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Not living right

OK, your client pays you to come up with a branding solution. You do, and after your client has "worked at it and worked at it, they get better with what they were trying to do..." ("Young and restless," News, Nov. 24).

"They're trying to do"? Isn't that what the designer's job is? Why should the client do all the work, especially after paying thousands of dollars for the identity? Simply stated, that's what the client pays the designer to do.

The city's new logo/branding is a joke, and it's an embarrassment to our community. Most of all, it's a slam to local talent. There are plenty of creative people here, but boring, clip-art-style solutions like the one Colorado Springs "has to work at" is a testament to the fuddy-duddy mentality our city has yet to let go.

This thinking won't attract young people to come here and stay. It'll drive them out when they see how backward, dated and unwilling the powers that be are to tap into our local resources.

— Rebecca Davis, Davis Creative

Colorado Springs

Most unlistenable

In the Nov. 17 issue, reviewing Lulu by Lou Reed and Metallica, L. Kent Wolgamott says: "Lulu is the worst record ever from either Reed or Metallica."

Ha. Lou established the definition of what is an unlistenable record, "the" album to be referred to in any such context, the album never to be defeated in any all-time worst lists, and he called it Metal Machine Music.

Lulu could only be a distant second to such. Case closed. Permanently.

— Joe Mullally

Colorado Springs

Don't blame the book

Louis Fowler's review of the movie The River Why (CineFiles, Nov. 17) begins, "Based on an acclaimed novel that I pray I never have to read..."

If your reviewer saw a badly written movie about a pompous old man whose two eldest daughters rip him off and another guy gets his eyes put out — would he pray he'd never have to read Shakespeare's King Lear? (Well, maybe he would.) Yes, these characters and events are in the play — but the play is about things like filial relationships, integrity, evil, loyalty, what is meaningful in life ... all in the intensity and depth of Shakespeare's use of language.

Full disclosure: I know the author of the novel, The River Why. I happen to know he was appalled when this movie was being made, and went through a lengthy legal procedure trying to reclaim movie rights from the publisher.

(If there's no reference to the author's name in the movie publicity, it's because his lawsuit managed to keep his name off this travesty.)

It sounds like the movie starts out with shallow caricatures and gets shallower. The novel gets deeper: fishing, lyrical writing, hilarious passages, love interest, quirky characters, salmon ecology, philosophy, all serving the central focus of a spiritual journey.

(Incidentally, this author has received a Lannan Literary Foundation award; another of his books was a National Book Award finalist.)

Given the long history of bad movies based on good books, I'm surprised that your reviewer's accurate assessment of this awful movie led him to assume the book was to blame.

— Pat Musick

Colorado Springs

Our failing grades

Stop putting your money where your mouth is!

We as a nation have been in the Top 10 in spending for education in almost every way for decades. Total dollars, per capita, percent of gross domestic product, etc. We are currently spending over $10,000 per student per year. Our results put us in the Top 40 in some subjects.

The conclusion I come to is:

• Preparing our children for their and our nation's future: F

• Wise use of resources: F

• Politicizing education: A++

In my opinion, an overhaul is not enough. Only starting from ground zero will fix our epic failure.

— Steven Seidner

Pueblo

Occupy what?

I cannot see where this extended Occupy movement ("No permit, no problem," News, Nov. 24) is anything but a waste of time and energy. What does it gain them to get arrested but bad publicity? Has it really changed anything?

The rest of us have stopped buying new clothes; we buy grocery store brands; never eat out at restaurants; we frequent the dollar stores. Supposedly this is not helping the economy, but we have no choice.

Yes, I support only myself. I am old, but since I have no pension I always used the interest from CDs, which now is practically nil.

I liked what my son did when he lost his job here in the Springs several years ago. Every morning he got up and went to work at the food bank doing whatever was necessary. He also helped to build and clean up trails in parks. Any kind of charity.

He kept sending his résumés and was disappointed with no results. So he sold his house and moved a couple of states away, where there were jobs.

— Colleene Johnson

Colorado Springs

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Squeaky wheels

I enjoy Ralph Routon's articles in the Indy, especially "City ignores biggest issue" (Between the Lines, Nov. 10).

Smaller buses might be part of the solution. Then they might be able to have at least one line up here in the north end of town and save on the cost of gasoline to run those giant buses that are half-empty most hours of the day.

My son hasn't been able to find a job for two years. He was forced to move in with me, and if he is lucky enough to find a job, it will mean that I would have to drive him. I am 76, thus would really like to see a bus line somewhere up in this north area. The closest bus line to us is on Academy and Briargate boulevards, which is about a four-mile hike.

I have written to City Council about this problem and e-mailed my councilwoman, Angela Dougan. There is no money proposed in Mayor Bach's 2012 budget for improving our bus services.

The poor folks are the ones who suffer as Tim Leigh proposes a pay raise for City Council members — who all have transportation, I am certain. And better bus service is probably not on their agenda.

Thanks again for your crusade for better bus service for our citizens in Colorado Springs. Please keep up your good reporting.

— Rose Rospierski

Colorado Springs

 

Laws for a good life

Finally, due to ongoing need, here are Nicholl's Laws, Part 3:

• Find a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life.

• If someone asks you to go to war to fight "the enemy," tell them, "You go ahead, I'm staying behind to protect the children."

• If someone says, "God wants you to give," say, "God has a lot more than I have, ask him to give."

• If you work your tush off, you have a chance of a satisfying life; if you don't, you have no chance.

• Never believe the ultra-rich give a damn about you, or care about creating a job for you.

• Never try to fool Mother Nature; she will stomp you like a bug.

• You can learn from the past, you can plan for the future; but you can live only in the now.

• Don't get born again; just grow up!

• Although Aristotle was right when he said, "All things in moderation," sometimes you should moderate your moderation by splurging.

Tape these laws to your refrigerator, and have a superior future.

— Larimore Nicholl

Colorado Springs

Permanent issue

Here we go again with yet another attempt to establish "personhood" for a microscopic group of cells resulting from the human sperm fertilizing the egg. I say this constitutes idolatry, since it elevates the zygote to be more sacred than anything else on the planet.

Never mind women. If their needs conflict in any way with the development of that life, the zygote wins. Never mind children already born. If their existence — food, shelter, education — suffers with the birth of this zygote, the zygote wins.

Make no mistake, this is a religious concept that adherents are trying to legislate. In the early 1960s, Pope Paul VI convened a commission made up of theologians and lay members charged with exploring the Church's options in its approach to birth control, including the then-new oral contraceptives. As revealed in the National Catholic Reporter by Thomas Burch, a lay member, the commission's tacit purpose was to find a way for the Church to approve artificial contraception without undermining Church authority, specifically its moral influence over people and its influence over marital behavior.Although the commission voted that such a change was advisable, in 1968, Paul VI rejected the their findings and published Humanae Vitae, retaining the ban on artificial contraception, establishing "personhood" for the zygote as Catholic doctrine.

In 1975, the Catholic bishops' "Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities" outlined an organized plan for protecting the "unborn child," including a constitutional amendment. This third attempt at a "personhood amendment" in Colorado is clearly part of that plan. Considering the wealth of the Catholic Church, it seems evident we will be fighting this sacred zygote battle every voting cycle.

— Janet Brazill

Colorado Springs

The con is on

It hasn't been surprising to learn that new laws are restricting the pool of eligible voters and making it harder for Americans to cast a ballot ("Fighting suppression," News, Oct. 20). These efforts target the working class, youth and communities of color. These efforts distort democracy and are an embarrassment to our nation.

It does appear obvious that these efforts must be scrutinized closely; special interests are working to manipulate a victory in the 2012 elections. Denver pushed back and brought a halt to the most recent effort to control voting.

What source of fear motivates political entities to make it harder to vote? If a political party has a strong, honest candidate, the public will see the character and quality of the individual and vote accordingly. But con artists are drawn to the lure of power and large incomes. We must aggressively scrutinize voter-rights laws for discriminatory impact, and examine and object to efforts that have a discriminatory effect. We can bring cases where necessary to stop regressive voter laws.

Fair elections are an imperative — where no one's right to vote can be taken away, and money can't buy a member of Congress. Anonymous political and financial influence must be banned. One way is to slam shut the lobbyists' revolving door in D.C. Between 1998 and 2004, more than 2,200 former federal officials became lobbyists, including more than 200 former members of Congress.

I strongly oppose any political group attempting to suppress any vote. Any attempt to manipulate a victory in the 2012 elections is wrong, and the source of these actions must be scrutinized closely.

Preventing voters from doing their civic duty is just plain wrong. Don't let America turn back the clock on the fundamental right to vote.

— Gail Vonderweidt

Alamosa

Correction

Last week's Give! story ("Preservation society") gave incorrect information regarding the "Crime and Punishment in the Pikes Peak Region" exhibit organized by the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The exhibit was canceled. The Independent regrets the error.

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