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LETTERS: Saturday

November 13, 2009

City can print scrip

Your paper has contained accounts of the various problems facing the city but it has come up with few soultions. Here are some suggestions.

In this economy we could use a solution that has worked before and can work again. It is for the city to print its own money. It is usually called scrip. This money can be used to pay salaries and all other bills that the city must pay.

If we need money—print it!

The question will be asked, “what will this money be worth? The answer is that its value will be supported by its being able to pay future property taxes, at par. Thus it will create a secondary market with buyers wanting to buy script to pay their taxes.
Further, many merchants will offer to accept scrip in order to serve their customers.

We can employ the unemployed and achieve our goals—using scrip!

Les Crane, Colorado Springs

Douglas Bruce for mayor

Support the effort to recall our mayor.  In an effort to save both time and money, we should then elect Douglas Bruce as mayor.  Therefore, we eliminate all the controversy involved in the time and money by the city council to bring Bruce to his knees.

Bruce Huber, Colorado Springs

Douglas Bruce for governor

Way to go, Doug Bruce!  You are a thorn in the side of those yahoo’s in City Hall (Re: Our view, “City government’s big Gift to Bruce,” Nov. 13.)

They have needed that for many years.  Perhaps, just perhaps, they may finally realize that they did not create the heavens and the earth.

Mr. Bruce, Why don’t you run for governor?  I’ll vote for you!

Jerold Elliott, Chipita Park

Gazette drifting to the left?

I’ve noticed over the past few months some big changes with The Gazette.  I can understand the paper becoming smaller and smaller due to costs.  What I cannot understand is the tilt of the newspaper from a libertarian stance to a more generally “progressive” stance.  A perfect example was the Nov. 12 issue.

On the front page were two major stories, one by the Washington Post (moderate) and the other by the Associated Press (it is known as the A.P. Obama for a reason!)

On the state page there were three major stories, all from the Denver Post, the most liberal paper in the west.  All six of the major nation and world stories were from the A.P.  One was about Obama’s approval ratings dropping. 

What an example of biased reporting.  It stated in glowing terms how a “majority” of Americans still approved of his job performance, even though it had slipped slightly.  What were the numbers?  You have to go to the actual AP website to get the numbers.  Approval went from 56 percent to 54 percent, disapproval went from 39 percent to 43 percent.  I think that’s pretty striking, a four percent rise in the disapproval rating in 30 days, at a time when he is pushing governmental takeover of the healthcare industry.

Please, try to stay away from the ideological left newspapers and try to find someting newsworthy from sources such as the New York Post, Washington Times or maybe (heaven forbid) Fox News.

William January, Colorado Springs

Public land for public’s use

I love hiking, mountain biking, and the wilderness (I’ve climbed all of Colorado’s Fourteeners). I also love dirt biking.

As I participated in comment meetings on the South Rampart/Rainbow Falls “Concept” ideas, it occurred to me that we might not be considering the “Big Picture.” I got the feeling that the area along the Rampart Range Road, north of Garden of the Gods, all the way to the Douglas County line, is not going to be available for single-track or ATV use. Let’s look at the big picture.

The following areas are already closed to motorized usage:

Wilderness (Lost Creek, and Beaver Creek WSA), National Parks, National Monuments, “Roadless” (big chunk at the Douglas County line), Experimental Forest (do we still need that many more experiments?), State Parks, City Parks, Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak (huge), and numerous trails up and down the front range.

In general, it looks like 40 percent of the public land is locked up, unavailable for motorized use.

Since we have so many opportunities for non-motorized use in and around Colorado Springs, I can’t see any justification for limiting motorized use in South Rampart area.

Public land should be for all the public to enjoy, not just the “elite” non-motorized people. Every day I see so called environmentalists chipping away at motorized use. Just say no!

Thanks for your help in keeping our national forest land open to the public.

Mel Downs, Colorado Springs

‘Prayer room’  a capitulation

Your editorial “The University’s New Prayer Room” (Our View, Nov. 8) is touted as an investment to help prayer on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus by facilitating yoga, Islamic meditation and prayer, complete with prayer rugs, yoga mats, and maybe even prayer beads. As a so-called response to years of complaints by Muslim students that they lacked a quiet area suitable for prayers, the room in the $84.4 million Center for Community puts in place a politically correct way of acceding to Muslim demands.

How chic to cave in, all under the guise of pretending that we have a newly discovered appreciation of the true meaning of the First Amendment, rather than an obsequious fear of displeasing this vocal minority. How convenient to ignore the treatment of women in Muslim countries. Were Catholics, other Christians, or Jews to have complained that they had no suitable place for their religious observances, they would have been mocked and laughed out of Boulder. See this for what it is: The flagship university of the state is bending to the will of “devout Muslim students,” as though only their devotion is important, or only their plight affords us an opportunity to demonstrate enlightenment.

 Maybe you could advocate for reciprocity, and editorialize about the restrictions placed on Christians in Islamic countries, which forbid construction of Christian churches.
Prof. Michael D. Ciletti, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

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