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LETTERS: Kindness of strangers; guns again

ltr Updated: March 31, 2013 at 12:00 am

Reliance on goodness of strangers

I am writing this letter tonight as I have no other way to thank the wonderful people that came to my assistance today, March 23, when my vehicle hit an ice patch and rolled over on Farthing St.

I was trapped upside down in my vehicle and was unable to release myself from the seat belt — air bags had deployed and I could not see out the windows. My cellphone was out of reach, as was the small hammer with seat belt cutter that was lost in the rollover. Smoke was rising in the vehicle, and I was terrified that the vehicle may burst into flames and I would be consumed in a fire.

Unable to free myself and get out of the vehicle, I began to scream for help, knowing that no one could hear me as my car was in a wooded area. And yet within minutes, four wonderful people appeared to help me in the midst of freezing temperatures and blowing winds of 25 mph with a wind chill factor plummeting temperatures into single digits. They opened the door, freed me from my seat belt and assisted me out of the vehicle. They telephoned 911 and summoned the police and the fire department. I am able to thank the firefighters but I do not know who the other angels were that appeared, when I so needed them.

I am a very self-reliant physician and over the course of decades have assisted innumerable patients in times of crises — and yet in this moment — was unable to do anything to help myself and was totally reliant on the goodness of strangers to help me. I am so grateful and thankful for all of the “first responders” who assisted me today and the lesson here is that we all need each other. With much appreciations and a grateful heart.

Ingrid M Hullman, Colorado Springs

Time of powdered wigs, muskets

As the gun control issue swirls, our pro-gun friends have advanced three very interesting arguments. First, they say that guns are inanimate objects, and can’t make decisions, so guns are not the problem — people kill, not guns. By golly, they’re right.

But I got to thinking, that hand grenades, mortars, bazookas, and some types of explosives are also mere physical objects, so why criminalize them, as we have done? And why try to control nukes and other WMDs, since it’s the people using them that cause the problem. Don’t interfere with the free market in WMDs, if they are not the problem. Second, our friends say that gun control just won’t work. Can’t do it.

But it occurs to me that it’s always a bad idea to say that something can’t be done, when it has been done, many times over. Check the many nations that have achieved tiny numbers of gun deaths per year by using workable gun control laws. America is by far the worst nation in the world in protecting its citizens from gun deaths. Check the evidence. Third, NRA folks remind us that the Second Amendment to the Constitution allows citizens to bear arms. And part of the reason that amendment was written was to afford citizens the means to rise up and overthrow the government by revolution, if needed. That’s absolutely correct. But we also remind ourselves that the amendment was written in a time of powdered wigs and muskets.

I can hardly imagine my superpatriot neighbor down the street who hates a left-wing government, standing in his backyard, firing his assault rifle with the huge clip at an incoming Hellfire Missile launched from a drone. So, it’s the responsibility of the state legislatures, the U.S. Congress, and the Supreme Court to amend and tweak and refashion laws to fit modern and urgent circumstances. That process now goes forward.

Larimore Nicholl, Colorado Springs

Expertise out there — somewhere

I was sorely struck by your headline “City to woo air traffic.” There is expertise out there — somewhere. Perhaps even among the avid aviationists of the retired military community in Colorado Springs?

Why not actively seek to promote and run letters, commentaries and suggestions from the knowledgeable people in our area about what’s to be done. I am not knowledgeable but I can, off the top of my head suggest a few things: One is to launch interest in lively public debate by a major article dissecting the rise and the fall of the airline that once tried to use the Springs as its hub for expansion (was the name Western Pacific?).

It was great: There were inexpensive nonstop flights to New York City (Newark), to Orlando and other great destinations; and to the West Coast. Until, as I understand it, certain players at Denver aggressively undercut it. Second, what is the potential for under-served markets that Colorado Springs can aggressively serve?

What about avid airport fans scouting out other underserved and beloved airports, like Daytona Beach (undercut by Orlando). Perhaps John Wayne in California — here I’m banking on old memories, etc. Could we invite other underserved airports; besides also asking busy hubs like Atlanta to think about using the Springs as a secondary hub for connections in the West? The ski slops across the southern range are poorly served by DIA, which location, way northeast of Denver, seems like an exact counterpoise to Colorado, way southeast of the Springs.

In short, like underground resources, I do believe that Colorado Springs is poised for extracting smart, new concepts and better standards of air travel. Colorado Springs has a remarkably beautiful and well-designed airport. May it, somehow always remain a beacon that is relaxed and spacious.

If the desert emirates could become an industrialized global hub, perhaps Colorado Springs would become the “beautiful and for spacious skies” regional beacon.

Frank Merritt, Colorado Springs

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