Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers.
Response: Quarry plan not a boon
Regarding the Gazette article: "Quarry plan is a boon for Colorado Springs": Transit Mix dangles a carrot for SR-115 stone quarry. Give us our quarry and we'll do away with the "scar on the mountain."
How many years has Transit Mix promised to do something about the scar on the mountain?
Are they putting up the money for the bike park? Where will funding come from to maintain a bike park if it can be built?
They are pitting two groups against each other for their gain - a group of bike enthusiasts against about 150 homeowners and The Aiken Cannon Preserve Nature Center.
Hitch Rack ranch was owned by Rosemary Allmendinger. Upon her death, the heirs put it for sale for about $6 million. There were no takers.
The Gazette said there were ultrawealthy neighbors that could have purchased at any time. Not so - only one family fit that profile, and he has since died. Previous health issues would have prevented him from purchasing and managing a ranch.
The balance of the 150 homeowners are hard-working folks that built homes and made up their community along with the nature center. The nature center works to protect the spotted owl & other species. These folks will probably lose their water wells once a quarry starts to blast.
They did not ask to move next to a quarry - Transit Mix is asking to move a quarry next to them.
Hundreds of new trucks will dump onto SR-115. This highway is already terribly dangerous. Trucks jockey for space along with other traffic from Penrose and Cañon City. Many residents use 115 to shop and work in Colorado Springs.
Transit Mix is not locally owned. The owners will not be driving SR-115. Our citizens do and we need to be as safe as possible. Hundreds of heavy trucks daily should not be added to this highway.
Paul and Lola Nafziger
Library's incredible resources
It is obvious the person who said he never used the library is a minority in this town. If he visited one, he would find full parking lots, calendars of daily events going on at each library and updated computers, printers, and other maker devices for recording, and other productive activities.
I am a low-income person with no computer, no internet, no HDTV. I regularly check out books (6-10 per checkout), use the computer (and thanks to the library, get a private one-on-one tutorial on using its updated equipment.) The new second floor computer lab on second floor at East Library is incredible.
My children were raised on library books, story times, events, etc. They are fully functioning adults with excellent jobs and they vote. They would not support a person who wants to defund libraries or for that matter public television.
They were raised on Mr. Rogers' programs of kindness and understanding others as well as early Sesame Street programs instead of violent Ninja Turtles, cop shows and video games of shooting walls of people and blowing up things.
There's a wonderful Jewish saying I recently learned. Tikkun Olam. It means heal the world. The library provides a foundation for us to become better citizens of the world.
People should accept land swap
The controversy over the land exchange with the Broadmoor over Strawberry Fields has caused so much division within Colorado Springs, but people need to realize it will be good for the city.
The group Save Cheyenne wants to fight this decision even though it was upheld by the Court of Appeals. The idea of spending tens of thousands of dollars to fight a court battle that it will probably lose seems like a waste of effort of the group's time and the donations of their supporters. The City Council made the right decision to approve the land swap. If the higher courts upheld the swap, then people need to accept it.
For a city to continue to thrive, tough decisions need to be made to draw in new business opportunities and improve the land that draws people from all over the country to Colorado Springs.
More needs to be done about bullying
So far in 2018, there has been many school shootings. I'm not saying they have all been from bullying, but the majority have been. It needs to stop, people are being scared and deeply damaged.
Bullying can be started from people being different from others whether it be beliefs, religion, handicaps, or even race in this society. Every state has laws for anti-bullying, but the signs are usually ignored until it's too late. "One in 4 to one in 3 students have been bullied at one point in their life."
Even in comedy, comedians to a certain extent are bullies. Talking about people's flaws continuously creates deep scars that people will hold for a long time. When bullying is not stopped at an early age, it can lead to criminal actions.
Based on personal experiences, most bullying starts in middle school. Most leadership, when they hear from the victim, either just brush it off or they choose to take the opposing side.
More needs to be done, whether it is more adult supervision from teachers and security or stopping ignoring the signs that are given from these students who are being ignored.
A longtime problem
I agree with Jill Patterson. So, so many good teachers (including me) leave teaching and the kids they really like to feed and care for their own. It's a longtime problem. Way too many don't care.