Expansion of Springs Rescue Mission
The Springs Rescue Mission yet again just purchased more land to continue to grow their Mecca as they've continued to do for the past 20 years. Ask yourself, if they were actually successful, wouldn't they be shrinking? Well, this is a business of course, which is why the growth will continue. Nevertheless, their own estimates have been abysmal. After spending $3.2 million to open their 200-bed shelter in November 2016, it filled up within a few months, still leaving the city to deal with the rest of the free-for-all camping problems since the ACLU threatens lawsuits if the police enforce the city's camping ban ordinance.
I met with Stu Davis, the Community Relations Director of SRM after he or any representative failed to attend the standing room only crowd homeless meeting last year at Ivywild School. When I asked what real data could be presented from SRM so donors know they are helping a successful cause, he told me they were only able to get 38 people into (subsidized) housing in 2016. Since the city is paying for the negative side effects, I suggest that City Council begin to think about solving the problem on our own rather than expecting "nonprofits" to do it, given their history.
Because they need the votes
The Democrats throw a tantrum whenever anyone suggests doing away with DACA. Why? A newly released memo obtained by The Daily Caller will answer that question. The memo from Center for American Progress Action Fund (a far left, progressive group) states "The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party's future electoral success"... There you have it.
The Democrats want to preserve DACA because they need the votes. The memo shows that the votes are critical for the Democratic Party to retain what power it still has. So what if the DACA program is corrupt and costs a lot money, taxpayer money? They need the votes!
Interference and bogus issues
House Rep. Francis Rooney and other House members need to be working on stopping the Russians from continuing to interfere in our elections and democracy instead of bad mouthing the FBI which has protected us against all kinds of attacks. They are so into protecting Donald Trump that they are willing to degrade the whole FBI instead of really trying to find out what actually happened with our election and how to stop it from happening again.
I am ashamed of the House members that go after the FBI instead of doing their jobs and finding out how to stop this meddling from Russia.
If Trump and his associates did nothing wrong then they don't need Congress' help and if they did something wrong the country needs to know. Let Robert Mueller and the FBI do their job without interference and attempts to redirect attention to the FBI with bogus issues. Do the job you were assembled to do.
GOP must let stale politics go
The #metoo movement is powerful and if Republicans want to be in a position to win elections they must realize it. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are wrong. Period. These egregious actions should never be swept under the rug or covered up. However, the #metoo movement is about more than just sex, it encompasses the dirty undercurrent of what it feels like to be powerless.
This #metoo movement also includes the often-ignored voices of millennials as well. There is a certain amount of reticence on the part of some of the older voters to include the younger voters in leadership roles and that must change. We're dying, and the party is shrinking. When millennials are not included, they too will exercise their power to vote against a system that they also perceive to be unwelcoming.
Finally, we need to look at the growing demographic of minority voters. In the very near future, the majority of the Republican base will become the minority. The feeling of being disenfranchised historically is powerful. It will continue to produce the same alienating results and they will use their vote as their means of exercising what little power they have.
The GOP must become the party of liberty, individual economic empowerment, and advance the policies of equality of opportunity. It must cast aside the stale politics of the day and speak to all Americans based upon principles and values that create victors, not victims.
Let's do things differently and let's win in 2018 or the next time you see a demure smile on someone's face, you'll know they were thinking "me too" when they voted.
Laws need strict enforcement
After viewing Sen. Cory Gardner's comments regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions' intent to enforce federal drug laws concerning recreational marijuana use, my wife and I wish to express our extreme disagreement with his stance and threat to hold up federal appointments. We intended to list our reasons, however, The Gazette (Jan. 7) editorial did an excellent job of doing so.
My wife is a retired Special Education teacher. In her profession marijuana is referred to as "job security". Not nice, but I wonder why? We have no objection to medical use under a doctor's care, but a head cold should not qualify.
As to Gardner's states rights Tenth Amendment argument, it makes no sense legally. There is no difference between federal drug laws and immigration laws; both need and indeed deserve strict enforcement. If the laws are badly written or do not serve us well, it is the job of Congress to make changes.
Mike and Linda Tussing