Recent letters to the editor by Gazette readers:
Not modeling good sportsmanship
Many valuable lessons are learned through athletics. Games give coaches and parents the chance to model good sportsmanship for the players. Having coached basketball myself for 40-plus years at various levels including high school for 20 years, I learned my lesson early on and since have never understood the benefits of pressing the opposing team when up by a wide margin.
While watching several girls' basketball games this year, some coaches press full-court the whole game when up by 20, 30 and 40 points.
Some basketball tournaments rule that when up by 20 points, defense must be played no higher than the 3-point line by the winning team. But when there is no such rule, some coaches of superior teams can and do press the entire game. One coach while up by 30 points and still pressing full-court yelled, "Welcome to high school!" when fans expressed their displeasure.
When coaches take that attitude, an opportunity to model good sportsmanship is lost. By allowing a coach to do that, parents are doing their children a disservice.
A 20-point rule should be standard, but in reality, there should be no need for a 20-point rule. Coaches should back the team off and parents should insist the teams show good sportsmanship.
- Craig Kimball, Colorado Springs
What example are we setting?
I find it rather disconcerting that our state is expressing such great concern about the rate of suicide among adolescents and young adults while there are voices in this same state that are vociferously clamoring for permission for adults to do the same thing. Suicide has long been deemed a long-term solution to a short-term problem, so I wonder what kind of example we are providing those young people so desperately in need of our help.
- Joseph A. Godec, Colorado Springs
Keeping a president in check
I can't agree with the Washington Examiner editorial on Oct 24. So the GOP will keep the next president in check? How so? I haven't seen much work to keep the current one in check.
Continuing resolutions not budgets, they surrendered treaty power, they even signaled at the start they would not consider using the power of the purse and would never consider impeachment. I have my doubts they will suddenly grow a backbone.
- Patrick Hogan, Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is at a crossroads
I attended a seminar sponsored by LiveWell Colorado Springs/YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. Representatives from the Parks Board, business developers, architectural firms, city planners, TOSC, Kids on Bikes . and many more were present.
The seminar was about ways of combining our city's transportation, planning and public health issues into economic and environmental benefits for our citizens. The speaker was Mark Fenton - transportation, planning and public health consultant. The idea is how we attract and combine the interests of businesses and the public to engage in:
1. Land use. 2. Networks of activities (connection). 3. Site design (that rewards activity). and 4. Safety and access.
Colorado Springs is at a crossroads of becoming a great city. How we include or disenfranchise established neighbors, businesses, city government and other interested parties, is key to positive or negative growth.
With many expressed viewpoints, we can leave out or include key parties for involvement with decisions that affect us all for generations.
Take this survey about the city's comprehensive plan:
Whether you are a business owner, a worker bee or a retired bee - you are a citizen with an opinion that needs to be heard. Please get involved!
- Charles H. Castle, Colorado Springs
Is this too much to ask of leaders?
Every day I pray for our country and its leaders. I pray that they respect human life and our religious beliefs. I pray that all of our elected and appointed officials serve with honesty and integrity to support our Constitution and the laws of our nation.
I would hope that they would represent all of the people of our great country. Is this too much to ask of our leaders?
- Jerry Weiss, Colorado Springs
Bennet and the 2nd Amendment
Senator Michael Bennet loves to promote himself with political ads featuring the mother of a sick child, a rape victim and western Colorado ranchers.
One of the most important votes Bennet has ever cast receives absolutely no publicity. On Saturday, March 24, 2013, the United States Senate passed Senate Amendment 139 to Senate Concurrent Resolution 8. The vote was to uphold the Second Amendment rights of gun ownership and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
The treaty would negate the Second Amendment and allow eventual gun confiscation conducted under the cover of a UN mandate. Bennet voted against supporting the Second Amendment (and in favor of UN authority to regulate the private ownership of firearms by American citizens).
When Bennet took his oath of office, he swore to "Support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."
On March 24, 2013, he violated his sworn duty.
- Harry Edmunds, Colorado Springs