September 20, 2013 Updated: September 20, 2013 at 9:15 am
This much beloved tradition
I have been attending the Colorado Balloon Classic festivities for most of the 37 years it has been in existence. It is something I look forward to every year and was distressed to learn that the city was charging the Classic a fee this year for barricades on Union and Pikes Peak. The first day, as I passed this intersection before the 7 a.m. ascension, the barricades were not even up. The following two days they were in place, but seemed to cause more congestion than in past years. I know the city decided not to charge the Classic this year, but because of this added unexpected fee being considered in the future, the Classic, a nonprofit with limited funds, is thinking that they may be forced to move to another location. How can the city let this much beloved tradition leave our beautiful city?
This year was one of the most beautiful ascensions I have witnessed. We were privileged to have more balloons this year than ever before and judging from the crowds each day, they were very much appreciated. The background of our beautiful mountains along with watching the balloons do the "splash and dash" along Prospect Lake made a perfect setting for this event. Although they were only able to fly two days, each day was so special because of the different wind currents both Saturday and Monday.
As a result of this event, Labor Day is a very happy and prosperous time for the City of Colorado Springs. With the amount of unemployment in our city, this is one of the few outings a family can enjoy together without having to have a great deal of money. Revenue was pumped into the city from hotels and motels, restaurants, visitors, and residents. Our economy can certainly utilize these funds.
It is my hope that the City of Colorado Springs will think long and hard before allowing this event to be moved from our city. This has been a mainstay for many years; and it would be so sad to see it leave. Please consider the adverse economic effect losing the Colorado Balloon Classic will have on our city; and the pleasure it will take from our citizens.
Sandra L. Terry, Colorado Springs
Starbucks has banned guns again
All coffee drinkers should know that Starbucks has banned guns from its stores once again. I spoke to Carlos at their headquarters, and he said that the "ban" would not be enforced, but they "request" that customers no longer bring guns into the stores. His excuse for restricting the right of Americans to have a means for self-defense was that both sides of the debate have been politicizing the issue. So they disenfranchise law-abiding gun owners in favor of those who want to be victims for any crazed gunman. So be it.
They have lost my business, which is significant as I use them for my personal coffee habit and in my businesses.
Local coffee shops will be the recipient of my money as there are many around that have coffee just as good if not better than Starbucks. I sold my Starbucks stock last time around, and it seems they have not learned their lesson about the free market.
I have removed my consumer dollars from others stores in the Springs and encourage others who believe in the Second Amendment and the thinking of the Founding Fathers as to the Second Amendment to take their consumer dollars to businesses that do support the Constitutions of Colorado and the United States.
Helen Sabin, Colorado Springs
If this was your neighborhood
We are residents in Northgate Highlands and want to express our extreme concern over the First Choice Emergency Facility that is being considered adjacent to our community. We would ask you, if this was your neighborhood, would you want all the noise and traffic that this would bring to where you reside? Plus, this traffic will be a safety hazard for our community. The city of Colorado Springs promised that this would not happen, and we expect the city to keep its word.
Steve and Debbie Lade, Colorado Springs
Ent employees support community
At Ent Federal Credit Union, giving back to the community is an important part of our culture, and year after year, our employees donate their time, talent and resources to support local causes in a meaningful way. Our employees are right now taking part in our annual United Way campaign, with a wide variety of events to raise funds in addition to payroll deductions. For example, employees participate in a fun and creative competition called Battle of the Baskets to auction off baskets filled with donated items. And employees donate $5 for the popular privilege of wearing jeans on Fridays.
I am proud to say that Ent employees have personally donated $911,000 in the past eight years for United Way. Ent employees have also joined members in raising funds for our spring campaign partners, and during that same period have contributed $278,000 to organizations such as the local chapters of the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, and American Red Cross. Imagine the difference this $1,189,000 has made to nonprofit organizations that directly meet the needs of our members and our community.
In addition to these significant, ongoing donations of resources, our employees volunteer their time and talent with many local organizations, providing direct support to the causes that are important to them. Ent employees who log their volunteer hours are eligible to win quarterly awards to the local charity of their choice and are also eligible to receive a matching donation once a year for their contribution to a local charity.
Tim Rickert, Ent Federal Credit Union, Colorado Springs