A great loss to the community

I am one of the thousands of alumni from the CDU (Chemical Dependency Unit) at Parkview Medical Center. I’m blessed to be clean and sober. I have an outstanding job in the community and I am lucky to make a positive impact on our community and country every day I work. I’m very sorry to hear that Parkview is shutting down the CDU. It saved my life and the lives of countless others. CDU gave a different option to addiction. A spiritual plan based on the steps originally conceived by the originators of Alcoholics Anonymous. The program is based on addicts helping addicts and has been successful for nearly 100 years. The other option is to wait for addicts to foul up and let the court systems handle them. Addicts will dry out in prison but seem to return to their addiction very shortly after release. The courts handling addicts has been a massive failure. Addicts helping addicts sounds completely counter intuitive but it works. I am thankful for the program. I am alive and working, with a wonderful family, so I thank God every day.

With the CDU closing, there will be a hole in the treatment of those suffering addiction from our community and far beyond. There is another option in town, and I have suffering brothers and sisters that have been through that program. They describe that program as nearly barbaric. I do know that the amazing staff at CDU has been there to save countless lives. Losing those people from our community will be a horrible loss. I hope that most will be able to stay and serve in some similar capacity.

Quite possibly the closing of the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit will be the greatest loss to our community. The young people suffering from addictions and emotional issues in our community is at an all-time high. There does not seem to be an equal replacement for the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit in or near Pueblo. The units north of Pueblo are usually filled to capacity. The most frightening thing about this local lack of care is that adolescents with addiction and emotional issues is the area with the highest suicide rate. We need to find a way to help our children. In the articles I read in the paper, there was no mention of the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit closing, only the CDU. I realize it is too late to save these facilities but please search for the truth and if decisions were made without considering the care of our community then we should hold the decision-makers accountable for their actions.

Robert Concannon

Colorado Springs

Make governments accountable

Does everyone know the difference between a fee or toll and a tax? Well, two you don’t get to vote on but do on the third. Our government entities found the perfect end-around and are exploiting it at an incredible rate.

Perhaps we need a ballot to require voter approved tolls and fees. Also, recall current ones for vote. Make governments accountable to live on a budget or elect someone that can.

Dale Gray

Colorado Springs

Sounds a lot like capitalism

I really enjoyed the front page article, “Not the Age of Aquarius”, about liberal Manitou — particularly the photo and description of Shane and Elissa’s political views. Did anyone notice the prices of their crepes on the menu board in the photo? Make a product, crepes; sell them for a profit, 6 to 8 dollars each. Sounds like capitalism to me. If they get their candidate Bernie Sanders elected, are they going to start giving their crepes away? Just wondering.

Robert Bee

Colorado Springs

King lost his way, harmed his legacy

Re: “Reflecting on his message: Martin Luther King, Jr. has ideas more radical than his dream of racial brotherhood” The Gazette, Jan. 19.

After former President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1965, the goals Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had fought for had been achieved. He could have returned to his church to minister to his members. Instead, he continued to seek to achieve other goals. In pushing for further goals, he lost his way, harmed his legacy and sullied his moral standing forever.

He opposed the Vietnam War and condemned only the government of South Vietnam. While it was more difficult in the 1950s and ’60s to find relevant information, it was well-documented that the government of North Vietnam engaged in genocide by murdering an entire class of Vietnamese. They murdered land owners and the middle-class Vietnamese.

We see King’s moral failing when he failed to condemn in the strongest possible words the murderous regime of Ho Chi Minh.

Richard R. Allen

Colorado Springs

Solving the problem of climate change

The gullibility of the general public never ceases to amaze and disappoint me. The expectations of so many that believe politicians, their promises and their legislation can and will “solve” the “climate crisis” is pitifully ludicrous.

The realm of politics is art not science. It is peopled primarily by lawyers with no education or training in basic science, let alone meteorology. Politicians increasingly use junk science and public naivete to beguile the masses with messianic claims that they have the ability to “solve the problem” of climate change. Even the vaulted Weather Channel has seen that as a way to attract viewership and increase their ratings! Might as well promise to plug all of the active volcanoes! Hogwash!

Climate change is a natural process. Yes, the growing population and the advancement of industrialization over time has contributed to significant environmental impacts worldwide. As a species, we can continue to adapt and reduce our negative influence.

But some of the knee-jerk and short-sighted “solutions” only promise to make things worse. Electric vehicles? An environmental disaster! Just take time to look into what is happening in China with the mining of the raw materials for the batteries. Then there is the “zero-emissions” myth.

Most of the electricity is produced by conventional generation facilities, most of which have been demonized by the “environmental movement.” This even includes the original attempt at renewable energy: hydroelectric. Solar? Wind? The way we’re going, we stand to increase our impacts rather than reduce them.

Vic Ecklund

Colorado Springs

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