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Room for all youth organizations

There is plenty of room in Colorado Springs for groups that serve our youth, whether it be traditional Scouting, YMCA youth programs, or new Christian groups created as an alternative to Scouting.

Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA, says, “We are not just an organization that meets in a church basement, we are active church evangelism…”.

As the parent of two Eagle Scouts, having been involved with BSA Scouts (formerly known as Boy Scouts of America) since 1999, I can assure Hancock that Boy Scouts and their families are an active part of the organization that sponsor.

These sponsors are usually churches, but they can also be other non-profit organizations such as the American Legion, the VFW, a school or a Masonic lodge.

Scouts and parents happily and willingly support their chartered organizations by volunteering at their events, participating in church activities, or serving in other ways to support their philanthropic programs.

It’s wonderful that we have a variety of organizations to choose from for young people in Colorado Springs; let’s support each other and don’t imply that one is superior to the other.

Robin Watson

colorado springs

Dealing with illegal immigrants legally

A few days ago, in a letter to the editor of Paul Garcia, he denounced the setting aside of infant formula for illegal immigrants. He misses an important point.

The Biden administration would be breaking the law if formula and other essential supplies were not provided at border facilities.

This was established by the Flores Regulations of 1997, which established standards regarding when U.S. immigration officials may detain unaccompanied minors, how such minors should be treated, and how and when minors should be released from custody. federal guard.

Both PolitiFact and The Washington Post noted that former President Donald Trump also followed the terms of the Flores deal, even though his administration tried unsuccessfully to end it.

Yes, illegal immigration is a mess and a huge problem, but the undeniable fact is that illegals are here right now, whether you think they should be or not, and they need to be dealt with according to the law.

Roger Thomas

colorado springs

They are not f

it is to serve

There seems to be a misunderstanding among some of the public, including Congressman Doug Lamborn, that members of the US military are entitled to the same set and degree of freedoms as the civilian population. He never served, so his ignorance can be forgiven, but that’s not the case. After taking the oath and entering active duty, many constitutional freedoms, including freedom of speech, association, and the exercise of religion can be, and often are, severely restricted in mission service.

What the mission includes and what actions are authorized to restrict in support of the mission are left to the military chain of command with the president at the top and, in this particular case, the academy cadets at the bottom. These cadets are sworn to obey all lawful orders. The order to accept the COVID vaccine was, and is, legitimate, regardless of the cadet’s set of personal values ​​or beliefs. If a cadet cannot reconcile these beliefs with a particular set of orders, the only option available is resignation.

It is no different than if, in time of war, a soldier is ordered to carry out a dangerous mission with which he does not agree. A refusal without serious consequences is not and should not be an option. When the cadets in question were sworn in, they pledged to carry out all lawful orders given to them, whether or not they agreed with the order. If they are not prepared to honor this commitment as cadets, they are not fit to become military officers and expect their subordinates to obey their own lawful orders. These cadets should be fired from the academy immediately. They are not fit to serve.

Steven Schwartz

colorado springs

Cadets take the oath

Why are three AFA cadets who defied legal orders to receive the COVID vaccine allowed to graduate? They should be court-martialled. “I (name), having been appointed an Air Force Cadet in the United States Air Force, solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I undertake this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of escape; and that I will discharge well and faithfully the duties of the office which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Ross L. Meyer



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