Published: March 24, 2014
Should be a real game-changer
In response to the editorial March 19, titled "Greeley shows how fracking stands to improve our lives": It's about to get better. There is a small company that has developed a system to clean up and reuse fracking water, rather than have to dispose of the large amounts of the contaminated water, once it's used. The company is Originoil, and as they state, their "high speed, lower energy and chemical free Electro Water Separation? technology is ideally suited to clean up the large quantities of water used in oil and gas operations." They will be demonstrating this technology at an active fracking site in California this month. This should be a real game-changer in making fracking much more acceptable everywhere.
Tom Stockman, Colorado Springs
The result was tragedy
I was moved by the 1914 paragraph in the March 20 Back Pages feature: a mumps outbreak among the militiamen returned from the "Trinidad strike zone" - treated with some humor - delaying indefinitely a banquet in the returned soldiers' honor. What the Gazette of 1914, and perhaps this community as a whole, didn't notice was that returning the militia meant that those who were left at places like Ludlow were in an untenable position, leading inevitably to the disastrous results of April 20: the Ludlow Massacre and the Great Coalfield War.
Gov. Elias Ammons had sent the National Guard into the strike in October, and by late January (when Gen. John Chase led a widely-ridiculed action against women demonstrators in Trinidad) the state was running out of money to pay them. Two out of the three militia companies were withdrawn, leaving officers and men inadequate to the situation (and compromised by being actually paid by the Colorado Fuel and Iron management). A case of penny-wise state finance that should resonate still. The result was tragedy. I hope The Gazette continues to cover this important 100th anniversary season.
Owen Cramer, Colorado Springs
The height of shallowness
If we got rid of two really liberal state senators by the recall method, isn't it time we start considering that medicine for Keith King and Don Knight.
The height of nonsense and unrealistic thinking is signing a letter saying they won't support the City of Champions project. What happened to going through the council process or putting that item on the fall ballot?
King has been nothing but a shallow thinker, except when he is trying to stir up trouble against Mayor Steve Bach. Knight has been a weak-kneed lap dog for King. I have lived in Council District 1 since 1978 and Knight is as shallow as his burning desire for pickleball courts.
Most high school PE teachers have their students play pickleball. I have played the game and played in racquetball tournaments at the YMCA. Spending money for something only a very few citizens will ever use, is the height of shallowness. Has Knight ever had a vision of how Colorado Springs used to be and how it can become?
I am not a rabid supporter of CforC; but think it should be considered by the entire population of the Pikes Peak region. King and Knight should step aside, if they have no interest in being more than obstructionists. I say recall them both and maybe that will put a stronger backbone into a couple other council members.
Duane C. Slocum, Colorado Springs
High school substance abuse
Four years. Four short years are toted as the time of our lives. Looking back we're supposed to remember the glory days of high school. But what I've witnessed so far in my three years at Pine Creek isn't so glorious.
Pine Creek High School, like every other high school, has its share of drug and alcohol problems. A recent article in The Gazette ("Side Streets: Joe Rivera's tragic life" March 14) brought to light the substance problem I've experienced in high school. Full of potential and promise, Joe Rivera took a wrong turn and ended up on the streets, representing not only a part of the problem with homelessness in the Springs, but also a part of the solution.
Now, how many of my current classmates will do the same as Rivera? How many will indulge in drinking and partying, ruining the chance at a great education in the interest of finding that next rush? However many that do end up choosing to be "cool" may spiral into a similar situation to the late Mr. Rivera. And therein lies the problem. Drugs and alcohol, addictions with roots in high school, sucked Rivera into a life on the streets. But how does this relate to the homeless issue?
Common sense would have me believe the best way to solve any problem is to start at the source. And the source for Rivera (not in any way a special case) was decisions made in high school. Though a tragic case, Rivera provides a learning opportunity for high school students everywhere. Gauging from how Rivera's life ended up, maybe it's time for many high school students to dump the alcohol before their lives end up in the dumpster. After all, it's better late than never.
Peter McEvoy, Pine Creek H.S., Class of 2015 , Colorado Springs
They are still out there
We have lived in Black Forest for about 30 years now and have loved living here. Almost nightly I see on our local news the infighting about what happened regarding our horrific fires. Frankly, it's getting rather old and very frustrating to watch and hear. This is what I would like for you to concentrate your efforts on ... finding those who have spent the past two summers trying to burn down our beautiful community. They are still out there. A person(s) spent the entire summer of 2013 trying to light up the Black Forest again. So stop the fighting and find those who have wreaked havoc on us all. Thank you!
Debbie Aquilina, Black Forest