While on the witch haunt; improving downtown Colorado Springs

By: Letters
July 3, 2013 Updated: July 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm
photo - In this publicity image released by NBC, celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show, wednesday, June 26, 2013 in New York. Deen dissolved into tears during a "Today" show interview Wednesday about her admission that she used a racial slur in the past.
In this publicity image released by NBC, celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show, wednesday, June 26, 2013 in New York. Deen dissolved into tears during a "Today" show interview Wednesday about her admission that she used a racial slur in the past.  

While we're on the witch hunt

Both my "PC-ometer" and "Hypocrisi-ometer" are in the red zone today. In view of the recent rush to judge Paula Deen and to destroy her reputation and career, I am waiting for all good Southerners over the age of, say 55, and currently employed by any of the companies that have severed ties with her, to admit guilt of the same offense and voluntarily resign their positions in disgrace. At a minimum, required attendance to sensitivity training to eliminate all remnants of "racist" terms that could still be lurking in the dark recesses of their Southern brains is definitely in order. I myself fall into this demographic, and know full-well the language that was in common usage growing up in the South. I was therefore not shocked, surprised, or offended at Paula Deen's honest admission of using the N-word way back and long ago in her past. I suspect 99.9 percent of Southerners, if they are honest and have not yet fallen victim to the PC-police, are equally as guilty of the same "offense."

Perhaps she is guiltier, however, of being so na?e as to think such a public admission would go unnoticed and unpunished in our culture of political correctness, intolerance, and hypocrisy. I suspect if the tables were turned and a high-profile black lady confessed past use of an equally-offensive slang word to describe whites, it would go unnoticed and be of no interest whatsoever to the press. And while we're on the witch hunt, to be consistent let's also fire or at least publicly humiliate those people of color who use the N-word in their everyday language toward each other. Or for their equally racist offense, does the selective moral outrage not apply?

Pete Roberts, Woodland Park


An ideal place where it stands

The current Sky Sox stadium is in an ideal place where it stands. Easy access, plenty of parking, many places to eat in the area and just a great place to enjoy a game.

Mayor Bach, you want to build this stadium downtown. There is a big problem with the homeless now. They would have 10,000 more people (your stadium size) to hit up for money, etc. It would take one time for this to happen to a visitor and he/she wouldn't come back.

The Marian House is near. An overnight shelter is near. Let's not forget Monument Valley Park, which gets loaded with homeless and others before and after meals. None of these services are going anywhere. They are a service for our down and out.

What are you thinking?! You may have a bigger stadium but what good is it if it's only half full?

There isn't much shopping downtown anymore.

Most of the shops have moved to the outskirts where the people are.

Sandy Flores, Colorado Springs


Free wireless network access

I have a suggestion to improve tourism that doesn't involve a downtown stadium or any other niche users. Establish free wireless network access throughout the city! Not just "hot spots" but everywhere; and then advertise. Of course that would mean an increase in access to information that might not be seen by our current city administration as admirable.

Michael S. Welsh, Colorado Springs


Not a time to line their pockets

I agreed with all who've expressed the opinion: The current CSU water rate structure is painful. But it's probably not as painful as running out of water would be.

If your HOA requires you to have expanses of green grass, it's probably time to attend a HOA meeting and vote for a new plan. Take a visit to Santa Fe or Albuquerque for some ideas. Attractive can be done with less water.

That said, I'm seriously hoping that the windfall that CSU will be raking in on utility bills from the last month will not prove to be an occasion for executive bonuses. I'm not sure what the best use for all that extra cash is, but we as a city need to have the discussion before anybody gets the idea that this would be a good time to line their pockets.

Alan Versaw, Colorado Springs


With rights comes responsibility

Re: Boulder's fighting words ordinance: It would be nice if people that remember the First Amendment guaranteeing the right to free speech also remembered that with rights comes the other side of the equation, which is responsibility.

You have the right to express yourself, but you have the responsibility to do it in a way that is respectful of others.

Dean Nyquist, Colorado Springs


This competing is a bad practice

Whether local, state or federal, government tax incentives to businesses are unethical. From the annual ethics training I've taken for many years during my employment with large corporations, I clearly recognize these tax incentives to be kickbacks and bribes. Shouldn't all businesses be treated equally?

The fact that the new hotel and convention center will compete with others in Colorado is not an issue to be debated in a free market society. What should be the issue is the fact that governments are operating outside their proper role, competing with each other, and are polluting the market. City against city, state against state; this is a bad practice. Whoever can offer the biggest bribe wins; often against the very will of their constituents. These government officials love to play developer. Governments actively engaged in the market and trying to create jobs is always wrong. This is not a proper role of government, as it leads to corruption. Our Colorado governments should remain neutral. In fact, there should be not such entity as the Colorado Economic Development Commission. Hey, there's one way to shrink government!

Mark Kostelic, Elbert

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