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LETTERS: Doing nothing for the Pronghorns; insurance needs the young

By: Gazette readers
July 16, 2017 Updated: July 16, 2017 at 4:24 pm
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Pronghorn in a field between Colorado Springs and Falcon. Bill Radford, The Gazette

Let's protect the pronghorns

I am a lifetime Black Forest resident and as such, feel greatly protective of the herds of pronghorns.

What's the plan for the antelope? Many Black Forest residents, as they drive by the field where the pronghorn herds have been pushed by enormous housing development worry for and care about these animals.

We have communicated with the Colorado Department of Wildlife offices in Colorado Springs and in Denver. We have been told "we have a wildlife officer who is aware of the situation." "They are OK they can just jump over the fence." "We are aware of the situation but feel that trapping the animals will be too stressful." "We are aware and are working with the land owners trying to come to a solution." All good answers, unfortunately, doing nothing for the pronghorns.

Meanwhile, maybe 60 or 70 beautiful animals and their new young (who hop around like fleas) are trapped in the pasture.

Usually pasture fences are in several states of disrepair, but that pasture has really good fences.

Pronghorns' preferred method of moving through fences is to crawl under but those fences are in much too good a shape. If they do negotiate the fences they are in danger from the traffic of Powers Boulevard on the west and Black Forest Road on the east.

I second Peter Rogers letter and ask that public sentiment be directed at the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and the property owners, in an effort to secure the safety and longevity of those herds.

One possible solution would be to make a fence similar to a cattle chute to direct the animals down into the gully under Black Forest Road and thus allow them to follow the gully out to the east.

It is our privilege to enjoy the wildness and beauty of these herds. Please let's do everything possible to protect them and to keep them safe.

Kit Spahn

Black Forest

Excellent health care editorials

I think the Colorado Springs Gazette should get another Pulitzer Prize for its recent editorials on the planned Republican replacement for the Obama health care plan. The editorials, "GOP proposes another stupid health care bill," on Jun 25, and Thursday's editorial: "Don't give us warm garbage juice, GOP," (July 13) reflect the kind of clear and innovative thinking one wishes congressional Republicans (and the White House) would be doing. Providing health care, not coverage, as you differentiated, seems to be the plan most Americans desire, and this can only be accomplished, as you noted, by increasing the supply of health services, not increasing the demand (a la Obamacare). But perhaps Republicans these days are too busy reading Machiavelli's "The Prince" to pay much attention to Paul Samuelson's economics textbooks.

Bill Spindler

Colorado Springs

A lack of weed control

What is the city's policy on maintaining weeds growing in the medians, asphalt and sidewalks?

As one drives along Stetson Hills Boulevard between Austin Bluffs and Powers, the lack of weed control is overwhelming.

I submitted a complaint through the online form on the Colorado Springs Code Enforcement page, but the site seems to be directed at private property owners.

Is the city not held to the same maintenance requirements as is a private owner?

Lynn Jennings-Bloxom

Colorado Springs

We've seen this manipulation before

I'll call it: "Hypocrisy", or perhaps: "The Pot and the Kettle"...

Though it was just a few of years ago, it seems like yesterday, what with the current Inside-the-Beltway food fight: The Obama administration funneled $350K (of American tax dollars) through the State Department to the activist group "OneVoice", ostensibly to "support Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations", in the Mideast.

With money in-hand, the activists' diverted the funds: they used the money to organize efforts to undermine the re-election campaign of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - though he won re-election, in spite of "their" efforts.

Of course, the Obama administration acolytes (during an investigation of the money laundering scheme) feigned being shocked, shocked and appalled at the diversion of the funds.

Bottom line? The Obama administration overtly financed (again, with my tax dollars, and yours) the manipulation of a sovereign nation's internal political campaign, to "put its thumb on the scale" for it's desired outcome. That may be considered immoral, unethical or illegal, yes?

I may have been born at night, but it wasn't last night.

John Erskine

Colorado Springs

Insurance needs young adults

A recent Gallup survey found that the number of uninsured Americans increased by 2 million this year ("Survey: U.S. uninsured up by 2M this year as gains erode," July 10). Coverage losses were most prominent among young adults.

Young adults need insurance - and the insurance market needs them.

Not only is it risky to forgo coverage - the participation of young people in the insurance market helps keep premiums balanced.

The Senate's proposed health care reform bill is far from perfect. But it would most certainly encourage more young adults to sign up for coverage by reducing the premiums they'd pay.

If more young, healthy adults enter the insurance pool, then premiums would drop for everyone else, too.

Janet Trautwein

Washington, D.C.

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