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LETTERS: Immigration policy rests with Congress; huge concern for neighborhood

By: Gazette readers
September 8, 2017 Updated: September 8, 2017 at 9:13 am
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Holding the signs from left Miguel Alvarez, Aarahon Valdovines, and Alejandro Carnero all students of Mitchell High School show up in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) at Acacia Park on Tuesday September 5, 2017 in Colorado Springs. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

Congress decides immigration policy

So, DACA was rescinded, and the predictable teeth-gnashing, pearl-clutching and couch-fainting by liberals immediately ensued.

Despite the fact that there's a six-month reprieve from even the possibility of deportation, and that the "dreamers" potentially affected would be an extremely low-priority demographic, those rabidly responding to this dog-whistle are portraying this as racist, bigoted and xenophobic as they trot out their increasingly lame one-trick-pony.

Such histrionics-on-demand further affirm that the left isn't concerned with elections determining who makes legislative decisions, or a gross refusal to acknowledge the clearly delineated separation-of-powers; they just want to have their way, all of the time.

Back in 2013, Obama challenged Republicans to "win an election" if they didn't like the policies he proposed and how they were enacted, and that's exactly what they did in taking control of a majority of governorships and attorneys general, both chambers of Congress and now, the White House and SCOTUS.

Electoral results have consequences, and if you nominate incompetent and/or odious candidates with lousy messages, you might have to live with legal repercussions and ideological reversals should they lose, which is sadly sobering to the multitudes of liberals that assumed they would remain in power perpetually.

The job of crafting, debating, voting upon, implementing and enforcing immigration policy rests with Congress - period- and regardless of where they reside on the political spectrum, no POTUS has the authority to circumvent this.

Obama has suggested that Trump's actions constitute "a political decision, and a moral question". He's half right; it is a political decision - just like when he created the program - but it's not a moral question, it's actually a legal one, which would have failed if challenged in court eventually anyway.

Jeff Faltz

Colorado Springs

   

Depends on which end of town

Yes, Sue, I am also outraged by the recent action of the council on the purchase of cameras for Venezia Park. (Letters, "Stewardship of our tax dollars", August 28) I have sent letters to my councilwoman, Yolanda Avila, and directly to the Parks and Recreation Department. Avila has responded; I have not heard back from the Parks Dept.

Wildflower Park, on the southeast, which we walk daily, is a disgrace with dead and dying trees. Several years ago they planted trees but didn't water them, so now they are standing dead. The pine beetle has started killing the only three pine trees in the park, which I have brought to the attention of the Parks Department. Responses are always that they don't have the funds or manpower to address the issue. For $100 the pine could be sprayed to get rid of the beetle infestation. I know because we had it done to our own trees.

A few years ago when we had vandals tipping garbage cans in Wildflower, the Parks Department took away the garbage can! It's just this year when I asked if another garbage can could be added, we did get one.

Seems to me it depends which end of town you live on.

Faye Lindsey

Colorado Springs

   

Watch how the money is spent

So the county commissioners want to ask voters to "reset TABOR" on the November ballot to retain about $14.5 million in excess revenue to pay for disaster recovery repairs (when did we have that?), park projects and infrastructure improvements (including the I-25 Gap). The TABOR restriction has curbed the county's recovery from the Great Recession, but wasn't that nine years ago? They are just getting around to that project? I don't think Colorado Springs homeowners get a great benefit of adding $40 to reduce their taxes, but $14.5 million will not go very far for all these projects when someone thinks we should pay a half million dollars for a security system in the new play ground! I agree with the letter about hiring a person to patrol the playground - it would, at least, give someone a job. Did they get bids on this security system? I could see $20,000, $30,000, but $450,000?

I thought the pot taxes went to fund the playgrounds and didn't the mayor just get a whole bunch of money to fix our roads and bridges? I'm all for getting money for the city from TABOR, but someone needs to take a close watch on how it is spent.

I moved up the pass a couple of years ago but still own two homes in Colorado Springs, so I do have a great interest in this.

Patricia Johnson

Woodland Park

   

A huge concern for neighborhood

Re: West-side alley infill development in landslide area. We know that the building up of infill areas has become an interest to city leaders. It makes sense to build out lots in already developed neighborhoods. In this case however, it does not seem prudent to approve the construction of three duplexes in a landslide zone, or to waive safety standards for emergency response.

These structures are not filling in the empty spots between houses on established streets - they are not even being built on a street - they are being crammed into a hillside lot with a 55 percent slope on an unnamed 12-foot-wide alley. Even with mitigation, the possibility of landslides still exists. The fact that, even after the heartbreaking loss of their homes for many Colorado Springs homeowners in landslide areas, the City Planning Commission has given their support to build six more homes in a landslide area with very limited access, should be a concern.

It is a huge concern for our neighborhood, peoples' lives, and personal property. The City Council will meet on Sept. 12, beginning at 1 p.m.

Mary Osborn

Colorado Springs

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