A movie all Americans should see
Once and awhile, a movie touches your heart and leaves you humbled. "Lone Survivor" is such movie It's the true story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his combat brethren and their life-and-death battle against the Taliban in a place few of us would choose to be in.
It's a great deal more than a war story though. It's about brotherhood, honor, courage, duty, character and yes, American exceptionalism at a dramatic level. It is a movie that all Americans should see in my opinion.
It is also a movie that I knew the extreme left would dislike and condemn because of the afore-mentioned attributes of our military. Sure enough, some liberal critics and bloggers are calling it a war against brown-skinned people. They refer to it as a movie that glorifies war.
They seem to ignore the fact that it was a brown-skinned villager and his neighbors who saved Luttrell's life by putting their lives in great peril.
The extreme left has always been anti-military. They view the world through childish eyes and foolish policies. Their bumper stickers proclaim; "War Is Not The Answer." Tell that one to Adolph Hitler. Indeed, sometimes war is the only answer and at those times I thank God for men like Marcus Luttrell. From Valley Forge to Afghanistan, this nation has been blessed with men willing to lie down their lives so that others might have the freedom to admonish their noble deeds and ridicule their devotion to duty, honor and country. My heroes will always be such warriors and the left's will always be folks with names like Obama. When your back's against the wall who would you choose to be by your side?
John Stuart Mills foretold of such things when he wrote that: "War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
Do yourself a favor and see this movie and by all means feel pride afterwards
Len Bentley, Colorado Springs
Leaders cannot put aside egos
Honestly, what is wrong with the elected officials in our community that they have to squabble so? We have legislators threatening other legislators with recalls when they don't get their way. We have the mayor quarreling with the council, forcing vetoes and overrides and denouncements of each other. I cannot recall a time in recent history that the mayor and council have been in such conflict, even to the point of being unable to share one city attorney. We've also got an unpopular development project that the mayor is pushing without the full support of the council or input from the citizens, who will could end up paying for it. When people voted for the strong mayor proposal, I do not think they meant "dictator" or a leader pushing a "my way or the highway" philosophy.
Then in the area of wildfire protection, the sheriff is quarreling with the Black Forest Fire Department over who did what and why the investigation has failed to yield a cause or perpetrator. Please people, the point of investigating the horrible fire is to protect the community from another one, not to demonstrate how ineffectual our existing departments are or how childish their leaders are.
The whole community loses when leaders cannot put aside egos and personalities to get things accomplished, as we have seen from the Congress during the government shutdown. I do believe that citizens expect cooperation from those who assume leadership roles, and I urge our leaders to do what is required to work together. It is a real turnoff to the community to have to witness such squabbling.
Cyndy Kulp, Colorado Springs
No longer a Christian nation
It is an undeniable fact that our country was founded upon Christian principles and ideas as evidenced by our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. Our president has said that we are no longer a Christian nation. I invite everyone to read William J Federer's book titled "Backfired." The last paragraph of the book is as follows:
Harvard professor James Russell Lowell was once asked by French historian Francois Guizot (1787-1874),"How long will the American Republic endure?" Lowell replied, "As long as the ideas of the men who founded it continue dominant."
Bruce Huber, Colorado Springs
Suggesting a simple solution
There's an old expression: Put your money where your mouth is. That suggests a simple solution to the AnimalsVote.org efforts to disallow the euthanasia of stray, unwanted and vicious pets that are left in the care of the Humane Society. When the animals have reached the stage when the Humane Society would normally euthanize them, they should be turned over to the lifetime care of the Animals Vote organization. Let's see how they'll handle the situation!
Richard J. Toner, Colorado Springs
Happy to be called an 'Old Fart'
It seems to me that when you make it to 60, people put you in the discarded box of senior citizen and out to pasture. Don't get me wrong I do like the so called senior discounts. After all, I worked hard and paid my taxes and dues to get there. There are young people, middle-aged people and old people. I am not embarrassed to be an old person, in fact I am an old fart. Don't put me in a group called senior citizens.
I may walk and drive slower and not be up on the latest trends and attire, but I am an individual just like you. My mind works as well as yours, I cry, laugh and feel just like you. My body is older but my mind is still as it was at 25. I have value and relevant ideas so don't exclude me from the local & national discourse because I'm over 60 and don't call me a senior citizen . I answer to Old Fart.
Larry McManus, Colorado Springs