Ship of fools; Morals and ethics; Teachers unions; and more

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November 4, 2013 Updated: November 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm
photo - Graduating cadets march into Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduating cadets march into Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)  

No patent on morals and ethics

To Christine Ojala, Michael Larsen and Dan McWilliams:

First, you are entitled to your opinion(s). However, no one is entitled to have their opinion/belief subsidized by the taxpayer when it is called religion.

Second, name calling is not acceptable, no matter who is doing the name calling. That is a form of intimidation. Intimidation is what bullies do.

Third, "Christians" do not have a patent on morals and ethics. With just a bit of research, you will discover that morals and ethics have been around long before your messiah trod this earth. Every civilization had laws and rules of conduct. Even Jesus Christ used the parable of the good Samaritan to teach his second law of love, "Love your neighbor as yourself." (The Samaritans were "Neo-Jeriboamites" "The pagan half-Jews.")

Fourth, just because a person is a "Christian" doesn't make them an ethical or moral individual. Many "Christians" use their faith to find a loophole for their unethical or immoral behavior. Like Ted Haggard blaming his use of drugs and engaging in adultery with a man on a witch who cast a spell on him. He decided to use drugs, cheat on his marriage vows and have sex with a man. Each of us are responsible for our actions, not the devil, God, a witch or any outside entity, unless they are acting under compulsion by threat, force, coercion or constraint.

As far as the conduct of Air Force Academy cadets, please provide me with data the clearly shows that the majority of the cadets who engage in cheating, stealing sexual harassment, adultery or murder are non-Christians. Bet you that over 80 percent of those crimes are committed by Christians.

Pamela Koscumb

Colorado Springs

Ship of Fools is leaving soon

So a few fools are offended by the Cadet Oath. So what! They ought to be offended by the cadets who have chosen to violate that oath rather than the mention of God in the oath. An oath taken without accountability isn't an oath at all. I can only imagine that the 19 cadets who were caught cheating objected to having an oath that they were expected to live up to even without the "so help me God" clause.

The Founding Fathers never meant to produce a godless society when they put the establishment clause into the Constitution. They were referring to the federal government establishing "The Church Of The United States" as the British had The Church Of England which told the people how they had to run their lives, usually contrary to the scriptures.

Each man is held accountable to God for what they have done with their lives and to find yourself with a God who is able and willing to help with your day to day troubles and temptations is a joyous thing not a laborious one.

It was said of the Founding Fathers that they didn't believe this Constitution would work unless it was to be used to govern a godly nation of believers. If some people choose not to be governed by a government that was founded on the word of God or even acknowledge the God who this country was founded on then why don't you go find your own country that thinks the same way you do. If you are offended by the United States, The Constitution, or the God who sustains it leave.

I feel no need to help you in your folly. The Ship of Fools is leaving soon to take you to your fool's paradise.

Steven Rauch

Colorado Springs

Teachers unions serve teachers

The Colorado Springs Education Association, otherwise known as the teachers union, likes to help elect members of the school board that agree with union policy. That way when it comes time to sign a new contract with the union, the board will give the union what it wants. This prohibits the reforms that are needed to improve K-12 education. For example, you can never pay good teachers more and get rid of poor or failing teachers as long as the union is in control. Teachers unions by their very nature serve the interest of teachers - their pay and job security - not the interest of students. This is why the Douglas County school board decided not to renew their contract with the union when the old contract expired and are now free to initiate reforms that will improve the education of their students. In view of this, when you vote, you may want to vote for the D-11 school board members that are not endorsed by the Colorado Springs Education Association. They are Al Loma, Charlie Bobbie and James Tucker.

Peter Lent

Colorado Springs

Project 'farmed out' to Canada

After listening to tonight's national news, it was revealed that the contractor for the Obama health care website is a Canadian software firm. That was a total surprise to me, and countless others I asked about it.

No offense to the Canadians at all, but in a day and age where our economy is regaining strength, should such an important project that is created for the U.S. government and its citizens be, "farmed out" to another country when we have so many qualified U.S. firms?

I find it unbelievable that there was no qualified software company in the United States that could have designed, created, managed and supported such a task. And yet none were selected.

American software firms lead the world in medical software applications programs.

Programmers from all parts of the world come to the USA for these type of positions.

Why not employ the talented Americans for this project?

Larry Stocker

Colorado Springs

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