Coach's record a curious story
I am dismayed but not surprised that coach Scott Owens has been forced out at Colorado College, and I am deeply disappointed in Joe Paisley and David Ramsey for spending the month of March beating the drums for his dismissal.
He won't remember it, but I met athletic director Ken Ralph during his first week on campus in July 2007 and told friends that week that he was going to want his own man behind the bench. That's a fact.
Coach Owens' record tells a curious story: 18-18-3 in his first year, then eight consecutive seasons that produced three MacNaughton Cups, six trips to the NCAAs, and a winning percentage of .648.
Ralph came on the scene with the roster and schedule set for the last season in that run. That was the last season the Tigers won 24 games.
For the past six years, with Ralph charting the course for the program, the trend is clearly downward: winning percentage of .487, down 24 percent from the pre-Ralph era. That's a big drop. Those are facts. Why do you suppose that would be?
Perhaps Paisley and Ramsey should investigate changes in admissions practices, recruiting budgets, scholarship guidelines, program funding, funding for assistants and interns, administrative and technical support, sponsorship agreements - all the off-ice, behind-the-scenes factors that can influence a team's success. They also might want to track new resources that miraculously materialize for the new coach.
David Ramsey's "Knight in Shining Armor," George Gwozdecky, may have said it best in Ramsey's March 30 column: "It's not as if we coaches get dumb all of a sudden."
Steve Perry, Pine
A little nudge in the pocket
Reading the letter James Timothy wrote about raising the minimum wage passed by Congress that deflected President Barack Obama's proposal compelled me to agree with James' proposal to increasing it to $10.10 instead of $8.
Low-income Americans, such as fry cooks, waiters, waitresses, bartenders, janitors, etc., are the driving force behind the middle-class workers that makes this country so great. Eight dollars an hour for an 40 hour workweek does not cover the prices increasing for the bare necessities: such as milk, eggs, bread, to an average of $2 to $3.49, rent averaging from $663 for a 1 bedroom apartment to $480 for a small family home, and gas prices fluctuating like the stock market; all of which makes it hard to survive on an average annual salary of $19,000.
Health insurance isn't cheap neither, but they struggle with that decision of health coverage or food on the table. Children of the minimum wage workers require much needed care as well, from food to clothing, education to health, and transportation. A little nudge in the pocket will not hurt us but put us on the right path to being human.
Nofotolu Saoifanua, Colorado Springs
Extend important tax credits
Coloradans have embraced wind power as a smart way to grow the state economy while saving on their power bills. Today, reliable and affordable Colorado wind energy provides enough electricity to keep the lights on in more than 870,000 homes.
The federal production tax credit and investment tax credit for wind and other clean energy sources are incentives that contribute to our state's economic success. Recently, Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, as well as Reps. Diana DeGette, Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter sent letters to their congressional leadership urging the extension of these important credits to keep wind growing across the country.
Colorado's 1,500+ wind turbines are the result of more than $4.2 billion in private investment, giving the more than 4,000 Coloradans employed in the wind supply chain the chance to pursue skilled, innovative careers. With the help of good tax policy, manufacturers like Vestas, with four facilities in the state, can continue providing jobs.
Wind power provides affordable electricity to Colorado consumers while using no water, and the carbon dioxide emissions avoided thanks to Colorado's wind fleet are equivalent to taking over 715,000 cars off the road!
Our representatives are right to support Colorado wind, and I thank them for their hard work. Extending the production tax credit and investment tax credit is not just important for our state - all 50 states benefit from wind's growth, as demonstrated by American wind power's 80,000-strong workforce. We should support these key incentives so that wind can keep providing jobs for Americans while driving the economy forward.
Susan Reilly, Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., Broomfield
Innocent tenants punished
Re: "Delinquent landlord might cause shutoff."
Sounds to me like the wrong utilities are being turned off. If The Gazette story is accurate, the innocent tenants will be punished for the actions of a guilty landlord(s).
Presumably, these landlords and their employees live in houses and work in buildings within reach of the utilities system. Perhaps the landlords and associates need to work and live in a cold dark environment for a while.
Perhaps the utilities could work with the communications providers to make life more miserable for these deadbeats, since electrical power is required for communication devices.
John Norris, Colorado Springs