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Mistaken identity

Just wanted to say, your photo choice for the article "Report paints a fairly ugly local picture" (News, Oct. 30) was not cool, Indy. (Also see tiny.cc/csindyWaldo.)

Unless they read the photo caption, it looks like The Waldo Waldo 5K is responsible. I find it rather odd that you took something so successful and tied it to this not-so-nice report. Here is hoping you will make it up to the organizers.

— Mark Davies

Colorado Springs

Negative response

In the article speaking about Focus on the Family's "listening habits" ("God is using this," News, Oct. 30), the Rev. Nori Rost said, "To me, I find it kind of insulting." I am strongly inclined to agree.

Though I'm sure Focus' intentions are good, the idea of a corporation looking at my Facebook posts and then communicating with me based on them seems like a bad idea. There is no personal connection, no real feeling of legitimate support being offered. It seems like some sort of advertisement for Focus that is supposed to help ... somebody.

What it comes down to is this: No matter my privacy settings, if someone approaches me about something they weren't meant to see, they will not be met with a positive response. Churches included.

— Whitney Davidson

Woodland Park

A matter of tradition

Since you are against the statement "under God" being included in the Air Force oath, it becomes apparent that you along with Mikey Weinstein, have no concern for American tradition ("God 'optional' in AFA oath," Noted, Oct. 30). You, like Weinstein, have obviously never served in the military, and therefore have no "skin in the game."

If we had competent leadership in our military, they would tell you and Mikey to take a hike. Maybe we can elect competent political leadership and they will find the courage to move the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson to a part of the country where the sacrifices of our service members and American traditions are appreciated.

— Don Davidson

Haines, Ore.

Shake the shtick

Re: Ranger Rich: Is this guy supposed to be funny? Please take a poll of your readers to see what they think. He is trying too hard with his unending similes.

Most people I speak to hate the guy's whole shtick. He seems to be the guy that thinks he's hilarious but everyone around him thinks he's a jackass. To use his own horrible formula: "like an annoying bartender that keeps trying to butt in on a conversation or hit on your girlfriend because he got one courteous laugh the first joke he cracked but can't take a hint."

"Can't take a hint like a hobo in Acacia Park trying to talk to the statue of Palmer in our little burg and just keeps talking ..."

Does he write the column drunk? That would make more sense. And I do hope, as do many, that he volunteers his services, because if he gets paid ... Just wow.

— John TeHaug

Colorado Springs

It's insane

Another shooting, this time at an airport. Shopping malls, schools, theaters, city streets, Navy yards — no place is safe.

And yet the protests against gun control go on and on. Although there is no threat of guns being taken away, only being more closely monitored, the fight goes on to keep safety measures from being taken.

I consider myself an intelligent person, and I don't get it. Can we not bring some sanity into this situation?

— Sally Alberts

Monument

What we really need

Good news for supporters of the City for Champions proposal for a downtown renaissance: no NIMBYs. Usually a contingent arises to voice opposition to various projects, such as Wal-mart or Kum & Go. NIMBY absence here can be attributed to a dearth of affordable housing in our city, especially downtown. We would be foolish to expect negative comment to come from land owners or developers whose property has stood idle for years and who stand to benefit should C. for C. become reality.

A Washington Post study found that the Springs is the most federally dependent city in the United States. With 19 percent of our workforce relying on a federal paycheck, our community is singularly vulnerable in the current federal budget gridlock. Those who fantasize about Colorado Springs becoming a world-class city must be disappointed, if not mortified.

We can all agree that our most urgent community need is substantial employers, companies and businesses that will provide good-paying jobs to a competent local workforce. To become a magnet city, we must offer employers much more than our vaunted quality of life.

Their concerns include low utility rates and employees who have up-to-date skills in technology and other areas. We must acknowledge our billion-dollar stormwater and infrastructure problems. Straight answers and concrete plans for resolution will be expected of City Council, public works and utilities.

No doubt about it, future prosperity for our community is a worthy aspiration. It involves both serious dedication to solving problems and creating jobs.

— John A. Daly

Colorado Springs

An American gulag

When the New Mexico Supreme Court on Aug. 22, 2013, upheld a lower court ruling finding a photographer guilty of violating that state's Human Relations Act, which prohibits "discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation," it should have caused a shudder in the minds of every American citizen who understands the basic "constitutional freedoms" that we are supposed to enjoy in this country.

The self-employed photographer had elected not to photograph the "union" between two New Mexico women and has been vilified, prosecuted and "penalized" for what she believed. A reading of the court's finding (adfmedia.org/files/ElanePhotoNMSCopinion.pdf) exemplifies the degree to which government in the United States has arbitrarily abrogated what any alert citizen would regard as freedom of thought, conscience, belief and association.

We now have government in America explicitly dictating to American citizens what we may think, what we may believe, what we may say and what we may do — an arbitrary verdict on Americans who are guilty of absolutely nothing except holding true to their own personal beliefs. All they have done is to "violate" an excruciatingly tortured and highly discriminatory "rights" ideology, an ideology that selects out, according to political orientation, whose "rights" are superior to others.

— Whitney Galbraith

Colorado Springs

What's sustainable?

I attended the sustainability events advertised prominently in your paper last week, but found the omissions glaring. You'd think after consecutive years of fires and floods, Colorado Springs would finally address the unsustainability of our coal-fired utilities.

Also, why do we pretend growth is "sustainable" based on appropriating the water of others? Third, nobody will yet challenge the obvious, that our local economy is propped up by the antithesis of sustainability, war.

I know a thousand words exceed the limit for a letter to the editor, but please consider printing the attached photo. It makes a point not so easy to green-wash.

— Eric Verlo

Colorado Springs

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