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LETTERS: Punch in the gut to combat veterans; importance of national monuments, parks

By: Gazette readers
November 7, 2017 Updated: November 7, 2017 at 9:42 am
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In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban have released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. The video, emailed to media on Wednesday, shows Bergdahl in traditional Afghan clothing sitting in a pickup truck parked on a hillside. More than a dozen Taliban fighters with machine guns stand around the truck and on the hillside. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

Punch in gut to combat veterans

Col. Jeffery Nance, presiding judge at the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl trial and sentencing, should resign from the army immediately. Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, an offense punishable by death. Col. Nance gave him the same sentence a soldier would get for selling drugs on post. That is disgraceful, unacceptable and a punch in the gut to every combat veteran.

Every American and particularly every combat veteran should write or call their congressman and request that he contact the Pentagon and demand that Col. Nance submit his resignation and that it be accepted at once. Col. Nance is a disgrace to the office of the Judge Advocate General and the Army.

Sgt. Master Robert E. Mulvaney, (retired)

Colorado Springs

    

Stopping evil people from murder

Once again, after the horrific shootings and murders in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the liberal left is raising the question of new and stricter gun laws. We should know by now that laws do not control the actions of people who choose to break them. Just think, the law against murder has been around since the Ten Commandments were handed down to Moses by our creator God! Laws against murder have been included in our governmental systems at every level since that time without success of stopping evil people from the act of murdering.

What is amazing to me, is that illegal drug use kills more people than guns (and laws are written against illegal drug distribution and use) yet the liberal left is against a southern border wall and increased security and control of our southern border where a lot of the illegal drugs enter our country. Does that make sense?

Now tell me that they don't have an agenda against gun ownership and the Second Amendment. They absolutely do! The only law that will help to control murder and distribution of illegal drugs are stiffer penalties with swift execution of those penalties.

It's also hard for me to believe that in our courts today, a person who murders another person can receive as little as a seven-year prison sentence.

Robert Koelbl

Colorado Springs

   

Ways to prevent rampages

Another heart-breaking, senseless shooting.

When these tragedies occur, several things happen:

People offer their sincere well-wishes, condolences and prayers to the victim's families, friends and associates.

An investigation is undertaken to determine what motive/s (if any) compelled the shooter/s.

Regressives immediately begin calling for more stringent gun control measures while calling out the NRA, regardless of whether existing or additional legislation would have made a difference.

Hopefully, in the days/weeks/months to come, answers are provided, and ways and means to prevent these rampages are sought and discovered, but until more facts are researched and disseminated, can agitators on the left at least wait until the blood dries before resorting to histrionics and blanket condemnations, which are frequently not only incorrect, but hyperbolic and counterintuitive?

Jeff Faltz

Colorado Springs

    

Safety tip on deer collisions

Much has been said in the media recently concerning problems with the deer in our area.

Car/deer collisions can be very costly. Living here in the Black Forest, this problem is even worse. The deer seem to be everywhere.

Our family's solution, after a collision with a deer 25 years ago, was to purchase deer whistles for each of our cars. They are only $10 for a pair. We haven't had a problem since.

Are they a cure-all solution? Doubtful, yet much better than a large insurance deductible fee.

Cautionary note: they come off easily when the car wash attendant dries the grill and bumper. I carry an extra in the car console. Safe motoring.

Michael Pattison

Black Forest

   

Importance of national monuments

National monuments have been a staple of this country for over 100 years. The sheer diversity of national monuments, parks, and preserves, is arguably one of the most defining aspects of this country. For over 100 years, the United States has gone through many tumultuous times and changes, but one thing that this country has been and should be eternally committed to is the preservation of its beautiful and important lands. The ancient and mesmerizing monuments found in this country are not only of aesthetic, or recreational value, but many are of great historical importance. Some monuments are of historically recent events and are a testament to this country's history and legacy.

For example, The Soldiers' National Monument at Gettysburg National Park, honors our country's heritage, struggle, and legacy. Many other national monuments are of broader and more ancient events, such as Bears Ears. Bears Ears holds innumerable artifacts from ancient native populations and is of great ancestral importance to the Navajo Nation. The Bears Ears National Monument honors this land's heritage and legacy much like the Gettysburg National Park does.

Why then, is there such a push to take away from it? Any proposal to shrink a monument such as Gettysburg would be met with disgust, as it would be seen as disrespectful and disingenuous to our country's history. The Bears Ears National Monument deserves the same response to potential regulation and downsizing.

Silas Karbo

Colorado Springs

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