Stemming a crisis demands action
A local radio personality, following the announcement of the latest act of violence said America is in a state of crisis. I don't know what we are going to do short of a "religious revolution."
Many local, state and federal government agencies quickly teamed together to identify the perpetrator and possible accomplices. In a brief few hours, the known actors of terrorism at home and abroad quickly announced their support and involvement in this violence. They are all too eager to take credit for and use this message to attract other disgruntled individuals to join their cause.
According to news agencies, neither the family nor limited few friends of the perpetrator were aware of the planned action - that appeared to have been in the planning for several months. So, we're left with "why."
There is little doubt, pastors and preachers across America will depart from their planned sermons and dive head-on into the sins of our country and that people need to come back to the church, come to Jesus. I can't disagree. Perhaps we need to do more. Could stemming such a crisis begin with each of us as we begin to reach out to our friends and neighbors, get to know them, to be encouragers, soul lifters? I realize some people are loners, highly introverted. But, could they use a friend? No doubt there are plenty of troubled individuals at home and abroad. Few of us are trained to address medical or psychological impairments. But, each of us is capable of demonstrating what friendship is about, what Christian faith is about. What simply caring is about. Stemming a crisis, any crisis demands action. Please take some time to consider what you can do. Then act!
Freedom of choice in education
I'm writing as an involved parent in my community. My husband is a native to Colorado Springs, and had the wonderful opportunity to grow up in the D-20 School District. We would say that much of his success in his career is due to getting to be in great schools.
When we married, we didn't have to think twice about the district we wanted to live in. Looking ahead, we knew we would start a family. And, we strongly desired that our children would have the opportunity to be educated in D-20 as well.
When our first child came, we were quickly informed that we needed to get her on the TCA wait list. She was only six weeks old! We thought this was crazy, but did as our friends suggested. And we did the same with our son later.
As we began our search for the right educational fit for our children, we learned of the efforts to open another charter. The wait list indicates that there is a strong desire and need in our community to have another charter school option.
We were one of the families hoping that New Summit would open this fall. Because New Summit was unable to open its doors, we enrolled our children in Rockrimmon Elementary. It's a great school, with very loving teachers. However, we would love to have more choices.
We love the classical approach and the rigorous Core Knowledge curriculum approach that this additional charter will offer to our children.
I've had the opportunity to listen to other parents about there wait list number at TCA, and will likely never get in. I'm not just one mom voicing her opinion, but I'm a voice for many others with the same desire to educate our children in a charter school environment.
Please strongly considering keeping our school district a place where our families have the freedom of choice in education. Our entire community can only benefit.
Baseball as the national pastime
For a long time baseball was considered to be the national pastime. Football, because it was considered to be a sport with more action and, more relevant, better suited than baseball for television, took over from baseball as the national pastime in the early 1960s.
Now it appears that football may be losing that spot to baseball once again.
Many long-time football fans are turning away from the sport. Fans are aware of the terrible long-term head injuries sustained by football players. They are tired of hearing about abusive coaches and college recruiting scandals. The recent player protest controversy has filled them with disgust and they're unable to take any more.
Meanwhile Major League Baseball has enjoyed ever increasing revenues, with lucrative TV contracts and continuous high attendance. While games are overly long, due primarily to many commercials between innings (practically all major league games are broadcast on radio or TV), this past season and postseason has been most enjoyable, with superb individual performances and generally high quality play.
Go see a ball game next year, whether it's the local Sky Sox or big league Rockies, high school or Little League. You'll have a lot of fun at the ballpark.
David J. Baker
Reveal juveniles' names
The arrest of two juveniles regarding a 'kill list' at a school brings to mind the question as to whether or not the names of juveniles involved in a criminal matter should be released.
I am of the opinion that they should.
Parents of students at Sabin as well as faculty members have a right, and even possibly a need to know the full situation. I speak with some interest not just as a citizen. I taught junior high for 10 years, the last two at Sabin. I recently had a grandson attending Sabin. I truly believe these names and those in other criminal situations should be revealed.
Racism, poverty and gun laws
As usual, what appears to be very logical (See Jon Rogers' letter in the Oct. 10, Gazette, "No other reasonable solution) is fraught with serious issues.
Where do the largest numbers of murders with guns occur - inner cities (see Chicago) inhabited largely by minorities (mainly African-Americans).
So, when individuals such as Rogers, advocate "... licensing of all firearms and a decently high fee or tax for those licensees, and strict training and liability insurance requirements," will the poor who need the weapons be able to afford them? Of course not. Will people such as the Las Vegas shooter still be able to legally procure what he wants. Yes.
I am surprised the Rev. Al Sharpton has not come out and seen the racism and affect such laws would have on the people (poor minorities) who really need guns for protecting themselves and their families.
Before jumping on ideas such as those of Rogers, there should be a "What if? exercise conducted with a representative number of the poor, the minorities, and leave the politicians out of it!