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LETTERS: Be involved in education; city should pay PERA

Letters Published: February 15, 2014

Be involved in education

This morning, I read the letter to the editor by Donald Holliday and Stephanie Cardwell (Shared responsibilities in schools) and couldn't agree more with what they wrote. I have been a volunteer in my children's classrooms, a Junior Achievement volunteer in many of the schools throughout our city and the Chairperson of Crystal Apple Teaching Excellence Awards for over 25 years. For years, I have observed what Holliday and Cardwell stated as the issues with education in School District 11. Their admonishment that parents must share the responsibility to educate their children is right on!

This evening I was invited to a program at Sabin Middle School in School District 11 to recognize over 30 volunteers. Some volunteered in the classrooms; others assisted with after school clubs and sports.

The Sabin Middle School students, led by their student council, raised money by dropping pennies into mason jars in each classroom. For every 500 pennies collected, a volunteer was recognized with a card, flower and a special button. Students "pinned" each volunteer with a button declaring they were a Crystal Apple Valentine Volunteer. The students beamed with pride as they shared the spotlight with their favored volunteer, often their mother, father, older sibling or grandparent.

Be involved in your child's education whether it is as a volunteer in their school or by demonstrating that education is important to their success. The role you play in their young lives is what they will model when they are adults.

Thank you to the parents, grandparents, family members and community members for being outstanding role models for the students of Sabin Middle School!

Barbara Harris, Colorado Springs-

Give us something to chew on

I am finally offended enough to comment on Ken Hoffman's "Drive-Thru Review" column, which appears on Mondays. At first, I used to just ignore his column, probably hoping it would eventually go away. But it hasn't. Instead, he continues to find food items at fast food chains to comment on. OK, so I admit most of America eats unhealthy fast food and, yes, continues to eat a SAD (Standard American Diet) filled with empty and weight-gaining calories.

But must The Gazette continue to perpetuate such poor health habits? Wouldn't it be better to bash a fast food item and suggest a healthier alternative at an interesting place to eat? What happened to new adventures, using creativity and doing something good for ourselves?

Really, Gazette, give us more, give us better, give us originality; and give us something incredible - and edible - to chew on!

Now that would keep me coming back for more.

Sheridan Kalletta, Colorado Springs

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Protecting our right to know

The press should to be as free as possible to investigate and report to we the people without fear of government intrusion. When Bernie Herpin introduced a bill to strengthen our press shield law recently, it was shot down by the Democrats in the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee. Why? (The Democrats generally favor such laws.) Such a bill in Washington was championed by none other than Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Is it possible that here in Colorado, the Democrats are willing to stifle a good idea because it comes from a Republican? Is their desire to recapture a seat in November so much more important than protecting our freedom of the press?

Once again, Democrats turn their back on rights, in favor of government control. Bernie Herpin should be thanked for attempting to protect the First Amendment and our right to know.

Jeff Yauger, Colorado Springs

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People who do not understand guns

What Sen. Bernie Herpin said may have offended some people, but it was a true statement. ("Herpin's gun law comment criticized"; Feb. 13, Page B2)

The 100-round magazine James Holmes is accused of using in the Aurora theater shooting is unreliable and jams. No police force or military would use that particular magazine.

Herpin said four- to 15-round magazines are much more reliable because they have been used by the military and hunters for over 100 years. They can be inserted in a firearm in one or two seconds to continue firing the gun.

People who do not understand guns may have been offended by what Sen. Herpin said but that is the problem because they are the ones making the laws that limit our rights.

Ron Coleman, Colorado Springs

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Pay PERA what it is owed

As a resident of Colorado Springs, I had never understood why the city had taken a position to keep the funds due to PERA in the sale of the Memorial Hospital System.

The recent ruling of a judge that PERA is indeed owed the liabilities from Memorial Hospital's employees is not a surprise. The only surprise - and a disappointment - would be if the city were to appeal the decision and continue litigations at taxpayers' expense. It's time for our elected officials to recognize that they have lost this battle, pay PERA what it is owed and move on.

Balu Bhayani, Colorado Springs

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