Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers:
Couldn't do any worse
The political cartoon in a recent Gazette, of Hillary and Donald sword fighting with their Pinocchio noses, was most appropriate. If their noses get any longer, they won't be able to hold their heads up. Actually, they don't deserve to hold their heads up. With all the intelligence, good judgment, common sense and talent in the USA, how did we end up in the dire straits we're in for a president? Both are chronic liars.
One is a criminal who "can't recall" anything and the other an egomaniac who insulted his way to the nomination. If Hillary really can't recall all that she says she can't, then her mind/memory is too weak to be president. If she really can recall, then she's lying. If Donald can't demonstrate good judgment and treat others with more respect, then he is a bad choice.
I'm not convinced either are really concerned that much regarding women's rights, other than women's right to vote for them. Both have repeatedly insulted women. It would be great to have a female president and there are many who could/would do a better job than Hillary. I would vote for Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice, or even Téa Leoni, who plays "Madam Secretary" on TV, over Hillary. There are many great businessmen in this country who have more social/people skills and are more knowledgeable than Trump. Political experience is as much or more a negative than a positive. Career/professional politicians quickly become only concerned with getting re-elected and "lining their pockets." Term limits should be imposed and it is a conflict of interest for attorneys to become members of Congress because that puts them in a position to pass laws to perpetuate their own profession.
I am so desperate and disillusioned with the current corrupt political establishment on both sides of the aisle that I would be receptive to selecting our political leaders by lottery. Every U.S. citizen over 21 without a criminal record would be eligible.
Ridiculous traffic pattern
I'm not sure what intersection of Fillmore and I-25 that Mona Stratton used that she found the "traffic flowed smoothly and quickly, with the lights timed right."
I traveled south on I-25 and exited at Fillmore to go east on Fillmore. I stopped for one and a half minutes at the exit ramp, turned left, crossed the bridge and waited another minute and a half at a second light, turned right and another left to make what should have been a simple left turn. To recap, three minutes and three turns. That is not traffic that flows smoothly.
It's a lovely new surface and I might forgive the ridiculous traffic pattern if the lights were timed to facilitate a smooth flow of traffic. And now the traffic engineers want to make another crisscross pattern at Woodman and Union!
If a smooth and efficient traffic pattern was the objective, the Woodman-Academy intersection is amazingly effective.
Following the money trail
That big tobacco is scared of Amendment 72 and coordinating the No on 72 coalition is not surprising. What is shocking, however, is how the likes of Colorado Women's Alliance and Colorado Fraternal Order of Police would be such willing accomplices. Apparently, they are for Phillip Morris and not for Colorado. I followed the money and I'm voting yes on 72.
(Where does the money trail lead? Altria, the parent of Philip Morris, owner of cancer causing brands like Marlboro, Parliament and Skoal: "Noonamendment72.com is paid for by No Blank Checks in the Constitution, a Coalition of Community Organizations, Taxpayer Associations and Small Businesses with support from Altria Client Services LLC.")
Say hello to unregulated taxation
Looks like our beloved Colorado government has found another way of getting around TABOR. It's called Amendment 72, putting approximately $315.7 million free spending money in the hands of our state politicians to do with as they wish.
I'm somewhat surprised that the Gazette Editorial Board is endorsing this amendment. In past years, the board was in favor of TABOR and used fair judgment in protecting individual rights (or so I thought). The Gazette's viewpoint throws quite a few figures around in their article, and I'm curious as to how they arrive at them. Colorado children consume 7 million packs of cigarettes each year? Does each underage child keep track of their consumption, or does the store that sells (illegally) to them have to keep track, so that the backers of these tax increases can obtain the information when they need it?
A few individuals have written in to The Gazette and clearly by their comments, have seen through (pardon the pun) the "smoke screen" of this "permanent tax increase." The state government will be the prime beneficiary if this amendment passes. Say goodbye to TABOR and hello to future unregulated taxation.
Situations crying out for solutions
I haven't seen any elected officials' response to these three items: My letter published a month ago concerning blocking off streets around Memorial Park during special events there, leading to horrendous traffic through my small neighborhood.
My friend and close neighbor "Chip" McEnulty's letter published around the same time, decrying the lack of concern for the hail and flooding experienced by him and others I have talked to.
The homeless - their camping out in the Antlers Park area (I encounter them every time I leave Godec's on my way to the library on Cascade), and gathering near the library's front door. They need a place to live and thrive, however we must find somewhere else for them.
These situations cry out for solutions; I haven't seen an attempt at empathy or answers.