LETTERS: Private prayer a better alternative; well-functioning democracy

By: Letters
May 16, 2014 Updated: May 16, 2014 at 8:35 am
photo - Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, left, prays before a meeting with business leaders, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Tioga, N.D. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Elijah Nouvelage)
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, left, prays before a meeting with business leaders, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Tioga, N.D. (AP Photo/Williston Herald, Elijah Nouvelage) 

Private prayer a better alternative

Best darned letter I've read in a long time and I read 'em all (almost)!

In Monday May 12th's "Your Viewpoint", a letter from Sumio Go, "Private prayer more appropriate", he (she?) did a fantastic job of stating, "I would recommend a few minutes of silent prayer to each individual's own god as a better alternative (to public prayer openings to governmental meetings) and one more likely to have a positive impact on each individual member of the group". The writer, as his authority, quoted Matthew's Gospel, Chapter 6, "when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites who love to pray in the synagogues and at street corners, that they be seen by others; but when you pray go into your room and pray to your Father in secret". I was delighted to see that Sumio Go, Matthew and I all agreed that public displays of religious devotion were often more public than devotion. (Apologies to those who are merely trying to spread the word.)

I first noticed this when playing high school basketball. Some players crossed themselves before shooting free throws and more recently when football players knelt down in the end zone to give thanks for scoring. I'm sure that players have given thanks for scoring as long as there have been players but most haven't made a display of it before spectators, TV audiences and other players. I'm sure some politicians and chronic religious complainers (you know who you are) will soon propose a law outlawing these practices as being offensive to others who are unbelievers and those of us who never succeeded in scoring.

Bill Lund, Colorado Springs

No acknowledgement whatsoever

I chose to move to beautiful Colorado Springs over a year ago from "inside the beltway" (DC/Baltimore). I am a retired career federal employee who held both myself and my staff accountable for, and responsive to, the public. It is quite a shock to experience a different level of accountability and total unresponsiveness from my congressional representative.

Almost three months ago, I wrote a letter to Rep. Doug Lamborn seeking assistance from his office regarding issues (supported with factual data) with a federal agency. The letter was sent to his Colorado Springs office by priority mail. Tracking shows that it arrived Feb. 25.

As of today, I have yet to receive a response: 1. Sorry I can't help you; 2. We're looking into it; 3. Thank you for your letter... but; or 4. Go away, etc. No acknowledgement whatsoever.

Last year, my husband wrote Rep. Paul Ryan to point out his concerns regarding the recently passed 2013 sequestration bill. At least Rep. Ryan politely responded. He pointed out that because of congressional courtesy, my husband needed to contact his representative, Rep. Lamborn (which he did) to make his concerns known. Consistent with my experience cited above, Rep. Lamborn never responded. Over the past year I have read other letters in The Gazette sharing similar experiences. How very sad.

I have worked with many political officials, both Republican and Democrat, and I have never experienced such disregard by an elected official or their staffers. Exactly how hard is it to have an acknowledgement letter template for staffers to send to constituents? Regardless of political party, as voting citizens we deserve to have our concerns acknowledged and issues addressed by our representative.

As we near an election cycle we have an opportunity to vote and send the message that the people of our district deserve to be heard, treated with respect.......and not taken for granted.

Theresa Pratt, Colorado Springs

A well-functioning democracy

This recent editorials testified to issues critical to a well-functioning democracy. First, Steve Shuck wrote eloquently about disagreements and civil discourse. Unfortunately, he limited this to only conservatives, not seeing the wider picture of all political players. Second, Joan Neugebauer hung out Diane Feinstein for comments disparaging to our veterans. A quick fact check dispels the comments as untrue and badly misconstrued. Please, no one news source provides a balanced sharing of "facts."

Democracy requires civil dialogue and critical thinking by all.

Casey Tencick, Colorado Springs

Is there anyone out there?

Is there anyone out there that lives on a pothole-free street? Is there anyone out there drives on a pothole street? Are there any springtime robins out there? Is there anyone out there who has seen any pothole repair in process? Is there anyone out there responsible for pothole repair? Is there anyone out there being paid for pothole repair?

Is there anyone out that can fix the public pothole scam? Is there anyone out there who can persuade Colorado Springs visitors there are no potholes?

Is there anyone out there who really cares?

Rod Albertson, Colorado Springs

An unforgettable night for honoree

It's only right that Sheriff Terry Maketa let someone in the ranks who deserve the One Hundred Club award. It's just a shame that Maketa or his undersheriff won't be around to present the award (both unavailable same time, hmm).

I would have every available deputy there to give that award and make it an unforgettable night for officer Ed Kafel.

Timothy Goodwin, Colorado Springs

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