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Gazette Premium Content LETTERS: No surprise stats were fudged; field trips; summer jobs for teens

Letters Published: March 6, 2014

No surprise statistics were fudged

So, the statistics cited by the chief of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation regarding background checks on private firearms sales don't support the unconstitutional law passed by Democrats in the state legislature in 2013?

It shouldn't surprise anyone that the CBI chief fudged the numbers. He serves at the pleasure of the governor, who is a Democrat. Nor should it surprise anyone that Democrat Sen. Irene Aguilar from Denver acknowledged that even if the stats are bogus, she doesn't care, citing the oft-repeated and thoroughly ridiculous "if-it-saves-just-one-life" argument. (By that line of reasoning, kitchen knives would be banned, Home Depot couldn't sell those orange five-gallon buckets, and the speed limit on interstate highways would be 15 mph.)

It's apparent that Sen. Greg Brophy, the Republican from Wray, has the correct analysis: the law is being universally ignored, along with the law regulating magazine capacity - just as they should be. Remember in November. Elect a new governor; vote every state legislator with a "D" after their name out of office, and demand the repeal of every law they passed.

John Lariviere, Colorado Springs

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Field trips worth the time, money

I believe that field trips are definitely worth the time and money put into them. When thinking back to elementary school, a lot of my favorite memories involve field trips. From visiting Garden of the Gods to a butterfly sanctuary and even spending the night at a museum, field trips gave me a great opportunity for hands-on learning experience.

In fifth grade, my class even had a "math at the mall" day where we spent a couple of hours at the Chapel Hills Mall finding the prices of different items on a worksheet. For that day, math was actually fun.

I think field trips are helpful in the older age groups as well.

Just a few months ago, my high school Street Law class took a trip to the local courthouse where we listened in on some real cases and met a few of the judges. It was a very interesting and fun experience that I won't forget anytime soon. Field trips not only provide hands-on learning experience that is inaccessible in the classroom, they also give students a break from a normal school day to keep it fun and enjoyable.

Sydney Rhodes, Colorado Springs

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Finding summer jobs for teens

According to the article about how finding summer jobs for teens in Colorado is difficult, I heartily agree and am one who can speculate on the subject. I, a 17-year-old boy in high school have gone through the ringer trying to find a job myself. I applied to a variety of jobs last summer in order make some cash to keep myself afloat, yet I was turned back at every door. Not due to lack of experience or qualifications for the obvious entry based jobs I applied for, but because of prohibitions companies have of hiring people under 18 years of age. To each potential hirer I was a prime candidate yet no matter the affinity the hirer had for me or the aptitude I had for the job, I was given the cold shoulder.

Gerard Ligotti, Colorado Springs

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Who really packed the court

In Micheal Welch's letter on the Supreme Court ("Systemically dismatling America") he blamed the current administration and "their packed court" for dismantling his America. After reading the courts actual ruling on the case (Fernandez v. California), it seems Welch made a couple of errors.

The first was Welch's assertion on who packed the court. The justices who ruled for the police in this case were Antonin Scalia (Ronald Reagan), Anthony Kennedy (Reagan), Clarence Thomas (George Bush Sr.), John Roberts (George Bush Jr.), Stephen Breyer (Bill Clinton) and Samuel Alito (Bush Jr.).

Those against the case were Ruth Ginsberg (Clinton), Sonia Sotomayor (Barack Obama) and Elena Kagan (Obama). Ginsberg, Kagan and Sotomayor wrote that existing law should prevail. While I'm still not convinced the ruling was entirely correct I feel that the correct facts of this matter were not presented by Welch.

I also encourage anyone to read the rulings for themselves at www.supremecourt.gov (Opinions link).

Joe Lusk, Colorado Springs

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Bringing it back into the light

Wes Crockett, a sophomore at Discovery Canyon Campus, is "trading up" from a purple Lego and donating the money he gets from this to help the Black Forest fire victims.

I think Crockett is doing an incredible thing for the Black Forest community. He is not only going to help Black Forest directly but he is also helping it indirectly.

It has been a little more than eight months since the fire was contained and some people have forgotten about it, but Wes is bringing it back into the light and is letting people know that those affected still need assistance. I know many people who lost their homes in the fire and they are still living in rental houses. So the money that Wes provides could help hire people to help clear land, hire other contractors to start rebuilding, or just help people who can't afford to rebuild.

What Wes is doing will be appreciated by many and will help to remind others that the Black Forest fire isn't over until everyone returns home.

Andrew Bomberg, Colorado Springs

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