Published: July 20, 2013
This is not the end of the challenges
Re: Gov. John Hickenlooper sets election date for September 10. Voters in Senate District 11 will get their day to vote. I was there for Wednesday's court hearing on petition wording challenge filed by two voters. By attempting to disenfranchise the voters, Gov. Hickenlooper has shown his partisan politics on this matter - Secretary of State Scott Gessler and El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams had to file suit in the matter to overturn injunction.
I am almost certain this is not the end of the legal challenges by Sen. John Morse or Sen. Angela Giron. Both have stated they will take it to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Robert Blancken , Colorado Springs
Even if the odds are long
As I survey the domestic espionage of the NSA and its Prism program, I have been astounded at how many GOPers have publicly supported it, or how many GOPers, (Doug Lamborn being one) are "very concerned" but at this juncture refuse to view the NSA's intrusion into our lives as a frontal assault on the Fourth Amendment. (I have spoken with Lamborn's DC office recently.)
If people to whom we have entrusted our liberties don't accurately understand the Bill of Rights, then we are cooked. The same goes for our military. All these people took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, but if they don't understand how we are losing our freedoms (almost daily) or worse yet, see these egregious violations of our rights and don't have the political courage to fulfill their oath, then they have become our chief threat to freedom.
As citizens, those who can still read and appreciate our founding principles must become students of and zealots for our Constitution and hold our elected officials' feet to the fire. The fly in the buttermilk is that for many of us who do contact our elected representatives, they don't care. Washington will not fix Washington.
So that leaves us only one good option - nullification. (Secession and civil insurrection are a bit messier) We must simply stand up to those who are trashing the Constitution and say no! Fifty-five of the 62 county sheriffs in Colorado are doing just that to those "wise" folks in Denver who have attacked our Second Amendment rights. I hope we who love and cherish freedom will learn to say no, even if the odds of saving our republic are long, which they are.
Call it what it really is
Re: "Holy Cow Farm Bill": Why don't you call it what it is? Farmers welfare. Large-scale social engineering. It's OK for a farmer to get subsidies, but Oooh a poor family, food stamps?
Let 'um starve.
Not just a homeowner problem
If you live in Colorado Springs city limits, why doesn't the city develop a buffer zone where they can reduce the risk of fires and not put the entire burden on homeowners?
Yes, each homeowner should mitigate around their home but I live next to Ute Park. The city should create a buffer with grass land between the park and homes. That would go a long way to mitigate the risk of a fire burning homes.
This is not just a homeowner problem but a city problem. I am sure homeowners in the risk area would pay a fee to have a buffer zone. Either we want all these small lots without trees or city land with a buffer zone to protect homes.
Also, we only have two exits out of Pinecliff and if a fire were to cross Popes Valley Road and up the hill towards the Sunbird Restaurant, we would not have any way to get out. So again this is a problem the city has created by not creating another exit when they expanded this development.
A negative airport experience
My message is for the new airport task force being formed by the mayor. I recently had to fly to Orlando for a family emergency, and we compared flights from both the Colorado Springs Airport and the Denver Airport. The price from the Springs was actually cheaper with a short layover in Denver. What's not to like? Much more convenient and closer to home.
However, after boarding the United flight in Colorado Springs, we were delayed because only one baggage handler was available to first unload the luggage from the previous flight and then load our luggage. Because it was a small plane, we were required to gate check our carry-on bags.
Most people on the flight to Denver had connections, and because of this delay, many of us, including four headed to Orlando, missed our connections. After spending five additional hours in the Denver airport and arriving in Orlando at midnight, I will rethink flying out of Colorado Springs. I can understand delays caused by weather, but this delay was caused by lack of personnel, a very fixable problem.
If the plan is to reduce costs by reducing personnel, passengers may have to load the planes themselves!
Each time someone has a negative experience flying out of our airport, that person will think twice before booking a flight from the Colorado Springs again.