Updated: January 4, 2014 at 9:13 am
Factors affecting package deliveries
Thank you Lori Stavang for the support. I am employed by one of the private delivery companies that has been much maligned since Dec. 26. How many of you who shop online purposely wait for the deeper discounts and "free" shipping, believing that it will arrive in two days? Did you notice that few of those companies making that promise are in this area? Bad weather elsewhere can have a negative impact on the planes and trucks that bring those packages across the country.
The fog here on Dec. 19 was so severe that our planes had to delay their landing. We've worked the past two Saturdays to get caught up and long after dark most weeknights.
As you, John and Jane Q. Public prepare to take down your decorations, please take a second to stand curbside and look back at your home: Are there any street lights in your neighborhood? Can your house number or mailbox be easily read after dark or did you put your lovely decorations over them? Do you live in a gated community and include your access code on your shipping label? Perhaps the item you had sent to your home required a signature, but there's no one there during normal delivery hours. All of these factors can impact "on time" deliveries. In parting, just remember Christmas, 2014 will be Dec. 25.
Rose Welch, Colorado Springs
We do have heroes for our animals
I have so enjoyed your picture and article on Andrew Davenport saving the kitty from the smoke. It's permanently attached to my fridge, and will remain there to prove we still do have heroes for our animals.
Thanks, both Andrew and kitty are darling!
Colleen C. Rust, Colorado Springs
Coexistence is a great thing
I think the Biblical golden rule applies to gay people. Mutual respect and understanding were the antidotes to the Jim Crow laws of the American South and to the apartheid laws of South Africa.
Coexistence is a great thing and two consenting adults signing a legal contract at their county clerk's office, which comes with thousands of rights and responsibilities, is a good thing. Studies have proven that married people are healthier and happier than single people.
May we live with peace and reconciliation, and may good will and harmony rule our civil society.
Thomas Mooney, Aspen
Regulations for recreational pot
This is in regard to the pictures of the Medicine Man dispensary in Denver, "Brace for the pot experiment" article. Notice the workers inspecting and trimming the marijuana are not wearing hairnets or gloves. It makes you wonder if they even wash their hands.
Marijuana retailers should be subject to the same health regulations for human consumption as other establishments.
Louise Carlson, Colorado Springs
Switch could be a big yawn
Re: "Brace for the pot experiment" Dec. 30: I fully expect, and would be willing to bet, that the January first switch to legal pot will be just like the Y2K trigger, a big fat nothing event.
There may be a few more cars driving extra slowly, and maybe less people getting addicted to prescription painkillers but for the most part nothing extraordinary will occur. We will probably eventually see less people addicted to harder drugs, opting instead for a harmless legal alternative, less people in jail, and less domestic violence, and even less hot flashes for older women but in general, as for any big changes on January first, a big (yawn) Y2K will happen.
Max Clow, Colorado Springs
A less dazzling vision around town
Jerry Varner ("Winners hide among many losers," Dec. 28) not only nailed it on the tactics behind the push for "Champion City," he glued it down in spotlighting with precision some issues for readers to ponder.
Mayor Steve Bach muses how he wants the public to become "more comfortable" with the vision of this venture and what it will take to realize it. A more apt translation: Time to get out the soft soap and start lathering up the citizenry to vote in favor of a tax increase. How many of those now unemployed, or who have had hours cut and salary decreases, if still working, can get caught up on bills way behind to enjoy events at the proposed downtown venue?
And after the construction phase ends, in what will permanent, well-paying jobs consist - maintenance, marketing and security? Indeed, security. Pay more to fund the SDS, more for approved utility hikes, more for higher insurance premiums/deductibles and now, please pay more to fund this dubious paradise.
A less dazzling vision that the mayor and those on City Council who have joined the Champions parade would like to ignore is one I regularly see when driving around town. The number of vacant units in small and large strip shopping centers is appalling. What's left in some are bars, massage and tattoo parlors, hookah joints and pawn shops. Tell those whose small businesses folded that the recession is over, all is pretty pink and they should vote for more taxes! It's unconscionable.
To close, the tax-weary shall pay for where the elite and tourists play.
Marcia A. Fields, Colorado Springs