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LETTERS: Must acknowledge this injustice; long response time

By: Letters
October 28, 2016 Updated: October 28, 2016 at 4:05 am
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Residents fill up jugs with drinkable water at a water station on Powers and Fontaine blvds on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Must acknowledge this injustice

Twice as many African-Americans live in Fountain/Security/Widefield as live in Metro Denver. They are generally more well-educated and more middle and upper income than their counterparts around the state.

As residents of an area with PFC-polluted water, it appears they're part of another demographic as well: a community that has been threatened by environmental racism.

Nowhere in The Gazette's expansive and well-crafted news package, "Troubled waters," is the mention of race. But we know race best predicts whether you live near documented pollution. And even higher income won't protect you.

Some might ask why it matters. Who cares that the one place that could be compared to Flint, Mich., is a place with so many people of color? Here's the short answer: What affects some of us in the state will eventually affect us all.

Colorado, its natural resources and its people, are at risk. We must acknowledge this injustice for what it is - and work together to correct it.

Rosemary Lytle

Colorado Springs

The people's lifeline to truth

God bless the Colorado Springs Gazette. For in this time of dishonest media bias, they had the "guts" to publish the results of their own poll survey of El Paso County voters deciding this presidential election and Senate race (The Gazette, front page, Wednesday, Oct. 26). To their credit, The Gazette instigated the poll in the first place, and regardless of the results, chose to publish it, and on the front page no less, so the world could see it, instead of 'burying it'.

Since our beloved nation began, 'the press' has been the people's lifeline to truth, freedom and liberty, and is one of the greatest gifts bestowed upon the American people by all of those who came before us.

The Gazette, and the men and women behind it, have just set a fine example for all the newspapers worldwide, on the morality that is necessary, to protect such a sacred institution.

Paul DesJardins

Peyton

Ballots require additional postage

Mail-in ballots should include a notice of the postage required for submission. Returned ballots require more than one stamp. If the postage is wrong, the ballots are not counted.

Connie McKenna

Colorado Springs

Need more than emotional appeal

Regarding Academy School District 20 Measure 3A, The Gazette states that "if the measure does not pass the levy would decrease by 3.088 mills." Another way of stating the same information would be that Measure 3A would result in a 3.088 mill tax increase. For an average $250,000 house this would mean paying an additional $772 per year over and above property taxes already paid. A more typical $299,900 house in the D-20 area would pay more than $1,000 additional dollars per year. None of this is evident in signage throughout the D-20 school district that simply says "Yes on Kids!"

Who could be against Yes on Kids? Well a typical D-20 household might be if they realized that they would have to ante up an additional $1k per year on top of current property taxes. No one is against kids. But there is a limit to what D-20 households can afford to spend in addition to their property taxes. I suspect an additional $1,000 per year might approach that limit. In fact spending an additional $1,000 per year might actually hurt kids in some D-20 households on tight budgets. Maybe there are better ways to fund the building of three schools like requiring developers to fund them. We need legitimate discourse on significantly raising school taxes and not just an emotional appeal like "Yes on Kids!"

Chris Colvin

Colorado Springs

Going the extra mile, literally

My heartfelt tanks to the young woman who found my driver's license in the Garden of the Gods, where I dropped it, and went to the trouble of bringing it to my home. I didn't get her name, but she truly was an angel to me. I had just realized it was missing when she arrived. She is an example of going the extra mile, literally. Thank you.

Bev Henry

Colorado Springs

Don't blame Colorado voters

The letter in last Sunday's edition, "Lack of choice is voters' fault," is definitely incorrect for, at least, Colorado. The writer mentions caucuses. Are you not aware, sir, that for Republicans, a presidential preference was not available? So every single Republican in this state was disenfranchised, hence the ballot initiative for us to vote on regarding just that issue.

Further, voters across America are denied choices by the corrupt, partisan Commission on Presidential Debates. Third parties of real viability, such as Libertarians, were not allowed a voice, hence limiting our choices.

And of course, the media did its best to help Donald Trump win the primary, knowing that he'd be easy for Hillary Clinton to beat. True, the GOP shot itself in the foot by not consolidating around a decent candidate earlier.

I pray our country (that I served 32 years in uniform) survives four more years of advancing socialism and corruption. Cry the beloved country.

Laura Uhl

Colorado Springs

How long should it take?

On Oct. 11, I called the nonemergency number for the Police Department. I called at 7:11 p.m. and they picked up the line at 7:56 p.m. This seems like a long time to report an incident. What is the usual amount of time to answer a nonemergency number? I wonder if others have had the same problem?

Patricia Rice

Colorado Springs

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