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Gazette Premium Content LETTERS: President Obama's 'life of Riley'; Buillied to death; and more

ltr Updated: April 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

Not a bit jealous of Beyoncé

So let me see if I get this right. The POTUS is living “the life of Riley” with vacations that Condé Nast would envy, while workers hunker down to get ready for higher taxes and rationed health care.

The Attorney General wants to prosecute Osama bin Laden’s son for war crimes as if they were code violations in a civilian court but won’t argue for DOMA at the Supreme Court.

We suffered a recession that caused the loss of millions of jobs, so the government wants to increase taxes. We have a spending problem (operating as if we still have plenty of revenue) and government continues to escalate our debt limit. We are deep in debt to China so we can operate daily, but we pay citizens not to work, and give aid to countries that hate us. We need jobs and energy but the government won’t approve the Keystone pipeline (shovel ready), ANWAR, and offshore drilling.

Gangsters and wackos can get guns illegally, so the government wants to restrict the good guys’ ability to defend themselves. Illegals jump the line for immigration, breach our border, and thumb their noses at our sovereignty; so government wants to give them amnesty. Dennis Rodman is our ambassador to North Korea and he urges the president to call their leader. (Wow)

And yet I should be concerned that Beyoncé might have received special treatment in order to travel to Cuba (a country noted to imprison the most black entertainers in the hemisphere for speech violations) for her wedding anniversary?

Well, I’m not a bit jealous. Nope, it doesn’t move me at all.

James Davis

Colorado Springs

Not the sweet little cherubs

A child is dead tonight. Literally bullied to death. They took their own life rather than face the constant bullying at school. I will not say which school other than to say it was in District 20.

When are parents going to realize that, yes, their child is a bully. When are parents going to start acting like parents and adults and admit that their children are not the sweet little cherubs they perceive them to be? When a child is accused of being a bully the parents will deny it and do nothing to stop it. Schools meekly tell the child, they will be suspended. The child bully is not fazed at all, hey they just got a three-day vacation.

How many more dead children will it take? I want this to be a wake-up call for all parents, school officials and all adults. Our children are dying because of lack of discipline and from the hatred they see all around them. Please stop and think, a child’s life may be at stake.

Mary Miller

Colorado Springs

Increased burden on ratepayers

I serve on Colorado Utility Consumers Board and one of our members who lives in rural Colorado uncovered these statistics further showing why SB252 would increase the burden on rural ratepayers, as you indicated in your editorial on April 7.

As of January 31, Xcel’s renewable energy program has a debt of over $43,200,000 and Black Hills Energy’s program has a debt of over $13,600,000. Also, Xcel customers have paid over $8,900,000 in interest payments while Black Hills Energy customers have paid over $3,200,000 in interest payments. These interest payments, which are being diverted from investment in new renewable projects, are paid directly to Xcel and Black Hills Energy for management of their own renewable programs.

Furthermore, in testimony provided by Black Hills Energy’s vice president — Colorado Utility Operations during proceedings associated with PUC Docket No. 12A — 1207E, he said that 2 percent of every Black Hills customer’s electric bill “in 2013 through 2017 will be needed to pay for the existing renewable obligations, program costs, interest on the negative balance, and to pay down the renewables balance debt. No new revenues will be available to acquire additional eligible energy resources until late 2017.”

And SB 252 would increase the existing burden by 250 percent. This legislation is another example of a legislator who has little or no grasp of real world economics or facts.

John Herzog

Colorado Springs

Stop listening to special interests

I’m getting sick of the constant political mudslinging. And it seems to be driven largely by special interests that don’t really represent anybody but themselves.

Now, the extreme right-wing gun lobby, far from being in touch with the majority of Americans, is trying to get revenge for gun control bills that were debated in Denver recently.

What happened to just calling or writing your legislator to make your voice heard? Or putting your support behind a different candidate in the next election?

Do we have to trigger recall elections not even six months after the last expensive, regular election to express our displeasure? (Remember that three of our own county commissioners did not want a special election to even right the wrong, deceptive term limitation of the commissioners because it was too expensive for the taxpayers).

It’s time to stop listening to the special interests trying to sour our political process.

Micheale Duncan

Colorado Springs

Not a bit jealous of Beyoncé
So let me see if I get this right. The POTUS is living “the life of Riley” with vacations that Condé Nast would envy, while workers hunker down to get ready for higher taxes and rationed health care.
The Attorney General wants to prosecute Osama bin Laden’s son for war crimes as if they were code violations in a civilian court but won’t argue for DOMA at the Supreme Court.
We suffered a recession that caused the loss of millions of jobs, so the government wants to increase taxes. We have a spending problem (operating as if we still have plenty of revenue) and government continues to escalate our debt limit. We are deep in debt to China so we can operate daily, but we pay citizens not to work, and give aid to countries that hate us. We need jobs and energy but the government won’t approve the Keystone pipeline (shovel ready), ANWAR, and offshore drilling.
Gangsters and wackos can get guns illegally, so the government wants to restrict the good guys’ ability to defend themselves. Illegals jump the line for immigration, breach our border, and thumb their noses at our sovereignty; so government wants to give them amnesty. Dennis Rodman is our ambassador to North Korea and he urges the president to call their leader. (Wow)
And yet I should be concerned that Beyoncé might have received special treatment in order to travel to Cuba (a country noted to imprison the most black entertainers in the hemisphere for speech violations) for her wedding anniversary?
Well, I’m not a bit jealous. Nope, it doesn’t move me at all.
James Davis
Colorado Springs
Not the sweet little cherubs
A child is dead tonight. Literally bullied to death. They took their own life rather than face the constant bullying at school. I will not say which school other than to say it was in District 20.
When are parents going to realize that, yes, their child is a bully. When are parents going to start acting like parents and adults and admit that their children are not the sweet little cherubs they perceive them to be? When a child is accused of being a bully the parents will deny it and do nothing to stop it. Schools meekly tell the child, they will be suspended. The child bully is not fazed at all, hey they just got a three-day vacation.
How many more dead children will it take? I want this to be a wake-up call for all parents, school officials and all adults. Our children are dying because of lack of discipline and from the hatred they see all around them. Please stop and think, a child’s life may be at stake.
Mary Miller
Colorado Springs
Increased burden on ratepayers
I serve on Colorado Utility Consumers Board and one of our members who lives in rural Colorado uncovered these statistics further showing why SB252 would increase the burden on rural ratepayers, as you indicated in your editorial on April 7.
As of January 31, Xcel’s renewable energy program has a debt of over $43,200,000 and Black Hills Energy’s program has a debt of over $13,600,000. Also, Xcel customers have paid over $8,900,000 in interest payments while Black Hills Energy customers have paid over $3,200,000 in interest payments. These interest payments, which are being diverted from investment in new renewable projects, are paid directly to Xcel and Black Hills Energy for management of their own renewable programs.
Furthermore, in testimony provided by Black Hills Energy’s vice president — Colorado Utility Operations during proceedings associated with PUC Docket No. 12A — 1207E, he said that 2 percent of every Black Hills customer’s electric bill “in 2013 through 2017 will be needed to pay for the existing renewable obligations, program costs, interest on the negative balance, and to pay down the renewables balance debt. No new revenues will be available to acquire additional eligible energy resources until late 2017.”
And SB 252 would increase the existing burden by 250 percent. This legislation is another example of a legislator who has little or no grasp of real world economics or facts.
John Herzog
Colorado Springs
Stop listening to special interests
I’m getting sick of the constant political mudslinging. And it seems to be driven largely by special interests that don’t really represent anybody but themselves.
Now, the extreme right-wing gun lobby, far from being in touch with the majority of Americans, is trying to get revenge for gun control bills that were debated in Denver recently.
What happened to just calling or writing your legislator to make your voice heard? Or putting your support behind a different candidate in the next election?
Do we have to trigger recall elections not even six months after the last expensive, regular election to express our displeasure? (Remember that three of our own county commissioners did not want a special election to even right the wrong, deceptive term limitation of the commissioners because it was too expensive for the taxpayers).
It’s time to stop listening to the special interests trying to sour our political process.
Micheale Duncan
Colorado Springs

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