Bach's Myers mistake
It was not college professors who were lecturing us at the Colorado Springs Police Department Citizens Academy, but the heads of the various units who were equally as fluent in their descriptions of their duties. To say that we were impressed is an understatement.
But the most impressive was Chief Richard Myers, when he related how he expected his police force to respond to the general public in a respectful, impartial manner.
When he expected them to do the same with anyone they had cause to arrest, we realized that this was a man with extremely high standards. We would not be seeing videos of police beating suspects, as had been shown on TV and recorded in newspapers in other cities.
The firing of Chief Myers is one of Mayor Bach's worst decisions, and perhaps one he should rescind and issue an apology. I am not alone in this assessment; to lose this fine man would be a great loss to Colorado Springs.
— Colleene Johnson
The new catapult
In your article regarding protests by local peace activists ("Stop the killing," News, Oct. 6), Bill Sulzman is quoted as saying that the use of space for military purposes is "particularly despicable" because "It makes it easier to do, because you don't have to put yourself in harm's way."
Mr. Sulzman misses the point of changes in military technology since the invention of the spear thrower — the ability to hurt your enemy while minimizing his ability to hurt you.
Every new weapon has been accused of being "cowardly" because it could kill at a distance. The French knights at the Battle of Agincourt (1415) considered English archers to be cowardly because they used weapons that could kill at a distance greater than a sword or lance. Catapults, bows, artillery, aircraft and missiles have all been attempts to harm the enemy while keeping yourself safe.
The use of space to communicate reliably over great distances, to control drones, and to provide accurate GPS locations is simply an extension of the same goal and is no more or less "despicable" than any other technological advance.
Incidentally, actual weapons are prohibited from space by international treaty. What Sulzman and the other activists are protesting is the use of satellites for military communications.
— George Monsson
Vote against 2B
Vote "Yes" on 2B (Endorsements, Oct. 13) and lose the only financing mechanism in place for Memorial.
Vote "No" on 2B and keep the only financing mechanism in place for Memorial.
If 2B passes in this election, the city of Colorado Springs will still be on the hook for any financial aid required for Memorial Health System. The difference is that now it would come out of the general fund, causing the city to suffer larger shortfalls in future revenues.
If 2B fails and Memorial is placed in a deficit position, the property tax (which has never been imposed) will be a small price to pay in comparison to the loss of Memorial.
Please, think people, what the City Council is asking. Are you willing to give up "our" hospital?
— Gary Casimir
Two contributors to your Oct. 13 letters, Georgeanne Nelson and Rebecca Walker, have some delightfully utopian ideas to improve the national (Nelson) and local (Walker) economies. While I'm sure both are well-intentioned, their proposals simply aren't grounded in reality.
Nelson would have Obama forgive "the outrageous student loan debt that burdens thousands." Well, didn't these former and current students willingly accept this debt, knowing the terms and conditions? I certainly did when I was granted these loans, and although it's a personal hardship, I accept the responsibility and have adjusted my budget accordingly.
If a financial burden becomes too cumbersome, you stop borrowing and find the means to repay the loan before incurring additional expenses. And what exactly would lenders do to recoup these losses, which easily total billions? The rest of society would absorb them.
Walker would have us "give" the homeless, or those on the cusp, places to live. Wow, what an incredible display of philanthropy, and how generous she is with other people's property! Maybe we can start more basically (and frugally), giving cars to those who don't have them. Actually, why not give them to those who do, since we should be fair, and the spirit of benevolence is ideally infectious and all-encompassing.
And what of those who've devoted their capital, resources, etc., to own cars? Guess they'll have to take the fiscal hit, perhaps finding themselves in the same situations as those they're gifting their properties to, which is OK in the end, 'cause after all, it's the right thing to do.
Both proposals look great as pipe dreams, but physically applying them would only transfer financial burdens from one group to another, or several. Then again, isn't that the whole idea behind "income redistribution"? (Amazing how the root agenda always comes to the fore.)
— Jeff Faltz
Real change, right now
I am so excited about Americans Elect and the prospect of changing the current election system so we the people actually get to elect a president who lives up to what they say. I look forward to finding someone who is not motivated by lobbyists and special interest groups, but who is motivated to get this country back on track.
We have an opportunity here to do something big, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. In elections past, I have found myself simply voting for the "lesser of the two evils." I haven't found someone yet who I really feel is going to do the job we elected them to do. I also look forward to possibly using this same process for congressional and senatorial elections, and then maybe we can see some real change we can believe in.
It's time for people of all parties to stand together for the good of the country. We all have to remember that in reality we are not Republican or Democrat; we are all Americans, and that's how we should run our country. If you are interested in learning more, go to americanselect.com and join the movement.
— Anna L. Moore
What a ray of hope, that maybe we the 99 percent can actually bring on American Revolution II, and restore (not merely pretend to have) liberty, justice, peace, jobs with just wages for all who want and need them, return of the rule of law, the right for any and all properly aged citizens to vote and have that vote honestly counted, etc., etc.
As a fully supportive participant in the movement here in Colorado Springs (along with the movement nationwide, dedicated to real change and inclusive of protesters of all and no political parties, determined young, middle-aged and older members of the 99 percent), I have stood daily with the wonderful group of "we've had enough — time for real change" protesters in downtown Acacia Park, holding signs, chanting and getting oh-so-encouraging honks and thumbs-up from countless passing cars, trucks, fire trucks, bikers and pedestrians.
No big surprise, the accusations of being "un-American" (not hardly) and unfocused come from the threatened, greedy and power-addicted 1 percent and their minions.
Whose streets? Our streets! That is our truthful change that we are and must remain dedicated to spreading, in New York and, in spite of ersatz Christians yelling in our faces, here in not-always-so-beautiful Colorado Springs.
— Rita Walpole Ague
Let's think solar
Colorado has been a coal-mining state far too long. We as Coloradans brag that even with the snow we get a great number of sunny days each year.
Solar power isn't the only or even the very best way to create energy for all Americans. Some places would do better with wind or water power. Solar has its problems. But those problems have radically diminished since solar power became a true topic of interest in the 1960s and '70s, and since private and public funds started trickling in to research this natural, clean and unlimited energy resource.
It's an industry that, invested in, can create seven times more jobs than investing in dangerous and dirty energy such as coal.
— Lee St. John
Food Day's purpose
Oct. 24 is Food Day, a day designated for Americans to come together and "push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way." People can best commemorate Food Day by asking grocery stores and restaurants to offer more vegan foods.
Vegan foods not only taste great, they're also cholesterol-free and generally low in fat and calories. If you eat vegetables, beans, rice, tofu, nuts, pasta, and other inexpensive and versatile vegan foods, you won't have to shell out extra money for statins, blood pressure pills, or other health-care costs that result from eating fatty, cholesterol-laden cheeseburgers, fried chicken and milkshakes.
You can also help save the environment — and animals — by choosing plant-based foods. According to a 2010 United Nations report, vegan foods require fewer resources and cause lower emissions than meat and dairy products. Each vegan spares more than 100 animals every year.
So, celebrate Food Day with a bowl of lentil soup, some hearty vegetarian chili, or a piece of pumpkin spice cake. Visit PETA.org or follow @PETA on Twitter for free vegan recipes and healthy eating tips.
— Heather Moore
They say it's never too soon to start Christmas shopping. I'm flush this year, so I wanted to send something to the big-name notables of our city. Here's a preliminary list for the naughty and nice:
For Mayor Bach: a scepter.
For Douglas Bruce: a date with the IRS, and a trip to Pennsylvania.
For former unelected City Councilor Sean Paige: a large autographed photo of himself, and a gift certificate at Quick Coif Hair Salon.
For Rev. Don Armstrong: a used 2008 Ford Escape, and the phone number of a debt consolidation company.
For Gazette editorialist Wayne Laugesen: a year's subscription to Hollow-Point Ammo Magazine.
For Mary Lou Makepeace: the renaming of America the Beautiful Park to Makepeace Park (with perpetual maintenance).
For County Commissioner Peggy Littleton: a bit part in the next Adam Sandler movie.
For syndicated columnist and local resident Michelle Malkin: a case of Southern Comfort, a set of relaxation tapes and a CD of The Complete Collection of Perry Como Easy Listenin'.
For all AFA cadets and Fort Carson soldiers: world peace.
— Larimore Nicholl
Read up, brothers
I would like to commend Chet Hardin for the story "God before country" (cover story, Sept. 22). I appreciated the many strands he has presented, and how he dealt with the complexity of our theological understandings in this topic with objectivity. I am not sure who will read this story, but I sure hope more of my Christian brothers and sisters read it and become educated about the issue of immigration from a theological/biblical perspective.
I look forward to reading more of your writings in the future.Peace!
— Saulo Padilla, Director
Immigration Education Office
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.