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LETTERS: Don't repeat Pueblo's mistakes on energy; George Will not factual

By: Gazette readers
December 26, 2017 Updated: December 26, 2017 at 9:22 am
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The Martin Drake Plant in downtown Colorado Springs emits steam in 2014. It's emissions have been questioned by a Monument attorney and clean-air advocate. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Don't repeat Pueblo's mistakes

I would like to understand how we have become so short-sighted that we would entertain closing Martin Drake Power plant without looking to the south at Pueblo, and their excessive energy rates. Martin Drake has been in the current location since electrical power was introduced to the Springs.

So moving it because of the notion that it is an eyesore is nonsense. This is akin to building all around the airport and then getting up in arms because of airport noise and traffic. Martin Drake has been in its current location since before most of its detractors set sight on Colorado Springs, it provides relatively clean and reasonably priced power to most people living in the Pikes Peak region.

I have lived in Colorado Springs all my life, and it seems that the newcomers have to remake Colorado Springs in the image of the places they moved from, mostly because those places were too heavily populated. Colorado now has in excess of 5 million residents. I for one miss the Colorado Springs that had a population of 70,000. Please let us not make the same mistakes as Pueblo and cut our own throat to spite ourselves by closing Martin Drake.

Monument is in fact Monument, not Colorado Springs, so why some Monument lawyer has an interest in Colorado Springs affairs is beyond me.

Robert Green

Colorado Springs

   

Stop judging the homeless

Regarding Mary Marshall's letter in the Dec. 18, editorial/opinion section of The Gazette, about the homeless population increasing. This may be due to people not making a living wage. If they have been making a living wage, the increased costs of things such as rent, have cost people their housing and there is not enough affordable housing for those in the lower spectrum of the income bracket. Many people are only a few paychecks from being homeless as it is.

Sending the homeless to California, or anywhere else that is experiencing wildfires will do nothing to solve the problem - just move it to someplace else and burden those states with the extra homeless people. Unless what you are suggesting is to send the homeless to help fight the wildfires with no training and hope they die in the fires.

There are many homeless people that use drugs and alcohol. How many calls do the police, fire and ambulances answer for the taxpaying citizens of Colorado Springs and the surrounding El Paso County for their drug and alcohol usage?

I am homeless and have been going to school full time. I have been using my military benefits to achieve my education and usually do not have the required books in a timely manner, nor do I have a consistent place to live and study. I paid in to my educational benefits to get them while on active duty, and the taxpayers are picking up the rest of the costs.

So instead of talking bad about the homeless, and applying what a few are doing to everyone, one must first look at their self and their own social place in the hierarchy, and accurately assess what they and the others in and at their status level are doing and then try to help solve the problem.

Pat Riley

Colorado Springs

   

Give this tax reform bill a try

We now have a tax reform bill, which proponents claim will revitalize the economy to relieve the debt and proponents claim will be Armageddon and bring on a debt crisis. If you are worried about our growing national debt, whom do you believe? I say neither!

The economy is complex and in many ways dictated by what people think and feel about their current and future financial situation. The pundits cannot know how people will think; therefore they just don't know how the economy will perform.

So what are the options to address the ballooning debt? First, you could revert to raising taxes to pay off the debt in hopes it doesn't stifle economic growth, a tactic which was attempted in previous administrations with slow economic growth and continual rise of the debt.

Second, the government could reduce spending, guaranteeing debt reduction, but that option has not been tried because of political acrimony, since the last actual budget was passed in April 2009.

Third, the government could implement a policy of lower taxes and less regulation to stimulate growth in hopes of increasing revenue to address the debt. The first did not work. Maybe the third will work. However, if it doesn't, perhaps we will have a serious economic crisis to force Congress to act as adults and address spending. So let's give this tax reform a try and wait and see what the results will be.

Stephen Lord

Colorado Springs

   

Will's column wasn't factual

The Dec. 15 Opinion page had a column from George Will "Endorsing Moore was a low point for Trump."

Truth does not seem to effect Will's opinions, he should be ashamed.

He stated that the accusations against Roy Moore of his being a child molester were credible.

In fact, the 'events' were to have occurred 40 years ago and the two accusers have had documented discrepancies in their stories, which lends grave doubt to their credibility. Roy Moore has decades of honorable public service. He graduated with me from West Point in 1969, served in Viet Nam, and then went into serving the people of Alabama. I have friends that have known him for over 50 years and swear by his character. He has always been a strong Christian and would never sully his reputation.

Will also stated that Donald Trump is the worst president in the history of our country. Our current president has accomplished more in less than a year than any in my memory. Why allow Will to ignore facts and publish such dribble?

Jack Gloriod

Colorado Springs

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