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Ed Jones and the rest of us

Thank you so much for last week's article about Senate District 11 candidate Ed Jones.

Yes, there will be fallout for you, Indy. You have touched a sacred cow. Do you not understand the power of money? Because money talks in Colorado Springs.

As a bondsperson, it is so sad for me to observe behavior applied to a few that is not applied to everyone. How come legal burdens for some are minor, where others pay dearly?

Because this is a military community, there are many women raising children by themselves as more and more husbands seek newer, greener pastures. But many have respect for the law, they continue to buy the ridiculously priced car insurance and the ever-increasing health insurance. And, don't forget day-care costs.

Some even struggle to complete an education as they incorporate other duties into their mad schedules. How come they don't have a long history of driving with bad license plates, no insurance, non-payment of bills, etc.?

What am I missing here?

-- June C. Waller

a woman who raised three children

without child support

Colorado Springs

The moment of truth

It is gratifying to see several in-depth background and issues-oriented articles about candidates for the Nov. 5 election. It is distressing to hear that many candidates "snub" invitations to participate in public forums and disappointing to learn disturbing background information about a candidate who's been in office for many years.

Elections can become a "moment of truth" when careful research is done by the press. Thanks to the Independent for giving us this opportunity to better understand both candidates and issues.

Let's hope voters are reading and listening carefully. Cynicism is often the response. Instead, let's cast our votes. They will count.

-- Jim Alice Scott

Colorado Springs

Selective enforcement?

I read with interest the letter from Dan Stuart titled "Blame the Bureaucrats" in the Oct. 10 Independent.

While I appreciate the fact that Mr. Stuart has finally publicly spoken out against the vandalism of his opponent's campaign signs, I disagree with his opinion that the most likely culprit is Colorado Springs Code Enforcement.

I live in Manitou Springs, and I have a Michael Merrifield campaign sign in my front yard. The sign has been vandalized or stolen three times since I put the first one up three weeks ago.

My neighbor directly across the street has had a Dan Stuart sign in his front yard the entire time. His sign has never been touched. Neither have two other Dan Stuart signs within a quarter block of my house.

My next-door neighbor put up a Michael Merrifield sign last Sunday. By Monday morning it had been stolen. (But again, the Dan Stuart sign across the street was not touched.)

I do not believe that Colorado Springs Code Enforcement has been going into Manitou Springs and removing Michael Merrifield campaign signs from private property while leaving Dan Stuart signs intact, nor do I believe that Colorado Springs Code Enforcement does their business by sneaking around in the middle of the night.

-- Rob Roberts

Manitou Springs

Hope for us all

Bravo for Adam Krefting for last week's Your Turn! I suspect that at least half of Americans, irrespective of age, see little real difference between the Party of God and Greed and the Democrats, seeing both as essentially representing government by the rich for the rich.

Many of those who even vote just vote for what they see as the lesser of two evils or the marginally better of the two rats in the rat race, as my very elderly mother once put it. Even though I've even held public office, I only vote in town and school board elections and, for the most part, eschew casting a vote in the other elections. It's shameful that things have come to that for me and for most Americans.

Perhaps those, such as Adam Krefting, who are young and energetic can effect some changes. First they may have to become wealthy enough to even play the game and, simultaneously, manage to retain their idealistic values. Good luck to them all.

-- Lowell Morgan

Monument

Thank you for not voting

First of all, let me congratulate Adam Krefting on the fact that he is young and he votes. Voting is one of the greatest democratic rights imparted to us by the Constitution. You stated that few young people vote, and I think this is a tragedy. I don't know if it's because of ignorance or apathy. Whatever it is, I think they're missing out.

You stated that young people don't vote because they "don't feel like they are a part of the political dialogue, which is limited almost exclusively to two parties."

It's a fact that the political landscape is dominated by Democrats and Republicans. Until a viable third party emerges that can represent the "will of the people," I suggest that you and other young people vote for whomever you feel best represents your interests of the two parties.

You also stated that, "for most young people, the choice between Politician (R) and Politician (D) is irrelevant." This should not be a reason not to vote. You don't think prescription coverage matters. It does to a diabetic, like my son (who is 22), who relies on insulin just to stay alive. Insulin is a prescription drug.

You also don't think young people care about small businesses. But the fact is, a lot of young people own small businesses or are thinking about owning a small business. You state that "many young people feel their vote is powerless against the established web of big-dollar interest groups." I would say to them: Do something to change it. Get involved in the political process. Vote for the people you want to represent you, or, if no one represents you, run for office. It is easy to sit on the sidelines and complain.

I, and many other Baby Boomers, will be happy enough to make your decisions for you -- because we don't want people voting or running for office who don't care or are not informed about the issues.

I would say to these apathetic young people: Thank you for not voting. Leave that task to those of us who are informed and care about this country.

-- Brian Sudbeck

Via the internet

He wasn't even interested

In six months I'll be 65 and Medicare becomes my primary health care plan. Pretty scary. Even now prescription medicines just aren't in my budget sometimes.

I wrote to Senator Wayne Allard asking him to move forward with Medicare drug benefits. No dice. He wasn't even interested. The senator wrote back to tell me he was supporting the Republican alternative prescription drug program, because that was his best approach.

This apparently is a "voluntary" federal program. If you want prescription drugs, you can buy them for yourself. That is the same as the program I have now -- no plan. Big help. This guy just couldn't care less for senior citizens.

You know it would be somewhat more tolerable if the senator didn't get free gold-plated federal health care. All our folks in Congress get excellent benefits. It seems like Sen. Allard thinks it is great when we pay for his health-care costs, but he has no intention of helping us pay for ours!

The decision for me is easy. Senator Allard had six years in Congress -- he has done nothing to help Colorado. Allard's time is up. On his watch, health care has gone from bad to really bad.

Tom Strickland says that health care is his priority. Seems to me if you are retired already, if you have retired parents or grandparents, or if you are thinking you might retire someday, a vote for Tom Strickland could make a big difference in your life.

-- Nick Vanderborgh

Antonito, Colo.

Raise your hands

Everyone who's sick and tired of the Allard/Strickland (and all the others) campaign ads, raise your hands. Yup, pretty much everyone, and for my part, I'm sick and tired of the obscene amounts of money spent for these kinds of "issue" ads, paid for by Saddam Hussein for all we know and aren't likely to ever know since full disclosure is rarely made.

I'm also sick and tired of the argument that campaign contributions are "free speech" and must be protected. Money is not speech; it is property. There are many examples of human communication that are not considered protected by the Constitution: yelling "fire" in a theater, false advertising, lying to police officers, etc.

We have limits on some of our other freedoms as well: You can't go where you want to if there's a stop light in front of you. Putting rational limits on political money will not destroy the Bill of Rights. And free speech should not be given only to the highest bidder. Vote "yes" on Amendment 27.

-- Kathleen Hopkins

Denver

Bad for children

Kathryn Eastburn's article "English Also or English Only" [News, Oct. 10] made some interesting references. What amazes me is the proponents' willingness to try to use rights that will be destroyed by the amendment to support it.

Ron Unz, the California financier of the proposed amendment, claims that the programs which will be dismantled "constitute a system of racially-segregated Spanish-only classes for Latino students, not all that different from those provided to most black students prior to Brown v. Board of Education."

The truth is that the amendment will replace all current programs, including effective, unsegregated ones, with the exact thing denounced by Unz, above -- segregated classrooms (this time taught in English only).

It will also remove parental choice and parental rights, the very thing that Rita Montero, the other proponent, claims to want to protect. It will replace them with a single, mean-spirited, unfunded, one-size-fits-all, constitutional mandate. Vote "no" on 31.

-- Pam Jennings King

Bellvue, Colo.

It helps if you read it

I don't know why I'm still amazed by the lack of support for gay and lesbian folks here in Colorado Springs, but even you -- The CS Independent -- forget to mention even one thing about October 11 being National Coming Out Day.

When our Pride Center was torched in an arson fire back in March, the incident came and went as quickly as possible in the press, and we have yet to receive any support from this town for our community. When I wrote a letter to the editor about the arson fire, you were quick to put a disclaimer under my letter, yet you do not do that with every other controversial letter you receive.

What has happened within the editorial department of your paper? Is the gay community now considered not worth your support? Shame on you!!!

Dorian Beth Wenzel

Colorado Springs

The Editor responds: Notes like this that sometimes appear at the bottom of readers' letters are generally designed to correct or clarify a glaring inaccuracy included in the letter. In this case, we should point out that National Coming Out Day was prominently featured in the Livelong Days section of last week's newspaper.

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