Let's be proud of Colorado
What's with all the negativity about the "Colorful Colorado" signs? I, for one, enjoy their quaint and rustic character. This is "the West," not L.A., Hotlanta, or Zoo York. The signs speak to our heritage and sum up perfectly what Colorado has to offer; a warm welcome to a colorful state full of boundless opportunities for adventure and fun.
I would bet that many of those dissatisfied with the signs are not from this wonderful state originally, and therefore have no sense of connection to these big, beautiful guideposts that welcomed Coloradans home every time we went exploring the wide-open spaces and wonders in our own state as well as Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.
I might also hazard a guess that these are some of the same people who dislike the new State of Colorado promotion logo with the green, snow-capped peak over our state name "Colorado".
Again, I like it. It is bold, direct, and an instantly recognizable emblem of our amazing state.
People seem to be willing to offer a lot of criticism of these iconic efforts, but little in the way of better suggestions. I feel that every time these symbols of our state are denigrated it reflects a very negative opinion of our state. It's as if we don't appreciate the awesome and unique riches available in the very place we call home.
Let's be proud of Colorado and take every opportunity to promote our state as a great place to live, work, play and visit; and to show off our truly "colorful" heritage, history, and hospitality.
P.S.: I plan to lobby the Department of Revenue, aka the DMV, to offer a "retro-style" license plate, with the green mountains and white alpha-numerics, bearing the "colorful" over Colorado tagline that used to be the sole available design for our state automobile license plates for many, many years. Anybody want to sign my petition?
Mark Weingartner, Colorado Springs
Councilman's ill-advised comment
Regarding City Council member Val Snider's comment concerning the stormwater fee ballot proposal, anyone who can be as excited about a new government imposed fee (read tax) as the birth of their child either shouldn't be an elected official or shouldn't be a parent, or both.
Bill Schaffner, Colorado Springs
Sen. Udall's position on Obamacare
Reference: Gazette's viewpoint on Udall and Obamacare.
Let's see if I understand Sen. Mark Udall's position on Obamacare. He doesn't see anything wrong with the law even though several hundred thousand of his constituents lost coverage. In addition, there have been more than 35 temporary fixes by the Obama administration: most probably illegal. He blames the Koch brothers for pointing out the problems with the law. He would vote for it again.
Let's presuppose he actually read the law before he voted for it. That means that he did not understand what he read. I think that makes him incompetent to continue being my senator.
System user unfriendly or sabotaged
I would be one of the first to agree that health care in this country had become unaffordable and inaccessible for most people. However, for the past 21/2 weeks, I have been trying to enroll in a health plan in compliance with the Obamacare requirements and have experienced nothing but dead ends and frustration.
I have been put on hold for over 45 minutes at a time only to be told, that because I am in Colorado I have to call another 800 number; I call that number and spend another 45 minutes on hold.
One day I finally reached a live rep! Yippee! He filled out my application on the Connect for Colorado website, but thanks to the information he submitted I have received a letter that I am an illegal alien, I am now locked out of the website and my case on Peak Vista Health is closed.
I am a U.S. citizen, born and raised, I have worked hard all my life and am self-employed helping disabled adults in the community. I feel like my state and country are punishing me for being a "working class" citizen.
I have written letters to my state reps. The system is either completely user unfriendly or being deliberately sabotaged.
Billie Alor, Colorado Springs
Nation is becoming poorer
The article on the front page of the B section of the March 25 Gazette by Carol McGraw decrying kids living in poverty was accurate in its statistics but faulty in one assumption.
She stated, "More Colorado kids were living in poverty in 2012 than during the worst part of the economic downturn."
The problem is we are still headed down. Workforce participation, number of hours worked per employable adult, and take-home pay, when adjusted for inflation, are all now less than they were in 2012.
The reason more children are living in poverty is because we, as a nation, are becoming poorer.
Dik Thurston, Colorado Springs