Roundup of letters to the editor from Gazette readers.
Canada is a valuable ally
One of the crown jewels of Colorado Springs - indeed, of our country - is NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Its mission is to conduct aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning in the defense of North America. NORAD is a United States and Canada bi-national organization.
On September 11, 2001, Canadian Maj.-Gen. Rick Findley was the highest-ranking officer inside NORAD's Cheyenne Mountain complex when the planes started crashing. The events of September 11, 2001 demonstrated NORAD's continued relevance to North American security. And it demonstrated the value of our working relationship with Canada.
It is surprising and disappointing that President Donald Trump has called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dishonest and weak and justifies tariff increases with Canada on the basis of national security. Canada has long been one of our strongest allies and a key component of our homeland defense.
No use for the Kennedys
In his column published in your paper Saturday, June 9, Martin Schram begins by saying that we are all remembering the lessons that Robert F. Kennedy was teaching us when he was assassinated. This is a ridiculously false assumption on Schram's part. As an 83 year-old man, I'm pretty sure that I am substantially older than Schram, and I remember Sen. Robert Kennedy's death quite well. I can assure you that neither I nor anyone I knew in New Orleans, where I lived at the time, was learning any lessons from Robert Kennedy. Everyone I knew voted Republican, and had no use for any of the Kennedys.
Peter J. Bourgeois
Shame on the U.S.
Remember the pictures of Nazi soldiers ripping children from their mothers as they disembarked the trains arriving at the concentration camps?
Well, a similar thing is happening on our southern border in the USA. Today.
I suggest people read the articles in the national newspapers and online as you can be sure Fox News does not cover it.
Where is the outrage from the pro-life people when babies and children are being ripped, not from the womb, but from their mothers' arms and sent to places all over the country? Neither the parents nor the children know where each other is!
Where are the church leaders?
Where are the decent U.S. citizens shouting out about this?
All are silent.
Shame on us!
Border control is not racist
"Decency and compassion" is in short supply if you believe Joe Barrera's June 10 opinion piece. He chastises Americans for "acting like gangsters," using "Nazi-like tactic(s)," hating "brown-skinned people from Latin America," and resorting to "hate speech and vicious slander" when discussing immigration. I submit that Barrera's piece is a classic example of the same "hate speech and vicious slander" which he passionately criticizes. His claim that Americans, conservatives and Colorado Springs residents are racists for their opposition to open borders and sanctuary cities is detestable.
The anger and resentment of Americans is not based on racism or bigotry but on ignorance of the Constitution, foul accusations against fellow citizens, and flaunting of the law. The fact is, Americans have, do, and will welcome legal immigrants while demanding enforcement of immigration law and border control. That is not immoral or irrational. Americans are demonstrably caring people, evidenced by their giving of time, talent, and money.
Barrera claims Colorado Springs residents refuse to believe facts anymore but is outraged by the term "criminal aliens" which accurately defines anyone who enters the United States illegally. The term may make some uncomfortable, but that does not negate its accuracy.
Barrera does bring up a serious matter; separating children from their parents. If that is an enforced policy, it must be changed. I have already written Rep. Doug Lamborn and our senators requesting action to investigate and correct this policy and I urge every Coloradan to do the same. But resistance to open borders and unlimited immigration is not immoral, insensitive, or racist.
It is pieces like Barrera's which make conversations about immigration so difficult. His vile tone, divisive statements, disregard of facts, and selectivity of the core values in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution impede conversations to change policy and reinforce American values.
Show a little more respect
In light of the societal struggle with the issue of suicide, and the rising prevalence over the past few decades of individuals taking their life - including many young people along the Front Range - it was with great dismay that Saturday's paper referred to the death of Anthony Bourdain on the cover page with the tagline "Kitchen Closed". No matter what one's personal opinion of the man, it would be nice to show a little more respect for the deep loss this caused for many. His life represented so much more than a "closed" sign on a kitchen or restaurant. I would encourage The Gazette's editors to show a little more discretion in the future. This turn of phrase lacked originality and reduced a family's loss to an unsympathetic catchphrase.
Even as society around us continues to unravel with a lack of civility let's do our part to rise above, whether with a two-word front page header or a 280 character tweet.