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Letters Published: November 13, 2013

What are buyers expecting?

Every time I read or hear complaints about the Air Force Academy flight path noise, it makes me angry. Since the AFA was there long before the houses to the east, what were the buyers expecting?

Instead of these so-called military-minded people griping when the planes fly over, they should stand up and salute because these men and women may someday be called upon to protect their butts!

In case you've forgotten, it's called the sound of freedom.

Sandra Meredith, Colorado Springs

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Wrecking the health care system

CoverColorado High Risk Insurance, for people who could not get regular health insurance, is closing its doors Dec. 31 and putting all of its former members on Obamacare.

Here is the problem. The high-risk pool is made up of citizens who cannot get normal coverage because their health conditions preclude regular (old) health insurance, so the state had a pool to help insure these citizens. With the Obamacare website rollout, many (thousands) if not virtually all have to go through the Obamacare maze, and it does not work.

So, expect to see almost all former Cover- Colorado Insurance users to be without health insurance come Jan. 1.

I would like to thank all those that supported Obamacare for wrecking our health system and putting me and millions of others at needless risk.

Lee Williams, Colorado Springs

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A convention of the states

Reforming Washington ?- there is a way!

Polls give the Washington bureaucracy (House, Senate and president) abysmal marks for dodging the issues and failing to put the interests of the people and the nation ahead of party and their selfish interests. I think most would agree that DC is dysfunctional and void of real leadership or compromise. In spite of the "blame game" label, this is not a game. Politicians will never reform themselves and put power (liberty) back in the hands of the States and the people as intended by the founders (remember "We the people . "??). Politicians are too caught up in re-election, ideology, parties, lobbyists, power, malfeasance and gamesmanship and will never vote for things like balanced budgets, term limits, tax reform, immigration reform, entitlement reform and sun-setting legislation. What ever happened to the 10th Amendment ("The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.")?

There is a way! We the people and our state elected officials can call for a Convention of the States (Article 5 of the Constitution). We can take back the power that was enumerated in the Constitution to prevent the abuse of power that is today's abusive, usurping, and intrusive government. If you are frustrated, then support our state calling for a convention of the states. I challenge The Gazette, Rep. (Doug) Lamborn and Colorado state government to lead the way to reform.

Lance Miller, Colorado Springs

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Problem with poverty, education

David Sirota has correctly identified poverty as the problem with the "education crisis" ("The connection between poverty and education," The Gazette OP/Ed, Nov. 9) However, as always his solution is throw more money at both programs. Since Roosevelt guaranteed "a chicken in every pot," we have been throwing money at poverty and all we have gotten is more poverty. As long as children are raised in the atmosphere "everything is free" they will continue to see education as unnecessary. Fix that problem and we will fix both the education and poverty problems.

Thomas H. Fickas, Colorado Springs

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Progress on I-25 widening project

As I drive from Monument to Colorado Springs every morning, I find myself looking forward to seeing the progress made on the I-25 widening project. Each day there are new light posts, guard-rails and lanes not present the day before. I appreciate these men and women enduring the elements day and night to get this important transportation endeavor completed. Last Sunday at 8:45 p.m. it was 28 degrees and the bundled up crews were in action . and still there the next morning on my way to work.

Many thanks to all of the construction crews for the progress they have made and their dedication and perseverance through challenging working conditions.

Schuyler Wells, Monument

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A tale of unknown honesty

Re: Kathy Carson's letter regarding theft.

After a long, stressful, and tiring day, I finished my errands and drove home from King Soopers on Uintah. When I got home, I discovered my purse was missing. On the 20 minute drive back to King Soopers, I thought of all the things that I would need to do to cancel: cards, bank account, etc. The grocery cart was still in the King's lot, empty. However, when I checked at the desk in the store, my purse had been turned in with all of my belongings in tact! Unfortunately, I don't know whom to thank. Thank you to an unknown and honest person!

Joan Cox, Colorado Springs

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