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Gazette Premium Content LETTERS: Bad driving in school zones; anti-Christian spirit

Letters Published: March 16, 2014

Bad parking/driving near school

I want to take this time to express appreciation to officer Blackburn and the other police officers of the Sand Creek subdivision for their efforts in curtailing the bad parking/driving around Mark Twain Elementary School. The officers have been very professional, helpful and courteous. Their presence at the school during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup has quite possibly already averted a tragedy due to the insane driving that goes on at those times.

I would also like to take this time to remind people that parking illegally causes congestion problems and frustration for others - not a great way to start the day for your kids or yourself.

Too often have I seen someone park in the crosswalks or in clearly marked no parking areas - and while they are taking their kids inside, other kids are having to walk around the cars and into intersections, where there are frustrated drivers peeling out to escape the madness that you caused. Please, just leave five minutes earlier in the morning - think about how your car might cause a problem and quit using the standard excuses that "It will only be a minute"; "It's cold outside"; "I'm running late."

Yeah, it's the same for everybody . but consider this: What are you teaching your kids? And how would you feel if your bad driving/parking job got a kid hurt?

Again - thanks from the neighborhood to the officers at Sand Creek.

Angie Arecco, Colorado Springs

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Fight to save school field trips

The wheels on the bus will stop going 'round and 'round, if teachers and parents won't fight to save school field trips. They are valuable as a learning experience. Real world learning is priceless.

When my children were school age, I was lucky to accompany them on many of these school trips.

Each trip was an adventure, and we always enjoyed the learning outside the classroom. We went to museums, plays, nature centers, even to the planetarium at the Air Force Academy.

I grew up in Southern California; we had great choices for our field trips. We went to visit the San Gabriel mission, to see a Dodgers baseball game, bowling, to the zoo, to a courtroom, etc. These trips taught us a lot about math, history, science and we learned about social skills. After these trips, we could always expect a quiz, so it wasn't all fun and games.

It would be a shame to have these activities disappear, like so many other extra-curricular activities. It is a fact that children learn well outside the classroom, they grow more curious about the subject matter, and they ask more questions.

Many field trips help the visual learners because it presents the subject matter in a fun way and students interact more with each other.

Sure, these trips aren't cheap, but the knowledge learned is priceless. And remember a lot of kids drop out of school because they are bored with the day-to-day monotony. Field trips keep them stimulated, and everyone enjoys mixing it up a little.

Save the field trips for our kids; they won't forget them . I didn't!

Phyllis Wynne, Colorado Springs

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Fed up with cavalier attitude

In response to Scott Martin's letter, "Extortion prices for traffic offenses": The police don't collect the fines, the court does. Law enforcement does not line their pockets from the revenue derived from law breakers. I, for one, wish that the lion's share of the revenue was used to put more police on the street.

"A $145 fine for going 13 mph over the speed limit . " Seriously? This attitude of the punishment exceeding the crime never ceases to amaze. Let me remind you that Colorado grants drivers the "privilege" of operating a motor vehicle on public roadways. Having lost my only child in a motor vehicle crash, I am not only distressed but fed up with citizens who share your self-centered, cavalier attitude.

Please walk.

Tom Antkow, Colorado Springs

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Shame on the Air Force Academy

Our family has lived in Colorado for 20 years, and we can look from our back yard and see the Air Force Academy. It has always been a source of pride to see the symbol of American freedom and liberty from our home. I honor and respect the brave men and women who represent us so well as cadets.

But after reading the Fox News article about the cadet who posted a Bible verse on his personal whiteboard having to erase it because it offended other cadets, I had to express my feelings of outrage.

I am appalled by the biased anti-Christian atmosphere that is permeating the academy.

I am sick and tired of hearing about leaders at the academy bowing down and cowering to the likes of Mikey Weinstein and his ilk. I'm tired of reading about weasely cadets who snitch to their superiors about how they are so offended by Christians.

Our right to live our Christian faith out in public (gasp) is protected by the Constitution. Weinstein said that the cadet could post the Scripture in his own room but not in the hall.

I say those weak and offended cadets should go home and sulk in the privacy of their own rooms.

Please, you Christian cadets: Don't stop!

Weinstein is a bossy, bully. He's got a big mouth and a voracious appetite. We need to stop feeding him.

Susan Blaha, Colorado Springs

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