Full of crop
If Bob Campbell ever interviews me on the street about some social issue and doesn't respect me enough to put my full photo along with my comment, I'll blast the hell out of him (or his sidekick, if Campbell is not the Indy photographer).
Those cropped photos showing three men with 1 ears ought to sicken the three men on page 10 [IQ] of our July 13 Indy.
Never mind if the Indy thinks it is cute to clip Ken Cleaver's mug; he is a weirdo.
Anyone who is our new editor ought to have the decency and respect for public comment without insulting, cutesy, clipped photos.
Howard Wesley Johnson
I need to respond to Kenneth Cleaver's column [Consumer Correspondent] in the July 20 issue.
Just when I thought that Mr. Cleaver could not descend into juvenile humor any further, he has taken it to another level. Not content to send off adolescent wise-guy letters to individuals and companies for their response and humor at their expense (and it's interesting to note that almost all replies are sincere and not at his moronic level), he now has figured out that a phone number can be transcribed into letters to spell out words that he thinks are funny. Eat cock! What's next? Just think what combinations of letters he can come up with, using all those phone numbers out there.
I was going to end by saying that you can do better than this, but I really don't think so. In fact, this level is pretty much to where your magazine has sunk (not that it had that far to go, anyway).
Regarding "Stampede" [Cover, July 27]:
The current Republican primary race is critically important for independent voters. Have you noticed the religious-right money pouring into our district from up north and outside Colorado? That tells you we're considered fertile ground for a fundamentalist vote in Congress.
The problem? The Constitution reserves social issues to the states and the people. Candidates who promise to legislate on marriage, abortion, etc. violate Colorado's rights and show that they're willing to reduce your personal freedom. Amending the Constitution with social issues is even worse. Slavery and prohibition were part of our Constitution at times.
There are two moderates in the Republican primary: Lionel Rivera and John Anderson. Anderson won't amend the Constitution to restrict personal freedom and has pledged to serve no more than six terms. He's the only candidate of any party to term-limit himself. He's the only Republican who's focused on constitutional rights.
Jay Fawcett, the Democratic candidate, is a fine man with a strong record and no primary challenge. He's a real threat to Republicans, which ensures a torrent of outside money for their candidate after the Aug. 8 primary.
If you care about your personal freedom, independents should vote in the Republican primary. You can do that simply by going to the polls and having the workers walk you through the process.
Independents need to care about the congressional race in August, or November may not matter. Please, voting is both a right and a duty. Do it!
When sleeping dogs lie
I am grateful for a kind of candor with which Focus on the Family named their anti-individuality campaign: "No Moo" Lies.
Since quotation marks might cause problems with Web site addressing, I guess that FF felt they had to use hyphens instead: no-moo-lies. While this punctuation is less clear than it should be just as the campaign itself obscures things at least FF tried to be honest in its way, by admitting that its "No Moo" campaign lies. Everyone who knows dogs knows that billions of dogs can make billions of different sounds, many of which are not at all woof-ish and some of which are quite moo-ish.
As FF tells us bless their auto-deconstruction their campaign "No Moo" lies.
Step by step
The time is now! If you have not had a chance to voice your concern about the District 11 school board and the direction it has taken the past two years, you need to find someone with a recall petition immediately.
Removing Eric Christen and Sandy Shakes from the school board will not solve all of the problems, but it will allow the new interim superintendent, Dr. Terry Bishop, to start moving the district in the right direction. Aug. 11 is the last day to sign, and it will be here before you know it.
We have put up with the nonsense long enough in District 11. As a retired teacher, I would implore you to invest a little more time in the students of this region. The first step is to help with the recall campaign, and the next step is to support efforts to keep a superintendent for the district who will be there for the children.
Did you notice how involved the Republican Party became in the last school board election? As a longtime Republican, I resent what is happening in my party. Just a few years ago, the Republican Party was a great supporter of the right of all children to receive a free public education. Now they are backing the reformers and the voucher system, which would be damaging to the high-risk students so many of us have served for so long.
The next very important step would be to support all efforts to rectify the testing insanity. Our young people deserve a real education, not a continuous crash course in test-taking. This would certainly help get things turned around so that students would have a desire to finish school. I'm sure I would not want to spend 13 years with a focus on the test! I call it child abuse, and yet the teachers do their very best to provide a good education, in spite of the ridiculous testing requirements. Bless them!
Time to go
Invading Iraq was a noble cause. Voices from that land sincerely believed that if we helped defeat their dictator, the people would arise and embrace freedom. Now we've discovered, as did the Soviets before us, that Western concepts fail in that society. Though some there may dream of modernizing, too many regard Western ways as evil and express their opinion by exploding bombs in defenseless crowds.
It's time to go. But as we leave, let's recognize that our soldiers have not died in vain. Their sacrifice was the only way we could learn that there is no military solution. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
Ready or not
Concerning the war in Iraq and how long our troops will serve there, on June 28, 2005 President Bush addressed the nation from Fort Bragg, N.C., saying we will stay in Iraq until Iraq can defend itself, then we can leave.
Well, I have a question: If we can take an 18-year-old kid who just graduated from high school, send him to Marine boot camp for 13 weeks, and he emerges a killing machine ready to go to battle and defend this country, why have we spent three years training the Iraqi Army and they still can't defend that country? How much longer is it going to take before we realize they will never be ready?
The smokers in Colorado are now fuming mad because of the smoking ban. That is just too bad, isn't it? If it weren't for the smoking ban,we would not be going to places thatwe didn't dare to before the ban. Bars, nightclubs, pool halls, bowling alleys, bingo halls are all places we frequent now because of the smoking ban. Let's push it even farther and allow smoking only at the smokers' homes, in their cars and alleys, far away from the mainstream public.
I have become deeply preoccupied by perhaps the greatest problem that has ever befallen humanity. What is it that we can do as individuals and as a nation to help tame this irreversible beast of our own creation, global warming? We are teetering closely to the edge of dramatic, catastrophic climate change. It is too immense to stop completely. We can perhaps only hope to soften the consequences.
The numbers, when brought close to home, are mind-boggling, yet irrefutable. There is a direct relationship between the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and global warming, and these levels have reached an unprecedented high. Each one of us is complicit as a result of our mindless consumption. The average American emits 20 tons of CO2 annually, one pound of CO2 for every mile we drive. The impact is staggering and the consequences grave.
The Earth is bountiful, resilient, but not so unforgiving as to withstand such prolonged abuse without suffering. We have emerged from the era of healthy debate among scientists. Man's imprint has extended and touched all corners of the Earth. From melting glaciers to the ominous retreat of permafrost, from the impending loss of the polar bear to the robins that now dwell eerily in Alaska, I feel certain that this is not a normal fluctuation of the Earth's rhythms.
The question remains: What can be done? We can use compact fluorescent light bulbs, drive more efficient vehicles, recycle and buy products with less packaging. But we must also be bold enough to demand that our politicians honestly address climate change and quit stalling. This issue is beyond politics and requires that we ask ourselves important and urgent questions. How can we tread more lightly upon this Earth? What legacy will we leave our children?
Every day, we are bombarded with George W. Bush and state officials telling us to conserve oil, petroleum and gas. They tell us that this will help with the crisis we are in. We also hear people complain how "it's the oil companies and government's fault that the price is so high and there is a shortage of these necessary products." The "people" want George Bush to do something about it, and do it yesterday!
I am by no means a George Bush fan, but for all those people complaining that "he should do something about it," what would they say, and do, if he did something about it? What if he said, "NASCAR racing, boat racing and motorcycle racing is to be temporarily stopped, until this crisis is over"?
What if he said that, because these sports are burning and extreme amount of "fuel" fuel that is in short supply and is needed for people to continue with their daily needs of transportation, to their jobs that support their families "these sports will be temporarily stopped"?
How many people would be willing to temporarily give up these forms of entertainment, to cut the price and shortage of oil? By the way, just how much "fuel" is used in these "entertainment sports"? Not just by the racers, but by the huge crowds that drive hundreds of miles to see them?
You think people hate George Bush now, just let him say that these forms of entertainment will be temporarily stopped. People would drive thousands of miles to tar and feather him, and complain the whole way there that "he should do something about the high price of gas."