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The midnight show

Buried in last Saturday's Gazette so few would see it was the news that Adelphia is moving the time of The Daily Show from 9 p.m. to midnight.

We now have yet another thing to complain to Adelphia about and I hope your team has some ideas about how to protest this. Letters to Sandra Mann or something? It's another strike by the conservatives in this city. I pay $91.80 per month to Adelphia for cable service (of which we watch five channels) and the Internet. For the first time ever, I'm going to call the satellite companies if this doesn't get changed.

Please, please, please make this a big issue in your paper. It's supposed to go into effect on Dec. 20. I think that people who don't know about this will be more than eager to get the change stopped.

-- Demetra Pulos

Colorado Springs

Editor's note: Adelphia's toll free telephone number is 800/626-6299. Readers who are enraged about the plan to move Jon Stewart's Daily Show to the wee hours of the night should also contact the Independent via e-mail at degette@csindy.com

Type, don't write!

A note to anonymous letter writers, in response to last week's Public Eye column by Cara DeGette:

First and foremost, I value the freedom of speech and of the press that is afforded to citizens in the United States of America, and I personally value the wide variety of news sources that are readily available to anyone who's interested.

However, there is a world of difference between reading alternative publications in an effort to get a more balanced view of political issues and reading alternative publications with the sole intention of infuriating oneself or selecting a target for one's angst.

Don't get me wrong, read what you like. Just don't expect me to be sympathetic when you pick up a copy of a newspaper that you categorically despise only to discover that -- Surprise! -- you don't like its contents. How's that blood pressure thing working out for you by the way?

Also, if you are going to pen a nasty, incensed letter intended to be anonymous, I suspect that there are more anonymous methods than a handwritten note. On occasion, graphology has held up in court as evidence. Thought you should know. Perhaps a better way of sending your hate message would be a nice, typewritten letter. As you may know, Microsoft Word is ubiquitous these days, and any local library will let you use a computer.

Speaking of Microsoft Word, one of its nicest features is spell check. Spell check is a tool that prevents users from looking like complete morons who have negated the validity of their arguments by drawing attention to their own ignorance. Of course, if you don't have access to a computer, there are still dictionaries available to writers and readers. I suggest you look into it.

Having said that, I appreciate your right to an opinion. Now, why don't you do the same?

Knitting is a hobby; tennis is a hobby. Writing asinine, "anonymous" letters and death threats is not a hobby. It is a disgusting waste of ink, time and human dignity.

-- Kristy Milligan

Via the Internet

Ignorance is bliss

Having read the three vitriolic anonymous letters you published in Public Eye last week, what came to mind is that "ignorance is bliss." God help them and bless them in both!

-- Mary Giblin

Via the Internet

Letting off steam

I just finished reading last week's Public Eye about anonymous letter writers and had to write.

I cannot believe the ignorance of so many Americans. They speak of morals and Christianity. However, where is the morality in the slaughtering of hundreds of innocent citizens (including women and children) in Fallujah and the rest of Iraq? If Bush were really a "born-again Christian," i.e., a believer and follower of the teachings of Jesus, according to Webster's Dictionary, he would not be ordering this slaughter. There is nothing just or moral about this war.

As pointed out by a letter to the editor in last week's Indy from Tony Porter, there is no winning of the "war on terrorism." In my opinion, this war is nothing more than the powers that be wanting to maintain their power status and, of course, take over the world's oil supplies.

It felt good to let off some steam. Keep doing what you are doing. The general public seems to have no knowledge of what is really happening in our government. You might want to read articles by John Kaminski or log on to http://signs-of-the-times.org both of which pull no punches in telling it like it is no matter how ugly.

-- Barbara Rolens

Colorado Springs

Memories contradict reality

I'm writing to let Thomas McElroy [Letters to the editor, Nov. 18-24] know that my mother also decided not to renew her Fine Arts Center membership for the same reasons.

I am a native of Colorado Springs and my father John Fetler was the art critic at the Gazette from the 1950s through the mid 1990s.

The center was a part of my life beginning in the 1950s. I remember being dropped off there and watching children's plays. Later I remember being in several plays there during my teens. I remember going to art openings with my father and mother and staring at the totem pole time after time after time. I remember taking my children to see the art and that same totem pole. I remember the their delight in seeing all the different Christmas trees year after year.

After my dad's stroke in 1996, which left him unable to speak or write, I went with him and my mother to the Fine Arts Center openings where many of the artists he had encouraged during his years as art critic now saw and encouraged him expressing gratitude for all he had done to promote the arts and the Fine Arts Center.

After my father died, I went with my mother to the openings, where we encountered old friends. It was a time of enjoying memories of my father and discussing what he might have enjoyed in the current show.

I, like many others, showed up last Christmas expecting the traditional gallery of trees. No trees and the new policies (especially the one that eliminates a free day for those in our community unable to afford a membership to come view the art) seemed contradictory to everything I had learned about art and the role it plays in society.

Art feeds the soul and educates in a way nothing else can. Pueblo knows this; we seem to have forgotten. Director Michael DeMarsche has destroyed years of community building and made the Fine Arts Center his own personal exclusive club, which I believe is going to go the same route as the "exclusive lofts" near the police station.

Here's hoping that maybe the Pioneers Museum can consider doing the Christmas Gallery of Trees next year. It was a great tradition in this town.

-- Annette Fetler Daymon

Colorado Springs

Hope in youth

The seeds for the Pikes Peak Region's Creative Class are sprouting right in our midst. The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association brings together the finest young musicians in the region and enables them to experience the elements of a professional music environment with regular rehearsals, coaching, competitions and performances.

Their six orchestras and two string programs provide opportunities for young musicians to develop and perform here in Colorado Springs (including at the Pikes Peak Center) and in other cities and states (the Youth Symphony has been invited to Carnegie Hall in New York), as well as abroad.

Their Web site (www. csysa.com) lists ongoing performances, audition dates and more details about this incredible organization.

-- Janice E. Black

Colorado Springs

Too much to swallow

Two years ago the citizens of El Paso County were told by our county government that one of the compelling reasons for expanding the county courthouse at its present location was to ensure secure transit of dangerous prisoners from their cells to courtrooms.

The existing corridor from the Metro jail facility to the courthouse was cited as a decisive reason for the rejection of other available locations, owned by the county and that could have been used for courthouse facilities.

Now we are told that the Metro jail facility is so inadequate and in such disrepair that is must be closed. The safety of prisoners and corrections department personnel is alleged to be at risk.

Are we to believe that our county officials were unaware of the deplorable state of conditions in the Metro jail facility when its proximity to the courthouse was used as justification for expansion of the courthouse at its present site? Are we to believe that the sorry condition of the Metro jail has only recently been recognized by our county officials? That is just too much to swallow in one gulp.

-- Charles Merritt

Colorado Springs

Pedestrians unite

Last week, less that a block from my workplace, an innocent pedestrian was killed by one of the many idiotic drivers in this city. This was, of course, no shock to me. Though I always cross with the light at intersections, I am almost mowed down at least three or four times a week.

Many times this happens directly in front of police officers who do absolutely nothing.

It is disgusting enough when drivers are merely not paying the proper attention to pedestrian right-of-way. However, at least once or twice a month, I encounter drivers who obviously see me. These people will look a pedestrian directly in the eye and actually speed into the crosswalk. As they are using a deadly weapon (their vehicle) to bully me from something that is rightfully mine (my right-of-way), I consider them no better than the basest of extortionists.

It is time that the pedestrians of Colorado Springs unite. We must insist on stiffer penalties for those who endanger innocent lives for absolutely no valid reason. We must confront and file complaints against police officers who ignore such behavior.

It is also time for the drivers of this city to learn the proper rules of the road. Here is a refresher course.

1) If you are turning, even when turning right on a green light, pedestrians have the right of way.

2) If you are running a fresh red light, you will usually be going too fast to notice the pedestrians who just started crossing with the light.

3) When stopping at an intersection, you must stop before the crosswalk. Otherwise you may be forcing pedestrians to cross into the intersection itself.

I realize that this will fall on deaf ears for those guilty of ignoring those rules. Let me, therefore, explain it in a manner that will entice the guilty parties to listen:

You might kill someone. If you do, you will likely go to prison. Is loss of freedom and anal elasticity really worth the illusion of saving time?

-- Jodi Hillhouse

Colorado Springs

Walked and loaded

Five pedestrians were run over in Colorado Springs recently. Gee, maybe a pedestrian carrying a shotgun so that motorists will see him isn't such a far-fetched idea after all.

For the drivers that stop behind the big white line -- thank you.

For the drivers who don't care about stopping before they drive into the crosswalk and put the lives of pedestrians at risk -- if the CSPD actually enforced 10.3.101 of the city code, it would cost you three points and $130, or maybe just another dead pedestrian. To file a complaint for a violating driver, call 444-7000, CSPD dispatch or 444-7401, chief of police.

Have a nice day.

-- Don Ortega

Colorado Springs

Editor's note: Last year Mr. Ortega was the source of many news stories when he chose to carry a shotgun as he walked along Colorado Springs' streets to protect himself from bad drivers. He then started taking the shotgun to City Council meetings, until guns were banned from City Hall.

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