LETTERS: Mediocre presidents; Too much debt; and more

September 26, 2012

Debt is over the top

In your Sunday, Sept. 23 edition you published an article by The Associated Press about the top issues confronting the nation in this presidential campaign. These issues were “health care, Iran, supreme court, taxes, Wall Street regulation, and China.” There was absolutely no mention of the 16 trillion dollar debt and the annual one trillion dollar deficit confronting the nation. No mention of reckless federal spending and rapid growth of the federal government. It is appalling that members of the press don’t think the federal debt is among one of the top issues in the 2012 election.

Bob Conover

Colorado Springs

Good luck with ‘the judgment’

I am military and have lived in the Springs for a few years. I had such a bizarre experience recently that I wanted to share with the community.

As I was driving home, I stopped at a red light on Circle/Southgate. The driver to my right yelled at me, “I hate America and all she stands for. I can’t wait for the judgment. I hate you military [explicative]. You’re murderers!” My immediate response was as follows: 1) casual head nod with look of indifference, 2) turned up music extremely loud while gesturing that I couldn’t hear him (not well received) and 3) various demonstrative gestures along with language to match his.

To that fringe kook, let me say this: It’s our incredible country that allows you to feel that way and express it. I would venture a guess that in a significant portion of the world, you’d be jailed or executed for saying that. Let me add that if you hate America, please feel free to leave. We’d all be better with your absence than your presence. Lastly, good luck with “the judgment”. I’m pretty sure that idiots like you who attack our honorable military members will not fare well.

Ron Farmer

Colorado Springs

Preserving cultural heritage

I’m glad President Obama protected Chimney Rock National Monument, near Pagosa Springs. As a veteran, I believe it is our shared responsibility to protect what makes America great, from a democratic government to public lands that are truly for the public.

Chimney Rock and parks like it are important for the recreational and educational opportunities they provide families, tourists and returning veterans.

Growing up in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs I understand the importance of our public lands.

Chimney Rock is part of our cultural heritage in Colorado and our legacy to the next generation. Thanks to local communities, Congress, and the White House working together in a bipartisan fashion to protect Chimney Rock, future generations of Americans will also enjoy a visit.

Garett Reppenhagen

Colorado Springs

Mediocre presidents hide

While watching a History Channel presentation on Abraham Lincoln, a historian spoke of a random meeting between Lincoln and union troops after a particularly brutal battle, one of many during his administration.

Despite constant bad news, Lincoln rushed to embrace these men and all aspects of the battle they incurred. He believed these qualities made Lincoln a great president believing that “mediocre presidents hide from bad news while great presidents embrace it”.

I couldn’t think of a more apt description (mediocre) of the current occupant of the White House, Barack Obama.

Obama continues to run around telling any poor sap that believes him that the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens was the result of a bad Internet movie, instead of a well-orchestrated attack by al-Qaida on the anniversary of 9/11.

As world leaders meet at the UN this week, Obama prepares for another “Hollywood” venue preferring to meet adoring fans and soft questions from the idiots on  “The View” rather than meeting with world leaders to discuss the many crises raging throughout the world.

Of course we shouldn’t be surprised by this.

After all, our mediocre president rushed off to appear on David Letterman and another Hollywood fundraiser, this time with Jay-Z and Beyonce, before Ambassador Stevens’ body was even cold.

Arlene Barron

Colorado Springs

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