Would rather have water than oil
"God made the coal and He hid it. Then some fool found it, and we've been in trouble ever since." - old Coal Minor saying
Regarding the fracking article in the Sept. 19 edition of The Gazette, a rather quick nod was given to the huge amount of "sweet" (meaning non-saline) water needed to accomplish the task of extracting gas and oil from shale. Water is necessary for all life on Earth, plant and animal. Subtract the 97 percent that is salty ocean water and 9.999 percent deep underground, that leaves .0001 percent available for life. Fracking poisons water.
The gain from the amount of fuel extracted could be easily offset through conservation measures and development of renewable energy.
Toxins would be kept out of our precious atmosphere, and some resources may be preserved for future generations. If our society is concerned about our children and the rapidly diminishing myriad of creatures we share this planet with, then resisting our addiction to oil would be a first step. I would rather have water than oil.
Patty Weyhrich, Colorado Springs
Obamacare is all about control
The House of Representatives has submitted a budget that continues to fund current government operations. Funding for the implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act was left out in an effort to stop what most Americans believe will be a "train wreck" for consumers.
Elected representatives should vote their conscience on this issue! No more strategy, tactics, or interpretation of position, just a good old fashioned vote for freedom. Because, in the final analysis, Obamacare isn't about medical care or even insurance, it's about control. Government wants control over its subjects.
This legislation is the turning point of our experiment with freedom. Whereby, instead of the electorate having qualifying medical knowledge about a potential candidate for public office, the incumbents will have access to the medical records of its constituents. Maybe over future medical treatment options as well. Given the current abuses at the IRS, how long will it take for "good little brown shirts" to delay cancer treatment for the politically incorrect?
So, Congressmen, we're watching how you vote on this funding issue. When they call the roll, will you vote to fund the Marxism of America, or not? Will Democrats be able to point to your vote and label you as complicit in this take over?
James Davis, Colorado Springs
Take domestic violence seriously
I almost fell off my chair at Starbucks while reading Rob Blancken's letter to the editor (Sept. 21). It didn't surprise me when he claimed that gun manufacturers, dealers and owners are not part of the problem, but that mental health is the only issue that needs to be addressed. That rationale is par for the course for those who are anti sensible firearms regulations. While I certainly agree that mental illness plays a major role in most mass and serial murders as well as other gun related deaths, not all sociopaths or psychopaths commit murder, with firearms or otherwise, as Blancken implies in his letter. Mental illness does not necessary predispose one to violence. What floored me was his comment that "if you are just charged with a domestic violence charge" you cannot legally purchase or possess a firearm. He uses the word "just" as if domestic violence is just a minor brush with the law and not something that for many spouses and children ends in death, most as a result of firearms.
So apparently Blancken does not believe that an individual who is capable of physically, sexually or emotionally abusing his/her family members is possibly suffering from some sort of mental illness and should not be denied access to firearms, even though such access would allow the individual to escalate the violence.
Until we come to terms with the idea that anyone who has a history of violence should not be allowed to legally purchase a gun, even if there is no history of mental illness, we'll continue to read more sad stories of men, women and children who die at the hands of a family member.
Sharon Beaman, Colorado Springs
Might be better off laying low
It is interesting that all the talk from the John Morse camp is voter suppression, low turn out. I would like to remind the voters that Morse won his election to the Senate in 2010 by only 252 votes (27,908 votes cast). In the recall he lost by 343 votes (17,849 votes cast). He might be better off laying low. If there was a higher voter participation he may have suffered a defeat similar to Angela Giron.
Tim Sullivan, Colorado Springs
Not America's dukes and duchesses
If the only good thing to come out with the recall election is that now maybe elected officials will pay attention to the people that elected them or live in fear of the recall if they do not. Politicians for too long have taken the public and their position in the world for granted. They need to understand that they are not the new dukes and duchesses of America and are not immune to our wrath. If the government is to work as envisioned by the founding fathers, they should fear us not the other way around. This is, you know, a republic not a kingdom; we fixed that over 200 years ago.
Joseph V. Seifert Jr., Colorado Springs