Don't care one way or the other
Let's have a round of applause.
Announcement was made today that enough valid signatures have been collected to recall Senate District 11 representative John Morse. Many volunteers with the El Paso County freedom defense committee in support from basic freedom defense fund have done a marvelous job in this effort to oust Sen. Morse.
Sen. Morse and his group have 15 days to review the validation process, at the end of that time within additional five days Sen. Morse must decide to resign or face recall election. As many of the residents that signed the petition Sen. John Morse may not wish to face the humiliation of defeat.
As one of his constituents that signed and helped gather signatures on the petition drive, I don't care one way or the other on how he is removed from office. If an election is to be held, I will work just as hard in publicizing why this recall effort was necessary.
Rob Blancken, Colorado Springs
Message that the recall is sending
As The Gazette reported recently, Colorado's neighborhood with the most gun deaths is in Colorado Springs. It is represented by Senate President John Morse, who passed tougher gun laws and as a result is now confronted with a recall.
So, citizens of Colorado Springs, is it really not a problem that one of our neighborhoods has more gun-related deaths than any other in the state and we should do nothing about it? Really? That is the message that the recall is sending.
The new gun laws that Morse is being criticized for include:
Domestic violence offenders are prohibited from possessing guns. The recall movement says do nothing to take away these abusers most lethal weapons.
Ammunition magazines are limited to 15 bullets.
The recall movement says do nothing - even though 11 Newtown children are alive today because they ran out of their classroom when the shooter had to reload.
Universal background checks are required on firearm sales. The recall movement says do nothing to close loopholes in background checks that have been required for years and decrease the number of guns acquired by criminals.
If you support the recall of Sen. Morse, you're saying that having Colorado's deadliest neighborhood in our community doesn't matter and we should just sit on our hands and do nothing!
Thank goodness there is someone like Senate President John Morse who is willing to do something and stand up for those killed by gun violence in his district and in our city.
Lavonne Henry, Colorado Springs
Get that bug out bag ready
Our community has suffered two major wildfires in less than a year. I like many have not thought to take steps to protect my home or contends. I don't want to be trying to take photos of my stuff instead of getting out before the fire overruns me!
I have called home inventory companies to come give me a detailed inventory. It's worth any price to have the peace of mind that I won't have to worry about anything but the important papers and other stuff that I will already have together to grab. All of us who live in and love Colorado should get an inventory, take steps to mitigate around our homes and get that bug out bag ready. None of us are immune to disaster be it fire, flood or other things that may be thrown our way.
Joanna Ellinger, Colorado Springs
What's next for Sheriff Maketa?
I agree that Sheriff Maketa has shown leadership, direction, the spirit of compromise and dedication during the Black Forest fire. I believe that he will continue to demonstrate these qualities regardless of future endeavors. Combined with the defense of the Constitution, he has demonstrated conservative fiscal policies. We will be forced to ask the relevant question. What's next? I suggest he consider replacing the current state leadership that has led us to economic stagnation, abrogation of rights, higher levels of unsupported state spending, and loss of businesses.
Steve Fowler, Colorado Springs
Thanking some great people
A returning homeowner, yesterday said on TV "We can never thank the firefighters, law enforcement and National Guard for everything they have done and are doing now." She was right. Our home is intact and I cannot see any damage from my yard, so my husband and I are very, very lucky and very thankful.
Our 11-year-old grandson from Missouri has been visiting us and helped us pack up and leave. We brought his bicycle with us and on Father's Day at the campground where we were staying, he got a flat tire. We went to Criterium Bicycle shop and they fixed it for free and even checked out the bike and adjusted the brakes for him. They are great people and we just want to thank them publicly.
Pam, Tom and Soren Devereux, Black Forest
Old stray dog has got to go
I read with interest the article about the mayor wanting to make the downtown safer. As I don't go downtown very often and never at night, I had no idea how the mayor could bring this about. So I decided to have a look for myself, so I made a trip down Tejon Street and Nevada Ave on a Friday evening. During my trek, I observed several panhandlers, a lot of drunks and one old stray dog.
After my observations I concluded the panhandlers can stay, as they are protected by some law. We can't get rid of the drunks as they produce a lot of revenue to downtown. So if we are to make the downtown safer it appears there is just one option. That old stray dog has got to go. At least that's the way it seems to me.
Jerry Proctor, Colorado Springs