January 13, 2012
I think everyone in Colorado Springs appreciated the governor’s goal to make Colorado known as the most pro-military state in the country.
Now, let’s take specific action to make it happen.
Governor Hickenlooper’s pronouncement just happened to coincide with the Jan. 13 article in the Wall Street Journal concerning states that had set aside percentage spending goals for businesses owned by veterans or disabled veterans. Some states offered some type of preference for state contracts and others, while not providing percentage set-asides, had passed laws offering advantages to veteran-owned businesses.
Surprisingly, Colorado was not one of the 23 states offering such programs. If there ever was a bipartisan initiative that makes sense for Colorado, a program showing our support for these veterans is it.
I am contacting my state representatives now and urge you to do the same.
Fred Wisely, Col USAF, Ret.
No respect for state laws
The federal law enforcement apparatus appears to have no respect for democracy, state law or local land use controls. All of the medical marijuana dispensaries being threatened with shutdown and asset seizure by U.S. Attorney John Walsh have spent thousands of dollars to comply with state and local laws, are legally licensed in Colorado and are providing valuable services to patients with certain medical conditions. What a waste of taxpayer dollars to send out federal personnel to measure how far a dispensary is from a school and to bully less than 40 out of 700 legally licensed businesses.
This kind of meddling is allowed because the federal prohibition on marijuana is out of sync with current knowledge, as well as the voters’ wishes in Colorado and many other states. Marijuana is known to be beneficial in the treatment of many medical conditions, yet the federal government continues its outdated classification of marijuana as “Schedule 1” — drugs that have no medical benefits.
The 2009 memo from the Justice Dept. should have stopped this kind of over-arching involvement in the state’s MMJ business, but the U.S. attorney has chosen to ignore it. So the federal government needs to reclassify marijuana to recognize its medical benefits. Rep. Jared Polis from Colorado’s 2nd congressional district has signed on in support of a bill that would do just that, the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act (H.R. 2835).
I urge Rep. Doug Lamborn and our other federal elected officials to sign on in support of changing marijuana to a more accurate classification that would allow nationwide access to persons with medical conditions and stop federal interference in private medical decisions.
A groundswell of discontent
Most voters think county commissioners ought to be limited to two terms in office, and I expect that will be clear if the issue of term limits comes before the voters in November.
However, this won’t happen in time to limit Sallie Clark’s pursuing a third term, and one can only hope that the groundswell of discontent over the previous ballot’s misleading language will linger and she will be denied the opportunity to add insult to injury.
One wonders whether her denial of the voters’ sentiment and her justification for pursuing office again stems from the substantial financial rewards that accompany this office or is it just arrogance?
Let’s not send Clark back for a third term. She doesn’t own this office; the voters do.
You may be surprised
I would like to correct Steve Sinn (“What a sorry message,” Jan. 12) on some of the propaganda he spread about marijuana. Steve was correct about Colorado teens ranking among the highest in pot use. He falsely attributes this to the medical marijuana movement, as 15 other states plus D.C. have legalized medical marijuana with far less stringent regulation than Colorado and have seen no increase. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the increase in teen pot use is due to decreased perceived danger (see drugabuse.gov).
The decrease in perceived danger has come with an increase in research and information about marijuana, showing more and more that it is completely safe. Sinn claims that once legalized, teen use will increase significantly. Again, statistics would point to the contrary. In recent studies, teens claim it is far easier to buy illegal drugs than cigarettes or alcohol.
Sinn then states, “What an awful message we have sent to our youth. It is better to use pot to get high than alcohol.” What is so awful about this message? The fact that it is true? It is well-known that marijuana is far safer than alcohol, and while I am not advocating teen use, we need to be responsible in the education of our youth. Teaching our kids ideas that are false because we believe the end justifies the means is just wrong, and it is hurting their generation far more than it is helping them. I strongly urge anyone that was planning to vote “no” on this initiative to further research it — you may be surprised.
Devious push to upgrade
Re: Comcast’s rate increase and the letter from James Twinn: I also noticed last week that Comcast Channel 59, (Turner Classical Movies) had disappeared from my cable TV. I had previously read that Comcast was raising its fees due to increased costs and was prepared to accept the inevitable result of limited choices of providers. I decided to call Comcast thinking that there might be something wrong with my set. They were evidently expecting complaints, as I was informed by a recording that I would have to upgrade my service to continue receiving TCM. I was prepared to go along with the
4 percent increase but am very disappointed with Comcast and the devious way in which they deleted TCM in order to force customers to upgrade their service.
Needless to say, I will not upgrade.
‘No news is good news’
What a shame that in Channel 11’s quest for ratings they have made the decision to basically “dump” a program like “Jeopardy” that relies primarily on intelligence and keep “Wheel of Fortune” — one that relies mostly on luck.
Is it really necessary to have both a 5:30 p.m. news and a 6:30 p.m. news program? Most of the viewers are not at home at 4:00 p.m. (when Channel 11 has rescheduled Jeopardy), and many do not subscribe to cable services so are unable to watch Jeopardy at 6:30 p.m.
In my opinion this was a bad decision. Remember the saying, “no news is good news.”