Updated: February 20, 2014 at 8:00 am
Drake study about politics
In discussing the Drake study in The Gazette article titled "Drake debate fires up again," Colorado Springs Utilities board member Val Snider is quoted, "We didn't want a local contractor to get bogged down in politics, and we wanted the community to weigh in." At a CSU board last month, I heard a board member state that the future status of Drake would be made as a policy decision.
Be warned, CSU ratepayers! The Drake study is about politics, and the community discussion occurred as part of the 2012 Electric Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP) that concluded Drake was an essential, low-cost generating plant critical for CSU ratepayers for the next 20 years. When you are told policy decisions trump financial decisions, watch out!
The Drake study confirmed the EIRP results concluding that operating Drake for the next 20 years provided the best financial return. Operating Drake for 30 years was even better. But wait, the study also states that operating utilities with built for purpose and least cost principles is no longer sustainable.
The so directed apolitical consultancy decided that the 2008 climate report by the highly political UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, combined with the 2010 estimates of the social costs of carbon sourced from the U.S. Federal Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Carbon, required that carbon emissions have a cost of $39 per ton in 2014 dollars when social and environmental sustainability is considered.
This is where it gets very political. Proponents of global warming believe that man can control the Earth's climate, and that they have the moral authority to control mankind to do so. Anyone with a brain will challenge the first. Anyone with a spine must fight the second.
Population without common sense
I am going to die. Yes, yes, I know we all will, but I know where. I do not know when, but I know where . in my car, traveling east on Austin Bluffs Parkway where the merging traffic enters from Union.
I know for a fact that there is a yield sign for traffic entering onto Austin Bluffs from Union. I also know from driver's ed and my 34 years of driving experience what a yield sign means. Apparently no one else does. A yield sign means to be prepared to stop to give the other road users the right of way.
When traveling east on Austin Bluffs, I do not have to stop or slow down to let in traffic. I have the right of way. However, day after I day, I have slammed on my brakes because cars from Union fail to even slow down, nevermind stop if there is no break in traffic allowing adequate room for them to enter.
Day after day, there are accidents at this point of entry. Day after day, there are near misses. Cars speed up to enter onto Austin Bluffs. Many traveling 45-50 mph. I am going to die, but I guess better me than one of my children, or one of yours.
It is time for the city of Colorado Springs to recognize the bulk of the driving population of Colorado Springs does not have common sense. It is time to put in a STOP sign for cars entering Austin Bluffs from Union traveling east. I believe we all know what a STOP sign means. Stop. Period. Save lives.
Convention center less costly
Instead of the "redundant duplication" as was so ably put by a recent letter writer concerning the City for Champions, I think a convention center would be less costly and bring in more visitors. We are probably one of the only cities this size without one. Pueblo has one, as well as their terrific River Walk, which almost rivals our Garden of the Gods.
No, I don't want to live there since Colorado Springs is so much more beautiful, but they do get things done and have the State Fair every year.
A fill here and a fill there
In a letter previously written for Your Viewpoint prompted me to add the following: I have spent three to four weeks this winter down in Donna, Texas. Donna is in one of the poorest counties in the U.S. - Hildalgo. Our streets are far worse than those in Donna. Granted, they are in a warmer seasonal area, but as before mentioned a "fill here and a fill there" isn't cutting it. Maybe before we spend so much money for the City for Champions we should get the streets to look like it.
Separation from spirit of the truth
There is some backward thinking when people believe making cannabis (marijuana) available for sick citizens is "Satan's work" (Faith at heart of work by brothers who developed medical, Feb. 9). In fact, cannabis prohibition and extermination is the devil's law.
One of the reasons God chose the very first page of the Bible to exclaim He created all the seed bearing plants saying they're all good, is to sort that out from the beginning. Christ Jesus risked jail to heal the sick.
Supporting cannabis prohibition separates people from the spirit of truth. Satan and those influenced by the spirit of error support caging sick humans for using what God says is good on the very first page of the Bible.
A darker side of Sochi?
Reference the photo montage of "Life in Sochi, Russia." The photos seemed to show a picture-perfect city. However, I wonder if the real city is something far less. Some earlier news reports seemed to paint a picture of a rundown and poverty stricken city, with many infrastructure challenges. Are these the pictures the official Russian government allows? Or is there a darker side of Sochi?
Mark R. Bradbury