LETTERS: Peaceful assembly gone; judge allowed to retire

By: Gazette readers
February 15, 2017 Updated: February 15, 2017 at 9:34 am
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Protesters carry signs and chant in Lafayette Park near the White House during a demonstration to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bars citizens of seven predominantly Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Peaceful assembly gone

I am a believer of and thankful for the First Amendment to the Constitution. It gives us, among other things, the right to "peacefully assemble" and address the government on any issue. However, governments at all levels, have allowed this important right to be totally abused. Peaceful assembly has mostly gone out the window and has been taken over by destructive anarchists and rioters.

It is time for demonstrators, agitators and rioters to start paying their way.

We all have to obtain permits for nearly everything we do as citizens. If you want to drive a motorized vehicle, get a license and liability insurance. If you want a new water heater, roof or deck added to your house you have to obtain a permit and follow all the regulations. Want to hold a parade, you have to get a permit and make some plans in advance. Why not require a permit to demonstrate? There should be some statutes to follow associated with the demonstration and some individual or individuals should be responsible for any costs, damages or cleaning up after the demonstration.

One person should be responsible for every 50 (or some other stated number) demonstrators. That person should be required to post a bond (commensurate with the number of demonstrators) to ensure the costs for any cleanup or damages incurred can be fully covered.

The demonstrators should be required to cover those costs fully and that should fall to the person who obtains the permit and agrees to follow the requirements set forth for the permit and keep the demonstrators under control. Guidelines should be set out in writing so demonstrators don't infringe on the rights of others not participating in their demonstration. No permit, no demonstration, its as simple as that.

No flash mobs taking over our cities and airports.

Robert Koelbl

Colorado Springs


Enemies foreign and domestic

Today I turned on my TV and saw thousands of people stomping on my flag and screaming hate at my president in Iran. I then turned on another channel and saw the same people doing that in several cities in my country.

For the first time in my life of 72 years I felt really concerned for my country and my family. The words of an oath I took many years ago when joining the service immediately came into my head. I swore to protect this country from all enemies foreign and domestic.

People wake up. God's not going to keep giving us second chances. His warning of what's happening was written a thousand years ago in the book of Daniel in the Bible.

Cliff Stoker

Colorado Springs


Create Ellis Island 2.0

Given all the controversy over immigration from foreign nations into the United States recently, this has made me reflect upon how immigration has changed over the course of American history. The first thing that popped into my mind was Ellis Island, and how we hold onto this piece of history by teaching it to all American students in our schools. The period is deemed as a great time in America. Given how revered Ellis Island is, why have we not turned to this as a possible solution over immigration issues today?

Ellis Island served as the place to go when it came to immigration in the early 20th century, so perhaps a 2.0 version could elevate some of the immigrations issues now.

Now that majority of immigrants coming into the United States are from the South, investing in a landmark to greet these immigrants may solve more immigrant problems. European immigrants knew where to go, what to do, and how to become a United States citizen when they arrived at Ellis Island. Building a new edition of Ellis Island in a state like Texas or Arizona would give immigrants the same idea of where they need to go to become a United States citizen.

This solution is one that makes America great again, by benefiting the immigrants coming into America and stimulating jobs within the southern states by employing staff to work at this new southwestern edition of Ellis Island.

Laynie Anderson

Colorado Springs


Truth is in the middle

The subject of immigration is something that is so highly polarizing in the country as of late. People seem to be drawing lines based on the current administration (pro or con) rather than addressing the actual issue. I have created a petition at the White House website that I believe both sides could agree with ... at least in some capacity. Let's not be a Hitler state. Let's not let terrorists run freely across our borders. The truth is in the middle folks. Please have a look and sign if you'd like to see the administration held accountable on this issue.

Herb Knierim



No hearing for Judge Walker

I do not understand. Here Judge Jonathan Walker stands accused of grossly misusing his position as an El Paso County judge and he is offered a chance to retire, with full benefits I assume, instead of facing a disciplinary hearing. He accepts. If it were me and I was innocent, there is no way I'm going out under that cloud. The assumption I therefore make is he is guilty for, at the very least, some of the charges. It makes me angry that he was even offered a chance to slide. Any person placed in a position of high public trust who misuses his or her position should never be allowed to escape the consequences of their misdeeds. If found guilty they should be forced to retire with zero benefits.

It seems to me that this is a case of the people responsible for making the offer saying, well you screwed up but it's really not so bad so we'll just let you get away with it.

Frankly, if the judge is guilty then the folks who offered him the chance retire ought to be fired without benefits also.

Garry Dykes-Modlens

Colorado Springs

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