More obnoxious than any child
I think banning children from aircraft sections is wrong! Children are a treasure. I have been a seatmate to adults who were more obnoxious than any child could be. Singling out children is very unkind, and I can't see how this practice would benefit the airline that does it.
Peg Lawson, Colorado Springs
Pass out the iPads to kids
We had four children but in the new normal of parenting today, I support child-free zones. Restaurants used to have smoke-free zones because one of our senses and our physical health was at risk. I would suggest that child-free zones would protect another sense, hearing, and our mental health. Not sure how effective it would be, however, as some children are so loud you couldn't separate them far enough. Here's an idea: pass out electronic games to all kids 6 and under. Basically that's what parents who can afford them do, and I suspect that half the market for iPads is driven by the desire to keep kids quiet in public.
Tim O'Donnell, Colorado Springs
Another route to Woodland Park
With all the fires, floods etc., someone needs to come up with another reasonable route to Woodland Park and points west.
Might I suggest Mt. Herman Road? Yes it will need improving, widening and paving, but the road bed is already there. So let's go do it. The Old Stage Road is too long and winding.
My Uncle Jim Woodland Park once told me the last person to drive on Mt. Herman Road never was seen again. Maybe we can find him, too.
Bob Cornelius, Colorado Springs
More racial profiling than ever
Fifty years ago, an American preacher, the Rev. Martin Luther King, asked us in very specific words to do away with racial measuring sticks. In his words "children will one day live in a nation where they are will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character". He, in a very sincere way, asked that racial profiling should end. We have ignored that request for 50 years and are far worse off for it.
Today, we have more racial profiling than ever before. Think on it. We have racial designations on our census forms, on grade school enrollment forms, on college admission papers, on police report forms, and on many other everyday questionnaires.
Why must we have these racial questions? It really accomplishes nothing constructive. It does not enhance my life one iota to know that 77 percent of crimes are committed by colored people. One hundred percent of crimes are committed by people. To add race is divisive. It is another contributor to racial profiling.
I believe that if we threw out all of these questions of race, not only regarding color, but regarding Spanish American or Chinese or any other ethnicity, our young children would have a country to grow up in and be educated in without the onus of being profiled in any way except their character. That would be a monstrous step in the right direction. And one further benefit would be the dislocation of all those now employed to enumerate or to lobby for the benefit of small racial or ethnic segments of our population.
I believe the Rev. King got it right in his wish. Now, after 50 years of being a nation divided by races and colors and the subsequent racism, we might become a nation that looks only to the character of its population. Think on it. It is possible, and we will all be the better for it.
Tom Anderson, Colorado Springs
America is at a crossroads
I listen to the talk shows on the radio and am starting to hear that legislators from both parties are not happy with the way our country is going. However, they do not speak publicly for fear of retaliation, loss of job, etc., if they do. Where has the freedom of speech, the right to different opinions without reprisals gone?
What would have happened if the Founding Fathers had not acted, but instead were afraid to lose their position, money, jobs, etc.? We would not be America; we would still be part of the British empire.
America is at a crossroads. We citizens, in and out of the political arena, must stand up now to stop the direction in which our country is going: Away from independence to dependency on the government, away from freedom from the government to servitude to the government, from following the Constitution to becoming a dictatorship, from living life fully to a meager existence.
We live in a great country, but there are those who are trying to destroy the greatness of this country. Time is short. We need to stand up for this country and return America to what the Founding Fathers fought: Liberty, self-reliance, independence.
Erna A. Haring, Colorado Springs
Where's the outcry?
"Fiscal conservatives" in El Paso County have been strangely silent about the cost of the recall of John Morse. According to the office of El Paso County Clerk Wayne Williams, Morse's recall will cost local taxpayers about $200,000.
I haven't heard outcry from Douglas Bruce or his followers complaining about this waste of taxpayers' money. El Paso County has a lot of better things to spend two hundred grand on than a senseless political folly.
David J. Baker, Colorado Springs