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Gazette Premium Content No to 'Little Denver'; the law according to DHS

Letters Published: July 10, 2013

No need to be 'Little Denver'

Our mayor wants to build a new stadium downtown and points to Denver's LoDo as an example of what our downtown can be. Why would we want that? If I wanted to live in Denver I would move to Denver. I think we should be working to support what makes Colorado Springs the great place it is.

When I first visited this city on a summer vacation in 1967, I thought it had the best city parks in the country. I still do. People come from around the world to see Garden of the Gods. We need to let them know about the other parks our city and county has to offer. In addition we have Pikes Peak, the Air Force Academy, a unique zoo and other beautiful and unique things to do and see.

We have no need to try to be "Little Denver," we are Colorado Springs. We have a growing arts community, music, theater, dance and fine arts. There are activities available here for every age group. We have so much to offer. Why not put the effort into building up what we are, instead of trying to become something else.

If the mayor wants a big project, he could consider doing something about all the empty buildings in our city - businesses to bring healthy sustainable jobs to our area. Perhaps some sort of project that would help some of our unemployed local residents develop new small companies. That would be something worth a study.

Beth Heinrich, Colorado Springs

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Grandma could pass those tests

In response to the recent article regarding physical fitness tests for city police officers, I would like to say:

First, I have all the respect in the world for our police department. However, the "standards" and/or acceptable criteria for passing the physical fitness test are ridiculous. My grandma could pass those tests without breaking a sweat. Really!

Apparently having the stated set of physical standards is all for show only and is not really meant to ensure that police officers stay physically fit; which, by the way, is a public safety issue. How about changing the test to the following:

- 50 pushups in 2 minutes.

- 70 situps in 2 minutes.

- 10 pullups.

- A 1.5 mile run in 13 minutes.

The above events should be the minimum required and should be given at least once a year.

Dan McWilliams, Colorado Springs

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Guess the law is up to DHS

This week my wife and I went to court, trying to get custody of our great-granddaughter. Everything went fine, and we were to have a meeting later to continue the process of getting our great-granddaughter out of foster care and in our home. We had done all that was asked of us, from having our home inspected four different times by four different agencies of the court and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). We had gone through the different levels of visitation. We went to the meeting with the intention of learning when we would get custody. Every agency involved had assured us that this would happen. That was at 9 a.m. Imagine our surprise when at the 1:30 p.m. meeting to plan the course of action to make it happen we were informed that because my wife and I both have our Medical Marijuana red cards, under no circumstances would we get custody of our great-granddaughter.

She is to remain in foster care. The DHS people had received an email as the meeting was starting from the deputy director stating this. This is the third time that DHS has moved her already. The first time they took her back was because of neglect on her mother's part. The second time they took her back from the father's custody was because of neglect and abuse, possibly sexual abuse. As we sit now, she is in foster care.

She can't be with family that will love and take care of her, all because we have our red cards. The morphine I have to take daily for pain, the oxycodone for break-through pain, the muscle relaxers for back spasms, are all OK because they are legal. I thought the rest was also. I guess it is up to DHS what is legal in Colorado. I am a disabled vet with a service connected rating, yet can't get custody because I choose to not take all the drugs that would really incapacitate me were I to use them as directed, and prefer to use medication that actually helps.

Doug Rohrick , Peyton

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What does Deen have to do with it?

Let me see if I can help shed some light on what seems a really confusing problem for The Gazette in its viewpoint of June 28.

If I understand it correctly, it's good that Paula Deen's "ruination" shows a desire to eradicate racism, but it's bad that West Virginian democrats forgave Robert Byrd, that MSNBC doesn't fire Chris Matthews, that President Barack Obama chose Joe Biden as his VP or that some racist cartoonist was elected president of his organization. Say what?

It's simple, really. Deen was created by the marketplace, and she will be punished by the marketplace. What does that have to do with who Obama chooses as his VP?

Tolerance takes on different forms in different arenas. West Virginia democrats voted in Byrd, not democrats from Colorado. The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists never invited me to vote on its president (nor did President Obama ask my opinion of Biden). Give me a break. How exactly would The Gazette like for me to show less tolerance for racist politicians and pundits? I already turn the TV off and vote the bums out.

Life is short. Deal with what's in front of you, and be grateful we live in a free society. Even with all the jerks - it's the best society there is!

Erik Carlson, Colorado Springs

Editor's note: Erik Carlson is The Gazette's Local Advertising Sales Manager.

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