Lobbyists working for Congress, online sales tax, and more 


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Seeking sacrifice

Duh! What are the Regional Business Alliance and the "movers and shakers" willing to give up to attain a perceived "entrepreneurial nirvana" ("Entrepreneurs outline local challenges," News, March 11)?

The one-party political establishment? The media "silo" mentality? The narrow-minded mentality of the establishment rejecting out of hand any ideas that come from outside the city limits? Rejecting the establishment of more nonprofits? Maintaining the illusion this town and the military-industrial complex relationship is forever? The "build it and they will come" attitude? Touting low taxes and utility rates when none of that is working to draw businesses to Colorado Springs? Supporting WASP-ish candidates for public office, ignoring ideas from the "other," and none of them really taking a stand on anything of substance? Watching the slow-motion car crash of the candidates they do support?

Will they give up the idea that Colorado Springs can run with the big dogs but is incapable at this point in time? Will they give up their silly surveys that will do nothing but sit on a shelf?

Maybe it's time for the RBA and the "movers and shakers" to look in the mirror and realize they are the problem and not part of the solution. Fixing what ails this town could be beyond their capabilities. Because if they had the talent they purport to have, Colorado Springs would be fixed by now, including roads, bridges and stormwater.

— Gary Casimir

Colorado Springs

Works both ways

I must respond to Jim Hightower's piece ("Lobbyists become GOP staffers," LowDown, March 11). Does Mr. Hightower really believe the lobbyists-to-congressional-staffer trend rests with the GOP only?

This country is ruled/controlled by a political class/oligarchy that includes both Republicans and Democrats. Until the people of this country start demanding more accountability out of their representatives, the ruling class in Washington will continue to thrive; the will of the people be damned.

— Dave Naumann


Selling us short

Regarding "We're all tax-dodgers" (News, March 11): Barnes & Noble has stores in every state, so when you buy something from their website they charge you sales tax. But there are plenty of small businesses selling online that don't have the expertise or the staff to collect a wide range of sales taxes, and would be put out of business if forced to do it.

Nobody seems to consider the obvious solution to the modern development of online commerce: abolish sales taxes. They are regressive, costing poorer people the most. Other taxes could be raised to compensate.

The number of taxes we pay is just as important as the amount, because we all have to pay for the collection and distribution of each tax. The state sales taxes are the stupidest of all.

— Donald Clarke

Colorado Springs

Booster shot

This year, Colorado has an opportunity to implement a statewide Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which is a small tax credit for low- to moderate-income families. The credit is earned from wages, and it offers an economic lifeline to people who are struggling to afford basic necessities.

As a small business owner in Colorado Springs, I don't just think implementing the EITC is the right thing to do; I also think it's the smart thing to do economically. It's proven that low-income folks spend their money locally, which means that the EITC will provide a huge boost to small, locally owned businesses like mine.

What's more, the EITC effectively increases take-home income for employees at small businesses that can't afford to offer higher wages. This levels the playing field for small businesses with limited resources.

Colorado shouldn't miss out on its chance to pass an EITC. It's the right choice for working families, small businesses and our economy. We are on the right track, and this will certainly keep us going in the right direction.

— Tracy duCharme

Colorado Springs

Man's machines

We should all deplore the fact that our public schools do not teach "intelligent design." This is because intelligent design will soon sweep "Darwinian" evolution into the dustbin of history.

It took Darwinian evolution 3 billion years to arrive at minds as capable as ours. But it took intelligent design only 75 years to achieve the same feat. Alan Turing built the first computer in 1939. Computer software pulled (roughly) even with human intelligence June 7, 2014. That's when Russian programmers first passed the Turing Test.

A good portion of each new generation of computing power is always devoted to designing a faster, smarter, more flexible next generation of computers (intelligent design). June 7, 2014, will be a date remembered long after all current religions have been forgotten. So write your school board today. Tell them to start teaching our children "intelligent design," the wave of the future.

— Joseph Mitchener

Colorado Springs

Animal instincts

I was not having the best day today. Then I read the "In Good Faith" column from the March 4 Indy. It really touched me. The subject of the loss of a loving pet brought everyone together. The sympathy and loving sentiments given by the respondents transcended spiritual orientation.

The unconditional love of a pet is truly something special. We humans are complex creatures. We can be very hard to love at times. Yet I can't help but wonder: If we can be just a little more unconditional in our love for one another, what obstacles might we transcend as the human race?

I know it's easier said than done. I really struggle with it myself. Perhaps we can look to the example of our loving pets for inspiration.

— Scott Freeman

Manitou Springs

Tejon promenade?

It is high time for Colorado Springs to grow up into the type of city interior that you like to visit when you go other places. I think that a row of trees will be planted from Colorado Avenue to Platte Avenue right down the middle of Tejon Street within the next 50 years, guaranteed.

So let's just start budgeting for huge construction projects while marijuana taxes are in danger of being refunded to Colorado taxpayers under TABOR. The refund would be about seven bucks per taxpayer, or we could make a Pearl Street-kinda promenade?

I heard the trolley tracks are still under Tejon, on top of the catacomb of tunnels that were dug during Prohibition. I've been through the Subway/Starbucks tunnel in the '70s. Huge maples would be good!

— Kenton Lloyd

Colorado Springs


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