March 21, 2014 Updated: March 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm
Merrifield not more qualified
Christy Le Lait, executive director of the El Paso County Democratic Party, claims that Michael Merrifield is more qualified to be senator of District 11 than Republican Bernie Herpin. ("Political race swirling in county this year", March, 18, The Gazette) Is she referring to Merrifield being the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns last year? If so, she needs to know Mayor John Tkazyik of Poughkeepsie N.Y., just dropped out of the group, stating it was just for "Michael Bloomberg to promote his personal gun control agenda." He also added "M.AI.G. intended to promote confiscation of guns from law abiding citizens."
This may qualify Merrifield to be state senator somewhere but not in a free country.
Jill Coleman, Colorado Springs
A really weak candidate?
One point of political irony jumped out at me from Megan Schrader's recent article, "Political races swirling in county this year," March 18:
If Michael Merrifield is "a really weak candidate" because of "gaffes and public abrasiveness," as says Daniel Cole, the executive director of the El Paso County Republican Party, then so is the Republican candidate for re-election, Bernie Herpin.
Gaffes? Just a few weeks ago Herpin offended the families of victims of the Aurora theater shooting by saying it was "maybe a good thing he [the gunman] had a 100-round magazine, because it jammed.
If he had four, five, six 15-round magazines, there's no telling how much damage he could have done until a good guy with a gun showed up."
And public abrasiveness? Last March, during a City Council meeting about local fracking, a UCCS student read a statement prepared by several UCCS professors, offering a new idea about the issue, and then Herpin attacked her.
He asked, "Do you have a job here?" She said she was only a student. Herpin then harshly criticized her, "So you want us to use our taxpayer money to go buy land, and you're gonna not help pay for it." The student said she was merely reading a prepared statement. Herpin balked, "Thank you for not answering the question."
By the Republicans' standards, Herpin is "a really weak candidate."
Ryan Macoubrie, Colorado Springs
Clearest, wisest, most succinct plan
The editorial March 17, by City Council President Keith King, is the clearest, wisest, most succinct plan I have heard yet on the proposed City for Champions: design it as you would plan a startup company, using economic logic in the vision.
Is an 8 percent mortgage the lowest we can get, or is it based on a risky venture? And best of all, once a solid economic blueprint is put together, call for a vote of those who will be asked to pay.
I agree 100 percent.
Thank you, Keith King.
Sharon McKiernan, Colorado Springs
Every time there is a difficult vote
Keith King is punting on the C4C project. What's the point of having elected officials if, every time there is a difficult vote, they champion "let the people decide."
King is showing zero leadership on this issue. Take a stand, Keith, and then let the people of your district vote on your record.
Ben Miller, Colorado Springs
A beautiful city somewhere else
Mayor Steve Bach says Councilman Keith King wanting to get a vote of the people before expending public funds on C for C, is "political grandstanding". Bach is one to accuse someone of grandstanding. That is his forte. I submit that councilman King, and four other council members, pushing for a vote of the people, is certainly more in line with the general public than Bach and his "group" trying to force it on us.
I suggest that if Bach wants visitors to come to Colorado Springs, he should fix the streets, green up the parks, remove dead trees, plant new trees, clean up trash around the city, etc. Of course, Bach and his "group" does not have those concerns in their neighborhood.
They should really take a look around the city to see it as tourists see it when they drive through Colorado Springs on their way to a beautiful city somewhere else.
Willis Alexander, Colorado Springs
No one seems to care
The most important problem today is overpopulation of our state, country and the world.
This affects all areas of our lives, even our weather. The infrastructure needed for so many millions is overwhelming.
Our food, water, fuel, natural resources, hospitals, roads, housing, jobs, taxes and schools are being exhausted.
Competition created by too many people is paid for by us all in higher prices on everything due to the overwhelming demand and limited supply. Look at food, fuel, overcrowded hospitals and schools.
I recall in the 1960s the U.S. Surgeon General on TV promoting the use of birth control to prevent a future population explosion and bumper stickers reading 'Zero Population Growth'.
Today no one seems to care or be paying attention. Big companies and our government seem to want more and more growth. Where will it all end? Serious action is needed now to stop the growth.
Coloradans need to just take a look at Denver. A beautiful city ruined by too many people!
I see overpopulation of our country as an emergency situation! Unfortunately, our government can't even see it at all. What will it take for people to wake up?
Richard Chapman, Peyton