Safe for now

When I first heard the news that Adelphia was moving The Daily Show from 9 p.m. to midnight, I, like many, suspected devious right-wing shenanigans. But Cara DeGette's Public Eye column last week offered a perfectly good explanation for the switch. I like South Park as much as anybody, but it doesn't need to be on at 7:30 p.m.

Adelphia currently airs reruns of The Daily Show from the night before at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as well as its regular 9 p.m. time slot. After the switch, you should be able to catch Jon Stewart reruns from the night before at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., as well as at the midnight show. If none of these times suit you, that's what VCRs, TiVos and shiny new DVD recorders are for. The real travesty here is Comedy Central's recent decision to cancel Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.

So relax homies, democracy is still safe ... for now.

-- Larry Murr

Colorado Springs

Get with the program

Regarding The Daily Show and your legion of desperate viewers ... learn how to program your VCR.

-- Steve Clarke

Colorado Springs

Talking turkey

As I sat in the comfort of my living room, it was a real treat to see board of education member Eric Christen get his comeuppance before a packed house last Wednesday night as the District 11 Board of Education adopted a resolution of censure against him.

It should be clear by now to all interested parties that the effort headed by Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, to hijack Colorado's third largest school district and turn it into a political sideshow isn't going to work.

Let's talk turkey -- there is a great and growing effort to dismantle what most feel has long been the backbone of our republic -- public education. Eric Christen, Sandy Shakes, Craig Cox and Willie Breazell were heavily financed by the governor's deep-pocket cronies to make School District 11 the nation's No. 1 school voucher experiment. This slate of candidates, in their attempt to shove vouchers down our throats, found themselves intellectually adrift when a few months after their election to office, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled vouchers unconstitutional.

Sandy Shakes accepted the court's ruling. Her many years of teaching experience served her well in coming to grips with the mutually agreed-to stipulations of the district's master agreement.

Christen, Cox and Breazell, with no experience, turned their attention to satisfying what can only be described as their own personal agendas. Christen got tough and threatened "guerrilla warfare" against the district. His name-calling and bullying tactics have been a pathetic display of incivility and, at approximately 10 p.m. on the evening of Dec. 8, found him blubbering and bawling at the podium trying to defend himself.

I'm disappointed but not surprised that our great city's only daily newspaper champions Christen's erratic behavior. The Gazette has long been on record as being opposed to public education both in concept and in practice, so they're only being consistent in opposing anything that speaks of support for our neighborhood schools.

Let's be alert and be sure we elect men and women to fill D-11 vacancies who don't insist upon laying all the problems that plague society at the door of the Colorado Springs Education Association.

P.S. I strongly encourage the pursuit of recall of Eric Christen.

-- Harlan E. Nimrod

Colorado Springs

Nothing wrong with a suit

As nearly as I can tell, Rich Tosches wrote "Losing at any cost" last week without interviewing any of the parties he mentioned in person.

I haven't talked to Jerry Rutledge, Gary Barnett or any of the CU assistant coaches who received gift certificates for Rutledge's either, so my guess is as good as his about what their purchases might have been.

However, I look to the Indy for alternative points of view. Wouldn't it be original if, instead of pandering to the stereotype of coaches as crotch-scratching Neanderthals who gravitate to pimp pants and $65 caps, somebody suggested the idea that they might be interested in a tailored suit?

Wouldn't it be thought-provoking if, instead of joining the mainstream feeding frenzy on the "Gary-Barnett-CU-recruiting-scandal" word string (as if that took any time to Google), somebody investigated the tack that the money Coach Barnett receives from summer football camp work really is his money and he really can do anything he wants with it -- including outfitting his assistants for appearances they make on behalf of the University of Colorado?

What if Barnett is really a good guy whose work year in and year out with players recruited from extremely diverse backgrounds has made a positive difference in hundreds of lives?

Doing a Google search of my own, I just discovered that Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops's salary is $2.3 million per year. If his Sooners are laughing, it might be at the fools in Colorado who bought something even more ridiculous than a pink Burberry dog hoodie.

In a state where some of our smartest publishers pass over the report of an investigative panel that found no evidence that CU coaches knowingly sanctioned the use of alcohol and sex in recruiting -- and go instead for the cheap (and nearly libelous) shot of associating Barnett's name one more time with tawdry buzzwords -- maybe they're laughing at our free press.

-- Beth Cutter

Via the Internet

The party's over

Yahoo for Dec. 9 letter writer Matt Clawson, who did some research and came across the term "Oil Peak," a term that should be in the headlines every day.

There is an excellent book called The Party's Over in our library system explaining this further. The United States hit our Oil Peak in 1972.

For people to think our gluttonous use of oil will not subside in our lifetime, they are in for a severe shock. This is a global event that will affect every person on the earth. Can you live without oil?

-- Lois Pratt

Colorado Springs

Waiting to be crushed

In response to the Dec. 2-8 news article titled "Wal-Mart looms large: Woodland Park's main street divided over Supercenter," I can say from personal experience that the only concern Wal-Mart has is where they will make the greatest profit. Small businesses are ants waiting to be crushed in the eyes of Wal-Mart, and that is exactly what they will do if anyone gets in their way.

As an example of just how concerned they are with pursuing their capitalistic greed, a friend of mine who used to work at a Wal-Mart in Pueblo told me that the yearly bonuses that the employees receive each year are dependent upon and reflective of how many of the employees at that store had filed for workman's compensation and sought medical assistance for their injuries. Thus, they were basically penalized for being injured on the job and then doubly punished for having to receive medical help.

One could justify such behavior by observing that Wal-Mart is not required (at least not that I am aware of) to provide their employees a bonus at all. True. But the fact of the matter is, Wal-Mart employees, at least those not in management positions, barely make enough to support themselves, let alone an entire family. Being that Wal-Mart has so much money (probably much more than they would ever need), why is it so hard to give out a few extra bucks to some deserving employees at the end of the year?

Breaking away from my writer's tangent, Woodland Park should resist the evil tyranny of Wal-Mart with every legal weapon they can. (Please note that I did say "legal.") Woodland Park is pure and retains a sense of "virginity" from such capitalistic giants as Wal-Mart -- or at least those of Wal-Mart's caliber.

The protesters were right when they stated that the small businesses of Woodland Park should close if Wal-Mart comes to town. It has no sympathy for the small businesses of the world and will devour them at all costs. In an evolutionary sense, Wal-Mart is the ultimate predator, and small businesses are its No. 1 choice for prey.

-- Robert Ferguson

Colorado Springs?

Hard not to laugh

The Joe Hagan article "All in the family" [Cover story, Dec. 2-8] has it backwards. Not only are we laughing more at our society these days, but we have more Mikes and Archies than ever. What's really funny is that the Norman Lears of the world are now the Archies.

That famous stupid-deer-in-the-headlights look is now coming from Dan Rather, Barry Lind, Michael Moore, Richard Skorman and George Soros. The well-informed, compassionate Mikes are now James Dobson, Tom Pedigo, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

Doc Dobson makes an impassioned, low-key, logical case that people can be free from the degradation of homosexuality. He presents proof in the form of thousands of photos and names of those people; they're happier and healthier than ever before. We find out we even know a few "ex-lifestylers."

Then we see some hysterical embodiment of Archie Bunker spewing words like "hate," "homophobe," "bigot" and "theocracy," and he's "way too intense," and we just have to laugh. We keep laughing because we know without a doubt he's wrong and that prejudices make him look like a fool in the classic sense, in exactly the same way Archie was a fool.

Sean makes a well-reasoned case that Hitler, Stalin, Khomeini, Qaddafi, Kim Jung Il, bin Laden and Hussein slaughtered millions of people because of appeasement and isolationist policies. So it's hard not to laugh when blank-eyed talking heads in suits say no one knows why we're at war.

Rush Limbaugh is the key to the transformation. He's distilled the superficiality, lack of logic, and myopic vision of lib'ruls into an "archietype." We laugh out loud at "news" articles, commentary and even television scripts, because it's all so transparent. Who needs the comics page when we've got CBS?

-- Jeff Lane

Colorado Springs

Darkening the moment

Poor Megan Hauser: After ignoring her Jewish faith "for a while," she is shocked to find that the "large, national retail stores" she visits do not stock the Judaica or kosher foods she needs to celebrate Hanukkah [Your Turn, Dec. 9-15]. As a result, she is "angered by this city's lack of culture and respect for other cultures" and is resigned to being inundated with "inane" religious carols during the holiday season ... a season of various spiritual celebrations that "many Christians are too xenophobic ... to recognize."

Excuse me? Isn't the complaint with those "large, national retail stores" who lacked the products Ms. Hauser needed? How does this disappointment morph into a condemnation that our city lacks culture or is insensitive to other cultures and religions?

And how did Ms. Hauser get to Christian bashing? And, what was the point of impugning the citizens of Briargate by saying that they would not be able to handle a Star of David on her desk?

Please, Ms. Hauser, remember that this is a season of celebration and joy, a season of light. Don't darken this time with divisive, misanthropic attacks on your neighbors who have no say over whether large national retailers stock gefilte fish or matzo on their shelves. Go straight to those retailers and tell them what products you would like to see they carry.

-- Rod Podszus

Colorado Springs

Thank God for the Gazette

This weekend, the International Bible Society and the Gazette (where religion passes for news every day) will distribute some 100,000 free New International Version Bibles along with its Sunday edition.

Finally, something that might actually do some good. The homeless can forage and retrieve some of the tens of thousands that will be thrown in the trash, and burn them in bonfires to stay warm over Christmas. Praise Jesus.

-- Thomas McCullock

Colorado Springs

Editor's note: For more on the Gazette-New Testament deal, check out this week's Public Eye on page 18.


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