Published: February 3, 2014
Good news on Colorado wind power
Good news about Colorado wind power likely went under the radar recently while Americans were busy enjoying the holiday season and the Denver Broncos were making a run at the Super Bowl.
In November, Xcel Energy set a new wind power record using it to generate over 60 percent of its electricity. Using record amounts of wind power means good news Colorado ratepayers, farmers and other rural landowners.
A lot of Colorado residents may not realize that due to wind power's fuel source being free, wind helps save money on their electric bills. For example, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission has publicly explained that a single wind purchase by Xcel Energy "will save ratepayers $100 million over its 25-year term."
Other economic benefits from wind power include rural economic development and conservation of valuable water resources.
Colorado landowners receive about $7 million a year for allowing wind turbines to be installed on their property. And in-state taxes from wind power development benefit county and local services, schools, and other public facilities. Plus, wind power saves the Centennial state 1.5 billion gallons of water annually, or 300 gallons per person.
Whether it's the Broncos, or wind power, there are a lot of winning streaks going on in Colorado.
John Feehery, Washington, D.C.
Troubling questions on shootings
Another public shooting, another debate about gun control. The problem is not that we have guns. The problem is that our country is filled with people who hate themselves, hate their lives, and have no regard for other humans. Maybe we should look at that.
Why would people who live in a country that's supposedly the best in the world have so much hate? Is it because there's such a huge, often unfair gap between rich and poor? Is it because so many people come from broken homes? Is it because addiction to alcohol and drugs is rampant? Is it because we accustom our children to violence from toddlerhood? Is it because it's now acceptable and even encouraged to say horrible things to strangers on comment boards and in group-play video games? Is it because we're all so narcissistic we all think our own opinion is the only one that's acceptable?
Who knows - it could be any number of things. Figuring that out should be priority one. I was reading the comments under the MSN article about the Maryland mall shooting, and there were dozens of people wishing each other dead because of their beliefs on gun control. Maybe one of them will be the next shooter.
Laurie Gabriel, Colorado Springs
Wasting money on climate change
From the first time I heard about this purported crisis called man-made climate change or global warming, I thought this had to be the epitome of arrogance that human beings think they have the ability to alter climate change on planet earth. This has to be the best hoax ever perpetrated. Man-made global warming, climate change - what a load of bull. This is simply the brainchild of a bunch of pseudo-intellectual scientists and politicians. Common sense tells me that there are two things that effect climate change or global warming and that would be the sun and the oceans. Period. Part and parcel of this can be laid right at the feet of Al Gore, and he is laughing all the way to the bank.
How many more billions are we Americans going to have to waste on green energy before we tell the politicians to knock it off?
Howard Chaffin, Peyton
Already have enough venues
I like the idea of a sports medical center, great idea - the sports arena and museum, not so much. We already have venues for concerts and sports in town (Pikes Peak Center) and World Arena not far from downtown. World Arena area already has an abundance of restaurants and hotels right there. With the cost of medical insurance and everything else going up, who is going to attend these things downtown? I really don't see it.
Nona Capace, Colorado Springs
Winter snow removal hits home
Year after year, I seem to approach winter with dread rather than joy. As someone that loves the holidays, I never quiet understood what was happening. Sure, I'm definitely a summer gal, but that doesn't explain this feeling I get.
This week at work someone walked into my office, late for an appointment saying, "They don't plow in this city!"
Oh, now I get it. Snow removal. That's why I hate winter.
You see, my husband is one of those few left with the overwhelming responsibility of cleaning up our roads after each snow. He and the others miss out on Christmas (2012), sledding with their kids, dinner with their spouse, flying "home" for Thanksgiving, and maybe the Super Bowl. They drive for 8-12 hours in the freezing cold. They ache for days after sitting in the truck and are exhausted for weeks because they can never "make up" the lost sleep. They never are told thank you.
My husband and I were approached last December in the grocery store by a neighbor. She yelled at my husband because her drive to work the night before was hard.
I've got a 30-minute trek to get to my job each day. I need an hour on the ice? I get it. But come on, people. Think before you speak. You never know who might be listening.
And guess what? "They" do plow in this city. "They" work hard.
Repeat after me . . Thank you. (See, that wasn't so hard.)
Jaye Smart, Colorado Springs