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I was pleased to read about the city's homelessness initiative in the Feb. 5 issue of the Independent. It was especially heartening to read about Aimee Cox in a column by John Hazlehurst ("Meeting Miss Aimee," City Sage). The city of Colorado Springs needs Miss Aimee — as Mr. Hazlehurst described her — and her goal to depoliticize the issues related to homelessness in Colorado Springs.
Aimee Cox talks about the goal of the city's homelessness project with an excellent statement. "All we want to do is to provide a path from crisis to stability."
As a woman who has experienced the trauma of single parenthood via divorce, I am inspired by Aimee Cox. All families in Colorado Springs — whether they are double-parent families or single-parent families — must read about Aimee Cox's personal history: growing up poor, marriage, divorce, marriage again and divorce again and single parenting.
At the Coalition for Single Parents Day, March 21, we will honor Aimee Cox. She is a single parent who is personally familiar with the issues related to poverty and divorce and is working hard to improve her own life. And by working on the homelessness initiative, many Coloradans' lives will be improved.
Make a decision
To the school administrators in Colorado Springs: I am deeply grateful to you and your staff for the education of our children. However, the school delay/closing thing is really a thorn in my foot. I run a small business where the majority of my employees are single parents. I get up very early to check weather and school closure status and to make whatever adjustments are necessary to the workday.
It seems that the powers that be can't make a decision. Yes, it's dangerously cold. Yes, the roads are tricky. Yes, there are families that are not equipped to deal with that, and you have to make decisions for the greater good. Fantastic! So do it and stick with your choice, whether that is to delay or close.
From Tuesday to Thursday last week, the only thing regarding the weather that changed was ... nothing. No new storms or precipitation. At 6 a.m., the schools were all delayed. Starting at 7, one by one, some changed to closed, on at least two of those days.
Perhaps I should remind you that tens of thousands of people in this city plan their day around your decisions. Are they going to be late to work, or do they have to stay home because they don't have childcare? Delayed, they can call in late ... no wait! School is closed and they have to scramble to rearrange their day ... all before 7 a.m.
We are frustrated because we need to work and earn money to feed our kids. Employers are frustrated because on days like today, we never know who can show up and who can't for work. By changing the status, for no apparent reason, you really screw up a lot of people.
A bogus file?
How does our sheriff get away with it? How does he manage to get so much attention for his lame claims about a phantom personnel file that hardly anyone has seen and nobody has read?
How dumb does Maketa think we are?
When I finished Adrian Stanley's article ("Something missing?" cover story, Jan. 29), I asked myself why our term-limited sheriff is going so far out of his way — so far into flimsy innuendo — to try to discredit a highly qualified candidate like Bill Elder?
Two possible answers come to mind. Maybe Maketa is trying to pave a path for a last-minute protege who wants to ignore the "bothersome" political process and slip in on his coat tails. Or just maybe Maketa doesn't want to be succeeded by someone who could do a better job!
Give it a rest, Maketa. You've done your time. Now it's time to clear the air. The people of El Paso County deserve a sheriff like Bill Elder, a good man who would work tirelessly for all of us.
— Pat McFarland
The brief rant that Gina Douglas wrote to the Independent ("American hero," Letters, Feb. 5) should curl the hair of those who support the First Amendment. She was very upset that radio talk show host Michael Savage was happy about the passing of folk singer Pete Seeger.
Douglas says that Michael Savage is abusing his free speech. Well, if that is the case let me bring up several more cases of "free speech abuse" from the progressive left.
Cable/radio talk show host Ed Schultz calling Laura Ingraham a "slut" and having no problem using Dick Cheney's heart as a "political football."
David Letterman attacked Sarah Palin's daughter. But say something like that to Obama's girls and see how quickly your media career ends.
Julianne Malveaux stating that she hoped that the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas would feed him enough eggs and butter so that he would get heart disease and die.
Taking away the "platforms" is censorship in itself, but eventually the progressive statist will outlaw any speech that opposes their ideals and their idols, living or dead. The danger, however, is that the state may eventually go after the people that have been loyal to them. For liberty and freedom you must stand with the people like Michael Savage and defeat the likes of Gina at all levels.
More tickets, please
Whether or not it is policy for police to have a ticket quota, it truly is necessary. Almost daily I pass a spot on Circle Drive, between Airport Road and Fountain Boulevard, where a schoolboy was killed a few years ago while running across the street to catch his bus. It was estimated that the driver was traveling about 70 mph. I am saddened each time I pass the little memorial.
I understand that many officers feel that traffic-ticketing keeps them from responding to the daily bank robberies, home invasions, standoffs, rapes, stabbings and other crimes that make Colorado Springs the "City for Champions." The truth is that driving a car is the most dangerous thing that people are obliged to do every day of their lives.
Even though violent crime is skyrocketing here, most of us will not be mugged, robbed, raped or held hostage today. However, most of us will be threatened today and every day by speeding vehicles, drunk and drugged-out drivers, people who cut you off in traffic or push you down the road.
The problem is that there just aren't enough cops to do what needs to be done here in West Detroit, as I like to call Colorado Springs, aka Dream City: City for Champions.