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Just watch and listen

If we could all open our hearts and minds for just 100 minutes - watch and learn from this 100-minute documentary: 13th. It takes its name from the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The film takes us down the path of slavery and the development of the politicization of racism in this country. Just watch and listen, and try to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Try to see from someone else's perspective.

This film looks at our country's history and shows us how race issues have gotten twisted for political purposes. It is powerful and shocking.

If we want to succeed as a country and move humanity forward, we must learn to be more tolerant of each other, and more tolerant of our differences. We must figure out how to get along.

It sounds naïve, but getting along is necessary for survival. Fear is divisive and destructive! Understanding through education and respect (or at the very least, acceptance) is the way forward.

FYI: Netflix is offering this documentary for free. Take a step forward and watch it. Please. Spread the word and help get a constructive dialogue started.

Martha Slonim

Colorado Springs


Government gun ranges troubling

The article in Monday's Gazette, "Sen. Bennet takes shot at gov't funded gun ranges," about Senator Michael Bennet sponsoring legislation for government-funded gun ranges is at best troubling. If the federal bureaucrats are going to dole out money they are also going to tell you how it will be spent. If the program is implemented will they want to collect the names of anyone who uses the range? Will they require a list of weapons being used at a government sponsored range (GSR). I can't help but wonder if eventually folks will only be able to shoot at a GSR.

Next will the bureaucrats require that all guns be stored at a GSR? Is this just the "camel's nose under the tent" for eventual total gun control? Beware of bureaucrats distributing largess 'cause it is not free.'

I wonder what the endgame is from Senator Bennet, a Hillary Clinton supporter of the first order.

Denny Modlin

Colorado Springs


Primary cause of global warming

Pound for pound, the thermal conductivity, and therefore its inverse, the thermal resistance, of carbon dioxide and water vapor are essentially equal.

Inasmuch as water vapor is many times more prevalent in the atmosphere than is carbon dioxide, the thermal resistance of the atmosphere is primarily due to water vapor, with carbon dioxide a distant second. Nor is it abundantly clear that the insulating effect of the atmosphere is stronger than variations in either the thermal emissivity of the earth or in the intensity of solar radiation due to the variable distance between the earth and the sun. (These are each elements of the thermal balance equation that determines the steady-state temperature of the earth's surface.) Therefore, the claim that human production of atmospheric carbon dioxide is the principal cause of global warming is extremely doubtful.

None of the comments I have read or heard in recent weeks concerning the EPA or its new administrator has raised this point.

Bill Marcy

Colorado Springs


The day the KRCC music died

I'm numb, sick in a downward spiral from too much information. The local NPR radio station KRCC has taken music off the program schedule. My friendly neighbor DJ Vickie and maybe the best blues guide anywhere, Jeff Bieri, are gone! KRCC has gone KRAP, When the world needs the healing language of our spirits more than ever, we fail again. The station claims it's just trying to survive and report that this the trend in public broadcasting.

I read The Gazette, I watch TV, but I won't listen to commercialized radio. The radio is turned off, there's no charm in my ears this morning but there's not more information on the latest tragedy either. Over and over again, we'll watch the insane tragedy. Well guess why, we're a sick world, we want more train wrecks, we want to know more, we want to be hooked on anything from the dark side. It's the end, please God show some mercy, let us dance again. I've canceled my voluntary financial support of the station, I'm sick about it.

Robert Culbertson

Colorado Springs


Art is vital to a society

This letter is in response to the opinion article published March 10 titled "The arts don't need government support." As a person who lives within the theater community, I could not disagree with this statement more.

The article claimed that the grants provided by the National Endowment for the Arts "pay for art that rich people like." While this may be true in some cases, the NEA also provides funds to small, localized arts facilities and public programs that are directed toward the public, not the upper class.

Local Colorado Springs arts are partially funded by the NEA, with grants provided in the last 10 years to Colorado College, Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Theatreworks and Academy District 20.

Many facilities and programs on a national level depend on grants to be sustainable. If the grants are pulled, then they will have to shut down or increase entrance fees, causing all the arts to only be accessible by the wealthy.

According to the NEA, their budget for the 2016 fiscal year was $147,949,000, which is 0.004 percent of the $3.7 trillion federal budget. The funds saved is not worth the loss of art. Art is vital to a society. It provides a place to look critically at society and promotes understanding between people of different viewpoints and cultures. The arts have consistently propelled cultures forward, and pulling the NEA funds will certainly push the U.S. back.

Eleanor Sturt



Let's get off this train

Here we go again. Sleepy drivers on I-25, youngsters waiting for school buses in the dark. This is better how? Come on Colorado let's get off this train. Keep our time standard. Are you listening representatives?

David G. Zeringue

Colorado Springs