The chance to regulate distribution
Setting aside all questions of possible revenue generation, and how you may personally feel about marijuana, consider this: Would you rather have a dealer on the street corner sell it to anyone (regardless of age) who has the money, or would you rather have it sold by someone in a legal storefront who knows he will lose his license if he sells to anyone who is under age? It was easier for underage people to get a drink during prohibition because nobody was asking for ID.
You cannot realistically argue that you are interested in protecting children when you refuse a chance to regulate distribution.
Amy Sylvain, Colorado Springs
No one's addressing the problem
This may sound too simplistic, but it pains me to see that city workers, teachers, etc. in Detroit are facing the reality of not getting their retirement pensions that they had planned on for years, due to their city going into bankruptcy. There are many more citizens of this great country who may be in similar straights. Here in Colorado, we have retirement plans that are deeply in debt, and no one seems to be addressing the problem with any sense of urgency.
Rather we see grand plans to build a downtown entertainment arena, museums, and a visitor center with a potential tax windfall. It is like our politicians have that tax windfall burning a hole in their pockets. They feel a need to spend those moneys on some new, grandiose plan rather than applying it to a debt we know exists - namely for the retirement plans for our teachers, police and firefighters.
If that tax windfall cannot be spent bailing out a major portion of our public pension plan debt, I would like to see our politicians spend more time and effort toward changing how we spend that kind of money. And after they have paid off some of that debt, they should get on toward creating a more realistic retirement program for our public officials.
Bob Muldrow, Monument
Very sad for all involved
People of America, when are you going to make your judgments on facts? Maurice Cutting: George Zimmerman saw a person who was tall, wearing dark pants and a black hoodie pulled down around his face. He was walking close to the building in a neighborhood that had had a rash of break-ins and burglaries. He had no idea what color Trayvon Martin was until he spoke to him. George Zimmerman's great-grandfather was black just like Trayvon. His mother is Peruvian and his father is white. How does that make George white? That must mean our president is white! I feel very sorry for Trayvon's parents. They lost their son and now because they are disappointed with the verdict they have allowed others to sway them into all this hype. Now the truth about their son and his recent past will be made public. Things that did not come out in court. How very sad for all those involved.
Linda Simmons, Colorado Springs
Response to three outcomes
I would like the opportunity to respond to Brian Frank's letter presenting three possible outcomes of the Zimmerman/Martin case, as Frank states "had things been different."
First, Frank suggests that if members of a neighborhood watch don't observe and report a crime, what is the effectiveness of a neighborhood watch? I agree. But George Zimmerman observed and reported and was instructed by law enforcement to stay in his car, an order he chose to disobey. I would suggest if Zimmerman had stayed in his car, Trayvon Martin would be alive and Zimmerman, even though he was found not guilty, would not be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life.
Secondly, Frank suggests that if Martin had not thrown a punch at a stranger who was following him, what then? If Zimmerman had stayed in his car as he was instructed, Martin would not have been in a position to "throw a punch." Martin was a child, George is supposedly an adult. Wherein lies the responsibility?
Third, Frank states that if Zimmerman had been unarmed or decided not to pull out his firearm, what then?
Well, I suspect Zimmerman is a cowardly, bully wannabe cop, who without a firearm as his security blanket, would never have approached Martin in the first place. Firearms, like alcohol, tend to give people a false sense of power or security, which often ends in tragedy.
Stand your ground does not apply in this case. Stand your ground is intended to protect people who are approached by an assailant for the express purpose of threatening persons or property. Zimmerman approached Martin in a common area, where Martin had every right to be, even after being instructed not to by law enforcement.
Zimmerman should have been convicted of no less than manslaughter and been sentenced to a number of years in prison. Mr. Frank, you are right, children should be taught to act appropriately. Apparently Zimmerman was not taught that lesson by his parents.
Sharon Beaman, Colorado Springs