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LETTERS: Illogical rationale for cameras; lost jobs, revenue

Letters Published: January 14, 2014

Illogical rationale on cameras

So let me understand the rationale for removing the red light monitors. They were removed because of the increased amount of rear end collisions caused by drivers who would have run the red light had not a vehicle been in front of them. Allowing the possibility of causing a major accident (T-boning a vehicle and possibly causing death) because of a minor one (rear ending, possibly causing whiplash)? Both caused by the same type of irresponsible driver. The logic escapes me.

Joseph Giles, Colorado Springs

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A welcome and viable tool

In my home town, back East, red light cameras are a welcome and viable tool of law enforcement. The days, times of use, and locations are all published in the local paper, online, and on local talk radio programs. They still nab a large share of the red light runners at the intersections most needed. Funny how some people are so disconnected while connecting to their own social media fave.

Next they'll want text alerts to help keep them "aware"! If we put the red light cameras back where they belong, we'll only be nabbing the drivers who truly "don't pay attention."

Michael Pattison, Black Forest

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Lost jobs and tax revenues

This is in response to the Jan. 9 article in The Gazette regarding Wyoming's (Cheyenne) decision to help Magpul move its manufacturing operation out of Colorado and up to Cheyenne.

I would like to thank Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and the legislature for helping one of the highly successful manufacturing facilities move out of state. The lost jobs and tax revenues are just an added bonus that help endorse our state as the new found haven for pot smoking, anti-gun, anti-energy, anti-business liberals. I invite all Coloradans to join me in thanking them again come election day much like our fellow citizens in Senate District 11 thanked John Morse for his service to Colorado.

Rob Ladewig, Colorado Springs

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Against minimum wage raise

Sandra Graham has some excellent points on why there should not be a federal minimum wage. I have always been against minimum wage being raised, since I began working in 1970 right out of high school and after working for minimum wage for a year I had earned three raises amounting to a 15 cent increase in my hourly wage. The minimum wage was raised and I was again placed on the same level as new hires. Raising the minimum wage only decreases jobs and raises the cost of living only hurting those who are older and on a fixed income. It also leaves little incentive to work hard and earn a raise.

Katherine Lindvig, Colorado Springs

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One can't count on decency

I was enjoying a hike on the Red Rocks trails recently and was happy to see they have two designated areas - one for dogs to be off the leash and one where there's a leash law. I look for areas with leash laws because I was once severely attacked by a dog.

I ran into two separate dog owners with multiple large dogs running loose. I politely mentioned that this was the leashed area, and in each case I was basically told where I could shove it. One owner told me that if I was afraid of dogs, maybe I shouldn't go to parks. To the contrary, I owned a dog for 14 years and always kept him on a leash for his safety and that of others. Obviously these leash laws cannot be enforced, so it is up to the decency of the owners. Sadly, one can't count on decency.

Laurie MacDonald, Colorado Springs

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These fools put lives at risk

Echoing the letter from a few days ago regarding left lane speeding:

Just yesterday, one instance each way, to and from my workplace:

On the drive into work, someone almost ran into me from behind as they swerved from my lane - the extreme right - into the lane to the left, continuing at a speed approximately three times the limit. On the last street before I turn into mine, a street crew driver hauling heavy machinery signaled into my lane; I slowed down, as did the car behind me, however some jerk in a hurry decided to pass the three of us in the oncoming traffic lane.

The day before, a lady almost ran into me (from behind) on the never-to-be-completed North Nevada road project near Fillmore.

As the previous writer noted, these fools put lives at risk, including their own, in their extreme actions.

People, if you are late, have some patience - don't involve others in your crazy hastiness. Channel your energy into a positive endeavor like exercise.

John G. Wood, Colorado Springs

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More questions than answers

Sexual abuse continues at our AFA and other military academies. What a surprise!

Wasn't it a great idea to place males and females with raging hormones in the same dorms? I wonder what positive results have resulted from that political policy.

I wonder how the present co-ed arrangement compares with prior years when they were in separate dorms? I wonder how the military academies compare with other co-ed colleges and universities when it comes to sexual abuse? I wonder how is compares with the military at large?

I wonder how the war against Christianity at our academies may be effecting the moral and ethical behavior of the cadets? It will be interesting to see the sexual abuse results when females and males are both assigned duty in submarines.

My son graduated from West Point. His assessment way back then was that just because cadets are highly intelligent and are the cream of the crop of our national students academically does not mean that they have high moral and ethical standards for themselves.

Vern Swim, Colorado Springs

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