Give attention to pedestrians
I think it's great that there are police officers downtown to increase security and cleanliness (e.g., cleaning up dog refuse); however, I suggest that attention be given to jaywalkers who cause traffic delays and increase the possibilities and probabilities of vehicle-pedestrian accidents and deaths. Police should enforce jaywalking laws and present $10 tickets to pedestrians violating these laws. In addition, Colorado Springs should consider what exists in Denver, which regulates downtown traffic signals so that there is a regular period for pedestrians to cross in any direction from all corners without violating laws or endangering themselves and others.
Greg Johnson, Colorado Springs
Someone has to pay for everything
Americans wake up! Where do you think our prosperity comes from? It isn't from free phones and iPads and socialism. It comes from the hard work of capitalism and businessmen who give up time with their families and pleasure to keep the nation moving. There is evidence that people on welfare make more that way than by working. If you are striving to keep people employed and provide services, don't you resent that? Our country was built by hard work and has been kept going by hard work. People who think it is all about a free lunch don't get it. Someone has to pay.
I heard a woman say "Obama pays for me." Well, she had better wake up. He does so by spending the money provided by those who work hard and pay taxes. Someone said when there are more taking than providing, the country is over. Folks, we're on the way. There is dignity in hard work or any kind of work where a person is proud of his accomplishments and continues to grow.
Children need to be taught a work ethic and to never shrink from responsibility and the ability to earn a true paycheck.
So wake up people. Be proud of your country and don't think all the giveaways are OK. They aren't and they are not free.
Lloyd Wasserott, Colorado Springs
This 're-do' is costing taxpayers
I never miss an opportunity to vote, so I will be voting in this recall election. But I am outraged that there is going to be an election at all.
I haven't heard one good reason from anyone why I have to pay for this "special" election. Just because a bunch of Republicans aren't happy with his Democratic representation? Sen. John Morse is term-limited next year and Republicans need to do what everyone does, wait and vote against "elected" officials when they are up for re-election. This "re-do" is costing the taxpayers a lot of money. I sincerely hope that recalls don't become a regular thing, because I don't want to pay for them.
I am going to support John Morse because I don't want to encourage this kind of behavior.
Barbara Wood, Colorado Springs
Laws that are unenforceable
Regarding Sen. John Morse and the new gun control laws, one important item Morse never offered when pushing his anti-gun agenda was actual proof lives will be saved, or explanations of how the new laws will accomplish this.
For example, how will the police stop or prosecute two people who agree to exchange a gun in a private home without a background check? There is no way unless an officer happens to be hiding in the closet. As such, I doubt any would-be criminals will worry about getting a background check done.
Consider also the magazine ban will not stop the next potential James Holmes from using a large magazine. Anyone can simply drive to a neighboring state and buy whatever magazines they want. The police have no way to stop such a purchase or prove the magazines were obtained illegally.
And for those who may think this just means we need a new national magazine ban, there is no evidence the old ban in place from 1994 to 2004 had any effect on crime or saved any lives. In fact, per the FBI, murders and violent crime have been steadily dropping since the ban expired, counter to the dire predictions put out when the ban ended.
So in exchange for new restrictions on our civil rights, we got laws that are unenforceable and highly unlikely to save a single life. The fact Morse pushed for such laws shows he has little interest in actually stopping criminals, and is mainly concerned with limiting the rights of the law abiding. Perhaps that is not sufficient reason for a recall, but I know I won't be sorry to see him go.
Paul Weissler, Colorado Springs
Income disparity is not OK
A recent editorial stated, "welfare system makes it tempting for recipients not to work." I believe that this situation is the result of employers refusing to pay workers a living wage.
Despite continued productivity gains in the economy, which are largely to workers' efforts, employee pay has been stagnant. This is true of blue- and white-collar workers and those with and without a college degree.
While productivity has increased 25 percent since 2000, wages after inflation are down 1.7 percent. The resulting profit has not gone to those who were responsible, but to the greedy bosses.
Income disparity, in which the rich get richer and the middle class disappears, is perfectly OK to right-wingers, but not to me.
David J. Baker, Colorado Springs