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Gazette Premium Content No compassion; bills were bi-partisan

Letters Published: June 16, 2013

Bills had bipartisan support

I take issue with Sen. Greg Brophy's use of the term extremists in his June 13 letter ("Extremists need to be stopped.") Ninety-one percent of the bills sent to the governor's office this past session to be signed into law were passed with bipartisan support.

In terms of the "election-rigging" bill (aka The Voter Access & Modernized Elections Act), according to Pitkin County Clerk Vos Caudill in the Aspen Times, The Colorado County Clerks Association polled the state's 64 clerks and found support from about 75 percent of them. And rather than "paybacks to their friends in the environmental community,"

Bill 252 (Extend the Renewable Energy Standard), is a forward-looking piece of legislation that increases RES from 10 to 20 percent by 2020 for certain cooperative electric associations.

These changes will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote cleaner air and water here in Colorado, while also creating jobs and diversifying the economy, especially in rural areas.

And "attacks on small business" surely doesn't include HB13-1002 and HB13-1003 (Small Business Development Centers).

And finally, in terms of "excessive spending," as I understand Colorado's constitution requires lawmakers to produce balanced budgets, and so legislators have done so again this year.

Karina Swenson, Colorado Springs

Welcome the taxpaying pot heads

There is another side the City Council should look at when considering recreational pot shops. More than half of the state voted in favor of recreational pot. No pot shops in Colorado Springs means more than half of the state will not want to live there. As far as the military not wanting to be here, they can just threaten random drug testing and the soldiers won't indulge, end of problem! Colorado Springs needs to relax its conservative attitude and welcome taxpaying pot heads who are productive citizens. We might even see drunken driving problems decrease. Pot heads are nonviolent, peaceful people, just give them a chance to prove it to you.

Elfie Sunderman, Palmer Lake

Total lack of compassion

As a newcomer to Colorado Springs, I am impressed by the outpouring of support for the fire victims and equally distressed by the heartless response Jeremy Beach received from DirectTV.

From personal experience, I can attest to the fact that DirectTV's main concerns are collecting payments and signing up new accounts.

Before reading about Mr. Beach, I was planning on writing to Direct TV's office of the president about my poor customer service experience.

I will now be adding the total lack of compassion shown by this money-hungry company, and I urge others to do so, too. The address is P.O. Box 6550, Greenwood Village, CO 80155-6550.

Kathy Eichinger, Colorado Springs

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