Decision is completely subjective
I am writing to address the fact that our children are losing precious learning time to delays/school closures. Today, D12 started with a two hour delay, and then at 7:30 a.m. school was canceled, and there is a delay in place for tomorrow. I called the district office to find out how many snow days are built into the school year and if there are criteria for making the call to delay or cancel. No one knew the answer about the snow days question, and I wondered if she could ask the superintendent; alas, he wasn't in (enjoying his snow day?).
She informed me that there are no criteria for deciding whether to delay or cancel school, and that the superintendent arbitrarily decides what is best. I find having a patriarchal figure deciding whether my children will attend school rather disturbing. Especially when the decision is completely subjective. Most parents I know are responsible intelligent people who can look at a weather report, plan for the drive, and pull out the coats, hat, gloves etc. I think it sends the wrong idea that every time something is at all difficult, we just don't do it, or make it later. I also wonder what difference two hours really makes. Will it be that much warmer? Do the mountain towns cancel for cold and snow? We live in Colorado for heavens sake! Let's set criteria, pull on our boots and coats and get it together. If parents don't want their kids to attend, they can keep them home - it's already the stated policy. It's called responsibility, let's have some, and teach some.
Jennifer Fisher, Colorado Springs
Some ingredients have gone bad
Fort Collins High School administrators objected to students celebrating America, because it might offend immigrants? What are those people at the high school smoking? Almost every person in America is an immigrant of one size, shape, form or another. It seems that every ethnic group in the world gets to have a second, minute, hour, day, week, month or year, ad nauseam, dedicated to celebrating their nationality, unless they're Americans celebrating their existence as Americans in the salad bowl of the world known as America.
How is it that we must celebrate all of the ingredients in the salad, but it is sacrilegious to celebrate the salad itself? Maybe some of the ingredients have gone bad. Perhaps it's the nuts. Sometimes they cause rashes for those who even breathe the same air in which they exist. Sometimes they turn rancid and need to be picked out; otherwise, they'll ruin the entire salad and render it unpalatable. What was once an exceptionally fresh, crisp, healthy addition to the world's dinner table can be reduced to garbage to be discarded in the world's landfill. Maybe a close look at the salad and the pantry where the nuts came from would be in order.
Justus Anderson, Peyton
Turn event into something positive
Let the justice system deal with the perpetrator of the cruelty and death he inflicted on a helpless kitten. I hope pet lovers crowd the courtroom at his sentencing with the clear message to the judge that this kind of depravity will not be tolerated and deserves the maximum penalty. And possibly order a mental health evaluation for this sick individual.
In the meantime, let's turn this disturbing event into something positive. Make a donation to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane, Colorado Springs, 80905 in memory of Loki. Or to any animal rescue/shelter organization of your choice. That would be great. A small bill, a big check in the mail or done conveniently online will serve to help other animals in need. Do it today for Loki and for them.
Marcia A. Fields, Colorado Springs
County Preserve never mitigated
We are one of five 5-acre properties that back up to the County Preserve behind the bankrupt Sanctuary in the Pines property. Two of these five properties were destroyed by the Black Forest fire.
My husband and I lost a 32'x42' stucco shop, approximately 400 Ponderosa pine trees, and had approximately $300,000 worth of damage to our house.
There have been numerous articles in The Gazette about lessons learned from the Black Forest fire. All articles state that mitigation will save your home, but, it needs to be done community-wide. The articles state that many properties were destroyed by the fire because neighboring homes were not mitigated.
All five properties on our street that back up to the Country Preserve were well mitigated. However, our neighboring property, the County Preserve, was never mitigated. Had it been, our properties probably would have been saved.
So, I ask, what responsibility will the county take for their lack of mitigation? We now back up to a County Preserve that has thousands of burned trees. Will we have to look at these for the rest of our lives? Will the county do anything to clean up this eyesore?
We moved to Black Forest so we could live in the trees. Now, due to lack of mitigation by the county, our dream has been destroyed.
Freddie Stone, Black Forest