An alternative to AARP
Re: "Obamacare is good for AARP"
I used to belong to the AARP and grew very unhappy with its progressive activism over the years, even though it presented itself as being nonpartisan. I wrote to them several times taking issue with their stands and promotions of issues I didn't agree with. They were polite enough to respond each time but still defended their position on the issues. I finally had enough and canceled my membership.
Today, I belong to the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) - a conservative senior's organization with a million members and growing. If I'm going to have a senior's organization represent me in Washington, I want one that shares my principles and values, not one that dangles discount candies in front of me to keep me on the membership roll for them to influence politicians toward positions I do not agree with. AMAC also offers discounts to many of the same things AARP does.
Dependency's results truly dismal
Tim Haley's Jan 5 letter mentioning the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and White Clay, Neb., in reference to pot sales certainly makes a good point. The broader issue, however, is what we collectively have done to Native Americans. Take a look at some of the videos of the Lakota people to see what "taking care" of people does to them. Creating this kind of dependency may assuage a lot of guilt, but the results are predictable and truly dismal. Can you destroy the dignity, honor, and self-worth of a proud people by treating them like dependent children? Yes. Are we continuing to do this for a far less noble reason - our tax money for votes? Yes. Not only is this generosity with other people's money expensive, but it's destructive to the recipients, business, and just being able to survive by working.
Our political class has made a science of creating the worst possible incentives to keep more than just Native Americans on a permanent "reservation".
I am open to solutions. Mine would start with term limits - one term, and one term as a mentor (player-coach) then out - forever - no lobbying, no government jobs, and you can't keep your health insurance, period.
Let's ignore the shrill
The letter in the Jan. 7 Gazette by Jessica Reeves Potasz was well-written and a pleasure to read. She reminds us all that compassion and love are things that should be valued by everyone in our search for a better world. Too often the shrill voices of anger and hate drown out the more reasoned wisdom in our society. Let's ignore the shrill, and focus our energy on constructing a society we can all be proud of now. We owe it to future generations so they won't repeat our mistakes.
Flagrant disrespect for Constitution
The last I heard, the United States has a Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land. However, it seems that those in high government offices, who swore to uphold the Constitution when they were installed into their respective offices, have chosen to ignore this document.
Two such people come to mind: President Obama and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The first person is a person who taught the Constitution as a guest professor in a university setting. The second is a sitting justice on the United States Supreme Court and is one of the nine people who are to apply the tenets of the Constitution to all the cases that come before it.
The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which is now one of the laws of the land, passed by both houses of Congress, and can only be changed by an act of Congress. However, these two people have each unilaterally, at different times, given exemptions to this law to certain groups, thereby changing the original law.
The president has exempted unions and over 1400 other agencies/groups. Justice Sotomayor has exempted a religious order. They, who should know the Constitution, are breaking the law by committing these acts.
They should be censured, and what they have taken from the law needs to be reinstated as the law was originally written and passed. Then, the Congress can change the law or repeal it.
We are still a representative republic; however, the actions of these two individuals are making this country into a dictatorship. This flagrant disrespect for the Constitution must stop.
Erna A. Haring
Passing of a local icon
Historically, to capture the contributions of an icon requires a journalist "report card" of successful achievements. The passing of Samuel C. Hunter II on Dec. 26 has been overlooked by the local press.
Hunter graduated from Colorado Springs High School (1936). In 1940, he graduated from West Virginia State College, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. His continued quest for educational knowledge led him to Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. He graduated in the class of 1941.
Hunter was a DOTA (Documented Original Tuskegee Airman) and a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded in 2007.
This great egalitarian from 1950-2013 was at the forefront of struggles for human dignity. The legacy of Samuel C. Hunter II should never be forgotten because he left the city of Colorado Springs with an impeccable record of accomplishments.
Charles H. Guy