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Gazette Premium Content Painful water restrictions; More on recalls

Letters Published: July 1, 2013

Pain water restrictions causing

Kudos to councilmen Joel Miller and Don Knight for recognizing the pain the water restrictions are causing. It took years for our lawn to recover from the last drought. Last year it was beautiful, this year I am struggling to keep it alive and stay within the water restrictions. We are retired and live in an area where most people do not take care of their yards. They are either renters or don't care. We can't afford to go over the 2,000 cf limit and the result is a dead and dying yard that we put so much time and work in to make it nice. Now I will probably not see it looking nice again.

Charles Cole, Colorado Springs

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Yard becoming a moonscape

The Gazette's editorial on June 25 called proposed lower water rates for people with large lawns "social engineering". And so such rates would be. But the current rate structure is already social engineering, making low consumption users the winners. Furthermore, I'm sure that the low water rates 20 years ago were social engineering designed to boost growth. CSU, an arm of the government, makes political decisions, not market-based ones.

Now we're paying the piper for those early cheap rates. The effect on my family is that our yard in Mountain Shadows is becoming a moonscape. When we moved into our home 20 years ago, we discovered that fancy landscaping was very expensive. We opted for a cheaper alternative, a native grass mix. But even this needed water and fertilizer to look good.

Mountain Shadows had many large lawns in those days. Ours was one of the largest. Water was cheap in 1994 and for several years afterward, so watering the lawn cost a few dollars per cycle.

Because of huge increases in water rates, I don't want a lawn anymore, just ground cover. I've been trying to grow a native grass that needs little water once it's established. But establishing it requires watering.

Water is a limited resource - but all resources are limited, and all resources are rationed. The best rationing is performed by a free market. Unfortunately, there is no free market for water in Colorado Springs.

Richard H. Timberlake, III, Colorado Springs

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Constituents' voice needs to be heard

Sen. Angela Giron can now join Sen. John Morse in bids to save their Senate seats. I wish to thank the volunteers in Pueblo for their hard work in collecting valid signatures to force this recall. With two state senators facing recall, hopefully this will send a message to other legislators and elected officials that the voice of their constituents needs to be heard.

Many supporters of Sen. Morse and Sen. Giron will say that this is just a bunch of gun nuts looking to make trouble. If one was to take the time and review the legislative actions of this past session one would see that it is more than Second Amendment issues. When legislators and representatives that are elected to office fail in communication 101, then there constituents have but one recourse and that is to "recall" them. Supporters of these two will say well they were elected can't you just wait for their terms to run out? The answer is "hell no" we don't need any more damage to our state.

Rob Blancken, Colorado Springs

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