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Logic of our judicial system

Despite the Supreme Court ruling, there is no real winner. The real issue is whether same-sex couples can sue because a business does not want to support their union. The main point should be; "were there other similar businesses that could do the same thing in the area". Masterpiece Cake supplies anyone with standard baked goods regardless of their hang-ups. The crux of the problem was that the same-sex couple wanted the baker to celebrate their union specifically, and because of his Christian beliefs, he could not, in good conscience, do that.

So, instead of looking at other area bakeries for someone who would gladly support their union, they chose to try to force Masterpiece Cake to acquiesce to their demands. How is this not reverse discrimination? It is not OK to discriminate based on religious beliefs, but it is OK to discriminate against religious beliefs? The logic of our judicial system is sadly falling down the toilet. Sin is in. Faith is out. This is only the beginning of the death spiral of our society and the complete rejection of Christian principles.

Joseph Ford

Colorado Springs

It's a brave new world

How nice. It's just nice. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren. Isn't it nice that our elected representatives can put acrimony and juvenile bickering aside to reach across the aisle and find common ground in this crazy, mixed-up world, in an effort to solve the really tough problems facing our nation: unchecked illegal immigration, homelessness, a failing education system, violent gangs and.wait. What!?

These champions of state's rights want the federal government to decriminalize marijuana cultivation, sale and use at the federal level, nationwide; that is, they want to do away with drug enforcement of marijuana laws by the federal government. "We just want the federal government to get out of the way," Warren said. Gee Sandy, last time I checked, you are the federal government! You want decriminalization at the federal level? Pass a law. It's your job. Oh, but that takes votes and commitment. It's so much easier to put the burden on the POTUS and the attorney general, rather than do your jobs.

Like I said: nice. I'm guessing that neither one of these "apostles of justice" have been listening to El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder. This law enforcement professional has appeared on national news broadcasts to sound the alarm on illegal grow operations in this county, and others in Colorado. The entrepreneurs here aren't the guys you went to high school with, but rather a well-financed group of people from places like Cuba, China, Mexico, etc., who are engaged in a criminal enterprise. The sheriff spends an inordinate amount of county resources dealing with this criminal activity, at the expense of dealing with the day-to-day crime that has always been on his plate.

Of course, their argument is likely that decriminalization at the federal level will remove the criminal element from the equation. Yeah. Sure. Keep in mind that the majority of those in Colorado who voted for drugging the state population didn't consider what the dreamy senators haven't considered either - the "unintended consequences".

Then again, it's a brave new world. And our elected leaders want to dispense Soma on every street corner. And the population at-large doesn't understand.

John Erskine

Colorado Springs

Significant contribution to country

In his Sunday column, Joe Barrera asks "What happened to America's sense of decency and compassion?" I might ask "What happened to common sense?"

The U.S. has a significant shortage of labor. The 3 percent that are unemployed are probably not really looking for work or are working "under the table" as one punk informed me the other day so as to keep unemployment benefits.

Meanwhile, we lock out those with enough gumption to pick up their lives, make a very scary journey and take a huge risk because they are motivated to find a better life and freedom in the U.S.

Why would such a poor decision be made? Racism, pure and simple. We do not want people who are not "like us" in our country.

Prior to President Ronald Reagan granting amnesty, my company avoided undocumented workers because it could not afford to lose training every time ICE's blue van showed up.

After the amnesty program, we hired 16 now-legal Mexican nationals and had an incredible crew. They did a better job of learning English than I did of learning Spanish - even with my significant effort. They were a total joy to work with and were very effective. And they got paid the same as native workers - they didn't displace anyone.

So the fact is that these refugees from terror who crossed Mexico to avoid drugs, gangs and sexual slavery would make a significant contribution to our country and quality of life.

But as Joe pointed out at the end of his column, "We don't believe in fact anymore in Colorado Springs. We have sunk into irrational emotionalism and fear."

Tim Haley

Colorado Springs

Horses in the city can be messy

Awww, it was cute and quaint to see horseback riders in the center of the city crossing Academy at Maizeland near Palmer Park and continuing along the sidewalk in front of Maizeland Moors!

Then I noticed all of the horse droppings on the sidewalk. Ick.

Dog owners have to take responsibility for their dog piles. What about horse stuff?

Su-Su Sawyer

Colorado Springs

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