During the second week of October 2005, Colorado Springs School District 11 was attempting to mollify parents who had complained about bookmarks their kids brought home, bearing — egads! — the logo of the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.
From "Bookmark brouhaha":
The bookmarks are part of the Pikes Peak Library District's popular All Pikes Peak Reads program. They included the logos of nine other sponsors, including the Independent, the Gazette, Pikes Peak Community College and ColoradoSprings.com.
Some Pike [Elementary] teachers were asked to not distribute the bookmarks — a decision that the school quickly reversed, says D-11 spokeswoman Elaine Naleski. ...
Mary Lou Makepeace, executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a nonprofit charity, isn't surprised by the small uproar at the school.
"It sounds like a case of extreme caution," she says. "People are so fearful. They think in this community that the slightest thing is going to get them in trouble."
She adds, "When people stick their heads out in this community, the wrath of God falls on them."
Also, in response to Hurricane Katrina having overwhelmed New Orleans and surrounding areas, more than a dozen organizations were running relief campaigns locally. A look at a couple of their listings shows how dire the situation remained, even six weeks after the storm.
Richard Skorman Outreach Operations, accepting donations of clothing and household items, automobiles, insurance, mechanics, donations, coats, inflatable mattresses, baby items, socks, underwear, personal hygiene products, bus passes and more. ...
Care and Share Food Bank, collecting bottled water, granola and energy bars, beef jerky, canned meals, baby formula and diapers needed in case-quantities to be sent to the Gulf Coast. Other items donated will be given to survivors arriving in our area and to replenish local food resources. Visit careandshare.org ...