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Downtown shooting, the national debt, Ben Carson, and more



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Clearing the air

Joe Morin's screed to "liberate the young" from a "socialist utopia" ("Indentured servitude," Letters, Oct. 21) was intriguing, but in need of corrections.

He references the "$18.5 trillion" national debt but is stone-silent on where most of it originated. Let's remind him:

• Nearly $4 trillion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the latter now extending (this includes future VA treatments).

• Nearly $3 trillion for the Bush tax cuts, all unpaid for, along with the interest over 10 years.

• Nearly $1.9 trillion for the Bushie Medicare drug makeover from the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act.

Add in $1 trillion for defense budgets that currently sustain 702 installations in 63 foreign countries (4,471 bases altogether), according to the Defense Department 2013 budget statement.

That's over half of his cited debt.

Morin rages against student loan burdens and these debts "financing the retirements of the professorial class." But most profs are not living the life of Riley. According to Forbes, 51 percent of university faculty now are adjuncts, hired as contingent profs who scrape together enough by teaching part-time at different schools. Many are on food stamps.

"Lavish" retirements? Most will have to work past 70.

His whining about "intergenerational debt" is also choice, given many student debtors now live with Gramps and Gram, who subsist on those "entitlements" he'd love to cut.

As for student loan debt, an alternative exists: going to community college for an associate degree, or going to a trade school. Not everyone has to go to a four-year university.

As for Ben Carson and the other Reepo clowns, just be sure to tell the young to vote for their pick if they want their reproductive choices reduced to zero!

— Phil Stahl

Colorado Springs

Halloween nightmare

On Halloween, a guy grabbed a rifle and randomly killed three people in downtown Colorado Springs. It ended with him being blown away at Wendy's. The moral could be, "Do not eat fast food."

Could the guy just have been saturated with being told, in action or deed of others, that he was nothing, and felt the people were nothing too? Maybe he had a psychotic break.

While we might not know which, and we can't bring back the people whose lives were ended early, we can make this a learning opportunity to prevent this type of rampage from happening again. Instead of the media just saying, "We don't know why it happened," they can talk to the people who spoke with him a few hours before this happened.

No, it seems, editors would rather keep the status quo. Editors benefit from our ignorance of social issues, so they make next to no efforts to tell us why.

— Jan Hoag

Colorado Springs

Comparing credentials

It appears [according to media and opponents] Dr. Ben Carson's main fault is that he is a political neophyte who lacks experience. Those critics are correct, but many [myself included] view this situation as a plus. Professional politicians of both parties have brought us to where we are, $19 trillion in debt, have 48 million on food stamps [true number is north of 100 million when you count total family members] and God only knows how many are really unemployed when you discount the Obama new math.

The answer to all these issues and others disabling our nation is an even larger nanny state with more freebies. This coming from the Dems' pre-coronated queen, Hillary Clinton.

She does have one asset that media types and professional hacks value so much: experience! Her time as secretary of state was a disaster; nowhere around the world are we better off as a nation. How did that reset button with Putin or the overthrow in Libya work out? She does have experience, particularly in socialistic statesmanship. She and her husband have drawn a paycheck courtesy of the American taxpayers for decades.

Ben Carson had to toil in the private sector using his mind and physical gifts to help others and save lives.

So there it is: Carson has a political experience deficit. But as he points out: The Ark was built by amateurs while the Titanic was built by professionals!

I like to point out that our first president also had a professional political deficit, and I believe that worked out pretty good for all of us!

— Len Bentley

Colorado Springs

Conspiracy theory?

First, thank you, Pam Zubeck ("NYC confab," News, Oct. 28). This is a story the Gazette reporters would never be allowed to write, because it paints a picture of exactly what's going on.

Second, this is unbelievable! City officials mounted the steps of City Hall last week, stating they needed voters' help. They need more tax money to perform a core role of government, and the Issue 2C road tax measure allows "improvements." Little do the voters know that just a month ago, city employees, funded by an anonymous source — a major ethics appearance problem — including the city traffic engineer (who designs roads) went on a jaunt to New York City to discuss the layout of streets and public improvements for City for Champions.

It should be noted that not only does the ballot title for 2C allow "improvements," City Council has officially declared it would not offer a vote for the expenditure of $129 million in improvements for C4C.

— Joel Miller

Colorado Springs

Meat and cigarettes

Thank you to the World Health Organization for having the courage to speak truth to power: Meat, like cigarettes and asbestos, does cause cancer! No U.S. health agency would ever say this for fear of losing congressional funding.

The World Cancer Research Fund and a number of other international health agencies have been advising for years that meat consumption raises the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, but the WHO panel was actually able to determine a causal effect.

The 630-page report was drafted by a panel of 22 experts from 10 countries who reviewed 800 studies of the link between meat and cancer.

The panel's conclusions evoked strong responses, with obvious resistance from the meat industry and calls for warning labels, akin to those mandated for cigarettes, from environmental groups.

Cancer of the colon is expected to kill nearly 50,000 Americans this year, mostly through a self-inflicted diet. Fortunately, annual per capita U.S. meat consumption has dropped by 15 percent from a high of 121 pounds in 2002, as consumers switch to healthier, more convenient, and tastier plant-based alternatives.

— Claus Singer

Colorado Springs

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