Not a hero or a role model
In response to the opinion piece by Amy Goodman on Friday May 3:
My guess is Goodman never served in the military. We have not had a draft in this country since the 1970s. Pfc. Kimberly Rivera volunteered and took an oath. You cloud her actions with rhetoric, anti-Bush rants, family situations, etc.
She should have deployed and when her enlistment was up she had the option to separate from the military with dignity. She is not a hero or a role model for her 'courage to resist and dissent, ' she is a deserter and a coward. She is part of an ever-increasing part of our population whose actions and words are not honorable. Was she only in it for the money, VA benefits etc.? Did she think the Army was fun and games? Grow up; when you say something, do it. I salute all the men and women who are serving or have served. Their oath meant something to them, they sacrificed and served with honor.
Mark Gordon, Senior Master Sgt. USAF (ret.)
This is overwhelming our culture
The ramifications surrounding homosexuality have revealed many opinions, and two undeniable facts.
The facts are as follows: homosexuals do not reproduce unless they use some form of artificial insemination or engage in bisexual behavior. The other indisputable fact is that homosexuality is an aberration; that is, a deviation from the norm. If it were the norm, there would be no human race.
Boy Scout officials are purported to have proposed inviting boys who identify themselves as being homosexual to join the Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts will have to make the same provisions for supervision as if they were inviting the Girl Scouts to join their ranks. In fact, chaperoning homosexuals is more difficult, because you do not know who the players are.
President Obama has forced the military to accept all sexual orientations. This will eventually result in a unisex military environment. This unisex concept will quickly flow into our culture with devastating results. The military has always been a 'selective ' service. There are numerous examples why some people do not meet the requirements for military service. A sexual aberration is certainly one of these barriers. The decision by scouting officials is worse than the President forcing the military to accept all sexual orientations. The military are adults and more adept in protecting themselves and making decisions.
There is one redeeming factor; parents don't have to submit their children to dealing with this aberration, which seems to be overwhelming our culture.
Will Perkins, Colorado Springs
Be aware of the signs of autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder is an increasingly common disorder characterized by issues with communication, impairment in activities of daily living and repetitive behaviors. It is being diagnosed at an exponential rate in children, more specifically boys.
Key in the treatment of autism is early detection followed by early intervention. There are numerous therapies that have proven successful. These therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis, and Relational Music Therapy.
In addition to these therapies, there are studies showing effectiveness with diet therapy and rigid structure in not only the school setting, but the home as well. As parents and direct care providers to children, there must be close observation of children achieving milestones. This ensures that if the child is not reaching milestones consistently, closer observations can be made and possible interventions initiated.
As a registered nurse and big sister to a severely autistic, wonderful little boy, I urge everyone to let their children be children but be aware of the signs of autism. My brother has improved greatly with communication due to diligent family members and the expertise of speech therapists, occupational therapists, and in-home care providers.
Kristina Reilly. Colorado Springs
Only accommodations an outhouse
I played tennis last Saturday, April 27, at Memorial Park. The grounds were packed with children playing competitive sports, spectators, and people enjoying a first day of spring.
I was appalled to find the restrooms locked with no accommodation for the crowds of people, except a putrid outhouse.
If the city can afford bonuses, council raises with insurance, and pay raises, surely there is funding for a park attendant to open the restrooms upon the opening and closing of this beautiful park - if not for the people, at least for cleanliness and health reasons.
Helen Adams, Colorado Springs
Women will bear the burden
Congressional law makers need to listen up. Revising the way Social Security beneficiaries receive cost of living increases is grossly unfair. Social Security has not contributed one dime to the current deficit. According to the experts at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the chained CPI proposal means someone who's 65 now will lose about $130 per year in benefits. And that benefit cut will grow to around $1,400 per year by the age of 95. This chained CPI method is a cruel trick that will impact nearly 500,000 Coloradans who rely on Social Security. I'm a Colorado senior and a woman and I know the chained CPI method will disproportionately affect women. We live longer, fewer of us have other pensions and our Social Security benefits are based on lower earnings than men because we stay home to raise children and take care of parents. Our Congressional representatives need to think about their moms, grandmothers, aunts, and sisters who will bear the burden of a Social Security benefit cut. We need to tell our representatives and senators to reject the chained CPI method.
May Kay Kisseberth, Denver