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I am a recent Austin transplant and could not agree with you more on this new "hipster Americana" movement that has taken over Colorado ("O rocker, where art thou?" AudioFile, Sept. 16).
When I got here from the live music capital of the world, I was in for severe culture shock. WTF is up with all these wannabe hippie kids from the suburbs that wanna think they're mountain folk or something? I come from a country-music-royalty family in Nashville and have experienced the worst pop-country has to offer. Needless to say, to hear real country roots music, you gotta hear it in the Texas honky-tonks in Austin. Why do you think Waylon, Willie and the boys (and Cash) said F-U to NashVegas in the '70s and '80s!
When Scott Biram played a few months ago at the Black Sheep, only about 15 peeps showed up. Maybe if the Dirty Old One Man Band had a banjo and fiddle player, more people woulda showed up for such a phenomenal Austin talent.
We need more rock acts to play here to drive that faux-hillbilly shit outta town and back to the other mountains (the Smoky ones), where it should stay. Hippies in those parts still get lynched! Ever see Deliverance? LOL!
Anyhoo, I'm gonna do my part to get some good ol' punk rock and some fuckin' slow-groove-superass-heavy stoner rock bands from the South to show these Colorado people what a real rock scene should be like.
Long live all those New Orleans bands like Down, Crowbar, Superjoint Ritual, Eyehategod, Valume Nob and Hawg Jaw, just to name a few. We need more Stoner Rawk — please Shiva, please!
— Bryan Reynolds
Laws over beliefs
Kim Davis, a religious county clerk in Kentucky, has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
The Hebrew Bible calls same-sex unions an "abomination," a word used for things the ancients wanted to ban in order to make their society function. In today's overcrowded world, it's no longer necessary that every union produce children in order to ensure the survival of the tribe. (Perhaps God is producing non-producing humans as an answer to our over-population problem!)
Genesis 19 tells of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah because of so much homosexuality, but read further: Male angels visit a man named Lot. A mob demands that he turn over his visitors to them so that they may "know" them. Lot tries to avoid the angels' wrath by telling the mob: "Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes; only unto these men do nothing."
Fast-forward now to the 21st century! We find the picture of Lot's offering up his little girls for gang rape at the hands of a vicious mob not only a horrifying moral act, but one that would be illegal in our current society. Morality has clearly evolved since the Bible was written, and this ancient book should not be used as a guide to moral living today. Through the ages we have evolved a better moral code, one that fits our time.
The judge in Davis' case ruled that, in accordance with our country's secular standards, no one person's religious beliefs can prevail in matters of law. How fortunate that our Founding Fathers had the foresight to create a country based on laws, not the happenstance of someone's personal beliefs.
— Janet Brazill
Next for Weiss
The time has arrived for the new rising of the Colorado Springs Sun! John Weiss, you started the Independent on an excellent footing before it devolved into a Westword sans journalism, adding a gadgillion ads for marijuana.
Please John, hire a crack team of investigative journalists for a new Sun. I have no idea what you are trying to prove with this foul-mouthed "Ask a Mexican." Count the obscenities.
You have purchased a piece of Colorado Springs history (Noted, Jan. 20, 2011). Don't sully our legacy.
— Kenton Lloyd
I would like to issue a challenge/dare to all residents of the Belleville subdivision (Constitution on the south, Union on the east, Van Buren on the north, Paseo on the west). This includes renters/property owners/landlords.
Let's all spend a day or an afternoon cleaning up our alleys — pick up the trash and pull the weeds. It would help get rid of mice, skunks, raccoons and spiders, prevent weeds from spreading next year, reduce fire hazards and, just possibly, help raise our property values.
Corner residents on Van Buren and Constitution have the added job of cleaning up their parking areas along the street. This extends to winter maintenance also — please shovel your sidewalks. It's your responsibility, not the city's.
Go Belleville — let's be one of the best subdivisions in Colorado Springs!
— Mary Jo Piccin
Be ever vigilant
As our president becomes buddies with Fidel Castro and Vladimir Putin, citizens need to be reminded of words often attributed to Lenin: "First we will take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia, then we will encircle he United States which will be the last bastion of capitalism. We will not have to attack. It will fall like an overripe fruit into our hands."
Later, Nikita Khrushchev reportedly paraphrased his attitude toward the West as, "You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept communism outright; but we'll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have communism. We won't have to fight you; we'll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands."
Our country's founders knew that the essence of freedom is the limitation of government. Our system has produced more individual prosperity and freedom than the world has ever known. Our God-given rights are slipping away ever faster. Will our offspring inherit any of the blessings that we still enjoy?
Irish orator John Philpot Curran stated, "The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." Or as one founder, Thomas Jefferson, stated: "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."
Do you realize what our elected officials are doing in Washington? Do they uphold our constitutional republic as they promised? Some of the best liars have the most charming smiles and enticing promises as they lead us into tyranny.
— Margaret Henkens
I never thought I would live long enough to see a black president or see the United States give recognition to Cuba. But a Democratic socialist as president would be one of the USA's finest achievements in my lifetime.
— Brien Whisman