Updated: March 18, 2014 at 10:55 am
Officers deserve more respect
Re: Scott Martin's view on extortion prices for traffic offenses:
Mr. Martin, 13 mph over the speed limit is a violation of the law. If you feel the need for speed, find a racetrack.
The $145 that you face is in no way compensation for the men and women of our law enforcement that pull over drivers each day. These officers are faced with the reality that someone may brandish a gun and shoot them at any time. Many have warrants or other traffic violations. Would you approach a car with an angry occupant?
Whether it is a quota, our officers deserve more respect. A $145 fee is not justice served to even one officer killed in the line of duty.
Alice Vessel Sinn, Colorado Springs
What's next, milk and cookies?
Tell me it ain't so! I was watching CNN Friday afternoon and Wolf Blitzer was doing a phone interview with a Navy commander aboard one of our ships involved in the search for the missing airliner. Among other things, this senior Navy officer stated that he had grief counselors standing by in the event that some of the sailors might be overwhelmed at the sight of bodies floating in the ocean. So what's next, warm milk and cookies - group hugs all around?
Robert Vegvary, (major, Army retired), Colorado Springs
We do not all benefit equally
In the Gazette's Viewpoint of 14 March, the editors conditionally endorse taxpayer funded pickleball if it would generate sufficient revenue to pay for the initial investment. The editors complain, however, that pickleball is merely small ball compared to City For Champions, which they wholeheartedly endorse.
But pickleball would serve taxpayers in one sense far better than City For Champions could. It would be a simpler and therefore more effective demonstration of the inanity of government stimulus projects.
The premise of all such boondoggles, large or small, is that we all benefit from the "investment" of taxpayer dollars. But we do not all benefit equally. The pickleball junkies among us will be thrilled. Tennis players or shuffleboard aficionados, not so much. Most of us, not at all.
Can the investment in fact pay for itself? This is the standard claim made for so-called taxpayer investments. An investment pays for itself when the investors receive their initial principle back plus an additional amount to compensate them for the risk of their capital. Will proceeds from the annual pickleball tournament be returned to the taxpayers in proportion to their individual contributions to the "investment"? Silly question.
Councilman Don Knight says a pickleball tournament would nearly pay for itself in one year and thereafter generate 92 percent profit annually. Unfortunately, he has now let the cat out of the bag. With those kind of returns, it won't be long before there is a pickleball court on every corner.
Jerry Varner, Colorado Springs
Not about fear and paranoia
When Ruben Navarrette compares Mexican illegal and legal Mexican immigrants with Irish immigrants as equal in the struggle to be accepted, he is totally off-base. Understand this: immigrants are an important part of the growth and success of this country (no matter what country they come from) and will be in the future. But to equate legal Irish immigration to the U.S. with illegal Mexican immigration is wrong. The Irish and others, during that time of massive immigration, had to endure terrible slums, race wars segregation, relocation and low wages for a longer and more intense time than immigrants of today. They came here legally. Mexican immigrants have always been welcome, but illegal immigration is not. Those Mexicans who apply and are accepted into the U.S., I welcome with open arms. Those that sneak in do not have the rights to the benefits of U.S. citizenship. It's not about Mexican fear and paranoia . it's about the rule of law.
Larry McManus, Colorado Springs
The immigrants Americans fear
After reading Ruben Navarrette's editorial in Sunday's Gazette, I felt that I had to respond. Navarrette was comparing Irish immigrants to Hispanic immigrants and he was stating how we shouldn't fear or be paranoid about Hispanic immigrants but embrace them. He said the Irish immigrants were once looked upon differently because of their speech and religion. The big difference here is a large number of Hispanics have entered our country illegally unlike the Irish who came here legally.
Most Americans don't fear Hispanics but welcome them here, legally. The Irish came here to better their lives as have many Hispanics. Most of the Hispanic workers I come across have been friendly and hard workers. I think America is good to welcome immigrants, but the immigrants need to come here to be Americans and to learn to assimilate by learning English and becoming part of the American culture.
The L.A. Times in California reported that 95 percent of warrants for murder in LA are for illegal aliens. Over 2/3 of births in LA. County are born to illegal Mexicans on medical assistance. The FBI reports half of gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegals from south of the border. Forty percent of workers in L.A. County are working for cash and not paying taxes because of being here illegally. These are the immigrants that Americans fear. They want immigrants to come to America for its opportunities and to become Americans but not to be here illegally and not to be a drain on the American taxpayer.
Kathy Fuhs. Colorado Springs