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LETTERS: The deadliest of accidents; disrespecting the service, flag

By: Gazette readers
November 29, 2017 Updated: November 29, 2017 at 7:46 am
photo - Southbound I-25 is closed at Larkspur because of a crash.
Southbound I-25 is closed at Larkspur because of a crash.  

Because of one careless act

After working as a critical care nurse for 30 years, I've seen firsthand the results of people speeding up to run red lights, causing horrific injuries and death to folks just trying to take their children to school or live their lives, which sometimes are shattered forever because of this one careless act.

Most people don't realize that these are the deadliest accidents, due to the increased speed necessary to run red lights. So at the time of impact, the perpetrator could be traveling at over 60 mph. Since accident rates are on the increase in our town and approximately 80 percent of all accidents nationwide are caused by running run lights, I defy anyone to object to red light cameras at every intersection.

Jeannie Harrington

Colorado Springs

Column was lacking in depth

Regarding Hal Bidlack on true patriotism:

I find his take on the fake news to be lacking in depth. It troubles all to realize that most national news media reporting has little to do with the truth when politics is the subject. In other words fake, biased reporting. True news is based on facts, and not how the reporters or news owners feel about the truth, in other words, unbiased. Newspapers and media report as news unsubstantiated accusations as facts and refuse to report if at all possible the truth.

Bidlack said fake news accusations bother you, well they bother most patriotic American loving citizens, but you implied that fake news does not exist, and this confuses me, especially after the last presidential election.

Hitler controlled the media and turned almost a whole nation in hating the Jewish people, was his news fake? Truth is the bottom line in true reporting and has been lacking for decades, progressively getting lost. If you doubt my words, look how news is reported on the U.S. in some foreign countries that actually like the U.S. and then look at the nightly news in U.S., and then rewatch the words and actions of the reporters on election night last November, who were in shock to the point of saying that they truly thought they had made sure their candidate had won, and wondered what happened.

Truth in reporting unbiased, or fake news, untruthful news, or opinion rags - we all know the difference, including the president.

Sue Brockman

Colorado Springs

Understanding the problem

I am writing to you about increasing awareness for housing solutions for the homeless. Housing for the homeless is an issue that I have been researching for a paper in one of my college classes at Pikes Peak Community College.

An issue stems from a lack of housing, as police in Colorado Springs and across the nation are putting the homeless in jail for trivial offenses. The Colorado Springs community can make a difference to improve the homeless population's housing problem by spreading information on where to volunteer with programs such as Habitat for Humanity and others that are always in need of extra hands.

Understanding the problem is the first step in finding a solution and making a difference in the homeless epidemic. In an article titled "Housing NOT Handcuffs," the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty describes how simple, life-sustaining activities are criminalized.

These activities include sleeping, hygiene practices, and even sitting down in public - all acts that normally take place in a house rather than on the streets. When done in public, these acts can be grounds for an arrest, so providing housing gives the homeless a place to do these life-sustaining activities, thus reducing the criminalization of the homeless population. Also detailed in this article is that after just one year in housing, the cost to society for one homeless individual decreased 60 percent. This number is significant, as it includes the cost of housing and supportive services as well.

When you're provided a flyer or ad in a supermarket with information on housing for the homeless and Habitat for Humanity volunteer hours, for example, it may grab your, and other community member's attention, thus spreading awareness. The community should be aware of the need for housing for the homeless, as well as be informed on where to help, donate, and volunteer to make our city a better place to live for all- with or without a home.

Anna Wyka


A sad mess at the top

I must say up front, my medical training consists of being CPR qualified. But that was about 40 years ago. So what I am about to write will not be appearing in any medical journals. I have learned over the years that there are certain ailments that only affect a select group of people.

In the past few years I have observed that there is a condition that affects men and especially those who have reached the top of the ladder in their chosen profession. Like presidents, governors, sheriffs and congressmen just to name a few. The early symptoms are a bit difficult to detect. They are often ignored or thought to be just so much macho talk. The condition seems to progress until it goes beyond talk, then they start doing things that they would never do in front of their mothers.

I have given this considerable thought but, due to my lack of medical training, I can only guess as to what is happening. It is my guess that having reached the top of the ladder, they become so wrapped up in their own importance that it triggers something in the body. This causes a chemical change. Perhaps the body produces so much testosterone that it forces it up their back through the space where their spine should be. It is then forced up to the brain. Which puts enormous pressure on the part of the brain which controls our reason and common sense. With those two gone, we are left with a sad mess at the top of the ladder.

Now, I may be way off base with my ideas that this may be a new ailment. Perhaps it's not a new ailment at all. It may be a condition that is as old as mankind.

Jerry Proctor

Colorado Springs

Disrespecting the service, our flag

The American flag is my flag and I am proud of it. I wore the uniform during the 1960s and I am proud of that. I served in Vietnam with a Marine rifle company and I am proud of that.

The NFL players who do not stand for the national anthem are a disgrace. I am ashamed of them. Millionaires playing a boy's game are disrespecting my service and my flag.

Roger Goodell, the team owners, and players disgust me. I have far better things to do than support the league. I think I speak for many others who have proudly served our nation.

Jay Hollaway


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