Published: April 11, 2014
Stop wasting your time and mine
You folks in city government make me tired! Stop acting like spoiled brats and get the job done. The lot of you are supposed to be the new brand that takes action, makes decisions and gets the job done. You're sitting on more tax dollars than a working stiff like me can even fathom, and you can't get the job done.
So, stop wasting your time and mine, and fix the potholes. Not this summer; now! Make it the first positive thing you've done recently.
Then follow it up with more positive decisions. But, get the job done. If you can't or won't, please have the dignity and integrity to resign and go home.
Rodney F. Lindner, Colorado Springs
The debate about potholes
Here's the skinny on all the debate about potholes.
I've been responsible for infrastructure issues such as potholes for 39 working years, in and out of the government. The simple truth is that pothole repair is an operating budget issue. Like most items, it is based on what it takes to function within the annual operating budget cycle. When politicians like ours say they will never raise taxes, they are stating they don't need to have the ability to deal with abnormalities. Don't believe them!
Today's debate is not an "emergency" issue. Taxpayers need to understand they can fund the operating budget and, believe it or not, it means that taxes sometimes needs to go up to cover the ever-growing "waterfront of needs" that we experience in a growing community.
E. M. Smith, Colorado Springs
Such an increase is ridiculous
I am outraged that the City Council has voted to pay the head of Colorado Springs Utilities a huge wage increase. We taxpayers pay this man a lot more than he is worth and to add on such an increase is ridiculous. Taxpayers, let's be sure to vote all of the yes votes out of office in the next election.
Jan Martin has been outspoken about the raise for our Utilities chief even when he is already, one of the highest paid city employees. Voters, she needs to be retired at our next election. We can certainly do without her decisions and comments.
We need council members who take a stand for our citizens who can barely pay their utility bills.
Donald G. Worley, Colorado Springs
Mind-baffling pot decision
I'm responding to your article about Palmer Lake's recent decision to reject recreation marijuana sales. I personally believe that the pros greatly surpass the cons. The main argument against recreational pot sales is that what was once an illegal drug is now becoming legal and just like alcohol, weed impairs people. Then again the benefits just to name a few include around $1,000 in taxes a day, an increase in tourism, and it goes with the free-spirited idea that is the United States of America.
The recent vote of the people resulted in 538 no votes and 481 yes votes. I don't understand why so many people are voting no but are perfectly content with alcohol. Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and alcohol causes about 250 million more deaths a year than pot. Why are people so naive as to allow one but not the other when the decision is so crystal clear? That is the question that baffles my mind.
Bailey Scott Gentile, Colorado Springs
Four months an eternity
Re: GOP budget slashes spending, aid to poor, April 2. As Congress tackles the budget, it should solve lingering problems with VA health care. The VA faces a backlog of about 700,000 claims for disability benefits, and 400,000 of these have been pending for more than four months. For veterans who are suffering from physical or mental wounds, four months can seem like an eternity.
The VA has struggled with this problem for years, yet Congress has failed to spend the money needed to hire more staff. How can we be stingy in keeping our promises to veterans while the Pentagon is spending billions on new ships, aircraft and weapons? Its biggest program, the Joint Strike fighter, is 75 percent over budget and now estimated to cost taxpayers $1.5 trillion, even though defense analysts say the plane is slow to accelerate, turn and climb compared with today's jets. Can we really afford this overpriced aircraft while our veterans continue to wait for their benefits?
Vivianna Mestas, Colorado Springs
Looking at the numbers
Phil Kenny asks why the Republicans are favored to win Congress in 2014 and wonders if this is what we want more of. He claims that under George Bush, we had the worst economy in 70 years. According to the Independent Journalism Review, here are the real statistics: During the Bush presidency in 2008, there were 120 million full-time workers; under Barack Obama in 2013 there were 116 million. People in the workforce under Bush were 66 percent; under Obama, it's 63.2 percent. Home ownership under Bush was 70 percent; under Obama 62 percent. The median income under Bush was $55,484; under Obama it's $52,098. The poverty rate under Bush was 13 percent; under Obama, it's 15 percent. People on food stamps under Bush was 31.6 million; under Obama, 47.8 million people are on food stamps. The debt-to-GDP under Bush was 64 percent, as compared to Obama's 101.6 percent. Obama's numbers are what we do not want more of.
Chris Simon, Colorado Springs