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LETTERS: 'Disgusting' TV; Is Trump racist?; Teachers with guns; and more

By: The Gazette letters
March 9, 2018 Updated: March 9, 2018 at 6:42 am
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Sabin will be missed

Margaret Sabin's departure as CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Systems leaves big shoes to fill. Through her leadership, Penrose has become the only Colorado hospital to be judged as one of America's Top 50 Hospitals and is a principal reason why our community is known for exceptional health care. This reputation helps attract new businesses and employment for our region by delivering high quality health care services for our citizens. She leaves behind a great staff of dedicated caregivers who do good work in caring for people. Colorado Springs owes her a vote of thanks for her leadership. She will be missed.

Don Addy

Colorado Springs

   

Consider arming teachers

In response to the 5-foot 110-pound retired teacher of 35 years who would not want to be armed...

Trump is not suggesting all teachers be armed. Just a few volunteer teachers who are well trained and comfortable with it and paid extra. Maybe one in each wing of a school. This is more cost effective.

Thirty-five years ago we did not have the problem of the mentally ill mainstreamed. The 1970s started the process of closing institutions where the dangerous could be cared for away from the public. That has left us with no place to commit persons who even their parents know are time bombs.

I would guess that a teacher in the position of protecting their classrooms of students would want a trained armed teacher in the classroom connected to them. The gun could be locked up and secured and when retrieved the teacher could also wear a vest or hat that identifies them as such. If anything it would be a deterrent as also is arresting and removing weapons from persons who make threats.

Yes, my husband at one time was a teacher and also a military officer.

This is only one of many options to consider.

Some schools hire anonymous students to monitor sights and report strange behaviors. Adults need to listen.

Mary Hutchison

Colorado Springs

   

'Disgusting' TV show, 911

I thought the new TV series 911 would be good to watch. Maybe it would show how the men and women who take 911 calls save lives. I tuned in to the last show and it will be the last for me. The show is disgusting. It is mostly about their personal lives, and I do mean personal. No wonder the morals of our country are in the sewer. How can our young people learn about good morality these days? Lesbians, gay, straight, etc. could have good morals, but everyone thinks they are being oppressed. Yes you can have your own private life at home, I just don't want to see it on TV.

Donna Adams

Colorado Springs

   

Is Trump a racist?

I have to respond to Dan Spohn's illogical analysis/interpretation of a Gazette article titled "Most Americans think Trump is racist." Here is the correct way to interpret the percentages cited in the article (8 in 10 Blacks, three-quarters of Hispanics, and half of Spohn's estimate of 48 percent of whites) that said 57 percent of adults say Trump is racist.

I looked up U.S. population percentages via U.S. Census and similar sites and found the following. Whites are approximately 63 percent of the U.S. population, Hispanics are 17.8 percent and Blacks are 17.9 percent. Totals are 98.7 percent, so the remaining are other ethnicities (Asian, Indian, Pacific Islanders, etc.)

Using a sample U.S. population of 1,000 people, 630 are white, 178 are Hispanic and 179 are Black. Again the remaining 13 are others. Now, let's do some fourth-grade arithmetic. Forty-eight percent of those 630 whites results in 302.4 whites who responded that Trump is racist. Seventy-five percent of 178 Hispanics results in 133.5 Hispanics who also share the same sentiment. Finally 80 percent of 179 blacks (i.e. 143.2 blacks) also agree with the poll findings.

Add those numbers from each perspective and individual populations and one gets 579.1 adults (a combination of whites, Hispanics and blacks) who responded to that poll that "Trump is racist." Now here is where the false analysis from Dan Spohn goes down in flames: 579.1 adults out of a sample population of 1,000 people is 57.9 percent of adults polled, closely matching the Gazette article.

I learned percentages and fractions in the fourth grade from Catholic nuns.

Frank Gonzalez

Peyton

   

Needed: letters from women

March is Women's History Month. It's for celebrating women's achievements.

Relative to that, I did an analysis of The Gazette's letters to the editor sections for the month of March. The results are the following:

24 letters printed, 19 written by men (79.2%) and five written by women (20.8 percent).

In the interest of fairness, I expanded my data to include the last two days of February, making it a full week of "Your Viewpoint" letters. The results are as follows:

Thirty four letters printed, 27 written by men (79.4 percent) and seven written by women (20.6 percent).

I broke it down by topics, thinking it was a possible consideration for which letters were printed. It was no surprise the majority of letters were focused on guns with a few odd topics thrown in. The process became tedious, the narrative exceeding the 250-word suggested length of a letter to the editor submission, so I abandoned the project.

The conclusion of my rudimentary analysis is this: the ratio of men's letters to women's letters - roughly 4:1 - was not very balanced. My suggestion: Ladies, please step up your letter-writing/submitting and/or Gazette editorial board, please expand your criteria and have a broader viewpoint when it comes to being more inclusive of women's opinions.

Denise F. Ludwig

Colorado Springs

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Gazette publishes nearly all letters that meet publication criteria. The Gazette's editorial board welcomes letters from all.

   

NRA and shootings

It seems to me that Frank Zacharias misses the point when he declares in his letter that no NRA member has ever been "connected" to a mass shooting. Some of them just sold the weapons to the ones who were. As far as I know, there has been no outreach by NRA to any of the victims, the survivors or their families of these shootings except to defend their stance on the whole subject of gun control. Compassion means always saying you're sorry.

Carol Bishop

Colorado Springs

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