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LETTERS: Lack of punishment; slippery roads; understanding Russia

Letters Published: March 8, 2014

Punishment is mind-boggling

I am responding to the article, "Air Force Academy: 40 freshmen in chemistry class cheating probe".

This article deeply disturbs me just thinking about what poor moral and ethical values that those 40 individuals must have to do a thing like that. It's one thing to cheat, but to do it while in one of the most prestigious military academies in the country is just a disgrace.

I am a high school junior and I am just appalled at what these people have done. They have not only made the Air Force Academy look bad, they also made the military look bad. Also, the punishment for what they have done is mind-boggling to say the least. To possibly let these people stay in an academy where they have broken the rules is absurd. If you're held up to high moral and ethical standards and you represent some of the best and the brightest minds in the country, and you break the rules, I don't think you should be allowed in the school anymore. I'm under the impression that freshman are given a more lenient punishment for things of this nature and I don't think that's right. If someone does something wrong early, get them out of there before they have the chance to do something even worse and make the school look like a complete joke.

If the academy doesn't do anything, it could imply that they don't discipline their students. Think about it, these young minds are the people that will one day soon be leading our country. Now to me, that's a scary thought.

Breland Holifield, Colorado Springs

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Trying to protect America

Rational Americans don't like war. Plain and simple. Seeing that Obama wishes to provide less money and fewer supplies to our army makes me believe he wants to become a terrorist's target. Does our president want a war on our homeland? Or an even worse economy? Because, in theory, this is what he's asking for.

As said in "The U.S. should not weaken its military standing," a Gazette editorial previously published, we want to avoid war by all means. War is avoidable; however, when the rest of the world is strengthening their armies and preparing themselves, we shouldn't be at ease. Lessening the number of weapons we have will not benefit our military whatsoever, and neither will cutting the jobs of thousands of soldiers who are only trying to protect America.

China, Japan, and several other countries are increasing military spending and investing in new technologies. Being a military-strong country, we should continue doing the same. Just because our enemies don't compare to us now doesn't mean they won't eventually, and we need to be prepared for that, if we want any chance in being successful. Because like I said, rational Americans don't like war, and no one likes losing.

Kristina Susak, Colorado Springs

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Responding to an injustice

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spinning out on a slippery road and totaling my car. I was ticketed for "careless driving" even though I was driving slower than the rest of the traffic. I went to court, pled guilty to a reduced charge, thinking it would lower the fine. Wrong! The fine imposed was the same as the original charge, plus $25. This was my first time in traffic court after 30 years of driving without incidents. People, be aware that pleading guilty to a lesser charge will not lower your fine. Just mail in the fine, it will be cheaper. You don't lose a day of work and don't pay court fees.

I think Colorado Springs should be fined for not maintaining the streets properly.

I believe the Springs police are on a quota system as was reported awhile back.

In the future, I will make as few purchases within city limits as possible. My tax dollars will go elsewhere or I will shop on base and pay no taxes. It isn't much, but it's all I can do in response to what I believe was an injustice.

Chris Alln, Fountain

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Each field trip is priceless

The wheels on the bus do more than go 'round and 'round, especially when they're en route to a field trip. As a junior in high school, it is extremely disheartening to hear about the scarcity of field trips especially when it comes to younger learners.

Field trips are some of the most valuable learning experiences I have had; you simply cannot beat real-world learning outside the classroom. Even now, almost one year away from high school graduation, I can recall every field trip I have been on, beginning in the first grade. Without them, I would have never discovered my love for museums and interactive learning, something that lead me to our nation's capital this summer to visit the Smithsonian.

I honestly cannot imagine an elementary or even middle school experience without field trips, and it saddens me to think that my friends' and my younger siblings may grow up having gone on very few or maybe even none. I not only urge but beg teachers to keep fighting for these experiences because no matter the cost, each field trip is priceless, especially in the eyes of our little learners.

Riley Cluxton, Colorado Springs

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Understand Russia's concerns

The situation in Ukraine is indeed very unfortunate particularly in view of Russia's military advances in its territory. Threats of consequences against Kremlin, however, will prove fruitless given the resolve of Vladimir Putin to control Ukraine who believes that the European Union is attempting to seduce Ukraine and offer it NATO membership which Putin perceives as a threat to its sovereignty and security. What is urgently needed to avert the crisis, in my view, is for all Western powers to understand Russia's concerns and offer solutions that are fair and workable for both sides. Ukraine has a large ethnic Russian population that sides with Russia and may want to rebel against the rest of its people resulting ultimately in a long-lasting civil war.

Kailash Jaitly, Colorado Springs

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