A multipurpose convention center
I am glad to finally see our city leaders taking a look at ways to revitalize areas close to downtown to generate tourism and tax revenues. What I have been wondering is that why no one has ever suggested building a real multipurpose convention center?
I have lived in the Springs area for seven years and attended various events at the World Arena, the no-longer Phil Long Event Center, various deserted buildings converted for short-term use, the Freedom Financial Center and so on. None of these facilities have been adequate; they either have been too small, not very appealing or poorly located.
A convention center, if done properly, could host all of Colorado Springs' local events such as home shows, gun shows, car shows and many other events. In addition, if marketed correctly it could attract events and conventions from outside our area. It would also be a year-around venue, not subject to our unpredictable weather.
Regarding the building of a new triple-A baseball stadium near downtown, I totally agree with comments provided by Dan Schofield in an article that appeared in the Aug. 14 issue of the Gazette.
We have a very adequate stadium now and abandoning it to build a new one would not be money well spent.
In summary, if done properly, a well-designed, multipurpose convention center would be the best thing for Colorado Springs. It would go a long ways in bringing in much needed revenue to our area. I hope our city leaders will take a hard look at this suggestion.
Mike Saign, Black Forest
Who could have known?
Most politicians now in office in this city and county, when they were running for office, solemnly promised they would never raise taxes.
Now, roads and streets and bridges are in disrepair, some parks have no functioning restrooms, some streetlights are off, storm-water and flood-control projects are unfunded, and the infrastructure is in urgent need of basic maintenance. It's a nearly billion dollars in the hole.
Who could have predicted this?
Larimore Nicholl, Colorado Springs
Should be making it easier to vote
I am writing in reference to a recent letter about voter ID laws, which sought to equate voting with cashing a check. The Constitution of the United States declares in amendments 15, 19, 24, and 26 voting to be a "right" that cannot be abridged. Boarding an airplane, driving a car, cashing a check are not constitutionally enshrined rights, so to compare the requirement to show ID for cashing a check to the attempt to do the same for voting is not a valid comparison.
I find it ironic that many of those who cite the Second Amendment to protect our right to bear arms are so willing to consider limits on the fundamental right to vote, which so underpins our democracy - and which has been trampled on for much of our history based on wealth, race, and gender.
As one who believes in the Constitution and who, as a veteran, swore an oath to defend our Constitution, I say the right to vote - and the right to bear arms - and our other rights must be inviolate and not subject to politics and partisan-motivated limitations.
We should be doing all we can we can to make it easier for citizens to exercise their right to vote, not trying to make it harder based on political expediency.
Neal Rappaport, Manitou Springs
The obvious needs for showing ID
It seems ludicrous to me that opponents of voter ID laws say it will disenfranchise voters. Of course, it is predominately Democrats that say that and it seems it is because they would no longer be able to have dead people voting, or others voting multiple times, or other tricks they have used to load the ballot boxes for Democrats running for various offices.
I have to show my photo ID to do so many things that almost all Americans do regularly.
Some examples are:
- Adopt a pet
- Purchase a home
- Purchase an automobile
- Purchase a gun
- Obtain a bank account
- Obtain a credit card
- Obtain a passport
- Write a check
- Make a credit card purchase
- Apply for a loan to purchase anything
- To prove your age
- To receive a marriage license
- To drive
- To get medical care
- To get on a plane - To rent a hotel room
- To rent a car
- To receive welfare - To receive Social Security
And the list goes on.
How can it possibly be wrong to have something as important as voting in our nation's elections to require a photo ID? People that don't have an ID are very limited in what they can do in everyday life. Most states requiring voter photo IDs will provide someone without a photo ID with an ID that will allow them to vote!
I believe it is a very tired old excuse used by Democrats to beat their drum of disenfranchisement!
Almost any reasonable person can see the need to make sure only American citizens, living ones, can vote!
Allan L Bunger, Colorado Springs