No moderates on Muslims
Mark Barna’s column Sunday’s paper (“Hypocrisy fuels debate over NYC Mosque site”) hit the nail on the head. Where are the moderate religious voices in our community? Do the strident religiously righteous speak for everyone? I hope not. The citizens of Colorado Springs, of whatever faith, or none at all, are better than that.
I am reminded of the saying: “Evil triumphs when good people do nothing.” That was true with regard to the Holocaust, and it is still true today. Speak up for tolerance! Reach out to those you may not know. Learn about their lives, their hopes and their fears. Do not condemn them without really knowing them, for they will return that “favor.” The world will be less safe and accepting of real or perceived differences if we do not learn the basic lesson of human civility.
Let’s join together to change the national public face of Colorado Springs.
Doctor gives thanks for 63
Thank you for speaking out in favor of the Colorado Health Care Choice Initiative protecting us from mandatory health insurance. This idea forming the core of ObamaCare has already been tried — and failed — in Massachusetts, resulting only in skyrocketing health costs, a desperate shortage of doctors, and significantly longer waits for medical care than in the rest of the country. Some Massachusetts patients must now wait almost a year for a routine physical exam.
As a practicing physician, such Massachusetts-style problems are the last thing I want here in Colorado. Colorado voters can avoid the mistakes of Massachusetts by supporting Amendment 63.
Paul Hsieh, MD
A veteran for Apuan
I am a retired member of the military, and a Vietnam veteran. Representative Mark Waller does not speak for me when he castigates Dennis Apuan for his work with the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission.
I spent a number of years, together with other veterans, working alongside Apuan as a member of that organization. The ultimate objective of the work we did was to encourage the establishment of a world in which freedom flourishes and in which there is no need for any nation to have a military force. An impossible dream perhaps, but one which is shared by virtually all the religious faiths of mankind. En route to that goal, we recognize the that the men and women who have volunteered for the military have offered to sacrifice life and limb and endure extreme hardships for the American people. The best way we can honor their gift is to ensure that when they are ordered into combat it is not done frivolously or to advance the political goals of politicians.
We all have a duty to protest if we believe that is the case. To fail to do so is to dishonor our troops and the sacrifices they are being ordered to make. If Mark Waller thinks that makes us a bunch of radicals, so be it.
Steven G Schwartz
Thank God for the ride
I was out for my morning bike ride on Friday when I had the misfortune of having a flat tire on north Centennial. My first plan was to use the number one tool of choice in my kit, but after failing to reach a couple of my friends on my cell phone, I had to resort to Plan B which was to attempt a field repair.
While being less than successful at this, a pretty lady in a big white SUV stopped and asked if she could help by giving me a ride. At first I protested, because I was afraid of getting her car messed up. But she assured me that her husband and son throw their bikes in there all the time, so I was persuaded. I would like to thank Anna so very much for rescuing me, especially since after I began repairing the flat at home, I discovered that the cut in the sidewall of my tire was catastrophic. Thank you Anna and may God bless you and your family.
They snub our Constitution
“There they go again,” as Ronald Reagan might say if he were alive today watching so-called “Republican” County Commissioners pay lip-service to their Constitutional oath and vote for a patently unconstitutional ballot question to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the count.
Why not vote to put a ban on the ballot for Walgreens? Whole Foods? GNC or any other supplement business? Chiropractors?
Seems the only honorable, adult county official in the room before the vote was Sheriff Maketa. He understands how ludicrous, unfair and unenforceable such a vote would be.
The people of Colorado determined a decade ago they wanted medical marijuana legalized for sale to legal recipients. Attempting to ban dispensaries because some politicians and citizens don’t like it is more than a fool’s errand. It shows the continuing contempt that elected officials have for the Constitution. Rights of the minority are not at the whim of any voting majority or dictating minority.
If the ban passes on the vote in November, it will last about as long as the first injunction filed and will die when strictly adjudicated.
Exactly how long will it take for some folks to figure out that rights are not optional? And that they do indeed belong to individuals, not the state or corporate organizations? Any right. At any time it is exercised responsibly.
Head shops for loadies
Somebody should come out and say it. I believe medical marijuana dispensaries are legalized head shops, mostly for loadies. If this weed is actually beneficial and legally prescribed, it should be available at Safeway’s pharmacy. As far as that goes, it seems that there are other existing pharmacies every mile or so in this town, so we shouldn’t need new dispensaries. And if one needs a prescription to buy the weed, why aren’t the dispensaries regulated, so as to have a Registered Pharmacist on site? Do all physicians prescribe medical marijuana or is it just certain Internet doctors?
These are just thinly disguised, legalized dope shops more akin to liquor stores than pharmacies. If that’s the objective (to keep the masses high while government does what it wants), just sell the dope at liquor stores. If the existing outlets don’t want to take the risk of selling the weed, that should tell you something about the perceived ethics, and now we find out that a bunch of the owners of the dispensaries convicted felons. I am not in favor of making it easy to buy marijuana in this town unless it is pharmaceutical, prescribed by a legitimate physician, and for a legitimate condition. While I sympathize with those of you who have a legitimate need, the current deception doesn’t help your cause.