Where do we draw the line?
In response to The Gazette article "Closer to help for homeless," Sept. 18: I work in public service and regularly interact with those unfortunate enough to be homeless. I'm not a spectator when it comes to this situation and unfortunately I don't have the answer to this very complex problem, however after reading Jakob Rodgers' piece I do have a question. In the article, an individual affiliated with Coalition for Compassion and Action challenges us all with this statement: "...people have got to wake up to what our city's civic responsibility is to support that effort..." (to care for the growing number of homeless).
Yes, we should take steps to alleviate the issue of homelessness as it affects people from our community, as all responsible citizens should. However as I have learned over the past several years, many of the homeless in our community were not citizens Colorado Springs or the surrounding area before becoming homeless. They come from other towns and cities near and far from all corners of the country. They migrated here, so to speak, because of the services offered to that population. I have asked, "What brought you to the Springs?" and the answer is always similar, "Because of the services for us".
The sign has been posted: Come, we will help you. As the services expand, the migration continues. My question is, where do we draw the line?
Stormwater projects need to happen
Both Together for Colorado Springs (T4COS) (left of center) and Colorado Springs Forward (CSF) (right of center) are joining together in support of the mayor's proposal to pass a stormwater effort. This might be the first time these two groups are on the same page.
From a trails and open space point of view, passage of this ballot issue is very important.
Historically, drainage was designed to get the water to Monument and Fountain Creek as fast as possible usually through concrete ditches. This methodology had proven to be disastrous in many respects. The high volumes of water eroded downstream property and the concrete ditches proved to be an expensive liability rather than an attractive amenity. Many trails have been washed out over time, causing trail closures coupled with expensive repairs.
In the early 1990s, the Pikes Peak Area Trails Coalition (predecessor of the current Trails and Open Space Coalition), put together a symposium in co-operation with the city of Colorado Springs to change the paradigm. The stormwater concept today is much more environmentally friendly.
One example of what has been done is at Shooks Run under Pikes Peak Avenue. What ironically was called the Shooks Run Culvert Project turned into a wonderful pedestrian and bicycle friendly underpass asset to the city.
Today, retention and detention ponds are used to slowly release water into Fountain and Monument Creek. Service roads for drainage ways serve double duty as trail right of ways.
These are a few of the ways that things are getting better. However, there is backlog of projects that need to be retrofitted.
Morals preceded religion
I disagree with Patrick Dowling's interpretation of the accurate quote of John Adams as published Sept. 18, in The Gazette.
He claims true morals are not relative, and moreover, that morality came from, and are based on religion. Religious morality has decreed, "Suffer not a witch to live." It has ordered firstborn females to be thrown into the Ganges. All of the traditional "Holy Books" have outrageous morals found within them more fit for hyenas than humans. Recently, in our community, James Dobson, and his group, have claimed that one must be a religious believer to be a real citizen, which is directly opposed to our First Amendment.
Adams said our Constitution was for a "moral and religious people," but he never equated the two as Dowling does. True intelligent morals will always be relative to circumstance in my opinion. They come from a combine of head and heart, and no religion has the right to intrude and poach in that grove in an attempt to have us act like trained pigs. Morals preceded religion, which has, in many cases, perverted them.
John Patrick Michael Murphy
Customer dollars pay corporate taxes
I would like to add a thought to Saturday's Pro/Con conversation, "Will lowering corporate taxes boost the economy?" I would remind folks where corporate tax dollars come from. No corporation or business pays taxes from its pocket. The taxes they 'pay' are one of the costs of doing business and therefore are added to the prices of products or services. In other words, customer dollars pay the taxes. Lower business taxes can leave more money in wage earners pockets to spend as they see fit.
Don't you think more spendable income in the hands of customers would be good for the economy?
H. Wayne Hall
Celebrate Perioperative Nurse Week
If you or someone you love has had a surgical procedure, a perioperative registered nurse was directly responsible for you or your loved one's well-being throughout the operation. While all of the other medical professionals in the room, including the surgeon, anesthesia provider, surgical assistant and other assistive personnel, are focused on their specific duty, the perioperative registered nurse focuses on the patient for the duration of the procedure.
Each year during Perioperative Nurse Week, which is Nov. 12-18 this year, I renew my commitment to be my patients' advocate and to safe patient care by following the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses' evidence-based guidelines.
The next time you or a family member is a surgical patient, ask us about what we do to keep patients safe. Please join us in celebrating perioperative nurses and our dedication to safe patient care for 2017 Perioperative Nurse Week.