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LETTERS: Dogs don't cause a problem; an uneducated society

By: Gazette readers
June 12, 2017 Updated: June 12, 2017 at 4:26 am

Don't needlessly cause a problem

This is in response to the letter titled "Leave the doggies at home" written by Nancy Barrett. It appears that she has a real problem with our four-legged friends and misstates the law. My wife and I went to Territory Days late Sunday with our massive 12-pound AKC champion Havanese. At all times, he was either on a leash or in my arms. Many people would come up and pet him and comment how cute he was. Kids were the best. The smiles on their faces were beautiful as he wagged his tail and licked many of them. They did not seem to have a problem with him. While there, I saw about 8-10 dogs all on leashes, all well-behaved and causing no problems. People enjoyed them.

Barrett said no dogs were allowed, yet we walked in right by a CSPD officer who said nothing. I guess he does not know something she does. What she should remember is what dog spelled backwards spells. If there is no problem, don't cause one.

Dennis Sladek


Giving contractors the edge?

Wow! By allowing affordable-housing contractors to alter the law as it stands which allows a citizen to bring a lawsuit against a homebuilder to now require arbitration, appears to be giving the contractors the edge to build inferior products - hoping to avoid lawsuits. Just look at Texas who had this for years and recently it reversed in favor of the public. So we will now allow and protect these builders from direct lawsuits, which enable them to take shortcuts!

Shame on you, Colorado!

Paul Garcia

Colorado Springs

Take a look at scientific findings

Joan Jessop's letter to the editor of June 7 describes the current public wariness of all these "scientific" pronouncements re. climate change and the dire predictions resulting therefrom. I, too have lived many years with lead paint, coal and tobacco smoke, heavy traffic with leaded gas exhaust fumes, Radon exposure, dry cleaning chemicals, and the list goes on. Oh, and I drank hard liquor even after "scientists" decreed that every drink destroyed thousands of brain cells.

I strongly suggest that our younger generations take a look back at "scientific" findings before they blindly accept that our planet is doomed due to mankind's selfish behavior like driving our cars and heating our homes. For a lesson on science gone astray, I urge you all to read a web article titled RADON: truths and myth.

Jim Harley

Colorado Springs

Some things don't change

David J. Baker's letter (Thursday, June 8) rebutting Walter Williams' op-ed discussing alleged racism by Democrats and Baker's statement that Sen. Barry Goldwater opposed civil rights legislation put forth by Democratic leaders like Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey reminded me of an unforgettable moment in my life when I was privileged to attend a speech given by Sen. Goldwater in 1964 at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio.

Sen. Goldwater had barely begun his statements when he was loudly interrupted by a contingent of Youngstown College students, all black, marching from the back of the hall toward the stage. They challenged Sen. Goldwater's civil rights voting record. Several men on the main floor stood up and began to move toward the protesters. (Not being a fool, I was looking for an exit at that point.) But what happened next was extraordinary. Sen. Goldwater motioned to the men to sit down and stated, "No, they have a right to be heard."

We listened as these students presented their list of Sen. Goldwater's civil rights transgressions. When they indicated that they were finished, Sen. Goldwater politely countered with a defense of his civil rights voting record, stating that he had voted for every piece of civil rights legislation and pointed out where proof of his voting record could be researched, something this militant group had apparently neglected to do before making its stand. The bluff had been called, and the protesters left quickly and quietly. Sen. Goldwater got a standing ovation.

Sen. Goldwater was vilified mercilessly (sound familiar?) during that campaign and Baker has done so again even though Sen. Goldwater has been dead since 1998. Some things and people never change.

Eleanor Bergquist

Colorado Springs

Extremely uneducated society

The two-word phrase 'honest loyalty' was reportedly used in a private conversation between President Donald Trump and FBI Director James Comey. Here we have two adult males, apparently well-educated, with histories of using their communication skills to achieve their goals and they both use a two-word phrase that has absolutely no real communicative value! How is that possible? And worse yet, the wordsmiths of the media seem to have no problem with the phrase even though it is misleading at best and without any merit with respect to any information being communicated at worst.

How can there be any other type of loyalty except 'honest' loyalty so there is no need to precede the word 'loyalty' with the word 'honest'? Said another way, if there is 'honest loyalty' then there must be 'dishonest loyalty' but the word loyalty itself connotates honesty so there can be no such thing as 'dis-honest loyalty'! Likewise, is there such a thing as 'honest dis-loyalty'? I think not! Again, the word 'loyalty' all by itself indicates an allegiance or faithfulness between individuals in a variety of settings, both of which can be nothing else but 'honest'.

Our extremely uneducated society seems to wallow in the use of words that add nothing to the attempted communications in everyday conversations. The two word phrase "you know" often precedes every sentence of a conversation, particularly in the professional sports population. The single word "like" often begins every sentence in a conversation, particularly in the younger population.

Many years ago I overheard an interview between a reporter and a young English school boy. I've long forgotten the subject of the interview but I'll never forget the absolute impeccably perfect use of the English language that this young school boy used, a lad who couldn't have been more than 9 or 10 years old. He unknowingly put to shame not only students here in the United States his own age but arguably also unintentionally embarrassed high school and college students here in the United States as well. A sad commentary on the failures of our education system.

Donald Laughlin

Colorado Springs

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