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I suppose we could apply the M&M analogy to a number of things such as gun ownership ("Her M&M analogy," Letters, Nov. 25). Sure, a majority of gun owners are "responsible," but there is that small percentage that is a risk to public safety — as we learned on Halloween and on the day after Thanksgiving. Why is that acceptable, but helping out people who have been run out of their homeland isn't?
— Sheri Powers
The real threat
Re: Helen Sabin's naive and biased Syrian refugee situation explained (Letters, Nov. 25): If 10 poisoned M&Ms out of 10,000 represent potential terroristic Syrian refugees, then I would shudder what the number would be for domestic terrorists. We have had six Colorado Springs residents murdered in the past six weeks by American terrorists.
Our biggest threat in America isn't from foreigners. It is from the vile hatred sold to us by media, corporations and politicians who thrive on emphasizing our few differences as Americans, rather than the many similarities we all share.
— Greg Thornton
Note to parents: As long as we allow the National Rifle Association to dictate our gun laws, teach your children about "active shooter" and "shelter in place."
— Jeff Hall
Call to action
Help needed: In search of an armed escort to accompany family to bank, grocery, restaurants, movie theater, medical appointments, etc. Applicants must have a concealed carry permit and provide own sidearms and ammunition. Must be on call 24/7. This is strictly a volunteer position without pay and benefits. Experience with young children and dogs a plus. No prior experience required.
— Glenn Perry
The Women's Resource Agency and Pikes Peak Women are so sad for the loss of life, sustained injuries and mental anguish that have fallen on our town and Planned Parenthood.
We want to be a support to them and say thanks again for their resiliency.
Thank you, Planned Parenthood, for all you do in Colorado Springs. We know the importance and value the services that Planned Parenthood provides for women and men, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers in our region. We will miss your clinic in the weeks to come and look forward to the day when you reopen.
We acknowledge the outstanding education and leadership of Planned Parenthood throughout the years. Many of us benefited as young women from your work and some of us still visit there today.
The Women's Resource Agency and our clients especially know Planned Parenthood is a priceless resource. We know the Responsible Sex Education Institute will start up again shortly, but we are keenly aware of the hardship women and teen girls will face trying to get their needs met by going to Denver or other local providers.
We will be thinking about how to work on this problem and we look forward to our community moving on.
As Malala Yousafzai says, "We cannot succeed when half of us are held back."
— Women's Resource Agency and Pikes Peak Women
Beth Roalstad, Linda Mojer,Lindy Conter, Marcy Morrison, Melissa Marts, Mary Ellen McNally, Mary Lou Makepeace,Rosemary Lytle, Susan Davies
Time to help
With the winter months upon us, many people will be confronted with difficult choices, such as paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel. Nearly 171,000 people in Southern Colorado are food insecure, meaning there are times when they lack consistent access to enough food.
Care and Share Food Bank has been serving 31 counties in Southern Colorado for more than 40 years, helping 122,000 people last year alone.
With widespread community support, we are working to make sure that those in need are made aware of help available through government programs and area agencies — food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters — that provide emergency food assistance.
To continue providing resources to our neighbors, we need your support to continue the important work. You can help. We invite you to make a donation to Care and Share through our website at careandshare.org.
You can also give your time. Sign up to volunteer at our warehouse, especially on Martin Luther King's Day of Service, Jan. 18.
Together, we can provide help and hope to people in need.
— Lynne Telford
President and CEO
Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado
I strongly recommend the film Spotlight, now showing at Kimball's Peak Three and other local theaters.
It is an unflinching account of the Boston Globe's investigation of the Catholic church's clergy abuse scandal. The stories that the Globe published in 2002 won the paper and its Spotlight investigative reporting team a much-deserved Pulitzer Prize.
In a brief moment early in the film, a Boston attorney representing scores of sexual abuse victims directs a Globe reporter to the local alternative newsweekly, The Boston Phoenix, and the Phoenix's recent story about the scandal.
The reporter, played by Mark Ruffalo, gruffly blows off the attorney, asserting, basically, nobody reads that rag.
I can only assume that the work referenced was reporter Kristen Lombardi's March 2001 Boston Phoenix story outlining allegations against Father John Geoghan, who was eventually accused of sexual assault on some 130 children.
Lombardi's story also implicated Cardinal Bernard Law of the Archdiocese of Boston for ignoring warnings about Geoghan, basically laying out the story the Globe expanded upon in the following months, identifying scores more priests and victims, and obtaining documents confirming a systematic cover-up.
Notably, the Phoenix story appeared nearly a year before the Globe "broke" the scandal.
The film rightly addresses the Globe's failure to pursue the story earlier, burying early reports and ignoring important sources who came to the local daily with damning information.
And in the brief scene described above, it admits the Globe's failure to acknowledge the work of the scrappy local alt weekly, the Phoenix, now defunct.
Readers and journalists should care about this little footnote to the story of the Globe's triumph.
Journalism matters, this story changed lives, and dedicated reporters all deserve their moment in the spotlight.
— Kathryn Eastburn