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LETTERS: Release of toxic chemicals; garage sale dangers

Letters Published: April 30, 2014

Release of toxic chemicals

Re: April 27 article - Chemical Releases.

In the Sunday Gazette, buried on Page B2 at the bottom right-hand corner was a brief article stating that the city of Colorado Springs had a reported 92,788 pounds of potentially toxic chemicals released into the land and air with the biggest source being the Martin Drake Power Plant. The Drake Plant accounted for 79 percent of the release.

The source of the information was the Environmental Protection Agency. Once again, EPA, you have reported information that is absolutely meaningless to the community and is another example of wasteful spending of our federal tax dollars.

Then again, EPA along with the industrial and business community is only reporting information as required by federal law, costing businesses and taxpayers unnecessary expenditures.

The report says nothing about how the potentially toxic chemicals are released, how the releases are managed and what potential harm they may or may not cause to the citizens of the community. For the most part, the chemicals are either being placed in a permitted landfill or are being released into the air through a federal permit. So on one hand, the federal government requires the reporting while on the other it allows the releases through federal permits. Perhaps Congress, during this lame-duck session, should consider repealing unnecessary laws that burden we the taxpayers.

As for the sources of power generation such as the Martin Drake Power Plant, don't forget we as a community are accepting the release of potentially toxic chemicals in order to have relatively inexpensive power.

Alan Goins

Colorado Springs

Driving rules have changed

It has been suggested that senior drivers should be retested to insure they are safe on the roads.

As a senior driver, I believe this would be a good idea as I have been driving over 50 years and apparently the driving rules have changed significantly over the years.

- In Colorado, when making a right turn on a red light, you don't have to stop before turning if no vehicles are approaching.

When a traffic light turns red and other vehicles have stopped, you have another minute to proceed through the intersection.

- You do not have to yield at a yield sign, the traffic you are merging with must yield to you!

- You do not have to stop at a stop sign if no vehicles are approaching.

- The posted speed limit is the minimum allowed speed. I'm not sure what the maximum allowed speed is, but while I am doing the posted speed, I am being passed as if I were standing still.

- Using directional signals are optional; they only confuse other drivers.

I guess I had better arrange for a senior driving refresher course to familiarize myself with these new driving rules.

Philip Sidney, Colorado Springs

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An airplane is not a bus

Re: There ain't no such thing as baggage that flies for free, April 29. Out of curiosity, I wonder what the percentage is of people who travel with no luggage? Perhaps some business people leave in the morning . fly to see a customer . then fly home in the evening. And maybe some people do an overnight trip wearing the same clothes for two days. OK. What is the percentage of those travelers?

Seriously, those of us who travel for a long weekend, or a week or two cannot possibly travel without changes of clothes and other personal items. The other alternative would be to ship a box of clothing via UPS or FedEx, but that option is extremely inconvenient and costs money, too. As one who has traveled by air enough, I expect that my ticket includes my carry-on and one personal item . the basics I must bring with me. I totally get that bringing baggage is not free, but pretending that an airplane is a bus that one might take to work is ridiculous! So, again, I wonder just what is the percentage of air travelers that fly with just the clothes on their back?

Gayle Abbott, Colorado Springs

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Only lost some money

Planning a garage sale? Beware! We recently had a sale and got robbed. I had been vigilant all day but dropped my guard after the sale was over. We had brought everything in from the driveway and closed one of the two garage doors, leaving the other open for air. We went inside for lunch and while we ate, someone walked into the garage, went to the back and grabbed the cash box and left. That person could have been in our house if he did not get the cash box. He knew we had money and where it was. He got away with it.

Some tips for your security. Try to have at least two people out taking care of your customers. If you start getting a large quantity of cash, go inside and hide it somewhere. Never flash the cash. Using a fanny pack or your pocket is better than a central cash box. Never let anyone inside your home. Always watch the people on your property. A crook does not want to be noticed. If you eyeball a crook, he will most likely leave quickly and move on to his next target. After the sale, close and lock all your doors. If someone comes to the house after the sale, they may be there to rob you.

We lost some money. We were lucky.

Mark Kowalczyk. Colorado Springs

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