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LETTERS: Overwhelmed by rising numbers of homeless; officers' families should get benefits

By: Gazette readers
February 25, 2018 Updated: February 25, 2018 at 4:05 am
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Come together on homelessness

I am writing on behalf of the clergy members of the Colorado Springs Faith Table, the local affiliate of Together Colorado. We want to express our support and deep concern regarding the initiatives taken by various governmental and nonprofit organizations, including faith communities, to ameliorate the conditions of homelessness in which hundreds of individuals and families are living.

We are dismayed that the interventions taken to date by various organizations, while certainly helpful to significant numbers of sheltered and unsheltered persons, are being overwhelmed by the rising numbers of homeless persons. It seems that the conditions, programs, and initiatives necessary to reduce their number are ill-equipped to effect substantive reductions. The final numbers for the 2018 Community Point-in-Time Survey are not yet available, but there is some indication that the number of homeless persons will exceed the 2017 count of 1,415.

As leaders of religious communities, we urge governmental, business, nonprofit, health care and community leaders to come together to identify and implement coordinated efforts to attend to the conditions and needs that give rise to homelessness. We urge those who are stakeholders in finding solutions to synchronize their efforts to minimize duplication and competition and thereby maximize the effectiveness of otherwise limited human and financial resources.

We also believe that a significant step in this direction could be taken by a deeper commitment to increase substantially the availability of affordable housing. In this belief, we are mindful that government and the local housing and building industry have a paramount role to play.

And just as important, we urge all civic, business, political, nonprofit, health care, and religious leaders to commit to promoting a humane understanding of homelessness and those who are in its grip. As a community known for the strength and diversity of its religious disposition, it behooves us to labor more intentionally toward the goal of becoming a more understanding and compassionate community.

Douglas R. Sharp

Colorado Springs Faith Table

Lacking a safe place to live

America is a beautiful place to live. But how can you say that when you have people being victimized and destroyed?

We are living on disability checks and have no money to get out of here. What I am talking about is sewer problems, cold water, crazy lunatics smoking marijuana in their apartments who treat us mean, calling us names.

My mother has asthma and is allergic to marijuana. Daughter has breathing problems and also is allergic to marijuana. Where is our love and support? Where is an act of kindness?

You can say how beautiful the mountains, parks and trails are. Where we are living is beautiful at night because you can see lights all the way around. There are shopping malls, J.C. Penney's, Walmart, King Soopers, theaters to go to.

All we are lacking is a safe place to live.

Beverly Hase

Colorado Springs

Our broken immigration system

In my past, I recall a family coffee cup that continued to be used when at first it was considered to be broken. After years of use, it eventually wasn't even thought of as broken, only marred.

Similarly, this idea of our broken immigration system has weathered years of tolerance and is accepted as "the way it is." If that cup had not only been chipped but was unusable, it would have been discarded and replaced. But how a dysfunctional immigration policy managed to continue for years is only a testimony to an inept Congress as well as a lethargic citizenry.

To desire to fix something that has continued broken for years is tantamount to closing the barn door after the horse is stolen. Not to fix the problem only assures the likeliness of further disrepair and the eventual loss of security for our nation.

George Bentley

Colorado Springs

Give officers' families benefits

Subject: Deputy's family may lose health insurance. This was a good article. When I read that the family of the man killed on duty would have their health care benefits canceled I felt as if I had been "punched in the gut".

I'm glad Rachael Flick spoke out at the funeral. This is not acceptable and should be changed so that the families of all officers killed in the line of duty, past and present receive health benefits. Let's see this miscarriage of justice changed.

Lee Chittenden

Colorado Springs

No longer possible to be united

It is not logical that so many politicians, etc. refer to our government as a democracy when the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution does not once mention democracy. Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution says: The United States shall guarantee every state in this union a Republican form of government and shall protect each of them against invasion, and on application or of the legislature or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.

Also none of the amendments to the Constitution (I through XXVII) have changed our government from a republic to a democracy. So it makes no sense that so many say we are a democracy. This could mean that many politicians, professors, media types etc., could try to say our government is socialist, Communist, dictatorship or whatever. This does not compute.

Actually democracy is just a form of mob rule so why would anyone want such a thing? Perhaps those that like democracy should work to have their own Democratic states of America and let those who like the Constitution live under the constitutional states of America because it no longer looks like it will be possible to be united anymore. What a shame!

Phil Olson

Colorado Springs

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