Coors legacy lives on

To the Editor:

Bruce Mirken's recent book review of Citizen Coors ("Beers and queers," April 6) was excellent. The bottom line here is, why on Earth would any free-thinking individual give one penny to Coors? Even though the company appears to be "kissing and making up," they will certainly never see any of my money. If Hitler were alive today and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Jewish causes, does that mean the Jews should support him? I think not.

-- Crusader
(yep, that's my full legal name!)
Palm Springs, CA


To the Editor:

I really enjoyed Donna Ladd's article on netiquette (Silicon Lounge, "E-mail hell," April 6). If it weren't a violation of everything I just read in the article, I'd forward it to everyone in my address book.

There are a couple of no-no's that I'd like to add to your list:

1. Forwarding e-mail that has been forwarded that has been forwarded ... you get the idea! After I click through about five screens (or more) to get to an e-mail, I'm already exasperated, and then usually, it ends up being a dumb joke that I've seen 100 times already.

2. Sending an e-mail about "friendship" that instructs you to e-mail the sender back right away as proof of your "friendship." Gee, I wonder how many "friends" I've lost because I sent their e-mail to the Deleted folder?

-- Annette
Over the Internet

Family-values police, now that's the ticket

To the Editor:

I can't tell you how much I love reading the Indy. I have read a number of times now about Tom Pedigo, whom I'd never heard of before seeing his name being mentioned in this paper. Another organization it seems, with family something or other. Family this, or family that ... reminds me of the country we all know as China, whose real name is The People's Republic of China. This, in spite of the fact that the country is neither a democracy nor a republic. Why can't we at least institute a gentleman's agreement on truth and full disclosure in the naming of groups? Wouldn't "Another right-wing organization dedicated to forcing our views onto your life" be more accurate?

I have two messages for Tom:

1. Who asked you?

2. You have no idea how many people could care less about "What you're planning next."

-- Stuart Atkinson
Colorado Springs

AMR, at your service

To the Editor:

I'd like to make a few points in response to Bob Campbell's article regarding American Medical Response ("Ambulance company troubles prompt fears over local service," April 6).

I was disappointed in the number of inaccuracies, the most serious of which I'll address. Laidlaw does not own Safety-Kleen. Therefore, obviously, all conclusions based on that erroneous fact (e.g., that Laidlaw is selling Safety-Kleen) are also inaccurate. Laidlaw simply owns shares in the company.

Laidlaw is selling both of its healthcare companies -- AMR and EmCare. This is not an unusual occurrence in the business world. Companies are bought and sold every day. AMR is a strong and profitable business. Laidlaw fully expects the company to be sold by the end of its fiscal year (August 31, 2000). When purchasing AMR, a buyer will purchase all of AMR's contracts, including the contract to provide ambulance service in El Paso County. The sale of AMR will not change the terms of the contract, and is not cause for concern.

AMR's El Paso County operation is a strong and financially sound one with reasonable profit margins consistent with industry standards, allowing us to continually invest in our community. For instance, just in the past month we've hired additional staff, arranged to purchase a new ambulance, renovated the regional communications center based in our city, and established a minority scholarship fund for people wishing to train as emergency medical technicians. AMR reports financial information on its 911 El Paso County contract; that information is available to the public through the Emergency Services Agency.

Those of us who work at AMR care about our community. We find it deeply troubling to see such an inaccurate portrayal in a local newspaper. Our 160 employees live here, work here, our kids go to school here and we are committed to providing quality ambulance transportation to our fellow citizens. I encourage anyone with questions about AMR to give me a call at 597-1277, ext. 202. I'd be happy to set the record straight.

-- Cheryl Kezziah
Public Information/ Business Development Manager
American Medical Response

Groups should get with the voucher program

To the Editor:

Regarding your "National Urban League slams vouchers" article ("The cost of freedom," March 2), I read the article and thought: blacks will never advance until such groups as the Urban League and NAACP get past their '50s -- '60s mindset. According to a recent survey, the majority of black parents between ages of 25 and 40 support vouchers. These are parents -- parents who want the best possible educational opportunity for their children.

The "old dogs" in the Urban League and NAACP are still entrenched in an outdated mentality: We cannot save all of the children now. How can we expect vouchers or similar innovative thinking to save all of them in the future? The NAACP and Urban League leaders place their children in private, charter or religious schools and yet they tell the black populace it is OK to put your kids in a public school that is not offering your child a quality education.

Recently, I was at a community meeting in Denver where Dr. Howard Fuller, former Milwaukee school superintendent was the featured spokesman. He stressed the importance of public education that includes a variety of choices, among them public, private, religious, charters and home schooling as part of an education package to create educational excellence in America. He said he has done more for public education outside the public educational bureaucracy than he could have done had he stayed on as the Milwaukee school superintendent. I doubt if any member of the National Urban League or NAACP has taken the opportunity to become educated on the school choice struggle in Milwaukee. Much of the struggle is documented in Mikel Holt's book, Not Yet "Free At Last." While it is not widely known, school choice started as a black, Democrat issue in 1970 in Milwaukee.

Many in the Urban League and NAACP should consider resigning, as they offer nothing to the future of black people in America.

-- Willie Breazell
Colorado Springs

Honoring the memory of Columbine with personal action

To the Editor:

Within the past week, I have seen an increase in the coverage of the Columbine shooting due to the one-year aniversary, yet I have seen very little remembrance of the 15 victims in the shooting. In addition to this, I have noticed that the only people who seem concerned enough to cover and remember the tragedy are the adults in our community.

As a student, I was astounded that something as hideous as Columbine was capable of being carried out, or even thought about, by a person my age. Looking back at the tragedy, I noticed that throughout all of the reports and finger pointing, there was a common theme -- desolation. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were ostracized by their peers, made fun of, mocked, and supposedly even hurt. Due to the actions of others against them, they shot 13 innocent people.

This idea made me reevaluate how I had been treating and thinking of people, and I came to realize that, in some ways, I was ostracizing some of my peers.

Unfortunately, most of the students at my school, and at schools throughout our community, kept the Columbine tragedy at a distance, and never changed or even reflected upon their actions. Not only did the students not reflect, the administration did nothing to make the students aware of actions that could be hurtful or damaging to others. In fact, the same 10 percent of the school, where I saw the most disgusting mocking, taunting and ignoring of others, were recognized for their achievements in varsity sports, elected prom queen, voted onto student council and allowed to continue their disrespect of other students. The other 90 percent of the school was monitored more closely, especially if they ever wore black, or forgot to walk down the hall at 7 a.m. with smiles on their faces.

I would encourage all the youth of this community to think about their treatment of other youth in all settings, not just school. I personally believe that if we can overcome the boundaries that money and physical appearance have put us in, the desolation of others can be avoided and we can all work together to better ourselves and our community.

-- Laura Reinsch Palmer High School student
Colorado Springs


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