Lovely facility needs work
I just read another article in The Gazette about the airport here in the Springs losing money. Oh, I've seen the new ads. And now the people in charge are going to build a new lovely facility for people to enjoy at the airport.
The first time I came to Colorado Springs, I flew in. What a lovely airport, I thought. I came from Detroit to Minnesota to here. Very nice flights. I came in from Detroit although I lived in Lansing. The reason I didn't fly from Lansing is because the flights are always late or canceled, it is a lot more expensive and the parking rates are exorbitant. The drive to Detroit is about an hour, so it was well worth it to me to drive to Metro airport.
You have the same problem here. The fares are too high, the flights are inconsistent, and parking is ridiculous. It's much easier and more efficient to drive to Denver since that's where most of your flights fly to and from anyway.
We have a beautiful airport in the Springs. And when I fly, which is about four times a year, I would love to fly from our airport. But I cannot afford you, and I want to be able to fly somewhere besides Denver, and I want a better probability that I'm going to leave and get where I have to change planes on time, if at all.
Spend your money making the flying process more efficient, bring down the fares so they are competitive with Denver and I will be the first in line!
Judy Peek, Colorado Springs
Jarred out of complacency
Edward Snowden is courageous. I stand with all the remarks of Glen Greenwald, who broke the story, concerning the reversal of democracy taking place. The people should be guaranteed privacy while governed by transparency not the other way around. I fear that Snowden will be hounded and tortured if caught, to set an example for anyone else who might want to tell the truth about what the American government has become. Snowden should not be persecuted, but that will never happen.
I hope that we the people have been jarred out of complacency and realize our precious rights are being stolen from us from both sides.
Shelley Geffen, Colorado Springs
Just call the police department
Re: George Zimmerman trial. There is no such thing as a neighborhood watchman. We started Neighborhood Watch 35 years ago on our block. Neighborhood Watch means looking out for the neighborhood. If you see something suspicious, then you call the police department. You do not involve yourself.
I spent several years as a police volunteer a long time ago. I can tell you that this department was then and is now staffed by the best educated, trained and most caring officers in the state. Because of a couple of incidents lately, I am more convinced than ever that I was right. I am 70 years old. I haven't touched a gun since my three deployments to Viet Nam. If I need help, I will call the Colorado Springs police and you should, too.
Gene Everson, Colorado Springs
Who benefited from rampant growth?
The June 24 editorial ("City should avoid choosing winners and losers with special residential rates") also points out the fact that 700,000 residents occupy a "city with nowhere near enough water for a city this size". This is certainly true, and begs the question of who benefited from the rampant growth that brought this about? In general, it was the real estate and business sectors, who for years have dominated our City Councils.
No mention was made of the fact that residential rates are substantially higher than those of the business community. In Tier 3, a resident is charged more than triple the amount per unit that a business user would pay. This means that many businesses can use all the water they need to maintain their landscaping (and grass) without the fear of a financial penalty.
When I bought my home 47 years ago, our city fathers assured us that Colorado Springs had sufficient water resources to supply our needs through 2050. In the interim, something called "unmanaged growth" seems to have overcome those resources. Included in the current residential rate structure are the costs of the Southern Delivery System. When it is completed, it will not result in more water at lower rates. It will enable yet more unmanaged growth. And, who will that benefit?
I think your support for "rate equality" should have included a call for businesses to share the burden.
Gerald McGonigle, Colorado Springs
Opinions are not facts
This letter is in reference to an editorial by Michelle Malkin on June 27.
In her first paragraph she describes someone she disagrees with as "a coward, a bigot, a liar and a textbook example of plantation progressivism." We stopped reading at this point as we don't see value in the negative labels and it was a turnoff. We do not believe that most situations or people are in such black or white categories. We also do not believe that such categorizing is helpful in resolving conflict.
Could we have a discussion of the issues based on facts that look at the pros and the cons? In a world that is not black or white (we're not talking about race) both pros and cons should be addressed, if we are to make intelligent decisions where the pros outweigh the cons and everyone's welfare is considered. We cannot do this in an atmosphere of labels. Opinions are not facts. Can we be comfortable recognizing that there is another opinion that is just as valid as ours?
Dr. Charles Amos and Fran Amos