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In the July 23 issue of the Independent, in "Fed up," editorial staff and J. Adrian Stanley stooped to a new low with its attempted hit piece on our current El Paso County Commissioner, District 5, Peggy Littleton. Commissioner Littleton is an accomplished leader who was first to call out Sheriff Terry Maketa. She also leads the way for our community in major policy matters. As a first-time letter to the editor writer, I find the slant of "Fed Up" troubling.
Instead of treating Ms. Littleton with the dignity I believe she has earned, your artist paints her up like a made-up clown in a Photoshop-doctored portrait that would insult a prostitute. Talk about the "War on Women"! Your treatment of one of our respected female elected officials in such a demeaning, degrading portrayal in art because the story lacked substance, is blatant sexism. Reminds me of the expression — "if you don't have an issue to defend then debase, demean, delude, and debunk your target's character.
Your article attempts to cast our commissioner as a right-wing extremist simply because she joined a group that momentarily supported a Nevada rancher who eventually revealed himself as a nut. Nice try, but readers most certainly saw this as a desperate stretch by a vanity publication devoted to leftist political advocacy. Your readers are more intelligent than this and ought to be better respected.
I, like most in Colorado Springs, am thankful for the strong representation Commissioner Littleton has provided over the years; as a member of the Colorado Board of Education, and now on the Board of County Commissioners. Your sexist, degrading treatment of our tireless public servant is disgraceful.
Thank you for allowing me to voice my opinion.
— B.J. Montague
A vote for Jariah
This November, we will have an exciting opportunity to bring fresh ideas and passionate representation to our county government.
I am thrilled that Jariah Walker is running for county commissioner in District 5. He is a man that I have known for many years. He is exactly the kind of person we all want to see in office.
He is a well-respected businessman. He is a family man, who, along with his wife, is raising two young girls in our wonderful city. And he has given back much to our community through his work with nonprofits.
His tireless work to protect our county's neglected and abused children is admirable, and, for me, highlights his exemplary character.
Jariah is a third-generation native of Colorado Springs. His grandfather moved to Colorado Springs in the 1940s, and worked hard to build a strong and thriving business. That commitment to our community has been a hallmark of the Walker family, and I see it in everything Jariah does.
He is a fiscally responsible, moderate voice who understands what our region needs. I am not alone in the knowledge that he will be a great asset in our county government.
Please join me, and many of my friends and neighbors, in our support for Jariah Walker for county commissioner.
— Charles J. Murphy
Of moths and men
The July 9 issue was the best ever. Seldom have I read a more interesting article than about the miller ("Let bears eat those moths," Regional View). Being from the Midwest, I had never seen one until I moved to Wall, S.D., and rented rooms in an old house without screens. Then I visited my sister in Albuquerque who did have screens, but we swatted millers in her kitchen all night long.
I thought them rather endearing when I learned they didn't lay eggs in your woolen clothes to cause big holes. In St. Louis we hung our winter clothes out on a clothesline and sprayed them with repellent.
W.S. Robinson described millers' high oil content. I guess that is why they fry so nicely when they get trapped in your lamps. I'm surprised that a store hasn't started coating them in chocolate to eat. Never would I have thought about bears eating them.
I've always been a champion of Mikey Weinstein's cause at the Air Force Academy, but that searing letter from Helen Sabin ("Mikey's money") lowered my estimation of him. You don't expect a crusader to be so highly overpaid.
I suppose I have to start boycotting Walgreens after reading Hightower ("Walgreens: unpatriotic ingrate," LowDown). Surely there must be some way to stop a business from doing this.
We have lost Ranger Rich, but Advice Goddess has dialogue that is just as pungent. Even if the topics don't interest you, her advice is hilarious.
And wonders upon wonders, the food editors finally described food that wasn't "so hot it burned your throat" ("Sincerely yours," Appetite). The Devil Went Down to Georgia, thank heavens, has bananas — which I am not supposed to eat or else I would be standing in line at The Breakfast Club.
— Colleene Johnson
Meat vs. water quality
Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by agricultural waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.
The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has threatened fishing in the ocean off the East Coast. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by the Mississippi River has contributed to a permanent "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico rivaling that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.
Animal agriculture dumps more pollution into our waterways than all other human activities combined. Principal pollutants are animal manure, fertilizers, as well as soil particles, organic debris, and pesticides from feed cropland. Manure and fertilizers promote growth of toxic algae that poison drinking water supplies. Organic matter feeds microorganisms that deplete oxygen and kill fish.
Effective regulations to limit dumping of animal waste into water supplies have been blocked by the meat industry.
Fortunately, every one of us has the power to stop this outrage three times a day by saying "no" to polluting meat and dairy products. Our local supermarket offers ample alternatives. Entering "live vegan" in a search engine provides useful recipes and transition tips.
— Carl Silverman
Fifty years ago, American economists were studying whether our country could produce enough food to feed the world. Now, American economists are studying whether our country can produce enough food to just feed Americans.
— Brien Whisman