Published: May 17, 2014
Forget about the gold watch
The Gazette's report on actions taken by employees of the Sheriff's Office related to the selection and presentation of the One Hundred Club award has revealed a very different type of leadership than what I expected from Sheriff Terry Maketa.
During the recent fires and floods, Sheriff Maketa appeared to be a decisive, compassionate leader, who worked tirelessly for the good of our community. He appeared to be a servant leader who shared power, put the needs of others first and helped people develop and perform as highly as possible.
Now, it appears that we merely have a traditional leader, who along with the undersheriff, cares about accumulation of power, being at the top of the pyramid and getting awards and recognition.
It is important to recognize people for their work and contributions. It is equally important to have a work environment in the El Paso County Sheriff's Office that promotes trust and communications.
Better to work on that in your last months in office, Sheriff Maketa, than to worry about the gold watch.
Christine Czajka, Colorado Springs
Blacks and tea party views
Star Parker's opinion (The Gazette, May 14) was a refreshing debunk of the "Big Lie" about the tea party. If anyone ever attends a tea party event, they will find that not only are black Americans and other minorities welcome, they are celebrated and usually receive standing ovations when they speak. Tea party views are consistent with those of Allen West, Thomas Sowell, Dr. Ben Carson, Walter Williams, not to mention Star Parker herself, just to name a few of the conservative black leaders.
I admire these black conservatives because of their passion, patriotism and intelligence but most of all because of the courage of their convictions. These great men and women are fearless in the face of being called "Uncle Toms" and worse by their own race just because they don't toe the liberal line (not much tolerance). No matter how much the far left would like to paint the tea party out to be a violent, racist group, it is simply the farthest thing from the truth. The tea party is about fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, free and open markets, and I would add a strong national defense. These are the very principles that our Founding Fathers believed in when they created this great nation, and they are the principles that will keep this nation great in the future. If anyone of any color believes in these principles of freedom, then they are more than welcome in the tea party, and by the way, Run, Ben, Run!
Mick Hartley, Monument
Carson column a welcome addition
Thank you, thank you, thank you for adding the opinion column by Ben Carson to your op/ed page. I absolutely agree with everything this wise man says, and he says it all so very well. Without using words that require a dictionary to understand, he clearly exposes what ails society today, and beyond that, offers solutions to correct these problems.
I look forward to reading every one of his insightful columns.
Marsha Magnone, Colorado Springs
Science can be misused
In response to Mike Littwin's article of May 14 regarding Republican ideas about climate change, I found it interesting that Littwin attempted to put forward his progressive argument based on regressive thought processes. He attempts to convince the reader that, even though he knows nothing about climate change, we should accept the concept, only those with advanced scientific degrees can be trusted to recognize the realities of climate change.
Therefore, we must defer to experts because they can never be wrong and have no political agenda. Yet it is evident that a political agenda is being created using climate change to drive the future of the nation by the current administration and their progressive advocates, like Littwin, for the midterm elections.
Littwin chooses to ignore this fact and push his regressive political maneuver of trying to limit debate on this issue, by requiring that unless you are a credentialed expert you are unable to determine a reasonable judgment that should be considered in this critical debate.
Well, Mr. Littwin, the scientific community itself has discovered at times that it had been wrong and science can be misused for political purposes.
Like George Will mentioned in Littwin's piece, as an educated, rational, thinking person, I refuse to anoint any so-called experts to have the final word over how the government controls my life.
Stephen Lord, Colorado Springs
Stop trying to mess things up
"Massachusetts rules that Pledge of Allegiance is not religious, does not discriminate against atheists and can be recited at the start of the day in public schools."
Taken in conjunction with the U.S. Supreme Court upholding legislative prayer at council meetings it has been a good week indeed for the rights and freedom to continue to pray or cite God in the public square without endorsing a particular religion or proselytizing. I was beginning to lose faith in my fellow Americans, many of whom seem to want to direct us down the atheist or nonreligious observing path.
I hope this is a wake-up call to those who continue to strive to wrench God from the public sphere and want the majority of us to bend to their will.
Feel free to not recite the words "Under God" in the pledge or not pray in legislative meetings or pray to whatever God you like but stop trying to mess things up for everyone else.
Scott Martin, Colorado Springs