November 16, 2013 Updated: November 16, 2013 at 9:35 am
The answer is the revenue stream
The editorial by Scripps Howard News Service asked if eliminating trans fats from our nation's food supply would save 7,000 lives and prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year, we'd do it, right?
So why haven't they applied that same logic to tobacco use?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and an additional 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. These numbers are 20 times more than the impact of trans fats. So shouldn't we be asking why we haven't eliminated tobacco use?
The answer is easy, revenue stream. Tobacco provides a very nice source of income for local, state and national government via the tobacco tax. We'll still let people smoke and die, but we will make sure they are paying a big tax to do so. Is this really our government being health conscious or greedy? If the government could, they wouldn't eliminate trans fats, they would tax it all in the name of looking out for our health, just like they do tobacco.
Debby Fowler, Colorado Springs
Should have actually read the bill
Shame on Sen. Mark Udall. Now you want to introduce a bill to try and save the millions of Americans that are losing their health care coverage? How interesting is the fact that you are up for re-election and this health care mess is knocking at your door, as it should. Now the program that Colorado started in 1991 to cover many people with pre-existing conditions, known as Cover Colorado will close their doors. Those very people who choose to pay for this program and liked it are being forced to Connect Colorado or Obamacare. They, too, no longer have a choice, and it will cost them a lot more money to get coverage, as widely reported by our local newspaper and news stations. Did you even consider that fact? Another looming fact knocking on Colorado's door is that most of the people who have signed up for Connect Colorado are qualified for Medicaid.
Just how in the world do they plan to cover all those people on Medicaid when we don't have the money now and they had to cut the amount of money that goes to the Medicaid program?
Guess next up is another bill that will have to raise everyone's taxes to cover this cost on top of we all now have to pay more for our own insurance. What's the point of even working anymore they just keep taking all our money for taxes?
This whole thing with Connect for Colorado and Obamacare is a huge mess. Udall and all the other senators that spouted the same lies as the president should have actually read the bill. If they had done just that we would not be in this mess.
Millions and million of Americans are losing the coverage they choose and paid for and for many it was a better plan then any being offered now. More Americans now are being kicked off their chosen insurance (including programs provided by our employers) then actually signed up for either program. Guess you already knew that would happen, so the truth was that you would have to force us on one of the two programs. That was the scheme from the start. Problem is you lied to us, too. We would not be in this situation if you and everyone else had actually done their jobs and read the bill and then voted no!
They have not time to waste
Our state needs immigration reform now. Rep. Mike Coffman and Rep. Scott Tipton should do the right thing and cosponsor HR15, the new immigration bill in the House.
I know I'm not alone because almost 75 percent of the voters in Rep. Coffman's district and 77 percent of voters in Rep. Tipton's district support HR15, and both of our state's senators - Michael Bennet and Mark Udall - already helped pass an immigration bill with a pathway to citizenship in the Senate.
Millions of immigrants in our nation want citizenship, but under our broken immigration laws, they have no way to earn it. And with over 100,000 immigrants deported since the Senate passed its bill last summer, they have no time to waste.
Jose Lopez, Monument
Antiquated modes of transportation
Re: Dave Lippincott's Op-Ed on local streetcars, Nov. 14:
Was that piece tongue-in-cheek? How about the organization buying land east or south-east of downtown and there set up an open air museum of these antiquated modes of transportation? Tourists would have a unique place to see it all. Perhaps with a track about the perimeter of the site, so folks could have the experience of an actual ride.
Our roadways are much too congested today to accommodate this concept.
Carol Stoody, Colorado Springs
A thoughtful, safe alternative
I bike commute to work on the Greenway Trail from Rockrimmon to downtown. On my ride home tonight in the dark, before the Garden of the Gods underpass, signs informed me of the detour to Mark Dabling Boulevard.
On Mark Dabling reflective cones created a temporary bike/pedestrian lane. I want to thank the city for honoring the need for cyclists to have a safe ride home when trails are under construction. I look forward to riding on the Greenway Trail once construction is finished, but in the meantime I am greatly appreciative of having a thoughtful, safe alternative.
Aaron Rosenthal, Colorado Springs