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LETTERS: Defensive driving is a must; importance of Head Start

By: Gazette readers
November 2, 2017 Updated: November 2, 2017 at 6:59 am
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South-bound North Academy Blvd. traffic after the Woodmen Road overpass, completed earlier this year. For Rich Laden story about some retail revitalization on North Academy Blvd.

Defensive driving is a must

Once again I must vent my frustrations with the drivers in our city. Seeing that some idiot driver just killed a student and injured two others, you would think that some people might actually slow down on Austin Bluffs near the college. But, no, they are so self-absorbed in their own lives that they have no respect for anybody else on the road.

It's funny to see some drivers weave in and out of traffic just to stop at the next traffic light and me, staying in the same lane pull up almost next to them. They are risking their own lives and others around them by driving like idiots.

Today my wife and I were driving north and exiting the freeway at Fillmore when all of a sudden a kid in a black Volvo V40 decided at the last second to pull into my lane and cut me off almost sending me into the guardrail. I slammed on the brakes and leaned on the horn. It did not seem to faze the kid in the least and he kept on driving.

In this city defensive driving is a must. Also, drivers need to pay attention to the three second rule. There would be a lot less rear enders if this rule was followed. Happy Driving.

Pete Beuse

Colorado Springs

    

Need to build a strong foundation

It's time to manage water like the precious resource it is. From the beginning, our founders knew that Fountain Creek was not a river that would provide water for a larger city. They planned for the future and began a long series of engineering feats to bring water to Colorado Springs. The latest of these is SDS (the Southern Delivery System) that brings water that comes from the Western Slope and is stored at the Pueblo Reservoir. This system is designed to provide water to Colorado Springs for the next 50 years. But it won't work if we don't start paying for fixing and maintaining the waterways throughout our city. No city has managed to achieve prosperity without first delivering water security by developing the infrastructure, institutions and practices needed to manage droughts and floods and to ensure a consistent water supply.

Our waterways are our life-blood. All of us live on a waterway. You may not think you do but when it rains some water either sinks into the ground runs downhill, often on impervious surfaces. And it flows until it makes a stream that soon flows into another. and another. until it flows into a tributary of Fountain Creek and then into the Arkansas and beyond.

Old technology and lack of funds left us with many problems but instead of fixing them, we let them deteriorate. We can create a stormwater infrastructure that will be the foundation for healthy watersheds throughout the Fountain Creek Watershed. It's like building a house. You have to build a foundation before you build rooms to live in.

One has only to look to other cities around the country to see the results of changing old dilapidated waterways into places where people work, live and play. It will help our downstream neighbors, the ranchers and farmers who will stop losing acres of land year after year. There can be new amenities all along the way. Bike and hiking trails, bird watching areas, water sports are just a few of the opportunities that open up with this foundation. We have already started by re-establishing natural habitats that are more able to withstand our changing weather. But for too long Colorado Springs has relied on its natural beauty to get by economically. It's time for Colorado Springs to turn the "lemons into the lemonade".

Kathy Loo

Colorado Springs

   

Importance of an early start

As a Head Start parent here in Colorado Springs, I was honored and energized to meet with Sen. Michael Bennet along with staff from the offices of Colorado Representatives Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn, and Scott Tipton, while in Washington, D.C., for the National Head Start Association Fall Leadership Institute.

I joined 1,000 Head Start families, alumni, and staff from almost all 50 states at a Capitol Hill rally calling on Congress to allocate strong funding for Head Start. When I met with Sen. Bennet, I spoke about my personal story.

I have a 4 year-old son named Damani, and it is our second year in the Head Start program. My husband and I found it difficult to find affordable, quality child care when we frantically searched in the few weeks before Damani turned three. We had just moved to Colorado Springs and started a painting business. With initial uncertainty of our business income and its stability, we were relieved to learn about Head Start through a friend. Throughout our son's first year in the Head Start program, he learned his letters and numbers up to 20, he learned how to write his name, and he learned to spell several three and four letter words. Now, at 4 years old and with one more year left in Head Start, Damani is meeting the Colorado benchmarks for children starting kindergarten.

We are thrilled that with the curriculum and teacher support, our child has come this far. I was excited to share these milestones in Washington. My story helped to emphasize that Colorado Springs children are far too important for our leaders to be tightfisted with their future. Now is the time for Washington to step up on behalf of our most vulnerable early learners. Every eligible child deserves the Head Start advantage!

Aldrena Roquemore

Colorado Springs

   

Questioning voter fraud commission

Recently there was an article in The Gazette about President Trump's voter fraud commission. Apparently there has been little or no information from the commission about what they are doing with all the voter information.

I want to know what they are doing with all that information. How are they sorting through it, what are they looking for and what have they found, if anything.

I consider my information private and I was not happy with this commission asking for it or our state giving it to them. It's none of government's business who I vote for or what my party is. But now that they have it, what are they doing with it? I understand all the information is going into a computer. We all know how secure that is. All it takes is one hacker and all this informations is out there for the criminals and foreign governments to use. That's pretty scary.

I think the American people have the right to how what they are doing and if they have found out anything to back up Trump's claims about 3 million illegal voters. So how about some transparency? What is going on?

Pat Kent

Fountain

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