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Gazette Premium Content LETTERS: Springs drivers running red lights; thankful for heroes

Letters Published: March 22, 2014

Springs drivers running red lights

On Saturday, March 15, about 1 p.m., my wife and I were stopped at the light just before the I-25 overpass on Cimarron. Directly in front of us was a CSPD patrol car.

As usual at this light, if you're heading west the traffic gets backed up so we were slowly moving toward the intersection. As the patrol car approached the intersection, the light changed to yellow and the patrol car came to a stop. In the lane next to us a car rolled slowly up to the white line as the light changed to red and then slowly continued through the red light. The CSPD patrol car didn't move to follow the car that went through the red light although no other cars were in the intersection.

Now I understand why so many drivers feel it's alright to continue through red lights, they aren't really concerned about being stopped.

Rick McCarter, Colorado Springs

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Understandable suspicion and fear

Regarding our City Council desiring a vote on CforC by the electorate: Like many I've been deeply concerned about the conduct of the CforC process. By the same token, I'm wondering how much of this ongoing "brouhaha" is about substance and how much is about an understandable suspicion and fear that some landowners and developers are trying to "get over" on us. In other words, perhaps the presentation and proposal to-date have simply been clumsily mishandled by the proponents.

The fact that developers funded a developer's mayoral campaign should not automatically disqualify CforC as a potential boon to our struggling city. By most media accounts our mayor/council are in such a state of discord that someone must step up and bring clarity and comfort to this potential opportunity. In my humble opinion I suggest that needs to be the developers and land owners.

I would hate to see CforC die for no other reason than because the proponents "jumped the gun" on a full presentation and are now having to try to "put the PR and presentation toothpaste back in the tube." They will need our help. Taking a page from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's recent speech, we need to seek what we can be for as much as what we are against. Thus far, fear and suspicion are a veil over that kind of clarity and effort. Only the proponents can lift that veil.

Greg Olinyk, Colorado Springs

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It's all about power for Democrats

Dustin Zvonek's article on a shortcoming of Sen. Mark Udall just scratched the surface.

- He voted to ratify the U.N. treaty on small arms control, which would have abrogated our Second Amendment and given the U.N. control of what Americans can or can't have for weapons.

- He voted to reduce veterans' benefits while supporting high level of benefits for illegal immigrants.

- His total lockstep with President Obama on 99 percent of issues, including the cover-ups on Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS' harassing conservative groups, the NSA's spying on Americans, the DoJ's spying on the AP, etc. When Richard Nixon was facing impeachment, Republican senators told him he would lose the vote in the Senate. There aren't any Democrats, in the Senate, with character and integrity, like that. It's all about power for Democrats.

Todd Dierdorff, Colorado Springs

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Payback is coming

It was very interesting reading the whining article about Sen. Mark Udall. Mark my good man, I think payback is coming for you, and a lot of Democrats that are up for re-election. By voting for one of the biggest bills that has ever gone through our government. I am convinced with many others that you or the rest of the Democrats never took the time to read - the monstrous bill known as the Obamacare bill.

You were voted into office by the good citizens of Colorado, to think for yourself, not just follow the path of the fake Messiah in the White House.

When the Democrats voted Obamacare in, it was stated many times that it is "the law of the land." The last I knew it has had over 30 changes to it, without ever going through Congress. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see these delays are political protection or CYA, if I may say that. I have voted for both parties and I try my best to vote for a person that has the ability to think for themselves and not just blindly follow their party. You were elected to represent the people of Colorado not just to see what you can do to get re-elected. Nobody should be in government that votes on bills that will become laws without fully reading them and understanding them. It is because of examples like this that people have lost their faith in government.

Ron Fox, Colorado Springs

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Profoundly grateful to heroes

I was in a car accident on northbound I-25 on March 14 about 4 p.m. just before the Woodmen exit. I should have been killed, but by the grace of God I got a second chance at life. I want to thank all the firefighters and police officers who responded to my accident.

I truly appreciate all that you did for me. I want to thank the five motorists that stopped and came to my aid. Thank you for taking the time to also give your eye witness account to law enforcement. I am especially thankful to the person who was able to get the license plate number of the driver who caused the accident. The police were able to track him down and give him a ticket and hold him accountable for his actions.

You are my heroes. I will be forever grateful for the kindness you showed me. Lastly, I want to apologize to the thousands of motorists whose commute was impacted by this accident. I pray you all will stay safe on the road and never have to experience what I have been through.

Jeanne Callahan, Colorado Springs

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