Published: May 15, 2013
Should be ashamed of letter
This is in response to the letter written by Tina West on May 12.
Ms. West, you made me ashamed to be from Colorado Springs. You showed the visiting Prince Harry what an ignorant, supercilious person you are. The Bible says to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." No one needs to bow to "Harry" but we should "Thank him" for the two tours in Afghanistan and for taking his time to come here to honor "our" wounded. Sure he was raised differently than you and I, but that's not his doing and we should not condemn him for it.
Shame on you! The teachings of God and our forefathers teach "all" are equal and entitled to goodness and respect.
P.J. Reeves, Colorado Springs
Reasons letter was off base
I just read Tina West's letter where she states that she is offended by the article in The Gazette which detailed the proper behavior when greeting Prince Harry.
Well, I am offended by her letter for the following reasons:
? To begin with, one of the points made in the article is that the prince is, for a member of royalty, a relatively down to earth man who has served his country during a military action that supported the United States military in Afghanistan.
? He is here to honor all of the participants in the Warrior Games who greatly deserve our appreciation for their sacrifices - it's not like he was here to cut the ribbon at the opening of a supermarket.
? Prince Harry is here representing Great Britain, a country that has been our strongest ally in the defense of freedom for the past century - this is not a fly-by-night alliance of convenience.
? I agree an American does not have to curtsy or bow in his presence but certainly an American can choose to do this out of a sign of respect for the support his country has given us these past 100 years. Don't forget that when President Bush hosted Queen Elizabeth at the White House, he observed all of these courtesies with the Queen as a simple sign of respect.
? Finally, I was most offended by the statement that when the prince meets an American, he should thank them for fighting to keep Britain free, otherwise he would be speaking German. First of all, I do believe his being here is mainly because he is thanking us for what has been done to support his country's freedom. But the cause of my offense is mostly this: Let us not forget that Great Britain held out alone for a year against Nazi Germany while London and the rest of Britain was bombed nightly. Their people persevered and won the respect of the American public. Do not forget the British forces defeated Erwin Rommel in North Africa.
Learn your history, please. Respect America but also respect our friends in the world.
Clifton Parsons, Colorado Springs
We know how the process works
Our State Sen. John Morse is the right man for Senate District 11. Yes, he voted for responsible gun legislation for universal background checks and to ban civilian ownership of automatic military-style weapons. Colorado voters want gun legislation that will help protect our children and our way of life. Most citizens recognize that it is not acceptable to allow criminals and mentally ill individuals to legally purchase a gun simply by avoiding regulations to screen their criminal and mental health backgrounds. New gun legislation allows responsible citizens to continue to purchase a weapon for protection or for sports related activities. They simply have to obtain a background check - inexpensive, user friendly. Information that is not available to the public. So no, your boss can't obtain access to this information. This does not infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens to own a gun. We register automobiles, so we know how that process works.
I expect our government to pass reasonable laws to protect the air I breathe, the water I drink, and my general public safety. I want our government to regulate how many rat hairs are allowable in a jar of peanut butter - not the peanut butter company and not the peanut butter lobbyists.
Katie Behar, Colorado Springs
Wait for the other shoe to drop
Recently the Colorado Springs Utilities announced water restrictions for our area. Now we are in May and we are bracing for a sustained period of rain after a series of late springs snowfalls. I am not sure why this water restriction was put in place at the same time we have been experiencing this long period of precipitation. Oh I know the "experts" will say we are way below levels - but in my opinion the restrictions are severe.
Perhaps restricting watering to three or four days a week should have been sufficient. I am not an expert, I am a consumer of water.
I say wait for the other shoe to drop! My fellow Front Range citizens take water conservation seriously. It will be only a matter of time before Jerry Forte comes before the City Council and asks for water rate increases. If they could have balanced the meteorological predictions with the current levels of water and snow pack due to the unexpected snow storms. Why the rush for water restrictions? If the summer usage became drastic they could have implemented these restrictions after the snow pack melted and they were able to better gauge the weather patterns and late spring snowfall. Mark my words, CSU will see a drastic reduction in revenue and will be asking for rate increases, history of course repeats itself.
Bill Althoff, Colorado Springs