Published: July 7, 2013
Probably should not have happened
I am a mature, educated Coloradan who has taken pride in exercising my voting rights as a citizen for several decades. Over the years I have signed several petitions for a variety of reasons. I know that my signature becomes a part of public record when I do that. I never realized that because of signing a petition I could become the target of the opposing side. Perhaps, because it has never happened before. And probably should not have happened now.
I have started to get phone calls from people supporting Sen. John Morse telling me that I must have been mistaken in signing the petition for his recall; that I probably didn't really know what it was all about. They can remove my name from the petition if I recant, I am told. Then they tell me I am probably not aware that a recall will waste a lot of Colorado's money.
Or that Sen. Morse is going to term-out anyway so why not let him serve the rest of his term. And, finally, that I must have been swayed by all the gun-rights people. At this point, I felt like I was being bullied. I stood firm in my decision and refuted each of those reasons as they were given. Then I got asked once more, in a stern voice, if I didn't want to change my mind and take my name off the petition. Bullying seemed to have escalated to intimidation.
I signed the recall petition because I have lost respect for Sen. Morse's tactics and leadership style. These phone calls, one even before the petitions were handed in for verification, only reinforce my position that Sen. Morse does not respect Colorado and his constituency. I trust other voters will continue to stand up against these tactics for the same reasons.
Gloria A. Hamilton, Colorado Springs
Fighting to stay off recall ballot
Why is John Morse fighting so hard to stay off the recall ballot when he has told us the majority of the people in his district like the gun laws he push through the Legislature? ("Ruling on Morse recall delayed"; June 28) He is trying to say the way petitions have been done for 10 years, even under a Democrat secretary of state, are not constitutional. He even had a poll taken to show that some people did not know there will be an election if there is a recall - even though the Morse supporters told the public that if they sign the petition there would be an election that would cost $150,000. He has people calling to intimidate people into taking their names off the recall petition. I know because I received such a call. The answer is simple; he must have polling that shows he will lose in a recall election. Most people know that Morse and the Democrats were pressured into pushing these laws through by New York Mayor billionaire Michael Bloomberg and not the people of Colorado.
Jill Coleman, Colorado Springs
Legislation that will affect us all
The John Morse campaign must be running quite scared if the worst that they can come up with to smear Jax Bubis is that she wrote (gasp!) a romance novel. Morse is more into fantasy writing, but instead of a novel he's pushing out legislation that will affect us all. His fantasies include: limiting the number of bullets in your gun will make you safer, people can be trusted to vote only once, renewable energy is cheaper, and more taxes mean better government.
Janet Mohler, Colorado Springs
Cover up those tattoos
I see where the New Orleans Police Department will now require its officers to cover up tattoos with clothing or makeup to appear more "professional." Perhaps the Air Force Academy could do the same with its cadet corps.
Robert E. Jent, Colorado Springs