What we're looking for

To the Editor:

Re: Tomi-Ann Roberts' Your Turn ["What We Have Become," Dec. 20]: You are correct! We should not call selective searches random, for it is not and should not be. We should profile who we are looking for -- Islamic terrorists; not just anybody.

-- Tim Andrews
via the Internet

God bless Mullen

To the Editor:

Re: The Jan. 10 Outsider: Jim Mullen was not a "Yes Man"; he was great and performed with results. So what if he offended some? He was action-oriented. The rest are sleeping puppies, and you that are so concerned about the offense live in defense and don't accomplish nothing. You were on the Council, ran for mayor. You know best. Mayor Bob Isaac had a hand in this by electing those in the present seat of Council. Mary Lou Makepeace as mayor had little credit for accomplishments, except the fallen "Kitchen Cabinet." Mullen, God bless and thank you for being an action politician.

-- Detlef E. Sarbok
Colorado Springs

Getting the facts straight

To the Editor:

Although I usually find Mr. Hazlehurst's Outsider column factual, his conclusions regarding Constitution in the Jan. 3 Indy are drawn in error. Most people, who have lived in Colorado Springs for 30 years or more, would be happy to go back to the days of travel with no congestion and few stops in a normal commute.

Fact: The city doesn't end at Union. There no longer are rolling prairies in town. You can't dove hunt in the city. We no longer have a population of 30,000.

Fact: No one is recommending a "high speed east-west expressway" on any east-west road in town. Many people, not just the Realtors, the Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce support a significant five-corridor plan including a four-lane road on Constitution from I-25 east.

Fact: The railway right-of-way route can be used to connect Constitution without infringing on a single residential property.

Fact: Four-lane roads pass by schools, churches, parks and neighborhoods everywhere.

Fact: The best and only plan to correct our serious traffic congestion and avoid high-speed expressways on any east-west road is a five-corridor system, defined as the "Roadway Plan" in the recent East-West Mobility Study.

Fact: For every person that showed up at the meeting in 1990 to object to a high-speed freeway on Constitution, there are two from the Woodmen neighborhoods that have the same objection to a freeway in their neighborhood.

Fact: Since the only thing preventing Woodmen from being forced into a freeway is the more desirable "Roadway Plan," there now is an incentive for Woodmen constituents to make this plan work. The plan includes five corridors. Constitution cannot be considered a corridor without connecting it to I-25. Constitution is being planned for four lanes of traffic with all other corridors scheduled to have six lanes. Politically, this balance was not present when Mr. Hazlehurst was on Council.

-- Glenn Frank
Colorado Springs

Leave the moose alone

To the Editor:

I think we need to be educated about how dangerous moose can be. They are solitary animals and can be very cranky, and if they are provoked they can be deadly. In Alaska people are regularly stomped to death by moose they blunder into.

I finally saw "The Moose" today in Monument Valley Park, which is very close to my home. I also saw 30-plus people watching him, of which I was one. There were grandparents with small grandchildren and people walking their dogs. During my walk I noticed five large dogs that were not on leashes.

I know this moose has been extraordinarily well behaved so far, but I have heard rumors of teen-age boys poking him with sticks. If he gets angry and harms someone or someone's dog, the Wildlife Department will kill him!

So, please keep your children and yourselves well away from him, and don't take your dogs to see him, and if you do, for moose's sake, for your sake, for your dog's sake, for God's sake, keep your dog on a leash! It's not only common sense, it's the law.

-- Shannon C. Davis
Colorado Springs

A little bit nervous

To the Editor:

After spending a wonderful, relaxing week in Bermuda, I came home to the usual pile of mail. To my surprise, there was an advertising mailer (addressed to yours truly) from Focus on the Family. My initial response was to toss it into the circular file but my curiosity got the better of me. I wondered why in the world I was now on their mailing list.

Upon opening the rather expensive-looking envelope, I discovered that I was being given the wonderful opportunity to subscribe to Breakaway magazine for my "teen guy" who just happens to be 20 years old (21 come February). Since I did not want to talk to anyone in the Focus organization, I went to their Web site, where, of course, there was no e-mail contact, only a "comment" page in which I was required to list my name, address, phone number and e-mail, and where I had heard of Focus on the Family. At the end of the "comment" page was (finally!) a comment section. So I commented.

I told them I was offended by their mass mailing, especially since my son is no longer a "teen guy," not to mention we do not subscribe to Focus' peculiar brand of Christianity. I also asked in no uncertain terms to be removed from their mailing list.

Have I overreacted? I don't think so. I would love to know how they got my name and address (I'm unlisted); I suspect somewhere on the Internet, but from which Web site? The only religious sites I've visited in recent months were for research in my history class at CU, and none of those was even remotely related to conservative Christianity.

You bet I'm angry, and also a little bit nervous about how Focus on the Family gets its mailing lists. If I figure this one out, I'll let you know!

-- Deb Martin-Bruels
Colorado Springs

Check for child care

To the Editor:

I am a licensed family child-care provider here in Colorado Springs. I was just awarded a grant in the amount of $445 from the Colorado Child Care Improvement Fund. This grant is for quality improvements in child-care centers. Recipients of this grant can use the money for further education in Early Childhood Development and to purchase learning materials for their child-care center. Quality child-care is important to parents, but expensive to provide, and the Colorado Child Care Improvement Fund helps make it possible.

I am writing this letter to help inform your readers that by checking off on Line 54 of their Colorado tax return, they can directly have an impact in helping their children to receive quality education and care.

This year, only 35 percent of the applicants were awarded grants, due to limited funds. I encourage everyone to help our children get the child-care and education they deserve, and check the box on Line 54 of their tax returns. Our children are our future, and a $5 donation from your taxes can help make it a bright one!

For more information you can call 303-290-9088 Ext. 402 or visit www.corra.org.

-- Tanya Michelle Sears
Colorado Springs

The Party of the rich

To the Editor:

With President Bush renewing his emphasis on the economy at a recently staged "town hall" meeting, he blasted Tom Daschle for criticizing his tax cuts, suggesting that Daschle wanted to raise taxes. Contrary to Bush's rhetoric, Daschle has also proposed tax cuts that would create jobs and generate investment along with long-term fiscal discipline.

Staying with the Democratic Party's beliefs, Daschle is focusing on employment, not investment, in the form of a $66.4 billion economic stimulus bill tilted heavily toward direct help for the unemployed. Republicans argue that corporate tax cuts will lead to investments that create more jobs. The GOP bill is actually tax relief to America's biggest corporations and would reimburse them billions of dollars for the taxes they paid in the last 15 years, proving once again that the GOP is really the party of corporations and the rich.

Even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office gave poor grades to several of the president's proposals while saying that Democratic proposals had a better chance of reviving the economy. The report went on to say that Bush's proposals would have little prospect of generating first-year stimulus, adding that repealing the corporate minimum tax wouldn't help either.

It is my opinion that the Bush administration's tax bill offers no help to the working class but actually is designed to give permanent tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, using the Sept. 11 attacks as an excuse.

-- Steve Plutt
Lake George

I married Jennifer Aniston

To the Editor:

Some people are currently debating whether government agents should be allowed to torture suspects in the interests of our national security. I have to admit that torture is a wonderful way to get confessions. The only problem is that people confess to crimes they haven't committed to stop the torture. Take me, for instance. Threaten me with torture, and I will be very happy to confess that I am married to Jennifer Aniston, that I wrote Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and that I assassinated Abraham Lincoln. Want to know of plots against the government? Threaten me with torture, and I will be happy to make up whatever you want to hear. Under torture, I am very willing to confess that the Backstreet Boys are currently plotting to overthrow the United States government. Anyone who is pro-torture needs to experience torture first to know what they are talking about.

-- David Bruce
Athens, Ohio


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