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Sucking sound

Your coverage of the arts in last week's Best Of issue sucked. No theatre, no visual art, what's up? Don't they buy enough ads to make it worth the effort?

Keep up the good work!

Tom McElroy

aka Atomic Elroy

CHAOS Studios

Colorado Springs

Little mayor, little town

Once again, our little mayor of Colorado Springs has done a disservice to our little town. He surfed the Web and found no evidence that our soldiers need any further mental health care than the government is willing to provide.


Rivera, do you remember 'Nam? Look what happened to a lot of those vets. Do you ever wonder why we have a lot of homeless people in our city, as across the nation?

One or two visits to a government or military health care clinic ain't gonna make those nightmares of bloody battle go away. Thanks for your support, mayor. I forget ... what's your job again? Oh yeah, mayor.

-- Elizabeth E. Osborne

Colorado Springs

Wallet grab

I take offense to Ted Schwartz's insinuation in his Oct. 6 letter to the editor that voting against C and D correlates to a lack of social conscience.

I care deeply about my community, my city and my state. I simply believe that C and D, overall, ask for way too much at a time when many people, like me, are still struggling financially.

If proponents of C and D feel so strongly about the goals of these referenda and can afford it, then send your refunds back to the state treasurer. Do not, however, vote to reach into our wallets and tell us that you know how to spend our money better than we do. It's not only patently presumptuous, it's arrogant.

So, who are you going to support, Ted? Your faceless "community" that has the same financial resources as you, or your real community that could use those extra refund dollars?

-- Steve Adams

Colorado Springs

Drawing the line

Until Katrina came rolling into New Orleans, we prided ourselves as being a First World civilization, much more civilized than any Third World country.

As shameful as our governmental response was during the aftermath of these terrible storms, the wonderful outpouring of human compassion by average people glistened like diamonds.

But wait. Our government is supposed to represent "we the people." Is this puny, self-indulgent, callous behavior the way we really want to be represented?

We people of Colorado now have an opportunity to voice our own attitude right here at home. Our votes on Referenda C & D will draw the line between a greedy self-centered population and one of compassionate caring. I've read all the facts and figures, both pro and con, on Referendum C. But this is not a referendum about facts and figures as much as it is about who we are as people.

Do we want a state where children, old people and disabled persons are denied necessary medical care? Where mentally ill people are often sent to prisons rather than hospitals? Where disabled people are once more, as during the 1930s, sent out on the street to sell pencils or starve?

A state where our young citizens have a closed door to higher education in our universities because only the elite can afford the tuition? If this is the sort of state we want, then vote against Referendum C. We will take our $71 this year and say, as FEMA did to New Orleans for five long days, "To hell with them."

If we want to pride ourselves on being civilized residents of a first-class state, then we will vote for C & D. I could use the extra tax refund right now. But I don't want the responsibility of getting my little check at the expense of those who really need help.

I'm idealistic enough to believe the people of Colorado, who opened doors to thousands of displaced people from New Orleans, are never going to turn their backs on our fellow state residents that need help.

-- Norma Struthers

Colorado Springs

It's a joke, right?

The answer(s) to the question about immigration in the headline for your Oct. 6 cover story, "Can Washington fix it?" An emphatic NO!; Hell, NO!; and, This question is a joke, right?

Blue-collar Americans are being sold down the river by elites from every part of the political spectrum. Liberal -- conservative -- libertarian -- independent -- are all spreading the welcome mat for some, while greasing the skids to Hell under the hopes, dreams and progress of millions of Americans.

Prime example is in author Gavin Ehringer's verbiage -- nativist, anti-migrant -- which is virtually identical to that used by conservative icon Bill Bennett in 1994, when Californians, made desperate by years of neglect, corruption, and political fiddling, voted 60 percent in favor of Prop 187. Bennett called we desperate, maligned, ignored, manipulated folks "new nativists, bigots and racists." That's 60 percent of California's voting public in 1994. That's a lot of bigots.

In a recent poll, members of Congress said that the subject is "high octane" with their constituents ... higher than the war, or Social Security, or about any other issue.

And therein lies the rest of the answer to Ehringer's question: Can the feds solve the problem? No, but we the people can! And that "we" stuff starts with each of us.

-- Barbara Vickroy

Escondido, Calif.

Giving away the farm

The U.S. immigration system is not broken. It's our government that is broken. Our president should be impeached for dereliction of duty at a time of war with terrorism. Congress approved money for 2,000 new Border Patrol agents and President Bush has allowed only 200 new agents. This is a clear act by President Bush of thumbing his nose at the American people.

It's time to admit that President Bush is committed to Wall Street's interests. It's Wall Street that's running the government, and the chambers of commerce are running local governments.

These merchants want taxpayer-subsidized foreign labor through open borders, and corrupt politicians oblige. "'The economic lure is strong even for skilled and educated Mexicans,' says Dina Snow, a naturalized U.S. citizen who grew up on the Mexican border, in Nogales, and now owns a graphic design firm in Colorado Springs." Yes, indeed. The word is out throughout Latin America that the dumb Americans are giving their country away.

Moreover, I agree with Lisa Duran. NAFTA, CAFTA and GATT are only making rich American and Latin American merchants richer, while they are destroying local farmers.

By the way, I'm Hispanic, I came to the U.S. as a legal immigrant, I'm a naturalized U.S. citizen and I support the Minuteman Project.

-- Haydee Pavia

Laguna Woods, Calif.

Support live music

I've been following the opening of The Black Sheep nightclub with a lot of interest. To people who really love live music, I say, GET OUT AND SUPPORT THIS CLUB!

I have been going to see live music in the Springs for about 15 years now. During that time, I've repeatedly heard complaints about how there are no good venues for live music in Colorado Springs. Yet, when I have gone to shows, the club is half-full, and people are complaining about the price of tickets, etc.

Good clubs and bands cannot survive without you! Thanks to Marc Peralta and Soda Jerk, I have seen an absolute plethora of great national acts for less than $20. When you consider that you pretty much cannot go to a concert at Red Rocks or the Pepsi Center without spending $80 for a ticket, that's an unbelievable deal.

This past Friday, I went to The Black Sheep, at 2106 E. Platte Ave., and got a chance to talk to Marc and his staff. I can tell you, they are dedicated to building a venue that will draw bands from all over the country, and give local bands a place to showcase their talents. This is important! How many times has seeing the right band, or hearing the right tune, really changed your day, and possibly your outlook?

Do what you can to make sure we don't see another club closing. I promise it won't hurt, and you get to hear great bands in the process! A town without live, all-original music is a pretty dead place to be.

-- Kat Glover

Colorado Springs

Abandoned hopes

I would like to comment and complain regarding the large amount of animals (especially dogs) that are "dropped off" in our community of Ellicott and surrounding communities. It is absolutely sickening and heartbreaking.

It is very dry and hot out here, and there's no place for an animal to at least get a drink (i.e. ponds, creeks). Too many people in the city buy these "cute little adorable pups."

Well, guess what? They grow up!

I'm truly amazed at the stupid people in Colorado Springs! And if these animals aren't roaming the roads, they are being mistreated! I don't know how anyone else feels, but animals will be the best and most loving friend a person could ever have (better than humans).

You people that give your kids whatever they want, don't give in to the, "Oh, I will take care of the puppy, I promise!" Don't fall for it, because most of them won't. The dogs or animals will just end up out here. Starved, cold or dead.

-- M. Murphy



Last week's Best Of issue included a few items that need correction or clarification.

Mary Lou Makepeace, who won the gold for Best Activist, is the executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, which is a project of the Gill Foundation.

La Casita, which won several awards, including the Readers' Poll gold for Best Taco and an edit pick for Best Tortillas, actually has a fourth location, which opened last October but was not listed. The address for its newest restaurant is 3725 E. Woodmen Road. The phone number is 536-0375.

In their first year of business, THE ROCK at Soc 'n Roll won the gold for Best Climbing Gym. Unfortunately, we got their phone number and Web site wrong. THE ROCK is at 16240 Old Denver Highway in Monument. Its phone number is 481-9099 and its Web site is .

Addresses and phone numbers for the three Ai Sushi restaurants, which won the Readers' Poll gold for Best Japanese Restaurant and an edit pick for Best Improv Roll, inadvertently were left out. They are:

Ai Sushi & Grill

3215 Cinema Point, 622-8866

Ai Sushi & Grill Inc.

4655 Centennial Blvd., 266-5858

Sushi Ai

6552 S. Academy Blvd., 576-8855

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