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Some troubling issues

To the Editor:

There are some troubling issues in the case of Nicolas vs. Perkins et. al. (News, July 20) or whatever it will be called, beyond those that will be argued in federal court. First, let it not be assumed that I am defending the fearless leader of Colorado for Family Values, since his narrowly defined family values have little relation to my own, which are far more inclusive.

That said, my concerns are for Mary Pile's lonely life and sad demise -- alone and in a hospital emergency room -- apparently without much contact with the loving family that now feels entitled to her estate. Did the daughter who could send a son to Harvard manage to visit her aging and ailing mother once or twice a year? Did she call her mother regularly? If her only inquiries were through an attorney (three times in 18 months) to determine how her mother was doing, that's pretty pathetic.

If Mrs. Pile was as intelligent as Mr. Perkins believed, she was probably well aware of being neglected by those who should have been most sensitive to her needs. If she was mentally deteriorating, her daughter could have discovered this in a few phone conversations and come to her aid.

Mrs. Pile was frail and lonely and like many elders who fall for scams, fell for kind words from a salesman who may or may not have been primarily interested in her bank account. As we grow older, money has less and less meaning. If our progeny choose to forget us, what does it matter who gets whatever we have when we leave? Whoever is nearest and nicest wins.

The ultimate question which will not be part of this legal proceeding is society's shunning of the elderly. We want what they've accumulated, but we have no use for them as people. That's a different issue -- or is it?

-- Barbara A. Martin

Manitou Springs

By their fruits

To the Editor:

I just read your story about Will Perkins, and his involvement in getting Mary Pile to turn over her money to his religious/born-again causes, despite the fact that Ms. Pile was a Muslim who had originally intended for her money to go to her ill son.

As Mr. Nicolas said in your article, it certainly sounds like "something stinks." I hope Ms. Pile's family has success in their federal lawsuit in getting some relief. It is a shame that Mr. Perkins would involve himself in business such as this -- and doubly a shame that he would then claim he is a Christian.

As Jesus Christ remarked, "By their fruits ye shall know them." I trust Mr. Perkins is willing to be judged by his actions towards Ms. Pile.

-- Nelson Thomas

via cyberspace

The real shocker

To the Editor:

In response to the letter from Mr. E. Shvartzman ("Religious Fireworks," Letters, July13), I would like to ask if Mr. Shvartzman has noticed that an internationally famous chapel that celebrates various religious services as part of a celebration of diversified beliefs sits upon the grounds of the Air Force Academy? Is he also aware that when Air Force personnel are killed in action that services are held in which God prominently figures into the occasion?

Why is it OK for radio stations, whose formats support the drug-induced ranting and ravings of rock artists, the killing of police and the rape of women, to promote concerts at the Air Force Academy -- but it becomes offensive when a station that merely spotlights "positive music" sponsors a family event?

It seems that any time Christians become involved in an event, the "Celebration of Diversity" comes to a screeching halt.

All music conveys some type of message, belief or ideology. If we are going to place a ban on all music that presents an ideology different to our own personal beliefs then no form of music will be acceptable in any public setting.

There are Christians who are Americans and Christians who are patriots. How can a so-called "Freethinker" believe that Christians should be excluded from an Independence Day celebration? The entertainment that was provided was for all attendees. Not just Christians. There were no religious ultimatums and no one was asked to give money to any cause. Instead, a free concert was provided to anyone who wanted to come to a small corner of the Air Force Academy and listen.

If Mr. Shvartzman had truly wanted to avoid the shock and disappointment he felt so strongly about, he could have simply taken his family to one of the many thousands of acres of the Academy that the Christian concert did not cover.

Instead he chose to "walk down to the area and listen to the live band." Here is the real shocker, Mr. Shvartzman: In all your efforts to create a diversified city with free-thinking people, you have made it very clear that Christians should be banned and even ostracized from certain events and facilities. Congratulations, you have just been blinded by your own personal hatred toward a group of people.

As for the Independent, you cannot say that you want to open people's minds to diversified thinking while espousing the bigoted point of view of this individual. Maybe the Independent isn't very independent at all -- just a different view with a different set of hatreds.

-- Johanna Rothfeld

Colorado Springs

Everybody's pal

To the Editor:

When Douglas Bruce came to town, there already was a tax limitation effort under way. As part of that effort, I can attest that Bruce not only joined us, but it became clear that he was the person to lead us. He brought focus and organization to a struggling effort. The subsequent tax limitation was successful because Bruce was able to build strong, working coalitions among varied interests. Something that could not be done by one who "doesn't get along" with others.

Thus, to claim that he can't get along with others is preposterous. Such claims come from people who want more from government, not less; and from those who do not understand the link between growing government and personal liberty.

Bruce is honest and direct -- refreshing traits that ought to be shared by all politicians. He deserves your vote in the Aug. 8 Republican Party Primary election.

Colorado Springs

Which Bob knows?

To the Editor:

To use the over-used tiresome phrase in addressing Bob Powell's letter (Letters, July 20): Which part of the word "Freedom" don't you understand? Which part of the phrase "The People" don't you understand? Obviously Bob praises the "Do-as-Bob-Powell-does" God.

Drive the same car as Bob does. Bob knows best. What do you drive Bob so I know what should be driving? Bob knows to get government out of our personal lives (affordable housing). Bob knows to get government into our personal lives (ban guns). Bob doesn't know that there is no three-day waiting period for buying firearms. Background checks are instantaneous. Bob doesn't know the meaning of "militia." Militia is not the National Guard.

And I guess Bob does not live anywhere. He does not live in a dwelling that was constructed by a developer who was subsidized by taxpayers to bring in utilities and services and Bob never took advantage of any government programs either, that would be socialism. If we did everything like Bob, that would be socialism too, I think. I better ask Bob, Bob knows.

-- Bob Wyman

Colorado Springs

The Rolls Royce of programs

To the Editor:

Readers who are familiar with will already know that New Mexico was the only state in the nation without a community notification program regarding registered sex offenders.

However, New Mexico recently surpassed Colorado by virtue of their newly instituted Web site listing nearly all of the state's registered sex offenders. This, like Alaska's, is a Rolls Royce--quality program listing all pertinent identifying information along with a photo of the offender. (See www. nmsexoffender.dps.

Colorado's Internet program (at is due to debut soon. However, not one of Colorado's nearly 10,000 registered sex offenders will be listed on the new site. In fact, only 16 offenders in Colorado even qualify under the astoundingly narrow criteria set by our lawmakers, and those 16 are all presently incarcerated.

It would be a great surprise to me if our New Mexico neighbors -- specifically the registered sex offenders -- do not begin moving to Colorado where they will not be listed on an Internet program. Apparently, Maine is having this exact problem due to New Hampshire's more aggressive tracking of its offenders. Maine offenders are free to remain anonymous to the public, as are Colorado's offenders under present policy. Based on Maine's experience, it is more than just a slight possibility that we'll also experience such an influx.

-- Cynthia Vigil


Our average city

To the Editor:

Eugene Calaveras reminds me of the morons Frank Zappa used to satirize. Although I agree with his letter to the editor ("Art Smarts," July 20) that most of the sculpture downtown is second rate, I must point out that, the sculpture on the corner of Nevada and Pikes Peak is of Myron Stratton. (I'm shocked that your editorial staff didn't point this out.)

Mr. Calaveras should be told of a secret artist's trick -- humor. Or for you old schoolers -- whimsy.

I think both "Pisces in Crises" and Chris Weed's watermelon are selections that show the Art Commission is moving in the right direction. Fewer corporate logos (Hank), fewer dead white men (Stratton, Palmer) and more of the whimsical, lighter side of art. As far as the City of Colorado Springs purchasing that chia bison, that is another matter.

To answer Calaveras's final question in his letter, the travelers to Our Average City know what kind of place this is before they get within 10 miles of downtown. They know what they are in store for when they pass the sign on Interstate 25 that reads "Focus on Family, Next Right."

-- Atomic Elroy, The Art Police

Colorado Springs

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