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The real sour grapes

To the Editor:

So the mayor publicly dissed her new Council colleagues in a speech at a Chamber luncheon; it's plainly heard by all those in attendance, captured on tape and reported verbatim by the media. A former colleague of hers questions her about it, the mayor denies she was accurately quoted, she then disses him, and all Ted Schwartz (Letters, July 19) is worried about is that the mayor's right to privacy was violated because the Indy exposed the whole incident?

It's a safe bet the mayor's snippy little reply to [former Councilman] Bill Guman, made in her capacity as a public official, was typed on and e-mailed from a city (i.e. publicly owned) computer, which makes it fair game for all to see. I, for one, was totally amused to have read about it and found the whole incident to be very revealing.

The only "incredibly poor judgment" I see with the whole situation is not Guman's decision to share it with us, but rather the mayor's public display of blatant contempt for her new colleagues. Face it: The election results weren't what the mayor had hoped for. She now is faced with having to work with new council members whose political agendas obviously don't mirror her own. Herein we find the real "sour grapes," not in John Hazlehurst's column (Outsider, July 12).

-- Marilyn Dohm

Colorado Springs

For the crapper

To the Editor:

My god, that "13 Scary White Guys" article (July 12) was an unmitigated pile of horse shit. Not only was it racist in its title, it was simply the tantrum-like rantings of a childish soapbox shouter. It was ridiculous. I thought Sen. Tom Dashiell was a whiner, but this guy takes the cake.

Articles like that should not be a cover story for a paper that considers itself reputable. It destroys any semblance of non-bias and is essentially an embarrassment. That man's blather belonged on the editorial page, or maybe lining the editor's waste can.

I'm no ranting Republican, religious nut or Bush apologist, and I don't want to poison the land, kill children or torture animals. I am actually a rather moderate to liberal guy. I just don't like whiners. And I also don't think that any man who has an R for his party affiliation is Satan incarnate, as this author believes. But I can say this about the article: He is right about Eminem being a little bastard.

-- Chuck Goldsmith

Colorado Springs


To the Editor:

Hooray for the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region for maintaining its vigilance over preserving Monument Valley Park in regard to the earlier proposed expansion of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

And hooray for Peggy Marshall, a 50-year docent of the Center and 50-year-plus member of the League of Women Voters, who has come up with an improved plan, using the Center's property.

-- Marilyn R. Blum

Colorado Springs

Mandatory property tax rouses disapproval

To the Editor:

Anyone who believes that theft is right should immediately stop reading this letter because my following conclusion is derived from the self-evident truth that theft is wrong.

The Board of Education for School District 20 voted 5-0 on Thursday, July 19 to place a question on the November ballot for voters to approve or disapprove a bond issue of more than $150 million. If the bond issue is approved, property taxes will be the source of revenue for the payments to satisfy this obligation. Payments of these taxes by individual property owners will be mandatory.

Failure to make the compulsory payments to the government of El Paso County, which will once again serve as the jackal for District 20 in another heist of the local citizenry, will eventually result in the attempted confiscation of private property from its lawful owners. The government's armed police agents will inevitably be summoned to initiate force against those peaceful citizens who refuse to vacate and surrender their property.

Whenever government prevails in its use of coercion to confiscate private property, anyone who abets it by voting to approve a school bond issue is guilty of theft. As a Libertarian who believes that theft is wrong, I will vote to disapprove District 20's bond issue and against stealing my neighbors' money and property.

-- Steve F. Gresh

Colorado Springs

Hey, Jerome

To the Editor:

I am sorry that Jerome Davis is no longer on staff at KRCC ("Public Radio Fixture Off the Air," July 12). I so enjoyed his quick wit, his smooth, deep voice and high intellect.

If I were ever to be behind a mike at a radio station, doing what he did so very well day after day, I'd hope I would be just half as good as he. In my opinion, he was the best of the best.

I want to thank Jerome for the time, creativity and dedication he brought to radio in this city.

I wish him all the best.

-- Josephine Higginbotham

Colorado Springs

We love you, man

To the Editor:

It is a sad day when one of the best voices on radio is asked to resign from a college-sponsored radio station -- a station charged with extending the scope of learning and open-mindedness to the community as a public service. With Lyn Akers and Jerome Davis, KRCC capably filled that role. Now that both are gone, KRCC becomes just another canned, ho-hum source of predictable programs.

During the fund drive, 30 to 50 percent of the respondents said their favorite program was "Jerome Davis." I'm sure they, like I, enjoyed the human, living touch he gave to the broadcast. Clearly they did not find offensive the small comments he would interject -- always tasteful and creative, rarely predictable. The occasional visits of his son were a delight, too. I responded to that fund drive, and contributed for the first time from my very limited funds. This will not happen again.

When such a popular, intelligent and clearly capable announcer is given the choice of being fired in July or August, I can only expect some internal politics were at work. Little by little I see light and reason bowing under to pressure from those with strongly held, and well-funded, agendas. It is too bad that KRCC is joining the crowd.

I mourn for the loss of a refreshing and intelligent voice in my life. I will look for the station that supports creativity and spontaneity -- the one that hires Jerome Davis.

-- Nanna Bolling

Colorado Springs

Take the moral, ethical high ground

To the Editor:

The news that the Pentagon has successfully tested their "missile defense" system is not easy to swallow. It reminds me of the feeling I had when Galileo (1989), Ulysses (1990) and Cassini (1997) all were launched carrying plutonium payloads to loud cheers at NASA.

I think the most important lesson from all of this is that given enough time and money that Star Wars could be made to work. In the end it might not be the lemon some claim it to be after all.

Our opposition to Star Wars can't be based on technological claims. If the rocket scientists have proven anything, it is that they can do amazing things sending rockets to the moon and Mars, and having bullets hit bullets in space (even if not 100 percent of the time).

The public has been told by some that Star Wars will never work. Now they might not believe us the next time we make such a claim.

Better we don't get into a technological pissing contest with the Pentagon. It's not our best card to play.

The lesson for the peace movement is to stick to the moral, ethical high ground. Star Wars might just work and can we really afford weapons in space? Can we afford to hand over the national treasury to the Pentagon?

Do we want the U.S. Space Command to "control and dominate" space and to "deny other countries access to space"? Is "full spectrum dominance" in the heavens going to make the world more secure? What is the relationship between the Space Command's "Vision for 2020" and the plans for corporate globalization? These, I think, are the questions we should be asking.

Many politicians would prefer that we restrict our criticism to the technological questions. That way they can easily answer them by offering more money for research, development and testing. That makes the aerospace industry happy as well. The politicians would rather not debate the messy points about space "control and domination" because they are basically in favor of U.S. corporate global dominance.

If we focus on the real issues surrounding a new space arms race we won't be affected by flight test results in the future. We need to control the debate on our terms and not get sucked into the technology vortex. Let's keep our eyes on the prize and march on.

-- Bruce K. Gagnon, Coordinator

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

Gainesville, Fla.

Talkin' 'bout Mr. Ed

To the Editor:

As a new resident of Colorado Springs and a registered Democrat, I find Ed Jones' El Paso County Commissioner comments on KBCO radio station repugnant (Public Eye, July 5). As a member of the Park County Democrats I worked with Republicans to successfully recall all our county commissioners in 1997-1998. At the time this occurred we were the first county in Colorado to recall its commissioners. Maybe a recall petition might be in order for Commissioner Ed Jones?

-- G. Greer

Colorado Springs

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