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Your recent article on "Mixed blessings" (cover story, Nov. 10) about the proposed non-accredited Bible college that Andrew Wommack Ministries wants to bring to Woodland Park was distressing. I, for one, am all in favor of being tolerant of others who have "evolved" beyond hurtful biblical literalism. Unfortunately, Wommack's view that "homosexuality reduces a person's life 200 percent more than cigarette smoking," leaves me coughing with disbelief.
I am sure the good citizens in the "City Above the Clouds" would not want the equivalent of a toxic waste dump pooled with prejudice in their own backyard. Colorado Springs is finally beginning to put its "focus" on values promoting business and family values for all of God's children. When Wommack's proposal runs out of gas again because of public disdain for antiquated thinking, the sham of bringing someone back to life outside of the sacred narrative of Jesus will stay dead.
— Rev. David L. Hunting
Community Congregational Church
It always amuses me how people won't let facts confuse their opinions!
My question to the letter-writers from Fountain and Woodland Park is, "Did you read David Morris' and Jim Hightower's articles (cover story package, Nov. 3) or just dismiss them because they don't agree with your thinking?"
The facts are, the richest 1 percent have had their taxes reduced over the last 10 years while unemployment has consistently risen in the U.S. The jobs these folks and their corporations are creating are not American jobs, but overseas jobs at slave wages.
Record numbers of Americans cannot afford health care or insurance. Yet the CEOs of United Health, Aetna and Cigna continue to receive millions of dollars each year in salary and bonuses. Approximately 20 percent of what people pay in premiums for private insurance goes for "administrative fees" and other non-medical expenditures, while the government fee to administer Medicare runs about 2 percent.
I question whose "economic ignorance, stupidity and hypocrisy" the Fountain letter-writer is talking about, or does this person get all her economic knowledge from FOX News and Rush Limbaugh?
Socialism is not destroying Europe, and socialism is not communism. Do you not believe in public schools, libraries, police/fire protection, public works and national parks, just to name a few?
Europe's economy is being taken down by the very thing that is destroying our country: corporate greed! Providing free health care and education for their citizens is peanuts compared to the credit default swaps and bad mortgage bundling that European countries invested in.
In this country we all have the freedom to listen and read what we want. However, let us ingest some facts along the way instead of the brainwashing that people like Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers feed us.
— Elaine Brush
Prodding the Occupiers
Recent letters to the editor have denounced Jim Hightower and the Occupy Wall Street movement as socialist. Nothing could be further from the truth.
All they are doing is begging for the richest capitalists to share a few crumbs that will never be missed from their tables. The most liberal (not socialist) proposals have asked for no more than a fraction of a single, solitary percentage point on earnings above $1 million — and this is what some people call class warfare and socialism? A true socialist revolution — or a communist revolution, if you prefer that terminology — would impose a 100 percent tax on all capitalist earnings and property!
Nevertheless, if you want to promote a socialist revolution, keep attacking the reasonable demands of desperate fellow Americans as socialist. Right now the very idea horrifies most of them, and the Occupy movement has been hard at work steering a course that does not tack that far to the left. But keep on calling them socialists, and sooner or later they will start to think there might be something to that after all, particularly if they find that there is no hope for peaceful change under the present system.
What will happen next is anybody's guess.
— Harry Katz
Let's be realistic
I am sure that Joan Christensen ("Down on OWS," Letters, Nov. 10) doesn't like the Occupy Wall Street movement, but she needs to get her facts straight. After attacking Jim Hightower for sympathizing with them, she goes on to list every hot-button "-ism" which she can recall.
First of all, communism and fascism are opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of their treatment of workers. Fascism wanted to empower the corporations, and communism wanted to replace corporate leaders with direct government management.
During World War II, several major German corporations such as IG Farben had factories just outside the death camps to take advantage of the large number of cheap and expendable laborers. To me, the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court sounds more like fascism. Allowing large corporations to funnel unregulated money into the political parties is something that the Nazis would've loved. One of the Nazi leadership (I think it may have been Goering) once said that fascism was actually more like "corporatism" than anything else, as it exalted the supporting corporations.
I support OWS because it actually values people who just want fair access to jobs. It isn't the common wage-earners that want to see entire factories being exported to other countries while their owners reap record profits and demand endless tax reductions in return.
Joan, it actually is about greed.
— Donald Pelton
Our 1 percent
Let's break down a vastly generalized El Paso County: 99 percent use Middle East oil to get to work, 1 percent commute by bike or public transportation; 99 percent work in the service sector, 1 percent make something (the landscaper pays the barber who pays the stripper who pays the babysitter ... ad infinitum); 99 percent refuse to clean toilets or pick lettuce, 1 percent want to electrocute someone willing to jump a fence for that same privilege; 99 percent dine in the drive-thru, 1 percent are vegan.
Meanwhile, four full-time malcontents squabble over who is king of Acacia Park (while OWS and the tea party avoid a definitive leader). We have no one to blame but ourselves, for the weak enslave themselves. The biggest difference between us and the Syrians is they woke up. Hunger has a way of messing with your sleeping patterns.
I remember an America known for production of the finest goods on Earth. A country sensitive to violence on TV. A nation that would never even consider subsidizing an enemy of the state. A wide expanse of farmland that fed the world nutritious food.
Stop blaming greedy financiers for all your woes and simultaneously holding up capitalism as the greatest system on Earth. Make a choice. Supposing you choose the latter, pool your collective talents and hire each other. Surely you gained some marketable skills in return for your student-loan debt. You can always join a union that actually makes something while pulling down a living wage. Nobody put a gun to your head when you bought that house in 2006 with no money down.
— Kenton Lloyd
It was welcomed that the Independent, standard-bearer of our local mainstream media, provided an extended article on Occupy Wall Street (Nov. 3), the cover mask notwithstanding. The primary perspective offered by the author, though, pitted the tired angle of some group vs. another. That is not really what is going on across the nation or the world.
This is an era of growing grassroots activism dating to the 1990s, followed by the Obama phenomenon and the tea party. Those were much more Astroturf-type with a defined hierarchy than genuine grassroots. But my first-person knowledge of OWS offers a deeper perspective.
OWS is not some cookie-cutter political movement. If you are game enough to visit our version or Denver's, OWS activists are far more independent, with anarchist principles toward the modern organization, where they hold to non-hierarchical forms that are expressed in direct democracy, and direct political action.
OWS is about a moral outrage, about people, especially from the middle class, who played by the rules but now are losing hope for their future. Almost universally they possess a feeling that the "whole system" has failed, and a conviction that even modern democracy's sacred electoral process will not set things right. Contrary to the tea party, which was a reaction, OWS is for real and much bigger.
While the wealthy and their corporations can use unlimited money to amplify their views, back down on the street police will not allow even esteemed economists to address OWS with a megaphone, or allow 24/7 protests on public land. The contrast is stark with our over-regulated democracy and de-regulated banks. It is now obvious to most Americans that our economy and political system are broken because our republic is ruled by big money, not by its human citizens.
— Bob Nemanich
I heard Herman Cain say on the news that the Democrats were making up the accusations of his inappropriate sexual advances toward women. Give me a break. It has been known for years that the Republicans are the party that pays people to come forward with accusations (true or false).
Don't believe me? Read Blinded By the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative by David Brock.
Besides, why would the Democrats come after him now with negative attacks, when he is not even the candidate yet! It is members of his own party who are attacking him now, and he is too dull to realize it. He can say "nein, nein, nein" all he wants and blame the left, but it is the sneaky right that dug out the dirt on Cain to prevent him from getting the GOP nomination. If it had been the left, they would have waited until next September to release the dirt.
— Jane Madden
Cain to Tebow
I have a problem with the way our nation has evolved into using the news media to attack people before there is any real proof of the supposed story. One is the attack on Herman Cain when he finally became a threat to the election.
I am not a Cain voter, but he was completely bombarded by the press after claiming he was not at fault. The accusations of sexual harassment were many years ago, and had been settled out of court with no criminal charges. It is wrong to use these tactics to harm a person's reputation in this way.
Now we are attacking Joe Paterno, formerly of Penn State, without having the faintest idea of how he handled the child sexual assault problem, by saying if he did what the college required he may have been legally OK but morally wrong. This kind of reporting is the same used by people who don't care about innocent until proven guilty.
Please stop this assassination process. They also attacked Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow when it was really the press that showed him praying and carried it on from there. Athletes pray all over the sports world, and the media don't follow up on them.
— Rodney E. Hammond
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