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LETTERS: Newcomers view of Colorado Springs; responders doing their jobs

By: Gazette readers
December 5, 2017 Updated: December 5, 2017 at 7:31 am
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The sun rises over downtown Colorado Springs Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

New to Colorado Springs

Being newcomers to Colorado Springs, having recently moved from New England we are sharing a "newcomers' views" of Colorado Springs.

- Since moving here, we have not found one thing we do not like about Colorado Springs.

- There is an endless variety of activities going on all the time for almost every taste or economic level.

- We purchased an older home in a great neighborhood and were able to find a very professional contractor to renovate our home. We also have a great handyman with multiple skills and reasonable charges for his work.

- Although not looking for employment, there seems to be a great many jobs available.

- The Colorado Springs Airport, which appears to being growing, has flights or connection to all the areas we travel to.

- We have joined a number of organizations and found most of the people we have met to be both friendly and welcoming.

- One odd thing, we noticed it takes mail four days to get from downtown Colorado Springs, which is five miles from our house, while we get mail from Shanghai, which is about 6,500 miles away in 7 or 8 days regularly?

Nathaniel & Janet Gilmore

Colorado Springs

   

Pushing the dirt under the rug

Shame on you, Colorado College.

For acknowledging the reprehensible behavior of a former college president, yet quietly pushing the dirt under the rug to be dealt with sometime in the future. Naming a college building after William F. Slocum after many brave women came forward to risk their reputations is absolutely impossible to fathom. Kudos to historian, James Hutchison Kerr; and archivist, Jessy Randall, for ensuring that this long-ago story did not die, and has been revealed.

Delaying the erasure of Slocum's bad name from a well-known college edifice is intolerable. Come on, Colorado College and Jill Tiefenthaler, have a backbone and do what needs to be done now!

Sexual misconduct, even from 100 years ago, is unacceptable, and this should be acknowledged today.

Libby Kinder

Colorado Springs

   

Responders 'just doing their jobs'

This last Thursday, about sunset, my neighbor suffered a cardiac arrest. His heart stopped, and he collapsed. He had been outside doing yardwork and talking with another neighbor walking her dog along the trail running by our backyards. She was a nurse and jumped the fence to start CPR right away.

Another neighbor's Great Dane started barking at this and since Great Danes are not noted for barking, the kids came out to see what was going on. The nurse told them to call 911.

Within five minutes the firetruck was there and took over the CPR, other emergency procedures and hooked up enough machines with glowing lights, lines and numbers to make my neighbor look like a transformer.

Every professional who was there was totally focused on saving this person's life. I tried to thank them, but they were busy and the lieutenant in charge said "just doing our job". The ambulance arrived and so more professionals were helping.

My neighbor got to the hospital in under 50 minutes, so for all of them, it was their speed in responding and their skill, not luck, that saved his life.

Our entire neighborhood would very much like to thank the our neighbor who started the first CPR, the fire crew that was so focused and dedicated and busy "just" doing their job and the ambulance crew that got him to the hospital in such a timely fashion. (And a steak for Henry, the Great Dane.) Thank you!

Roger Weed

Colorado Springs

   

Needle exchanges save money

As a former critical-care RN, I'd like to offer a few thoughts on needle exchange. Set aside whatever you think about drug users, and look at it from a cold, financial perspective: Most people who use drugs are either on Medicaid or they are uninsured. People who use intravenous drugs are at a high risk for various infectious diseases (AIDS, hepatitis C, bacterial endocarditis, to name a few).

When these people show up at the hospital with bacterial endocarditis and end up needing heart valve replacement, who pays for their surgery? We all do. If they develop AIDS or hepatitis C, who pays for their treatment? We all do.

Needle exchange doesn't just protect the users, it protects everyone who has contact with them, preventing the further spread of disease. So needle exchange prevents the spread of disease and in the long run saves money. In terms of return on investment, you would be hard-pressed to find a better use of public health care dollars.

Amy Sylvain

Colorado Springs

    

Millions live without education

It's hard to imagine what life would have been like without school - but that's the case for 263 million kids around the world who won't make it into a classroom this year.

It doesn't have to be this way, and there's something we can do about it.

Right now The Global Partnership for Education is launching a plan to give millions more kids the education that is their fundamental right.

But that plan requires resources to make it a reality. Unfortunately, this year the White House tried to cut funding for global education. But our leaders in Congress are pushing back.

I hope we can count on our senators and representative to help make sure the U.S. shows leadership with the Global Partnership for Education.

Jackie Griffeth

Colorado Springs

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