King had noble ideals and hope
I believe Martin Luther King would be extremely disappointed at today's black youths.
He and his followers sacrificed a lot in order to bring change to our country. He had noble ideals and hope of a more moral and civilized society, both black and white.
Gerdy Wyatt, Florissant
There is no greater violence
This week's 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington is being observed with marches, speeches, and speculation on what causes Dr. King would embrace today.
He would certainly continue to work for racial equality. But he would also likely advocate for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan, workers' rights, gay rights, and animal rights.
Yes, animal rights. Although he is best known for advocacy of racial equality, Dr. King opposed all violence, like the Vietnam war. And there is no greater violence than that perpetrated each day against billions of cows, pigs, and other sentient animals in America's factory farms and slaughterhouses.
The day before his assassination in 1968, Dr. King came to Memphis to champion the most oppressed human beings in America - African-American sanitation workers. Today, it would also be about the most oppressed living beings in America - animals raised for food, experiments, and entertainment.
Although Dr. King never lived long enough to extend his circle of compassion, justice, and nonviolence to non-human animals, his wife Coretta Scott King, and his son Dexter Scott King did, by embracing the vegan lifestyle. A great way for us to honor the King legacy is to follow their lead.
Corey Maker, Colorado Springs
Ditch needs county's attention
I would like to express my concerns in response to the letter that appeared in your paper a few weeks ago. The article was about flooding of homes and yards below Metropolitan St. in Widefield.
In my opinion the run off ditch at the base of my backyard is part of the problem. The lack of maintenance to this ditch has been a cause of great concern for me. I have lived here since 1998 and the ditch at the base of my yard was kept mowed and water flowed through it from Johnson Reservoir.
Over the last few years maintenance on the ditch has declined. I think this is part of the reason the houses below me are flooding.
I tried to take matters into my own hands and called Gary Steen who is in charge of maintenance of this ditch. I was informed that nothing would be done until fall. This is not acceptable as the ditch is in despair. With the rains it has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and the weeds stop any flow of water.
I have gone down to the ditch and attempted to weed some of the ditch. As I am over 70 and a widow I have to depend on others to help me. I also take care of a special-needs person and cannot continue to maintain the county's property. I thought that paying my taxes was supposed to go to help with this problem.
I believe that ditch is a health hazard and I am concerned about my special-needs person for my backyard is the only place we can go. The weeds are well over three feet tall and with the West Nile Virus being found in El Paso County we cannot enjoy the backyard.
I have concerns about the dead tree near the ditch that is in such despair.
I contacted Dennis Hisey with my concerns in 2011 and he said it would be taken care of. To this date nothing has been done. I have been passed off too long, something needs to be done.
Margaret Darnell, Widefield
Big changes in education
With school starting, why isn't there more discussion about the national educational standards being implemented in Colorado this fall? Have you wondered why neighborhood schools have changed so much since you received your education? Have you noticed that the big changes started when the experimentation with high-stakes testing began? Are you aware of the failure of the No Child Left Behind legislation in the past? Why is there such a big push toward privatization by large corporations? Have you thought that maybe the tests are not developmentally or grade-appropriate?
Did you know that the new tests, to begin next year, are expected to show a two-thirds failure rate, similar to recent testing in New York? Do you really think it's because the students are changing that much? Information can be found at stopcommoncore.com.
Sandi Wickham, Woodland Park
A wish for a more rounded picture
This letter is in response to the letter on the opinion page written by Rep. Bob Gardner concerning the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."
Congressman, after researching, I cannot quite agree with the arguments you make in your letter, but I would have wished you would have written your letter a different way.
For instance, I wish you would have stated how many people of middle income, the working poor, or people who in the poverty range, do not have any health insurance. I wish you would have mentioned how many people have pre-existing conditions and cannot obtain health insurance there are. Or how many people use our emergency rooms for doctors' offices?
I understand if you don't care for "Obamacare," but I wish you would have given a more rounded picture and then finished your letter with an alternative program. That would have given your letter more credence and validity.
In other words:
- State the problem
- State how it is impacting the public and the government
- Give your solution to the problem
- State how it would improve the situation
As it stands it is just another political complaint by a Republican, which people are now starting to just sigh, not read, and move on.
Judy Peek, Colorado Springs