February 5, 2014 Updated: February 5, 2014 at 8:05 am
Must think people like a good laugh
For some reason, the Colorado Springs City Council must think the people that voted them in office must like a good laugh, but for some reason all we have gotten from the City Council are lies. They want us to believe that the reason they are interested in the City for Champions is to make sure the taxpayers are represented by them and make sure the money goes where it is supposed to go. But I think the council is trying to throw a wrench into the work that our mayor has worked hard for. In my opinion the only people they look out for is the Utilities department. Too bad the taxpayers can't re-vote and get rid of the bunch they call City Council.
Doug Evans, Colorado Springs
Strides toward unmasking obvious
John Stossel's recent column about the State of the Union speech made great strides toward unmasking the obvious in several areas. In regard to the health care law, he notes that if young healthy people do not sign up, if they are discouraged from signing up (or if it takes them longer because they're, you know, they're bullet proof), then costs will be shared by fewer people and thus higher. Of course, if you're going to have an employer-based, for-profit health care system, that is precisely the best if not the only way to do it. He goes on to say many "sensible" insurance plans were canceled, but those are the same plans that could not meet basic fairness issues. They were sensible for insurance companies because of their profitability but they still left payers financially devastated in the event of any of our widely experienced sicknesses.
He continues to get his homework done by restating that a minimum wage change would mean less starter jobs (read "profits" by those in the know) but there's probably nothing in the column about the greatest gap ever between the wealthy and the poor this country has ever experienced. It would be safe to say that wealth has been being redistributed, to the top, very effectively since Ronald Reagan said, "My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and evidence tell me it is not" about the Iran Contra Affair in March of 1987, in his folksy voice.
Now if our current president was caught funding "terrorists" by selling arms to an embargoed adversary there would surely be all manner of clamor, even more than the regular din, for the greatest punishments known to man.
Stossel dutifully covers the other talking points and everyone writes the "If I were president column" at some point, but in providing a restatement of the right wing agenda John reminds many people why that would not be a good idea. Less resources to education and the environment, inaction on drugs, immigration, and taxes and more spending on war material would be the order of the day.
Personally I would prefer a non-employer based widely shared health care system so that people could be empowered to go into their own businesses.
Max Clow, Colorado Springs
Similar laws for gun purchases
So selling someone your gun is no different than selling someone your car? I don't think so.
A car is designed for transportation; a gun is designed to hurt or kill. A car purchase requires legal paperwork to change the title of ownership, registration, and proof of insurance; a gun purchase simply requires a background check. To drive a car, a driver's test to determine knowledge of basic driving rules, vision and skill in operating a car is required; nothing like this required to buy a gun.
But maybe Victor Head is on to something. Should we consider similar laws for gun purchases? What if people who wanted to purchase a gun were required to pass a proficiency test administered by law enforcement? How about a vision test? What if you loaned your gun to your mother or girlfriend, as you say you do, and your liability insurance was responsible for any damage or misuse?
Gloria Latimer, Manitou Springs
Dogs running loose in the park
Something needs to be done about dogs off their leashes. I hike in Palmer Park nearly every day and every day I'm accosted by dogs. Two days ago a dog leaped on me. Today a dog snapped continuously at me while I yelled for the owner who was 20 to 30 yards away around a bend in the trail. From now on I will go armed. Seems to me there are so many dogs running loose it would be very easy to give tickets to the owners and fine them. Quickly the word would spread.
Dennis O'Neil, Colorado Springs
Habitat of the middle class
I agree with Robert Samuelson ("Myth-making about reasons for the economic gap") that the poor are not poor because the rich are rich.
It doesn't take much pondering to realize that the reason the middle class is disappearing is that the economic policies over the past couple of decades are destroying the middle class habitat. Cheap foreign goods are allowed to flood our markets, so U.S. manufacturers move manufacturing jobs, the habitat of the middle class, overseas to be able to compete. It's ironic that Wal-Mart is so loved for the low prices of their foreign made goods, yet the middle class can't smell the foreign plastic packaging that is destroying their habitat.
Dan Spohn, Monument
Ten minutes with a tiger
Eighteen months max is a slap on the wrist.
Revenge for Loki the kitten? Make it simple. Take Robert Heckmann to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and give the Siberian tiger 10 minutes with him.
Nancy Kelly, Colorado Springs