respect

As a sometimes-bicycle rider, I've been forced to use the streets, with or without bicycle lanes. It can be scary. Dodging the vehicles can turn what should a pleasant ride into an experience only equaled by a terror-filled thrill ride at Six Flags. Bicyclists simply are not seen by the motorists. Plus, we are the Rodney Dangerfields of the street -- we don't get no respect.

The Colorado Springs metro area has thousands of miles of virtually unused sidewalks. Currently, it is illegal to ride bicycles on them. Why not change the law to allow bicyclists to use them and end the suicidal/kamikaze attempts to compete with 3,000-pound vehicles? It could be written to give pedestrians the right of away to avoid pedestrian-bicyclist issues. It would be safer and saner for all. A bicyclist can be hard to see, and even well-meaning drivers have bad days.

Throughout the United States, bicyclists are prohibited from riding on sidewalks, yet tens of thousands of miles of sidewalks go unused. It doesn't make sense, especially when trying to promote a healthy, environmentally conscious and fuel-conserving transportation mode.

Motor vehicles aren't going away anytime soon, so let's provide a safe separation between the two.

-- Robert Hardcastle

Woodland Park

Unmitigated disaster

I acknowledge the near impossibility of coordinating (timing) the traffic lights in this town.

That said, and with all due respect to the traffic engineering department, traffic system engineering in this town is an unmitigated disaster and has been for several years. These are some of the specific areas where I believe significant improvements could be effected:

Illogically long cycle times of some traffic lights, even when there is no opposing cross traffic.

Left turn arrows that activate on every cycle, even when there is no traffic waiting to turn left.

Signals on many minor intersections that could be and should be switched to flashing yellow during late evening and early morning hours.

Four-lane streets with 30 mph limits, when a couple of blocks away on the same street, the limit is 35 mph. A 30 mph speed limit on a four-lane street is inane to begin with, and there is no obvious difference in the street character between the 30 mph and 35 mph zones.

I have concluded that the traffic engineers are either woefully incompetent or that they are willful participants in a conspiracy with City Council to implement a traffic system that will maximize the amount of fines collected from the citizens.

One might logically conclude that the police department is part of the conspiracy. While they should be focusing more of their attention to school zones and red-light runners, they are sitting at the bottom of hills, operating speed traps on those inane 30 mph streets. I guess that you can't fault the cops, they are simply doing what they are ordered to, even though they must realize that their actions are illogical.

Another side effect is that traffic flow is so obstructed that more gasoline is used, and that increases local tax revenues even further.

Frankly, were I the mayor, I would be tempted to summarily fire the entire traffic engineering department.

-- Milton E. Woodham

Colorado Springs

Start learning Chinese

The intelligent design controversy is further evidence of the dumbing down of America. Remember the last time religion intruded itself into science, when the church condemned Galileo for teaching that the Earth revolved around the sun? How did that turn out?

During the Middle Ages, the Muslim countries were the leaders in science and mathematics. Why did this change so drastically? In a nutshell, we had the Renaissance, and they did not. The Western world began the scientific revolution when it rejected supernatural explanations and sought natural causes that would be amenable to testing and verification, the essence of science. This tradition has served us so well, why would we want to abandon it now and give up this inestimable advantage?

You cannot simply redefine science by allowing the possibility of supernatural agents. To do so would be to utterly destroy science, because the possibility of logical inference disappears.

If a supernatural agent is free to intervene and override natural laws at any point, then how are the great unifying principles underlying science possible? There would be no consistency of results and no possibility of logically supporting or refuting the claims of another, so scientific progress would stop.

If we start mixing science and religion in the public schools, then we put ourselves on a slippery slope that could ultimately undermine the enormous technological capability that makes us the world's only superpower.

If we go down this path, then you had better make sure that your children and grandchildren start learning Chinese, because they will live in a world in which America has unilaterally disarmed itself in the struggle for scientific and technological supremacy.

-- James J. Amato

Woodland Park

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