Parking and city parks
On July 21, we drove our grand children to America the Beautiful Park for an outing. We were greeted by an individual in a yellow shirt who asked for a $10 fee to park. Parking is usually always free at city parks. We promptly left because as a taxpayer and 27 year resident of Colorado Springs, I cannot believe that I would have to pay to park at a city park and more over that a city street is closed and I am unable to park there also.
According to the Parks Administration manager, the entire park was reserved for the day with an exclusive use permit for a special event that included closure of Cimino Drive for a run as well as close-in parking. I reiterate how can a public street be closed and parking be charged by that group for their use when we as the taxpayer own that park. Am I misled? Do we pay to swim in the ocean?
Oh, that's right we pay taxes which I believe are used to fund the city parks and when we try to use the park we are not permitted to park unless we pay a private organization $10 to park in a city park but the private organization pockets the $10. I was also informed by the Parks Administration manager that there were shuttles to provide off site parking at a cheaper rate at city garages. Which we were not informed of by the way. Big flip, now I can park for another fee at a city parking garage and take a shuttle to a city owned park which my taxes pay for and where parking is usually free. Something is definitely wrong with this picture.
Mary Ann Relich, Colorado Springs
Voters have already sent a message
Brilliant! Do local politicians and all those industrial and military folks, really think that banning sales here in the Springs will make one iota of difference on the use of recreational marijuana in this city? If anyone wants it, and they can't already find it here, they will just drive to the nearest town smart enough to sell it and leave their money there.
Do you think that if you can't buy it here it will convince anyone that people living here won't use it? Worried about the message to our youth? The voters in this state have already sent it. Responsible use by adults is OK, just like alcohol. Worried about the federal law? Let's send them this message: Stop wasting millions of our tax dollars on futilely trying to stop marijuana use. Isn't happening. Nothing learned from Prohibition. All that happens is the criminals make a ton of money that the country could gain from taxing the stuff. We voted to legalize it in this state. So tax it, regulate it, then get out of the way and stop trying to run our lives the way you think they should be.
Garry Dykes-Modlens, Colorado Springs
Doped out individuals downtown
Colorado Springs City Council and Mayor Bach: Thank you, thank you, for listening to the voice of the people in Colorado Springs and not allowing recreational pot to be sold! It has been disheartening to hear reports of people who are clambering to turn our city into a marijuana haven in the name of "the people". Well, I am a person (part of the nearly 50 percent who voted against Amendment 64) who does not want that presence here and I'm glad you represented me.
I read the letter by a supporter saying the young people have a different vision for the downtown and we need to listen to them. I found myself wondering why we would support a vision of doped out individuals hanging around downtown. This is the great vision for a new and vibrant downtown?! I don't believe having readily available marijuana is the image and draw we are looking for to revitalize the area - or even the city! And as for attracting business? "Come to Colorado Springs, the land is high and so are your employees!" - doesn't sound too compelling does it.
So again, thanks for standing up to the outside pushers, and local marijuana minority. We can do better for our citizens and our image by keeping Colorado Springs clean.
Holly Tripp, Colorado Springs
A whole lot of fiction for Morse
I read in last Sunday's paper another article about how poor John Morse is so misunderstood by his constituents. If Sen. Morse wants to put to rest the accusations that he is not tied to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he should release his phone records of the last 10 months. The 2013 legislative session was directed by outside state interest, in particular the gun control legislation that was passed. Sen. Morse has no original thoughts of his own but is just merely a puppet and the voters in his district need to know that. Two of the measures that were passed are being challenged by 55 county sheriffs because they not only infringe on the rights of private citizens but make it virtually impossible to enforce.
As president of the state Senate this year Morse controlled the bills and debate as it went through the Senate, he cannot separate himself from that truth. Nor can he recant the fact that he told members of the Senate to disregard and ignore the concerns of their constituents in the debate of this year's legislative session. But it's just not about the Second Amendment infringements directed by Sen. Morse, but the other bills that were endorsed and directed by the senator. Let's review some of these: in-state tuition for illegals, in-state drivers license for illegals, mandates of green energy generation by rule of electric associations, support of same day voter registration which may lead to voter fraud, and let's not forget high school level sex education being administrated to fourth-graders.
I personally tried for five months to make contact with my senator he would not return phone calls, emails and regular mail in regards to this year's legislative session. Now a whole lot of fiction for Morse is running radio ads with how he voted to protect our children, but Morse would not allow a hearing on proposed legislation that would mirror Megan's law that has been adopted by so many states across the nation.
Citizens of Colorado need responsible legislators that can listen with empathy to their constituents.
Rob Blancken , Colorado Springs