December 1, 2013 Updated: December 1, 2013 at 10:40 am
Kudos to the Marian House
I had a wonderful experience a few days ago . I visited the Marian House soup kitchen, not because I needed a meal, but because I wanted to learn more about the people who eat there and about the food that is served.
Upon arriving, the welcoming aroma of good cooking wafted through the air. As I moved through the line while observing the pleasant and clean surroundings, my plate was heaped full with a variety of hot, appetizing, and nutritious food. In addition, sandwiches were served to eat along with your lunch or to take with you for later. Water, coffee, tea and milk were plentiful.
This diverse group was quiet and respectful while interacting with others and showed immense gratitude for this precious gift of a delicious and fulfilling meal. The numerous, dedicated, and hard at work volunteers were friendly and spoke to many by name. It was a heartwarming experience.
I left the Marian House that day with much more than a full stomach and a satisfying meal. . I walked away with an uplifted spirit, so grateful, and ever so proud to be living in this compassionate, caring, and generous community.
Kudos to the Marian House . and kudos to Colorado Springs . for helping support this wonderful program. God bless all those involved.
Kathy Salimeno, Colorado Springs
Rest of the world is moving forward
Once President Barack Obama got re-elected I was determined to keep my mouth shut, for the most part, about this guy, but enough is enough. For all my friends who voted for Obama and you know who you are and you know I love ya, but come on man! How can you still believe this guy is anything but incompetent?
Seriously, step back and take an unbiased analytical look at what he has done or tried to accomplish. Name one positive thing he has accomplished. All he has done is run around the country starting fires to change America into his vision without any fire control. Whether you agree or not with his vision of America he hasn't accomplished anything toward that vision that isn't in chaos or turmoil.
The country just wants and needs stability so we all can decide how to move forward but this guy just keeps upsetting the apple cart. He could have focused on one or two great accomplishments like health care, but no, he had to upset almost all of American society because he sees it as unjust and unfair. So instead of actually accomplishing something great he will leave a legacy of chaos and unfinished business.
Everybody got upset at the Republicans lately because they were trying to stall Obamacare. "It's the law get over it." Really? Oh it's the law unless you want to change it by executive order or presidential directive to benefit your side. But if someone else says hold on, the Democrats go nuclear. Face it, this guy isn't an executive, has never been one, doesn't know what one is and hasn't hired any to help install his vision. Mediocrity is excellence to the mediocre and the Obama administration is mediocre at best. When things go bad he doesn't know, hasn't been informed, or just found out like you did. Really? Once or twice perhaps, but on every important issue?
In this country the economy is the basis for everything. Fix the economy and almost everything else gets fixed in time because there is the money and the jobs to do so. But no, he would rather fixate on his social political agenda and change the country as he told us he would in 2008. The whole damn country is waiting to see what's next.
Meanwhile the rest of the world is looking at us and thinking, we always thought the Americans were a bit crazy but now this is really weird. A lot of us tried communism and socialism and it didn't really work out so well but now America wants to be socialist, weird. The rest of the world is moving forward with or without us and in spite of us and we're going backwards.
As for me, I am trying to move to another state and this guy is directly affecting me. He puts a lousy plan in place and when it falls flat on its face he then, midstream, changes it and throws the whole mess into another direction. What do I do about my health insurance? Can I risk changing it at this time? Health insurance is regulated at the state level (for now) and this directly affects me. But nobody knows what's going on, no one I talk to about this can tell me what next week will mean or even bring.
Elliot Williams, Colorado Springs