Sacrificing public safety for grass; and more

Letters Updated: December 4, 2013 at 5:36 am • Published: December 3, 2013 | 12:00 am 0

They want easy access to marijuana

Kudos to Don Addy for his column "Ten things the pro-marijuana lobby doesn't want you to know." Had I not already known where I stand on the matter, Point No. 1 - follow the money - would have convinced me the retail sale of weed is a dreadful idea. If legalized marijuana is such a good idea, chambers of commerce, teachers and the convention and visitor's bureau would be all for it. As it stands now, only users and groups lurking in the shadows are advocates. Wake up, people: these are not "all things in moderation" organizations. They want easy access to marijuana for your sons and daughters and your grandchildren too. Is this the kind of city you want?

Jere Joiner

Colorado Springs

Voted for green over safety

To Colorado Springs City Council: I write to you on this Thanksgiving Day in hopes that those of you who voted to transfer $400,000 from the CSPD budget line to the Parks Department for watering of grass in the parks will reconsider this very ill-advised decision.

I'm obviously preaching to the choir when I say your No. 1 priority, without question, is to ensure our safety. CSPD has been consistently below the critical metrics of manning/staffing levels and response times for many years. The citizens of this city have made it clear: public safety is also their priority. Mayor Steve Bach and Police Chief Pete Carey are requesting this funding to help, partially, fill this long-standing public safety gap. Please, please listen to those citizens you represent and to the mayor and police chief.

Some time ago, during the initial budget crunch, the city decided to remove trash cans from the city parks as a cost saving measure. This "what were you thinking?" move was jaw-dropping to our citizens and put us on the national news scene in a very unfavorable light. In the court of common sense, keeping the grass green at the expense of our safety and the safety of our police officers rises to the same level of the trash can decision.

I suggest you go on a ride-along with a CSPD officer on a Friday or Saturday night in one of the "more lively" areas of our city. Follow that by a visit to the communications center where you will likely see a shockingly large number backed-up "priority one" calls (in simple terms that means someone is in danger of/or is undergoing physical harm). For the four of you who voted for green over safety, I'm quite certain you'll reverse your vote.

David Buckley

Colorado Springs

A kind of police state environment

Your recent article titled "Honor and Deception" is most disturbing. As a Naval Academy graduate I find a fundamental concept of the military being abused if these allegations are true. Trust and confidence are critical in the service. Whoever conceived of this informant practice and whoever orchestrated it, have introduced a kind of police state environment into the system in which mistrust is now an operational reality.

Furthermore, the moment the young man, who was mentioned in the article, was recruited into the program he was put in a position of having to violate the Academy honor code. He was put in a position in which he had to become aware of cadets lying, cheating, or stealing. The honor code states that anyone who tolerates such behavior is in violation of the honor code also. Putting him in this position and then disavowing him is disgusting.

Zenas Gurley

Colorado Springs

A marvelous leader of charity

As a Christian and Catholic, I was deeply troubled by the political cartoon, characterizing the Pope as representing an aimless giver of goods. This Pope does demand of us that we share; he also demands we learn to give without preoccupation with all the rules and regs and the traditions and sacred cows of the Catholic Church. He is a marvelous leader of charity, he embraces all without judgment, without all the elegant trappings usually associated with the papacy. I must remind you that the Catholic Church, along with many religions, has supported education and self improvement over the centuries.

William I. Brown

Colorado Springs

A chance to meet Robert Redford

Yesterday I received a disturbing email from our current U.S. Senator from Colorado, Mark Udall. Udall is up for re-election in 2014, after a somewhat less than stellar record as a President Barack Obama clone for the last five years. Along with his idol, Udall has done his best to wreck the economy of Colorado and the U.S. by voting for draconian measures, among them the inaptly named Affordable Care Act. Along with his fellow Democrats, Udall claims that the health insurance policies cancelled in response to the bizarre demands of the ACA were inadequate. Any intelligent person could see that health insurance policies available through the exchanges are much more limited than the majority of the canceled policies, which were chosen by the insured.

Now Udall is touting the support of Robert Redford in his bid for re-election, to the extent that donors can "win" a chance to meet Redford. Now for some, Redford may be admirable as an actor and director (personally, I have always felt he was rather overrated as either), but he is hardly an expert in national policy, nor is he a deep thinker. I think it speaks strongly about Udall that this is the best he can come up with for a supporter.

At the height of the Monica Lewinsky crisis, Hollywood types coached then President Bill Clinton to exhibit apparently honest outrage while shaking his finger and declaring, "I did not have sex with that woman." Will Redford coach Udall so that he will appear to speak honestly while shaking his finger declaring, "I did not vote for Obamacare?"

Catherine Allen

Colorado Springs

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