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Editor, 235 S. Nevada Ave., CS, CO 80903 • email: letters@csindy.com

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Give it a chance

My wife and I are now on Medicare, so only our 25-year-old daughter has a stake in the Affordable Care Act. She has always had health insurance, and I expect she always will. Our interest in the ACA is partly because of her, but mostly because we recognize that the health insurance system has been broken, mismanaged and/or unaffordable for far too many Americans.

Georgia's insurance commissioner has said he would do everything in his power to undermine Obamacare and ensure its failure. This political power play is being modeled throughout red states in the U.S. As you consider the value of the ACA (Obamacare), remember that Southern Red States — where all four of my grandparents were raised — have a history of almost always doing the wrong thing.

Remember that had we as a nation followed the Southern model for government and social values up to now, we would not be near the great and inclusive nation that we are today. Remember that 19 red states (as determined by votes in the 2012 presidential election) are given back more in federal revenue than their citizens are taxed. The top 10 states that give more to the federal government than they get back are all blue states.

If you were the CEO of a progressive corporation looking to relocate, would you pick the state where people grow up having basic health care that includes preventive care for which your company doesn't directly have to pay? Or would you pick a state where people can't afford to even get basic preventive care and have high levels of diabetes, obesity, infant mortality, etc.?

Please allow the Affordable Care Act to be given a chance to work, and expect your elected leaders to fine tune it so that it can overcome any of its minor issues.

— Jonathan H. Reilly

Colorado Springs

Selfish service

Mr. Barkley ("The majority rules," Letters, Sept. 25), my previous letter ("Missing the point," Sept. 18) addressed the John Morse recall and the just result from the election. I did not speak on those other issues you mention, but I am happy to.

In short, it is my opinion that you're correct. The Mayor and the five City Council members who voted their own selfish interests on Amendment 64 implementation should be recalled. You're also right that the county commissioners should be held equally accountable for their non-representative votes cast.

Amendment 64 is a first significant deviation from popular-vote support from the mayor and City Council, at least that I can recall. The self-serving actions of some county commissioners is well-established, though. That self-serving ballot item that Sallie Clark and Amy Lathen put together in an effort to feather their own nests on term extensions makes all too clear where their loyalties lie.

These people, as a collective, seem unable to grasp that their positions are supposed to be public service, not self-service.

— Mark Rance

Colorado Springs

Not big league

In regard to Colorado Springs' City for Champions proposal:

Remember when the U.S. Olympic Committee threatened to leave and we gave them a big chunk of money? I don't want to pander to them again, particularly since they have a great visitor center on East Boulder Street.

Who would go to a strange city and pay money to see a baseball team they never heard of? We love our Sky Sox, but we are not big league.

Would it be more exciting to see an Air Force Academy visitor center downtown, or to go on their grounds, where they already have a visitor center, and see the beautiful chapel and watch the cadets in full dress march to lunch?

And what do you think our other tourist destinations, like the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Garden of the Gods, and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, and motels and hotels outside of downtown think of this idea?

— Colleene Johnson

Colorado Springs

Arsonist, anyone?

The person that set the Waldo Canyon Fire is still out there, unknown and unpunished, and perhaps ready to do it again.

The way I look at it is this person is responsible directly for two deaths, and indirectly for the two people who died in the floods resulting from the fires. His fire burned homes, destroyed lives and businesses. That person cost us all countless money in insurance, and flood and fire damage. Every time it gets too dry or too wet, we have to worry what his fire will cause next — another flood, washout or mudslide. Every day his fire damages cities like Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs with thousands in lost revenue, repair costs and personnel time to clean up after him.

The reward offered for information leading to his arrest is only $5,000, and hardly enough to interest anyone to come forward.

— David Johnson

Cascade

Editor's note: According to Colorado Springs Police spokesperson Barbara Miller, the $5,000 and $100,000 rewards offered in 2012 are still in effect. Both require information leading to arrests of the arsonist(s) if the fire is found to have been started intentionally. CSPD tip line: 385-2222.

Creativity: MIA

In reference to the new Colorado logo, I would like to offer my observations based solely on my own experience as an architect, graphics designer and artist.

I have recently read a long explanation about the $2.6 million cost of the logo, who paid for it and the list of other possible comparable expenditures — Harvard education, Mercedes-Benz, mineral interests, Colorado Rockies — all of which are only mildly interesting and basically irrelevant since it is not government money.

There is information that the logo resulted from a year of painstaking process that included public input. This alone is unsettling. I doubt I could find a single person who was asked for his/her opinion. And a year!? Really?

The logo itself in my opinion is amateurish at best. It does not express the grandeur of our state. It looks like a triangular traffic sign, not a mountain, and seems to point straight ahead to visit either carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide, commanding officer, change order or county.

The word (title?), Colorado, below the triangle is insignificant in this design because it fades into the background. There is no dynamism, no interest, no vitality, no energy, no emotion. It just lays there.

Colorado has very talented and creative people within its borders. What has to be done in order to ask them to participate in this important endeavor? Or, is it politics again?

To put this in perspective, the logo for the MIA/POW national organization was designed by graphic designer Newt Heisley, who later lived and worked in Colorado Springs. It is not only renowned, but is dynamic, interesting, emotional, vigorous and instantaneously recognizable. We are all proud of its meaning.

Can't we do the same for our beloved state? Somebody?

— Al Feinstein

Colorado Springs

How many must die?

How many times do you have to get slapped in the face by extreme weather events before you recognize that climate change is real? More importantly, how many people have to die in mudslides, floods, forest fires, tornadoes and hurricanes before you realize that the politcos and propagandists who you have been listening to are idiots and/or liars?

Have you seen the red forests in the mountains, destroyed by the warm weather that lets pine beetles thrive — or do you only take advantage of the low price of firewood?

I have two major beefs with you. One: Please shut up about Chris Stevens and the handful of people who deliberately went into danger and were killed in Libya — and notice how many more totally innocent people have been killed by extreme weather and random chance. Two: STFU about how the deficit is stealing from your grandchildren, and pay attention to how failing to do anything to arrest climate change is stealing from them.

Economic growth has the potential to make the deficit irrelevant in the long term, but no amount of money can fix an ecosystem. Climate change deniers are leaving your grandchildren a world where the stars are invisible, and sighting a wild animal, or even a bee, is a rare occurrence.

— Gina Douglas

Colorado Springs

Correction

The Every Vote Counts group is currently only exploring the possibility of collecting signatures to overturn the city's ban on recreational marijauna stores, not actually collecting them as was reported in last week's CannaBiz column. The Indy regrets the error.

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