Thanks for the photo, sensitivity
My compliments to Gazette photographer Michael Ciaglo for his nice shot of the nestling great-horned owls on the Gazette's May 7 front page and for his sensitivity by not revealing the location of this nest. Hopefully that will prevent a repeat of the shameful behavior of some of the ignoramuses in our community.
Thank you, for the owls, too.
Dave Elwonger, Colorado Springs
HBA's participation in elections
The Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association (CSHBA) Political Action Committee (PAC) and its members have a long-standing history in this community of being actively involved in elections that directly affect our over 570 member companies and individuals that represent thousands of hard-working residents who make their living in the building and development industry (May 1, "HBA influencing local elections" - Phil Hosmer, Black Forest).
Since 1954, this trade association made up of member companies that include not only builders, developers and remodelers but also trade contractors, materials suppliers, mortgage lenders, Realtors, title companies, interior designers, architects, landscapers and many more has been committed to promoting policies and candidates that allow for and support the production of safe, decent and affordable housing and to enhancing the environment for the housing and building industry in El Paso County.
The PAC relies upon it board members to meet with candidates for a variety of elected offices and most recently conducted 14 individual interviews with potential board members of the Falcon and Black Forest Fire Districts.
Our mission is to support candidates who share a willingness to discuss existing and proposed regulations and fees in order to ensure that potential homebuyers and business owners aren't saddled with burdensome costs and procedures that could preclude individuals from participating in the American dream of home ownership.
While Hosmer views the HBA's involvement in these elections as "meddling," our participation in these elections is viewed by our members as a critical step in ensuring that current and future residents can all enjoy the benefits of a healthy business sector and government relationship by electing the correct candidates who support open and productive communications between all parties.
Kyle R. Campbell, PAC chair, CSHBA, Colorado Springs
Food labeling enables choices
Scientific evidence on genetically engineered food has not proved such foods are safe. Independent research has been limited, and the Food and Drug Administration has relied on the studies done by the creators of these foods. Labeling genetically engineered is not based on fear-mongering. Consumers have the right to know what's in our food and how it was produced. Labeling allows us to make our own choices and invites informed decisions.
Julie Ott, Colorado Springs
Thanks to diligent caregiver
I would like to publicly thank Barbara Jordan for saving my grandmother's life at the Village at Skyline. My grandmother, Lois, is hard of hearing and doesn't sleep with her hearing aids in at night. During the night, the alarm on her oxygen machine went off due to a clogged filter. Lois was sound asleep; however, Barbara Jordan, whom my grandmother calls her "angel," was diligently making her night rounds and heard the alarm. Barbara and another nurse were able to clean the filter and get Lois' oxygen working again.
Jordan could have just gone through the motions that night on her rounds. She could have signed the log off that she had accomplished her rounds and gotten some much-needed sleep in the middle of the night. But, instead, Barbara did what she does every night; she checked on the people entrusted to her care with the same diligence, attention to detail and compassion that she would show to her own family. And for that, Barbara, my family and Lois are eternally grateful. Thank you.
Peter Gubser, Colorado Springs
Free isn't ever really free
Mayor Mark Snyder gallantly offered up free shuttle service on the day that Bill Conkling (Maggie's Farm) opens the first pot shop in Manitou Springs. We all know that "free" isn't ever really free. In this case, "free" means that Manitou Springs' taxpayers would be supporting the sale of drugs.
It's bad enough that Snyder and his council (with the refreshing exception of Gary Smith) wouldn't listen to their constituents and wait for a vote on this issue. Now he wants us to pay for their parking and transportation convenience? Nope.
This can come out of your own pocket, Mayor. You've offered up our city quite enough already.
Kari Kilroy, Manitou Springs
Blame someone else
I read in the May 7 Gazette that a fellow followed the motorcade through the gates to the White House. The article said that the fellow was arrested. The guards at the gate should have been arrested, not him. They were negligent in their duties.
Typical current federal policy - blame someone else.
Mary Goulet, Colorado Springs