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LETTERS: Worthwhile community project; where is the shock and disapproval?

By: Gazette readers
June 7, 2018 Updated: June 7, 2018 at 8:07 am
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photo - From atop a ladder, Concrete Couch director Steve Wood, staff, and volunteers get their hands dirty while working on a concrete slide for their recent project. They have been building a concrete castle, slide and dragon for the playground at Helen Hunt Elementary School in the Hillside neighborhood. The concrete was donated by Transit Mix Concrete Company and was being poured on Thursday, May 31, 2018.   (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
From atop a ladder, Concrete Couch director Steve Wood, staff, and volunteers get their hands dirty while working on a concrete slide for their recent project. They have been building a concrete castle, slide and dragon for the playground at Helen Hunt Elementary School in the Hillside neighborhood. The concrete was donated by Transit Mix Concrete Company and was being poured on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette) 

Worthwhile community project

This is a letter to the editor regarding "Kid-designed and -created sculpture takes shape at old Helen Hunt school", by Debbie Kelly, June 4. Thank you for the kind words regarding our recent community project at the old Helen Hunt School. We love that this amazing neighborhood is getting the attention it deserves. This process has engaged neighbors, youth, several local schools, and community members in designing and building the art works. As an addition to your article, the Pikes Peak Prep students did make tiles, but they also dug holes and poured foundations, worked on other playground elements, built an elaborate concrete form, and learned the rudiments of mosaic tile work, all within an eight session internship. We also want to thank our local business partners who have donated product to the project including: Transit Mix Concrete Co., Pete Lien & Sons Trans-Colorado Concrete, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Crossville Studios, as well as our generous grant funders, the Colorado Springs Health Foundation and the Lane Foundation.

Kendall Kultgen

Colorado Springs

Bill sailed through Congress

On Friday, May 18, Donald Trump signed H.R. Bill 1625. $1.3 trillion passed by the party of fiscal restraint. This bill, crafted by Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi, was crafted in secret and sailed through Congress. It raises discretionary spending and provides only enough funding for 33 miles of border wall on the U.S. southern border. It also provides $500 million for a 274-mile wall on Jordan's border with Syria and Iraq. It provides a half-billion dollars to Planned Parenthood, funding for sanctuary cities, leaves catch-and-release immigration in place, and sends $15 million to China. It keeps our border unrestricted, funds abortions on taxpayers' dime, and fails to deliver on any major GOP priorities.

This bill put Trump in a box: he signs, it becomes his; he vetoes, the government shuts down. It was a no-win situation, and a way to make Trump-supporters doubt their president.

Trump should have vetoed the bill for many reasons. Reason one is that he promised to end this spending nonsense. Republicans control the White House and Congress, yet Obamacare has not been repealed, sanctuary cities are funded, and there's no wall. No wonder praise was flowing. This was a Democrat spending bill.

What a clever way for Republicans to derail Trump by joining the Democrats to thwart his agenda. And among those who passed this bill is none other than district representative Doug Lamborn. If Republicans - including Lamborn - really wanted Trump to succeed, they would be supporting him and his entire agenda. What could have been a signature achievement of unified Republican government is a legislation that would have been at home in Obama's administration.

Stephen Charles Smith

Colorado Springs

Supreme Court's decision was right

In response to your editorial regarding Masterpiece Cakeshop, I agree. The state government should compensate Jack Phillips. In addition, the commission, the Administrative Law Judge and the Colorado Court of Appeals should be removed from their respective positions of authority.

Phillips took the words of Jesus seriously:

Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24.

Bruce Foster

Colorado Springs

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