Stylized anthem was a failure
With regard to the singing of the national anthem at the Rose Bowl game, Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day:
I am a firm supporter of the ceremony that has become a tradition to perform the national anthem at the beginning of sporting events and have been involved in that presentation myself. Personally I prefer four-part harmony with four separate notes (barbershop style) especially when there are four people involved in the presentation as there were this year in Pasadena. The four people "singing" the anthem were stylizing the song to where it was hardly recognizable and it appeared to be more of an attempt to preempt the anthem tradition with their own aggrandizement, which was a failure as well. I was embarrassed for them and the Rose Bowl selection committee.
Perry C. Tyree, Colorado Springs
Only corrected via the pocketbook
Your article on Sat., Jan. 4, "Dog-doo scofflaws getting bagged through DNA testing" gave me the opportunity I was looking for to sound-off on a problem. I live in the Woodmen Hills development in Falcon. We have many wonderful, paved trails. They are well maintained and provide numerous stations with bags and receptacles for those who use them to clean up after their pets. What more can you ask for? There are even signs asking people to please pick up after their pets. It is hard to believe people must be asked to be responsible. It is even harder to believe that so many people are inconsiderate, but, as I walk the trails daily, there are "dog deposits" all along the trails and even on the paved trail itself. You can't fully enjoy walking the trails for constantly having to be on the lookout for "land mines."
I would love it if we put in place the article's suggestion and required all dog owners to pay a one-time fee of $59.95 for initial DNA testing for the database and a $50 testing fee and $100 fine for dog droppings that end up identifying the offending animal. The article also states that sending notices of offenses does no good. It is sad that rude, offensive, and inconsiderate behavior can only be corrected through "the pocketbook." If that is what it takes, I am ready to pay my $59.95 as I have never once left my dog's deposit for others to step around. I never leave home with my dog without bags for cleanup in my pocket. That is not too much to ask of anyone.
Cathy Chaplin, Falcon
Compassion should come first
This is in response to "Bottom line is really simple" from Jan. 2. For Tim, and many others, the bottom line is really simple. But for many, it is not. What he deems as an absolute, is actually his interpretation of the Bible. Interpretations of the Bible have changed throughout time. Yes, people used Bible verses to justify slavery in this country. Bible verses have also been used to justify the suppression of women in the church. But, you see, interpretations change in the Christian church. Those beliefs are no longer preached, and the church will continue to evolve. My interpretation, as well as many of my other fellow Christians is not the same as Tim's.
In addition, the uproar about comments made on "Duck Dynasty" was a disappointing display made by many right wing conservative Christians. While I agree that A&E overreacted with Phil Robertson's removal, the attention and media it received due to the support of these folks was a move that pushes people away from the church. The number of people posting to Facebook, contacting media, signing petitions and drawing attention to a reality TV show was quite impressive. Wouldn't it be refreshing to see that passion being used to help the massive amounts of child laborers that are clothing our backs, or start a movement to help children in our American foster care system, or bring awareness to any of the other tragic issues going on around the world?
And to go one step further, where is the compassion for gay people with this uproar? Whether you believe being gay is a sin or not, they do not. They have a deep hurt in their souls as they are being called sinners for something they truly feel that they can not change. As Christians, "compassion comes first" is my interpretation. If you don't believe in gay marriage, then don't marry your same sex. And have compassion for those that do. Divorce is legal, and it is a sin in the church. Should we make all sins illegal? Have compassion for those that you don't understand. That is what I am trying to do. My hope is that even if you believe Tim's interpretation, you respect other interpretations and think first about compassion and equality for all people.
Jessica Reeves Potasz,Colorado Springs
Country is going the wrong way
Democrat, Republican, independent, tea party or any other party makes no difference, We all love our country so why are we fooled every election and keep sending the same people back to Washington?
Our senators, representatives, presidential hopefuls all say that they are the one that will make a difference. It has not happened, vote against them or vote them out.
If an incumbent is a member of your life-long party affiliation vote against them, you don't owe the party anything, you owe your country. Our home, our country is going the wrong way, down. Let's save the USA. Vote!
George Douglas, Colorado Springs
Strike while the iron is hot
The recent legalization of pot suggests that Colorado voters may be open to libertarian ideas. Perhaps the libertarians should strike while the iron is hot. They should put a Constitutional amendment on the next ballot that would limit the legislature to only repealing but not passing new laws in odd numbered years. In even numbered years, the legislature would be able to pass and repeal laws.
George Fredericks, Colorado Springs