Vital viewing
Just this past week, Kimball's Twin Peak took a courageous step by bringing to the Springs the underrated film Trade (csindy.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A21664). Depicting the kidnapping, rape and trafficking of women and children, this film was not intended to be entertaining or lighthearted. It was dark, disturbing, but entirely necessary and timely.

It is estimated 1 million people are trafficked annually. This number is disquieting; the world must stand up against injustice like this. Many reviewers have said that this film is "exploitative" and "trashy" maybe so, but only because it was true to the nature of the crimes it was portraying. Because of its graphic and upsetting content, the film has only grossed just over $200,000 since it opened two weeks ago.

Kimball Bayles, owner of the Twin Peak, stepped out on a limb by bringing this film to his theater. I'm sure he didn't profit financially from it. His tenacity to show this film should not go overlooked.

We as Americans desperately need to have our eyes opened to the realities of the world around us, and our hands moved to action on behalf of those who cannot act for themselves. This film was a part of that awakening.

Candace Woods

Colorado Springs

Make us laugh
Ah, to be able to laugh and snicker out loud again while reading the Indy. It had been a while. Nice to have "Ranger" Rich Tosches back.

For those of us who have lived here forever and occasionally complained about a few of the turns our fair city has taken, it is nice to know that we have a funny, just-adolescent-enough satirist in our corner to keep us laughing (instead of crying) at some of the many juicy targets that our city has no problem continually conjuring up.

Hopefully, Ranger Rich will have enough courage to also poke fun from time to time at the issues and personalities of those of us who seem to be more on his side of the fence, so that Indy readers can also laugh at themselves and the personalities and foibles of the more liberal community leaders. A little laughter all the way around couldn't hurt in at least slightly bridging some of the differences that fracture our town.

Gary Sondermann

Colorado Springs

Lamborn's latest
When George W. Bush once again went against the overwhelming majority of the American public (8 out of every 10 polled), against health care for millions of children, Rep. Doug Lamborn also once again voted against his constituency and chose party politics.

Lamborn chose to let millions of kids and their families suffer, as he was one of just a few votes blocking Congress from implementing the will of the American people. As he votes to continue spending billions per week in Iraq, there is no excuse for not taking care of our kids back here at home.

Why is our representative so out of touch? Does he not see that there will be major political consequences for him and others in the 2008 elections if they keep ignoring the will of the American people? I guess we will see.

TR Gumm

Cripple Creek

Advice for Rockies
This is a work of fiction:

The Colorado Rockies sincerely regret the inconvenience and agony that our method of selling World Series tickets has caused our loyal fans. We apologize for the countless hours of lost productivity and wasted time.

In hindsight, we realize we let our fans down. While we present this not as an excuse, but simply part of the reality we created, we have a request: Please remember that we are in the World Series!

On behalf of players, coaches and other staff, we ask that you direct your frustration where it belongs: ownership and the front office. Please do not let this detract from your joy in this World Series. No player, no coach, no mascot had any role in the ticket-sale fiasco. At this time we can neither confirm nor deny that Dinger will be promoted to the front office for the 2008 season.

We accept responsibility. We also regret attempting to blame others for so-called denial of service attacks. People wanted tickets. Our system collapsed under that foreseeable demand.

While we cannot undo those two days, we are already looking to the future. To help show our fans that we care, the Rockies commit to the following, even after we win this World Series:

We will not raise prices for tickets, concessions, parking or merchandise in 2008. In regard to future postseason series: Our local fans come first. Your support helped us get to this World Series. We will always reserve at least half our available tickets for sale at the box office and our Dugout stores.

Please continue to support your Colorado Rockies.

Michael Duncan

Colorado Springs

D-49 needs Promise
The school-board election in District 49 ("Finicky 49ers," News, Oct. 11) is not getting as much attention as it should. I wanted to weigh in and talk about why I am voting for Promise Lee and why everyone else in D-49 should also.

The first thing I hear when I tell people I am supporting Promise is, "Do you know what he has done?" And my answer is "Yes, and that is why I support him." I really wish I could talk to people about his qualifications because they are many, but instead, everyone wants to talk about his past ("Promise Lee to challenge city ban," News, Jan. 4, 2001). And, let's face it, there is plenty to talk about there.

OK, so let's talk about it. We can talk, talk, talk, and at the end of the day the fact remains that the life that Promise has lived is the perfect example of a triumphant American story. He, at his worst, was the perfect example of what is wrong in this country. But he turned it around and now, at his best, he is the perfect example of what is right in this country.

No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, you can change, and with some hard work you can live the American dream. Who is better to lead our kids down the right path than someone who has walked both? Who would know better the things a school, district and community can do to help at-risk kids than one who was once lost himself?

I just could not remain silent. I want everyone in D-49 to know of the outstanding opportunity we have in Promise.

Jennifer Trujillo-Sanchez

Colorado Springs

Poor judgment
Sydney, Australia, is about 8,300 miles from Colorado Springs. Airfare runs about $1,700 and hotels range from $90 to $500 a night. Doesn't that seem like a lot of money and time for a bunch of teenagers to hang out with a bunch of other teenagers and the Pope? How many people in Darfur or New Orleans could that much money feed?

Last week ("Boycott United," Letters), Fr. Bill Carmody invited everyone to join his boycott of a couple of airlines because they reneged on a contract and doubled their ticket price after demand rose for flights to Sydney on dates around World Youth Day. That was a crummy thing to do, but was it hypocritical? Actually, it was genuinely American, responding with greed to market forces. Airlines do not represent themselves as altruistic, but as capitalistic.

Spending $3,000 or more, however, to fly 8,300 miles to pray, and party, with other kids and the Pope seems antithetical to how Carmody's church represents itself, and he should be chided for assuming such extravagance is remotely Christian.

This is what always happens when religion replaces faith. Worship and religiosity, especially when financially wasteful, are contrary to the teachings of the founder of Carmody's faith.

Jesus was quoted as inviting a rich young man to sell all his possessions and give them to the poor if he wanted to rise from good to perfect. Jesus was being true to his Hebrew tradition, typified by Isaiah.

Tim Rowan

Colorado Springs

Run off
I recently found out that the 2007 running of the Mayor's Cup 5K in Manitou Springs has been canceled. For the last three years, I eagerly anticipated and actively participated in festivities surrounding the Mayor's Cup 5K. People running in full costume, nice weather, a safe and well-organized race, and the parade and coffin races afterward. What a great day this has become!

I am saddened and confused about this news. According to race organizers, it was canceled as a result of a City Council vote on Oct. 9. Organizers have explained that despite the benefits the race provides to the city in the form of donations to the Mineral Springs Foundation (over $8,000 the past two years), they were turned down due to a rejection of a request for a $1,300 tax waiver. What? Is this the new math?

I was not at the meeting and do not know the intricacies of running a city budget, but the way it was explained by the race directors, it seems that it's about money.

A proud Manitou resident, I have invited friends and family to the event and always encouraged fellow runners to participate. After the race we frequent local taverns and restaurants, and I'm sure we are not the only ones who stick around town and spend our money (as evidenced by the huge crowds last year).

If the city is receiving generous donations from race organizers plus generating revenue for businesses, it does not make sense to be unsupportive of this kind of event. Is this the end of the event altogether? Can I hope that you could be swayed by public outcry (and better math) for next year's race?

Nathaniel Kiser

Manitou Springs

SCHIP shame
Perhaps the only hopeful thing to come out of Bush's shameful veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program and Congress members failing to vote for the override is that this will do more to damage the Republican Party and the White House than anything else they have done so far.

My heart aches for the poor children who will suffer and die because of this mean-spiritedness, but maybe these representatives had to stick their necks in the noose to make more people aware of the heartlessness of this crony administration. My hope is that their lack of compassion hasn't happened in vain, but will be the catalyst for more people to take action against a corrupt government that goes beyond anything I've seen in my lifetime.

Sharlene White

Santa Fe, N.M.

Separate, but equal?
President George W. Bush: You are punishing Burma for putting people in prison, yet you say nothing about you putting American reporters in prison.

You say America has a great economy, yet Social Security receives a $25 raise and Congress gets a $5,000 raise. Where is the equality?

Ken Kretzschmar

Colorado Springs

Last week's Best Of winners' lineup should have listed Springs Salsa at 2506 W. Colorado Ave.

Also in last week's issue, photos on pp. 38 and 48 should have been credited to Brienne Boortz.

The Independent regrets the errors.


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