Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers.
Editor's note: The first letter featured here questions the reintroduction of red-light cameras, asking what makes the cameras a viable alternative now. As reported in The Gazette, the city says the newer cameras have improved technology and capabilities that the previous cameras did not.
Why bring back the cameras?
Once again, I hear that the city is getting back into the contracted red-light cameras. As I recall the city decided that the previous implementation of red-light cameras was not cost effective because it did not generate enough income for the city. It was not a judicious use of a certified officer required to examine each and every infraction photo, to certify it met the requirements of a violation prior to sending out a citation. It punished the owner and not the driver. It generated animosity towards the city and did nothing to put officers at the scene before, during or after the infraction.
So, what changed, that now makes cameras a viable alternative, cost effective and better than officers on the street? Don't you think you owe the citizens an explanation as to why this method of traffic control is now viable when it was previously deemed not to be?
Relieving some of the burden
As a former operating small business owner, I know firsthand the challenges that face Colorado's 611,000 small businesses on a day-to-day basis. And it can be very overwhelming.
But luckily for them - as well as for the other 29 million small businesses across the country - the current administration in Washington is relieving some of that burden. Not only are costly regulations being slashed, but the tax relief package that was passed and signed into law late last year is giving small businesses some budgetary wiggle room to hire more people, raise wages, and expand.
The results have been impressive. The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals the lowest unemployment rate since 2000. And to build off that, the unemployment rate for minority Americans has hit an all-time low.
While many seek to downplay the positive impacts of Tax Reform and Jobs Act, as well as other pro-business policies enacted by the Trump administration, they are having a significant impact for small business owners across Colorado and the nation.
Jeff Wasden, Colorado Business Roundtable
Not a hospitable venue
As a second generation holocaust survivor I am appalled, but not surprised, by the Trump decision to have a Baptist nut case by the name of Robert Jeffress to open the new Embassy in Jerusalem. This is just one of a myriad of childish and thoughtless decisions of an incompetent leader. Jeffress' theology is simply immature and shallow. Worse he is praying before a community of Jews, some holocaust survivors. He does this by invoking "our" messiah, a standard of practice for some clergy at public events. With closed eyes (and closed mind) he looks out across a sea of Jews as a proponent of the sick and immature visionary of Jews going to hell. (We like you but you're going to hell.)
This is not a hospitable venue. Worst of all, this is how a holocaust begins. It does not begin with shots being fired. It begins with preaching of one kind or another against Jews, or Muslims, or Sikhs. As it gains momentum, it reaches a point of no return.
Another election season
As we are approaching another election season, I hope the taxpayers of this great state of Colorado remember a quote by Plato. Paraphrasing: "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato, The Republic. You get the government for which you have voted.
Neediness and glaring insecurities
The Gazette's "Viewpoint" piece from The Washington Examiner was spot on when it confirms "Trump is not a normal President." His inherent neediness and glaring insecurities wait always, with bated breath, for the next opportunity to stand at center stage yearning to show how truly great those flawed characteristics are for him.
Remember the NBC headline reads, on the morning of the prisoners arriving home, "Prisoners release highlights the best and worst of Trump." This means, Trump is never able to understand the true value of a prisoner finding freedom moment outside of his own concerns. As such, in all he does, finding freedom would seem to be all about him.
Eventually, some of Trump's ardent supporters will, or already have, come to recognize this reality. They simply do not want to abandon the President at a time when they seem to feel there is no alternative. Leaving might mean they have made a mistake. Like their hero, their style is to never admit to a substantive mistake. Sad!
Flowers eased mother's grief
My most sincere thanks to who ever placed flowers on all the children's graves at Evergreen Cemetery for Mother's Day. What a sight to see - row upon row of fresh looking flowers on all the little angel graves.
It helped this poor, grieving mother on a hard day.