Clara McKenna 
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Re: “The first year of many lasts

This is sentimental claptrap and it is particularly unfortunate coming from two journalists. Any parent who has healthy children should rejoice as they move forward in life. There are too many parents, including one profiled in this issue, who have to face dealing with development delays in their children. In many of those cases, those children will never be able to go to the toilet by themselves, speak , eat without assistance, much less participate in sports or any other number of activities. Go tour a school with a profoundly handicapped program, talk to those parents, teachers and aides and get some idea what real pain is. Then write a column on that instead of wallowing..

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 08/02/2017 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Reader: Continue to fight for justice

It would be an interesting piece of journalism to sit Perry and Barad down together with someone to facilitate a dialogue and publish the results. They obviously are talking past each other and both seem to care very much about the world they live in.

Posted by Clara McKenna on 07/16/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Reader: You're the one who wants your lifestyle protected, so you pay for it.

Gina, it's time for you to go to your local public library -- paid for by taxes -- and do some serious reading about the regimentation and restriction surrounding daily life in China. For one thing, you would no longer be free to write the letters to the Indy that you do.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 07/01/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “CU regents OK funding for UCCS sports medicine center

The idea that "health and wellness" have become such income producers that they are sources of tourism is repugnant, especially in an academic institution in a state where people are dying in rural areas because of lack of medical care. By the standards Jackie Reynolds lists, a trip to Italy to visit a church is tax-deductible because it is a spiritual activity. Meanwhile, veterans can't get basic medical care in a timely fashion.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 06/19/2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Cleanup costs for Colorado Springs downtown land: $4.4 million

I am a supporter of Richard Skorman and pleased to see him in a leadership role. That said, after all the abuse he has taken in recent months, I find it disheartening to have a report of him speaking to a citizen in such a rude matter as president of City Council.

Contrary to current thought, politeness on all sides is necessary and sadly lacking. Shouting people down and dismissing them rudely leads to one thing -- mob rule. There is no need for this behavior anywhere. A citizen, has every right to speak. She is part of the public and if the ideas aren't out there, they can't be considered. It's called free speech.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 04/26/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “City Council's first challenge: How to make an immediate difference

Lofty goals be damned -- I'd be happy if someone, anyone,, would just fix the streets so you could drive on them.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 04/24/2017 at 11:47 PM

Re: “One last shot at a downtown stadium

I'd welcome fewer opinions and blue sky proposals and a little more hard data on the demographics of the city and the planning forecast. The city is growing north and east, yet the constant conversation seems to be south and west. The motto is "If you build it, they will come." The question is: "Who are they?"

Why is the city growing -- military? New industries (unlikely when there is no immediate water source)? Tourist traffic? How does all this divide up? Where are the jobs going to coming from to pay for all the new houses -- or will the core of the city hollow out as population growth slows in the country and people move to newer areas?

The population is aging, which means more trips to the hospital. Yet the one hospital nearest downtown seems to be moving north to the top of a hill that the best driver has trouble with in bad weather. The county has moved social services far away from the center of the bus service that many low income people depend on. How will the majority of the population access any number of services -- flying there hanging off a drone?

There's a lot of wish fulfillment around. The planning to make the city work is piecemeal at best. Let's quit worrying about C4C and start getting basic services in order.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 03/04/2017 at 11:13 AM

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