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LETTERS: We cry the crime of the century; causes of strong economic growth

By: Gazette readers
October 31, 2017 Updated: October 31, 2017 at 7:45 am
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Houston Texans players kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Let's not go back in time

It should not come as any surprise that the owner of the Texans would refer to the NFL players as inmates in a prison. This is a 1950-1960s attitude. The problem is that the owners do not respect the players. The president called the players "SOBs." The owners are willing to lose money in hopes of restoring their image later.

Seventy percent of the players are black, but when a black player sits on the bench one week, and the next, this same player kneels, no one from ownership, a coach, player wanted to know what's up? Instead the players are disrespecting the flag? Over and over, every game, sports show, news cast, the players do not love this country. If they did, they would stand.

My grandfather was an immigrant from Sweden, and worked 50 years at Pike View mine. When he would come out of the mine he would be covered in coal dust. The crew would ask if "all Swedes were N word turned inside out?" He didn't think it was funny. He could never understand the comment "that's not white man's work".

Ingemar Johansson was a Swedish hero. Then, on the third fight he lost the heavy weight championship to Floyd Patterson, a black fighter. After the fight my grandfather said "that things were changing. The negro knew he had to work, and the white man knew he didn't."

If Tom Brady had kneeled, would the president call him an SOB? Maybe clean cut Von Miller? After all he is black. But let a black man with an afro, tattoos kneel, we cry the crime of the century.

I'm a 73 year-old-white guy. I saw how the N word was used to cause misery right here little old, white Colorado Springs. Let's not go back.

Winland Sisk

Colorado Springs

   

Much-needed assistance appreciated

I wanted to highlight and thank a good Samaritan who helped tremendously on Friday, Oct. 27, at the height of evening rush hour. My car had a flat tire, and after being stuck on the busy Interstate for about 15 minutes, this gentleman pulled up in a white, company pickup with a small, yellow "Sun?" emblem on the door. Not only did he stop, he mentioned he had passed by when he realized I might need help, came back around from the next exit to offer much-needed assistance.

I was definitely stressed because I needed to get to an urgent medical appointment, and as a disabled vet, it would be almost impossible for me to change a tire on my own. Unfortunately, I did not get this gentleman's name or company information to thank him again, but I do know his wife works for Interim Healthcare and he was on his way to Fort Collins for the football game. I cannot thank him enough for not only getting me out of a tough situation quickly, but also for making the extra detour and taking time out his plans to help!

Carolyn Wood

Colorado Springs

   

Two very different languages

Columnist Esther Cepeda took umbrage that New Jersey told students "men and women in the military "are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They're fighting for your right to speak American." "She is offended by the use of "American" instead of "English." But we really don't speak "English" in America.

An Englishman, Reggie, and an American, Butch, had their typical day. Reggie retrieved his auto from the car park, Butch got his from the parking lot. Reggie drove his in the roundabout anticlockwise while Butch went counterclockwise in the traffic circle. Reggie was almost hit by an articulated lorry while Butch was hit by a tractor-trailer. Reggie didn't need a breakdown van but Butch required a tow truck. Reggie checked his engine by lifting the bonnet and put his valise in the boot. Butch's hood was bent, but his trunk was not. Reggie went to the transport café and spotted a bird wearing a boob tube. While Butch was at the truck stop he saw an attractive girl in a tube top. Reggie wanted some advice on how to meet this stranger, so he wrote an agony aunt, Butch sought help from an advice columnist. While awaiting a reply, Reggie gave his baby a blanket bath and placed him in his cot. In a like manner Butch gave a sponge bath to his offspring and placed the child in a crib. Reggie wore a boiler suit and didn't need braces. Butch didn't have coveralls and had to use suspenders.

Reggie heard the news that America was scandalized by Trump grabbing women's fannies. Butch was nonplussed by former President Bush patting women on the fanny when he told them a joke about a magician. Butch heard it on the boob tube.

Tim Haley

Colorado Springs

   

Causes of strong economic growth

In introductory statistics students learn "correlation does not imply causation" and are warned not to assume one variable causes change in another just because a numerical correlation can be identified. I invite the Gazette Editorial Board to review this concept in light of last Friday's editorial claiming tax cuts in 1963 and 1986 were the cause of following periods of relatively strong, uninterrupted economic growth. One could just as easily credit the Great Society, Vietnam and Cold War government spending as the sole cause. Both claims are naive and based on logical fallacy.

Justin O. Holman

Colorado Springs

   

Highest regard for decency

Monica Morris and another driver stopped to assist a homeless veteran crossing the street. I have the highest regard for the both of you, you are both sterling examples of how decent humans beings act: showing compassion and empathy for another human being. 

The other self absorbed, frantic drivers who chose to pass, spoke for themselves. 

Thank you for bringing this situation to our attention and sharing this experience.

Marie McCracken   

Colorado Springs

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