Published: February 12, 2014
Sochi ring death was a hoax
I really think it needs to be cleared up that a man being found dead because he screwed up the Olympic rings at the opening ceremony is a hoax.
Russia doesn't go about killing its citizens, even if Vlamir Putin was really invested in the opening ceremony. I'm sure Putin knows that it would just make his country look worse if he just up and killed a man who messed up. He wouldn't want to have the whole world looking at him badly, and, frankly, if he killed people left and right tourism would go way down.
Niel Bauer, Colorado Springs
Ugly coverage of the negative side
OK, my dear "The Gazette", you did a splendid job of copying The Associated Press's ugly coverage of the Sochi Olympic Games from the negative side: toilets are bad, gays and lesbians are humiliated, slums around the city are terrible, one Russian couple (which was moved from their small house to a big apartment building because their house was on the spot for the road to the stadium) is not happy, and, finally, you shared the anger of the Russian Communists rally which was allowed to protest "about 7 miles from the nearest Olympic venue".
It doesn't matter to you that Russia is in a difficult transition period from communism to capitalism. It doesn't matter to you that Russia didn't outlaw homosexuality like 70 countries of the world do, among them three of our own states; it doesn't matter for you that seven countries in the world punish "nontraditional" relationships between men and women with capital punishment. What matters for you: to show the ugly parts of Russia. Nothing new. For years you published only bad stuff about that country. We got it, dear The Gazette. Maybe it's time to talk about sports and to show at least a little good information about that country?
Pavel Koz, Colorado Springs
Need a more sophisticated system
Are security alarms even worth having when Colorado Springs police do not even have the manpower to respond to all home security alerts? This really disturbs me that companies such as ADT are always advertising how you will be safe and secure with their security systems but yet they do not tell you about how the police force cannot even respond to an actual burglary where a family was shot to death by a burglar because of low manpower. I'm thinking they should revise the security systems protocol as well as coordinate with the police better to serve the community.
According to The Gazette, written on Sept. 25, a 17-year-old burglar tripped the alarm and the home security system sent a text to the husband who was at work to let him know the alarm was going off. The husband texted his pregnant wife, who was also at work, to let her know that he was going to head home to check out the system. He took off work and later arrived at his house only to find out that a robber was there. The husband ended up getting shot. The wife also showed up later and she was shot immediately after arriving.
The home security system sent a text to the police, but the police didn't arrive until a 911 phone call from the neighbors came in. The home security systems should do a better job at getting a hold of the police especially if they don't hear back from the customer. The police told the newspaper that they received thousands of false alarms per year and it is not enough justification to respond every time. I commend what the police force does, but there needs to be a more sophisticated system to tell the police that there is a serious problem and it needs to be checked out.
That is why customers purchase a security system so that in case a burglar does break into the house, the customer should feel secure enough that the security company will call the authorities for them. There are times like this one, where the customer will not be able to call the police.
Casey Mellstead, Colorado Springs
Raising the age limit on tobacco
I want comment on the idiots running this state and the do-gooders that are in favor of raising the age limit from 18 to 21 to purchase tobacco products. Well, here it is: When you turn 17 the military is trying to recruit you to serve and fight for your country and when you turn 18 and are in the military they want you to put your life on the line. And on election years the idiots want you get out and vote when you are 18. But the 18-year-old can't buy cigarettes? So what is wrong with this picture?
I have read several opinions as to why they shouldn't be allowed. I believe that if are they trusted to fight for our country and give us the freedom that we enjoy so much, they are responsible to all of this for us they should be treated as the adults that they are.
Tom Espinosa, Colorado Springs
Should provide multiple benefits
One thing I don't understand about the CBO report on Obamacare is that it says we will lose 250,000 jobs in the next eight years due to the ACA. It also says this reduction will be due to people voluntarily cutting their workloads. If this is the case you have to assume that those workers' hours and jobs will not be replaced. That doesn't make sense to me. If they are replaced there should be a net loss of zero jobs. If I need 10 people in my business and one quits, I will hire someone else.
If the labor pool is decreased this should increase wages according to the law of supply and demand. This should actually increase government revenues and decrease dependency on social programs.
If lower income people are able to reduce their workload and spend more time with their families, this should provide multiple benefits to society.
Part of the logic behind Social Security was to encourage older workers to retire, providing jobs for younger workers and lowering the unemployment rate. This report seems to suggest the same thing. At the recent hearings the CBO stated that the ACA is still projected to lower the deficit. That statement seems to have been lost in the reporting.
James Flint, Ca?n City