Letter to the Editor

Spotlighting the plight of Native Americans

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dear Editor,

Manitou Springs is located outside Colorado Springs and near the Garden of the Gods.

Tourists visit these locations and view Pike’s Peak, which is an extinct volcano of over 14,000 feet above sea level.

My maternal grandmother, Mabel Helen Wright, was born in 1886 in a sod house in Alma, Neb. Her family members were homesteaders who came from Springfield and Dayton, Ohio.

By 1891, she was riding side saddle on a small white donkey guiding tourists to Helen (Fiske) Hunt Jackson’s grave in the Garden of the Gods.

In 1832, Helen married Edward Bissell Hunt, an Army captain. He died in 1863. She was born in Amherst, Mass. Like many others in that time period, she had become ill with tuberculosis and sought treatment for it in the high dry climate of Colorado Springs.

She married William Sharpless Jackson while she was in Colorado Springs.

During that time, she read reports about the forced relocation of Native Americans to reservations. In an effort to help them, she wrote to the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking relief for the Mission Indians of California.

Then in 1884, she wrote a fictional story, “Ramona.” It was based on events that began taking place in California in 1846-1848 after the Mexican-American War.

Ramona was the main character of her novel and was the daughter of a Scottish merchant and a Native American woman.

Helen Hunt Jackson traveled to San Francisco, where she died in 1885 at age 50.

Temporarily, she was buried in the Garden of the Gods and then reburied in a cemetery in Colorado Springs.

The purpose of the novel “Ramona” was to draw the attention of the U.S. government to the plight of Native Americans. It was published again in 2015 by Dover Publications and has been made into several movies.

The Trenton, Neb., public library purchased it through Amazon.com for its patrons in March 2017.

Helen Ruth Arnold,

Trenton, Neb.

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  • Pikes Peak was never a volcano.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, Apr 21, 2017, at 3:09 PM
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    Check out Chunkinski trying to sneak yet more lies in on unsuspecting readers!

    http://www.pikespeak.us.com/Learn/geology.html

    A volcano need not erupt to be a volcano.

    Sigh.

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Fri, Apr 21, 2017, at 6:07 PM
  • Here it is in terms you may be able to understand. It's for kids, but could be useful for the childish and stunted.

    http://homeworkhelp.stjohnssevenoaks.com/mountains/volcanoes.htm

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, Apr 21, 2017, at 9:26 PM
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    Since you are unable to read my primary source, here is where your latest attempt to troll someone yet again fails:

    "About one billion years ago, an immense dome of hot molten rock called magma pushed up from the earth’s core to form what geologists call a batholith."

    Now, stay with me. I know it's hard, but even you can connect two dots.

    Using your own cherry-picked "source," you refute yourself:

    "Magma is liquid rock inside a volcano."

    (Hey, kids, the keyword here is "MAGMA.")

    Therefore, "Pikes Peak was never a volcano." is both wrong and factually inaccurate.

    But you're a troll, and as we've seen over the past few weeks, that doesn't stop you.

    I'll keep putting you in check.

    Get used to it.

    :)

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Fri, Apr 21, 2017, at 10:26 PM
  • A batholith forms when magma cools deep within the Earth's crust.

    A volcano, as defined by the USAGE, is a vent where magma reaches the outer crust surface.

    The Rocky Mountains formed by fault line pressure.

    Pike's peak is part of the Rocky Mountains and formed with it. It is made of granite from the batholith, but is not a volcano.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, Apr 22, 2017, at 8:41 AM
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    Your desperation to validate your failed attempt to troll only relegates you into the same category as #DesperateDennis.

    Henceforth thou shalt be known as #DesperateChunks.

    It's obvious why you trolled Ms. Arnold's post, by the way.

    Yet another anti-Christian attack from a heretic.

    #Sad

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Sat, Apr 22, 2017, at 9:17 AM
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