Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers.
What will it take to improve roads?
Re: "Killer on the Road" (Gazette, Dec. 24). About a week before this tragic recklessness (not an accident), The Gazette reported that fatal accidents had broken a record in Colorado Springs. I know the stretch of road well where the young mother of five met her tragic end - long stretches of solid double lines marking curves and sloping hills obstructing the road ahead.
A "two-day reign of terror" is a very apt description of the driver's utter disregard for those unfortunate enough to encounter him. About 33 reports of the two-day road terror - a lot of unconnected dots. Just another elusive, dangerous driver winding his way through multiple jurisdictions plagued by scarce manpower and resources.
Is there not someone who will tell us what it will take to improve our odds of returning home safely? What about the revenue the mayor said would be freed up by our approval of taxes for road improvements and stormwater projects?
Joe Ferri - Colorado Springs
Lax enforcement of our laws
Kaitlin Durbin deserves congratulations for a great job of reporting in "Killer on the Road" in your Sunday edition. But the saga of pathetic loser Robert Ours shows the stupidity of the DA's revolving courthouse door. It also highlights the amazing policy of the Sheriff's Office of not arresting a man driving on a suspended license, who doubtlessly had no insurance on the car. The law does not allow that car to be driven, even by a licensed driver, without insurance. It should have been impounded and the driver arrested and booked.
One wonders, is this policy a direct result of all the illegals driving uninsured cars with no driver's license? God forbid we should get them and their cars off the road, call ICE, and deport them.
And kudos to the law enforcement agencies who had over 30 calls by people screaming that his maniac was going to kill someone, yet couldn't break officers loose from other "high priority" duties, like writing traffic tickets.
So another American, randomly selected, pays the ultimate price for lax enforcement of our laws.
Way to go, DA. Way to go, Sheriff!
Stephen Coonts - Colorado Springs
Rapists are the cause of rape
Dixie Muinch's letter to the editor on Dec. 24 leaves out one critical component regarding rape; the rapist. She disparages female rape victims by blaming and shaming them. She urges them to "dress in a way that is modest, yet attractive" believing that clothing causes rape. It does not.
Rapists are the singular cause of rape. She forgets to mention that men are also rape victims.
She perpetuates the myth that a woman's value and worth are dependent upon remaining "pure" until marriage. A woman's value and worth is not determined by if she has had sexual intercourse prior to marriage; nor is a man's.
Nowhere in her letter does she mention the rapist's choice to rape. Rather, she cautions women not to swear, have piercings, tattoos or wild-looking hair. Those factors do not cause rape.
It is attitudes like Dixie's that prevent women, and men, from reporting rape.
Liz Wilcox - Colorado Springs
So sad for all involved
Our family of eight went for lunch at a very popular restaurant in Old Colorado City. It was very busy, and there was limited seating. There were two small tables open and the owner of the restaurant asked a man who was finished eating to leave to free another table. (This was done without my knowledge).
The owner later told me that this man and many others like him come in on a regular basis. The restaurant allows them to sit for long periods in which he provides free food and coffee.
This man who was asked to leave came up to me and told me how rude I was and to curse me. He continued to call me these things very loudly in front of all of the children and older women (of which I am one) until a young man asked him to leave. He continued yelling at me until he exited out the back door.
This is a situation that many of the business owners in our city are having to deal with.
The owner told me that no matter how much he does for these people, it is never enough. It is the paying customers that allow the business owners to provide free food.
Our family was very traumatized, especially the children. What was supposed to be a time for our family to get together, turned into a disaster.
So sad for all involved. Happy Holidays, right?
Barbara Delzer - Colorado Springs
New location for the blue frame
Just another suggestion for a new location for the blue frame: the pull-off on the south-bound side of I-25, on the north side of the Springs (northern city limits) with the view of Pikes Peak and the Air Force Academy.
It's right near the city of Colorado Springs sign that, I believe, says "City of Champions" (if not, it should) and lots of tourists pull off there to take their pictures with Pikes Peak or the mountains as a backdrop. The pull-off is sort of an "introduction" to the Colorado Springs area when coming in from the north and since the blue frame references our connection to the Olympics, I thought it would be an appropriate place to relocate the blue frame.
Kristen Andrew-Hoeser - Colorado Springs