Gay marriage shouldn't be an issue
Colorado should strike down the ban on gay marriage. I am a Christian, but I still believe that people should be able to marry who they want. Not allowing gay marriage isn't going to make gay people turn straight. Not allowing gay marriage doesn't make less people gay. Gay people should have the rights marriage entails.
I am not saying that gay marriage should be sanctified by churches, but the state should not dictate who people can marry. Isn't this why there is a separation between church and state? Gay rights activists pledged at a rally to pursue a ballot measure in 2016 to legalize gay marriage unless courts allow gays to get married. By 2016, I will be able to vote. If marriage is on the ballot, I know where I stand. In a state that legalized marijuana, I do not think gay marriage should be an issue.
Gillian Ridler, Colorado Springs
Running out of excuses for inaction
Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans are running out of excuses for inaction on immigration reform.
Immigration reform has the votes needed to pass in the House today, but Speaker Boehner is now saying he can't move forward and chooses to blame President Barack Obama.
There are millions of immigrants in our country who aspire to become citizens, but have no way of doing so under the current system. They need solutions, not more political games from Speaker Boehner and Republicans.
Millions of immigrants are suffering. I'm calling on Rep. Doug Lamborn to be a leader and tell Speaker Boehner to bring immigration reform to a vote.
Jose Lopez, Monument
Some desperately want children
Recently, it seems as though there are many reports of negligent mothers. The Lyons woman that alledgedly went to the point of leaving her baby in her car while she committed a robbery, reaches a whole new level. I know many women who are spending thousands of dollars because they are so desperate for a child. Then you see women, like Abigail Jo Johnson, who have children and they do not seem to care what happens to their child. This is incredibly devastating to those who so desperately want children. I find it disgusting that someone would mistreat such a precious life so blatantly.
Sydney Stricklin, Colorado Springs
Job possibility is looking bleak
I am an experienced engineer and work in the structural steel business as a project and detail manager. During the recession in 2009, the company I worked for in Denver closed down. I could not find a job in Colorado so was forced to work out of Seattle beginning in 2011 and commuted home to Colorado Springs on weekends. The weekend commutes used about half my income due to the lack of affordable flights into and out of the Colorado Springs Airport. This company also closed down last summer due to issues unrelated to the economy.
Since then I have been sending out an average of 10 resumes a week, mainly in Colorado where I have family and property and would like to stay. To date, I have not received responses or even an acknowledgement from any Colorado companies. It seems the only jobs around Colorado Springs are low paying and cannot support a family. Meanwhile, I have been getting good responses and interviews from out of state companies in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Nevada, to name a few, and will probably end up working out of state again.
This brings me back to the other problem; few good flights in and out of the Colorado Springs Airport. Again, to maintain a home in Colorado I will be spending half my salary commuting. I love Colorado, especially Colorado Springs, and would love to stay, but this possibility is looking bleak.
In summary, I feel I am not the only one facing these problems. I wonder how Colorado Springs can attract people or even keep people here without good jobs and better flights into and out of our airport, with at least some convenient nonstop flights to major cities. In addition, the utility rates keep going up every year with no end in sight, making it even harder to live here without a good job.
Jens Kersting, Manitou Springs
Thank God for term limits
Wow, I've heard it all now. So this guy gets elected and decides he doesn't need to follow the laws that all of the rest of us have to. Thank God for term limits.
Terry Maketa is nothing but a power hungry little boy. Since when does a sheriff take the lead when it comes to fighting a fire? I believe that should be left to the people who have training in that particular discipline. After reading how ignorant he seems to be when it comes to his job requirements, I certainly hope people don't vote for him in any future elections that he is on the ballot.
Martin Prohaski, Colorado Springs
Maketa gets the job done
This is in response to the March 6 article entitled "Sheriff sets own policies". I can appreciate the agenda for investigative reporting, so be it. As a citizen of El Paso County, I have personally witnessed Sheriff Terry Maketa in action especially during the Waldo Canyon fire. He works hard. He remains strong under adverse conditions. He gets the job done. In short, he is a leader. To my knowledge he has never even shown a hint of breaking rules yet there are ruffled feathers. Who cares what other sheriffs think? Seriously! This is not Arapahoe, Jefferson, or Douglas County. Deal with reality. Good job, Sheriff Maketa, I only regret not being able to cast another vote for you.
Joseph A. Fromme Jr., Manitou Springs