en Romberg: A spirited legislative session <p> <sup>The Colorado General Assembly adjourned May 3 after a session that was controversial and combative and that resulted in both successes and disappointments for Democrats who used their newfound control of both the House and Senate to pursue an aggressive agenda.</sup></p> Rohrer: Change the rules for fairness not politics <p> Most of us who watched the Kentucky Derby probably were sad to see the winner was determined by a technicality. It seems that the world of sports is stuck with lots of instant, or not so instant, replays.</p> <p> Following the rules often takes a super slow-mo replay viewed from every possible angle.</p> Our Readers Write <p> <strong>History should teach us to be better</strong><br /> Editor:</p> <p> In response to Roberta Sutton&rsquo;s lament last week about &ldquo;what is happening to our culture,&rdquo; I can offer some clarity. The statue of Kate Smith in Philadelphia was not removed because somebody thought her rendition of &ldquo;God Bless America&rdquo; was offensive.</p> Rohrer: Community building builds America <p> We won the second World War as all Americans pitched in. Those who couldn&rsquo;t serve in the military built tanks and airplanes, bought war bonds and gladly gave up comfort items whose raw materials were needed for the war effort. Our unity propelled a Herculean effort that won the war.</p> <p> President Kennedy brought us together, asking us to sign up for the moon mission. He asked for funding that tripled the space budget and put aside other goals. He told us it would be hard. We united behind his challenge, and we met it.</p> Our Readers Write <p> <strong>We cannot change our history</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> Every time I hear a recording of Kate Smith singing &ldquo;God Bless America&rdquo; on the radio, I have to stop and listen. It is so moving. Her contralto voice and the beautiful emotion and love for her country shine through and bring tears to my eyes.</p> <p> The roaring applause for her both before and after she sang at the Philadelphia Flyers&rsquo; hockey game in 1973 also made my heart soar though I only saw it on film. The people who were at that game were truly lucky.</p> Hicks: He's our Messenger <p> Tony Messenger recollected stories from yesteryear as if they had happened in the here and now. As he did so, I was hanging on his every word, fascinated to learn of his past.</p> Romberg: Immunization debate rages on <p> Before I met her, the mother of the woman I dated in my last year of college was in a horrific car accident. She was thrown from the car and would&rsquo;ve been killed if she had been wearing a seat belt and remained in the vehicle, which was totally destroyed. As a result, and counter to all research to the contrary, she and her whole family swore never to wear seat belts.</p> Community voice: From Conifer High to having your back <p> <strong>Jessica Thompson Elmshaeuser </strong></p> <p> In 2005, the summer before my senior year at Conifer High School, I discovered I wanted to be a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. At the suggestion of one of Conifer&rsquo;s guidance counselors, I spent part of my summer at the U.S. Naval Academy to get a taste of public service. After crawling under barbed wire, running ridiculous amounts, and learning about the interactions between the U.S. Foreign Service and the U.S. military, I walked away with a passion to serve and a desire to travel the world.</p>