John knows better
I do believe John Hazlehurst in his Outsider column of Sept. 26 is wrong in his assertion that when you vote for a particular candidate you are "casting a vote for the special interests who have ... financed their candidacies." It is unfair to suggest that if a candidate accepts money in support of a campaign, then that person is ipso facto being "bought."
I had broad support in my race for the City Council in 2001 and, yes, some of it was from the business and development community. I believe those individuals and organizations knew that I would be deciding every issue on its merits and would not be beholden to anyone. My voting record shows this to be true.
John has painted all candidates and elected officials with a very broad brush indeed. To say that a "corrupt system corrupts all who participate" is just indefensible. There are many "independent, thoughtful, willing to change" public servants at all levels. And John knows it.
-- Judy Noyes
Home of the liars
Regarding the Sept. 26 letter to the editor, "Coal is key": There is a huge problem with coal being cheap -- the workers who have to haul it out are being paid cheaply, too.
Of course, due to globalization, it's some other country's coal that is being ripped from their country to pay back loans that their country's politicians signed for (and be assured, our American government put those people in their positions) and will never be able to pay back (another little secret our government planned).
Now am I a bleeding-heart liberal? Nahhh, just a descendent of people from the South whose coal got ripped from their lands, too. That might not mean anything to a Colorado resident, but look in your history books how the rich hired the National Guard and Pinkerton guards to knock my relatives' heads right off their shoulders when they protested for better pay and working conditions.
Oh, but I guess us hillbillies have a lot in common with poor Third World people -- we're not considered real humans in this land of the privileged and home of the liars.
America, get one thing straight in your little head: Continue to let our country run over other countries in the name of terrorism, and we will be in Word War III by the time a Pinkerton guard can shake a rifle at ya.
Things haven't changed since that time either; they've just mutated to an American mindset called ignorance.
-- Joshua Williams
Smoking next to a sick baby
Smoking next to a sick baby
John Hazlehurst's Sept. 26 review of the Eagles brought to mind some interesting points.
The first being that the reason that most people were not drunk or stoned at the concert was that the music is good enough that people didn't need to be blasted to enjoy it. I have heard many techno and hip-hop fans tell me that "the music sounds all the same unless you're wasted." So they burn their brains with X, which causes Parkinson's disease and brain damage.
Secondly, any concert is better straight and people usually figure that out by the time they are 19.
Thirdly, the whole mentality of "I must be drunk or stoned to enjoy something or life" is foolish. It is anti-life, anti-thinking and selfish.
But the worst comment that was made was the "sweet smell of pot." Pot has twice as much tar in it than cigarettes, and it does cause cancer as well. Both cigarettes (which contain cyanide, formaldehyde and ammonia -- how the hell is that legal?) and pot harm (through second hand smoke) others when smoked in an enclosed area. The arena is a no-smoking venue, so anyone who was smoking anything in there was poisoning others against their will.
If people want to ruin their own bodies, they can eat pot brownies and chew tobacco, but many are just too damn selfish to even think of the rights of others to breathe clean air.
As for being older, age shouldn't matter; talent should. And in an age where a DJ who can't play a note is seen as talented, I will support real musicians and artists any day.
And someone needs to open a nonsmoking club in this town; one night in a bar with smokers is like swimming through a toxic soup. It's not worth it and if you let most smokers, they'd smoke next to a sick baby.
After all, cigs (if you count all of the murdered people who died from second hand smoke) and drugs have killed more people than all the wars of the last century put together.
Why doesn't anyone have the guts to protest them? Ah yes, your addict friends who do them won't like you anymore.
-- Michael Dobey
They won't bother answering
The following is an open letter to City Council:
So, there's to be no watering on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, huh?
But then I went by Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School Thursday evening (26 September) and -- lo and behold! -- there were their lawn sprinklers, going full blast! Their grass is nice and green, and I guess this must be the reason.
I find this especially offensive while you are spending taxpayers' money to place ads in various publications telling me that "we're all in this together," and threatening me with fines and "flow restrictors" if I dare to give my lawns and flowers an adequate and regular diet of water, and, as I understand it, paying city employees to drive around night and day to ferret out anyone doing so.
As always, I ask (and you usually don't bother to answer): What are you going to do about it?
-- Patrick L. Lilly
Occupied Cheyenne Caon
Recently I was stopped by a Colorado Springs police officer for riding my bike on the sidewalk downtown. I was threatened with a $50 fine. (I must add that I was riding my bike in a very slow and controlled manner and was very cognizant of pedestrians sharing the sidewalk.)
I believe a $50 fine is very unfair and disproportionate punishment. Riding a bike in downtown Colorado Springs, in the street, is tantamount to suicide, as most automobile drivers fail to show proper and legal respect for bike riders.
This is a very bike-unfriendly town. Incorporating bike lanes into the city streets would help reduce automobile traffic and definitely make it safer for bike riders to travel on city streets.
If there were bike lanes downtown, bikers wouldn't have to ride on sidewalks and the cops could do what they're supposed to do: fight real crime instead of picking on the poor and vulnerable.
-- Larry W. Cook
No friend of the poor
This is an open letter to blue-collar workers, service industry workers and all other middle- and lower-class workers that bust their butts to scratch out a living.
Before you cast your vote on Nov. 5, please remember what Sen. Wayne Allard did for the working class after 9/11.
First, he voted to give $15 billion of welfare to the rich executives and stockholders of huge corporate airlines to keep them from going broke due to 9/11.
Then, when asked why he voted against a $2 billion program for regular workers like you and me, he replied, "We've already provided $15 billion in relief to the airline industry. Where do you draw the line?" (Source: October 12, 2001 interview on WB2 News, Denver)
The program Allard voted against would have provided an additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits to airline and aircraft manufacturing employees who lost their jobs as a direct result of the attacks of Sept. 11.
Please cast your ballot for Tom Strickland on Nov. 5.
-- Steve Plutt
Osama bin who?
Bush and Cheney's constant beating of the drums of war, playing on American's emotions at this time of national mourning for the victims of 9/11, is most distressing.
Let us honor those who died by working for world peace, not by starting another war. If there's one valuable thing we can learn from the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, it's that acts of aggression, when retaliated against, become an endless cycle of death and destruction for both sides.
The current U.S. war in Afghanistan has already cost $15 billion and the loss of 39 American lives along with hundreds of Afghan civilians. Each month costs another $2 billion (according to a Sept. 9 article in The Denver Post), but what has been achieved? The country is in shambles with a fragile truce regularly shattered by bombings, assassinations and violent warlords. Remnants of the Taliban and al Qaeda seem to be operating underground, and we haven't even found Osama bin Laden.
The hatred that many Arabs feel toward the United States cannot be eliminated through military actions and domination, which comes at such a high price for our nation, especially the young men and woman who are called upon to sacrifice their lives.
Let us negotiate with Third World nations for peace with justice, the only civilized course of action to follow. Let us communicate this message to our political leaders.
-- Cyndy Kulp
Not a spectator sport
The League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region urges all citizens to inform themselves on issues and candidates and to vote. Your vote really does make a difference! Democracy is not a spectator sport! Our system of government needs your participation.
Budget Issues 2002, published by the League of Women Voters Colorado Education Fund, is now available at local libraries and offices of the El Paso County Election Department. This pamphlet offers clear, concise, unbiased information and arguments for and against all the statewide ballot issues.
The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 General Election is Monday, Oct. 7.
Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 21 and ends Friday, Nov. 1.
The last day to apply for an absentee ballot to vote in the Nov. 5 General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Early voting or absentee voting is encouraged.
The League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region will, on request, send a member to your group meeting to discuss state ballot issues. If you have questions, call the League at 447-9400.
-- Ann James
League of Women Voters
of the Pikes Peak Region