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Jones is embarrassing

On Saturday morning, March 6, I took the opportunity to attend the "Town Meeting" at Gold Camp Elementary School sponsored by members of the state Legislature. The elected officials in attendance included Reps. Keith King, Mark Cloer and Richard Decker as well as Sens. Ed Jones and Andy McElhaney.

The group did much more talking than listening. Especially disgusting was Sen. Jones. In his first speaking opportunity, he belittled anyone against his stand on affirmative action, especially members of the black community and, in particular, black members of the clergy. When confronted about his higher education voucher bill, the marginally literate senator launched into his canned rant about failing public schools.

I am embarrassed that El Paso County Republicans sent such a blatantly inept person to represent us as one of 35 state senators making decisions about our schools, our economy, our highways and our future. How pathetic that he was elected just because he was a Republican.

At a previous venue, Jones said, "I'm saying, we don't need no help. We're not living on the plantation anymore, folks. We can get out and do things."

That statement is especially interesting since disappointed office seeker and formerly bankrupt Steve Schuck and a group of non-El Paso County residents paid for his election. Yes, Ed, we can get out and do things; the first thing I am going to get out and do is work for your recall.

I was not the only one at the "Town Meeting" who was repulsed by Jones' ignorance. There are many Republicans who are ashamed of voting for Ed Jones, as well they should be. Whether or not they have the courage to break away from lockstep party loyalty to right a wrong only waits to be seen.

-- Judy Barnett

Colorado Springs

Perverted concepts

In response to last week's news story about the Marian House soup kitchen, Jim Kin has perverted the concept of enabling and has oversimplified the problem of homelessness by "blaming the victim," which is something domestic violence perpetrators do.

I would also like to know where Downtown Partnership's Beth Kosley got her statistics that "many of the soup kitchen's clientele are addicted to drugs and alcohol."

Has she ever been there and eaten with the diverse community of homeless?

As for the Boulder Crescent neighborhood, why object now? The soup kitchen was there when they bought their property. Or else they have lived with the situation for a number of years. There are many neighborhoods in this city with much more serious problems than homeless people eating at a soup kitchen (meth labs for instance).

I would also like to know what statistics the Downtown Partnership bases its claim about the soup kitchen impacting its economic base. I believe the war in Iraq has had a much bigger impact than a soup kitchen beside a Catholic church.

I'm sure if the city had a good mass transit system and moved Social Services off of Spruce Street, they would have better success in finding a place for the soup kitchen. Many people who eat at the soup kitchen are dependent on being able to access Social Services, almost no one drives, and most are dependent on our inadequate transit system or their bicycles to get to work when they do find a job.

While getting my M.A. in counseling, I did much research into the causes and cures of homelessness. Believe me, it requires a much more complex solution than to stop feeding people if they don't prove they are trying to get better. If I remember correctly from graduate school, "unconditional acceptance" and "positive regard" is the place to begin healing with a person.

This is the positive healing atmosphere at the Marian House Soup Kitchen, where I have volunteered for almost 15 years.

-- Annette Fetler Daymon

Colorado Springs

Cut and paste

President Bush's leadership has improved education in America. His No Child Left Behind Act helps kids learn and puts parents back in the drivers' seat when it comes to their children's education.

The No Child Left Behind Act sets high standards for student performance and provides the resources needed to meet them. Under President Bush's leadership, federal funding for education has increased 59.8% from 2000 to 2003. A large portion of that money goes toward helping high-poverty schools. The funds also go toward efforts to retain high-quality teachers.

Local control is another crucial aspect of education reform. The No Child Left Behind Act trusts parents and local school officials to direct resources where they will do the most good for their students. The law gives parents the right to transfer their kids out of failing or unsafe schools and into better schools.

This issue is just one more example of how our President is providing the courageous leadership America needs.

-- Deborah Neuhaus

Colorado Springs

Cut and paste

President Bush's leadership has improved education in America. His No Child Left Behind Act helps kids learn and puts parents back in the drivers' seat when it comes to their children's education.

The No Child Left Behind Act sets high standards for student performance and provides the resources needed to meet them. Under President Bush's leadership federal funding for education has increased 59.8% from 2000 to 2003. A large portion of that money goes toward helping high-poverty schools. The funds also go toward efforts to retain high-quality teachers.

Local control is another crucial aspect of education reform. The No Child Left Behind Act trusts parents and local school officials to direct resources where they will do the most good for their students. The law gives parents the right to transfer their kids out of failing or unsafe schools and into better schools.

This issue is just one more example of how our President is providing the courageous leadership America needs.

-- Eric Burns

Colorado Springs

Cut and paste

Citizens of Colorado Springs, get over your blind hatred of our president.

President Bush's leadership has improved education in America. His No Child Left Behind Act helps kids learn and puts parents back in the drivers' seat when it comes to their children's education.

The No Child Left Behind Act sets high standards for student performance and provides the resources needed to meet them. Under President Bush's leadership federal funding for education has increased 59.8% from 2000 to 2003. A large portion of that money goes toward helping high-poverty schools. The funds also go toward efforts to retain high-quality teachers.

Local control is another crucial aspect of education reform. The No Child Left Behind Act trusts parents and local school officials to direct resources where they will do the most good for their students. The law gives parents the right to transfer their kids out of failing or unsafe schools and into better schools.

This issue is just one more example of how our President is providing the courageous leadership America needs.

Liberals in this country just can not get over their hatred of our Commander in Chief, because if they did they would see he is the man for the job.

-- William MacVittie

Colorado Springs

Editor's note: The previous three letter writers did not experience a simultaneous epiphany to verbalize their support for George W. Bush's education policy. Rather, the form letter was supplied, courtesy of the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney '04 campaign for re-election at

www.georgewbush.com . There, supporters are encouraged to simply check a box to send a "personalized" letter to their local newspapers. This letter has appeared -- with many authors' names attached -- in newspapers across the country, including the Arizona Daily Star, the Sun Herald in Mississippi, the Journal Times in Racine, Wisc., and numerous others. Ordinarily, here at the Independent, we prefer people pen their own, original ideas.

Sad, helpless twit

RE: Kerry is a danger to freedom

Outrage, you want outrage? As an American citizen I'm outraged that the press, protected by the Bill of Rights, has abrogated any sense of responsibility to truth, decency, civilization or honesty.

The Democratic Party, open supporter of perversion, atheism, and the demise of Western civilization, is never scrutinized, analyzed or criticized, only praised and slobbered over without hesitation.

Ample evidence abounds to focus on the unrestrained descent into debauchery delivered daily to America from the DNC. But no, our watchdog of freedom and the truth is obsessed with George Bush's IQ and his actions 20 years ago, about which there is ample evidence to defeat the lies of the left-wing loonies, but that isn't on the agenda. Their agenda is John Kerry, verified gigolo, communist supporter, trust fund coward, blowhard and ne're-do-well and anti-American cheerleader for Satan.

Has Johnny with the mopey long face ever met a payroll, participated in the capitalist economy other than to clip stock coupons. Of course not, he is above working for a living, he is Brahman trash and therefore beyond any scrutiny.

I think a man still married to the mother of his children, who openly honors his father and mother, his God and country and who can be seen during "free time;" clearing brush, doing ranch chores and putting in an honest day's labor, has a better insight about reality and the lives of normal people. Such a man would be the only sane choice.

John Kerry looks too much like Lurch on crack for my taste. Geeks like Kerry should be vilified, harassed and ostracized until he is fully recognized as the sad and pathetic charlatan and despicable pampered boy of privilege and snobbery that he truly is.

George Bush is a man; John Kerry is a sad and helpless twit that should slip on some panties and host a tea party.

-- Chuck Frazier

American tired of left-wing babble

Colorado Springs

The history books

I have become exhausted trying to ignore the references of certain politicians to what they see as a religious foundation of this country.

The last straw was in the Independent's quote of the week from the March 4 paper. In the quote, Colorado state Sen. Ken Arnold said that another person's stance on some issue or another is "not biblical, and it goes against everything this country has stood for."

All of Ken Arnold's religious posturing is well and good, but history is something I think is dangerous when misrepresented. People tired of religious intrusion into matters of reason founded this country.

It is a period fondly remembered as the Enlightenment. Almost immediately after the Enlightenment was the Industrial Revolution. This time is notable for increased worker strife, as conditions, hours and wages became worse. At the same time religion gained a great boom. The main message of this Second Great Awakening was "suffer now and your rewards will come in heaven." By-and-large, the owners of production funded this massive evangelism. Some workers chose the road of reason, acting out with strikes and protests instead, which offers a more immediate form of salvation. It is because of these people we have the eight-hour day, minimum wage and decent working conditions.

Religion certainly has influenced this country. Certainly what this country stands for is up to some debate. But inherent to any democracy is a need for tolerance. Try tolerating others, Sen. Arnold, and others might tolerate you.

-- Ben Miller

Colorado Springs

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