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Wasting our money
I want to personally thank all those who promoted 2C. You have not let me down. Just as I suspected, the revenue is being squandered and we were "mis-led" again. The revenue was supposed to fund "road" improvements.
When I think about a "road," I think of the part we drive on. Not the curbs.
Look at the "proud" work done in the name of 2C. At Walnut and Bijou, new handicap-accessible corners, new curb work around the island, and new curb and sidewalk work for a church, a private citizen and two private companies. How much road repair? Nada.
At Flintridge and Academy, the islands are getting curb work. There is repair of asphalt at the cement edge, but nothing we drive on. Flintridge was fine anyway.
Those who promoted 2C snookered you. For the record, I voted for the spending of excess revenue, against 2C. Handicap-accessible corners are good, but are not road improvement.
TABOR is a tool. Not an end-all. Once in a while, let them keep excess revenue, but only with specific allowances.
— Ken Duncan
Back and forth
I really don't want to get into a p*****g contest with Alyssa Newhouse ("The real poop," Letters, May 4), but she proved my point. In her mind since wildlife in the area poop, it's OK for her dog to poop and presumably she doesn't clean up after it.
What I tried to say was I believe The Broadmoor will be better stewards of the land, cleaning up not only poop, but trash. It would be in their best interest.
Also I've been here since 1964. Seven Falls has always been privately owned and never free.
Of course she might think if she votes right this fall, everything could be free. Just sayin'.
— Timothy Goodwin
Not so fast
I would like to second Malcolm McCollum's position ("Narrowing streets," Letters, May 4) in the Old North End.
People are too reactionary when it comes to calls for "more safety!" without looking at the facts. El Paso County has been the state's fastest-growing county, and it's projected to continue to be the strongest in growth.
With such statistics, having fewer lanes for more traffic is moving in the opposite direction.
We want to be gregarious to those moving to our city, and be open to expanding and making it better for those who live here and those who intend to move here. Reducing lanes for more traffic, and making it harder for residents on those streets to leave their own houses, is not the answer to this problem.
New ideas are always welcome in keeping our streets safer, but impassioned calls, without thought, will only drag everyone into a traffic quagmire.
— Rob Annese
Old North End
Little big government
I have never seen an example that better illuminates the truth about conservative politics than the parallel issues of local control of cannabis sales, compared to local control of fracking. Conservatives support the rights of communities to prohibit pot sales, but not to protect their environment. Big government controlling people, small government powerless to control business.
There are only two reasons why there are no recreational sales of marijuana in El Paso County and Colorado Springs, and why conservative-controlled governments try to shut down clubs.
One, they want to stop the erosion of revenues to alcohol-related business (such as Rocky Mountain Coors monopoly distributorship). Two, the kind of widespread prosperity that would result from turning Colorado Springs into the Amsterdam of the Rockies would threaten the permanent Republican majority that runs this county.
— Gina Douglas
Drake the drain
Yet another plague has surfaced on the Martin Drake Power Plant that will drain more millions from our pockets.
On March 30, the Gazette reported that Wild Earth Guardians had filed an intent to sue Utilities, due to opacity monitoring violations at Drake. Opacity levels show whether harmful particulates are present and, by their own records, Utilities has violated monitoring requirements from the Clean Air Act at least 3,155 times over the past five years, making us liable for at least $118 million in civil penalties.
We haven't heard yet how Utilities plans to deal with this situation.
Here are some questions:
Why was this negligence permitted? Who is responsible for ignoring it for so long? How does Utilities justify simply turning its back on our clean air laws?
When will they admit that dumping hundreds of millions into making this very old, polluting and unsafe plant is a bad use of the community's money, especially when cheaper, cleaner energy alternatives are now available?
Monitoring Drake's air pollution is critical to ensuring the health of the citizens, and these lapses are a disturbing sign there may be something to hide, and that we are breathing polluted air. More than ever before, it is time for Utilities to come clean.
— Nicole Rosa
Will, ad nauseam
George Will — the only man to write a baseball book and make it appallingly dull — devalues the republic just a bit more in a recent Washington Post opinion piece. In sum, Kid Bowtie exhorts conservatives to bar Donald Trump entrance to the White House but "confine [Hillary Clinton] to a single term."
The McLaughlin Group and its alumni are a fairly cocooned bunch, but George must know that rightists have used obstructionism for the past eight years — beginning on Inauguration Night 2009 — apoplectically committing all manner of evasion to deny the remarkable accomplishments of the first black president. Endless witch hunts, government shutdowns and filibusters have paralyzed a government that refuses to address real and urgent needs.
As a result, fewer Americans self-identify as Republican, Congress' approval rating hovers in Manson family range, and its leaders announced in January that no meaningful action will be taken this year because, heck, it's an election year. And now ... more of the same?
Even more curious is Will's notion that Trump is the most unpopular nominee ever, "unable to even come close to Mitt Romney's insufficient support among women, minorities and young people." So, obstruction against Hillary Clinton would improve Republican appeal with those groups for 2020?
Mr. Will, politics is full-contact, sure, but you need to wear a helmet.
— Steve Schriener