A record to be proud of
John Morse and I have something in common. No remorse. On the Gloria Neal Show, Colorado Progressive Talk, I heard John Morse was easily recalled because of backing gun bills. Nonsense. Morse was recalled because of his anti-Colorado agenda. In this last legislative session, Morse has a long list of "accomplishments". He gave Colorado's 60,000 undocumented Democrats in-state tuition and a drivers licenses. He helped voter fraud with mail-in ballots and same day registration. He enacted strict renewable energy standards, which raised the electricity bills of our rural farmers. He regulated oil and gas companies and burdened businesses with expanded family leave. He helped increase unemployment by running gun companies out of the state. He introduced Colorado to a progressive state tax with the school reform bill. And best of all, he gave all state workers a raise. Now Sen. Morse, that's a record to be proud of!
Ruth Sobol, Colorado Springs
'Where do we go from here?'
In light of the recent Supreme Court rulings; one wonders where we will go from here. Marriage was here before there was a government. Marriage was here before there was religion. If any institution can be traced ultimately to the beginning of human history, it is the institution of marriage. It has been seen primarily as between one man and one woman. Kings and other wealthy people may have had polygamy, but for 98 percent of humanity it has been one man and one woman. There have been prohibitions for marrying close relatives, siblings, cousins etc. And incest has always been considered taboo.
Other than that, people have been marrying for the good of the spouses and God willing, children become the fruit of the union. This is the way we as a society have continued the human species. Humans are the most fragile and need the most time and energy to be raised. We are not considered adults until 21 years old and now we get benefits as dependents until we are 26. No other animal on earth needs so much care for so long. Marriage is the best institution for raising and nurturing children.
Sociologists have been telling us for years how the breakup of the nuclear family has devastating effects on children. The rise of divorce, single parenting, etc., has had a negative effect on children.
In the debate about marriage benefits, people who by nature of the act they perform cannot conceive children want the same benefits as people who by the nature of the act (and the Grace of God) can produce children. The reason there are marriage benefits is not for the spouse primarily, it is for the benefit of children. Life insurance, tax breaks, medical benefits are given to the spouse as guardian for the sake of children who are the fruit of the union. This is forgotten by people who promote justice and equality for marriage benefits.
Where do we go from here? We make a commitment in our personal lives to live holy. We replace the sexual revolution for a purity/chastity revolution. We save ourselves for marriage. We are faithful to our spouses. We work harder to prevent divorce. We do not condone abhorrent sexual behavior. We keep our minds, hearts and bodies pure and holy.
We must continue to be a voice in the political arena. Yet, we will not win there without a change in our personal behavior. We will change the world by the way we live our lives. This is where we as people of faith go from here.
Fr. Bill Carmody, Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs
Let's build a new and bigger library
I agree with every point made by Bob Schaller in his June 25 letter. I acknowledge that downtown can use some revitalization, but I'm opposed to the mayor's efforts to relocate Sky Sox stadium. We can be certain that changing the venue will increase the ticket price and parking fee, but will it increase the number of subscribers? The team is doing just fine in its present home and is not interested in moving unless, of course, the Sox receive an offer they can't refuse.
I wonder if Mayor Steve Bach has noticed that only a small number of the Springs population are Sox subscribers and supporters. Why build a new stadium for this minority group and make all the taxpayers foot the bill? Instead, let's build something that will appeal to the majority of Springs residents. The area adjacent to America the Beautiful park needs a catalyst to spur development.
The present main library on Cascade needs to expand. Forget expanding. Instead, let's build a new and bigger library, one designed by a world-class architect, with a several stories high glass wall providing an unobstructed view of the Springs' prime asset - Pikes Peak and the front range. This facility will be the magnet to attract in-town housing, small shops and restaurants. And in the nearby undeveloped warehouse area, a year-round farmer's market, built by the private sector, will be another catalyst that will finally, after decades of dithering, revitalize downtown.
J. Lee Tangen, Colorado Springs
Think before you light up
In the past 10 days, I've personally seen arms hanging out of car windows with a lit cigarette dangling and two motorcycle riders with a lit cigarette hanging out their mouths. One even lit up while sitting in construction traffic on I-25 near Interquest Parkway just a few miles west of the biggest and most destructive fire in our state. I rolled down my window to ask both to put their cigarettes out and to remember the fire danger. Of course, I got attitudes and some really ignorant words back. I don't care - I'll continue to bring these actions to their attention and hope that at least it'll make 'em think before they light up again where it is unsafe. What part of Colorado is burning up this summer don't they understand?
Carol Bishop, Colorado Springs