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High-speed rail; costly recall

Letters Published: May 23, 2013

Money that's hard to come by

You asked whether or not I would support high-speed rail transportation between Pueblo and Denver.

Are you kidding? The first time the economy did a hiccup they would shut it down just like they did FREX. Then we would have several million dollars worth of steel rails and expensive equipment sitting around turning to rust in our arid high desert. Until our leaders can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can properly manage what we already have I don't see the sense in spending money that's hard to come by. So, for the time being I would not support such a venture.

Charles V. Reed, Colorado Springs

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High-speed rail is a money loser

High-speed rail between Pueblo and Denver is somebody's dream. The Rail Runner between Albuquerque and Santa Fe is a money-loser and was scheduled for shutdown at least once in 2011. The New Mexico government was looking for someone to relieve them of the rail line between Albuquerque and Raton; it is too expensive to run for the passenger fares it takes in. Look up how often and at what cost Amtrak has to keep getting bailed out. History has repeatedly shown that city-to-city rail is a money loser.

I want to see a study that says residents from Grand Junction, Sterling, Lamar and Springfield favor a government project for which they ultimately will be taxed to support.

State government needs to stay out of planning or running a railroad. It has way too many other programs which needs to be more efficiently managed.

Michael Jerger, Colorado Springs

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Monorail system would be beneficial

I wouldn't mind a train from Pueblo to Denver, but high speed it doesn't need to be. Also, instead of a ground rail system, serious thought should be given to a monorail system.

A monorail would not interfere with ground traffic and there would be no accidents since there would be no rails for vehicles to cross and become stuck. And thinking about rail transportation for local transportation, I think a monorail system for Colorado Springs would be just as beneficial for the same reasons cited above.

Val Tenhaeff, Colorado Springs

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Part-time team, part-time people

When you jumped on board for a new downtown stadium for the Sky Sox you used the Colorado Rockies and their new stadium as the example that saved LoDo.

The Rockies are a well-known and well followed major-league baseball team and the Sky Sox are a little-known not-very-well-followed minor-league team. There are people all over the U.S. and Colorado that follow the Rockies. There was a large base of support that made their move a plus for LoDo.

No one knows who the Sky Sox are outside of Colorado Springs and very few in the Springs do either.

To build a stadium for a part-time team who hires part-time people and to think that part-time fans will support restaurants and hotels on a full-time basis is crazy.

Larry McManus, Colorado Springs

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Justice system gone crazy

Regarding Waldo burglars get long sentences:

Let's see, 120 years in prison for burglarizing $3,000. Are you kidding me? This is a prime example of the justice system gone crazy!

It costs taxpayers approximately $40,000 to keep a person in prison for one year. This means it will cost the taxpayers $4,800,000 to keep these two petty thieves and drug addicts in jail for 120 years, not counting inflation.

Am I the only one who thinks this is stupid?

Yes, they are habitual offenders - one burglary and several drug offenses between the two. Do these sound like offenses worthy of 120 years in jail and $4.8 million dollars in taxpayer money?

What these two need are serious drug rehabilitation programs and some serious community service time. Let's save 120 years of prison time for murderers, rapists, child sex abusers, and the like.

Byron Geer, Colorado Springs

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How much recall will cost

Just read "Feels like election season" by Megan Schrader in the May 17 edition.

Let me say I am not in John Morse's district, but the recall will still effect me. The story talks about money raised to pay the petition gatherers.

If the signatures gathered total enough for a special election, who will pay? (don't get smart and say the taxpayers - that's a given)

Does the El Paso County Clerk have to put on the election? The article said the secretary of state would verify the signatures, will we find out what that costs the taxpayers?

If the El Paso County Clerk does have to do the election, where will the money come from? Some county employees have already been dismissed because of budget restraints.

Those asking for a recall are well within their rights as registered voters and I defend that. But, I ask Megan to do another story on the cost of the election.

As a taxpayer in El Paso County, we all will be effected because we will pay, but what is the cost?

Albert Gonzales, Colorado Springs

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