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Pushing religion

The Sept. 23 Indy had an interesting juxtaposition of Letters to the Editor next to In Good Faith. Both addressed Kim Davis, the "religious" Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis was arrested and jailed for failure to fulfill her obligation as an elected official.

Janet Brazill's letter states, "The judge in Davis' case ruled that, in accordance with our country's secular standards, no one person's religious beliefs can prevail in matters of law."

In Good Faith addresses Davis' possible "martyrdom," and Jim Daly of Focus on the Family states, "Over the last few weeks, an American citizen was imprisoned because she attempted to exercise her freedom of conscience. She actually wound up in jail because of her deeply held religious beliefs. That's startling."

Really? What is startling to me is that people of any faith think it's their mission to impose their version of morality on others with different beliefs. The law upholds citizens' right to hold and express religious convictions. The law also requires that anyone, especially in a position of civil authority, uphold ALL laws. Purely and simply, Davis' failure to perform her job requirements precipitated her trip to jail, not her personal version of morality. It seems to me that she's a "martyr" to the wrong cause.

— Gayle Allen

Colorado Springs

Ignoring reality

Around the end of 2013, Utilities spent $500,000 of our money on a study titled: "Alternatives Related to the Potential Decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant." Cliff notes of the results: It is not cost-effective to keep such an old power plant running, and decommissioning sooner rather than later would make the most sense financially.

Cut to September 2015, and our Electric Integrated Resource Plan is poised to recommend absolutely no timeline for decommissioning Drake. We need to ask why Utilities Board members are determined to keep Drake operating when their own studies recommend shutting it down ASAP.

While we're at it, let's ask why the EIRP has two types of portfolios: "With Clean Power Plan" and "Without Clean Power Plan." CPP is the law of the land and the sooner CSU starts planning for that, the better. Why waste time with any non-CPP options?

— Nicole Rosa

Colorado Springs

Unwelcome here

In response to Brian Reynolds ("Newcomer's view," Letters, Sept. 23), please go back to Texas, you pathetic xenophobe. You are obviously a racist; no decent person makes jokes about lynching, and no one gets lynched in Deliverance. The fact you are so affected by that movie makes us think it's very probable that you imagine yourself pants down in the Appalachians with some hillbillies.

More importantly, other than music made by Native Americans, all American music, particularly country, is an interpretation of music originally made by black people. It's a fact. Your heroes — Willie, Waylon, Hank, Johnny Cash, etc. — are all just doing impersonations of black music like fat Vegas Elvis.

SXSW is recognized as the most commercialized, plastic, soulless trash-music festival in the country. Good job, Austin! Further, everyone in the U.S. and Mexico recognizes most people from Texas, yourself included, as simple-minded, proud to be ignorant, obnoxious buffoons. If other readers are from Texas and not all of those things, respect is due; a few exceptional Texans manage to rise above their regional curse.

So, go back to Austin. You are not welcome here.

— Edward Moham

Pueblo

Advice for 'Dr. Chaps'

State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt's recent comments concerning the tragedy in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, are unacceptable from a public servant. The horrific accident in Mecca was not a sign from God attacking Satan worshipers. As a Christian, I am praying for the victims and the families of those killed.

Hate is not a family value, nor a religious value.

As a combat veteran, I do not intend to challenge the freedom of speech or religion that Klingenschmitt has as an American citizen. However, as a sitting elected official, Rep. Klingenschmitt should be held to a higher standard. I will not allow others around the country and around the world to believe a bigot like Klingenschmitt has the same beliefs as the people of southern Colorado. We need to be bringing our faiths together, not dividing them.

— Donald E. Martinez

Colorado Springs

Down on the high-rise

I read John Hazlehurst's column regarding Perry Sanders' desire to build a 100-story building in Colorado Springs ("Sanders' possible dream," City Sage, Sept. 23). I'd heard rumors but, like many nightmarish situations, seeing it in writing makes it seem more real. As a multi-generational native of Colorado, I weep at the thought of such a monstrosity on our landscape.

Sanders seems to see the homeless as a blight to this city, and their existence on our streets seems to bother him enough to have his boys in city government attempt to pass a law that would penalize those individuals who wish to take respite from their harsh existence by resting on a planter or lying on a bench.

With this in mind, he should consider another option with his apparent unlimited resources. Mr. Sanders, if you built a rehabilitation center with plenty of beds and chairs for the homeless, you could in large measure solve the problem that vexes you so.

You might even learn the stories of these people as I have, stories that would break your heart, stories that could create some compassion in you for those who, unlike yourself, had the misfortune to be born into families that couldn't/wouldn't provide the gilded, lily-white life you and many like you enjoy.

Maybe you should consider giving back to the community rather than attempting to pillage every penny from its soil. Wouldn't it be better to have a legacy where generations in this town would bless your name rather than curse it?

— Emerson Cheever

Colorado Springs

Idea for KRCC

KRCC program manager Jeff Bieri gave two reasons for canceling Democracy Now: ratings and content ("Too far to the left," News, Sept. 30).

Sure, Democracy Now leans a bit to the left. It also produces extensive, detailed interviews and focuses on issues largely ignored by most mainstream media. I'd argue that one hour a day of left-leaning radio is hardly out of line in a community awash in conservative talk.

By my count there are at least 26 hours of Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, Randall, Prager and more per day compared to what was KRCC's one meager hour on the other side.

If Bieri is going to play the ratings game, something community-supported and independent radio stations such as KRCC should not do, then maybe the thing to cut is the program director who seems to want to run a rock 'n' roll radio conglomerate rather than a station that serves, responds to and enhances the community that pays its bills.

— Bud Gordon

Colorado Springs


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