LETTERS: 'Rich are evil' speeches; Here's my view, Laugesen; and more

ltr Updated: April 19, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: April 19, 2012

Questioning campaign strategy

When incumbent career politicians become concerned that their re-elections may be in serious jeopardy and they’re faced with losing their power, they almost always resort to vicious attacks on their opponents in a desperate effort to discredit them. That appears to now be the obvious strategy of the campaign to re-elect incumbent El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark. Commissioner Clark’s first effort to discredit her opponent, Karen Magistrelli, was to openly refer to her as just an angry housewife. Obviously, that campaign strategy failed as the delegates to the El Paso County GOP Assembly examined the two candidates, then overwhelmingly voted to designate Magistrelli as the assembly’s choice to be the next El Paso County Commissioner for District 3.

Another unsuccessful attempt to discredit Magistrelli was made at a recent meeting I attended. Both candidates were present and participated in an open forum and responded to questions from attendees. Near the end of the meeting, one of Commissioner Clark’s re-election campaign staff members launched a verbal attack on Magistrelli. Obviously, the attack reflected Commissioner Clark’s position as she was seated next to that campaign staff member and was silent throughout, and after, the attack. That effort failed as the attendees overwhelmingly voted to support Magistrelli at the conclusion of the meeting.

Hopefully, the voters of El Paso County District 3 will see through this strategy when they cast their ballots in the upcoming primary election.

Bill Hensley

Cascade

‘Laugesen: Here’s my view’

Concerning Wayne Laugesen’s editorial April 15 — here’s my view:

You obviously have not been paying attention. This is organized, aggressive panhandling. They have their own bus, have food and shelter and work in shifts. I suggest you show up at the next meeting and get all the facts before you comment. This is a nontaxed business straining our police, fire and emergency services. The majority of this money goes to drugs and alcohol.

Wake up! This is hurting our tourist industry and needs to be cleaned up in a similar fashion as the camping along the creek. What about our rights as taxpayers to enjoy our community?

Tom Gallivan

Colorado Springs

The ‘rich are evil’ speeches

Have you noticed that when Obama visits colleges to give his the “rich are evil” speeches, he always visits community colleges? He never gives that speech at Harvard or Yale where students pay upwards of $100,000 for their education and intend to make six figure salaries when they graduate.

Is he sending a message that he doesn’t expect “community” college students to succeed?

Arlene Barron

Colorado Springs

This country has laws

Re: Maria Hinojosa column, April 15:

First, let me say that I believe we must have a grounded sense of cause and effect that realizes all of the problems associated with illegal aliens are caused by aliens being here illegally. I know it sounds simplistic, but I’m not sure Hinojosa understands. She can’t seem to get past the idea that this country has laws about immigration and the people for whom she advocates have broken those laws.

In her column, she tries to paint a picture of some sort of a Wild West human-hunt rundown of helpless illegals conducted by not always duly sworn law enforcement. And in the roundup, innocent people are included (the example of a convicted offender with what should be an unintended green card is confusing). She tries to tie several incidents together and include them in a bundle that she seems to infer is a conspiracy (hunt) against Hispanics (prey), when it’s actually consistent with simple law enforcement.

In past columns, Hinojosa seems to have just two outcomes for illegals, both of which are based on illegal entry; either live in constant fear of detection and deportation, or actual deportation. I have yet to read one of her columns where she blames Mexico for conditions that foster such criminal activity, or where she advocates for lawful entry. Both seem to have been dismissed out of hand or omitted in favor of propaganda for amnesty. I don’t see the value of her viewpoint if all she does is promote gaming the system and failing to propose constructive avenues for citizenship.

James Davis

Colorado Springs

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