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Do you or don't you?

Dear Councilman King: You have been silent about the proposed closure of West Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard (WCMB) by the Broadmoor hotel (“No time for mulligans,” News, April 24). I respectfully request that you publicly declare your position.

Either you support the closure or you do not. Simple. What is more important to you: money — which according to the Broadmoor would only be realized in the distant future, if ever — or the lives of the people of Colorado Springs right now?

In response to this request, if you make a statement that you cannot take a position until the "data" are gathered, please consider this fact:

Regardless of the "data" gathered or the "studies" conducted, the fact of the matter is, neither the Broadmoor hotel nor the city of Colorado Springs will ever be able to predict that which is unpredictable. Please consider how predictable the devastation of Hurricane Sandy was, or the recent tornado in Moore, Okla., or the Waldo Canyon Fire last year. No amount of studies and planning can adequately address the unpredictable.

I voted for you to be my representative. What would it take for you to oppose the closure of the road? Are you not aware of the strong opposition to closing the road?

Hiding behind the "data" will not work. Waiting for "studies" to be done will not work. Adopting a faux escape route across a golf course, which would never be used for escape drills, would show utter contempt for your constituents.

Mr. King, take a stand. Let the people know what your position is about the closure of WCMB, and please explain the rationale that supports your answer. You are the leader of the Colorado Springs City Council. The people of Colorado Springs deserve an answer from you now and you owe us an explanation.

— Jim Ondler

Colorado Springs

The mayor's objection

In response to Mayor Bach's recent public opposition to retail marijuana sales, I'm glad our mayor is wary of licensing local businesses that would operate in defiance of federal law, but his rationale ("The mayor and the mind eraser," News, May 22) is offensive.

Since the voters have already indicated their opinion that the use of marijuana does not represent a serious enough risk to public health and safety to require its prohibition, Bach needs to set his personal beliefs aside and represent his constituents. Making the argument against retail marijuana establishments on financial and legal grounds demonstrates an appropriate level of caution, but an elected official should not be showing disdain for the public who put him in office, even if he does think we are fools!

— David Emery

Colorado Springs

No vendido

The other day, while rallying support for my district rep, Sen. Angela Giron, I was confronted by a Latino brother who called me a vendido after he had signed the petition to recall Ms. Giron. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, it means traitor.

No harm done, because I knew where I stood on the argument, and was totally convinced that the bills signed into law might save maybe one child's life, maybe two, maybe some child you may know.

I know Ms. Giron and the constituents she represents are too young to vote and don't know the difference between a red state or a blue state or what partisan politics means. And I doubt if they care. I also realize that my dear Latino friend was merely parroting what the radical fringe is putting inside the easily manipulated and fearful gun owners' brains while they confuse bigotry with patriotism.

The sad truth is that they don't see that they are being used, just like the petitioners are being used by the rich and powerful, corporate National Rifle Association. It has amassed a fortune on weapons sales and is spending millions to buy off media and most of all politicians on both sides of the aisle to keep profits moving. They are acutely aware that people are angry with government and are ripe for the type of propaganda they sell so well.

I would venture to say that some misled folks believe that school shootings are merely a conspiracy to disarm the citizenry, and it's time for insurrection even if it means putting innocents in harm's way, just because they hate Barack Obama so much.

Well, I guess it's time to decide who we want running the show: government or the Super Weapons Industrial Complex.

— Sil Arteaga

Pueblo

Right-wing 'welfare'

When one with some intelligence reads a phrase such as "social welfare organization," one would tend to think of a group helping the people in society who are in "need" of some sort of "welfare" — meaning there is a real, certifiable need. This area is filled with ultra-right-wing wackos who think that only their needs and wants should be addressed.

The fact that Laura Carno and "I Am Created Equal," her so-called "Social Welfare Organization" (which is in reality a funding-drive for social conservatives) do not have to disclose their big-time, big-money funding is indicative of exactly why organizations like the tea party are looked into by the IRS — and rightly so.

A 501(c)(4) nonprofit does not have to disclose its donors to the public. Well, if the total John Morse recall effort has raised approximately $71,000, and out of that Carno's donors have injected $56,798 (or 79.99 percent of all funds raised), then who is being fooled?

Carno can accept unlimited funding from her right-wing Republican wacko friends. Unlimited funding for causes that matter to a "select few" in our area's population.

My, so that's what Colorado Springs calls social welfare? Really?

— Addy M. Hansen

Colorado Springs

Chicago story

Part of what Bill Guman states (“Moderates and Morse,” Letters, June 5) is true, but it is not the whole story.

Sheriffs are elected by the people, not special interests as Guman states. Also police chiefs are usually appointed by big-city mayors that are controlled by special interests that do not care for gun rights, and that is why they want to ban guns.

Big cities do not always do enough to stop violent crime. One example is Chicago where murder was out of control until a girl who marched in an Obama inaugural parade was shot and killed. After that, they took police off the desk jobs and put them on the streets. The next month the murder rate dropped to a 1957 low.

This proves that many big-city mayors and police chiefs do not try hard enough to stop crime but blame the firearm. Most law officers know that the gun laws pushed through by Sen. Morse will not stop crime but just persecute law-abiding citizens.

— Ron Coleman

Colorado Springs

Medgar matters

Legendary NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers was shot and killed in his own driveway 50 years ago today in Jackson, Miss., while fighting for the right to vote. His life should teach us to be always vigilant against any attempt to restrict the hard-won right to vote that all Americans should hold dear.

In Colorado, though, we have seen Secretary of State Scott Gessler and others join national efforts to repress the vote by ordering clerks not to send mail ballots to voters who miss just one election or serve overseas, sending letters to registered voters asking them to prove their citizenship, and other dubious tactics.

But in this year's Legislative Session, Colorado voters won when a new law was signed, making our election system a model for the nation — much simpler and much more accessible for all eligible voters.

At the urging of the NAACP State Conference, our courageous governor, John Hickenlooper, has declared June 12, 2013 "Medgar Evers Remembrance Day" in Colorado.

Evers made the ultimate sacrifice through his historic NAACP activism — and even 50 years after his assassination, Medgar still matters.

Celebrate his legacy: Speak forcefully for justice, fairness and civil rights ... no matter the price.

— Rosemary Harris Lytle

President, NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Conference

Colorado Springs

Manitou toodle-oo

To the merchants of Manitou Springs: I have enjoyed frequenting your shops, restaurants, bars and events for over 30 years. However, that is about to change.

In the last four months, I have received two parking tickets for offenses which neither endangered nor inconvenienced anyone. When I related my experience to friends, I was surprised to hear that others had encountered the same thing.

In my opinion, this crackdown is due to the overzealousness of the local parking officer(s) or the Manitou Springs Police Department in general. Either way, it appears the city of Manitou is now targeting its visitors for revenue enhancement.

For this reason, I plan to severely curtail the time I spend in Manitou. This also applies to the Meetup groups to which I belong. I am sorry for the income it will cost you, but I know of no other way to register my dissatisfaction.

— Adam Stevens

Colorado Springs

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