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Mother's anguish

I am Lindsey Purkett's mother ("A hard place," News, Feb. 8). Her father and I have watched our daughter go from a beautiful, healthy, normal teenager to the skeletal, starving young woman she has become.

We have been helpless in our 10-plus years of trying to find someone to treat her. We have exhausted every avenue available to Lindsey. Now that she has no job and no insurance, this task is even more frustrating.

To compound this frustration, Lindsey became estranged from her family when we had to give her the ultimatum of getting treatment, seeking help or leaving our house.

At the time, she did not believe she had a problem. Now that it has become so apparent that she does have an eating disorder, she no longer has insurance and cannot find anyone to treat her, due to her being indigent.

More frustrating is the fact that if you have money or fame, there is help out there for you. In fact, if you are any of these things, you make front-page headlines for seeking treatment ... and the public eats this stuff up. But be a normal, everyday person who is not famous, and you will die due to lack of treatment or funds to get it.

I ask you, how is this fair? How can we, as a society, allow this? For the love of God, should not everyone be treated the same in this society?

My daughter is so sick, and she needs help desperately. But unless someone, somewhere offers her help, she is going to die! Please help her! She is only 26 years old and has a lifetime ahead of her, if she can get help and get well. Please help her!

Debra Purkett


Worthy honoree

I was thrilled to see Jim Alice Scott honored by Citizens Project for her lifetime community service on Feb. 8. I would like to add a few words to what was said that evening.

I've never known another person in this community as successful (and tenacious) at holding politicians (and their servants) accountable. Jim Alice has had a keen sense of truth and justice from the time, as a young woman, she fought civil-rights battles in Texas to more recent times as a citizen watchdog over El Paso County commissioners.

She's the smartest, most honest and honorable political strategist I've ever encountered.

Linda Sutton

Colorado Springs

Shoddy construction

It was with no great surprise that I read that the Home Builders Association has announced who they will support in the upcoming City Council election: the four incumbents and the head of the Stormwater Fees Committee. Of further interest is the fact that the HBA didn't even bother to talk to all the candidates.

Apparently, they found a group that suits their purposes, and didn't figure they could do any better than that. These would be members of the same council that has delayed making important decisions that will move this city forward; that has refused to address specific issues because they may have a negative impact on the upcoming election; and that has spent the last three months infighting over a perceived conflict of interest.

This is the same council that, when a member retired, selected a like-minded individual who got a whopping 2,000 votes during his failed election effort, and whose great claim to fame (on his own Web site) is that he got a stop sign installed.

This is the same council that promised to solve the water delivery problem, and today admits that the only reason they even looked at one of the alternatives was because they "had to." Meanwhile, no significant progress on the Southern Delivery System has been made, and our city is held hostage once again.

This would be the same Stormwater Fees Committee chairman who adroitly steered a proposal through that effectively passed the cost of new stormwater management developments away from the home builders, and on to established businesses and residents.

It is time for a change. We need new people. We need new ideas. We need a new vision.

We need to demand results, and we need to remove those who can't produce them. We need to replace those who serve another master.

Kay Bailey

Colorado Springs

Free parking?

I have an idea or two sprung from necessity. I work at a longtime downtown shop that is in little danger of closing due to the current demolishment/diminishment of our two major access points, the Bijou and Cimarron bridges, but I have noticed a significant drop in customers since Jan. 2.

I can only imagine that this is what has driven Seabel's on Tejon Street ("Springs, unabridged," News, Feb. 8) out of business and threatens several others in spite of a loyal and enthusiastic customer base. The problem is, and has long been, one of convenience: Where am I to park if I aim to stay downtown more than a couple of hours? Heaven forbid I should want to get fitted for boots, have lunch and browse the bookstore all in the same afternoon.

So I propose a compromise with the city: How about, as a gesture of goodwill toward the businesses who call the heart of Colorado Springs "home," allowing folks to park for free in one or more parking garages Sunday through Thursday until at least one of the bridges is completed? (Since you also raised parking fees, closed one more bridge than you had planned, failed to complete the on- and off-ramps on Colorado Avenue and have yet to compensate for the restricted access with the usual remedy: a fetching public transportation system ... no, uh, pun intended.)

And to remedy the fact that once we employees hear you can park closer than 10 blocks away from work, we will be the ones taking up those spaces: How about, with proof-by-pay-stub, allowing employees of downtown businesses a half-price monthly bus pass?

Thanks for listening, and thanks to the folks who keep on coming down to shop in spite of the annoyances. Every visit counts.

Hilary Studebaker

Colorado Springs

Hefty support

One of the delights of my life is having spent most of it in the broadcast industry. I have listened, seen and read many reviews of restaurants from supposed critics. That's how I review your review of A Flavor of NY Deli ("City, light," Appetite, Feb. 8).

Being a New Yorker, I'll bet you a season ticket to Belmont Park Raceway that I've eaten in more New York delis than you have, thereby being far more qualified to critique someone claiming to be A Flavor of NY Deli.

Now for your criticisms.

The "marriage of bread, beef, Swiss and sauerkraut ... proved to be ... not great." Au contraire. In any New York deli, if you try anything less than the way these owners prep their sandwiches, you'll be out of business, dare I say it "in a New York minute!" The whole idea of a deli sandwich in NY is that there is bread, lots of it!

The "marriage" part of ingredients is graded by the quality of meats and cheeses, along with the ability to taste each as you bite into the sandwich.

Steaming your breads is the absolute trademark of New York delis. It provides all the softening you want, while heating everything inside.

Now to the "knishes." From the time I was a child, I was eating knishes on New York boardwalks, frequented by Jews who, in turn, advised us Gentiles "which knish to ketch." Trust me, these knishes are the best you will find in Colorado.

As far as a "steam tray and microwave" being the only equipment in the kitchen, I ask: If we New Yorkers are thrilled with what's coming out of the kitchen, what? The girls should put in a Vulcan restaurant oven with Halon fire extinguishers? So you can gripe about this authentic Taste of NY being overpriced?

I suspect you may have visited New York, but I'll bet you've never lived there. Go for a visit and then write another critique on A Flavor of NY Deli. In the meantime, I'll continue to patronize these two great chicks from NY. That's right, I said "chicks." We call them that in NY!

Don Emanuel

Colorado Springs

Geography lesson

I find it problematic geography for Hector Leyba ("Clarification," Letters, Feb. 8) to define one person by country and another by continent. I have never seen a world map with a country named America. In fact, the Organization of American States (OAS) is made up of a number of American countries.

Jim Colson


Deadly losing streak

How long can 1 percent of Americans fight, bleed and die while 99 percent of us party on? Our troops deserve better than to be sacrificed in wars Washington chooses not to win. Mobilization the U.S. in arms has always been our key to victory.

We win wars that are of the people, by the people, and for the people. The U.S. mobilized for WWI and WWII and forced our enemies' unconditional surrender.

Yet since VJ Day we have lost yes, lost every major war.

U.S. volunteers are fine for small, short wars but by themselves can never win the big ones. Like "Old Breed" Marines killed on Tarawa, our professional troops are expendable. Their job is to hold the enemy until America is mobilized then we sweep the board.

Now our volunteers are on their third and fourth combat tours, still awaiting reinforcements.

Yet Bush's solution is not mobilization, but sending more of them back to die even faster.

Bush wants the other 99 percent of us to follow his daughters' example and shop until we drop. This isn't the strategy of our new counterinsurgency manual. It requires at least two "boots" per 100 people to eventually prevail.

That's 600,000 "boots" for Iraq alone, far more than Bush's piddling "surge." If Bush won't massively reinforce our troops to win, he should stop getting them killed.

Bush should have the honesty, decency and courage to either reinstate the draft and mobilize America or withdraw our troops.

Support our troops stop sacrificing them in wars Washington refuses to win.

Ralph B. Palmer

Colorado Springs

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