Published: August 27, 2013
Employers shouldn't discriminate
While I find smoking a bad habit and annoying when I have to be in an area where smoking is permitted, it is way beyond the scope of most employers to use smoking as a reason not to hire or to terminate an employee.
It is one thing to prevent them from engaging in the behavior while working, but unless there is some safety issue to others, employers should not be discriminating based on a legal activity carried on out outside of the work place.
If health insurance premiums are the issue, then a special cost to the smoking employee's premium should be added to cover the extra costs associated with the behavior. It is fair that smokers pay for their habit.
Dean Nyquist, Colorado Springs
Many of them need medical care
No one dared call it sickness.
My brother came back from the Vietnam War just a little bit crazy. He was much quieter than before, he lost touch with his friends and couldn't hold a job.
And he started collecting guns and ammunition. For 30 years his arsenal grew.
When he got into disputes with his co-workers or neighbors, he would sneer at them and warn them to watch out, target shooting was his favorite hobby.
About five years ago, due to a Veterans Administration policy change, he was diagnosed with PTSD and started getting treatment. He got calmer. He even tried to sell some of his guns, but he always headed back to the broker's shop after a day or two and reclaimed them.
Then last year, just before the Sandy Hook shooting, he loaded up all his guns and ammo and hauled them to his gun broker again. This time he did not reclaim them. He won't tell me how much money he got for the lot, but he hinted at $30,000.
He is now making new friends outside of the firearms culture that he had been immersed in. He is proof that there is hope for these people. Many of them need medical care, not "gun rights."
Gary Betchan, Colorado Springs
No criminal or immoral action
If the "recall" was set for legislators who had a different opinion on issues, the spending of nearly $200,000 would have happened long before now. I am just a poverty advocate, who has a hobby of law. In my opinion recall is for criminal and immoral actions. I read the right-slanted new newspaper, called Common Sense. The article shows no criminal nor immoral action was committed by neither Senator John Morse and Angela Giron. They just did not allow the right testimony alone, to sway their common sense.
My vote will be a resounding no! This was not the intent of the recall, nothing was corrupt about these state senators' actions. The group placing it on the ballot should pay the taxpayers back if they lose. Republicans should not be allowed to call for a balance budget, then waste $200,000 on a needless election. Why? Because like little children they of the NRA mind-set, did not get their way. We must have every no vote out there. The yeses, will not have to be told to vote.
Jan Hoag, Colorado Springs
How crazy does this have to get?
This recall is just amazing ... Who committed fraud, where is the embezzlement of our taxpayers money, what is the juicy sex scandal? Our two state senators are being recalled because they want to have background checks and limit bullet magazines, really?
My husband is a hunter and a marksman. He would never go hunting with a 100, 50 or even a 30-round magazine. Hunting is a sport, not an animal massacre. When he goes to the rifle range the point is to hit the target, not to shred it!
So what is wrong with a background check? The NRA already has a list of gun owners and what guns they have.
Why can't the government at least do a background check?
Have we as Coloradans lost our minds? Just how crazy does this gun culture have to get?
Elaine Brush, Colorado Springs
Reasons for identification are myriad
Voter ID should be a no-brainer, non-issue. One is required to have an ID to operate a motor vehicle, use commercial air, cash a check and even check into a hotel. Isn't voting, which potentially runs our country at least as important? The reasons for identification are myriad and the rationale for not identifying oneself is mystifying at least to me.
Michael S. Welsh, Colorado Springs
Really entice the average flyer
Anyone that has ever flown out of our local airport knows how much more pleasant the experience is versus flying out of DIA.
Having lived in Colorado Springs for almost 30 years, I have seen and heard many things tried to increase service here.
It seems as though trying to lower the rate airlines have to pay to use our airport is always talked about but never works. What about trying some ideas that would really entice the average flyer to use our airport instead of going to DIA.
How about free parking for up to a week, up to two check-in bags free per person paid out of airport funds. Also try a frequent-flier card to be redeemed for a future flight. These are ideas that I think would increase interest in the average flyer and make it so that airlines would take notice of the increased interest. Instead of paying another study group $500,000, use that money to really excite flyers.
Richard Sauvain, Colorado Springs