Rich Tosches' Sept. 23-29 column "Discrimination in every form" again confirms a rampant liberal lunacy. His article should have been titled, "I Hate Those Who Hate" or perhaps "I'm Intolerant of Intolerance" or maybe "Diversity For All -- Except Conservatives." Of course, his favorite moral punching bag -- Focus on the Family -- is an ongoing burr in his saddle. But alas, he ridicules another Christian organization close to my heart -- the American Family Association and Rev. Donald Wildmon.
What should concern all "diverse" readers of this paper is his broad-stroked slam against Southerners and Southern states. He made it pretty clear that people from Alabama or Louisiana or Georgia, or especially Mississippi, are all backward, bigoted, ignorant, red-necked hicks. All of us Southerners love our "weekly possum hunt," right Mr. Tosches?
He sarcastically slurs the intellectual capabilities of James Dobson and Donald Wildmon. Hmmmm! Interesting. I'd love to see a debate with Rich Tosches and James Dobson, or especially, Wildmon. I've seen and heard Wildmon debate national TV figures and they end up roadkill. Tosches should be so lucky. Bring it on, Richie Poo!
-- Tom Pedigo
Editor's note: The author is director of the American Family Association of Colorado.
John Dicker's Sept. 9 review of the film What the Bleep is showing off the empty space between his ears. This film is a vacation away from the violence and disgust of most films on the current billboard charts. It's a step into the kind of vacation we all need. Thank you Kimball's Twin Peak Theater.
-- Bryan Pratt
I was amused by Bob Holmes' description of the chronically homeless as "arrogant" (News, Sept. 23-29).
Once again he has shown his ignorance and lack of research on the homeless. I suggest he does some research on severe personality disorders, and schizophrenia, how they emotionally cripple people to the point of not being able to benefit from intense psychotherapy much less some general counseling.
Arrogant: overly convinced of one's superiority and importance.
This seems to describe Bob Holmes, who has decided that all the chronically homeless, even the emotionally disabled, will benefit from his distorted view of tough love. If he's really interested in helping the 100 or so chronically homeless, he should consult some very experienced, mental health professionals and ask about severe borderline, anti-social and paranoid personality disorders combined with alcoholism, drug addiction or other dual DSM diagnoses.
I believe any competent therapist can help him with his delusion that all these people need is tough love and to be held accountable. Offering a suffering human being help is one thing. Demanding that they do what you tell them or else is something altogether different.
When someone has approached me for money downtown I have often said no but have directed them to the soup kitchen for food. A few times, I have given them a buck or some change. I rely on my heart and natural intuition. I learned a long time ago that life is not fair, and that getting through the bureaucracy to get help is not easy.
-- Annette Fetler Daymon
We can do better
I took umbrage with the reader last week who responded to Cyndy Kulp's call for more public input into KRCC news programming with the cry "Get your own radio station!" Isn't that the old "love it or leave it" retort?
While efforts to develop a community-owned radio station are underway, let's not ignore that the Colorado Springs public already has its own radio station: KRCC. We love it, and we'd love for it to be better.
No one wants to politicize KRCC. Rather, we'd prefer to see more balance in its news coverage. If NPR is your idea of nonpartisan news reporting you are mistaken. Last week's Indy "white wash" issue was full of stories you didn't hear even on NPR. What does anybody have against hearing the real news?
NPR beat the war drums like every other corporate mouthpiece. Even this summer they underreported the half million turnout at the Republican National Convention peace march.
NPR's political agenda is, I believe, unforgivable.
The traditional obstruction to public input at KRCC is always exasperating. A Prairie Home Companion would not be on KRCC but for the lobbying efforts of KRCC listeners. Imagine that! The Thomas Jefferson Hour as well.
The KRCC managers are not neutral, -- they are obstinate. Let's get them to air some real grass-roots news and see how much more popular the station will become, again thanks to its listeners.
If you'd like your programming opinions to be heard, The Pikes Peak Media Alliance has set up a Web site to gather your ideas. At myKRCC.org we can accumulate public input into a groundswell KRCC management will no longer be able to deny.
Let's reclaim KRCC for the public radio station it is supposed to be. The music's fine. Who's afraid of a little informative news?
-- Eric Verlo
Pikes Peak Media Alliance
Last week's presidential debate was a real education for me. It really gave me insight into the candidates' mindset. I was amazed when President Bush said, "We're making progress. ... It's hard work ... to go from a place where people get their hands cut off or executed to a place where people are free." Now that statement shows me that President Bush isn't watching the same news that I see night after night.
The president is right -- a tyrant is no longer cutting off the hands of Iraqi civilians. He has now been replaced by thousands of masked insurgents who are now lopping off the heads of Americans and our allies on international television. This president must have a very strange definition of progress ...
-- Patrick S. Whitley
Words of advice
Communism is its own worse enemy
Adopt birth control.
Adopt Muslim orphans.
Adopt a river.
Adopt gay humans.
Adopt 10,000 kids waiting for adoption.
Adopt world religions.
Adopt self-discipline and humanitarianism.
Adopt freedom of belief.
Stop killing for "peace."
-- Peter Dunn
Facts of the matter
I would like to respond to the letter in the Sept. 30 issue of the Independent, "People, not goats." I have to agree with the writer that placing our military medical staff in hospital trauma centers would be the best answer for such a horrible dilemma.
There are some logistical facts that should be addressed though. I am an ex-military medic and wished throughout my military career that proper training be given to medical staff on an Army-wide basis.
The fact is that not all medical staff are certified to work in trauma centers. Another point to be taken is that trauma centers mean that they would be working with and on civilians. Most hospitals will not allow an emergency medical technician to do trauma treatment as is required by military training standards.
Another logistical problem is that there are just not enough military trauma centers to treat the kind of wounds that a field medic would encounter in a battlefield environment. Even the trauma center in the worst parts of the country with all their gunshot wounds could not successfully simulate the required training a field medic needs to keep someone alive under the conditions they would be under.
I don't fully agree in using goats for this type of training, but when I did go through the goat lab myself over eight years ago, I found the training and experience in keeping an animal alive invaluable to saving soldiers lives in the battlefield.
Many people have not been put in the place of saving a friend's life while holding him in your arms as he bleeds to death. You have to ask yourself that and try to put yourself in that kind of position mentally. It wouldn't even come close to the reality of what it really is.
If you must have a cause, let it be to stop war. I don't mean the Iraqi war -- I mean all wars. Until then I fully support the effort our government is making to improve soldier survivability in the battlefield.
-- F. Rivas
Retired military medic
John Hazlehurst is suffering from severe Denver envy. I am not quite sure why. Both Denver and Colorado Springs are great cities, but in different ways and for different reasons. Comparing a metropolitan region of 2 million-plus to a metropolitan region of a half a million is silly, but Hazlehurst demands doing just that.
First, he equates transportation as a necessity. Denver has answered that necessity by increasing taxes and adding new infrastructure. As a part-time resident of Denver I can assure you the transportation problems are far from solved. The police are cracking down on Colfax Avenue traffic because pedestrian accidents are too high. I personally have been almost hit by cars on a weekly basis. If this is a solution, leave me with our problems.
Let's see, we have Garden of the Gods, Memorial Park, Bear Creek Park, Palmer Park and the list could go on. For stadiums we have Sky Sox Stadium and the soccer field next to it, and yes, we have the World Arena too. I am sure that the Pikes Peak Library District is a quality facility, maybe not magnificent, but I don't mind quality. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is far superior to the zoo in Denver.
Now maybe we don't have a world-class art museum, but it has some great amenities. They offer theater, and the Linda McCartney photo exhibit was superb.
There are many necessities in life. This does not mean we need the government to meet those needs. Food is a necessity. I do not believe we would want the government to run our grocery stores and handle our food distribution.
The problem is not whether the government can collect revenue to pay for problems. The problem is the political left abhors any idea that does not require more government and more taxes. They have a playbook that is 40 years out of date and are stagnating in their old ideas.
-- Edward Knapp
Time to take action
As a registered independent and a mother, for the first time I'm doing more than just vote. I'm involved in political activism. Why? Because America is under duress.
Our families cannot afford four more years of the Bush administration, either financially or politically. The current administration has taken the largest surplus in history and turned it into the largest deficit in history.
Our country has the highest unemployment rate in nine years. In addition, there are 41.2 million Americans without health care. Most disturbing, President Bush took our country to war under false pretenses and without a discernable plan or exit strategy. Thousands of our soldiers have died or been injured in a war based on intentional falsehoods.
After the debate last week, the choice of candidate was clear: John Kerry. He was more poised and presidential than President Bush, who stumbled over words, suffered from overlong pauses, and provided unconvincing responses. Kerry came off as strong, confident and focused.
Women -- and especially mothers -- now is the time to take action. We must eradicate this administration for the sake of our families to ensure a saner future for our children. On Nov. 2, make your vote count. Send George W. Bush packing!
-- Bev Walton-Porter
Colorado Springs chapter leader
Mothers Opposing Bush