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LETTER: Awesome photo for 9/11; government out of control

By: Gazette readers
September 14, 2017 Updated: September 14, 2017 at 4:05 am
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) carries the flag onto the field before a game between the Broncos and the Chargers on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Awesome photograph for Sept. 11

I am 13 years old and a big Denver Broncos fan. I thought it was awesome that The Gazette Sept. 12 front page was the photo of Emmanuel Sanders smiling and waving the American flag.

All this talk of Colin Kaepernick and other football players refusing to stand for the national anthem is sickening. Do they not realize what an amazing opportunity they have to live in the best country in the world and play football for millions of dollars? Sanders shows his country the respect it deserves, especially on Sept. 11.

Sage Hoskins

Colorado Springs

Abusing the 911 call system

Re: 911 a waste of time. First of all how dare you abuse the 911 call system. Kids throwing watermelons is definitely not an emergency. Second of all, sounds like you've got some issues where you live. Have you considered moving where you can be at peace? How do you have so much time on your hands to take pictures of all these bad motorists? Retired? No hobbies? Pinterest is great! And if you own a town home, its a great time to sell! You might want to consider living far, far away from other humans because I think no matter what, they'll do something to irk you.

Irma K Jordan


Good start on a bipartisan solution

Re: "Editorial: Governors pitch Obamacare 4.0," Sept. 1.

As a small business owner who has greatly benefited from the Affordable Care Act, particularly the expansion of Medicaid, I disagree with the recent editorial criticizing the bipartisan healthcare plan proposed by Governors John Hickenlooper and John Kasich. The plan may not be perfect but it is a good start on a bipartisan solution to strengthen the ACA.

My young business, Left Hand Management, consults with treatment agencies for drug and alcohol addiction, and provides education on paying for these services through Medicaid. The expansion of Medicaid under the ACA has provided a whole new area of business opportunities for entrepreneurs like me - in fact, it's estimated that it created more than 31,000 jobs here in Colorado.

But the future of our businesses, and many of these jobs, were in jeopardy due to the efforts to repeal the ACA and the instability those efforts created in insurance markets.

Passing the subpar replacement plans proposed by Congress would have made health coverage unattainable for millions of Americans. While the ACA has room for improvement, lasting solutions require bipartisan partnership. The plan proposed by Hickenlooper and Kasich is an important first step in ensuring the benefits of the ACA are strengthened, rather than reversed.

Stephanie Farrell


Climate change hysteria wrong

Climate changers want us all to believe that Hurricane Harvey's stall over Houston was because of climate change. That is completely not true. If Irma had stalled over Florida the result would have been the same and not have been because of climate change. The most powerful hurricane ever recorded was Hurricane Camille which hit the Gulf Coast in 1969 with 212 mph winds. So neither Katrina or Harvey were 500-year storms. They weren't even 100-year storms.

Twenty-two hurricanes have formed in the Gulf when water temps were below normal. Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey Shore where the water temp is 30 degrees cooler than the Gulf. So water temperature doesn't seem to matter in the intensity of hurricanes.

Major storms and floods have occurred in the U.S. since 1870 long before there was hundreds of millions of cars and big oil companies. Carbon emissions by cars and trucks in the 1960s was 500 parts per million. Today it is 40 ppm. Thanks to technology not whiners like Al Gore.

Wildfires in the West create more carbon filled smoke than all the cars, trucks and factories in the western states do in a year. Tide markers on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico still record normal tides of 2-3 feet. No ocean rise. The Central England Temperature (CET) in London which is one of the oldest temperature records in the world has recorded no significant temp increase in 200 years.

Climate change hysteria is displayed by people like Bill Maher and his audience of clapping seals who clap in unison to every absurd remark he makes. Climate change hysteria is void of facts, science and any common sense.

Stan Easterwood


Example of government out of control

As a former resident of the Stratmore Hills part of the Springs, I am appalled that the Colorado Department of Wildlife is going around killing bears in outlying areas of the city. Two have been killed recently, a mama bear and her cub. These creatures sometimes live and roam about suburban areas and do no harm to anyone. I repeat, they do no harm. In fact, they are enjoyed by area residents,

Why the Department of Wildlife has to go in there like a SWAT team and knock them out of the trees with fatal results is a mystery to me. It's another example of government out of control. Who will stand up to the D.O.W.?

Carl R. Goodwin

Russell, Ohio

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