Published: June 9, 2013
At the expense of our children
Before Amendment 64 was approved I pointed out, why would we line the pockets of more politicians at the expense of our children? Before 64 was approved I talked with a friend who is a security officer at a local middle school. He told me that our kids are not getting busted for alcohol but for marijuana and dealing it as well. How bad of a problem is this I asked. "Oh on average about 10 kids a month." Ten kids a month! Holy crap. I then asked him about alcohol. "Maybe three a year." My only thought was wow, how times have changed.
Not only have we lined the pockets of our great leaders to come up with regulations for this great product, now it will be even easier for our kids to get their hands on it. Not only that, don't put it in treats where the family pet may ingest it.
The regulators are drooling with the thought of a big plus in tax revenue but the problem is that this great new product will be so heavily taxed that the black market will be the cheaper way to go and so it will flourish even more. So much for the great new tax revolution. Good luck with that.
Jay Soulia, Falcon
Instead of teaching them to dance
I would like to preface my comment with some background information.
Last year, I retired at my full retirement age. After my third check I was notified by the IRS that they would be confiscating 15 percent of the money due to me. The issue at the base of their reasoning is irrelevant to my comment. I have been contributing to FICA since 1963. Every paycheck was reduced by the appropriate amount. The IRS notice said that they were levying pursuant to IRC sec. 6331(h). I looked up the code section and there in black and white it says the lawful subject of the levy is "specified payments" such as tax returns. It goes on to define "specified payments" as any federal payment other than a payment which is based on the income or assets of the payee. I double checked with the SS Administration and a citizens' benefits are directly tied to the covered earnings over the lifetime. I brought this question to the IRS and I was told that they are not lawyers and are not required to make legal judgements. That is altogether different than their official mission statement.
Instead of teaching them how to line dance they should teach them and test them for proficiency in the laws that they are being paid to enforce. Any citizen who lives from month to month does not have the financial ability to fight them and they know it. Multiply my case by thousands and you begin to see why that organization is thought of the way they are.
Gary Wynne, Colorado Springs
What a statement to make
This is in reply to David J Baker who wrote "Men are Pigs; Rotten to the Core", June 4. I was amazed that David would tar and feather all the men in the world with his words. Did he one day finally look in the mirror at his own actions and say, I am a pig? Wow - what a statement to make.
David, not all men are rotten to the core, sorry! Your hyperbole is just too much to take.
Consider the wonderful troops we have, the ministers in the churches, the men who put their lives on the line for our safety such as police and firemen, etc.
And then there is my husband who is a loving, giving, responsible man who took care of his family and raised his children to be good men. Now that is a man and we need more like him.
Sorry I disagree with you, and I agree with Kathleen Parker's statement that men are fundamentally good and pleasant to have around. Of course you gotta like "men" and want to be around them and I do. I just wonder what made you so rotten to the core? What a shame!
Helen Sabin, Colorado Springs