Published: December 21, 2013
Time for council to become positive
Now that the City for Champions has been blessed by the State OEDIT, I urge the Colorado Springs City Council to refocus its ambition from seeking more power over governance of the city, to helping this vision of the future transform our city into a world class destination. I hope they will try to envision a city center where people of all ages congregate to enjoy sporting events and dine at new restaurants that will inevitably pop up. A center where people can take advantage of our great climate and the attractions of the new facilities. It's time for the council to become positive about the future instead of clawing away at micromanaging the budget and other petty concerns. The future is coming to town! I encourage the council to take part in helping realize it.
This is a bipartisan opportunity
A Browns Canyon National Monument, like Sen. Mark Udall proposes, will benefit our region by attracting more visitors and expanding the economy of towns such as Buena Vista and Salida and even beyond. Unfortunately, our own Rep. Doug Lamborn has been nearly silent on this issue. I hope he'll realize that residents of Colorado Springs have long benefited from our famous natural attractions like Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak - and that Chaffee County can similarly benefit from a Browns Canyon National Monument. Outdoor recreation is big business in Colorado - adding over $13 billion to our state's economy.
This is a bipartisan opportunity that can be a win-win for everyone involved. Let's hope that Rep. Lamborn will soon join in support of Browns Canyon National Monument.
Relinquishing power to government
I just don't understand Karen's Davidson's argument re the Affordable Care Act. ("In the long run, everyone will benefit from the Affordable Care Act". Community Conversation, Dec. 15).
She states early in her defense of the law, that most bankruptcies are caused by health care expenses and the majority of those individuals had insurance but couldn't cover co-payments, deductibles and those services that were not included in their coverage. The ACA has not eliminated those issues, but only made them worse, offering plans that are more expensive with increased deductibles and with many prescriptions, services and state-of-the-art health care facilities being unavailable. Let's not even begin to discuss those in the profession who are going to quit rather than participate in government mandated programs that dictate reimbursements that do not even cover their overhead.
Eventually this will limit access to any physician much less the physician of your choice. So, how has this law improved access to health care for anyone other than those on government assistance? It is clear, this is about government power, not better health care for the consumer. We have now only exacerbated the issues mentioned in Davidson's column, wreaking havoc on the entire health care community for both providers and patients, while clearly relinquishing power to government.
My husband and I were self-employed for years and intelligently selected those "skeleton" plans that allowed catastrophic coverage for life-altering events, yet provided a reasonable premium so we could manage to stay in business and pay huge liability premiums, workmen's comp premiums and a host of other regulatory costs associated with self-employment. We are now retired and I can't begin to understand how any small business can remain viable with the current regulatory environment created by our local and federal governments.
We are headed for a nation of large powerful corporations, government services, and the remaining majority of us very poor, all waiting for monthly stipends to merely stay alive. The "middle class" is now endangered and this law has accelerated the diminishing process. This may have been the ultimate goal after all... finishing off what the housing crisis didn't quite accomplish.
This president's policies have made the poor even more so, and pushed the middle class into the lower middle class; all the while he cries foul about income inequity. This government wants to "talk the talk" but not truly "walk the walk". Apparently, there are no longer enough middle class citizens who can truly make a difference. Isn't that the true definition of an "endangered species"?
How sad for America.
Unintended or intended consequence
In response to Sally Alberts' letter, I think we need to look at other issues than gun control to stop school shootings. ("Hard to think about festivities", Letters, Dec. 19") I
It would appear from reports that Karl Pierson might have done this shooting to push for more gun control. One newspaper reported he posted on Facebook "Gun Violence: Let Them Die", referring to the Republicans' position against more gun control. Another paper reported the shooter had "Communist leanings." A media outlet stated Pierson had on his arm "The die has been cast" referring to words Julius Caesar spoke as he crossed the Rubicon River to start a civil war.
Could it be the unintended or intended consequence of the push for gun control has been to create unstable individuals willing to kill themselves and others for the cause?