LETTERS: Romney editorial on target; Personal choices; and more

By: ltr
October 5, 2012

Editorial was on target

Wow, what a great editorial on Mitt Romney. A very well written article full of information that should help the people of Colorado Springs to see how very clear the choice is between Barack Obama and Romney. Most of the things mentioned in the article I was already aware of, but the information on the government cuts to fire fighting equipment was especially eye opening considering what our community has gone through. I don’t expect that many knew that when the President made his trip here following Waldo Canyon.

And now the debate is behind us. Romney shined as never before. What can Obama say? The economy is in shambles and we have has an American ambassador assassinated. How can he now defend his national security record? Perhaps he should not have skipped 60 percent of his intelligence briefs. Of course the anniversary of 9/11 and unstable conditions in that area might also have provided a clue.

Several Democrats said after the debate that “Obama was not on his game.” This is not a game! The future of the country is at stake.

Corky Newcombe

Colorado Springs

Take it one step further

Recently the Democratic Party distributed an advertisement that pictures a young women and a caption that states, “Politicians and my employer should keep their hands off my birth control. It’s my decision.” As a conservative, I agree with her acceptance of her responsibility, and I’d like to take it one step further.

I would bet that most employers whether private, public, or religious would also like to have all politicians, i.e. government, get their hands out of all benefit decisions. 

Until recently, employers could choose which, if any, benefits to offer. They decided what they could afford to offer based on their values, morals, and the needs of their employees. Now their choice regarding these decisions has been taken from them by law.

The young lady had choices: take full responsibility for herself and buy what she needs, or to go to another company that better provides for her needs. The employer had choices also, but now he has no options if he wants to remain in business, as he is now mandated to provide health benefits regardless of his values, cost, or religious beliefs.

Solution: Repeal Obamacare. Freedom wins!

Rita Pifer-Thieszen

Colorado Springs

More important things

When County Sheriff Terry Maketa tells us to take the “proper perspective on technology in law enforcement,” we are getting ahead of ourselves. Anyone who has pledged to protect the U.S. Constitution, as he has, should know that there are more important things to consider than intrusive law enforcement technology — which is often in violation of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, e.g., the people shall be free of unreasonable searches. But that’s not all.

There are increasing reports and incidents of police abuse of citizens, criminals and non-criminals alike. All of these involve violations of the Constitution and yet there are no criminal charges and no lawsuits against individual law enforcement officers. With the number of wrong-address, no-knock killings of citizens on the rise, we need to modify the law to eliminate indemnification and make police personally and individually accountable as everyone else is.

Until that is done, we must question whether they can be trusted to operate the new $22 million gadgetry in a way that respects the basic laws of this country.

Carl R. Goodwin

Colorado Springs

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