John Adrian ("Clinton's edge," Letters, March 6) seems to think all the experience Hillary Clinton needs to qualify to be our president is that Bill Clinton was her bedmate. He declares, "Her having shared living quarters and day-to-day life with one of the most popular leaders ever in this country should matter!"
Gee, if I have sex with Hillary, can I have her Senate seat?
Drop the gun
I assume Mike Koehler ("Defending guns," Letters, March 6) possibly works for the Gazette, and we know he packs heat, so not to mess with him. No, in my condition, I am always perplexed and amused, so he will have to deal with it, hopefully not with his gun.
To take care of those in my family "short a full deck of cards," they were kept locked in the cellar, so no problem of going on a rampage. It appears Mr. Koehler's home is protected and God protects my home, but many people are concerned about places like college campuses and national parks.
Wind does work
Reading "Winding up to blows" (News, Feb. 21) reminded me of my letter to you on July 2, 2004, in which I suggested an article on wind energy to better inform our local residents.
Here are a couple excerpts from that letter: "If you go to the Pueblo Chieftain online ... you will find numerous interesting articles on the Lamar wind farm. This is the fifth largest wind generating farm in the world, producing enough power for 54,000 homes annually. ... The wind farm is so successful in the eyes of local residents that the city of Lamar bought four windmills at the same time as the main purchase of turbines, and those four windmills are now producing 40 percent of all the electricity needs for Lamar."
There is little question our plains have significant wind-generating potential. The question is: Why is Colorado Springs Utilities not setting up its own anemometer data collection towers to find our sweet spots?
If the residents of Calhan were to get in touch with some farmers in the Lamar area who lease the footprints for the wind turbines, they might change their mind about the aesthetics and noise levels of wind turbines. Too bad CSU wants to propagate citizen surveys suggesting alternative wind energy is going to cost $20 to $80 more per household per month.
There will be some upfront capital investment, but there are constantly rising maintenance costs associated with coal-fired steam turbines, constantly rising costs for coal and gas (and transportation), along with increasingly stricter regulations on emissions (with other associated costs) versus the cost of pollutionless wind which will forever be free.
As a native of Colorado Springs, I am tired of non-natives coming here and then crying that this is not "utopia." Brian Kerska ("Sad surprise," Letters, Feb. 28) cries about how Colorado Springs needs to become a "more tolerant, all-accepting community of diverse individuals."
In the same letters section, John "Doc" Holiday ("On hooliganism") whines about how the "omnipresent police" have adversely affected a few downtown nightspots. Mr. Holiday somehow implies that if there were not a large presence of police officers, that downtown Colorado Springs would be a lot more "self-disciplined," like Switzerland.
If these other places have such a strong appeal to Messrs. Kerska and Holiday, then they are free to pack and move to their more idyllic worlds. Many of us Colorado Springs natives will be happy to help you pack, and wave goodbye to you.
Shame on us
Notwithstanding the criminality of the torture tactics that we are using: They are being instigated primarily against Iraqis, some who have died from the incarceration and beatings and are offered no chance of proving their innocence.
This is how we show the world our democracy of freedom? How can anyone in this country approve of President Bush's veto of the anti-torture bill that Congress presented him, proving that torture tactics don't work in obtaining information?
These people are being brutalized so badly that they will say anything for the pain to stop. This is a huge shame on our country and we will pay for it. It scares me to think of how that will happen.
Santa Fe, N.M.
Reading the attack by Rich Tosches ("Dusting off Arsenic Acres," Ranger Rich, March 6) on the environmental repair going on at Gold Hill Mesa irritated me. I cannot think of a better way to repair an eyesore, and a health hazard, at private expense, than what is going on at Gold Hill Mesa.
For 60-plus years I have watched the immense clouds of dust from the Golden Cycle smelter tailings cover everything with grit, while many decades of toxic run-off were carried into Fountain Creek. The early leaders of this area burned coal to heat their homes; their cars burned leaded gasoline; they allowed quarries to scar the Front Range and allowed a smelter to be built to "provide employment" for Colorado Springs.
This is what is. Instead of Rich attacking the "developers," he should be thanking them for their community spirit.
Rich could do some good by researching and writing some articles about "problems" instead of solutions. Problems that come to mind are the massive radioactive waste carried into the Colorado River around Grand Junction, or toxic water from mines throughout Colorado going into almost every aquifer daily. Or perhaps the lack of a sewer line up Ute Pass, where lots of houses for over a century have leached sewage into Fountain Creek upstream of Colorado Springs.
A good reporter's duty is to uncover what is wrong and recommend solutions.
David Barton Johnson
Peeling the labels
Regarding the March 6 IQ ("Doing more with less") questions and responses, while the spirit of the questions and responses carried an overall positive message, I couldn't help but be left troubled by language used in both.
Language shapes and reinforces our attitudes toward others. Words used to describe individuals with disabilities must change before these citizens are viewed as equal members of society.
Disability labels focus on what the individual cannot do ("physically impaired") rather than the person's abilities. "People First Language" looks at the individual before the disability. A disability is something that an individual has, not what an individual is. No one wants to be identified by something they cannot do or control.
Notice if you will how much more positive "person with a physical disability" sounds than "physically impaired individual," or "Alex is a young man who is very bright and has autism" versus "high-functioning autistic."
My brother, and many others with physical disabilities, describe their wheelchairs as tools of liberation and not a place where they are confined. Most people I know with disabilities are proud and not ashamed, and they are asking us to use language that reflects that.
This goes far beyond simply being politically correct. Too often, society views people with disabilities through a lens focused on labels, deficits and differences. It is time for us all to see the whole person, first, and listen respectfully to the individual.
A recent review of Pueblo's Park East Restaurant ("Medium well," Appetite, Feb. 28) included the term "brown-edged "Sysco lettuce'" in criticizing the establishment's salads. Sysco does not supply Park East's produce, and we regret indicating otherwise.