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Letters Published: January 5, 2014

Enamored with glitter, bright lights

Christmas is over and so is 2013. There have been sad and happy occurrences in the last year.

However, Christmas has been taken over by commercialism and materialism. Where to find the greatest bargains. Many gifts are bought not with the recipient in mind but what a bargain one got. We have become so enamored with glitter and bright lights and packages that we have forgotten the reason for Christmas.

Not only at Christmas have we forgotten our Lord but all though the year. God has been dismissed from the schools, courtrooms and even some churches.

Our country is on a downward spiral and until we humbly ask God to return the spiral will continue. Our Founding Fathers depended on God to set this country up. Now the atheists have taken over and the word Jesus is an abomination. Chaplains are not allowed to say the name. Young people at graduation are not allowed to thank God for their faith and bringing them to where they are. Our legislators don't ever think God could lead them.

Christians need to stand up and stand for the faith they believe in. Our president claims to be a Christian, but he prefers the Muslim religion, as evidenced by his attitude to the National Day of Prayer and toward the holidays of the Muslim religion. He has the opportunity to lead the country in a Christian way, but that is not obvious.

We need to turn back to God before we are completely lost.

Lloyd Wasserott, Colorado Springs

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Has become a special tradition

Once again I would like to thank the men in the AdAmAn Club for their 11 a.m. display of mirrors at their halfway point up Barr Trail!

We make it a point to be down in Monument Valley Park walking a bit before 11:00 a.m. every New Year's Eve day. It is a great tradition to watch them shine their mirrors down to us here in the foothills.

Cathy Callaway, Colorado Springs

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Where would this country be?

I sincerely hope that The Gazette's Thursday story of the young man who was photographed and interviewed after his purchase of legal marijuana in Pueblo was not representative of other 22-year-old college students. He actually stated that he would use the pot to provide the energy needed to move into a new apartment and sign up for his next semester's classes.

His photograph was reminiscent of a 6-year old on Christmas morning. I actually believe the picture and interview may have been included to satirize the entire legalization process.

Yes, it is legal and I support the position that the government should not tell me what I can ingest into my body. However, where would this country be, both historically and today, if a "recreational" drug was needed to furnish the energy to otherwise healthy individuals to engage with the simple acts of daily living, much less a career and the world of work?

I know the hard-core supporters of legalization will include coffee in that category.please get real. Though I was both amused and distressed by the focus on this individual, the important takeaway is to remind me not to drive over any bridges that this aspiring civil engineer has designed in the future.

Barry Schultz, Cascade

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Manitou can use the income

White Clay, Neb., a village of 14 people bordering the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has four beer stores selling the equivalent of 4.5 million 12-ounce cans of beer annually (12,500 cans/day).

The reservation does not allow sales or possession of alcohol but has incredible issues with alcohol abuse but no alcohol revenue.

Colorado Springs, Fountain, El Paso and Teller counties do not allow recreational pot sales. Pueblo and Denver will sell to the Pikes Peak region. Manitou Springs could sell recreational pot when their moratorium ends in February.

Manitou can collect all the benefits of sales, especially taxes, for a huge marketing area at a minimal cost. With two outlets proposed, Manitou can post full-time officers in both locations and enjoy the bonanza. Sales or not, Manitou gets the marijuana problems - legal, cartels or black market. Manitou needs income to deal with marijuana problems if they arise and can use the income for flood mitigation, if not.

Or they could be just like Pine Ridge Reservation and keep all the problems with none of the income.

Tim Haley, Colorado Springs

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Memories of Manitou past

Mary Wilson in a Jan. 2 letter to the editor takes Manitou's mayor to task for putting parking meters up on the streets. She states that she was born there and has lived there all her life.

Like her, I was raised there. In the early '60s, I was organist at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church before it moved to 30th Street.

Our youth group made some of their money by putting the parking meters up over Memorial Day weekend and taking them down on Labor Day weekend. My area was Colorado Avenue in front of Patsy's Candy store up to the park and across the street to the Loop and down.

Mary, it's sad that you forgot because of your age or are to young to remember. But I do.

Dennis H. Zobel, San Antonio

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