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LETTERS: Example of government waste; substantial improvements needed

By: Gazette readers
October 9, 2017 Updated: October 9, 2017 at 4:06 am
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Vicki Rae Snider walks up the Manitou Incline early Thurday morning about 7:00 am as the sun rises on Colorado Springs. She says she likes to walk the old incline rail timbers once or twice a week if she can, just to stay in shape. Like others that make the hike she is respectful of the private land, picking up litter and rocks on the path. She counted about 2300 steps to the top of Mount Manitou. photo by Carol Lawrence 9/25/03

Editor's note:

The following letter states that the funds being used to repair the Manitou Incline were designated for disaster recovery. According to the Parks Department, the money was allocated to Colorado by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for housing/infrastructure and resiliency projects related to a 2013 presidentially declared disaster after a local flood event.

Example of government waste

In light of the recent natural disasters in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, I find it to be a disturbing misuse of funds to appropriate over $4 million dollars to rehabilitate the Incline using funds that are designated for disaster recovery.

Is it supposed to make us feel good every time we can get federal tax dollars to come back to our area? To be fair to other taxpayers shouldn't the project be worthwhile and shouldn't the money come from an appropriate source?

That is over $4 million of American taxpayer dollars used to repair a dilapidated stairway and it helped no one in recovering from a disaster! This money comes from the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program. Its website describes the program's purpose as follows: "HUD provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and states recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas".

I see it as another example of government waste and an ineptness in appropriating tax dollars. That is why there is so much mistrust of our government at the federal level and its ability to spend our tax dollars wisely. Disaster recovery funds should be spent on real disaster recovery, here or elsewhere, not on Incline repairs! Does anyone else see the failure here, by those requesting and those allocating the money inappropriately?

Joel Grotzinger

Manitou Springs

Core issues remain unsolved

If you needed any explanation as to why professional athletes are justified in kneeling during the national anthem, and should continue to do so, you need go no further than the letters to editor in The Gazette.

Ah yes, the writers try to hijack "patriotism" as they wrap themselves in the flag while denigrating anyone who choses to exercise the freedoms it represents or who might call into question the inequalities both racial and economic rife within our society.

They roll out the same oppressive comments used against civil rights protesters in the 1960s, lecturing the protesters to do it on their "own time" and telling them if they "don't like it here then leave", etc.

Some even agree with and try to justify the president of the United States calling our fellow citizen(s) a son of a very presidential. White supremacist/Nazi groups include "some nice people" according to Trump but a football player, actually any NFL player, who dares challenge the status quo and call attention to serious societal issues on a national stage by kneeling during the national anthem is a "SOB".

As for all you hyperventilating "patriots" who choose cloth and song over your fellow citizens and by extension their civil rights, please, by all means, do not watch anymore NFL games or for that matter MLB or the NBA games but remember this: Despite the attempt by Trump to silence them and to bully and intimidate our fellow citizens, the core issues which precipitated the actions of those athletes who chose to kneel remain unresolved.

I will follow the lead of NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. by quoting JFK, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

Finally, as I am sure some will go into the attack mode and question my patriotism: I am a veteran, 24 years plus in the U.S. Marine Corps. And with that I will take a knee, not to protest but to pray for our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, whose desperate pleas for help have gone essentially unanswered as their president has been too busy bad-mouthing the NFL.

Robert Carrick

Colorado Springs

Organizations have standards

Everyone has a right to their own opinion, and an individual has a right to express that opinion. However, when you belong to an organization, you may not use that organization to express your personal opinion. Military services do this well - they have regulations on what may be done in uniform, and what events military equipment can be used to support.

This should hold true for all organizations, private or government.

So if you are a teacher, you do not sit during the Pledge of Allegiance in front of your class unless it is school policy. If you are in law enforcement, you do not march in a protest in your uniform unless your agency has approved it. If you work for UPS, you do not use your delivery truck to endorse your favorite charity.

By these standards, NFL players in NFL uniforms in an NFL stadium should not kneel, sit or stand on their heads during the pre-game national anthem. What is next? Broncos in uniform burning American flags on the steps of our capital?

John Elway, fix this now.

Kerry MacIntyre

Colorado Springs

Observations on energy issue

I have been following the issue of renewable energy vs. fossil fuels and I have an observation to make.

Much attention has been given to the cost that the customer would incur. This is a valid concern and the field would be more balanced if the federal government would step out of subsidizing fossil fuel development. The fossil fuel companies are given almost free access to public lands to use, tax breaks, and in many cases health and safety rules are put aside to enable these companies freedom to do what they want.

If we want to have an intelligent discussion these facts must be considered. Of course, the government could subsidize renewable energy to the same extent.

Fran Amos

Colorado Springs

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