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Tips for the GOP
The Leadership Program of the Rockies sounds like a fabulous organization that helps train and strengthen those who believe in and hold to conservative values ("Target practice," cover story, July 3). However, it would probably behoove those who attend these retreats to think critically and counter their own arguments. This may help in understanding why Republicans are not doing too well when it comes to elections.
It is just too easy to say "the Obama campaign just had a better operation." Going back to the drawing board and tweaking the same playbook will get the Republican Party nowhere fast.
Many on the right oppose big government and feel their rights are infringed upon, all the while lacking the fortitude to realize that tyranny may also come from business. The reason liberals evoke Franklin D. Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights is because he was correct in saying, "Necessitous men are not free men."
The Obama campaign had a better grasp of how the economy affects the eroding middle class, employed people without health care, women who make less money for the same job, etc. It is an uphill battle for Republicans to sell the message of economic liberty out of the Constitution when there are so many employed people under the tyranny of corporations and big business.
I would figure out exactly what the Republican message is and coherently share that message, and reach out to those who could relate to it. In the meantime, another suggestion for LPR would be to discuss ways to unite conservatives and become more inclusive. Perhaps invite liberals to speak and attend some of the discussions or lectures without the worry of hearing angry ranting.
Many Americans share the same principles, we just differ on policy. If anything, the same-wine-in-a-different-bottle approach won't work.
— Marisa Seaton
Don't look for any public input anytime soon on Bach's fantasies ("Talking a good game," News, July 3).
The Air Force Academy building a new visitor center? Why? Were they ever asked?
Let's dump another few million into the United States Olympic Committee. The taxpayers have already put up $53 million.
Baseball stadium? Stadiums are money losers. Who'll pick up the tab for this one? Anschutz Entertainment Group or the El Pomar Foundation? They're the only ones around with the big bucks to bankroll this project.
UCCS sports medicine? The idea is nothing new under the sun.
Don't be too surprised if Bach rolls out a dog-and-pony show for these fantasies based on flawed data, just like the data in this article. Colorado Springs has bigger problems than chasing after a brass ring: infrastructure, transportation, water, a Walmart economy, a developing real estate bubble, military/industrial complex downsizing, and the winding down of the war in Afghanistan.
— Gary Casimir
I am wondering why so few citizens of this great community are willing to stand up to our "strong mayor." He has done little to actually improve anything in our community, and the positive things he has done were on the coattails of the police and fire chief.
He wants to get rid of American Medical Response. Hello, Mayor Bach, you dislike AMR but you hire a foreign corporation to do the same exact thing to your fleet department?
I think that you have such a hate for PERA employees you cannot see the forest for the trees. You have already laid off every mid-level manager who knew what they were doing so you could put one of your "I hate PERA employees" cronies into their jobs. You have eliminated people with actual educations in their field, who had actual experience running a city, and hired on your developer-related friends.
Of course if you have it your way, there will be no actual city employees, anyway — I will have to call one of your Outsource the City contractors who is sitting in India, and tell them I have a pothole in front of my house. I wonder what the response time will be on that complaint.
I would also like to talk about the nutty baseball field idea. Leave the Sky Sox stadium where it is. The businesses on that side of town need the crowd more than the folks downtown do.
I am worried about Banning-Lewis Ranch going up for sale also. We are already on water restrictions. A smart fellow would put a building moratorium in place so that the citizens that live here already have enough to drink.
Stop worrying about your own agenda and start worrying about the city as a whole!
— J. Robert Skinner
Just admit it
I have a few questions for all of those gun rights advocates who never stop whining about their Second Amendment rights: Do you know how to read? How's your comprehension level?
The Second Amendment was clear in its day. Today? Not so much, in a country functioning quite well without muskets and militias. But you still have your weapons. So, what's the problem?
I have not heard of any proposal by the government or anyone else that your guns are going to be confiscated. It is almost laughable. Can you imagine our government trying to round up over 100 million guns (probably a conservative figure). It would be impossible. Thus your Second Amendment rights will remain intact.
But wait, you do not need weapons of war, and you know it. And what is so terrible about a background check? If you don't have anything to hide it will merely be a slight inconvenience.
By the way, what about the rights of the majority of Americans who are for stricter gun laws?
Oh, I know, who cares about them?
So, admit it. You like to play war, and "it just ain't no fun playing it without them big babies."
— Jan Zeis
Our own Evil Empire
In the opening scene of the first-released Star Wars movie, Darth Vader's battle cruiser is chasing down Princess Leia's diplomatic envoy because it is carrying the details of the Death Star.
Last week — under directions from the U.S. government — European governments diverted, then stopped and searched, the president of Bolivia's plane in the hopes of finding Edward Snowden, the man who exposed the U.S. government's massive domestic spy program.
This is confusing. How did the U.S. government become the Evil Empire? How is it that those who dare to criticize the U.S. government by speaking the truth are hunted down by government agents?
It appears that we are moving terribly close to becoming a controlled state like that of North Korea, if we are not already there. More than ever, this year's Independence Day was a hollow observation of what we once had.
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, was ahead of his time in predicting the end of freedom.
— David L. Esker
I hereby grant the U.S. government, and any agencies under its control, permission to monitor any and all of my phone, text and Internet traffic. And the National Security Agency, too.
Naturally I'll need a toll-free number to call for information. My brother texted me last week because his daughter is dating a gangsta and he wants to know what he should do. What should I tell him?
Oh, and when I called Chase bank last week, I got someone in Asia and didn't understand a word they said. Would you translate that call and email me a transcript? You should have my email address over there, I'm still having trouble with my bank account.
Also, I'm on the do-not-call list but still get telemarketing calls anyway. Please monitor my lines for these calls and send them one of your scathing letters — that should shut them up.
I know this isn't covered, but one of the dogs in the neighborhood gets into my trash cans and makes a mess. Can we swing one of those fancy satellites over this way for a spell to have a look-see?
I appreciate this new service. It's nice to know that Big Brother is there for me when I really need him.
— Steve Suhre
Prey tell III
Just wanted to take the time to let the Indy know that most of us here in the area knew exactly what you meant ("Prey tell" and "Prey tell II," Letters, July 10) when writing your June 26 cover story "Prey for rain," as it was a story about how even a slight downpour, as evidenced this past week, could cause flooding in the Waldo Canyon burn scar area.
Most of us do hope and "pray" for rain, but not the type of rain your story was talking about.
There are always those who are quick to point out an "obvious" mistake, only to make fools of themselves, maybe perhaps because they did not even read the story, maybe because ... well, you get my drift.
To those, I say, thank you for the laugh you gave me today. If it weren't so sad, both intellectually and from a realistic standpoint, it would have been even more funny!
— Kris Barney