LETTERS: Can't we move on from marijuana?

By: Letters
April 23, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2014 at 9:53 am
photo - Colorado Springs Utilities Operations Superintendent James Towell, left, and Public Affairs Specialist Christian Nelson walk past storage tanks where chemical reactions to remove sulphur from Drake Power Plant emissions take place. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Colorado Springs Utilities Operations Superintendent James Towell, left, and Public Affairs Specialist Christian Nelson walk past storage tanks where chemical reactions to remove sulphur from Drake Power Plant emissions take place. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette 

Can't we move on from marijuana?

I think we've all had enough press coverage of the marijuana issue in Colorado. May we please have a day off from having to have it rammed down our throats? It seems that the primary focus of the news media these days is marijuana. In Monday's Gazette there were two marijuana related articles on the front page!

Is there really no other news important enough to bump pot out of the spotlight? A visitor to Colorado Springs from out of state would think that we are all obsessed with pot. The law was passed and now it's legal so can't we just move on and not have to be reminded of it every single day?

Michael Clark, Colorado Springs


Community deserves test results

I find it strange and basically indefensible that the results of the Neumann scrubber tests on the Drake Power Plant are not going to be released. The Colorado Springs community has suffered through numerous cost increased in the implementation of the NeuStream system. We are the investors in the system and should be privy to the performance results. I find the claim of trade secrets to be fallacious. One could support the claim of trade secrets if the request was for details of the processes used. However, the performance of the system does not disclose any details of the process used to attain it. I believe our $156 million investment must be supported with the results of the systems performance. This is especially relevant since there was both existing proven systems that would have cost less and other approaches that would have cost the city much less.

I believe that the city Utilities failed to consider the potential funding for such a system available from the Department of Energy in Golden. A request for that funding would have provided an objective assessment the Neumann system and would have provided the system at no cost to the community if Department of Energy deemed the system worthy of a field test using the Drake Plant as the beta site. DoE Golden is the government center tasked with improving power plants. Why were they not part of the Drake Plant improvement considerations?

Regardless of past city Utilities failures in this situation, we now deserve to learn the results of the their selected approach even if it takes a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain them.

Harry Hamilton, Colorado Springs


Dobson not a single voice crying out

Re: Christian broadcaster James Dobson of Colorado Springs wins health care injunction.

What have most Americans forgotten, or perhaps never been taught? Most of the populace is now unaware that we do not swear allegiance to the president, or Congress or the Supreme Court. Since 1789, we have all been held accountable to a piece of paper, a document held in trust in the National Archives.

Every single American, President Barack Obama included, has a duty to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States. At the very forefront of the first amendments to the Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Dr. Dobson is not a single voice crying out for relief against the unconstitutional laws so quickly forced through Congress. Millions of Catholics, Protestants, and Constitutionalists across the country are insisting that their right to freely exercise their freedom of religion, given to them in 1791 when three-fourths of the states ratified these amendments, be restored.

Christina Ojala

Colorado Springs

Great memories of the Mustang

Ramblin' Man, I really enjoyed reading your Mustang article in The Gazette on April 19. The Mustang is a great car that many owners feel proud to own. My favorite ones were built from 1964 to 1970 as I was fortunate to have over 200 of them. I just wish I could own one of the 50th limited editions that will be built soon for 2015.

I would like to mention that the 1966 Mustang you owned probably had a 289 engine and the early fastback was not a 641/2. When Ford produced the fastback, that was the cutoff date for all 641/2 Mustangs, so none of the fastbacks are classified as 641/2. Thanks for the read and I'm sure you had a great time cruising Nevada Street.

What great memories.

Darrell Greene, Colorado Springs


Bentley Rayburn right on target

I am writing to express my complete and whole-hearted agreement with the opinion expressed by Retired Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn in the April 20 Gazette. He very eloquently, succinctly, and effectively explained why the Air Force Academy mishandled the "white board" incident last month and why a strong support of our First Amendment religious rights guaranteed by our Constitution is necessary if we wish to maintain strength, not only in our country's culture but in our military academies.

Too bad our current congressman, Doug Lamborn, was not able to show similar backbone in his response to this unfortunate incident. Bentley has the character, experience and strong communication skills needed by our country's leaders to allow us to have a chance to protect our very basic freedoms. Thank you, Bentley.

Linda Samelson, Colorado Springs

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