Published: January 26, 2014
Trip to Manitou too risky to take?
Having read the recent articles and letters in The Gazette concerning the legalization of marijuana in Manitou, I realized that there is a group of people who seem to have been overlooked. The For and Against crowds have spoken, but what about the Can'ts? Individuals such as myself who choose not to use drugs and are employed by the federal government and are required to undergo random drug testing. However unlikely it may be, if pot becomes commonplace in Manitou and I walk into an exhaled cloud in a shop or from a group of folks on the street, I'm fired. Goodbye government job, goodbye benefits, goodbye future.
And what if an individual from my supervisory staff happens to see me walking past one of the pot shops? Guilt by association? "Hey, I saw so-and-so at the pot shop." . I'm going to steer clear of Manitou from now on to avoid even the impression that I'm involved with drugs in any manner. It's just not worth it.
Paul Guivens, Colorado Springs
Experience sanity and freedom
Your recent editorials regarding recreational marijuana in Manitou are pathetically biased. I have four children and five grandchildren. My adult children are successful, happy, patriotic Americans. When they come to visit me I guarantee you they will want to go to Manitou Springs to experience sanity and freedom. That's particularly true of my family members who are veterans.
Robert Melamede, Colorado Springs
Do something about homeless first
The City for Champions needs to do something about our homeless population. The homeless who gather in Acacia Park do not look like "Champions" and will not look like "Champions" to all those would be visitors who are supposedly going to be attracted to our city by this expensive project. Do something about the lack of affordable housing for our hurting population before spending millions to attract out-of-town guests!
Virgia Szostak, Colorado Springs
People are downright spoiled
My name is Jim Bohlmann, a retired professor who taught a college "irrigation" course for 20 years in Oklahoma. I've moved to Colorado just in the past few months and need to become informed on existing Colorado laws pertaining to water's use and re-use in my front and back yard. I look forward each week to reading Jack Flobeck's column in The Gazette.
His designation of the persona "water practitioner" is quite interesting. I became one when I quit using the outhouse and moved onto the commode in-house. I am also obsessed with water and its ramifications.
I am convinced the average person (95 percent) of people in the United States, don't give a hoot about water laws and that much-needed education by schools, media (like his column), community utilities, etc., need to ramp up their efforts to stave off water "wars of the future. We the people are downright spoiled when the water coming into our houses is so damn cheap.
Jim Bohlmann, Colorado Springs
Importance of water to each of us
Thank you for the Jack Flobeck water articles in The Gazette. They are meaningful and researched. I only wish more people would read them. Most citizens fail to realize how important water is to all of us. I have lived the past 45 years in the San Luis Valley. I know first-hand what water can do for communities, farmers, ranchers, as well as private well owners. Perhaps Flobeck can do a series on what it will take for us to wake up to the importance of water to each of us.
Macy Carroll, San Luis Valley