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Still buzzing
This gets a little tedious, but this "sweetie" needs to clarify things with Ralph Routon (sigh) in reference to his May 15 column ("Dems: The pleasure is ours," Between the Lines). There are two people who are in contention for our party's nomination, and there are a lot of caring, committed, energetic Democrats capable of helping Hillary Clinton win the state in November. There is no nominee yet check the news. (Oops, bad idea.)

Just because you ignore that pesky old fly, doesn't mean it isn't still buzzing around your head. So remember and take heed: We are not winning the White House without us women, and us women are getting really miffed.

Additionally, shame on your mean-spirited cover of the same issue and lack of an accompanying, clarifying article.

Toni Stanton
Colorado Springs

Farewell, GOP
I've been a conservative all my adult life, and that has usually meant Republican, but I have given up on the Republican Party as it is now constituted. The principles of limited government, lower taxes, individual responsibility and individual freedom are very important to me. But the Republican Party of today no longer seems to believe in those principles that I hold dear.

The party has gone off into a wilderness where I choose not to go: a wilderness of uncontrolled government spending and intrusion into people's lives. Until recently, this was the purview of liberal Democrats.

I simply cannot vote for John (Juan) McCain for president. I realize he is probably a lesser of two evils compared to Clinton or Obama, but I will not hold my nose and vote for the Republican candidate just because he is the Republican candidate. Despite what he now says. McCain is no conservative; he has been and continues to be on the wrong side of too many important issues. He is leading the party toward a train wreck from which it may never recover, and I will not contribute to that train wreck.

If and when the GOP comes to its senses, I'll return. In the meantime, I reluctantly bid my party farewell.

Milton E. Woodham
Colorado Springs

Picking and choosing
Thank you, Ovetta Sampson! "Separating pulpits and pundits" (Your Turn, May 8) was eloquent, and I'm glad it was written. I am baffled by the blind, ferocious hatred displayed by followers of religions that advocate love and forgiveness.

For a while, eating meat on Friday and seafood at any time was enough to send you right to hell. Also, our country long ago abolished slavery, but the Bible says it's perfectly all right. It also says in Romans and Corinthians that women should be as cattle, owned by their husbands, silent and veiled in public, never above a man in positions of power, and utterly powerless in their own lives. Wearing mixed fabrics was also a crime.

Those unreasonable, senseless rules and customs have been discarded as meaningless, so why are the equally ridiculous practices of mixing church and state, fear, hypocrisy and loathing still allowed, and used as weapons to defame others?

That's something I don't think I'll ever understand. The prevailing mentality of horror, disgust, hatred, intolerance and betrayal (not believers of Judaism) are what slew the loving and devoted Holy Nazarene in the first place! People would do well to remember that.

But what do I know? To those who follow hate, my words mean nothing, as I am damned by conventional standards.

On that note of sarcasm, thank you.

Krys Barrow

Mission betrayed
For years, Lenny Mazel's jazz programming on KCME has been the local standard-bearer of truly original and exceptional radio. His expertise and devotion to jazz made him more than a DJ each selection was an opportunity to cultivate an appreciation of the genre.

When I first started listening to his Night Train program in 1998, at 15, I was only a casual listener of jazz. My musical interests then were typical of a teenager: primarily mainstream and narrow. Because of his programming, though, I gained a true appreciation for this important American genre.

This dismissal of Mazel from KCME ("In a Silenced Way," BreakBeat, May 8) is more than a disappointment; it is a betrayal of KCME's stated mission "to foster the appreciation of great music ... by cultivating knowledge and enjoyment of the music by listeners of all ages." KCME can be sure that many listeners will follow Mazel to his next venue.

Keith Ferguson
Colorado Springs

Mazel's mistake
It was nice to see Bill Forman report on KCME's recent programming decisions to drop jazz and go with a 24-7 classical format.

I met Lenny Mazel several times when I helped the station. Based on our conversations, it seems he understands the art of jazz but not the science of targeting, bringing in and keeping a radio audience. The same thing goes for those protesting KCME's move to drop jazz.

When my mother was still alive, she did not care for the jazz that was part of KCME's Saturday lineup for many years. The research done on KCME's behalf concluded the jazz audience was not as large as the classical audience. In this day and age, KCME is indeed competing with satellite and cable, regardless of whether those sources have to be paid for. It's no different from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC competing with cable networks, regardless of who actually gets cable.

Public radio in the past may have been able to get by doing block programming, but most radio listeners today expect a consistent sound. Many public stations are moving to a more consistent sound even if they do it differently from their commercial counterparts. Unless the station has personalities who are popular and connect with the audience, programming to the program directors' and/or personalities' own tastes in music (as a handful of underground FM rock stations did in the 1970s) is a recipe for disaster.

Lenny Mazel could benefit from taking a few courses on current radio trends, and maybe he should have educated himself a bit on classical music. He should be grateful KCME's station manager was willing to give him the jazz CDs in the station's library.

Don McCullen
Colorado Springs

Same as Diane?
When I read the story of KCME and the cancellation of its jazz programs, I thought of all the words I could use in judgment of the general manager. I finally decided on a comparison of her to Diane Chambers of the TV show, Cheers. Diane was the pseudo-intellectual, critical of the less-educated, who tried to show how superior she was.

My favorite episode was the one when Sam sent her poem to a publication under his name, and they published it. Diane had conniptions and tried to identify the author, then condemned the poem as incredibly bad. Then Sam told her she was the author. What a spectacular change. Suddenly it was not a terrific poem. But she failed to accept her superficiality.

John A. Cawthon

Karma vs. Newsome
This letter is in regard to District Attorney John Newsome and his known unethical activities. We believe in people taking responsibility for their own actions, or lack thereof.

Mr. Newsome failed to press charges, return calls or respond to a letter concerning someone assaulting our developmentally delayed son twice last year, that we were aware of. Police reports and witness incident reports had to be re-faxed at least twice to his office because they were "misplaced." The witnesses were willing to testify.

The suspect was investigated by the employing agency and terminated, but since no charges were pressed, this person has no police record and is able to pass a background check and be employed at another direct-care facility. Maybe Newsome only cares about high-profile, high-publicity cases.

Voters, I sincerely hopeyour "next" district attorney is more diligent in the job of making sure that all citizens of El Paso County have equal judicial protection. Karma always comes back around.

Karla and Celestino Diaz

Park that idea

Colorado's local governments are very weak, except John Hickenlooper's Denver. The state's big claim to fame this year is Sunday sales of alcohol. I guess no new laws are better than more laws to further overcrowd the prisons.

El Paso County now wants to sell its parks, the one thing that makes this a great place. Again, developers are getting their way. If we put a $10,000 surcharge on every new house built in our fair city, it would be a win-win for everyone. Property values up, growth slowed, revenue for the city and county.

Please don't use my name. My company works for the developers.

Name withheld
Colorado Springs

On Bruce's side
It seems everyone is on Doug Bruce's back. No one ever seems to speak up for him, but I will. This man who authored TABOR has saved the taxpayers of Colorado hundreds of millions.

Every taxpayer, especially legislators and government employees along with private citizens, should see that Bruce is thanked and appreciated. He did not for his own gain author TABOR, run for commissioner or currently serve in the Legislature. All of these people, the back-stabbers along with media, find fault. Doug has always said it like it is, and no one is going to shut him up, thank goodness!

This has never been a popularity contest, and he doesn't care if you like him, but you should agree with him on many matters. The savings for taxpayers is the largest by one person in the state's history.

Also, it would have been nice if the $9.3 million utility bonus had gone into the fund that helps people with utility bills, and it could have helped low-income, fixed-income and elderly people with increased food prices, medical costs and gas. These people cannot raise their incomes to cover these increases.

Ed Hayes
Colorado Springs

Last week's summer book preview, "Lines in the sand," should have stated Craig Russell is an American, not a British, artist.

Last week's summer calendar should have noted that Springs Spree will be taking place in Memorial Park, not downtown.

The Independent regrets the errors.

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