Potholes are not rocket science
A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I spent two days in the Denver area. We drove around a bit and one thing we noticed was the condition of the streets in and around the Denver area. They were nothing like they are here in the Springs. In Denver, the roads are relatively well-paved and there are not nearly as many potholes. The only conclusion I can come to is that the people here in Colorado Springs tasked with the responsibility of dealing with potholes really are not that proficient at what they do. I could be wrong. Maybe there is an inexact science to potholes that I am not privy to, but I think not. In my opinion, the folks who are in charge of correcting the pothole dilemma need a little retraining.
Leo Jones, Colorado Springs
'Tis the 'good old days!'
Patrick Boyle took more time writing his letter to the newspaper ("Ah, the good old days") than it took me to look up the number for pothole repair at springsgov.com. FYI, the number is (719) 385-ROAD.
I've reported potholes twice in the past month. It may surprise many of the whiners in this village, but the potholes were repaired in three days. Kudos to the pothole repair team!
C.B. Hendrick, Colorado Springs
Heavy hand of big government?
The original Gazette story and follow-up viewpoint provided good and surprising insight into the behind-the-scenes dynamics of the fees for the music industry, no matter how small and/or informal the venue. What neither of the stories did was attempt to explain how a relatively small unpaid fee of a few thousand dollars turned into what appears to be an exorbitant amount of $21,000, not an insignificant amount for a small business. Sure looks, feels and smells like the heavy hand of big government in action.
Don Powers, Colorado Springs
Situation getting worse by the day
The situation in Ukraine is very grave and getting worse by the day. Peaceful resolution is the real answer for all factions involved, but if the ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine continue to insist on cessation and ultimate union with Russian Federation what can the Western powers, including U.S., do besides imposing more sanctions, which may prove to be useless? And one more very important thing. Congratulations to Dave Philipps for winning the Pulitzer for his exceptional story but also drawing the attention of military brass and Washington political leaders to the plight of injured - physically and mentally - soldiers returning from combat. I am a longtime and regular reader of The Gazette and now feel convinced that it has the staff that makes it a very good newspaper.
Kailash Jaitly, Colorado Springs
A positive difference
Being actively involved in my community is important to me because I want my children to live in a county where they're encouraged to learn as much and as often as possible, have lives full of experiences that influence their development into fully rounded individuals, and be surrounded by encouragement to try new things and experiences. I serve in our community as a volunteer, a board member, and an employee in the hopes that my involvement will help my children have the lives I know they can achieve in El Paso County.
As a resident of El Paso County District 5, I throw my full support behind Jariah Walker for county commissioner. Jariah not only embodies the values and commitments that I expect to see in a leader, but does so in a way that consistently encourages those around him to understand and appreciate events and issues that affect our community. He models the type of leader that we need in our district. Jariah is thoughtful, intelligent, and understands the needs of our community. Most importantly, he's not afraid to ask for feedback and take action to get things moving in a positive direction.
I know Jariah Walker will make a positive difference in our community.
Mary Coleman, Colorado Springs
Standing by Bentley Rayburn
Bentley Rayburn was born with a strong sense of leadership. Bentley, as a youth, knew his country was his life, to uphold the Constitution, to lead by example, to make his family proud and to become a leader who would lead by actions not just words.
Bentley came into my life as a cadet at our USAFA. I am an enlisted airman, was chosen to work with the cadets, young men and women alike, they would upon graduation become the strength and will to uphold all we as Americans believe in, confidence, freedom, faith, honor, pride and success by planning the course before engaging, having the will to stay with your commitment,
Young people of today in my view are hungry for this type of leadership. I see this void all across our great country young and old, we must do all we can to save America, the home of dreams of all people throughout the world.
Bentley, I stand by you, as always. It is my honor to say I served with you, as you are the person for the people and by the people.
Joe Joseph, Colorado Springs
Neither suspension nor expulsion
I read in the April 24 local news section where 10-year-old children selling pot to their classmates faced neither suspension nor expulsion from school.
Thank God they didn't do something really damaging like point their finger at another child and say "bang!"
Dik Thurston, Colorado Springs