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Letters Updated: May 4, 2014 at 9:45 am

Can't punish a racist billionaire

How do you punish a racist billionaire who has broken no law that would allow a jury to convict him and a judge to sentence him to jail depriving him of his freedom?

How about taking 2.5 of his billions of dollars? Even if he was fined 100 times, the $2.5 million he would still be a racist billionaire.

How about making him sell his basketball team worth $575 million? That just changes one of his assets into cash and he's still a racist billionaire.

How about turning him into a social pariah? He can buy as many new friends and new 21-year-old girl friends as he wants. He's a billionaire.

How do you punish a racist billionaire who has broken no law that would allow a jury to convict him and a judge to sentence him to jail depriving him of his freedom? You can't. He's a billionaire!

Bill Schaffner, Colorado Springs

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And that's NBA justice?

Donald Sterling told his girlfriend he'd prefer her not to socialize with all those black men.

It's out there in the open, for all to see and read. Donald admits to his insensitive, racist remark. Definitely disgusting and inappropriate, but, nevertheless, a personal opinion.

For that he loses his Clippers franchise, is fined $2.5 million, and is banned from the NBA for life. Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, rapes a white woman in the dark of night, no one to hear or see anything, and he denies it all. His lawyers gag all sources, huddle in the dark of night, and bribe the victim into silence. That's OK by the NBA. Kobe is a free man today, playing in the league, the hero of his team. And that's NBA justice?

National Basketball Anthem: Round and round and round she goes, who gets screwed, nobody knows.

Will Klaus, Monument

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Nothing new to the residents

So last week, a few potholes on Delmonico Drive (West) were patched by the community tennis courts. Thank you, except, about 50 and 100 feet away from the fresh patches were two more clusters of large holes that were left unpatched. Seriously, what sort of boneheaded resource management is this? You have a truck full of patch and a crew, and you come out and only do one third of the job?

Where is the organization in this process? It seems totally random, which is terribly inefficient. How about we try a different tack?

A truck full of patch and a crew are dispatched to a street, and their job is to drive the length of that street and fill every hole until they run out of patch, they run out of street, or it's the end of the shift. Somebody in the street department marks that street off the map with a high lighter, and the crew moves to another street.

If a crew needs to be devoted to fixing random or emergency requests, use routing software similar to what FedEx and UPS use to plan the most efficient route from location to location.

Delmonico Drive, West off its second crossing of Rockrimmon Blvd has been falling apart for years; this is nothing new to the residents up here.

A few years back, a Utilities employee came to my house to diagnose a water pressure problem. I met him at his truck as he drove up. He got out, looked around at the crumbling curbs and pavement and said: "What is this, Land of the Lost? Don't they fix anything up here?"

Hopefully, no one in city government wonders why companies and individuals don't want to relocate to our community; this place is quite visibly crumbling apart while our mayor and City Council bicker about the City for Champions. You all need to put your ideologies aside and focus on what's important, or the voters will replace you at the next opportunity.

Gary Morrell, Colorado Springs

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