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Oh, my goddess

First the Indy loses Ranger Rich. Then you decide (inexplicably) to do maybe one movie review every five or six weeks at most — completely eliminating the DVD reviews/recommendations. Things that made picking up the Independent (almost) worth it every week.

Now just about the last thing that is interesting and funny in your publication is Amy Alkon. The Advice Goddess is smart, insightful and generally dead-on with her responses — usually to people as ignorant as some Indy letter-writers.

If the Independent were to abandon the only entertaining column left in its weekly left-wing rag ... I guess there isn't a damn thing I could do about it.

At least I could still read Amy online and your paper would be degraded by the loss.

— Mark Heim

Colorado Springs

In defense of Amy

There is a certain barber on the west side who is also a vociferous critic of the Advice Goddess. Amy calls people out for their selfish, largely unconscious, behavior.

I suppose if you approach relationships from an egalitarian perspective, you will enjoy her "take no prisoners" attitude. However, if you are mired in the old ways (abusive, controlling, romantic views inspired by Hallmark) you would be correct in viewing her presence on this planet as a threat. Amy, you go girl!

— Kenton Lloyd

Colorado Springs

Editor's note: When forced to choose, we prioritize locally produced columns ahead of syndication. The Advice Goddess returns this week.

Breakthrough?

My sincere congratulations to John Hazlehurst for being able to actually get an answer from Congressman Doug Lamborn's office on anything ("Salvaging our artistic roots," City Sage, Sept. 9). I have emailed his office three times requesting information on an ADA-related matter, and the four responses I have received have been three form-letter "Thank you for your email" emails and a request for a campaign contribution prior to the 2014 election.

I guess when you have the safest seat in the House, you do not have to actually represent your constituents.

— Tom DeLorey

Colorado Springs

Time to rally

Considering false claims against Planned Parenthood, we're inviting all progressive folks to join us in a Stand for Planned Parenthood Rally at our only PP clinic in Colorado Springs. The event will be Friday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. near the Professional Building sign at 3470 Centennial Blvd. This is the northwest corner of Centennial and the entrance road to Planned Parenthood.

Progressives in Colorado Springs need to show we don't agree with or condone the lies and methods of The Center for "Medical" Progress, 40 Days for Life, AbortionNO.com and the abolitionist movement. These organizations regularly gather near Planned Parenthood to display hateful signs, push their anti-choice agenda and interfere with people using the clinic's services.

They and their congressional cronies intend to close down PP and take away women's access to health care, birth control and other services.

Come join us with your own sign or use one of ours. Even a half-hour of carrying a sign to support PP and women's rights will show that intelligent, reasonable people are standing strong for Planned Parenthood on Sept. 25!

— Perry and Irene Luckett

Colorado Springs

Backing Bennet

To Sen. Michael Bennet: As executive director of Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, I thank you for saying you will vote to support the Comprehensive P5+1 Nuclear Agreement with Iran, because it will more likely prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon than the plausible alternatives.

I have read your press release dated Sept. 4 and appreciate that you took the time to do an exhaustive review of the agreement and a lengthy consultation process. I understand this was not an easy decision to make, because even though Iran will be strictly monitored, we also have to hope and trust that they will comply with the agreement.

Those opposed say Iran might still be able to manufacture a nuclear weapon in secret because you can't trust Iran. This may be true, but this agreement puts limitations on their ability, provides outside monitoring and opens the door to a more trustful relationship. Lifting the trade sanctions could also promote greater cultural exchange and understanding among Iran and other nations — hopefully leading to friendship and peace.

PPJPC's mission is to promote peace and justice for all. Your vote of support for this agreement contributes to our vision of a more peaceful world. Thanks for all you are doing to make our state and country a better, safer place to live.

— Scott Olson

Executive director, PPJPC

Choosing nonviolence

Contrary to widely held beliefs, nonviolence is a more effective change agent than violence. Between 1900 and 2006 "nonviolent resistance campaigns [worldwide] were nearly twice as likely to achieve full or partial success as their violent counterparts," according to Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Denver, associate senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, and co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.

Nonviolent campaigns succeeded against "democracies and non-democracies, weak and powerful opponents, conciliatory and repressive regimes."

Furthermore, violent campaigns led to civil war accompanied by stunted economic and political development. Contrastingly, nonviolent campaigns led to democratic conditions, civil peace, economic growth, and government accountability and responsiveness toward its citizens five times more often than violent ones.

In sum, impeccable research reveals that violence begets violence; it legitimizes oppression and injustice. Contrastingly, taking a firm stand against injustice without the use of force legitimizes the rule of law and justice. As Sidney Tarrow found back in 1989, nonviolent campaigns are good for democracy because they force governments to take seriously citizens' demands and motivate citizens to participate in the political process.

Why not, then, tell our U.S. senators to ratify the Iran nuclear agreement? It provides an extraordinary opportunity for the global community to risk peace in a region suffering the ravaging consequences of violence. As former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright concludes: Though not perfect, the Iran deal is a win-win opportunity.

— Sisters Carmela Trujillo, osf, and Judith Ann Schaeffer, osf

Members of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission at Mount St. Francis, Colorado Springs

Not sitting still

City Council has done it now!

If I was downtown (which might not happen, now) and I suddenly had to sit down, I sure as hell couldn't run all over to find a damn bench. I'd sit where I had to — curb, flower beds, etc.

Jail time and a fine, that is absolutely absurd. A warning or "parking" (sitting) ticket would suffice. Just another way to take "human rights" away from people.

Come on, City Council, be human. That's a stupid idea.

— B.D. Bryan

Colorado Springs

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