Can't see the justification for this
According to local TV and radio stations on Oct. 3, the Air Force/Navy football game is going to be funded by non-appropriated funds in order for the game to still be played in spite of the government shutdown.
Now I love football and I support not only the football program but all the young men and women at the Air Force Academy. However... as an non-appropriated employee who hasn't gotten a raise in 13 years and no cost of living increase for three years, I just can't see the justification for this.
We struggle to make ends meet with the rising costs of living, our health insurance goes up more and more every year, and still we keep the "mission" going for the government.
What about the education for these cadets since most of the instructors are on furlough? Isn't that important? What about the employees up here that have to work during this government shutdown but don't get paid for it?
Seems like sports takes priority over anyone or anything else.
Dorothy Malsom, Colorado Springs
A need for economic re-education
I am in desperate need of economic re-education. Yesterday, ABC news informed me that hundreds of millions of dollars will be lost to the American economy due to lost productivity resulting from the partial government shutdown. I was unaware that government (at any level) produced anything! I've been under the delusion that government represents an expense /obligation born and funded on the backs of those who actually do create and produce.
It therefore follows that any shutdown, no matter how short in duration nor how limited in scope would actually be a savings to those who bear the burden of paying government's obligations. You see, I have long subscribed to the notion of Walter Williams, Edmund Burke and other great thinkers who note that government can not give one dollars worth of benefit to one person lest it first takes it from another person, and that is accomplished through the power of taxation. To be sure, government can print and borrow to meet obligations but that debt must still be satisfied by Americans even if they are yet unborn. To further complicate matters I've discovered that our constitution and form of government has changed and no one told me. At a news conference, last week, our President declared that we live in a Constitutional Democracy. Silly me, I thought we lived in a Constitutional Republic, because our constitution guarantees us a Republican form of government. I heard the President say it and no reporter questioned or challenged the statement.
On second thought, it is not I who is in need of re-education, for my only wish is for our government to stay within the boundaries set forth by Constitutional authority and leave benevolence to individuals and charity as has been the conditional norm for most of our history, but I fear that mine is an increasingly minority opinion.
Len Bentley, Colorado Springs
Shutdown is a hostage situation
In my opinion this government shutdown is a hostage situation. It is also a reality check on just how intrusive our post-constitutional government has become. Originally our country was established to have a government that worked for the people not the other way around. We send contract workers (the government cadre) to work for us as temps. They are compensated well for this job, it was not planned to become their lifestyle.
As for overreach the latest example is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it has nothing to do with health care, it is an insurance policy scheme run by the government. What happens in the next shutdown? No pay for doctors, hospitals closed, medication stopped etc, etc. Either we pay the price or our grand kids do. I am a hostage! In the thinking of the master minds e.g. the judicial, executive, Congressional and last but not least the huge administrative branches of our government, they must rule. Give me a break - think ahead.
Mike Coover, Colorado Springs
Our area did very little to help
I must disagree with you concerning your editorial about the John Morse recall published in the paper Oct. 1. We live in an area that in the past was very active in Republican politics. Politicians would come to us and plead for our votes. This is no longer the case. Our area did very little, if anything, to help with this recall.
In my opinion, the NRA activity and the many articles in The Gazette were the only reasons this recall succeeded.
Ralph J. Huber, Colorado Springs
The height of irresponsibility
Want to know why so many Colorado Springs police are needed downtown at night? One reason could be the wanton encouragement of late night drinking. One S. Tejon bar actually had a huge sign on the sidewalk Tuesday afternoon advertising "All you can drink for $10 after 10 p.m."
Where responsible bar owners urge patrons to drink responsibly, encouraging people to drink more is the height of irresponsibility. I wonder if the law firm representing that bar is aware of what their client is doing? If not, it's a safe bet attorneys representing clients killed in car crashes or injured in fights have taken note of it.
Jere Joiner, Colorado Springs