Published: November 26, 2013
We are very much like you
Once again The Gazette's Viewpoint has resorted to using fear tactics to make a point; no use of facts. I am 65 years old and have lived in the area for over 40 years beginning in the late 1960s at Fort Carson. Most of my friends are doctors, lawyers, real estate developers, builders, school teachers and engineers and most of them have or still do smoke marijuana. We have all enjoyed times in Manitou Springs or stopped by the Cliff House for a nice meal. I have watched these folks raise wonderful children who are now entering similar professions, all of whom have spent time experiencing the many and varied aspects offered by the town of Manitou.
You may have not even noticed us because we are very much like you and don't stand out in a crowd. I noticed in your "Viewpoint" that you didn't mention the people who drink recreationally although these people may be a bigger danger to the roads and sidewalks of Manitou than marijuana smokers. These people have not been made to appear as pariahs because they are not. They are citizens just like the "tokers" that you speak of.
Here are some facts: Recreational marijuana use was passed by the majority of Colorado residents (and something like 67 percent of Manitou residents voted to pass the bill), recent polls suggest that 58 percent of United States citizens support the legalization of marijuana nation wide, and the use of medicinal marijuana has been proved to be a boon to those among us who are suffering from a variety of ailments. There is no disagreement from either side about the necessity of keeping any sorts of drugs out of the hands of our youth and we should be as careful in that regard as we are in keeping alcohol away from them. Beyond that, let's try to keep the fear and the provincial concepts out of the conversation. It's time to begin to make our social decisions based on the facts and the majority of public opinion.
Respect the will of the voters
The Gazette has it all wrong with their editorial "Recreational pot sales would become Manitou's big regret." A recent Gallup poll (Oct. 22) indicates that 58 percent of all Americans favor legalization of marijuana and that among the key age group of households most likely to have children (age 25-49), more than 62 percent favor legalization.
That's part of the reason 'family friendly' locales such as Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Summit County, Eagle, Eagle County, Grand County, Steamboat Springs, Crested Butte, Silverton, Durango, Leadville, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Georgetown, Idaho Springs and Telluride have all moved forward with recreational marijuana enterprises.
Another contributing factor is the fact that these communities, just like Manitou Springs, have leaders that respect the will of the voters who have overwhelmingly voted for legalization.
Perhaps Manitou and these other forward-looking communities will be the tourist destinations for citizens who believe that government leaders should respect the will of their citizens.
Hiding behind mask of science
If I understand Barry Fagin correctly ("The Importance of Intellectual Integrity," Nov. 21), he believes Dr. Mike Rosebush should not be employed at the Air Force Academy because, in the past, he was in involved with a group that helps people who want to leave the gay lifestyle. He sites examples of people who relapsed as proof that this is not just wrong but dangerous. Give me a break!
First of all, in the spirit of intellectual integrity, it should be noted that the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (the group that 'broke' the story) just happens to be the group founded by Mikey Weinstein, the well known anti-Christian zealot who wants to remove any sort of external religious expression from the military.
If people decide out of their own free will that they want to try to change their sexual orientation, why does that bother him? So what if it is not always or even often successful? Why is helping them such an egregious offense that it should preclude government employment?
I am tired of secularists like Fagin hiding behind the mask of science when all they are really trying to do is embarrass, discredit and shut up people of faith.
At least have the intellectual integrity to admit your goals and stop hiding behind the trappings of science.
Daring to be the president
As this retired Air Force guy sits here in the fourth quarter of his life waiting for the two minute warning, I thank the taxpayers for my generous retirement and the finest health care in the nation.
While I enjoy my good fortune, my president continues to be under a five-year verbal onslaught by the sinister forces of hate, hostility and racism. The charge? Daring to be president.
Proof of my accusations dwell in blogs, social outlets, bars, some media and right wing chat rooms. These chat rooms harbor profanity, obscenity and indescribable, brazen hate that only could have been conceived in the dungeons of Lucifer's abode.
When I hear Republican, so called leaders, unapologetically, in fact, gleefully label President Obama with terms no president in my long lifetime ever had to endure, I understand why America is so divided, but I will never understand the folks who elected them.
So, check these chat rooms out people and if you're not amazed, perhaps you should be.