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Damn Socialists, er, Democrats

To the Editor:

I usually read the Independent for a ration of the irrational, and this week's load of baloney from Jim Hightower on how Democrats (Socialists) should "seize the day" didn't disappoint me.

The Socialists like to clad their cause with a do-good "Robin Hood" motif -- let's take money from The Rich and Big Bad Corporations and use it to help the Poor Working People. But it's really difficult to back their reasoning with logic.

Socialists are, in general, underachieving and unmotivated people who would rather whine about how life isn't fair and use government to steal money from people who had the energy to get off their butts and work for it. They want free health care, free drugs, subsidized farms, and give the bill for all of this to The Rich and Big Bad Corporations.

Socialists rant about Social Security and how it should never be privatized (Big Bad Corporations, again). But government workers have enjoyed exemption from Social Security for years and have a much better return on their retirement dollar than the suckers that aren't exempt because their program is privately invested!

Socialists have created the mythical Big Bad Corporation, the source of all evil. And anyone who supports free enterprise or capitalism, a form of economy that has proven much more successful than any socialistic state, must be sharing in the evil.

But wait a minute. If you don't like a corporation, you don't have to buy anything from it, and the corporation quickly goes away. You don't have that choice with the government; they get their share of your money or you go to jail.

-- R. G. Stone
Colorado Springs

The rightful role of parents

To the Editor:

It strikes me as odd that the cover story, "Abstain! The federal government's sex education plan," (Aug. 16) assumes that the federal government has a role in sex education. Here is a government that has declared war on poverty, and we now have more people in poverty. They declared a war on drugs, and we have addicts overcrowding our prisons while drug use continues on unabated. If we want the government involved in sex education then I can assure you we will have more sexually transmitted diseases and more promiscuous behavior.

Why not cut [money for sex education] out of the budget and let parents assume their rightful roles as educators -- unless, of course, you believe parents can't educate.

-- Edward Knapp
Colorado Springs

Mill Street on Morrison

To the Editor:

I was surprised when I read that Marcy Morrison is a candidate for mayor of Manitou Springs ("Morrison Back in the Game," Aug. 16). At the marathon meeting of the Colorado Springs City Council concerning the location of the Montgomery Community Center, Marcy Morrison, a citizen of Manitou Springs, came all the way over to Colorado Springs to voice her approval for the MCC to be located in the Mill Street area. She then left the meeting never to return to listen to the presentations of the Mill Street residents. Too bad that the Mill Street citizens can't go to Manitou Springs to vote against her -- that would be fair play.

-- Angelo A. Christopher
Colorado Springs

Professional politicking

To the Editor:

Your article on the entry of former State Rep. Marcy Morrison ("Morrison Back in the Game," Aug. 16) into the race for Manitou Springs' mayoralty points to a lot of what is wrong with typical politics.

To begin with, the whole gist of the article seems to be that Ms. Morrison is going to jump into the race because of an irrepressible hankering to be in public office once again. For my money, someone who strongly wants to be in an elective office, regardless of why and regardless of "qualifications," is the very last sort of person one would want to elect. The voters would be better off if she had not, in her own very accurate words, "fallen off the wagon."

Note that the comparison of her to her incumbent opponent begins with what they agree on, which is nearly everything either one considers important. Ms. Morrison offers her main qualification as a superior ability to milk the system, acquired through experience in her previous offices. What kind of a choice is that to offer the voters?

Note, too, what is totally missing from both candidates' expressed platforms. No mention of any need to reduce the city's budget. No mention of the need to pare down the city's body of laws, rules and regulations. No mention of any need to retake control of the police and restore protection for civil liberties. Indeed, both candidates effectively promise to make all these problems worse by going along with the established system to "move projects forward," instead of challenging any aspect, however small, of that system.

Now, whether or not the people of Manitou Springs need a change at the helm is another matter. They very well may. But the challenger they need to come along is definitely not a career politician, recycled from other offices, who has no real agenda of reform to offer, only "experience" in feeding at the government trough.

-- Patrick Lilly
Colorado Springs

Why not Bladder Boy?

To the Editor:

I am writing in reference to Joanie Sargent's plea to the public to boycott Disney's Bubble Boy (Letters, Aug. 23). I suffer from a degenerative disease of the bladder known as Interstitial Cystitis, and while I'm sure that it holds no candle to the trials of living with Primary Immune Deficiency Disease, I can assure you that it is a debilitating, socially restrictive and incredibly painful malady for which there is no cure. The above being true, I nonetheless await the release of a Disney movie on the subject with baited breath (or baited bladder as the case may be).

We humans are interesting creatures and perhaps one of the most interesting of our qualities is the ability to laugh at ourselves and our varied misfortunes. I mean no disrespect to Joanie, David or the 50,000 others in the United States waging, and sometimes losing, their battles with PIDS, but a society where this disease can only be spoken of in darkened rooms and hushed tones is not one I care to be a part of. My disease has rendered me surly and doped up on painkillers for months at a time and I thank the powers that be for my family's and friends' ability to make light of a downright depressing and dirty situation. Without their off-color, and sometimes even vulgar, displays of humor, my existence would have been dire for sure.

I do not know what the outward symptoms of PIDS are, but I do know that Interstitial Cystitis is virtually invisible to those observing from the outside. Pair its invisibility with its embarrassing locus and its no surprise that many urologists haven't even heard about it. A Disney movie on the subject would be a blessing (perhaps it could be called Bladder Boy) and could help to spread awareness and sympathy for those suffering from IC.

-- Naomi LeGate
Colorado Springs

A logical, measured drug policy

To the Editor:

Tom Barrus was absolutely right in his fine letter, "Politicians answer to drug lords of alcohol and tobacco" (Aug. 23). Maybe it's time we relied on the facts provided by our people who have actually trained in pharmacology, instead of pork-barrel politicians and self-proclaimed "drug-abuse professionals" whose only qualifications are catchy acronyms and an unquenchable penchant for taxpayers' assets.

The reason a logical, measured drug policy eludes us is we discuss all illicit substances as though they were equals. A growing majority of the world's citizens realize that this is not only untrue, but it restricts our ability to control even the most harmful concoctions. The drug warriors tell us apples are oranges, right is left, and up is down, and we quietly accept it, because, after all, it's for the children. Anything besides this out-and-out assault on the U.S. Constitution, disguised as a drug war, is "legalization." Pure rubbish.

If the statistics are to be believed, the Dutch model is far and away the most realistic and effectual, and least harmful drug policy currently implemented by any nation in the free world. The people of the Netherlands have concluded, and rightfully so, that marijuana is not heroin and heroin is not cocaine. Not exactly rocket science. Each substance is completely different and each requires regulation, as varied as the substances themselves, based on their actual harm to society.

One thing is abundantly clear. Remove marijuana from the mix of illegal substances, allow the funding generated from its taxed, controlled and regulated sale to be directed at prevention, education and treatment for the most dangerous products and the drug "problem" transforms from a raging tiger, to a malevolent alley cat.

-- Mike Plylar
Kremmling, Colo.

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