Gazette's great Olympic coverage
The people of Colorado Springs wish to thank you "Mark Reis and David Ramsey" for the magnificent coverage of the Olympics, the two of you gave us here at home.
The many photographs of the individuals and groups of athletes. Especially the large photograph in Sunday's Gazette of the skier in midair was awesome.
The expert writer for The Gazette brought us from Russia not only the stories of our athletes there, but your descriptions of their lives, for us to read here in the USA. The beauty of the entire Olympics complex made us want to go to Sochi and see those rugged mountains and walk about the old and new Russia.
Thank you both again, we hope you enjoyed every minute of your time in Sochi.
Wilburn H. Potter, Colorado Springs
Founding Fathers would be appalled
Even though I am a junior in high school, every day during announcements everyone has to stand up, face the flag, put their hands over their hearts, and say the pledge of allegiance. Sure it gets a little tiring but I still do it, not because I have to, but because I love my country. One would think that an American soldier would feel the same way about saluting while the national anthem is playing or when the flag is raised in the morning and lowered at night. Instead, there is a soldier who not only shows disrespect to the American citizens such as myself but puts a photo of it while in uniform on social media.
She should be kicked out of the service and not be able to serve this country in the military again instead of getting a "good talking to." The worst part is that she doesn't even realize how much she disrespected this country. She does not even apologize for her actions; instead, she decides to curse some more and give the world an even more downgrading view of America and our military. It truly is sad that there are people who serve and live in America that think things like this are OK. Our Founding Fathers would be appalled.
Beth Dandino, Colorado Springs
Jaywalkers should be aware
One day last week about 5:45 p.m., I was driving east in a center lane of Garden of the Gods Road approaching the I-25 interchange. The traffic was heavy and daylight was fading. After I passed Chestnut, I prepared to merge into the left lane to go north on the interstate. I turned on my left turn signal and looked left at my mirror and beyond. Just a fraction of a second before turning my steering wheel, I saw three or four youths dressed in dark clothing dashing across the median from the north side of Garden of the Gods then stopping in the center of the lane I was about to merge into. They must have noticed my turn signal, because I saw them begin to step back. Fortunately, I saw them in time and didn't merge.
I encountered a similar situation a few years ago. People were standing in a lane waiting for the next lane to clear - and it was dark!
Hey jaywalkers, people change lanes, often without signaling, and don't expect someone to be standing in one! And many drive very fast on Garden of the Gods!
James Schneiter, Colorado Springs
Systematically dismantling America
Expanding warrantless searches is so unconstitutional that our Founding Fathers must be trying to dig out of their respective graves in protest!
Because one resident says "OK" the rights of the homeowner may be disregarded? That is wrong on so many fronts as to be laughable if it were not such a serious subject. I own my home and therefore have the jurisdiction of same; however if a boarder for instance lets the police access in direct contravention of my right to privacy the Supreme Court has ruled this legal. That is not just an erosion of my constitutional right it is an egregious trampling of them. The current administration and their packed court are systematically dismantling my America.
Michael S. Welsh, Colorado Springs
Expecting the AFA to save our bacon
I was wondering if Ryan Bauermeister ("Using the Colorado Springs airport", Letters, Feb. 27) really knows how much the cost differential is for flying out of Colorado Springs. The Air Force Academy is required to be cost conscious, especially in the sports areas.
I have tried for years to fly from Colorado Springs rather than make the drive to DIA. Even with paying the toll and off-site parking fees; it is hundreds of dollars cheaper per ticket to go to Denver.
Think what the difference would be for an entire team, especially when AFA can take one bus for the entire team and drive back to the AFA. Additionally, Mayor Steve Bach has nothing to say about how the budget or money is handled at AFA or Fort Carson or Peterson Field.
I am pro-Colorado Springs airport. Forgetting, the fare differences; the airport is drab, desolate and looks almost deserted at times. I had 15 exchange students arrive at the airport at different times last August. It was seldom a positive experience as we waited for their planes to arrive.
Rag on the mayor about doing nothing; however expecting the AFA to save our bacon is not realistic.
Duane C. Slocum, Colorado Springs