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Sowing apathy's seeds

To the Editor:

For too long I've been silently regarding John Hazlehurst's The Outsider. I can't remember a worthwhile comment in Mr. Hazlehurst's column since his November 1997 praise of that year's Rolling Stones performance in Albuquerque.

This weeks' "Yes, I've Heard the Jokes About Politicians and Elephant Dung" (Outsider, Oct. 28) delves into a new realm of populist-flavored ignorance. It's appalling to read such buffoonery as: "Does anybody care whether Gov. Bill and Dickie Wadhams get our permission to borrow a couple of billion for the roads or not?"

Mr. Hazlehurst may find cynicism a vogue stance, but what does it achieve? Nothing constructive ever emerges from empty, negative posturing. Yet The Outsider is always rife with this very excrement.

Mr. Hazlehurst, I protest your flippant attitude toward "that idiotic campaign mailer." Despite the fact that the pros and cons are rather shallow, the text of the actual ballot issues are indeed valuable. Why shouldn't voters spend a reasonable piece of time to read the various proposals verbatim?

Mr. Hazlehurst, do you suggest we busy ourselves with pleasure-oriented pursuits only? Shall we fully abdicate our civic responsibility to actively seek information, formulate educated opinions, share them with fellow citizens and vote accordingly?

No thank you, sir. Your hollow critique of local politics offers no insight. Worst of all, the constant, cute stabs at representative democracy, a system strongly flawed in practice but admirably unique in human history, offered in every column fuel apathy. Rampant apathy ultimately opens pathways for fascist governing systems.

John Hazlehurst, shame on you for obliviously sowing apathy's seeds. Please shake this redundant pattern and use your pulpit for more substantive analysis. Thank you.

-- Hascy Tarbox

Colorado Springs

And it's good for you too ...

To the Editor:

I enjoyed reading Suzanne Becker's article entitled "Ketchup -- It's what's for dinner" (Potluck, Oct. 14). Much of my research career has focused on the biochemistry of tomato food products, and thus, I am always pleased to read about my favorite food in local newspapers.

In addition to the interesting information presented in Ms. Becker's article, it is important to note that all food products derived from tomato fruits improve human health. Tomatoes contain high levels of a variety of antioxidants, including carotenoids (e.g., lycopene and Vitamin A), ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), flavonoids and polyphenolics. Consumption of the red carotenoid lycopene is correlated with lower incidence and decreased progression of prostate cancer. Ascorbic acid stimulates the human immune system, is necessary for collagen synthesis during wound repair, and is believed to prevent the types of DNA damage that lead to various types of cancer. I suspect we will soon discover that the flavonoids and polyphenolics found in tomato food products also have a positive impact on human health.

It should be noted that the industrial processing of fresh tomatoes to produce pastes, sauces and catsup does not have adverse effects on many of these important chemical compounds. In fact, tomato processing is an effective method for extracting cartenoids from tomato fruit tissues. Thus, processed tomato products actually contain four- to ten- fold more lycopene and Vitamin A than an equivalent quantity of salad tomatoes.

The primary objectives of this letter were twofold. First, I wanted to compliment and thank you for publishing an article discussing the history of ketchup -- I enjoyed reading it. Second, I wanted to point out that the consumption of all tomato products (including ketchup) improves human health. I am hopeful I have accomplished these two objectives.

Eat more tomatoes.

-- Dr. Rob Alba

Department of Biology,the Colorado College

More merry musicmaking in the Springs

To the Editor:

What a stellar performance by Sonia Dada at the Colorado Music Hall on Oct. 30! Thank you to whoever is finally bringing some quality music to the Springs. Don't get me wrong; we have had some quality concerts here, but they are too few and far between. I think I have seen three concerts in my three years of living here.

The only disappointment about last night's show was the lack of people. The Colorado Music Hall was only half-full. I know there are enough people in this town with good taste in music that Sonia Dada should easily sellout the Colorado Music Hall.

Whoever is responsible, please keep bringing good music to the Springs, don't use last night's crowd as an indicator.

Eventually, they will come.

-- Carolyn Martus, Colorado Springs

Nobody in Particular Presents, a firm out of Denver, is responsible for booking acts into the Colorado Music Hall. -- Ed.

Municipool is cool

To the Editor:

Wow! I was happy to see two of our City swimming pools in the "Best Public Swimming Pool" category but was dismayed to see the Aquatics and Fitness Center in Memorial Park listed as "Municipool." I came to the conclusion that we must have a large number of longtime customers who did not notice that we changed the name of the facility when we added a weight room in 1992.

Despite the confusion over the name, we would like to thank the readers for their votes. We will try to make any further changes apparent to those who look at the world through rose-colored goggles.

-- Gina Trovas Public Communications Specialist

Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation

As a public communications specialist, surely you would agree that Municipool is a far catchier and more memorable name for a public swimming facility than "the Aquatic and Fitness Center." Maybe the public's trying to tell you something. -- Ed.

I do, I do

To the Editor:

After dining at the Cliff House on several occasions, it seems like Nancy Harley and I have different opinions concerning proper service and attention to detail (Appetite, Oct. 28).

I was the lady sitting by the fireplace who accepted my now-fianc's proposal of marriage. I couldn't agree more that the Cliff House offers an elegant dining room paired with the magical creations and exotic presentations of executive chef, Craig Hartman. I, too, was impressed with the roasted lamb loin and the pan-seared sea scallops.

I was, however, disappointed by the poor critique of the quality of service presented in the review of the Cliff House. The service that my fianc and I received the night of our engagement was second to none. As a former server in the fine-dining industry, my expectations tend to be high. I was impressed by the teamwork of the Cliff House staff. The front-waiter/back-waiter system worked well, accented by the fine service from the busboy and the wine sommelier.

In addition to being friendly and down to earth, our waiter maintained a professional barrier. Never once did we feel like we were being ignored. Our water glasses and wineglasses remained full. The staff checked back in a timely manner to ensure that everything was as we liked it. Every attention to detail was accounted for, from the placement of the butter knife to the swizzle stick that accompanied our lattes at the conclusion of our "fabulous" dining experience. To show our appreciation of fine service, an additional tip was added to the 20 percent already included with our bill.

The Cliff House adds European-style elegance to the historical setting of Manitou Springs. Thanks again to Chef Hartman and his professional staff for a wonderful and memorable evening.

-- Kristen E. Wheeler Colorado Springs

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