Four humans are dead; Wind farm; and more

The Gazette letters Published: December 17, 2013 | 12:00 am 0

Justice wasn't remotely a condition

Re: Affluenza defense. In my opinion, justice wasn't remotely a condition in this sentencing. A number of people came away from this circus smug and pleased with themselves. I'm sure the young man's attorney is chuckling all the way to the bank after depositing the check from the youth's father. The defense-called psychologist, G. Dick Miller, is over the moon having gotten his name in the paper after having coined a new 'legal' term, affluenza. Won't he just be so pleased with himself at the next psychologist's conference! And then there's the judge, who is conveniently retiring at the end of this year - and I can understand why. It's far better on the ego to leave on your own terms than to be voted out at the next election. Meanwhile, young Ethan Couch is sent to spend time a high-end 'rehab' center. Really? He's got to be throwing his head back and giving the belly laugh of all times. The kid is a punk. He stole beer from a Walmart, drank himself into a stupor and then ended the lives of four people and seriously injured several others. The defense attorney and the judge feel he wasn't properly brought up and the rehab facility will make it all better and Couch will miraculously become a responsible citizen.

Time will certainly tell, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

Now consider the poor kid raised in the absolute worst of conditions who would be sentenced to prison for life. Perhaps that youngster suffers from povertyitis. No parents were around much to guide, lead and set boundaries for him/her. Ah, but here's the clincher - the poor kid didn't have the bucks to hire a sleazy attorney. It'll be interesting to read how the civil suits play out and how far the boy's father's money can stretch.

Sandra Erskine

Colorado Springs

Cockamamie defense of affluenza

Everyone knows that there are separate systems of justice for affluent whites and poor minorities. What is just as abhorrent is the cockamamie defense of affluenza that an obtuse judge allowed.

That judge should be removed from the bench and forced to face the families whose lives that spoiled kid ruined.

David J. Baker

Colorado Springs

Four humans are dead

The 16-year-old needs to be behind bars or incarcerated for at least five years. Four humans are dead and he has no remorse. Let's "get out of here" was his response to the jail. His parents should be ashamed.

Richard Wood

Colorado Springs

Proposed wind farm controversial

A firm called Golden West Energy is proposing to scatter our eastern edge of the county with 147, 40 story (423') tall wind turbines. This endeavor is to basically send over 95 percent of the electricity generated to Excel Energy (Denver). Mountain View Electric, the local electric provider is not expected to benefit. A one-time payment of $1.6 million dollars is earmarked for the county. Most local residents from Ramah to Falcon and beyond will be impacted by their property value decreasing, loud low frequency producing, and light annoying windmills. Have you seen or been near Limon? Transmission towers will support the power lines from the Calhan area to the Public Service of Colorado substation in Falcon near 24 and Garrett Road. The proposed wind farm is in the middle of a fairly populated rural community of people that live out east for the quiet, peaceful, and serene views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range mountains.

Please show your support of the growing opposition to the proposal and contact your county commissioners (five) via email and/or phone to voice your opinion that you're not in favor of this. The county commissioners will vote on this on Thursday, 9 a.m. at the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room, Centennial Hall 200 So. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs. We could use your help to stop this.

Gary Bechtle

Colorado Springs

Transfer of private sector wealth

The proposed 147 wind turbine facility, covering over 25,000 acres in eastern El Paso County has recently been in the news. There is an important question that has not been mentioned by the promoters. It is best described by the simple statement: Follow the money.

Based on documents provided by Golden West and GE-Energy, I have determined that GE-Energy now openly promotes the fact that wind energy can be integrated into the distribution grid ". at the unsubsidized cost of $0.05 to $0.07 per kilowatt hour (kWh)." GE-Energy then points out that this cost range is ". right in line with the cost of electricity produced by existing thermal coal power plants and less than the projected cost of electricity from new coal power plants."

The 2.3 cents/kWh federal tax subsidy for wind energy projects will expire on Dec. 31, just after the county commissioners vote on this project. The Calhan wind farm is counting on this fountain of tax money provided by other hard working Americans.

The transfer of private sector wealth to Golden West Power Partners will be $143,225 per year for each turbine. This revenue stream will then be used to pay a comparatively small annual fee to each land owner, fund a $1.6 million lump sum payment to El Paso County, and, of course, increase profits for the promoters.

Do we want a 25,000 acre wind farm in eastern El Paso County for the next 30 years that generates a relatively small amount of energy and one that may be viable only if subsidized by federal tax dollars?

What happens to 147 money loosing turbines if the tax revenue stream is repealed in 2015 or 2017, due to changing winds in Washington?

L.J. Mott

Calhan

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