'Conflict' is the word of the day
Another government shutdown? What has happened to our voted representatives in Washington? " We the people" do not have representation anymore. From our president and on down through Congress, we now have nonrepresentation of "we the people".
Whatever happened to such ideas in our government as: cooperation? What is best for the country? Now more than ever, it seems to be that "conflict" is the word of the day in Washington between the Dems and Reps.
It now seems that our duly elected representatives within the United States, are only concerned with being re-elected, and are only self-serving, so they can remain on the public dole as career politicians, and achieve a name for themselves, take long holidays, travel on "fact finding missions" (Ha!) And to receive all the very generous benefits they have voted themselves after only one term in office.
As a retired member of the Armed Forces, I think another amendment should be added. No president or member of Congress or Senate shall be voted into office that has not served at least one tour of duty in the United States Armed Forces, and restricted to two terms in office.
Bill Matchette, Divide
That is how things are done
The government is in shutdown! In Congress, right-wingers are waving the Constitution around claiming that the Affordable Care Act goes against that August document.
Did you guys ever take a high school government class? A bill becomes law when it is passed by both houses of Congress and is signed by the president. It can be brought to the courts, the act was and the Supreme Court determined it was constitutional.
That is how things are done. Majority rule, with minority rights... If you don't like the law, pass a different one. The Broncos beat the Eagles, but what would people say if the Eagles forced a shutdown of the NFL if they weren't now given an additional 20 points?
Please, we are 60-100 years behind the rest of the civilized world in getting affordable health care, while we rank 37th in providing it. It is time stop the childish tantrums and govern.
Michael Luce, Colorado Springs
Obamacare not short on funds
Tuesday is the day the government shut down. Hundreds of thousands of government employees were sent home. The public, the taxpayers, are shut out of the parks. We don't know what the real effect of the shutdown will be. Maybe it won't be much. Maybe we don't care much.
One thing we do know: The president's signature issue, Obamacare, will continue as if there were no shortage of funds. Tuesday's startup of the national health care bureaucracy is full speed ahead, in spite of computer failures and minor problems like public resistance.
Naturally, the president will shut down the programs the taxpayers love most - a way to bring some heat on Congress, dontcha' know?
Obamacare was promoted because the "progressives" were concerned that there might be 10 million Americans without health insurance. Instead of just fixing that problem, the government took over the entire system- 16 percent of the nation's economy - and disrupted the health insurance of the other 97 percent of the citizens. With no experience in medicine or insurance, they have changed medicine and medical insurance forever.
Of course, it was never about health insurance or medical care for the 10 million. As always, it was about government power.
Harold S. Dallas, Colorado Springs
Remembering Gold Star Mothers
On September 29, we observed the annual congressionally designated Gold Star Mothers' Day. Observed on the last Sunday of September every year since 1936, this is a day that receives little fanfare. There are no cards, no cakes, and no fireworks.
What it represents is the greatest sacrifice a parent can give - the sacrifice of a son or daughter in service to our nation and all we hold dear.
While I cannot begin to imagine the full depth of a mother's pain over the loss of her child, our thoughts are with those mothers today. We honor their sacrifice and stand with them, today and every day. Those who raised America's fallen have a special place in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.
With the nation's 12th year at war here in Afghanistan, the Soldiers of Regional Command South continue to fight to honor the legacy of those who have gone before, especially those who gave their last full measure of devotion. We offer our deepest gratitude and sympathy to their families, and especially their mothers.
Gold Star Mothers have endured one of the most difficult tasks with resolve and might, holding vigil awaiting the return of their loved one, only to receive the sorrowful news that he or she would not return. We cannot replace that loss. We can only remember the sons and daughters who embody patriotism, selflessness, and courage, having served honorably, paying the ultimate price to protect our nation's freedoms. We will do this in homage to their legacy.
We do not take for granted their sacrifice, and we do not take for granted the sacrifice of their mothers.
Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera, Colorado Springs