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LETTERS: Sweep the city's street department; crying foul on racism

Letters Published: May 2, 2014

Sweep the city's street department

I would like to know when the City Council is going to fire the head of Springs streets. Why is it up to our mayor to ask the City Council for money to fix our streets? I thought Colorado Springs Utilities had a department that was there to do the work on our street, instead the mayor has to go outside the Utilities street department to get the work done. If this person that's in charge of providing this work can't or won't do their work, they and anybody in that department that follows or likes this work habit needs to be fired and a total new crew from top down needs to be placed in that field ASAP.

Doug Evans, Colorado Springs

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Property taxes are too low

Re: "152 file pothole damage claims against the city" (Gazette April, 30).

I don't understand why this city has such low property taxes when we can't even afford to maintain the streets and take care of storm drainage. Our property taxes are one-third of what we paid in northern Virginia, and I am sure the same is true of many of the places from which most of us have moved. Our property taxes are lower than some places in Mississippi, the poorest state in the country. Yet you see a sea of rooftops looking north and east of the city growing every day.

And don't say it would penalize seniors on a fixed income. I am one of those. It seems to me that if you can afford to buy a house here you could afford to pay fair property taxes. A small raise in your property taxes would probably be less than the cost to repair shocks, alignment and tires every year because of the condition of our streets. My car takes a beating every day when I drive down Austin Bluff towards Woodmen Road, a heavily traveled street carrying traffic to schools and businesses. This street is in terrible shape for a major city street as are many others as I drive around the city.

Merle Ann Stryker, Colorado Springs

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She made a tremendous difference

This letter is for nurse No. 27 (Donna) from the Pike's Peak Hospice.

Last year our father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. He chose to stay at home during his last months of life. Donna started coming to his home to assist our father with his care and comfort. As his illness advanced, it became apparent that it would take a great toll on him and the family. As the months went by we could not help but notice the real care and concern this nurse had for our father's well-being and quality of life. She always came to his home with a smile on her face and kind words of encouragement. When needed, she or a member of her team came at a moment's notice to care for our father, even in the middle of the night or during a snowstorm.

We would like to let Donna know that we will never be able to repay her for the genuine concern and compassion she had for our father and the family. She went the extra 10 miles to see that our father had the utmost comfort and dignity in the last days of his life. We know we would not have made it through this most difficult time if this wonderful person had not come into our lives. We will be forever grateful for what you did for our father and the family. So to Donna and all the wonderful, caring people at Pike's Peak Hospice know that the work you do every day makes a tremendous difference in the lives of the people you touch.

Forever grateful, The DeMark family.

Deborah Golden, Colorado Springs

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Not surprised by Sterling's racism

I was not surprised that an 80-year-old, rich white guy (Donald Sterling) is a racist. That's probably how he was raised and since he is a rich white guy, more than likely no one told him what a bonehead he was! On the other hand though, I would have been more impressed by the sincerity of the players had one or more of them quit, given up their own multimillion dollar salaries and stopped earnings for this old racist.

Surely somewhere over the years this old boy revealed himself? Acting all offended and telling him to sell his team and pay what to me would be a huge fine, is trampling all over Sterling's right to expectations of privacy and free speech. Almost sounds like the "Thought Police" are gearing up.

Michael S. Welsh, Colorado Springs

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Everyone wants to cry foul

Well, looks like donating money to the NAACP really can buy you awards. Seems among all the crap talk about a known bigoted man, he bought and paid for his first lifetime achievement award given to him by the NAACP. Everyone in LA knows that this man was a racist bigot, yet they still took his money and gave him an award for it. This man's character has not changed, he has owned the team for 30 years, they let him buy it knowing who and what he was. Now all of the sudden after years of turning the other cheek, everyone wants to cry foul. Most of the players and the coaches also knew what kind of a jerk Donald Sterling was, yet they chose to work for him and still do.

The important facts have gotten lost. We just made a big deal (people still are) about the government spying on you. Yet we have a jerk who had a private conversation recorded, then given to a gossip magazine and no one has a problem with that? What's next? Your work spying on your phone conversation and firing you for your thoughts or the conversation that you held in private with someone? The reality is that we will never totally get rid of racism. There is racism from all colors - wrong yes, reality yes.

The scary part is that no one seems to mind that a private phone conversation was recorded and made public. Even the president has the right to some privacy, thoughts and conversations!

We may not like what this jerk said, but it is who he has been all his life. He is a person who was being recorded in his home and how is that OK?

Jeanine Fark, Colorado Springs

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