Published: January 30, 2014
Houses that rattle all day
Open letter to City Councilman Don Knight:
The gravel pit at Pikeview is open again - has been for a period of time. The pit is a double-edged sword. It did a great job of saving so many houses from the wrath of the wildfire. Locals stopped calling it "the scar" and praised it. The problem comes with how we move all that material from the hill to the concrete plant. Trucks is the answer. They can start at 7 a.m., I presume, as this is when my house and my neighbors houses shake. Some of my neighbors stated that they could not tolerate the noise and put their house up for sale. None have sold. Many have put their house up for rent, at a reduced rate. They moved elsewhere. Complaints have been registered. Signs informing the truck drivers to respect the area houses with a quiet zone. "No Compression Brakes" while most of the truckers comply, there are still many that seem to not care. Some traverse down the hill and make barely a noise. Some have their compression brakes applied at the pit. Some as soon as the sign is in the rear view mirror.
I'm awakened every weekday to the rumble. Two of my neighbors are firefighters, they worked hard at saving the houses. Now they are rewarded by their houses shaking.
My neighbors got a tax bill that showed an increase in value of their homesteads. Not so for the homes near Allegheny. They can't give them away.
My plea to you is to have more signs. Enforce the ones up. (The truckers will use their radios to inform others of the enforcements.) Punish those that make the blatant noise. Praise those that obey. I always give them a thank you, as they go by.
The next would be to adjust the tax bills to reflect the actual value - not what is believed - based on current market, not those whose houses do not rattle all day.
Dennis McAfee, Colorado Springs
A point of historic pride
I know that David Hughes has done as much as anyone to maintain the historic character of Old Colorado City. And I'm sure the members of the Old Colorado Merchants' Association are all in favor of signs that would induce tourists to shop there, visit its many attractions, learn its history, and stay in the vicinity.
But I'm afraid they might balk at signs proclaiming it a "Pot Free Zone" as he suggests in his recent letter, since there are about half a dozen "medical marijuana" dispensaries on West Colorado Avenue between 21st and 36th streets, the bounds he mentions.
However, if any tourists are disturbed by the sight of the dispensaries' clientele, it could be a point of historic pride to note that there weren't so many young people who were "sick," back in the old days.
Kurt Foster, Colorado Springs
A more humane process
We have friends who voluntarily adopt older large dogs to give them a loving home until they die naturally.
They assume food and medicine costs as well as provide them an individual cremation and burial in a special place in their yard.
You might call it a hospice-type program which perhaps that Animal Live organization might consider instead of encouraging the Humane Society to cage them until death without offering any financial help to do so - a very inhumane process to say the least.
Dixielee Toner, Colorado Springs
Thankful for state's school choices
My son is now a freshman in his first year with Colorado Connections Academy, an online public school that has met his learning needs in ways that his previous school couldn't. He had attended a local private school which gave him a wonderful foundation but was lacking in the variety of classes and teaching options in the high school. He is able to work at his own pace, in an environment that is tailored to his learning style. Attending a cyber-school has allowed him the flexibility to move ahead in subjects in which he excels and to take more time with others to master those particular skills.
As a parent, I am in contact with his teachers when needed and they are available a majority of the time. They work with me and my son to help him be the best student he can be. The teachers are wonderful when it comes to communication with either one of us, whether by phone, email or an online discussion.
I am so thankful for the school choices that we have here in Colorado. As most know, learning isn't confined by a school building or a school district. We have always lived here in the Springs and being able to research the variety of educational options is an amazing blessing. Virtual schooling has allowed my son to log into his classes anytime and anywhere which is wonderful while traveling. I feel he is getting a well-rounded education and he is enjoying learning and is doing extremely well. I am so grateful for Connections Academy and the blessing it has been to our family.
Lori Langin, Colorado Springs
Sherman's despicable interview
Once again we have a young person not stepping up to the plate or accepting responsibility for his actions. Richard Sherman's despicable interview after the Seahawks-49ers game shows how far we have regressed with some of the sports figures. In his recent interview in The Gazette, he never once apologized straight up for his vocabulary or his actions.
To top it off when he was labeled a "thug" nationally by those that follow the NFL, he went right for the race card. He stated the word thug is now the accepted way of calling someone the N-word. No, Mr. Sherman, when you walk like a duck, talk like a duck and act like a duck, you are probably a duck!
How did someone like this Richard Sherman even get admitted to Stanford University where he played college ball? Someone within the Seahawks organization needs to tune this young person up and make him fly right.
Bob Simmons, Colorado Springs