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Forget the lease

Regarding "Ex-Memorial employee sues UCH" (News, Aug. 10), this article should go to every Council member, past and present, plus the committee that had the idea to "unload" Memorial with a BIG thank you for screwing the citizens.

I was against this deal from the beginning because there was a better way. Since the city purchased the hospital in the 1940s, it never cost the citizens a dime. UCH was on a mergers and acquisitions binge. Council and the citizens fell for it.

Nothing like putting the health of the community at risk for a perceived problem that never occurred. How many of the councilors and the several committees will offer a public apology for this mistake? (Councilors, ex-mayor, committee members, you know who you are.)

Can the lease deal be undone? Yes!

Should it be? Most certainly!

By the way, the city and citizens are still on the financial hook for the hospital. How? The city charter was never changed regarding the hospital.

— Gary Casimir

Colorado Springs

Helping stop hunger

Many children will soon bid farewell to swimming pools, staying up late, family vacations, sleepovers and the general fun and freedom that summer brings. But others are anxious to escape the long, hot days because without school meals, many children are left without access to a consistent food source.

One in four southern Colorado children are at risk of consistently missing meals, especially when school food is not available. Without access to additional food resources during summer, many parents skip meals so their children can eat. Often, children still miss important meals, such as breakfast or dinner.

Missing meals during childhood inhibits physical and emotional development, making it difficult to do well in school, get along with others and have happy, healthy lives. A layoff, an expensive car repair, medical bills or a death in the family can push a family on the financial brink over the edge. These are your neighbors, your friends, your relatives.

Each year, Care and Share Food Bank receives generous funding from individuals, foundations and businesses to help us alleviate child hunger. We would like to acknowledge Kum & Go, United Way of Pueblo County and Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program for being the new fiscal year's first grant-makers to our Children's Nutrition Initiative. Thank you to these generous supporters, and to many others in the year ahead.

— Lynne Telford

President and CEO

Care and Share Food Bankfor Southern Colorado

Down on ColoradoCare

As a small business owner and employer of eight employees, I provide a full benefits package including health insurance. To attract top-level talent, I pay my team about 20 percent more than the industry average, which means I'm spending 7 percent of my operating budget on health insurance and pay about $43,000/year in payroll taxes and self-employment taxes.

Last year, as a business entity, I paid more money in taxes than I had in personal take-home income, and two of my employees made more than I did.

That said, there is no way I can assume my share of the tax burden associated with ColoradoCare. If the ballot measure passes, I will be hit with another 6.5 percent in payroll taxes and 10 percent in self-employment taxes — increasing my tax burden by at least $40,000. In addition, every Colorado citizen's impact on the economy will be reduced by 3.5 percent of his/her income, making it harder for me to continue to run a profitable business.

Unfortunately for this Colorado native, if ColoradoCare passes, I will lay off all eight employees and move out of state. This measure will chase employers away from Colorado and dramatically increase the unemployment rate, which reduces the entities paying for a single payer. Please vote this ballot measure down — there are other, more responsible ways to solve Obamacare's problems.

— Dan Lewis

State Farm agent

Colorado Springs

Supporting ColoradoCare

Soon Colorado citizens will decide whether to support the current insurance system or muster the courage to change the entire system.

The Colorado Medical Society has been dedicated to advancing the profession of medicine and caring for the people of Colorado. In 2006, the CMS House of Delegates recognized that: "The health care system in Colorado is broken and the entire system needs to be reformed. Working only on one part will cause problems in other areas."

The delegates then approved the guiding principles of reform: universal, portable and mandatory coverage; uniform benefits with options; delivery system preserving patient/physician relationships; administration and governance, simple and accountable; financing, affordable and sustainable.

We believe ColoradoCare, Amendment 69, can achieve the principles listed above, and will replace the present adversarial relationship between physicians and insurers.

ColoradoCare will improve health care via a working health care system in Colorado that benefits patients and providers. Please vote yes for Amendment 69.

— Dr. Ben Vernon

Colorado Medical Society

Dr. Laird Cagan, Dr. Mark Matthews

Physicians for ColoradoCare

Just like kids

At first, Paul Ryan refused to endorse Donald Trump, only to end his holdout and offer his support. Then Mr. Trump withheld his endorsement of Mr. Ryan, but he too eventually relented.

Now Mr. Ryan has announced that he reserves his right to withdraw his endorsement, and no doubt Mr. Trump will soon follow suit.

Such banter harkens me to a fateful day at fourth-grade recess when, in a bold and forthright pronouncement to all within earshot, I agreed to be little Tommy's friend.

But then, in a cruel twist of fate, Tommy said I kissed Susie and that I had contracted cooties, so I told everyone that Tommy was a meany and that he was no longer my friend.

But alas, Tommy said he was still my friend so I was like, OK, I'm your friend, even though I really despised him.

— Brent I. Weiner

Manitou Springs

Improper blame

I take exception to B.D. Bryan ("No respect," Letters, Aug. 10) saying Congress has "done nothing for 71/2 years and let Obama do whatever the hell he wanted to do."

How can he forget the crowing that even local radio announcers did when Obama was elected, saying, "We (Republicans) aren't going to let him do anything!"

And that's exactly how it went with Congress blocking him so much that he had to resort to executive powers to accomplish the many good things he did.

Don't try to rewrite history to make it seem that Obama was the bad guy in this fiasco!

— Janet Brazill

Colorado Springs

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