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LETTERS: Douglas Bruce; a kind act; federal shell game; and more

ltr Updated: December 23, 2011 at 12:00 am

Editor’s note: If anyone knows the identity of the little girl mentioned in the letter below, described as about 11-12 years old and wearing a holiday shirt that read “Dear Santa, define good,” at the Telmosse giveaway, please email opinion@gazette.com.

 

An amazing act of kindness

I recently attended the Bob Telmosse Christmas giveaway. The overwhelming generosity in both material things and the volunteers that give up countless hours overwhelms me. However, I saw a single act of kindness that left me speechless and it was not from a volunteer; it was from a child who was there to receive toys.

My children had just finished picking out a gift for me and were heading over to draw for a bike. In front of us were a couple of women with three girls, waiting for a family with two boys to finish drawing. The older of the boys drew a bike but the younger one did not. Then two of the girls drew bikes.

I watched one of the girls and her mom speak with the volunteer assigned to them, then race off after the family in front of them. A few moments later, when I caught up with them, I heard the volunteer thank the girl for being so generous.

It seems she gave her ticket for a bike to the young boy whose brother had won a bike. I heard her tell her mom that she had no use for a bike until they found a place to live and she thought the brothers would have more fun if they both had one.

I was impressed with the holiday spirit demonstrated by this young girl.

And I hope that she receives something extra-special from Santa this year.

R. Johnson

Colorado Springs

 

Special Christmas season

As the war winds down, the men and women of our nation’s military are returning home to a grateful and secure nation. These soldiers have presented the citizens of our country with the most important gift of all: freedom.

This year, Christmas has an important distinction for thousands of families; they will be celebrating the traditional Christmas faith services and a bountiful dinner together.

Now more than ever, their leadership and sacrifices are a daily reminder of the importance of faith, family and relationships. These long-awaited homecomings have lifted the spirits of families, communities and an entire nation, and we remain indebted to our soldiers for our security.

The American soldier continues to be our country’s symbol of honor, duty and commitment. These leadership qualities essential during war, are even more important for a nation struggling through challenging social and economic times.

As our nation continues to find the strength to overcome her challenges in the upcoming year, please join me in a prayer of thanksgiving to our God, nation, soldiers and their families! 

God Bless, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Marsha Looper

Colorado State Representative, HD19

 

Recognition for hard work

I would like to publicly thank City Council President Pro Tem Jan Martin for her leadership this year on the City Council as well as for heading the current task force for the future governance of the Memorial Health System.

I can only imagine how demanding and difficult it is to consider what is best for the community amid many competing choices, especially during these difficult times. 

The task force for the Memorial Health System and its outcome has been anything but straightforward or easy, however it looks like we may have some light at the end of the tunnel in 2012 if progress continues as it has. 

I do not personally know Jan Martin, but because this is such an important issue, I have tried to follow the proceedings, as my family and all of us will be affected by the outcomes. Thank you, President Pro Tem Martin for your tireless pursuit of best solutions for the issues that face Colorado Springs, especially as these issues relate to the health and wellness of everyone in our community. You deserve recognition for your dedication, hard work and leadership. 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful season of joy and rest, now and into the new year. 

Laurie Wedemeyer

Colorado Springs

 

Don’t dare challenge them

It seems obvious that the Douglas Bruce tax-evasion trial was a political prosecution.

Barry Noreen was quick to shout that Doug Bruce is a crook. To say that Noreen is stupid would be subjective.

Everyone should have expected Bruce to be targeted by the political power structure of the state, but it has been surprising to see the media be complicit in the “hunt”.

Good investigative reporting would have identified the specific source and the influential power centers behind the initiation of the investigation that led to this court case. Has it been reported?

Didn’t the “educational building construction” industry take Bruce to court to stop his anti-tax activity? 

And, when they failed in court, was it then that they convinced the state’s attorney general to “investigate” Bruce’s financial house? Or, was it before?

Noreen, you know and we all know that many men and women have been convicted by juries, in “political” courts and sent to jail. And yes, on the other hand, Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion when the authorities couldn’t stop him in conventional ways. So, no surprise here in this case.

Oh, and by the way, I’m not a conspiracy theorist; I am a former federal investigator with a jaundiced eye.

They will get Douglas Bruce just like they said they would! And, the message is clear: Don’t dare to challenge them.

T. O’Brien

Colorado Springs

 

No votes for incumbents

My lovely wife and I are sick, sick, sick of the inability of our elected officials to work together to achieve the best interest of the people they represent. This is an open disclosure to all officials that we have a vested vote in the coming elections.

 We will not vote for a single incumbent senator, congressman, governor, mayor or anyone else where our vote is counted. Not a single one, regardless of political affiliation!

Carson and Lorna Chism

Colorado Springs

 

Limited economic benefit

The federal payroll tax cut legislation currently pending in Congress will have limited economic benefit to Americans if approved and signed into law. This is true for the following reasons:

First, the payroll tax is the only funding source for the Social Security program which was going broke long before the various proposals to cut the payroll tax. Social Security needs to be reformed but you don’t reform it by cutting the only funding source.

Second, a substantial amount of the payroll tax cut will go to the 47 percent of Americans who currently do not pay federal income taxes, yet they work and pay payroll taxes.

Why should these folks get an additional handout from the federal government that the rest of us have to pay for?

Third, the benefit of this tax cut to the American economy in terms of increased jobs and overall economic activity is not defined; therefore, why do it?

Fourth, if the Congress and the President wanted to do a couple of things (pick one or two) to truly benefit the economy and save our nation from this ruinous recession, they might consider the following:

• Substantial cuts in the current year federal spending to make some progress on eliminating federal budget deficits;

• Begin to pay down the $15 trillion national debt;

• Implement tax reform including lowering marginal rates and eliminating deductions;

• President should submit a budget and the Congress should hold hearings on it; and

• Eliminate burdensome regulatory provisions that make it difficult, time consuming and costly for energy companies to produce all forms of energy in the United States.

George Cook

Colorado Springs

 

Fair and honest competition

The U.S .Congress has continued to bargain away our future with the constant error of logic that compromise is necessary to get along with their political adversaries. Ninety percent of the incumbents are re-elected every two years. The same politicians that have caused all our problems are put back in office to continue the same mistakes over and over.

GOOOH (get out of our house) will challenge those incumbents in the primaries with citizen representatives chosen by the members of their district. This is no third party movement. We will compete against the entrenched politicians in the primaries.

The few good representatives there will grow stronger with honest competition. Almost every person in America supports fair and honest competition.

The politicians are the only ones who seem to disagree. They care more about their party than fairness to the process. For more information: GOOOH.COM.

Roy T. Newsom

Granbury, Texas

 

Principles of freedom

This letter is being written because of events that are currently transpiring in Washington, DC with the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Congress has passed the most domestically impacting piece of legislation in my lifetime.

The president had stated that he would veto this bill due to the blatant disregard this bill has for the Constitution but in recent days has caved into political, — not public — pressure, and has pulled his threatened veto This bill would authorize the military and the defense department to wage war against the American population in the name of protection from terrorism. A recent International Business Times article states, “In other words, the Pentagon is afraid that with the dissemination of the Internet, the spread of information or ideas “not consistent with U.S. government themes and messages” could be too powerful and dangerous to national security.” So much for free speech.

The military is now authorized to detain American citizens, on American soil without notification or charges, “What we are talking about here is that Americans could be subjected to life imprisonment,” said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). “Think about that for a minute. Life imprisonment. Without ever being charged, tried, or convicted of a crime. Without ever having an opportunity to prove your innocence to a judge or a jury of your peers. And without the government ever having to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. I think that denigrates the very foundations of this country.”

How can anyone call themselves a Democrat or Republican and support the political system that has just passed this type of legislation? How can we stand behind a president and work to promote his agenda when he allows bills like this to be passed?

I have been a registered voter and a member of the Democratic Party since I turned 18. I am a member of the local party and even ran for political office under the ideals that I believed it represented. It is not lightly that I am choosing to change my party affiliation to Independent because I cannot morally or patriotically support the efforts of our President and specific members of Congress to destroy the fundamental principles our freedoms are based upon.

There is a document in every school in the nation that should be taught to every school child. These words are the exact reason I believe the government is scared of the population of the United States and is taking steps to secure its right to govern an oppressed society:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

These words are never more true today as they were over 200 years ago, with the exception that our political system has not forgotten that it derives it’s power from the consent of the governed, it’s just going to force the governed to give consent.

Under the new law I could be imprisoned by the military for the content of this letter and posting it on the internet, just for quoting the Declaration of Independence due to its verbiage on the overthrowing of the U.S. government.

Jonathan T. Dooley

Cascade

 

Playing the shell game

There has been so much hype in the news this past week about the so called payroll tax reduction, but one fact seems to be glossed over by our representatives and news reporters.

The reduction is in the Social Security tax, not your personal income tax.

This means that once again our Congress is trying to look good by giving a tax break, but they are taking the money out of a program that has already been raided of funds.

Our Congress needs to continue funding Social Security benefits as has already been established and not further deplete Social Security Funds. If they want to give us a tax break, at least be honest and reduce our Federal Income Tax. Obama and our Congress seem to keep playing the shell game.

Richard Throckmorton

Colorado Springs

 

All I want for Christmas

Dear Santa,

I wonder if it would be too much to ask for a Representative who will vote for the people instead of oil companies?

I wonder if it would be too much to ask that they defend the Constitution by eliminating the Patriot Act, or at least get rid of the requirement that libraries and book sellers provide lists of patrons to the government? (Rep. Doug Lamborn voted to keep the Patriot Act, HR 514)

Can I also have a representative who cares as much for the elderly and poor as they do about the “pretend to cut the budget” display on the House Floor? (Rep. Lamborn voted to cut the funding of the FDA and USDA that provides food for our seniors and poor children, HR2112, while refusing to get rid of the funding for the F-35 jet as the Pentagon had suggested.)

I would have asked for two front teeth, but Rep. Lamborn is dedicated to making sure health care is unaffordable and limited, even though a majority of voters in Colorado believe he should do otherwise (53 percent voted no on Amendment 63.)

Maybe my Christmas wish will be granted next November when the voters of Congressional District 5 have a chance to vote against the status quo. Maybe there really is a Santa.

Carolyn Cathey

Colorado Springs

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