LETTERS: Asset to the community; libraries essential

Letters Updated: January 31, 2014 at 7:10 am • Published: January 31, 2014 | 12:00 am 0

An asset to our community

What a wonderful article Bill Vogrin wrote about the "Wagon Man" being ticketed by Manitou Springs Police.

I live up Ute Pass and often see the Wagon Man. I have never met him, but I think he is an asset to our community. I have never seen him cause any problems or create any dangers because of where he walks. Every time I see him - arm raised proudly to the sky, lugging his load behind him in all kinds of nasty weather, gigantic smile across his face - it strikes a chord in me and encourages me to push on through my individual problems and challenges.

Phillip Cargile's simple message of "Be Positive" cuts through our religious and philosophical barriers and is a timely reminder in these difficult financial times. We need that in our community. We need that in our nation. His creative and dramatic expression gets through to me, and I think a lot of others as well. I will be there on Feb. 18 at his trial to shake his hand and help him pay whatever fines the city levies.

Seems to me that the Manitou Springs police department has too much time on its hands, and might concern itself with more serious things. It matters not to me whether Cargile broke the letter of the law. If we want beautiful, creative, and positive people like this to stay in our community we can't let the police run them off over nothing.

According to the officer I spoke with, each of his four tickets carry a $110 fine. I saw him on U.S. 24 today, so my guess is that the tickets will keep coming. You go Wagon Man of Manitou!

I hope an attorney will offer to represent Cargile against Manitou Springs. Mr. Wagon Man, we want you in our community and we're going to do what we can to keep you here ... at least I will.

Brian Peterson, Cascade

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A loss of epic proportions

Re: Are public libraries still a vital part of America.

As a child of 7 or 8, I walked into my mid-western small town library and discovered an absolute unending adventure. Now, 65 years later I walk into the Woodland Park or any Colorado Springs library and the feeling is exactly the same.

My wife purchased an electronic book and 2-3 books to put in it. I asked her how much she pays for each book and the answer was $1-$8. I recently purchased a hardbound copy of one of my favorite authors' newest books and paid $16 for it. I know my wife is enjoying her e-book and I'm glad for her, but had I not had a library to go into and wander around in, I might never have discovered I even liked that author.

For me, I'll take a beat up paperback I got at a library over an e-book reader with a battery any day. If we as a society fail to support libraries, it will be a loss of epic proportions. There is no comparison.

Don Henecke, Divide

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Take a little trip with your mail

Before you start complaining about the increase of the postage rate for a postage stamp, just take a little trip with me to the destination that you are mailing a letter or card.

You walk out from your location (I am using your home as location) place the letter or card or whatever you are mailing requiring a 49-cent postage stamp in your mailbox and then your postman (come rain or shine) picks up your correspondence and delivers it to a local post office.

It is then sorted for delivery to be transported by truck, plane, or however needed to reach the destination to still another postal service to be sorted with tons of other mail and then given to a local postman for delivery to your receiver.

However, you might rather use that 49 cents and hand deliver in person. Let's face it; there is nothing that can take the place of a hand-held letter or card.

Email just does not do it for me!

Janet Skokan, Manitou Springs

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Example of biased reporting

Re: "Gun toll: 20 youths to hospitals daily," The Gazette, Jan. 28:

While I realize that you make every effort to report thoroughly and fairly, I really must take exception to the two-column "news" item referred to above (presumably from the L.A. Times). It is obviously, though subtly, more anti-gun agitprop. While the "theme" appears to be "for the children," more realistically what the writers are saying is something to the effect of "if there were no guns our children (aka: "youths") would be safe." In a word: baloney. If I may, I would like to quote Robert Farago, author of the blog "The Truth about Guns":

"I know the context sounds callous. A life is a life, after all. But it highlights the fact - yes fact - that America has a gang problem, not a gun problem. In areas where teens don't join gangs, the incidence of gun-related death and serious injury is practically nil."

The term "youths" is quite broad, including everyone up to age 20. If this were really "for the children," it would be nice if the "researchers" would provide numbers for those young people up to the age of, say, 12, and then numbers for those in the 13-20 age range (when most "kids," so inclined, start joining gangs). I believe that it turns out that the majority of youths "reported" in this study are in the latter range.

Another example of slanted/biased/spun "reporting." Frankly, I'm a bit disappointed that you would run this article.

Rick Neuman, Colorado Springs

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