Leave local elections to the locals
Gov. Hickenlooper: So the recall elections will "cost a small fortune and do nothing to improve democracy." Let me remind you that this isn't your money; it's our money - the taxpayers. And isn't this recall election the very example of a constituent-initiated democratic process? John Morse and Angela Giron both voted for legislation that violated our federal Constitution. Please leave local elections to the locals, Mr. Hickenlooper. We don't need more outside voices. We are intelligent and insightful enough to make these decisions on our own with the simple facts and the Democratic officials' voting records.
Linda Craig, Colorado Springs
Stop messing with my tax dollars
Yes, Jenny Dingman I agree, "Don't mess with my tax dollars". That's why we must send a message to the politicians in Colorado and the entire country. Because of the new gun laws and renewable energy laws for rural areas, we are losing jobs here in Colorado. Companies are leaving our state and customers in rural areas will be paying more for their electricity.
If we don't stand up now, then when? John Morse has received a large amount of money from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Why would Bloomberg do this? Maybe John Morse is on the fast track to a new job with Bloomberg, you know, moving up the political ladder. It will look good to the Democrats if Morse can have Colorado going down the liberal trail.
I am tired of my tax dollars going to people who won't work. I am tired of people like Morse taking my tax dollars for energy ideas that don't work. If these energy ideas were viable, some private industry company would be making money and employing people. Not politicians getting rich on my tax dollars.
Linda Simmons, Colorado Springs
Questions for Bernie Herpin
Since Bernie Herpin has received NRA support, will he reassure voters that he won't always automatically vote the NRA position? For example, will he promise to vote against bills that forbid government agencies from using funds to analyze data on gun violence? (The NRA must oppose research because they would look bad battling gun safety measures demonstrated to reduce violence.)
In 2008, the Supreme Court (District of Columbia v. Heller) affirmed that the Second Amendment specifies an individual right to bear arms irrespective of militia membership and says that states have the right to legislate restrictions. The government is not "coming to take away your guns."
The new Colorado laws require background checks for private sales and limit magazine capacity to 15 rounds. To say Sen. Morse has passed "unconstitutional laws disarming law-abiding citizens" is wrong.
But that kind of statement makes some people so upset and paranoid that they stock up on weapons and ammunition. Panic buying is great for weapon and ammunition manufacturers, who are the real constituency of the NRA. More sales means greater profits for these manufacturers; the additional people killed or wounded are apparently tolerable collateral damage. (Free markets don't always produce socially beneficial results, but Herpin proudly supports "the free market principles that have helped make our country great.") Is Herpin happy to benefit from fear-mongering, or can he condemn it?
Don Stone, Colorado Springs
Why recall Sen. Morse?
Letters to the editor have pointed out that it is an unnecessary effort to recall Sen. John Morse because he is term-limited and has only one more year to serve. I hate to think how much more damage he can cause in Colorado considering how much damage he has already done. He ran on a platform of creating jobs. Instead, he pushed bills through the state Legislature that have resulted in the loss of jobs. Worst yet, he pushed bills through the state Legislature that are clear violations of the constitutional rights of the citizens of Colorado. He has even tampered with freedom of speech. He ignored correspondence from his constituents and complimented his fellow Democrats for ignoring correspondence to them. How can he represent his constituents if he will not listen to them? Instead, he considers himself above the people of Colorado by dictating what is good for them based on the advice and funding of a special interest group from New York headed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The voters of District 11 can perform a great service to Colorado by recalling Sen. Morse from office.
Fred Nelson, Colorado Springs
Because of our democracy
Reference the Sept. 3 Gazette article titled, "Hickenlooper email urges recall election votes." The governor is quoted as stating, "These recall elections cost a small fortune and do nothing to improve democracy or representative government . . . They are intended to intimidate ad punish a select number of Democratic legislators for daring to vote their conscience . . ."
Ah excuse me governor, I ask you to remember who you work for, Yes us, we the people, who elect the legislators. You are not elected to vote your consiciene, and I reiterate not your conscience, you and other legislators were elected by the people to represent us and be our represented voice. That is the problem with legislators regardless of whether they are here in our beautiful state, or up in D.C.
Legislators have forgotten that they represent us, the people of this great land. In fact governor, in your statement you say this recall does nothing to improve democracy or representative government, well governor I disagree, and with regardless to the recall here in Springs and in Pueblo, because of our democratic way of life the people have spoken.
Sal Hernandez, Colorado Springs