Mice and fish coming before people
I remember Severy Creek Trail. I remember Waldo Canyon and the connecting trails on the north side of Ute Pass. And now I will also be able to say that I remember Jones Park. This area used to be a mecca for hikers before it was ravaged by fire, flood and the Forest Service. Put the fish in a hatchery. I am tired of mice and fish coming before people. Please keep the Bear Creek area open.
Mary Jean Nelson. Colorado Springs
Column read like a love letter
Bill Vogrin's column, "Park still enchants writer after decades," is one of the most interesting, informative, descriptive and sensitive that I've read. I believe it inspired other readers to want to visit Estes Park, camera in hand. This column reads like a love letter, both to nature and to Mrs. Vogrin; and it provokes us to take in the fullness of our natural surroundings and treasure what we've derived from living in such a beautiful state.
Juanita Martin, Colorado Springs
Dedicated, hardworking sheriff
I'm writing this letter in support of Sheriff Terry Maketa. He is a man of integrity and a great boss. I am not going to waste time addressing some recent inaccurate allegations; it's not worth the ink. I'm disappointed how quickly we overlook years of dedicated service by a few misleading stories. He has demonstrated his dedication to our community time and time again.
Last year during the Black Forest fire, I worked inside the fire zone with many other deputies for days and Sheriff Maketa was always right there working with us. When I went home to get rest I'd see him on the news still working. I'm not sure when he got sleep.
Years ago, while working in the jail on Christmas Eve, Sheriff Maketa walked in. He went around and visited with every deputy thanking them for working that night.
Sheriff Maketa has continually found a way to get us the resources we need to better investigate crime and provide more protection to our community.
He has spent years working hard for our community and does not deserve to be thrown under the bus in his final year. He is retiring next January after a long career of dedicated service, and we should celebrate his accomplishments and thank him for his service to our community.
I'm proud to work for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office with dedicated hardworking people who care about our community. This is a great place to work, and we have a great Sheriff.
Thank you, Sheriff Maketa!
Mark Pfoff, Colorado Springs
Better to stay out of the fray
Dear Sheriff Maketa:
As a conservative voter all my life, and for the last 23 years in El Paso County, you benefited from my votes each time you ran for sheriff in the county elections. That being said, I'm increasingly frustrated by the political gamesmanship that I read about in this newspaper. You have plenty of time to promote or criticize candidates to replace you in the upcoming election, when it would be better to stay out of the fray and let them succeed or fail on their merits.
That being said, I seriously wonder about the lack of resolution to major incidents in El Paso County, including the Waldo Canyon fire and most recently the Black Forest fire. Is your department so preoccupied with finger-pointing, political maneuvering, losing or fabricating the loss of files containing information about your political foes that you have no time to get out and solve major crimes such as these?
Please remember the people of El Paso County elected you to solve crimes swiftly, completely and decisively, not to focus instead on petty one-upmanship and political games. This isn't Washington, D.C., it's our community.
The wait for resolution of these arson crimes has gone on long enough. If you know who did them, bring them to justice. If you don't know who did it, then set your political garbage aside and get on with the investigations - and do your job.
Tim Christensen, Colorado Springs
We are tired of being lied to
Once again, another "panel of experts" has recommended a new stormwater "fee," really a tax, to cover repair of our aging stormwater drainage structures.
Why is it that it seems everything is now a fee instead of a tax? If our elected people will not be honest with us on the name, how can we trust their judgment to spend our tax dollars wisely? In the earlier Stormwater Enterprise undertaking, it was called a "fee" rather than a tax to go around the Tabor amendment and not allow the people to vote on it as required by law.
Also, why would our stormwater fee include bridge and road "fees" when we already have a $23 road "fee" and a $18.00 bridge "fee" now added to the license "fee" every year on every license tag renewal + a $3.00 ownership tax and we have gasoline taxes that we pay for every gallon of gasoline we put in our vehicles. Our roads and highways are deplorable and an embarrassment for our "City for Champions".
I feel we do not get our fair share of these dollars to repair our roads, as most go the Denver to "pave paradise". Will new vehicles be purchased to support the enterprise or did they keep the ones purchased before? Tell us the truth like they did for the PPRTA tax and people will vote for it. We are tired of being lied to and thought of as "too stupid" to make our own decisions.
Richard Wheelis, Colorado Springs