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I am proud of my John Robert Powers school and take it very personally whenever someone says negative and untrue things about it, such as Mr. Jon Horton did ("Put it in writing," News, July 19).

Only now [after a settlement offer], he is unavailable for comment? It is hard enough to run a legitimate operation in this business with all of the tabloids and negative press about the entertainment industry. It is unfortunate that Mr. Horton felt he needed to say such horrible things. It's also ironic that Mr. Horton contacted us requesting his first audition/interview from an ad he saw in this newspaper.

His comments about Lindsay Fagyas are almost laughable, as she is someone who remains wonderfully honest and thorough. However, all of this is semantics because the damage is already done. So I am choosing to state the truth as it pertains to my school.

We do an initial on-camera audition for each person who wishes at the first interview. We then give them a written package of information to take home covering all details about our school, including costs and payment options. Our motto is: "It's not about the money, it's about the talent." We also always provide a sponsorship for each military family member we accept, as well as other "hardship" cases.

For those selected by us to be seen again, we set them up for a second and more thorough (one-on-one) audition/interview. We only accept and do paperwork on about one out of four individuals who apply, because we go by industry standards and are picky! We have them sign off on state-approved paperwork, give them copies of everything, and then set them up for development and future auditions with agents and managers we pay to fly in here from Los Angeles and New York.

My only hope is to hear from those who really know my school and have good things to say.

Marcia Mitas

Colorado Springs

Owner, John Robert Powers

Neon light in the dark

After a long week thinking about the future of Colorado's youth, I was "delighted" to read your article on Cripple Creek's casinos ("Cripple Creek's new gold mine," Between the Lines, July 19).

At last, hope for the young working class! A state full of casinos! We can outdo Nevada! Of course, the owners of the casinos will have to build a special working-class district (but nothing too nice can't cut into those huge profits, man).

The darkness has been lifted. I can see clearly the bright neon lights of the casinos shining through with "hope."

Brien Whisman

Colorado Springs

PrideFest idea

Hey guys and girls, next year at PrideFest, can we please put up something more inclusive for the family than sexual lubricant advertising on every single trash can in the entire park, including the trash cans in the children's playground?

Appreciated.

Allen Owen

Colorado Springs

Idiot in a barrel

If not for the corporate manipulators controlling the media, the American public would be getting the truth about why the boy idiot and his corrupt regime invaded Iraq. It was for oil contracts for greedy U.S. and British oil companies, with whom the Dubya regime is in bed financially.

The reason the Dubya regime is adamant about staying in Iraq militarily is because they're waiting for the Iraqi parliament to approve the oil contracts that will cheat the Iraqi people out of their resources.

So many members of parliament refuse to meet because they don't want to approve this legislation. The U.S. and U.K. oil companies have said they will wait indefinitely for the dust to settle as long as they get their contracts signed. If the U.S. pulled its troops out, the insurgency would diminish. The Iraqi people would pull themselves back together. What they're fighting is the U.S. occupation.

The current, criminal U.S. regime invaded Iraq because Saddam was going to change the currency in which Iraq's oil was traded from U.S. dollars to euros, and he wasn't cooperating with the U.S. and other regimes regarding how much oil Iraq was producing.

It is public knowledge that up to 300,000 barrels of oil are disappearing from Iraq every day.

As for Afghanistan, the reason the U.S. went in was to secure an oil pipeline to the Caspian Sea. It needed to go through Afghanistan to be feasible. And of course the Dubya regime is financially invested in this as well. This is all about greed and enriching themselves, not to mention Halliburton, Bechtel and the military-industrial complex. Gotta have a war to have an excuse for making weapons.

Wanda Beliz

Colorado Springs

No ordinary procedure

As reported last weekend in all the papers and on the Internet, President Bush had a routine colonoscopy and "temporarily handed over presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney" during the procedure.

A couple of questions spring immediately to mind. First, Dick Cheney running the White House? So, what else is new? Second, and more importantly, would this sort of procedure on Bush be considered brain surgery?

Patrick E. Frawley

Carlsbad, Calif.

Impeach or not?

Karen Gabbert's letter ("Impeachment now," July 19) brings up a subject that has been working under the surface for some time, mostly highly partisan or anti-war groups culminating with grassroots efforts in state legislatures making impeachment referrals to Congress.

Those cries have not materialized. Views of impeachment are now changing in many political, academic, legal, intellectual circles where the discussion is being framed not as a partisan discourse but as a non-partisan cause to protect our Constitution. Bush's quest to institutionalize presidential plenary power (meaning absolute or unqualified) is beginning to leave Congress little choice as the battle of "executive privilege" comes to a head.

Legal scholars are saying the president's view of executive privilege "turns the constitutional process on its head." But the House and Senate have options. They can each pursue two kinds of criminal contempt proceedings; the Senate also has a civil contempt option. The other option is to begin impeachment proceedings under the inherent high crimes of abuse of power.

As this constitutional crisis plays out, eventually each member in Congress, including Rep. Doug Lamborn, will come face-to-face with a few simple questions: Is one going to be more loyal to one's party or to the Constitution, maintaining that the Congress is a co-equal branch of government? Secondly, if a contempt or impeachment proceeding emerges, will one use it for political opportunity or not?

Bob Nemanich

Colorado Springs

Before you sign...

They're back! Right-to-lifers are dragging out their Trojan horse to fool voters into thinking their proposed initiative will ban the killing of all those sweet little Gerber babies by ignorant or hard-hearted women.

The tactics are deceptive. Not only is the sponsor group's name ("Colorado for Equal Rights") misleading it has nothing to do with the gay issue, and this proposal would deny women's rights but the bill would ban the birth-control pill and emergency contraception along with abortion.

The key to their draconian plan lies in the phrase: "the terms "person' or "persons' shall include any human being from the moment of fertilization." Readers who were paying attention when abortion opponents opposed giving rape victims information about emergency contraception will recognize the religious, rather than medical, motive.

Medical standards deem that conception does not take place until the egg is actually implanted in the womb, several days after fertilization. During this period, eggs may split into a twin, or two eggs may fuse, and as many as 40 percent may be washed away without the woman ever knowing. If conception can be legally redefined to occur at fertilization, as this initiative proposes, any interference after that point can be termed an abortion.

While birth-control pills can prevent ovulation, they sometimes work by preventing sperm from reaching the egg, or blocking implantation. This uncertainty would be enough to ban the pills under this proposed initiative.

Does Colorado really want to ban the birth-control pill? Do families want to give up this easy preventative when they decide they cannot afford another child? Unplanned births affect family stability, as well as welfare costs, increasing poverty and crime.

So think carefully before you sign the petition to get this initiative on the ballot!

Janet Brazill

Colorado Springs

Hope for all

Mr. Jeff Maly's response ("Not so SiCKO," July 19) to my response ("No conspiracy," July 12) has given me renewed hope for our troubled world. If a man can admit to being "silly" in such a widely circulated pub as the Indy, then perhaps pigs can fly and perhaps Mr. Bush will admit he was wrong about Iraq! Thank you, Mr. Maly.

Geraldine Russell

Colorado Springs

Bullet proof

I always find Cara DeGette's opinion amusing. Most amusing is how she tries to pass her opinion off as fact.

Regarding the recent insane act by a delusional adult ("Near-tragedy at the Capitol," Public Eye, July 19), she then bombards the reader with facts on handgun killings in the U.S.

One fact she mentions is that firearm homicides are the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24. Now, the man who went into the state Capitol, by her report, was 32.

The politicians there may behave like 10- to 24-year-olds, but they are chronologically much older. The police officer who shot him, I would assume, is much older, but I am not sure. So the fact Cara threw out there is irrelevant to the story.

The leading cause of death among children is accidents. Automobiles are the main cause of these accidents. If Cara cares about the kids, she should want to pass a law that outlaws children from riding in automobiles. This would end the No. 1 killer of children.

The fact that the only person hurt in the recent attack was the delusional adult tells me that the current system works fine. If we want to make laws based on the insane, eventually our rules will be insane.

Edward Knapp

Colorado Springs

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