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LETTERS: Still voting for Democrats; Smoking ban; and more

By: ltr
October 26, 2012

Kind of defeats the purpose

Let’s see, I got my vote-by-mail ballot the other day.

I guess the one question I have is, where the heck do you get a 65-cent stamp? Oh wait, probably the post office, I’d wager.

Well at least the line shouldn’t be as long as at the polling stations.

No I take that back, we are talking the post office after all. Kind of defeats the whole purpose of a mail-in ballot now doesn’t it?

Robert Thew

Colorado Springs

Voluntary no-smoking zones

I appreciate both Barry Noreen’s and Wayne Laugesen’s articles against a smoking ban in Acacia Park. How about this as a compromise? Just like our outdoor municipal pools, make Uncle Wilber’s Fountain and the playground voluntary no-smoking zones so kids aren’t exposed to secondhand smoke and butts they can put in their mouths.

Richard Skorman

Colorado Springs

Malicious fringe element

On the morning of Oct. 23, we were informed by one of our neighbors that all the Obama campaign signs [in our area] were taken the previous night. We live in the Upper Skyway area. Given that our locale is not a throughway location, I suspect that this act was by a person who either lives in or visits our area.

Since this seems to be a more contentious election cycle that usual, I was not surprised that it would draw out the more cowardly individuals who are only capable of expressing opposition by stealing someone else’s signs during the night.

Most people don’t need to express or defend their point of view, yet are proud enough to exhibit their support of their candidates without the malicious descent from the fringe element. Too bad these pitiful folks are among us.

Jim Badgley

Colorado Springs

What has Romney done?

Let’s take stock. During the past four years, Barack Obama first got elected president. Then he rescued an American economy in free-fall, and started a slow recovery. He signed legislation designed to give equal pay to women and advocated female control over female reproductive laws. He appointed two brilliant women to the Supreme Court. He legalized stem-cell research. He ended the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, and stands for civil rights for homosexuals across the board. He helped pass legislation regulating banks, and legislation extending health care to millions. He backed anti-dictatorship movements in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. He outlawed torture. He stopped a new missile weapons system in Eastern Europe. He is winding down the Afghanistan war. He has advocated a nuclear-free planet. He ended the Iraq War. He won the Nobel Peace Prize.

By contrast, during the past four years, what has Mitt Romney done?

Larimore Nicholl

Colorado Springs

Still voting for the Democrats

After reading Barry Fagin’s column and Joe Fabeck’s letter, I still intend to vote for the re-election of Pete Lee in House District 18.

If Fagin is really afraid of one-party rule, then he should endorse John Morris to sit as an El Paso County commissioner.  The local GOP has dominated that board, and used it as a springboard to higher offices, since 1975. I am a lifelong Democrat, and for the last 50 years I have watched the two-party system struggle to survive in this county and in the state. 

As for Fabeck, it is just like him to think that other people are as responsive to money as he is. Pete Lee is honest, ethical, and has a track record that we can be proud of. Tony Exum in District 17 is also a good man, and he deserves a chance to serve El Paso County in Denver.

Roger Armstrong

Manitou Springs

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