Statistics on gun violence are appalling
There are some striking numbers out there, and, no, I don’t mean Broncos stats.
Six school shootings in 10 days; a mall shooting leaving 3 dead. Some 260 Americans shot and 86 killed every day, eight of those being children. But who’s counting, right?
Well, I am.
You can’t put these numbers on mute during a Broncos game, or ignore them when, daily, they pop up in your newsfeed. Last year Colorado made advances with sensible gun legislation. Sadly, there are now efforts to repeal those laws, one being background checks. The majority of Coloradans, of Americans for that matter, feel background checks are essential; yet there is a bill now attempting to repeal it.
But just in case you were wrapped up in the Super Bowl that you forget the count, here is another number: 87. Even Eric Decker, was not immune to gun violence in 2003 when a gunman opened fire at his high school in Minnesota.
I watched the Super Bowl, but was looking at No. 87 and thinking about the striking number of gun violence deaths this country faces every day. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just stop counting?
Public’s desire for open government conflicts with what the city manager wants
The Littleton City Council is elected by the public to do public business. Littleton residents voted with a 73-percent margin last November to require these public officials to do the public’s business in public.
Yet Littleton’s city manager, by his own words, does not intend to follow the law that the citizens voted to put into effect. It seems that the only people who have a problem with doing business in public are the public officials and our city manager. One has to ask the question: What are they doing that the public has no right to know? What goes on behind closed doors that should not be disclosed to the public?
It would be pretty hard to find a better example of government out of control than the recent comments by the Littleton city manager in the HUB article about executive sessions. Littleton citizens passed a change to the city charter last November to limit the number of topics the council can discuss in executive sessions to just topics required by state or federal law, or to confer with an attorney on a legal matter related to a lawsuit filed against the city.
In defiance of the voter’s wishes Littleton’s city manager states that the council and the staff are not going to follow the charter. When they want to discuss other topics in secret, they will simply do it outside a council meeting by talking amongst themselves. To quote the city manager, “It doesn’t move it into a public forum; it moves it into a larger session behind the scenes.”
So the city manager and the City Council publicly thumb their noses at the public by spending more tax dollars on attorneys to help them break the law. If the city manager, who seems to control the City Council, publicly states that they are going to ignore the plain language and intent of a charter amendment passed by 73 percent of the voters, you might rightly ask what laws the council will follow.
Only the ones that the members agree with? Take that, you unruly citizens who voted for this change.