Exploring with the Out There section
I really enjoy your Thursday Out There section. As both a Boy Scout from Troop 230 and member of the North American Fishing Club, I am always excited to try the new ideas that your section presents.
I always find your information useful in developing my knowledge of what is "out there," as well as how to experience it for myself. Thanks for helping me figure out how to best explore the great outdoors.
Philip Walenta, Colorado Springs
Regional approach most responsible
In recent months I have had the opportunity to attend several citizen-driven meetings, which addressed a regional stormwater approach for El Paso County, our city and adjacent counties. The regional approach to the problem is the most effective, versus a city-only solution. The stormwater project as envisioned will be patterned after the very successful PPRTA plan and will be project driven.
The estimated cost to the average residential family is between $8-10 per homeowner, per month with appropriate costs to business, nonprofits, and government facilities. We are all in it, so we will have to pay our fair share. While I am not a proponent of any type of undue taxes or fees, in my view the regional stormwater approach is the most responsible approach and is necessary as our city continues to grow and mature.
History tells us of major flooding in 1935, 1966 and again in 2013. We cannot continue to stick our heads in the sand as a community and responsible citizens.
By the way, the project leaders were intuitive enough to conduct a recent poll of likely voters, and the poll suggests a positive response from the majority of likely voters. I recommend we as informed citizens become familiar with this issue before November.
Willie Breazell, Colorado Springs
Not a decent thing to do
The citizens of Sequim, Wash., have every reason to be outraged. This kind of thing should just not happen. Not because of some governmental law, but because it is not a decent thing to do. Someone provided the financial support for this "informational video on kidnapping". They need to be held to account!
Jim Egbert, Colorado Springs
Fake kidnappers should be prosecuted
If the morons who staged the fake kidnapping in a public place had been intercepted by a concerned armed citizen, they would probably be irate at any appropriate action that (s)he might have taken to stop them. In that case, I hope she would have been protected by the Washington "Good Samaritan" law.
They should be prosecuted.
Steve Zakaluk, Falcon
Look at this request really hard
I read with keen interest the required posting in The Gazette on April 20, of the proposed/requested rate change by Black Hills.
It appears they are asking for a rate increase for residential customers to 13.53 percent and a decrease to 6.40 percent for nonresidential customers. Am I missing something here? Are they playing "sock it to em" for the residential customers who are struggling in today's economy while giving a "good ole boy" break to those who make money off these same struggling individuals?
It would be interesting to require Black Hills and all utility companies to include their profits from current rates before asking for an increase in rates.
Come on Colorado Public Utilities Commission, you need to look at this request really hard before just rubber-stamping approval of it as has too often been the case by our commission in the past.
Joe Gray, Colorado Springs
The work of real pacesetters
The mayor and his cheerleaders prefer to apply for projects that they neglected to ask us our priorities on, museums for attractions already in place, instead of looking at all the empty commercial real estate here and looking at incentives to attract new and different businesses with good jobs.
Not the work of real pacesetters.
Meanwhile, our obsolete coal-fired power plant is allowed to pollute our air until the city is forced to comply with federal regs not on the books yet.
Do any of our "leaders" live close to this polluting monster as I do?
John G. Wood, Colorado Springs
Damage would occur from pipeline
In regards to the XL Keystone pipeline:
I've been taught to stand up for my history and ancestors. I am a descendant of Chief Bigfoot of the Oglala Lakota Sioux reservation. To put this pipeline through our reservation will not only devastate the remaining Sioux people, but our water supply that runs under the reservation in the aquifers, is in jeopardy of contamination.
What about the prediction that the first Keystone pipeline, which runs from Alberta to Illinois, would spill once every seven years? In its first year it spilled 12 times. How do we keep this from happening? Nothing will 100 percent prevent this from happening.
It will pollute our aquifers; we might as well run the pipeline right beside the Mississippi river. Just as much damage could occur right? Ask those people how they would feel about having this huge eyesore and hazard run beside their beloved river.
Summer Smith, Colorado Springs