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To Scott Renshaw for his perceptive review of Lawless ("Holding the edge," Film, Aug. 29): I intended to steer clear of this bloody business based on reviews in the New York Times and The New Yorker, which were eloquently snide, but essentially dismissive.
Scott Renshaw, apparently of a later and more in-touch generation, suggested that Lawless is more of a contemporary twist on what we used to take for film art. I'm going to check it out.
— Richard Wilson
We're Corporate Americans — maybe we should try using a CEO instead of a president. It could simplify the country's recovery. The lines between country and company are getting blurred, anyway — Apple Inc. is worth more than 60 percent of the world's countries. Resistance is futile.
Using a corporate model and a CEO, we'd just buy up some smaller countries that have the things we need. France, for example, has a great health care system. We could buy France and then use their system to fix ours.
We need oil too, and fortuitously there is a shopping bag full of popcorn countries in the Middle East with more oil than they need. They sell extra oil to help pay for weird-shaped skyscrapers and islands, so if we bought them we'd be helping them out by removing the burden of all that extra money.
Unemployment is another serious American problem, and countries like India have an abundance of jobs that Americans want. Knock-knock ... who's there ... Corporate Americans ... Corporate Americans who ... Corporate Americans who are here to make our country better by buying your country!
As with any brilliant new cutting-edge idea, there will be a few issues ... like what to do with what's left after we've taken what we want. Maybe Canada will want to buy what's left of France after we've assimilated their health care system? Or Germany! They've always had a thing for France.
But these won't really be our problems. Once we get our needs met, we can simply jettison whatever's left, like the corporations do. It's efficient, profitable and disposable! Win Win! Win!
As an added bonus, if things aren't working out, we can fire the CEO and put someone else in there. We will definitely need an amendment capping the severance package.
— Steve Suhre
For some, self-interest will always trump doing the right and honorable thing. County Commissioners Dennis Hisey and Sallie Clark exemplify benefiting from deception to further personal gain ("Term limit issue returns with new twists for November ballot," IndyBlog, Aug. 27), and Commissioner Amy Lathen enables this behavior.
Didn't Walter Lippmann nail it on the head, when he said: "He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so." And don't you wish that some of our local office-holders would live that truth? Is it any wonder why we hold most politicians in such low regard?
— Jim Oberhofer
Hill Street blues
Thank you, Mr. Hazlehurst, for the article on the house at 122 Hill St. and the upcoming wedding center ("West side heading downhill," City Sage, Aug. 22). I couldn't agree more that this area, and especially the house, should have been preserved and kept residential.
I read with tears in my eyes and cried over pictures of the demolition of my former home at 122 Hill St. We put our heart and soul into renovating this home in the late '70s and into the '80s. Both our children were brought home from the hospital to this house. We were there when the restaurant went in, and lived there until we moved in 1990, and will always have wonderful memories of all the good times there. It was a grand old house with definite historic value, and it is a terrible shame that it was not preserved.
But I have become accustomed to the many ridiculous decisions that Colorado Springs developers make (money is always the bottom line), only one of many reasons I live in Denver, instead of Colorado Springs. It will be a very long time before I am able to drive through Colorado Springs again, looking to the west and not seeing that beautiful, graceful, yellow Victorian home looking out over the city and the mountains.
What very little regard I had for Colorado Springs politics and ethics is now completely and utterly gone.
Over the line
Thank you, Ralph Routon, for your article ("These images still burn," Between the Lines, Aug. 22), and thank you for what you're doing with the Independent; it seems like each issue gets even better. It seems like your coverage of local issues is always increasing, in both depth and breadth.
My family and I owned one of the homes that was destroyed in the Waldo Canyon Fire. Since our first trip home, I've been wrestling through the issue of people who aren't our neighbors driving through it.
As my wife keeps telling me, if the fire had happened in some other neighborhood, I would have driven through it, purely out of curiosity.
Besides this, many of the people who are driving through the neighborhood are the same ones who have contributed and done so much to help us in our recovery. They mean no harm and try to be sensitive.
But I feel more violated than I like to admit by the lines of cars that too often clog Flying W Ranch Road. They're driving slowly, they're pointing, they're taking pictures, they're staring, they're intruding in our pain and loss. Worse than this, they're reminding us that we suffered a terrible tragedy.
Our home and our life are the center of attention. You invited people to come into this: "If you have any reason to care ... you have to go to Mountain Shadows and see the real thing for yourself." You don't have the right to extend this invitation.
I feel petty writing this. You and your newspaper have given me so much. I want to be gracious and welcoming to everyone who is concerned and interested. The fire has been a stressful trial for us.
— Jim Rottenborn
After the fire
Thank you so much for your articles on the Parkside HOA issues as well as Colorado Springs Together ("Neighborhood dissociation," News, Aug. 15; "Better Together?" News, Aug. 22)! I lost my home in the Waldo Canyon Fire and am so grateful to you for sharing our struggles with the public.
I know people have asked if we have received any of the money which has been donated for fire victims, and the answer is NO. Not a cent. If the money is going toward the police and firefighters' efforts or for planting trees, etc., then I am fine with that. However, I don't understand why the money is being given to all these nonprofits.
Also, who is paying the rent at Colorado Springs Together? Do these people really need a $6,000-a-month building? I haven't used this organization, and I don't know anyone else who has. The only thing they did for me was give bad advice to use GE Johnson for debris removal and to keep our foundations in. This poor decision, on my part, has been a hassle and will cost me a lot more money in the long run. (Now we need to hire another company for foundation removal, when we could have and should have done it all at once!)
Again, thank you for all you are doing for our community!
— Majestic Drive resident
Age and wisdom
Glad to see that you think of yourself as full of wisdom and experience with the Pikes Peak region ("Dealing with this milestone," Between the Lines, Aug. 29).
I am 61, was born at St. Francis and have lived here all but a couple years of my life. I was on the original crew that did the layout for Powers. Union was the eastern border of the city when I was small. Next came Circle. Several years later, it was Academy.
If I used your column as a gauge, I would, indeed be wise beyond my years as you claim to be from your experiences here in Colorado Springs.
I know a lot of people that have been here longer than myself, and they don't claim to have anywhere near the wisdom that you claim to have gained. Maybe you ought to rein in a bit, Ralph.
Returning from a visit to a friend, I was disheartened to learn she is no longer supporting Obama.
I wanted to know exactly why the change of heart, and heard the usual sound bites: "the economy is still in the dump, and Obama hasn't done enough." Asked what she expected in 3½ years, when it took George Bush eight years to nearly bankrupt the country then arrange for the Wall Street bailouts, her real reason surfaced.
She said she earned the right to have her Medicare, and that Obama "stole" $700 billion for Obamacare.
Last night on the Internet I read all I could find on health care from both sides, and believe me, there are distortions on both sides! I have come to realize the fundamental difference between the Romney-Ryan and Obama-Biden platforms is being selfish or doing what is good for the people as a whole. I'm not saying that being selfish and preserving what you have might not be good for the nation, but for whatever reason, some people haven't been as lucky as me or Mitt or Paul.
The Affordable Care Act is about providing health care for all of us, not just the few who can self-insure. Ryan's proposal is for everyone to "self-insure," with the help of government vouchers, but how far will that go buying into private insurance plans?
My fundamental belief is that what is good for my neighbor is good for me. If that makes me a socialist, then I am.
By the way, my friend had her own business some years ago and employed about 20. She said she did not provide health care, so she had twice as many part-time, minimum-wage people as full-time to avoid paying out benefits. Maybe that does make economical sense to business people.
— Elaine Brush
One and done
Rich Tosches should exit his "Moron Forest" ("Obama's missed opportunity," Ranger Rich, Aug. 22), settle down in the Indy marijuana pages and do a bit of historical research. Polygamy in the "Mormon" Church ended in 1890.
As a frequent visitor to Colorado Springs — for both work and to hike in your beautiful mountains — we were shocked on a recent visit to see one of the Romney campaign's misleading, distorted TV ads, attacking President Obama.
We don't get to see these ads where we live, because the people of Massachusetts know Mitt Romney very well: He was a lackluster, one-term governor of our state who chose not to run for re-election. During Mr. Romney's tenure as governor, he moved more and more far-right on women's issues and on the environment. Many of us felt he had sold out to ultra-conservative interests to fund his presidential aspirations.
That certainly looks to be the case, given the extreme right-wing billionaires financing his campaign, including Sheldon Adelson and the infamous Koch brothers. UMass-Amherst's Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the Top 10 air polluters in the United States.
Now we have Paul Ryan. The Romney-Ryan ticket advocates a breathtaking intrusion into women's basic rights. The two men promise no freedom of choice, even in cases of rape and incest; getting rid of Planned Parenthood, eliminating a range of reproductive health services and cancer screening for women; no equal pay for equal work; no ability for women to plan and control their own lives. The Romney-Ryan ticket advocates dismantling Medicare and Social Security as well.
That's why we urge the people of Colorado to look closely at Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan. We are supporting President Obama, so he can continue to protect women's health and the environment, as well as guide the economic recovery that is already happening.
— Sam and Julie Osherson
We are surrounded, surrounded by mega-billionaires of the drug trade. We are surrounded while we Americans, the leaders of the world, struggle to define what rape is.
I am despairing, but serene.
In last week's Indy Music Awards winners list, Phil Dezellem was listed second in the drummer category when, in fact, he tied for first. We apologize for the error.