If it were not for TABOR
Taxation should be limited by the citizens, not by the politicians; TABOR does just that. The socialist elitist and lifelong bureaucrats do not like having taxation controlled by voters. If it were not for TABOR, taxes would've increased on all levels of government.
Look at parts of the country that have had out-of-control taxation on hard-working Americans: Detroit, Dearborn, the state California and the list goes on and on. They are underwater and in the red. Socialists love other people's money, but what will happen when they run out of other people's money?
What has happened in Colorado since we enacted TABOR is increased in fees to avoid calling them taxes. In November, voters will be asked to increase income tax on a two-tiered system, to pay for an education system that is failing our students. If they would include a voucher clause into the legislation to increase taxation for school districts, I might be inclined to vote in favor of it, but this is not the case.
Rob Blancken, Colorado Springs
TABOR is a reasonable restraint
I would like to keep this short and to the point. Sean Paige makes a strong point that voters can rely on TABOR to monitor government spending. And Amy Filipiak really says the same thing, "we would not need TABOR if voters could get more involved."
The complexities and time consuming processes of the political arena does not allow the common man a practical means of involvement. This is precisely why TABOR is a reasonable restraint for our lawmakers.
Sean Pelham, Colorado Springs
Cyclist given a second chance
Saturday evening, Sept. 7, at around 6:15 p.m., a motorcyclist was given a second chance to live at North Carefree Circle and North Marksheffel Road. This is an open letter to the driver of that motorcycle. I was heading north on Marksheffel Road, doing 50 mph when you pulled away from the North Carefree stop sign, into the large area that separates the north and southbound lanes of Marksheffel. Instead of waiting several seconds for me and the car behind me to pass, you drove directly into the left, northbound lane. I immediately hit my brakes and swerved into the right lane and my left side mirror came within 6 inches of your motorcycle's gas tank as you accelerated, eventually speeding ahead toward Woodmen Road.
What were you thinking? Did you not see my red car with its headlights on? Do you realize how close you came to dying right then and there? You did not have a helmet on, nor did you have any protective clothing for the rest of your body. Why was your judgment so poor that you made such a mistake as pulling out in front of high speed traffic, hoping to outrun it? My car could have suffered a few dents to the left front bumper and mirror, but you would have been a 100-foot-long smear of body parts. God gave you a second chance, my friend!
Had I been distracted for even a second, you would be dead. Had I been driving with alcohol or marijuana in my system, slowing my responses, you would be dead. Had I dropped something and briefly took my eyes off the road to see where it went, you would be dead. You might have died, had I decided to change the radio station at that moment!
I went home that night, hugged my wife and then sat out on the porch with my favorite pet and watched the sun set over the mountains. I hope you did the same. I also hope that you fully appreciate how close you came to dying that evening. If we ever meet again, let's do it in someplace else and without the risk.
If you have loved ones nearby, tell them that you love them. Before you next get on your motorcycle, get yourself a helmet and wear it, along with appropriate clothing. Never drive impaired. Always watch out for the next guy; he may not be able to respond as quickly or as appropriately as I did. Lastly, God must have something special in store for you, because he sure stepped in and allowed you to live for another day. Find out what that is and do it!
Michael Gower, Colorado Springs
Thanks to Imagination Celebration
Missing from Sunday's coverage of the "What If! Festival" was credit for the arts nonprofit that makes it possible, Imagination Celebration. With a small staff and volunteers, they put on the free annual festival for 25,000 attendees across six city blocks. In addition to the joy of having this community-wide event in our own back yard, the festival is now getting national attention with coverage in MAKE Magazine online and a highly competitive grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Vibrant events like the festival don't just happen - thanks to Imagination Celebration for showing how our arts nonprofits are redefining Colorado Springs (locally and nationally) as a place for innovation and imagination.
Just a sausage and potatoes town
In reference to Rich Laden's article on additional rental units, maybe, just maybe, there is a developer willing to make some real money. Enough of the cookie cutter three story, live for the pool, tickie tacky apartment complexes.
How about a mid-rise or high-rise state of the art building with all the amenities for adult living. Not kiddy adult but those of us who no longer need a house and can afford real luxury, not hackneyed luxury. Dining rooms, crown molding in all rooms, double sinks in the lavatory, granite in the lav and kitchen, slate foyers and kitchen floors, real hard wood floors throughout not tacky carpet, great lighting, business center, Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, a real gym fully equipped and yoga type rooms, pool (maybe indoors to be functional year round), etc. Get the picture. The Springs has individuals who can afford living at the Ritz, aka, downtown Denver. Why does it think of itself as just a sausage and potatoes town.
Bart Baron, Colorado Springs