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Disappointed in the ballot; Amendment 66

Letters Published: November 3, 2013

Disappointed with election ballot

I am really disappointed in this year's (Nov. 5) mail in ballot. The items on my ballot were election of school board member for District 20; Amendment 66, state wide school referendum; Amendment AA, recreational marijuana tax; and Amendment 5A, neighborhood fire hall. That is all that I know of the ballots. Maybe that is enough or is it?

Whomever wrote the verbiage for the ballots should be fired.

Two things were missing: (1) Ballots should always be written at an eight-grade level. I have a B.S. degree and I had trouble understanding what was being presented. (2) There was no mention of who is responsible for accountability to the voters for all this money being collected.

If anyone else feels the same way as I do, I think we can pretty much predict the outcome of this election.

William Sewell, Colorado Springs

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Difference between money, motives

Re: New York mayor tries to buy votes.

I understand the negative reaction to the notion that more tax dollars will fix what previous tax dollars have not, and I understand the resentment toward wealthy individual outsiders attempting to influence our decisions.

What I don't understand is the qualitative difference between their money and motives, and those of the NRA and other powerful interest groups that threw huge sums behind the recent GOP effort to recall John Morse and Angela Giron.

What am I missing?

Mark Hammond, Colorado Springs

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If you really care about children

Jesus told the parable of the widow's mite. The lesson of the parable was that even though the widow only gave two mites, while the rich gave much more, God was more pleased by the widow's gift as she gave more of her wealth proportionately. Which brings me to the Gateses and Bloombergs of the world.

A lot of people admire the large contributions the rich of the world make to various causes. But put it in perspective. Bill Gates has $72,000 million. When he contributes a million dollars to a cause, that is the equivalent of someone with $72,000 contributing $1. To paraphrase an old saying, Gates doesn't know the meaning of $1,000,000. If he did, he wouldn't waste it on political propaganda.

Monday's Gazette showed how District 38 would use the $4.5 million dollars they are asking voters to approve. $1.3 million of it would restore 22 classroom teachers and their instructional budgets. So for the equivalent of a $31 contribution by one of us regular folks, the Gateses could pay for the entire careers of 22 teachers.

I'm sure we can all think of a million ways $1 million could be better used than political propaganda - providing housing for homeless children and their families, feeding the millions of children that go to bed hungry every night, buying computers for school children at risk, repairing old school buildings - just to name a few off the top of my head.

So to the Gateses and Bloombergs of the world, if you really care about the schoolchildren of Colorado or anywhere else, put your money where it will do some real good instead of paying for political TV ads.

Bill Schaffner, Colorado Springs

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