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LETTERS: Time to clean up Colorado Springs; if Congress can't get this done

By: Gazette readers
September 7, 2017 Updated: September 7, 2017 at 9:56 am
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Looking north along south Nevada Avenue from Southgate Road Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers.

Time to clean up Colorado Springs

A Back Pages article in last week's Gazette said the following from Sept. 2, 1967:

"Thirty-four members of civic organizations met to discuss the problem of beautifying the Bypass 24 Expressway. The group was concerned with the junkyards, billboards, rundown properties and industrial plants that border the bypass. They felt that it is a determent to the city for this frequently traveled road to remain unsightly".

Fifty years later and nothing has changed, except we could now add the north, south and east major roadways into Colorado Springs. North and South Nevada Avenue are strewn with trash, neglected stretches, weeds, rundown properties, and a prevailing ugliness. Platte Avenue is grossly neglected from Academy to Union, willingly showing off its unsightly billboards, used car lots, abandoned buildings, weeds and trash. The airport welcomes us to leave with a beautiful drive toward the terminal but arriving air travelers entering downtown via our roads are met with urban blight.

With all the unabashed bragging about Colorado Springs' quality of living, The Olympic Training Center, its new Olympic Museum, its downtown and southwest redevelopment projects, The Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, its international religious influence, its colleges and, finally, a world-class university, isn't it time to clean up our front porches, cut the grass, landscape, sweep the streets, remove the trash, and begin to welcome our visitors with pristine entrances to our city?

I hope it won't another 50 years before the current members of our civic organizations meet to solve these problem so that long before Sept. 2, 2067 we would be properly welcoming visitors into a clean, well-maintained city that can truly live up to its reputation of being a desirable place to live, work and play.

Alan Rasmussen

Colorado Springs


The entitled are always out there

Re: "Entitled people don't follow rules." I always love the letters from people that make me say, 'I'm with ya, I can relate.'

Unfortunately, we are in a time of 'not ruffling feathers'. Not allowed to let people know that they are in the wrong. As a cashier, if I see an approaching cart that was well over the 'express' amount, what, like 20 items, I let them know that they need to go to another checkout.

As far as these 'entitleds'......ugh, I think that they are from a special gene pool because no matter where you go, there always seems to be one. You know, the one that opens a package of underwear, the one that leaves a package of meat not in the meat department but somewhere else in the store (like housewares), the one that lets their dog poop on the trail even though there are signs that tell them to pick up their pet's waste. Let's not forget the 'handicap parker'... not handicapped, no placard, the ones that pass in a no passing zone, the ones that throw their 13 gallon trash bags of trash along the road (I could go on). They're out there but there's fewer than more. Be thankful!

Irma K. Jordan



I-25 construction needs to happen

RE: Editorial: Widen I-25 with Volkswagen settlement.

We live in Centennial. We have family in the Springs. We make this trip often. I believe the editorial's idea is excellent and should be pursued by other news outlets. We fear for our grandchildren driving north to visit us. Everyone agrees that this construction needs to happen. Why not work together to help make it a reality?

Francie Gundzik



If Congress can't get this done

So, Senators Gardner and Bennett want to create the "DREAM Act", do they? And the Colorado governor talks past the voting Colorado (American) citizenry to advocate for illegal immigrants, at the expense of the voting Colorado (American) citizenry, does he?

Are these "legislators" and the governor not listening to the president (or the American citizenry)?

For the uninitiated: members of Congress (Congressmen/Congresswomen and Senators) are one of the three branches of our government; they are charged with the crafting, writing and enactment of reasonable, sensible laws that govern our nation, which are then required to be enforced. They are failing in their sworn duties, through indifference, incompetence or design.

President Trump (one of the remaining two branches of our government, by the way) negated DACA because it is illegal. What the president is requiring of our legislators is for them to do their jobs, with a six-month window in which to do it - not by creating yet another "stopgap" act, but to do the hard work of writing and enacting legislation (a law) to deal with the unrestrained invasion of our nation. Are we a sovereign nation of laws, or not?

No, we do not need another "act", Senators. Lock yourselves inside the Capitol if you have to, roll up your sleeves, order some take-out, and get it done. If you can't do that in six months, perhaps you need to resign/be replaced, leave your temp jobs in Washington, return to your home state and, Oh, I don't know, open a brew pub or a medical marijuana dispensary - something that doesn't require any heavy lifting on your parts.

If Congress can't solve this problem, strike the tents folks, for the Republic is doomed.

John Erskine

Colorado Springs


A forgotten history of shame

Throughout recent history law enforcement has been complicit in breaking our immigration laws.

Under pressure from agri-business and state and local governments, migrants were ignored when passing through our Southern borders providing cheap, back breaking labor to harvest our fruits and vegetables.

Legendary reporter Edward R. Murrow told the story 67 years ago on a CBS report called Harvest of Shame.

To place the blame and shame of illegal entry entirely on immigrants is hypocrisy.

James Morrison

Colorado Springs

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