Found a clue in Ramsey's column
Referring to David Ramsey's column: "Many Native Americans despise revolting Washington Redskins nickname":
Like many of your readers, I could never understand how sports nicknames such as "Redskins" could be considered offensive, unless the offended person was somehow ashamed of their background.
I saw it as a bleeding-heart, white liberal attention-getting stunt.
I was wrong. I found a clue in your article. When you quoted, "The fact that we're still treated like cartoon characters is not a small issue.", it dawned upon me. My generation was brought up on cartoons (remember Warner Bros. "Injun Joe" who fought Buggs Bunny?) that depicted Native Americans in every possible derogatory way, often showing them being killed by the dozens by white sharpshooters as if they were shooting-gallery ducks. "Comedies" like "The Paleface" promoted this same pattern. As a small child, I thought they were funny, but now that I've grown up (at least in my own opinion), second thoughts arise. It's a sad truth that while such bigotry is no longer PC, the bigotry remains widespread, albeit under cover.
I still believe that sports nicknames should not be considered offensive, but as long as the rest of us continue to remember those Hollywood movies and cartoons and laugh at the memories, I can understand their position, and out of respect, we should reconsider ours.
John Skiba, Yoder
Another bill legislators don't read
Absolutely no to comprehensive immigration reform. Do we need immigration reform? Yes. Do we need a comprehensive bill that none of our legislators will have read? No.
We got that with the Affordable Care Act. Seriously, Nancy Pelosi, we need to pass it so we can find out what's in it? And look at all of the problems it has created (and I'm not even talking about the rollout of the website).
And, please, please listen to the border patrol and ICE before writing legislation. If Congress is not going to listen to the people who actually have to enforce the legislation, there is something very, very wrong.
Anne Tobey, Cripple Creek
In the 'how much will it cost' group
I have found the letters to the editor regarding "smart meters" very informative, interesting, and in some cases, amusing. As a business owner, a property owner, and a taxpayer in the City of Fountain I have tried to weigh each person's points and opinions fairly. As I read the letters I found myself lumping them into the following groups: the sky is falling, the doom and gloom government conspiracy, the scientific analysis, the who do we blame?, and the how much will it cost? group. No matter the representations made by any of these groups, the fact remains, to vote yes on the smart meter ban will cost the City of Fountain dollars!
I live just outside the Fountain city limits, where I can have my unlimited horses, farm animals, and even roosters, so I cannot vote in the city elections, But, I pay taxes and utilities to Fountain. So, if there are extra dollars in the city, part were collected from me, and I am against throwing good money after bad! Therefore, being in the "how much will it cost group," I would ask that based upon the dollars and cents of it, you consider a no vote on the ban of smart meters.
James C. Snare, Sr., Fountain
Tucker would be a terrific addition
I am writing as a leader in the disability community, a lifelong active Democrat and a community activist to express the greatest possible support for Dr. James Tucker's candidacy with School District 11 in Colorado Springs. I have known Dr. Tucker for approximately six years in a variety of capacities.
Dr. Tucker is a leader in Colorado Springs, a former teacher himself. He is a relentless educator. He publishes a free magazine that provides both current events and historical information aimed at the African American community but educational for everyone. As a Caucasian woman, I look forward to receiving The Voice each month because of the educational value it brings me.
Dr. Tucker has a strong sense of justice and equality and is a patriot. His lifetime has been spent pursuing these American values and when he sees someone being denied justice, he does not just shrug it off or feign helplessness, which is the easy way out. Recently he noticed a woman and her disabled teenaged son experiencing open discrimination. He approached them and offered to help, made referrals and assured that they received the help that they needed to avoid a grave injustice. I have seen Dr. Tucker do this numerous times.
Dr. Tucker has organized numerous community celebrations. He invites and includes people of all races and uses celebrations as an educational opportunity.
Having been a teacher, he understands the stresses of the teachers, and would work to help teachers be successful. As a taxpayer, veteran, community activist and parent he understands the importance of parental and community involvement and engagement.
He would be a terrific addition to the District 11 School Board for Colorado Springs.
Julie Reiskin, Denver
Mason a strong visionary
Voters in School District 11, I strongly encourage you to vote for Elmer James Mason to your school board. Jim Mason is a retired Army officer who is an outstanding leader and is active in our community, with strong character and the highest level of integrity. Jim extensively studied the problems and will work with other board members to put your child's education first.
A strong visionary, Jim will work tirelessly with teachers, parents and community leaders to build and achieve the highest level of academic achievement for District 11. Your vote for Mason will be a vote for a better and safe school district, a higher level of academic achievement and a better future for your children.
Read more about Jim in The Gazette's Voter Guide and please vote for Mason for District 11 School Board.
Darrell Cornett, Colorado Springs