Minimize the need for cars
In response to "Transportation at crossroads," it would be prudent to highlight that widening highways is a shortsighted proposition, as this will encourage more people to drive, which combined with population growth will perpetuate the cycle of congestion and expansion.
The only way to meaningfully address the issue is changing behavior. Within cities, that means transit-oriented development that minimizes the need for commuting by car.
Between cities, a viable alternative to driving that is not a bus sitting in the same traffic: a Front Range and mountain rail system.
Regardless, as long as the cost of driving does not reflect the total costs of infrastructure and maintenance and the state continues to make up the difference, effectively subsidizing driving habits, there will never be any solution to this problem.
All communications should count
Regarding the article in The Gazette, Monday, June 12, (Can Trump block your Twitter?): In whatever way one would look at it, Trump is a public servant elected to the position by the people he serves. There were those who did not vote for him, but he serves those individuals as well. However Trump chooses to communicate, he is communicating with all of his citizens.
As the article states, just the previous Tuesday, Sean Spicer stated that his tweets are "considered official statements by the president of the United States." Therefore, any communication directed back to the president, regardless of any negativism, should be considered. Trump may consider himself king, but he is in reality the elected servant of all the people.
Another type of loyalty
Donald Laughlin's letter of June 12 questions how there can be any other type of loyalty other than honest loyalty and that the word loyalty need not be preceded by any adjective because the word speaks for itself.
I believe there is another type of loyalty, and that is blind loyalty. I believe James Comey used the word honest in order to make a distinction between the two.
Blind loyalty is supporting or standing by an individual despite the fact that he is doing damage to himself or others or making excuses for that person as a form of allegiance.
I believe that Comey's use of the word "honest" was his way of implying that he was not going cover up or support any illegal activities. Unlike Laughlin, I believe that the two-word phrase, honest loyalty, has great communicative value.
City streets still in bad condition
It has been more than two years since the Streets Division announced its five-year plan to improve the roads in Colorado Springs. And if we compare the general condition of city streets in 2015 and 2017, they only got worse. Go and drive on North and South Carefree: Level 10 required to unlock the following obstacle course.
And it's scary to think about the neighborhood streets. For example, our neighborhood has a construction site right next to it, and with all the heavy trucks driving through our streets, its no doubt they look like after war fare. So where do our taxes go? Don't worry, they aren't stolen, but the Streets Division plan clearly doesn't work. The Streets Division and other similar groups use the same strategy: They stretch the limited resources and focus on a small segment of the road that they think is worse than the others. And they don't do it on highways or big roads but in any part of the town.
Readers, ask yourself: Do I care that the crossing of Adventure Way and Quail Brush Creek Drive got repaired? Do I even know where that is? We need a plan that works and, more importantly, that repairs the roads we use everyday.
With the taxes rising and inflation falling, it is critical for the city of Colorado Springs to develop a new plan to repair the city streets and hopefully, as soon as possible, as the people are tired of driving on bad-quality roads and paying taxes that don't benefit them in any way.
'Free energy' isn't really free
Karin White's letter (June 8) mentioned Neil deGrasse Tyson saying "the glorious sun pours immaculate free energy down upon us." The energy isn't really free unless you're a green plant. To get sun energy into usable form and to where it's needed requires investments in technology development, mining and refining of materials, large-scale manufacturing and (unless it's a single-home installation) distribution lines and transformers and so on.
That implies pollution mitigation, and all the equipment requires routine maintenance and replacement as needed. "Free energy" isn't quite free.
H. Wayne Hall
Where is the condemnation?
In the Pro/Con June 10, George Bisharat condemned "Islamophobes" for their treatment of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was well meant and all of us should practice better behavior in the treatment of those of the Muslim faith. But I am troubled by their treatment of each other's particular beliefs of Islam, mainly Shia and Sunni, that results in the murder and mayhem of not only themselves but other religions such as Western beliefs. The tragedy of 9/11, the constant reports of suicide bombers in market places destroying innocent people, the murder of 123 school children by the Taliban, stoning to death of females by village members that watched and knew these same females as children and thought nothing of killing them for some stupid reason. The list goes on and on.
My question is . where was the public condemnation by the millions of "moderate Muslims" of these tragedies? Nowhere have I read of city centers being filled by thousands of angry Muslims protesting these horrible deaths in the name of Allah. They are strangely silent.
Capt. Thomas Mix, USMC (retired)