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Gazette Premium Content LETTERS: A look back at the 'good old days'; devotion to animals

Letters Published: March 31, 2014

A look back at the 'good old days'

I was glad to see The Joyce Hotel corner in "A Look Back." My great uncle Edward Joyce helped build the hotel. His family, my great- great grandfather had come from Ireland to rebuild Notre Dame after the Golden Dome burned down. Edward's father was a stone mason and Edward was a plumber. Edward won the plumbing bid to rebuild the Antlers Hotel and had enough supplies to start on the Joyce.

Edward and his wife went back to South Bend and my grandfather, John Myles, the brother-in-law to Edward, ran the hotel. His daughter, Mary Myles Dawson is my mother.

The Limon bus pictured had a unique story. On every trip to Limon and back, the driver always stopped at Louie and Barbara Fuchs' garage and cafe in Peyton and all passengers were treated to an ice cream cone - the good old days!

Patrick Dawson, Peyton

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Overturn legalization of marijuana

No tanning for minors, but you can use marijuana!

I do not understand why Colorado legalized marijuana, but legislators are trying to ban tanning beds for minors. Does this make sense to anyone else? Colorado legislators need to focus more on the problems marijuana will cause: anxiety, depression, death, lung cancer, DWIs, and all the other drugs that will follow the legalization of marijuana. We as citizens need to act.

Write letters, protest, and be a positive advocate in preventing this drug from being more accessible.

My solution is simple: overturn the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. I am a concerned Army Nurse Corp. veteran and an enthusiastic nurse educator. I do not want emergency room visits to increase due to the traumas and long-term effects caused by this drug. More visits to the emergency room cost more money, which develops more debt for our government. Does our government need more debt?

Think of it like this. do you want your health care providers, who are saving your life, under the influence of marijuana?

Dara Michelson, Colorado Springs

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Amazing devotion to animals

We were excited to see your March 17 article on Aileen and Frank Peek, and the San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society. We've been fortunate to adopt two wonderful dogs from that organization's Saturday adoption fair at the Chapel Hills PetSmart. One of our dogs had been extremely ill and had been cared for in the Peeks' own home.

We can't say enough good things about this amazing couple and their devotion to these animals!

Judy and Laddie Blaskowski, Colorado Springs

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Taking away Russian power

If Russia has shown it will not respect the sovereignty of U.N. members such as Ukraine, the security council should revoke the Russian seat and assign it to a different former Soviet state.

Taking away Russian power to interfere with U.N. actions would be better punishment than imposing sanctions that hurt European allies.

Rich Fellion, Colorado Springs

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Proud to work at Wal-Mart

Response letter to "Low-wage jobs unexpectedly a way of life for many":

As a Wal-Mart associate at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at 4142 Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, I would like to respond to a recent article that was published online by Associated Press reporter Josh Boak.

Since joining the Wal-Mart team in September, I have seen firsthand the support and encouragement given to associates by our company. I started as an hourly associate on the sales floor and have since worked my way up to the inventory management systems team.

At Wal-Mart, we are proud of our jobs.

Our wages and benefits typically meet or exceed those offered by a majority of our competitors and our average, hourly full-time wage in Colorado is $13.62. Wal-Mart is dedicated to creating opportunities for associates that lead to upwardly mobile careers. Every year in the U.S., we promote about 160,000 people to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay and about 75 percent of our store management teams started as hourly associates.

When you work hard, you climb the ladder, but you have to want it.

I am proud to work at Wal-Mart and look forward to continuing to grow my career within the company.

Anthony Davis, Colorado Springs

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While they collect their benefits

I read with interest the ruling from the National Labor Relations Board that defines athletes as "employees." If one were to extend this contorted thinking, this could mean that if an "employee-athlete" gets cut from the team, he/she would qualify for unemployment benefits. This would also be good news for cheerleaders and tuba players, who are also employee-athletes by the NLRB definition.

Fail to cheer loud enough, or hit a sour note while marching at halftime, and you're unemployed!

At least this new status would give them time to attend class while they collect their benefits.

Don Addy, Colorado Springs

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