The two-party system, AFA cadet training, Fort Carson fires, and more 


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Forget the parties

First, the Republicans showed they hate America, the way the Constitution would have it, IF the Constitution actually applied. Then, the Democrats proved they didn't care when they adopted the white flag of surrender as the party symbol.

The system says there are only two parties. I guess the other eight don't matter. Now, when I vote, I vote for the interests of the people. As the rest get everything they want. Since the system does not care about issues facing people, my votes do not count. I'm going to cast the last vote for a person ever. I won't win. I'm voting for a woman, but only for policy. Her name is Jill Stein.

I already told the Democrats that I'm quitting them. They are not democratic. I will never vote for a Republican. I won't surrender to my enemies (GOP), like Democrats do. I will be assassinated by a corporation because I won't surrender. I don't know when or where, but if it ain't Trump, it will be Hillary!

It's not cool that Colorado wouldn't even have a primary presidential vote, like almost all the other 49! The system gets what it wants, not us! I'm joining millions of Americans who will no longer vote because they, as American taxpaying citizens, don't count! This is going on in both parties. The Trump Party and the Clinton Party! Both deleted "We, the people," from their platforms!

— Douglas Harvey

Woodland Park

No respect

I don't really care for Donald Trump, because he is a rude, egotistical a**. But after hearing him speak, I did think he had some good ideas for America.

Now, if Congress will only agree to let him (if elected) do these ideas. They have done nothing for 71/2 years and let Obama do whatever the hell he wanted to do.

One thing wrong with America is no one has any respect for the other person (only for themselves) — what happened?

So, please Americans, have kindness and respect for your fellow men.

—B.D. Bryan

Colorado Springs

Time for intervention

I found "Washed Out" (cover story, Aug. 3) by Pam Zubeck very interesting and distressing. As a former Military Training Instructor, Air Training Command for the Air Force during the Vietnam War, and a retired commissioned officer, I have several comments:

1. The experience and preparation of cadet trainers is minimal and inadequate, and their supervision is minimal and inadequate as well. Apparently, these cadets are not mature or skilled enough to train basics. Air Force Basics at Lackland AFB receive better training and supervision. High standards can be set and attained without verbal abuse or derision.

2. Psychological screening similar to that of the Army and Navy is necessary in light of numerous psychological issues, including sexual abuse, the Academy continues to have.

3. It would appear from the article that there is misuse of Evans Hospital and prescribed drugs at Fort Carson to the point of possible criminal misconduct. If females reporting sexual abuse are overly medicated and/or confined to Evans, ostensibly to limit reporting their abuse or pave the way for their discharge, the Justice Department needs to investigate. Sexual assault is criminal behavior and there should be no attempts by Academy personnel to cover it up.

4. Athletes continue to have special academic standards and that should stop. Every cadet regardless of athletic ability should meet the same standards. No exceptions.

5. The AFA has apparently developed a rampant, unchecked culture of abuse, and leadership appears unable or unwilling to make comprehensive changes needed to eliminate the problems.

If the Academy is still reporting to Air Education and Training Command it is time for AETC to step in or the issues will rise, as in the past, to the Secretary of the Air Force.

— Neil L. Talbott

Colorado Springs

Carson fires

Thanks to the Independent for Pam Zubeck's story on the fires at Fort Carson this summer ("Fire epidemic stems from Carson training," News, Aug. 3). After the second and third, I had to wonder what would happen to a rancher, for instance, who kept causing fires between two cities. I would guess, really bad things.

What happens when the Army does it? Far as I can see, nuthin'.

Perhaps there is more to this, unexploded ordinance, for instance?

— Gary Vorhes


Win for transit

With a small budget and low priority status, Colorado Springs' public transit is usually behind the game. Yet public transit is essential because it provides a path toward independence for Colorado Springs' most vulnerable in order for them to work, become educated and receive health care. These citizens' need for public transit has not always been respected.

This past week the voices of bus riders were heard by city transit. The public comment time for proposed fall service changes quickly became heated as the Old North End Neighborhood (ONEN) and Community Transit Coalition (representing riders) debated the continued use of Nevada Avenue, an arterial street, as the most direct and efficient route, preparing for a future grid layout. ONEN has been a vocal opponent of maintaining any service along Nevada and has proposed to deviate from the direct route to the perimeter of the neighborhood. It looked like a hopeless fight as those with deeper pockets argued against people who depend on our public transit.

But after two finalized petitions were submitted, one from ONEN and one from the Community Transit Coalition signed by nearly 250 riders, something incredible happened.

The city's transit department sided with the plan that best serves the needs of Colorado Springs' most vulnerable and the future of our transit system via use of Nevada. The little guy won this time, and that is something to celebrate. Hop a bus and thank a city transit worker. Colorado Springs is going places.

— Leya Hartman

Colorado Springs

It's a miracle

On the Aug. 3 CBS Evening News, Charlie Rose reported a world-changing feature called "NOMOROBO," which eliminates robocalls! Only last week I had to have my own phone number changed due to nightly robocalls of a creepy, threatening nature, which could not be traced by me nor by my phone company, CenturyLink.

I googled NOMOROBO's website today, and I am writing to suggest that you do the same. NOMOROBO is free for many landlines, although not yet available from CenturyLink, and costs a few bucks a month for cellphones.

Rose reported this in the company of the man who dreamed up this world-changing feature. I do not remember his name, but I believe he will eventually become as well-known as Thomas Edison, and this man should get the highest award possible in our known cosmos!

Please, do yourselves a favor, and look into it: nomorobo.com.

— Bernadette Young

Colorado Springs

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