Published: March 7, 2014
All the hallmarks of a scandal
Thanks to Dave Philipps and The Gazette for excellent journalism in the Sunday 2 March headline article "Costs, Doubts Rise at Plant". The plant is the Martin Drake Power Plant. There was some really nifty stuff mentioned in the article to include cost over-runs and the no-bid single source contract for experimental scrubbers, and City Council approving allocations for experimental scrubber technology while considering whether or not to close the plant.
No, wait, City Council by a 5-4 vote delayed studying the shutting down the power plant. Also mentioned was a past employee of the contract winner who said the experimental technology that the city bought would not work as promised. The scrubbers, if bought from another source, would cost $20-30 million less, said an unnamed source from Colorado Springs Utilities.
What I have written here is a bit convoluted, and I don't know most of the details. I'm just John Q. Citizen and should not be expected to marshal scarce public resources in a logical manner to serve the public good.
Sarcasm aside, the article highlighted all the hallmarks of a scandal. Maybe scrubbers need to be attached to some of our local pols past and present.
Ed Gibbons, Colorado Springs
Should not even have the choice
The American soldier: a symbol of respect, honor, and duty, only second to the American flag itself. Pride emanates out of each man and woman that stands in the flag's presence, except for one, Tariqka Sheffey.
Her choice to not only avoid the flag, but then brag about it, showed a disrespect so obvious that even I, an eleventh-grader know better. Both of my parents, my uncles, and my brother have served in the Air Force. I have gone to seven schools and countless military events. I have spent many nights alone so that America could have my parents, and so when it comes to saluting the flag, I expect every soldier to participate without hesitation.
If Sheffey, does not have the discernment to chose from wrong to right, then she should not even have the choice. She should be kicked out of the military so that someone much more deserving can take her place
Jordan Colvin, Colorado Springs
Focus on the bigger issue
Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey is just one example of a regrettable post on social media. Her's just happened to be especially scrutinized. Although Sheffey's post was certainly disrespectful and showed poor judgment, it's only a tiny part of a larger issue: not thinking before putting something on the Internet. While Sheffey faces extra attention due to being in the military and disrespecting the American flag, pictures like these exist everywhere from all types of people. Perhaps the focus should shift to this looming issue instead of Sheffey specifically.
Mike Zhang, Colorado Springs
Vehicles with chipped windshields
I would like to comment on the use of sand on the roads by the city of Colorado Springs during winter months in an attempt to mitigate sliding and provide traction for vehicles in snowy and icy conditions. Is there any alternative method that can be used, i.e. salt, that doesn't contain pebbles or rocks, since the sand contains rocks and gravel that is left on the roadways and is kicked up by cars and in turn hits the windshields of other cars.
I don't know how many times my windshield has been hit by flying rocks from other vehicles and I have a good-sized chip and numerous minuscule chips because of it. This is why so many vehicles have chipped and cracked windshields. I feel that it is a safety hazard. Perhaps the city can use an alternate method or pay to repair my chipped windshield?
Scott Martin, Colorado Springs
Meddling in Ukraine
We are pushing the nuclear-armed Russians one step too far by meddling in Ukraine. We should have disbanded NATO and brought our troops back home when the Soviet Union disbanded in 1991 at the end of the Cold War. We lost one of the greatest opportunities in history to extend a hand of friendship to the Russians at that time. Where was the guiding light from us to show them the way to democracy and peace? That would have been the best response to Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika - to respect the Russians and help them. Instead NATO including the U.S., bombed Serbia in 1999 for 78 days, showing the Russians and the rest of the world that the way to solve problems in an ethnic dispute is through force and violence.
NATO has relentlessly expanded to Moscow's doorstep. Military alliances led to the tremendous loss of life in World War I. President Eisenhower was right to warn about the military-industrial complex. We should follow the Constitution, so that we are at war only when Congress declares war and get out of NATO. Thomas Jefferson said, "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations...entangling alliances with none".
Kim Maurice Swift, Woodland Park
Should not cut military spending
In response to the editorial, "The U.S. Should not weaken its national standing", I would like to provide further reasons as to why we should not cut military spending. The United States military is the largest and best military in the world, and the world is largely policed by the United States. With the absence of our military presence, terrorists would be able to recruit openly, becoming a larger threat, one that could possibly cause another 9/11.
John Albaugh, Colorado Springs