Published: June 26, 2013
What a powerful lesson
In the June 22 paper I saw an amazing photo of a young dog and a small goose embracing. What a powerful lesson these two wonderful animals display. In times of real trouble and heartache, we can come together to support and comfort each other.
In the past 10 days we have once again come together as a community and displayed such unconditional love for each other and as such we will rebuild and become stronger.
I am a teacher in the Falcon School District, so many of my students and friends were impacted by the recent fire. I would love a copy of this picture to display in my classroom and have it as a source of reference to the true love and passion we possess as members of a community.
Philomena Hartzel, Colorado Springs
Owe a great debt of gratitude
As tragic as the Black Forest fire has been, it is well worth noting it could have been far worse, resulting in much greater loss of homes, lives and property.
We owe a great debt of gratitude to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa and Incident Commander Rich Harvey for their swift response and direction of myriad first responders and volunteers to limit and reduce the terrible consequences of this fire.
Jim Bensberg, Colorado Springs
A great big dose of common sense
The environmentalists and the liberals who support and encourage them should be celebrating the fruits of their labor. They have been using "saturation litigation" for years to make those in charge of Colorado's forests almost ban clear-cut logging, any kind of drilling for oil or natural gas and to all but stop controlled burns. Clear-cut logging provides areas where there are no large trees for a fire to jump across. Both logging and drilling provide roads for firefighters to access fires more easily.
In his last few weeks as president, Bill Clinton closed a lot of roads that already existed in our forests and I seriously doubt if even firefighters are allowed to use them.
Our forests are completely overgrown with vegetation and the forest service can't thin it or burn it (in moist years) because of all the lawsuits filed by the environmentalists. Now they want to give well over a million acres to a grouse in case it might decide to live there some day. No touching that land. I wonder if these people realize how much our fires are contributing to their other "pet", global warming.
Colorado is going to continue to burn like a match until someone stops the crazies. Colorado needs a great big dose of common sense to fix these problems and I don't see that happening as long as we remain a blue state.
Steve Meerpohl, Colorado Springs
Letter ignores the facts
Tim Rowan would lead us to believe that it is only conservatives that are drunken gun owners who leave their trash and smoldering campfires in the woods. He ignores the fact that both conservatives and liberals own guns and the vast majority are responsible, considerate citizens. He ignores the fact that it is a tiny minority of both conservatives and liberals who leave their trash and shoot up signs. I thank him for carting out some trash. Only a tiny minority of liberals would do that. But there are conservatives who do that too. Rowan blames the mess on conservatives, but that's just what liberals do.
Joe Thompson, Colorado Springs
What responsible individuals do
In comment to the letter from Tim Rowan in Saturday's Your Viewpoint, "It's just what liberals do:" I find it puzzling to read his letter and come to the conclusion that the trashed out and shot up campsite he describes can somehow be connected to the NRA and/or law abiding conservative gun owners. Did these people leave evidence of their political views?
In any gathering of people anywhere, there will be among them a small number of immature and irresponsible nitwits (of all political persuasions) that might do some of the things mentioned in the letter, but it certainly isn't connected to a particular political viewpoint.
I have gone camping all over the country for decades, and have never run across a campsite as described in the letter, and find it strange that all that shooting on the road to Eleven Mile Reservoir occurred without someone hearing and notifying law enforcement. It's not that isolated.
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and all other conservative youth organizations which take their members camping, teach that campfires are to have water poured over the coals and stirred with a stick to ensure that the fire is out (assuming that open campfires are allowed), that all trash is packed out and a final walkthrough is conducted to leave the campsite cleaner than it was found.
I applaud Mr. Rowan for cleaning up the campsite, but don't see what being a liberal has to do with it. It's what any responsible individual would do.
Nelson Hall, Colorado Springs