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The bias of the RRR

My letter is in response to Tom Pedigo's letter "Clashing worldviews 'crazymaking'" (May 22). I think it is funny that Tom has nothing but good things to say whenever the Indy has some story about Christianity, but then goes on to insult your paper when something doesn't go the way of the religious right, or when people may have a different view of Jesus than him. And just like Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or other religious-right fanatics, Pedigo uses hate talk, which is using insults instead of logic to sway over the right[-wing] (or clone) thinkers that think everything that religious-right Republicans (the RRR) believe is correct and everybody else is moronic and going to hell.

He proceeds to say that the Freethinkers' Janet Brazill's "brain falls out" and insults "a poor sap" that "babbles," claiming Jesus could never be "a tree-hugging nomad."This illustrates why I like the Independent so much, because there are many diverse views in your paper, not just one view that everyone is expected to agree upon. I would never try to impose my logic on someone that does not want it imposed, but I do suggest that instead of reading the Independent, Mr. Pedigo should read Focus on the Family's magazine. He would be much happier reading that, since everyone in the magazine thinks exactly like him.

P.S. Did you note, I did not have to resort to insults to get my point across? I wish the RRR could do the same.

-- Geoff Kramer

Colorado Springs

Underground history

I read your article on the KKK in Colorado ("Kolorado Klan Kountry," May 22) with eager anticipation to see if you would mention one interesting tidbit: the tunnels rumored to be under downtown Cañon City.

As the story I heard goes, during the Klan's reign in Cañon City tunnels were built from their main center of meeting, the Hotel St. Cloud on Main Street, to the high school (now the junior high) and other parts of town. A simple walking tour of downtown Cañon City will reveal the tunnels, as the entrances, though now sealed, are visible from the sidewalk.

-- Jeff DeMers

Colorado Springs

Reads Indy from afar

I just want to let your know how much I enjoy Kathryn Eastburn's writing. I love the details, the stories, the sound of the words and how they fit together. She has a true gift. When I finally bail out of this strange West Coast and return to my Colorado roots (Wasson High School, class of 1984) I would like to drop by the Indy and congratulate you on this fine newspaper. I read it on the Internet, but every now and then a family member slips an actual copy in the mail to me. It's always such a treat.

-- Alison Whiteman

Tacoma, Washington

Graffiti this

Bush Knew ... WHAT?

As usual, I was riding my bike over the Mesa early on Sunday morning. There was a lot to admire as I pedaled along. The weather was fine, the Range looked magnificent, the mountain had good late-season snow, the trail has been repaved and, I'll admit, I was even admiring the really thick asphalt that Lyda's putting down on the newly widened road.

When I got to the overlook I took a long hit from my water bottle and looked west. There, below that incomparable view, spray-painted on the rocks that surround the parking area, were stenciled letters proclaiming "Bush Knew." What a totally inappropriate place for graffiti I thought, as I pushed the bottle back in its cage and started down the hill.

Then I started getting mad.

Some fool had graffitied a park and marred the only space on the Mesa where the public can stop and soak in that majestic view of the Garden with the Peak beyond. That's not free speech, that's vandalism.

And the idiot couldn't even stencil out a complete sentence!

"Bush Knew" "Bush Knew" WHAT?

"Bush knew" that you could see Red Rock Canyon from there?

"Bush knew" that spray-paint vandals don't respect their fellow citizens?

"Bush knew" that removing a brutal dictatorship would be a good thing?

"Bush knew" ... what?

I wouldn't have gotten half as po'd if this vandal had at least formulated a complete thought. Getting a message across doesn't take a lot of words. "No War 4 Oil." "Hayduke Lives," "De-Bruce," "Pardon Wingate" -- all examples of complete one- to four-word thoughts. "Bush Knew" doesn't tell us anything except that this particular vandal doesn't have a clue.

Folks, if the strength of your convictions calls for you to vandalize a public place to communicate them, stop for a second and consider that it's highly likely those convictions are not fully thought out.

And if you can't develop a complete thought about your convictions, fergawdsake don't demonstrate your deficiency with spray paint in public. It won't change the world, and it just makes the rest of us mad.

-- Mark Cunningham

West Colorado Springs

Colorado flunks

I am writing in response to the recent report about renewable energy released by the Union of Concerned Scientists and Environment Colorado. It gave Colorado an F for not producing at least 1 percent of its energy from renewable resources and failing to endorse state-level policies that would drive this production.

The grade isn't too shocking, unless you consider the sheer amount of wind and sun that Colorado receives annually. Instead of taking the lead and maximizing a great idea, many legislators seem content with coal power and the occasional asthma attack. Public support for clean energy is growing, but we don't have an energy policy that reflects this. Contacting our representatives and voicing our concerns is a crucial first step.

Within 10 years, Nevada will have 15 percent of its energy coming from renewable resources -- the question is whether we will follow their good example. Given Denver's smog and Colorado's rampant growth, I say we need wind rather than coal, and we need it sooner rather than later.

-- Neil DiMuccio

Colorado Springs

Argue your case

Sen. Rick Santorum is not my hero. I know little about the man, but I resent the relentless criticism of a recent quote from him -- criticism that seems to be based primarily on political correctness and emotion, rather than reason and logic.

Sen. Santorum may have said things that justify him being called a bigot, but his recent statement from an Associated Press interview that has been extracted and quoted countless times in the past few weeks does not merit the acrimonious, knee-jerk response it has generated. The now-famous quote:

"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything." In other words, if one argues that the sex you have in private between consenting partners ought not to be controlled by the state because, after all, it is private and it is consensual, then, by the same reasoning, we must throw out the laws against bigamy, polygamy, incest, and adultery.

Sen. Santorum's point is that it is not enough to argue that homosexual acts should be legal because they occur between consenting, competent adults. One must also show that the acts are not harmful to society. Sen. Santorum believes these acts are harmful and gave his reasons later in the same AP interview. Those who believe homosexual acts conducted in private are not injurious to society must argue their case, not by calling the senator a bigot, but by providing evidence supporting their argument.

The really sad part of the entire Santorum debacle is that legitimate dialogue has been sidetracked. We could be discussing whether adultery does or does not undermine American society. If not, it seems that any of our typically unenforced laws against adultery should be dropped. We could discuss whether we should make illegal, in addition to incest, other activities that may lead to birth defects. We could discuss whether homosexual relationships have a deleterious, positive or neutral effect on our society and under what conditions. We could ask the same questions of heterosexual relationships. We could ask whether we can make any generalizations. We could study the research.

Most gays and many others of various sexual persuasions do not agree with Sen. Santorum's viewpoint. Fine, you may have the better argument. However, your points are not well made when you rely on political correctness and name-calling. Let us all argue our points with logic and intelligence, and respond in like fashion, and thus further thinking and social reform in this country.

-- Wendy Demandante

Colorado Springs

Shame on them

On Monday, May 5, Colorado Springs State Sens. Ed Jones and Andy McElhany voted to kill a resolution that would have urged all Coloradans to honor women's contributions in the workplace and encouraged employers to ensure that their pay practices are fair.

Colorado's working women deserve better! Shame on Sens. Jones and McElhany!

-- Linda Meric,

Executive Director, 9to5, Natl. Assn. of Working Women - Colorado Chapter

-- Helen Kedzierski,

9to5 Colorado Springs Board member

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