Future airport growth unrealistic; no Clean Slate

Letters Published: July 24, 2013 | 12:00 am 0

Future airport growth unrealistic

Colorado Springs' newly formed Airport Air Service Task Force will quickly confirm our mid-sized city has optimal air service from its local airport, as well as Denver International's regional travel hub.

Transportation experts have long known worldwide trends toward major hub airports, high speed commuter highways, and more efficient autos are steadily shifting business and pleasure travel away from most traditional hometown airports.

With DIA's frequent and growing direct service to most national and international travel markets within an hour's drive, it is unrealistic for Colorado Springs leaders to expect future travel growth from their traditional local airport.

Colorado Springs is fortunate to have DIA, as well as a modern local airport, for its foreseeable commercial, military and private aviation needs.

Instead of a major air service review, Colorado Springs needs a high powered Water Supply Task Force to reverse its current high cost, high risk, and obsolete water supply direction.

Allen D. (Dave) Miller, Palmer Lake

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Just can't get there from here

It would be amusing to just sit back and read the Colorado Springs Airport advertisements in The Gazette if they weren't so grossly exaggerated. "Where do you want to fly from?" As a longtime resident of Colorado Springs, all residents enjoyed driving to our local airport and the close in parking and walk to your gate. That was back when the airport was in Colorado Springs! Now you have to drive to Security, or is it Widefield, just to get to the airport. Who is the genius that created a 10 mile driveway on the opposite side of where everyone is moving to? Let's see, builders are building houses to the north, that's where the money is, so leave it to government to build an access and terminal to the south. Half way to Pueblo. So I am not sure how COS Airport gets off bragging about the short commute compared to DIA. Then there is the cost of an overnight stay if you fly DIA. Really? We have to stay overnight? We can't fly out, at say 10 a.m.? Or 11 a.m.? $87 to park for three days? Where on streets of gold? I pay $18 and ride the door to door shuttle. Who buys a snack at the airport for $15? I mean really. People from COS are practical, not rich.

The worst of it really is this. You just can't get there from here! So sad but so true. Not only is the price out of COS, thanks to no competition, at least 20 percent higher, but you have to fly somewhere else to get where you want to be. Remember that line in the COS airport ad for an overnight hotel stay for early departure? How about the cost of a chiropractor and that meal during the long layover because you have to connect somewhere not on your geographic path? Oops, I forgot to mention, your flight out of COS may not depart, or may depart late, so you may miss your connection. Or your connection may not depart, or may be late, or .. Don't forget to run between terminals, and haul all that carry on stuff with you. The facts, never mind the false fantasy of their ad pricing is, it's just a killer pain in the butt to fly out of COS anymore. Sad but true.

I will leave my house at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, be sitting on the plane at 1 p.m., and four hours later be smelling that Boston salt air. Enjoy your layover in Atlanta, Dallas, Cincinnati, Chicago (good luck with that one), Denver (oops, you flew from COS to sit in Denver and change planes?).

Meet you on the beach, if the sun is still up when you arrive.

Larry Stein, Colorado Springs

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Nothing for the rest of us

Colorado Springs is a bastion of conservatism. Boulder is a bastion of liberalism.

The U.S. economy collapsed in 2008 during the eighth year of the Bush regime. According to the front page of The Gazette, since the collapse, Boulder has regained all of the jobs that it lost during The Great Recession. The unemployment rate in Boulder is now 5.1 percent. Conversely, Colorado Springs has approximately 5,000 fewer people working now than it did five years ago. The unemployment rate in Colorado Springs is 7.9 percent.

When will Republicans finally concede that an economic policy based upon allowing developers free rein, keeping taxes ridiculously low, reducing regulations, and bending over backwards to be "business friendly" is not a recipe for success? Such a policy may enable the top 1 percent to get ridiculously wealthy; however, it does practically nothing for the rest of us.

Steve Waldmann, Monument

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Clean Slate is not a good idea

This country has had Fair Deals, Square Deals and New Deals. Now, thanks to the Senate Finance Committee leadership, we have a Clean Slate. It's not a deal, but a proposal meant to jump-start reform of our tax code.

I could support a fairer, simpler tax code, but Clean Slate supporters want to throw out all tax breaks and let Congress decide which should be reinstated and which should be sacked.

That means individual taxpayer deductions such as mortgage interest and charitable giving will be on the block along with tax credits that American businesses and industries depend on to increase production, create jobs and remain competitive.

If deductions are arbitrarily scrapped, we'll feel it at tax time and when we buy gas, groceries and other consumer goods. The economy could lose revenue, jobs and business investment. The Clean Slate isn't a good deal, it's just a bad idea.

Darryl Glenn, Colorado Springs

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