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Len Bentley ("Which lives matter?" Letters, July 29) makes a short but passionate case for extending the Black Lives Matter theme to abortions rendered under Planned Parenthood's auspices. He asserts: "They are at the absolute top when it comes to the destruction of black lives."
He thereby leaves himself open to the question foremost on the minds of black moms who avail themselves of abortions from Planned Parenthood: Do you care as much about those black lives in the womb and visible on sonograms as you do after they are born? If not, you're a hypocrite.
The problem with the contemporary crop of "pro-lifers" like Bentley is they're morally nearsighted. They are simply about getting births (black or white) accomplished. Their "concern" doesn't stretch beyond that, so all their hand-wringing about that "life" in the womb comes up hollow. One could further ask them what exactly they are doing:
• To provide affordable health care and proper nutrition benefits to the baby-child (if against Obamacare and specifically contraception, they are enablers of abortions);
• To provide state-run and paid-for child care to a mom trying to get off welfare or be able to work;
• To provide free schooling through college, as other progressive nations have done.
If you're only pro-life to birth, you're a hypocrite and don't truly believe black lives (or any lives) matter at all. If you're an anti-higher tax clone of Grover Norquist — or believe taxes are only for military and not social support, ditto.
If you're truly pro-life, you have to take civic, community ownership for the child's welfare via appropriate legislation — enabling it, not impeding it, effective all the way through that child's dependent years.
Do ALL that and I will take you seriously when you insist you value what's visible in that sonogram!
— Phil Stahl
I have watched with curiosity the international response to the killing of Cecil, the lion, by an American dentist, made worse by the fact that the lion suffered 40 hours before being "finished off." Cecil lived in people's hearts and had a name, which explains the outpouring of sympathetic fervor.
But what about the thousands of other animals without names killed in "canned hunts" right here in our own country to appease the caveman macho mentality for trophies? Where is the outrage?
What about the 4 million innocent animals, many who have names, who are killed in American shelters each year because people don't neuter and spay? Where is the outrage?
And where is the outrage over the 15 billion (yes, with a "B") helpless, innocent animals denied as much as one hour of a normal existence, suffering and tortured in factory farms before being mercifully slaughtered?
Every person who purchases meat is complicit in that atrocity. Aren't we being a bit hypocritical to condemn the dentist without looking in our own mirror?
— Donna Arnink
Happy in Manitou
Many thanks for the article on the changes in Manitou going back 20 years ("The little town that could," cover story, July 29). My husband and I have lived here five decades and have witnessed many changes over those years.
In most instances the changes were made with the best intentions by the decision-makers and worked out well. Of course, we had to overcome some plans that could have been thought through better. I am passionate about our little town and tell others that running this little city, in many ways, is similar to running a much larger city. We have to have leaders and decision-makers who see the now but also the future.
We, too, have our potholes and bad streets. We have had our share of weather-related incidents and were affected more by them.
The investment for projects to keep our curb appeal is one of constant costs and good management.
It is the same issue in Colorado Springs. I hope that our merchants and residents continue to monitor our good fortune as we try to introduce more and more people to our assets in this region. However, that is only accomplished with attention to the care of our neighborhoods and downtown businesses.
As you note, I am quite the bully when I get on the issue of weeds, clean streets and maintenance of our buildings.
Thanks again for keeping us informed about this little town that has some of the greatest real estate surrounding us.
— Marcy Morrison
Years of memories
Just a short note here to thank you for that enriched, encouraging and insightful article on Manitou Springs. Having first visited Manitou on my honeymoon in 1947, it has a special place in my heart.
I think people who grow up here in the mountains and on the Front Range can't even imagine how inspirational these Colorado Rockies are to the entire Midwest when visitors view them, approaching from the east.
Thanks for such a sweet article. There are so many inspirational items and areas here, it's easy for the rest of us to not be aware of the money, time, energy, work and inspiration, you name it, how much effort by so many people and organizations goes into such success as a community — Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs.
Thanks, Adrian Stanley, and the Indy.
— Donna Elder
Challenge to Lamborn
The impending vote on the Iran deal is presenting you, Rep. Doug Lamborn, an opportunity to do something momentous. I urge you to vote for the president's Iran nuclear deal, not only because Iran could have a nuclear weapon within months if the deal fails but for selfish reasons.
Your party instructs you to oppose everything proposed by President Obama, good or bad, whether you agree with it or not. I urge you to do what is right this time, not what the party bosses tell you to do.
History tells us the war against Iraq was an ill-conceived disaster. The new war Cheney and his neo-con followers are obsessed to start in Iran will be worse. It will drive us trillions more into debt. Thousands of American soldiers will lose their lives, including many from Fort Carson.
There is no downside to speaking the truth. You are in the safest Republican seat in the country. I know you are a Christian. This is your chance to vote for peace instead of war. Does your gospel not preach that?
But do it for selfish reasons as well. If you have the courage to stand up to your party bosses, the name you make for yourself will launch you into the national spotlight like nothing you have done before.
— Tim Rowan