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LETTERS: Time to address a compromise on I-25; teachers' perks, benefits

By: Gazette readers
May 10, 2018 Updated: May 10, 2018 at 6:49 am
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Traffic commuters driving on I-25 Southbound get stuck in a traffic accident on Thursday Oct.12, 2017 just past Larkspur. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).

Time to address a compromise

There are a few points that have emerged from all the dialog and faux-meetings wherein officials were "listening to the public's inputs":

- Everyone wants "The Gap" fixed promptly

- CDOT wants a toll lane for The Gap

- The public doesn't want a toll lane

After multiple letters to CDOT and county officials no one has responded to my suggested compromise:

- Toll during the two hours in the morning commute and two hours in the evening commute

- Make the third lane free at all other times

As mentioned, no public officials who were elected to represent us and no state appointed officials have ever answered my emails or calls as to why this compromise cannot be implemented.

It's time for state and county officials to address a compromise.

Lance Miller

Colorado Springs

   

Toll lane a reasonable solution

There have been many letters concerning the congestion on I-25 between Denver and Colorado Springs. I noticed one writer in particular suggested that lawmakers be forced to commute this route five days a week like he and others do. I'm sure that many people are making this commute out of necessity; for many others however, I think this is a rather unfortunate choice.

I have never commuted anywhere near 100 miles a day myself, and from my perspective as a taxpayer, I'm not eager to pay extra to support that kind of choice by others. An added toll lane on I-25 sounds like a reasonable solution to me. I respectfully ask those who drive from Springs to Denver every day to keep in mind that you are using the state's highways far more than many of your fellow taxpayers.

Dave Schouweiler

Cañon City

   

Lawyers run the country

File another lawsuit anyone? Long for the old days when "lawyer jokes" were the fad? Those days are gone forever. Now it's, tick off an attorney, get served with a subpoena.

If you haven't noticed in the last few decades, politicians no longer run this country, lawyers do. When did having a Law Degree instantly qualify a person to fairly represent, or uphold the best interests of the people that are entrusted to them, or seek their counsel? It's not about representing the "people" it's about promoting themselves and winning at all costs - especially by emptying the pockets of the American taxpayers. Wake up people. If you haven't noticed, the entire structure of the legal system is not fairness, it's called an adversarial system for a reason. It's about winning through game play, and who has the biggest ego and the most chips.

Oh, I'm sure that there are a few honest and passionate litigators out there who work for practically nothing. However, that passionate endeavor is usually short lived when the legal powers that be, (you know, the ones with their names on the door) recognize their potential and lure them away to become "junior partners", by dangling the cash.

So wake up America! Either change the system and stop fearing and or worshiping attorneys. The last time I looked, they still put on their trousers and pant suits, one leg at a time.

Thomas Antkow

Colorado Springs

   

A misunderstanding of firearms

I am responding to the article in the paper May 4 on Betty Field and her "Republican death for profit" Facebook event. I am a Navy veteran of 20 years, a lifelong Republican, and a life member of the NRA. I believe I am qualified to respond to her statements.

Ms. Field, you are having a hissy fit over the auctioning of an AR-15 as part of a fundraiser at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Let me put your fears to rest. I can guarantee that the firearm is not going to jump out of the case and start killing people. If that should happen, many of those attending the dinner are well trained to handle firearms and will prevent it from hurting anyone. The individual who wins the auction will be required to pass a background check before they walk away with that rifle.

You say Republicans refuse to address gun violence? Really? Who do you think makes up a large part of the NRA? This organization and their trained instructors focus on firearm safety and responsibility. You call them "weapons of war". Do you even know what that is? Let me help you understand. First, the AR in "AR-15" rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. "AR" does NOT stand for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle." The AR-15 is not an automatic rifle. You actually have to pull the trigger for each and every shot.

You stated that "in hindsight" you could have chosen a better title. You got the attention you wanted. You will have your protest event. You say the fundraiser is "inappropriate" and disrespectful. What is disrespectful and inappropriate is the lack of mental health facilities in this country. More legislation won't make one iota of difference. Laws are only respected by law-abiding citizens.

By the way, you are more than welcome to attend the dinner. And if you don't want to bid on the AR-15, you don't have to. It's not a requirement. Oh, and I do appreciate your post. The attention it gave actually promoted the event. You have helped us be successful and probably sold out.

Billie Nigro

Colorado Springs

   

Teachers' perks, benefits ignored

I am tired of the teachers already. It seems that every reference in letters and articles is to teacher pay while perks, benefits, and PERA are generally ignored. How many out there can retire in their early 50s with full pay and spend their full career with nice medical benefits and other help? I certainly couldn't have and I spent a considerable time being shot at.

David L. Miller

Colorado Springs

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