Do some positive things first
The Monument/Fountain Creek (MFS) system is a potential treasure for locals and tourists. Visit Spokane, San Antonio, or Pueblo and see the positive possibility that Colorado Springs is missing. Our MFS is a smelly dump that will still be present after a stadium is built.
Consider clearing the trees and brush south of the America the Beautiful Park to South Tejon, digging down 20-30 feet and put a dam just north of South Tejon Street. You would have a lake, with I-25 the west border and the east side has a natural brim. No camping area. Our friends to the south would have a more consistent water flow and help our SDS needs. North of this lake the city could have small shops, eating places or whatever. We need to do positive things first and cleanse the current problem with a positive tourist and local attraction.
Brian Miller, Colorado Springs
Let us be perfectly clear
Oh, good. Here come the Libertarians filing a lawsuit because they were not astute enough to get themselves on the ballot in the upcoming recall election against John Morse and Angela Giron, as every other interested person was able to do. This is akin to the spinster aunt who, at the Thanksgiving family reunion, insists the dinner would have been exquisite had she been allowed to make the stuffing.
Let us be perfectly clear: There is not a chance of a Libertarian candidate being elected to replace either Morse or Giron. If you Libertarians succeed in getting one of your own on the ballot the only thing you will accomplish is dividing the conservative vote and sending these two control freaks back to the State House for another term, to continue the mischief they began in the last legislative session.
If there is a conflict between the statute and the State Constitution, that should be addressed, but this is not the time.
If the intent of your platform is indicated by the result of your actions, you should call yourselves Democrats.
Wes O'Dell, Colorado Springs
Doesn't require higher property taxes
I read Rep. Dan Nordberg's comments regarding the school funding initiative with great interest. As the chief financial officer for District 11, and as someone who closely tracked the development of SB213, I was surprised to see Rep. Nordberg state that half of the school districts in the state will be required to raise their property taxes ("This is not a new solution, it's expensive, more of the same," August 11).
I have read the entirety of SB213, and I can say with absolute certainty that nothing in the bill requires districts to increase property taxes. Rep. Nordberg and others may take issue with a personal income tax increase, but we should all be clear that this is the only tax at issue.
Glenn Gustafson, Colorado Springs
Help reunite missing pet, family
I am asking for help. We live off Academy and Hancock. On July 15, my grandson left our gate open and our two boxers got out and went into the ditch and ran away. Four days later we found one, but we still have one missing. He's almost 3 and is tan with tiger stripes.
We drove all over and continue to at times. We are asking that if someone has him, please take him to the Humane Society. We love him and miss him. Please help us bring him home.
Robert Troelsch, Colorado Springs
Neighborhood is an attraction
My family and I are residents of Old Colorado City. I've lived in three Colorado Springs neighborhoods over the years, but we are firmly settled here now.
We are proud that our neighborhood is such an attraction for tourists and visitors to Colorado Springs. We know what a big deal tourism is to this city, and we think it's a terrible idea for a huge 24-hour brightly lit gas station and convenience store to move into an area specifically touted in local visitor guides for its walkability, quirkiness, history, and charm.
If we diminish the value and appeal of our prime tourist destinations, we impoverish the entire city. Kum & Go can come to U.S. 24; no one is trying to walk and enjoy local flavor right there.
Julia Mesnikoff, Colorado Springs
Should be a no-brainer
Voter ID should be a no-brainer, non-issue. One is required to have an ID to operate a motor vehicle, use commercial air, cash a check and even check into a hotel.
Isn't voting, which potentially runs our country at least as important? The reasons for identification are myriad and the rationale for not identifying oneself is mystifying at least to me.
Michael S. Welsh, Colorado Springs