The rich elite from other states
Now we see who is trying to take our freedoms away. ("Bloomberg, NRA enter fray," Aug. 28) Billionaire Michael Bloomberg wrote a personal check for $350,000 to defend John Morse and Angela Giron in the recall. Another billionaire Eli Broad gave them $250,000 to hang onto their seats. On the other side, the 5 million members of the NRA could only give $108,667. Where is the powerful gun lobby Morse and Giron tell us is behind the recall?
There is no doubt that powerful elite forces are trying to control Colorado, but they are the rich elite from other states trying to take your freedoms. Do you really think Bloomberg and Eli Broad care about the safety of the people of Colorado or do you think they want to control the masses like the kings of old? Vote to recall Morse and Giron and let the elite know our freedoms are not for sale.
Ron Coleman, Colorado Springs
Something else is at stake
Wait a minute, something suddenly is very wrong in the race to recall John Morse and Angela Giron from the Colorado Legislature. Huge sums of money - most of it from out of state -are being poured into this little campaign, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize something else is at stake.
New York liberal Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent a personal check for $350,000. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked the Colorado Supreme Court to review the recall on constitutional grounds. Colorado voters had better wake up. There is more to this recall than meets the eye.
Jere Joiner, Colorado Springs
Insincere claims of moderation
The elections to recall John Morse and Angela Giron are about more than gun control. They're also about the "winner-take-all" attitude held by both Democrats and Republicans. Candidates pander to their base to win primaries, then subject us to endless manipulative misleading advertisements which "angelize" themselves and "demonize" their opponents. They make insincere claims of moderation to win the general election then, after winning by the thinnest of margins, we discover that their true goals are way different than claimed.
It's called "bait and switch". It's called Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. Basically, they spin, they deceive, they lie. I'm sick of them all. Please recall these two radicals and send a message to the rest of the other radicals of both parties, that we expect them to honorably represent all of the people in their district or risk being kicked out.
Randy Roberts, Canon City
A little crow stuck between his teeth
Who has been telling the most truthful comments?
It seems like our esteemed president of the Senate, who criticized the recall effort as being lead by outside interests, has a little crow stuck between his teeth.
I feared the extremes on the coasts and in large cities, whatever that means, are buying their influence on the Colorado Legislature. Oh really! I think I can prove it about 350,000 times.
David Foy, Colorado Springs
Bloomberg represents himself
The front page article, "Bloomberg, NRA enter fray," seems to present a fair comparison between the two. The article treats both sides as equally valid players in the recall election.
However, the article fails to make one very important point: the NRA represents 5 million members, nationwide, who pay their dues every year. They are free to drop out at any time.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg represents one guy: himself.
Harold S. Dallas, Colorado Springs
We can't wait till next year
I don't live in District 11, but I fervently hope the recall passes.
Someone has said it's a waste of money because Sen. John Morse is term-limited next year anyway. We can't wait till next year. Aside from the gun control law, which Sheriff Terry Maketa says can't be enforced, the last legislative session was the most detrimental to the state I can remember. We can't endure another one.
Barbara Myers, Colorado Springs
Complete waste of taxpayers' money
So we are having Colorado's first recall election for the guy who is president of the Senate: and not for illegal activity but because some disgruntled plumber from Pueblo backed by the NRA didn't like what he heard about background checks. So now what - we get some hand-picked guy installed for us by the local GOP? The "strict Constitutional" ideas we keep hearing about turns out to be fly-by-night politics as usual. And Bernie Herpin is qualified to serve at the state level because why exactly - he was a City Council member in Colorado Springs? What?
Are these folks going to chip in for all the lawyer fees, running this stuff by the Colorado Supreme Court, and printing ballots and running an election? Right. According to today's Gazette, the two people who filed the lawsuit didn't even get themselves qualified after wasting everyone's time. On top of all the money wasting, John Morse did nothing illegal, has a year left, and his vote reflects the sanity of the American public. This is a complete waste of the taxpayers' money, and we should be reimbursed by the people who could not wait for 12 months for the legal avenue at the ballot box.
Kay Johnson, Colorado Springs