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Defending our art

I do not agree with Carol Krick's assumption ("The demise of art," Letters, July 14) that the quality of art here is in decline. If that were the case, few pieces short of a Monet or early Picasso would meet your standards. The negative broad-brush description of the art of an entire community is typical of a faux art critic who may not have explored all that is available.

Whatever the art style, modern or traditional, artists here in Colorado Springs are developing a synergy of learning and creativity that is creating a true revival of art in all its forms. I see that synergy every day at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Our artists are concerned foremost with developing their creative skills and passing them on, and only last concerned with selling their art to pay the bills (a necessity, especially during a recession). We may not all be versions of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, but all artists here strive to achieve their highest skill level possible.

Art empowers community, and it is about creativity and new ideas, something every community needs more of. Criticizing Colorado Springs artists and implying they not bother creating because they do not meet her standards is an attempt to stifle creativity or morph it into her definition of good art. The end result would be a bland existence indeed. Do not discourage those attempting to create. Creativity is a learning process and most become masters only by doing.

Rather than attack the art community, if you don't like the pieces of art available, don't buy them, or create your own. If you would like to see artists working every day to produce quality art, come visit us at Cottonwood. You may be pleasantly surprised.

— Sandy Murphy

Colorado Springs


Women not allowed

Thank you, Rich Tosches, for addressing the men-only policy of the El Paso Club ("Men's club lives in the past," Ranger Rich, July 21). A few weeks ago I attended a luncheon there, attended mainly by women. As I entered, since I have an international business and sometimes entertain clients, it entered my mind that this might be a good club to join.

I was shocked to hear it was a men-only club. (Obviously I haven't lived in the Springs long enough to see this form of intolerance, since I've seen other forms.) The next day I called the manager, who didn't take my phone call, and also told the sponsors of the event that if I had known, I would not have gone.

Over the years, I have seen other clubs and organizations open to the "other gender," such as Women in Film welcoming men members, and I complained to Colorado College years ago for hosting a function at the then men-only Jonathan Club in Los Angeles (which now accepts female members). It is odd that there are still these corners of sexism, and it makes me wonder how many non-white members there are, if there are any gay members, and what other forms of intolerance and discrimination are part of their policy. I was somewhat ashamed of the organization that sponsored this, since if we hadn't been there, only four other people had lunch there that day.

Perhaps economically, they might eventually see the light.

— Dr. Linda Seger


Worth preserving

Greatly enjoyed Rich Tosches' column involving the current but elderly scandal at the El Paso Club, written with "flair & balance."

I did feel the need to clear the once-pungent, cigar-filled air (sigh, miss those days) ... we're only afraid of stepping on our earlobes if our hearing aids fall out. Since our interests are generally of a social nature, I was a member for at least three years before anyone even inquired as to my occupation. Business cards are better used elsewhere, like networking organizations and service clubs.

The single most important and obvious point your column missed: hair! Women have it, most of us don't, if you don't count the growths from our ears or noses. This is a sad reminder of our vigorous youth. We do have some members known to spend longer than five minutes in a barbershop, but they miss out on our group discount at many shops.

What is the EPC? It's a living museum of life as it used to be, and it stands as a memorial to so many of the finest gentlemen most of us could've ever gotten to know ... now long gone. Many times, younger members expressed their enjoyment of the club was in getting to know the "old guys."

The real irony is that so many of us became members due to our wives being members of "women only" organizations. As good husbands, we were "dragged" to some of their "joint events," leaving us with one common bond. We hated it, so we became friends. We also don't sit around texting or with a cell phone entwined in our ear hair; we believe in talking "mano y mano." The real beauty is, you don't have to say a word ... and no one will mind.

— Brad Bent

Colorado Springs


Godly answers

Regarding the letter by Larimore Nicholl ("Religious questions," July 21), he has had various anti-Christian rantings and ridiculous reasonings in the past, but his nine questions for "evangelicals" tops them all. It's rather frightening that he sits around and comes up with such inane and foolish questions.

His first question: "How can a burning bush talk and give advice?" Are you serious? Let me ask him this: "How can a human being write and ask such an asinine question?" Most of his "supposed" questions should have been answered when he was in grade school. Is this his way of trying to discredit the Bible and believers?

He asks, "Why does God create humans with weaknesses, like stupidity...?" Was he self-reflecting when he asked that? Since Mr. Nicholl seems to be so anti-Bible, he should blame evolution. Why hasn't our present state of evolution progressed us out of our various weaknesses and why do homo sapiens still act like animals? I mean, really!

As one proceeds through his litany of anti-religionist questions, one wonders if he is really serious or offering some kind of secularist, comedic relief. Does he really want answers or a dialogue, or is this his way of just venting his disregard or disgust for conservative Christians? Could he not call one of the hundreds of ministers in Colorado Springs if he was serious in his quest for truth or answers?

However, I will answer his last question which I must admit did make me laugh: "If Jesus made wine out of water, can I have that recipe?" My answer: Yes, Larimore, you can have that recipe once you become a born-again Christian. It's a secret that the Master shares only with His children. How badly do you want the wine?

— Rev. Tom Pedigo

Colorado Springs

Helping the enemy

Those who write you criticizing Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, et al, always amaze me. Why do they listen to, watch and read the media they believe misstate the facts? For they must listen, watch and read to be able to criticize. Or are they just parroting criticism offered by others of their persuasion and don't actually have first-hand knowledge about the media they criticize?

If they actually listen, watch and read, they are helping the media they dislike so much by improving ratings that advertisers flock to, helping them spread their message to more people.

— Joe Fabeck

Manitou Springs

Need for transparency

John Daly is right about needing to explore more options regarding Memorial Health System ("Moving too fast," Letters, July 21). The sad part is that Council and the mayor are getting only one point of view. The sadder part is that members of Council and the mayor never attended any of the working sessions I went to (maybe a couple attended a town-hall meeting). How can they in good conscience vote on putting this issue on the ballot without full knowledge?

Plenty of other concepts have not been explored, yet those concepts are not allowed to percolate to the surface. My questions that the public should be asking: "Who's behind the curtain pushing this issue? Will they please stand up and explain to us what their reasons are? What do they personally have to gain?" Once we get these answers, we can move on to open and constructive dialogue. Will the citizens' voices ever be heard? Maybe with the Indy's help the people will be heard.

As a last thought: Are these meetings in violation of the state's Sunshine Laws? Are there more than five Council members at a meeting, which constitutes a session of Council that must be open to the public and recorded? Are the meeting times posted in a periodical of general circulation? You can't tell me these meetings are held in "executive session," or are they?

— Gary Casimir

Colorado Springs

Editor's note: To our knowledge, the Council-appointed Citizens Commission that studied Memorial for nine months in 2010 held its meetings in accordance with state open meetings laws. Memorial's board of trustees abides by the Open Meetings Act; the Council Task Force likewise has adhered to open-meetings laws. All those groups are entitled to meet in executive session under certain criteria set out in the law, which include personnel issues, legal advice and property negotiations.

Missed opportunity

This is an open letter to our mayor, Steve Bach: In an article by J. Adrian Stanley in last week's Indy ("New media," News) regarding Cindy Aubrey's appointment as the new communications director, you are quoted as saying, "We have a responsibility to build a dialogue with our constituents, and the employees and the public."

You had a perfect opportunity to dialogue with your gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender constituents by voicing your support for this year's PrideFest, but sadly, you dropped the ball. I shouldn't have to remind you of this, but you are mandated to represent all of your constituents, not just those who fit into a comfortable demographic. Your decision to ignore the GLBT community shows a distinct lack of courage and compassion and is unbecoming of a man in your position.

Oh, and Jan Martin and Scott Hente, if you're reading this, many thanks!

— Christopher Curcio

Colorado Springs

Don't prejudge

In his July 21 City Sage column ("Drilling down a dangerous path"), John Hazlehurst makes the premature supposition that the Colorado Springs City Council would sell out the beauty of Colorado Springs by allowing oil and/or gas drilling on the Banning Lewis Ranch property.

As the current representative for the district that includes BLR, I can assure our citizens that I will oppose any changes in zoning that would permit gas and/or drilling in that area. I have fought for funding approval for the purchase and expansion of the Corral Bluffs open space that saved this land from a proposed county dirt-bike park. Could I be expected to do any less for the rest of BLR?

True, the current downturn in the economy, and resultant lack of demand for new housing, has pushed any residential development for the majority of BLR into the future. It, nevertheless, remains the most likely area for expansion when the need for additional homes returns.

While my opposition to any plan to drill for gas and/or oil may likewise be premature, given that no such plan exists, I cannot see the current "naïve" Council supporting any change that would be required to allow such an operation.

But, who knows? If only we were as wise as this former City Council sage!

— Bernie Herpin

Council Member District 4

Colorado Springs

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