Morse pushed, we responded
The most self-serving, arrogant, former state senator from legislative District 11 has been recalled. Even up to the last minute John Morse was defiant, stating that he thought the process was a joke, that low voter turnout was the key to him losing his seat (in spite of his efforts going door to door, buying lunch for "eligible" CC students, and having the support of back east interests in terms of money and media ads). Sounds like sour grapes to me. The process was purely grass roots and it worked. America is taking notice. We can all thank Morse for that.
If anyone was the epitome of someone that should have been the focus of Colorado's first ever state senator recall it was Morse. The lack of regard for constituent input, only accepting calls from the likes of Biden and Bloomberg while ignoring calls, emails, and on-site input from his constituents was truly alarming and puzzling as to why a sitting senator would do such a thing.
He will never be on the national stage in some other politically self-serving state like California or New York so why would he do it? Was it personal conviction? I don't think so. Not when he made remarks in his post-election headquarters like (paraphrasing) "(he) has no regrets pushing through his agenda. It is an agenda that other states should adopt." What? That surely sounds like Biden or Bloomberg talking. There seemed to be a promise from the back east political elites to "cover his back" in terms of getting him through the recall election. That didn't work, the people had their say. Morse pushed, we responded and I'm very glad. This will now have a huge impact on the national scene, not in the way Morse expected it would but in a huge way nonetheless. As Morse said, "Dems still have the majority in both chambers." True, but now they are frozen in their tracks with possible political fallout for Gov. John Hickenlooper as well.
The one disturbing outcome of this recall was the 49 percent of voters who turned out to vote against the recall. Only they know why.
Thomas Hill, Colorado Springs
John Morse and his ego
As a long time observer and participant in the Colorado legislative process, I feel perpetually na?e. I served in the Colorado House (District 19) from 1981 through 1986 and lobbied there from 1987 through the 2012 legislative session and now am retired in Arizona. I still pay attention to Colorado politics and watched the John Morse recall as it developed. I say na?e because I did not understand why Morse did not simply resign. He only had one more legislative session to serve before term limits take him out. If he had resigned, a Democrat would have been appointed to replace him, thus keeping the seat a Democrat seat. But instead, he squandered a couple of million dollars, much of which could have been used to help his fellow Democrats in their elections next year. I say na?e because it is unfathomable to me that anybody would think it is more important that he serve in one more four-month legislative session, than it is to retain the majority for his party.
2014 promises to be a tough year for the Democrats to retain control of the Colorado Senate, and Morse and his ego have gone a long way to help the Republicans regain control of the upper House. If I were a Democrat, I would be outraged. But I am neither. I just had no idea that keeping Morse in the state Senate was more important to the Democrats than maintaining their majority in the Senate. As I said, I am perpetually na?e.
Peter Minahan, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Guns more important than people
Can I pose a question? Now that two of our elected state senators have been recalled for enacting legislation for stronger gun laws, what's next?
I understand that the issue of guns in today's society is a hot topic and evokes much emotion from both sides. However, what is problematic to me is that in today's America it appears to me that guns are more important than people.
How else does one explain how a theater is attacked by an unstable individual that never should have been in possession of a gun, let alone machine gun and nothing changes? Same goes for the terrible tragedy of Sandy Hook. How is it that we all witness these types of horrific events, feign shock, horror and sorrow and then let is pass without any sincere action to try and avoid it from occurring again?
Personally, I don't have anything against gun ownership, it is a constitutional right, however when a society appears to fervently favor protecting the rights of gun ownership versus providing common-sense safeguards for their citizens it make one pause and again, ask the question: What's more important?
Mike Siffin, Colorado Springs
Third World country type tactics
A tiny fraction of voters annulled the results of last election. It is a travesty. Colorado has finally sunk into a Third World country type tactics. In these countries if you do not like what an elected official does you have a coup. It shows that the people who asked for a recall do not believe in elections, are sore losers and too stupid to understand how a democracy works.
Surely, ex-police chief, John Morse, knows more about guns and gun rights than a bunch of ignoramus rabble-rousers.
Guddo Singh, Colorado Springs