Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers:
Helping to keep us safe
Before you get uptight about the idea of cameras clocking you at certain intersections ("Red-light cameras might return" July 28), allow me to challenge you. I say, "bring in the cameras."
I'm all for freedom, but my views changed a few years ago when I visited Australia to visit my daughter. I took the wheel a few times, and she kept telling me to slow down. "The cameras will clock you," but my American habit kept my lead foot rather heavy.
I returned to the States to a $150 ticket. I grudgingly paid it, and if I return to Australia, I'll be sure to stay within the speed limit.
I couldn't help but ponder how the cameras change bad habits. Exchanging my "freedom to speed" for the safety of the collective whole is a fair exchange.
It helps keep us safe, and it will help us break the bad habit.
Start over on health care
Michael Bennet say he wants competition in health care. I want competition too. I want to throw all of Obamacare in the trash.
Start over with free market principles. Get rid of all mandates, taxes, and regulations. Let people set up medical savings accounts. Let people buy concierge care from the doctors who more and more are going to that plan. Pay $50 a month for an adult, and $10 a month for children, for as many visits as you need. Form co-ops where you can find other people who want a plan like you.
If all you want is a major medical - paying for the little things, but insurance for big things - you should be able to buy it. Let people buy across state lines. We have signed up for Medishare and Samaritans Ministries, where we all share our medical costs. It works very well. Maybe there is a co-op you want in one state, you should be able to buy it in another.
We do not need a one size fits all plan, that really helps no one, like Obamacare. It was a one size fits all plan, where we all were forced for treatment for everyone. We were all treated as though we all had pre-existing conditions. Set up a true special needs plan for the ones who truly need help. There has been a plan for those people but only a handful have been in it. Keeping Obamacare is no choice at all.
We did not need it. Obama and liberals knew if they could control health care, they could control the entire population. I hope our few Republican hold outs can get on board and repeal the Obamacare monster.
It is collapsing under its weight. Premiums are through the roof, as are deductibles. Insurance companies are dropping like flies, as are doctors who will even take it. The Democrats were planning on Hillary Clinton winning, so they could collapse Obamacare into a single-payer system.
It would have had the efficiency of the Post Office with the compassion of the IRS.
Maybe we are overpopulated
Since we no longer have railroads offering land at $1-$1.50 an acres, maybe we are becoming overpopulated. Maybe we can no longer say: bring me your hungry, your tired, your poor. To my leftist, liberal friends I can only say I didn't create the problems in other countries. Do not try to make me part of a solution.
If illegals are unwilling to stay in their countries and fight for liberty they do not deserve it, much less food stamps, surplus food and Medicaid, plus free education. If one doesn't mind prison food there are also free eyeglasses, transgender operations and dental care in prison.
Using real crime statistics
In response to Duane Slocum's letter July 28: I think we should be careful when making a direct link with ".robberies, assaults, gang violence ." to medical marijuana clinics. The facts are: 2011-2015 (most recent data on CSPD website): Robberies -8.5 percent ; assaults +2.9 percent ; rape -18 percent (no data specifically related to gang violence). During that same period, population growth in Colorado Springs increased 23.5 percent.
I am not at all sure that means we should support recreational stores in Colorado Springs. There should be a high level of concern regarding social consequences, especially among our youths. But, we ought to use real data to support our argument for or against such measures.
Troubling similarities in leadership
That crazy Kim Jong Un. An immature, intemperate, unpredictable bully who delights in tossing out bombastic threats and angry insults. He with the insatiable appetite for attention, the aggressive response to criticism, the obsessive demand for loyalty, to the point of attacking even his one-time friends if they do not serve his interests unreservedly. Here's a man who has little familiarity with facts or truth-telling but thrives instead on fictions and show, the more ego-inflating the better.
He claims his countrymen love him, and he stages rallies to entice their adoration, dutifully given. But he'll freely break his bond with them, and impoverish millions of them, while he and his collaborators live high, including many members of his own family.
The nation's interests come second to his own. Nonetheless his high-ranking loyalists bend readily to his will, not daring to challenge him, for they know such subservience may be needed to safeguard their positions. Thank heavens we don't have such a sorry state of affairs in America.
Oh, wait a minute . . .