Letter on guns way off target
In response to the letter "America's love affair with guns" (Dec. 31) I would like to state that my rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment has no relationship to a love affair but rather my actions in preventing an attack on me, my family or other innocent individuals.
One needs only to look at current news with regards to armed robberies, home invasions or most recently the game of knockout attacks to realize that this type of crime can happen to you. You indicate that the law preventing an uninvited individual committing a home invasion is too severe (ruthless and silly) - tell that to Dr. William Petit, Cheshire, Conn., who along with his wife and two daughters were subjected to a home invasion that resulted in his being incapacitated while his family was molested and subsequently murdered.
This is just one highly publicized home invasion that gives rise to warm sympathies with regards to gun ownership. To bring home this type of crime let me provide the following: (1) On Jan. 1, Sand Creek Police, Colorado Springs responded to a home invasion where a 19-year-old resident was deceased at the scene. (2) On Dec. 31, two suspects on East San Miguel attempted a home invasion with an attempt to steal property. (3) On Dec. 17, three suspects performed a home invasion on Prospect Street demanding money from the residents - two of the suspects were armed. (4) Two home invasions in November in Black Forest resulted in the death of two women along with a husband who was shot but later survived.
With regards to the death of the young woman you mentioned, I will not debate the fact that this was tragic, but you are way off base by drawing a corollary between her death and "America's love affair with guns" - your phrase. Lastly, as for being ashamed to be an American, I would agree that you need to leave this great country and I agree if you don't love it - leave it. You are absolutely on track when you say "we" would defend to the death our right to bear arms.
MSNBC's behavior insulting
MSNBC has shown vulgar, poor taste in hurling insults in the political arena. Now, they have hit an all-time low when its panel showed their "true colors" by attacking Mitt Romney's interracial family and targeting their adopted African-American infant. Their "news" staff behaved as racists.
As the mother of an interracial family through adoption, I am highly insulted. Later, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry attempted to apologize to the Romney family and all families that are interracial. However, the views they expressed with such great mockery and jeers are the views that fuel the KKK and the Nazis. This is the United States of America, and I thought that our nation had made better progress than this. It obviously hasn't. Does not the sacrifices of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and many, many others for civil rights mean anything in today's society? Mocking that precious baby by singing, "One of these "things" is not like the others" was outrageously insulting and cruel. I thought people were to be looked upon as people, and not labeled by the color of their skin. The love of a child has nothing to do with color! There are so many children in the United States in need of loving homes. MSNBC's crude televised performance has just set adoption in this country back 40 years! I would die for any of my children, regardless if they are my adopted or birth children, black, white, American Indian or Asian!
Do they mock families with disabled children, too? Do they secretly mock Brad and Angelina? Shame on them! They each need to take a long, hard look in the mirror. The world recently grieved the passing of Nelson Mandela and our nation will soon celebrate the birth of the great civil rights martyr, Martin Luther King. Do we insult their memories and the sacrifices they made by accepting such hurtful foolery? We must not! America was made great by embracing its diversity.
Positive health care experience
I would like to relate the positive experience our small business has had obtaining health insurance for our employees using Connect for Health Colorado, the state health insurance exchange. We have long felt it is important for us to provide health insurance for our staff and their families, but as for most small businesses, this has becomes increasingly difficult with yearly premium increases. In early December we looked at the option of buying insurance on the exchange, and were delighted to find we could provide a better insurance package at a significantly lower premium starting Jan. 1. It took some work to complete the application for our entire group, but we got it done in less than two weeks.
This was made possible by the federal Affordable Care Act, which mandates a quality benefit package and provides incentives to small businesses. As a pediatric practice, we see many children whose families are stressed by lack of health insurance, often because the parents are small business owners or employees; now these hard working families can finally obtain quality health insurance.
Edward C. Maynard, MD
Just passing a bunch of laws
I am appalled and disgusted to read that the Colorado Legislature passed 441 laws last year, every one of them taking away a little more of our freedom and liberty. There are tens of thousands of laws on the books, most of them unenforced or unenforceable, but it appears that the Legislature will not be content until everything we do is regulated and illegal.
It is time to review the legitimate role of government, which is to provide those services which cannot be provided by any other entity, not to incarcerate the governed. Just passing a bunch of laws is not governing, leading or representing the electorate. Our jails are overflowing due to the laws enacted in the past without thought of the consequences and the big picture of what was the best for our society and state.
Let's go back to being the state that represents freedom, individuality and common sense, which is why many of us moved here.