September 1, 2013
All they had to do was wait
The Republican Party is supposedly the party of limited government. They complain to no end about "wasteful spending," and yet, when it suits their purposes, no expense is too big.
Take the unnecessary effort to recall Sen. John Morse.
Morse is a term-limited senator, with only one year left to serve. That's it. Next November, there will be a campaign to fill his seat in District 11. If the Republicans want him gone, all they had to do was wait. Allow the process to work its course. But that wasn't good enough for them. They are forcing El Paso County taxpayers to foot the bill - a quarter of a million dollars - for a special election that offers nothing positive for the citizens of Colorado.
Historically, recalls have been used in the face of politicians who have broken the law or committed serious ethical infractions. They were never meant to be a mechanism used to usurp the will of the voters. After all, Morse won re-election fair-and-square. The voters in his district sent him to Denver to represent them. And what has Morse done, other than vote his conscience?
Thanks to this recall, we now have entered a new, ugly age of politics. Whenever a politician votes against a special interest group, they will face the threat of recall. And the people will have to foot the bill.
Tracey Wright , Colorado Springs
Vote for the best person
I believe in the Second Amendment. I also believe in my right not to own a gun. Furthermore, I consider myself an independent. With the disclosures out of the way, I feel the need to respond to this recall election circus. It seems as if the Colorado Government has forgotten that our government is by the people and for the people. When Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron voted to pass one of the countries strictest gun laws, it appears they did not consider what their constituents wanted.
Realize that I am not letting the people of Colorado Springs or Pueblo off the hook. They voted these representatives in (am I thinking along party lines) instead of weighing the merits and beliefs of the candidates. The mindset of voting for the party instead of the person is one of the reasons our country is so political.
It is time we take our country back and vote for the best person. Get involved in your community; support those people who will support your city or town.
Now we have outsiders throwing money into the recall election, and making it more of a circus. When the people of Colorado Springs and Pueblo go to the polls, I hope they will vote the people in who will do the most good for their cities.
Karen Holowinski, Castle Rock
Message lost in the madness
There have been too many misrepresentations of the facts throughout this recall campaign. But the most damaging, in my opinion, has been the misquotation that gun owners "have a sickness in their souls."
Why the supporters of the recall chose to twist Sen. John Morse's speech, in which he is quoting Robert Kennedy, is obvious. They want voters to believe that Sen. Morse views gun owners as a sickness.
What it has also done is cause unnecessary division in our community and confusion surrounding this important conversation about public safety. As a supporter of background checks for gun purchases, I do not believe that gun owners are dangerous people.
It's a shame that the message behind Kennedy's beautiful speech, given after the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., has been lost to this campaign madness. So, I will repeat what Kennedy, and Morse, said: "Too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives from the shattered dreams of other human beings. But this much is clear, violence breeds violence, repression breeds retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our souls."
Patty Ceballos, Colorado Springs
Flat waiting in the Big Apple
Okay, I will be the first to admit that I don't have any skin in the game over this recall issue with John Morse, but after about 70 years of watching the political process I have to make an observation. The cynic may ask the question, what is the difference? On one side you have the NRA spending some money to support one point of view. On the other side you have a rich out of state politician spending some money to tell us how he thinks we should live.
I will posit that there is a difference. On the NRA side, some of the dollars come from citizens who actually live here, vote here and pay taxes here. These folks, I believe, have some basic beliefs such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and Oh, yes that terrible second amendment! It contains some words that include "shall not be infringed." You know, just old fashioned Constitution stuff.
On the other side, you have a politician who doesn't live here but feels he knows how you should live. You don't need to make your own decisions, he knows better. He must, he is rich! He even knows how you should buy soda pop!
So, here is my thought: If you are comforted my Mayor Michael Bloomberg's counsel, there is a flat waiting for you in the Big Apple. If you like good old Colorado and its traditional Western values, this is a pretty good place. The voters have decided that a recall is in order. Sometimes principle is worth the cost. Just suck it up!
William Taylor, Peyton