Can't afford to fly from the Springs
Here's a recent example of the huge price difference that can exist between Denver and Colorado Springs airfares and why traffic at our airport is down. Last night I researched flights for a business trip from Colorado Springs to Houston for three of us in October. Due to time constraints, the only option is a direct flight. The price? $789/person - no matter which direct flight nor weekday that we travelled.
Today I booked a direct flight from Denver to Houston at $233/person. Yes, I have to leave at the crack of dawn and drive home later. The math? $2,367 vs. $699. We'll carpool and spend a few more bucks on toll road, parking and our time; but my meager travel budget will save about $1,500 for another trip.
Would I like to travel out of the Colorado Springs Airport? You bet, always. Can I justify this price - no way!
Deb Hood, Colorado Springs
Students deserve support
The Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Board of Education will ask voters for a Mill Levy Override (MLO) on the November ballot. State funding for our students has been negatively impacted by nearly $11million due primarily to the economy. The school district has done everything possible to keep the cuts as far away from the classroom as possible, but eventually, the district was forced to eliminate 35 teaching positions and many student intervention programs that helped students succeed.
In November, our community will be asked to help offset these cuts and restore vital educational programs, to provide for the safety and security of our students, and to bring back some teaching positions crucial to the success of our students. As a retired District 38 superintendent and a resident of this community for 25 years, it pains me to see the decline of programs and achievement levels that have occurred the last few years. I believe all of our students deserve the support necessary to receive the excellent opportunities for which this district has been known. Personally, I recognize my future quality of life and home value depend upon an excellent school district and successful students as future citizens.
In my tenure as superintendent, I valued and was proud of this community's concern, commitment, and support for excellence in educational services for our children. I wholeheartedly believe it is time to support the school board's decision to ask the voters for an MLO. It is time for us all, the voters, to vote yesand to continue to play a vital role in the lives of our children and the excellence of quality education.
Dwight "Ted" Bauman, Retired Superintendent of Schools, Monument
Maybe they should go home for good
After reading the article in the Aug. 28 Gazette entitled "Lamborn signs letter stating shutdown preferred over Obamacare" I was in utter disbelief. Even though I am a registered Republican, I have very rarely agreed with his political views but to sign a letter with 80 others that they would prefer to shut down the government is unbelievable. How does he imagine that this country will be able to protect itself and perform the needed social actions to support this great country if there is no money. With the current and ongoing issues facing this country how does he and the rest of the Congress feel they can just take five weeks off? If they are not willing to work hard to solve the immediate problems then maybe they should all go home for good.
I do not believe that "his constituents overwhelming don't want Obamacare and want it defunded at any expense." He was elected by the people of his district to perform a job. He has been an obstructionist and very rarely ever proposes a solution to any problem. His idea of performing his job is to complain, complain, complain. It is my belief that the wrong individuals are being put to a recall election. Lamborn is acting like a spoiled child that refuses to cooperate in any kind of meaningful discussion and just wants to take his marbles and go home when things do not go his way.
Bob Franey, Colorado Springs
Didn't consider the ill will
On tonight's TV news, I saw state fair attendance is down vs. 2012. No surprise here.
Yesterday, we attended the 2013 Colorado State Fair. First thing through the gate, we headed for the ice cream booth. There we were informed our cash was not accepted, and we needed a Fair Credit Card to make a purchase. A quick tip to one of the card purchase tents showed we could purchase such card with any dollar amount, from a terminal. Here's the problem: We wanted ice cream, maybe a $5 purchase. Should we purchase a card with more than that, in case we later wanted other food items? Seems there is a $1 cost for each card purchase, which is a pretty hefty fee for a $5 card. A little investigation showed the card, if not used in total for this fair, could be kept for five years and used for subsequent fairs.
However, if we wanted a refund for the unused amount after this visit to the fair, we could go online and request a refund, in which case we could expect a credit to our VISA card in "a couple of weeks."
This is a borderline scam. The customer will likely have a balance left on the card after the fair. This amounts to a zero interest rate loan to the card company - pretty good for them, less so for us. Most likely, cards will be lost with further benefit to the card company. As for "convenience" to the public, there is none. Merchandise vendors still require cash or credit cards, thus the fair attendee needs cash or the equivalent.
Anecdotal evidence from other fair attendees showed dismay and anger at this silly program. I am sure that some genius, with a spread sheet program, wowed the fair board with the money to be generated by this innovation. Too bad he (they) didn't consider the ill will generated. It's dumb stuff like this that hurts the State Fair.
Jack Lundberg, Colorado Springs