Tribute to Deputy Micah Flick
He probably drove by our home...while we were sleeping. This young man in his sheriff's uniform with a badge pinned proudly on his chest. And we didn't even know him or even know that he was out there and of course he didn't know us. But he had taken a sacred oath to protect all of us and our families and I'm sure he did just that 24/7 each day.
No doubt, Deputy Flick was a loving husband, father, brother and his parents' blessed son - a loyal friend and neighbor and probably the father who couldn't watch his beloved daughters soccer games because he was so busy doing his job protecting all of us.
Deputy Micah Flick, dedicated public servant, praised and admired by your sheriff. Thank you. May God bless you and may you rest in peace!
Guy M. Grace Sr.
Lottery funding essential for cycling
I represent USA Cycling, the national governing body for the sport of cycling in the United States. Based in Colorado Springs, USA Cycling's mission is to grow the sport of cycling at all levels and to develop elite athletes who can win on the international stage.
Given our mission to grow cycling, our being members of the Colorado Springs community, and the interests and needs of our employees and athletes who live and ride across Colorado, we have a profound interest in there being safe and accessible roads and trails to ride bikes and enjoy the magnificent outdoors of Colorado.
This year, the Colorado General Assembly will consider legislation that is critical to the continued development of our state's outdoor recreation infrastructure. Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery have long been used to fund the parks, open spaces, and trails that make our state an amazing place to live and visit.
The Lottery Division's authorization to operate as a government agency, however, will soon expire. This session, our lawmakers will consider legislation to make that authorization permanent - which I strongly support.
The impact of the Colorado Lottery funding on outdoor recreation has been enormous. Since 1980, the Colorado Lottery has returned more than $3 billion to help our state improve and maintain the trails and open spaces that make our community so special. In the Pikes Peak area, lottery proceeds have funded $74 million in projects and helped conserve more than 37,000 acres of land since 1992.
Without the Colorado Lottery Division to collect, administer, and distribute lottery proceeds, these investments in the outdoors would simply not have been possible. Permanently reauthorizing the lottery will ensure that funding for open space and recreation can continue uninterrupted for many more decades. Let's keep Colorado great for cycling.
Both sides 'kind of partisan'
In response to Aaron Byerley's letter about the Nunez memo being done for "blatantly partisan reasons,"
I find it so ironic that the very thing the actual memo documents are abuses of power by the leadership of highest law enforcement institutions of the county for "partisan' reasons.
It also clearly documents that these government institutions were weaponized with false evidence (the Hillary Clinton campaign funded dossier and other partisan sources) to get the FISA court approve to spying on the Trump campaign (private citizens). Then the use of information and leaks to subvert the presidential election in favor of one party (kind of partisan).
Yet Aaron is concerned about an memo describing these acts and that American citizens should not find out that these institutions are abusing their power? These acts were the attack on our government institutions, not the memo.
By the way, if you read the memo you would see there are classified secrets and methods disclosed or redacted.
Cleanup needed along Midland Trail
Now that the I-25/U.S. 24 interchange is finished, Ute Pass travelers have quit using the Fillmore shortcut that we have used for decades and are using I-25 to get to destinations in north Colorado Springs. We had forgotten how ugly U.S. 24 is between 31st Street and 8th Street. But, before commenting, I wanted to take a closer look.
So, not having anything better to do last Sunday afternoon, I took a walk.
I started at 8th Street on the Midland Trail. I planned to recommend that the city build a trail in that area, but they have built a wide concrete trail.
And, I planned to suggest that they build drop pools and waterfalls along Fountain Creek, but they already have. Although the trail is hidden behind a trashy fence and junk yards, the drop pools appear to be made of concrete rubble, not natural stone, and the creek is full of trash.
Midland Trail runs all the way from Confluence Park, which is impressive with well-maintained trails and newly planted trees, to at least 31st Street. Maps indicate that eventually it will be completed all the way to Manitou Springs. The north side of the trail is bordered by (mostly) neat backyards of modest homes in Old Colorado City. The south side, visible from U.S. 24, is a no man's land of weed-choked chain link fences, rusting corrugated panels, junk yards and trailer parking lots. This is the highway that visitors to Colorado Springs must take to get to our area attractions - Garden of the Gods, Red Rocks, Manitou Springs, Cliff Dwellings, etc.
Midland Trail could be a beautiful riparian corridor with a little TLC. The trail west of 8th Street is fairly clean and free of trash and graffiti. After 25th Street, there are more trash, grocery carts, and homeless camps. The cottonwood trees along the creek are awesome, but they and the shrubbery need to be thinned. The trash gets worse as you approach 31st Street.
Wouldn't it be great if Colorado Springs could clean up this beautiful creek? If the city and/or corporate enterprises could buy the land between the highway and the trail, create some open space and build some hotels and restaurants, we would have an impressive creek walk.
I hope Colorado Springs has great plans for this corridor.