BUCKS ‘N BRONCS Community pulled together to preserve valued asset I was very pleased to hear the announcement that the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Board and the Hall of Fame Board will keep the PRCA headquarters and Hall of Fame here.
Now is the time to applaud the combined efforts of many community leaders who worked together in demonstrating that Colorado Springs is the best site for the PRCA. I extend my thanks to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame Board, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation Board, Clear Channel Colorado Springs, Citadel Broadcasting Company, Kathy Guadagnoli, and all the other organizations and individuals who contributed to the comprehensive offer made to the PRCA Board. I am proud to have been part of these superb efforts. Since 1979, our community has been privileged to serve as host to the PRCA. We recognize and appreciate the PRCA and value its economic contribution as an employer, a tourist destination and as host to numerous rodeorelated events. They are the top sanctioning body for professional rodeo contests in the country and the facilitator of the premier Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy. Both entities share Colorado’s and our community’s proud western heritage and traditions. We are proud that they call our community home and we are delighted they are staying. One of the PRCA incentives, from the entire package of options, included the City issuing Private Activity Bonds (PABs). It is critical to note that PABs do not constitute any debt to the City of Colorado Springs or its citizens. Instead, the City acts as a conduit and the entity receiving the PAB is responsible for repayment of all bond debt. A private lender receives the bond payments and holds the entity accountable. Historically, the City has issued a PAB for Sinton Dairy, The Colorado College, St. Mary’s High School, Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs and others. Thank you and congratulations, Colorado Springs. Lionel Rivera Mayor THE SKY’S THE LIMIT Gazette somehow missed aviation innovation landmark Just wanted to check to see if anyone else noticed what happened several weeks back at the Colorado Springs airport! In my opinion, history was made with the first flight of a revolutionary new jet airplane that most pilots have been waiting decades to see and fly. It’s the Sport-Jet that was built by Bob Bornhofen. This airplane will literally change the landscape of aircraft available for the general aviation pilot. General aviation has not seen a new design for over 40 years. But now, the marketplace has shifted. Now, instead of cumbersome piston engines and propellers to manage, today’s pilot can, for the same price as a small, twin engine airplane, own an easy-to-fly and efficient jet. So, for less than the price of flying that old Beech or Bonanza, a pilot can fly himself and three passengers in a jet, at twice the altitude and twice the speed. Just as the Wright Brothers were overlooked by the news media back in 1903, until after they changed the course of history at Kill Devil Hills, another opportunity to witness history somehow slipped through the fingers of the press — despite the technical achievements and business impact on the aviation industry and local economy. Ron McElroy Colorado Springs BORDER GUARD Military not too taxed to handle this mission The longer we discuss the illegal immigration problem, the bigger the problem becomes. We have at least 80,000 illegal immigrants crossing our border every month. The border patrol has apprehended over a million immigrants a year. They say two get through for every one caught, which is two million illegal immigrants a year. There are people who say the National Guard is too overtaxed to get involved at the border. But we have 400,000 National Guard, with 23,000 in Iraq, so there are adequate numbers to handle border security for arrest and detention, as they do in Iraq and Afghanistan. In response to Hurricane Katrina, the government sent 20,000 army and 50,000 National Guard — so those who say we do not have the manpower are wrong. To send 6,000 with no ability to arrest and detain is just a joke. This is a National Security problem. We not only need the troops to arrest and detain illegal immigrants, but also drug pushers or terrorists who may come across our borders. This administration keeps talking about National security, but leaves a 2,000 mile border wide open. This is insane. Irwin MacLeod Colorado Springs NOT SO ‘NEAT’ Code enforcement officers enforce arbitrary rules I take strong issue with article on the Code Enforcement officers (“Crime stoppers: code cops keep neighborhoods neat”) in the May 15 Gazette. This process represents the government at its worst — a bunch of arbitrary, unpublicized rules cobbled together by bureaucrats are enforced by anonymous phone calls to the police. The citizen is judged guilty unless he of she can prove themselves innocent; there is no accountability and no recourse. This is more typical of Nazi Germany than the United States. The entire code and enforcement process needs to be scrapped and reconsidered. If a law cannot be uniformly enforced, it should not be a law. The first steps to total government control are to make everything illegal and to reward citizens for spying on their neighbors. And this Code enforcement process places us well along that path. Peter Wood Colorado Springs