LETTERS: made with mediocrity; community centers should be inclusive | Opinion
Done with mediocrity
The El Paso County GOP assembly was on fire Saturday. Candidates fighting for freedom brought down the house. They won by huge margins. The “We The People” contestants sent a loud and clear message, or I should say we sent that message. Those who value the Constitution, law and order, life and liberty are ready to fight for you and your freedom and that was obvious.
We are done with mediocrity. We are done with weak leadership. We want true grassroots servant leaders. We are ready to take back our country, our state and our communities from those who compromise and want to destroy it with one-party rule. Freedom has been threatened for the past two years, and we are awake and ready to reclaim and protect it. We slept but no more.
We are of the people, by the people, for the people, and we are ready for freedom again. We can and will! It’s exciting and energizing, and we don’t stop. We will do everything possible to preserve the freedom of our children, and the true leaders of our country – the United States – are back in charge.
Community centers should be inclusive
Interesting what John Wear of Elbert thinks of the west side and our community center. Any real estate agent will tell him that our “less than desirable neighborhoods” are in high demand. John missed a few other points. Center for Strategic Ministry, (Woodmen) has not made our center a “shining star”. Employees report that it is a toxic environment. Many programs have disappeared. There are no protocols on how things are done and no transparency. The real “bottom line” is not that we are “godless” (as if you could decide that John – take the log out of your eye) but that we don’t share Woodmen’s unchristian views on social issues.
A community center should be all-inclusive. We have enough churches on the west side, but they are not the biggest moneymakers.
Finally, five generations of my family have lived and paid taxes on the west side. As history has proven, we don’t want to give public ownership to any church, sect, cult or religion any more than Jefferson does.
Cannabis and the workplace
Many years ago (can’t remember how long) I was working for a trucking company in Denver and took a flatbed trailer to Littleton to get a load of rebar from a manufacturer of metals.
As I rounded the corner to get there, I saw a car parked on the street with a group of guys smoking weed. I went to the factory and reported to the office. Later I saw the car come back to the factory and the band came out. One of them reported to the foreman and he took over the manual controls of a crane and proceeded to load rebar onto my trailer.
I was standing on the trailer guiding the rebar bundles onto the bed when suddenly he dropped a bundle and almost buried me under it. I jumped off the trailer and went to the foreman and told him to replace the idiot in the fog and that he shouldn’t load another piece.
He was replaced, and I walked out of there with the charge and my life. That’s what you get with smoking and drinking at work. Boulder’s Edie Hooton is the kind of clown we have in the Colorado Legislature and yes, we have to vote them out.
Please Colorado people do the right thing in the next election. Stop voting these people into positions of responsibility.
Human kindness exists
Knowing that in reality there is a bit of good and bad in each of us, what explains the difference in degree between human kindness and human cruelty?
The suffering in Ukraine, resulting from Vladimir Putin’s obsessive appetite for power and bloodlust, is a sad reminder of similar world events throughout the ages.
The contents of the book: “Aging with Grace” written by David Snowdon, Ph.D. reminds me of studies that can be done on the human brain, such as the study on aging and Alzheimer’s disease that Dr. Snowdon led in 1986.
The idea of conducting such studies immediately after the death of certain individuals makes me wonder what society might learn about cruelty, without remorse, if the brains of the world’s Putins were studied under the microscope.
Now that advances in technology can cure deaths never before cured, how can society prevent mindless cruelty at the level of the Poutines of the world?
On a personal level, a health-related misfortune visited my house recently, not COVID, but equally life-threatening. Neither my husband nor I have family there, but the response from neighbors and friends allowed me to see the flip side, so to speak. One family, in particular, with five homeschooled children has amazed me since I moved into their neighborhood 10 years ago.
The winters around this family warm my heart, seeing five pairs of little hands shoveling snow in front of our house, with no expectation of financial reward.
The realization that human kindness exists in one’s neighborhood stands in stark contrast to what we see and hear on the news on a daily basis.
FEMA Aid Question
Why can the United States commit billions of dollars to help Ukraine and its citizens and yet FEMA has rejected aid to vulnerable communities and American citizens after natural disasters saying they have no enough funds?