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Questioning motives

I was appalled to read the Jan. 20 story about Nathan Baird.

I don't understand the DA's motive in prosecuting him.

I truly hope that Nathan gets the benefit of doubt and justice prevails.

-- Sonia Barve

Colorado Springs

Too heart wrenching

The Jan. 20 article "The end of innocence" was too heart wrenching. I hope and pray that justice is served. After all, this country stands for justice and liberty for all. What would my Master do in this situation? I am sure He would look into this case with an open mind and eyes.

I only hope that He gives the powers that preside over this case the enlightenment and love to handle Nathan's trial in the best way possible.

Praise the Lord!

-- Jim Coven

Via the Internet

Inside the newsroom

I'm imagining a staff meeting at the Independent sometime last week:

"OK, people," Cara DeGette says. "Let's talk about this SpongeBob controversy. We've got a national news story breaking right under our noses, so we're going to avoid the sneering and snickering; everyone else already did that to death last weekend anyway. We're serious journalists here, not National Lampoon. James Dobson speaks to, and for, millions of people of faith, so we're going to hear him out and show him the respect we'd show anyone else. Our job is to make sure our readers understand what he's saying, then let them decide what they think."

Guess that staff meeting will have to remain imaginary, because the Independent, showing all the restraint and self-control of a rutting tomcat, did everyone else one better: Instead of simply poking fun at James Dobson, you actually assigned your humor writer to "cover" the story.

And his article was a masterpiece: A brilliant slash job, from a two-bit hack who couldn't hang on to a job even at a third-rate rag like the Gazette, jammed full of potty jokes too immature for a fourth-grade boys' bathroom.

Oh, don't get me wrong: It was funny -- just not for the reason Mr. Tosches intended. It was funny because it underscored the willful blindness of the loony left in this whole debate -- namely, how those defending a kids' video about tolerance and respect are the ones gleefully heaping scorn and ridicule on the concerns and beliefs of millions of others.

Well, you've done your duty and covered this story. Now you can get back to business as usual. I look forward to the next standard issue of the Independent, in which you explain how there's no such thing as liberal bias, and the reason so many people don't trust the media is because we're all unenlightened, unwashed morons who have been brainwashed by FOX News.

And I'll go back to doing what I usually do with each issue of the Independent: Wondering if your collective insight and self-awareness will ever rise to the level of a garden slug.

-- Greg Hartman

Colorado Springs

Those rosy cheeks

It's good to see from the Jan. 27 article titled "Focus on SpongeBob" that organizations like Focus on the Family are not going unchecked. The idea that a sponge could be gay could only come from the most paranoid of conservatives or someone high on drugs. What next, accusations of subliminal messages promoting homosexuality in cartoons? Or how about cartoons that counter homosexuality? Maybe one could be called "Donna the Celibate Nun."

Everyone who has children should start recording their favorite cartoons, because before long, there will be nothing else for them to watch. After the Teletubbies (who couldn't even speak words, much less participate in anything sexual), Barney, Bert, Ernie and SpongeBob, there is no telling which fictional character they will go after next. My guess is that it will be The Little Engine That Could. Why? Those rosy cheeks could only be makeup, of course.

-- Alex Graul

Colorado Springs

Through the looking glass

It baffles me when a community like Colorado Springs can be listening to the drivel of James "Spongebrain Squaremind" Dobson, Eric "My Way or the Highway" Christen, and Doug "Let's Just Abolish Government Altogether" Bruce, as we wave goodbye to a brilliant leader like D-11 Superintendent Norm Ridder. What is going on around here? Do we want to declare ourselves a separate country, or what?

-- Gary Morse

Colorado Springs

History lesson

Did you catch in last week's article about the counter-inauguration protestors in Acacia Park that one Palmer High School student said she feared expressing herself in class because her history teacher was a Bush supporter?

It's one thing to have Republican city officials in the pocket of land developers, or yokels in oversized pickups waving American flags, or pudgy pro-war Christians who condone crimes against humanity, or pro-Bush working poor who never did know on which side their bread wasn't buttered; it's quite another to tolerate irresponsible educators in our schools teaching our children -- history no less.

Do we wonder where our so many uninformed, incurious voters came from?

We can blame FOX and the rest of the media, but at Palmer we'd have to suspect some pretty curious history lessons.

-- Eric Verlo

Colorado Springs

A scary world

About the column Public Eye, "A club for good old boys," in Thursday's Jan. 13 issue:

Church and state working together, I say no.

District 11 and its own Gay-Straight club sounds like something that should be done, without a second thought. We're not talking about gay marriage here, but a place to talk and exchange in a world that can be scary. What blows me away is having Focus on the Family (which sounds more like a business to me) getting involved in public affairs.

Focus, or any such organization, should never be intermingled with the state or the public body in any way. There is no need for a particular religious body to manipulate the future of our next generation.

Having Focus on the Family and D-11 working together is a conflict of interest that can only hurt the kids in the long run. Talk about scary ...

-- Michel Racine

Colorado Springs

Rumpus room


Having been out of town during the fabulous 2005 Colorado Springs Home Show (the same exact fabulous Colorado Springs Home Show for the last five years, with the same exact vendors, the same exact attendees, different venue) and the fact that I have not subscribed to the Gazette for nearly three years (my poison of choice is the Denver Post and the New York Times), I must say I wasn't at all surprised by the Laurel Hill letter written to the Gazette in protest of Jai Rodriguez's appearance at said fabulous Colorado Springs Home Show (As the Village Turns, Jan. 20-26).

Wish I could have been there to see Mr. Rodriguez trying to corrupt the youth of Colorado Springs to the "gay lifestyle." Could someone please explain how he did it? Was it using taupe instead of oyster-white paint on our rumpus-room walls? Was it using scented candles in our bedrooms? Was it using halogens instead of fluorescents?

My immediate thought is that Ms. Hill must have had to go way out of her way to be present long enough at Mr. Rodriguez's presentation to be offended by his "gay lifestyle."

Not to mention Mr. Rodriguez's appearance at the Home Show had been advertised all over Colorado Springs weeks in advance of the show. One would have had to be blind and deaf to have missed the promos!

Sadly, this is why I still say (when people ask me where I'm from), "Oh, I live in Colorado. In the Springs." Thankfully, 99 percent of strangers believe I'm talking about Glenwood Springs and not Colorado Springs! So, thanks a bunch, Laurel, for making us look even more stupid than even I would have anticipated!

-- Deb Martin-Bruels

Colorado Springs

In defense of family

Last week's letter-writer Geoff Kramer is right. Mayor Lionel Rivera and our City Council don't give a damn about our children. What's more, it seems they care about nothing except for their hefty, although unnecessary, pay raises. I recognize this as a problem, and if the safety of our children is truly at stake perhaps a simple letter to the editor is not enough.

If the City Council will not act to protect our children, assuming they could do enough to be effective, maybe the protection we demand is our responsibility. I am currently in the process of attaining my concealed carry permit. I grew up around guns, I know how to use them and respect them, and I won't hesitate use my firearm against a criminal with an illegal weapon in defense of my family, though I pray I am never in such a situation.

-- Matt Davis

Colorado Springs

Helping the poor

I am appalled at the bigotry spouting from your newspaper. You talk about the poverty in Mississippi as a result of lack of abortion services ("Welcome to Mississippi," Jan. 20-26). You claim that the babies born are worse off than if they had been aborted. Excuse me! Since when is being poor grounds for a death sentence? What arrogance! How can you say that anyone would be better off dead? I thought the Independent cared about the plight of the poor. I thought the Independent wanted to help the poor. I was wrong. The Independent's solution to abolish poverty in America is to abort the poor. Please show some respect for human life. Both in the womb and outside the womb.

-- Fr. Bill Carmody

Respect Life Director

Colorado Springs

Setup for slavery

What an inspiring inaugural speech someone wrote for George W. Bush! The word "freedom" was used 27 times and "liberty" 15: "When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you."

This all sounds so noble, until you realize this is the same president who will be standing on the other side of liberty if he succeeds in changing the makeup of the Supreme Court so it can overturn Roe v. Wade. This is the decision that gave women the "freedom" to control their own lives. "No one deserves to be a slave," Bush insisted during his speech, yet if abortion again becomes illegal, pregnant women would immediately assume the status of breeders, with their freedom denied.

A reversal of Roe would remove federal constitutional protection for a woman's right to choose and give the power back to the 50 states to set abortion policy. A study by the Center for Reproductive Rights has determined that women in more than half the country would be vulnerable to efforts by anti-choice forces to ban abortion. Our nation would then become a checkerboard of "free states" allowing women the dignity of making their own decisions about childbearing, and "slave states," where women become wards of the state with respect to their reproductive rights. This would create unequal citizenship between states.

Poor women who were unlucky enough to live where abortion is banned would be forced to bear children, while more affluent women would be able to travel to a "free state" for abortions.

Beware of presidents who talk "freedom" but walk in the opposite direction!

-- Janet Brazill

Colorado Springs

Bad dining experience

I reviewed with interest your publication of last week, which included "The Dish -- Your guide to dining in the Springs." I subsequently visited one of your listings, Cafe El Paso, described as Best Taco, Best Green Chili, and Best Mexican Food. I must tell you that this is without a doubt the WORST Mexican food I've had in any restaurant in the Springs. And I ordered the tacos and the green chili, which were supposedly their best plates. Additionally, their sides were terrible. Their refried beans were likely from a can, and the rice did not even resemble anything close to Mexican rice. As an authentic critic of Mexican food I can tell you that I will not recommend this place or return to it.

-- Jose Ramirez

Via the Internet

Free advice

The Colorado Department of Transportation spent $21,000 of our tax dollars choosing an acronym for the I-25 widening project? Can they return the acronym and get our money back? I have one they can use for free. It's PITA and it stands for "Pain In The ........."

-- Donna Drialo

Colorado Springs

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