Published: June 5, 2013
A poor batting average
Not sure why there is such a push to move baseball downtown. Leave Security Service Field alone. There are restaurants, parking, police and a major street close by for access in and out. Too bad the zoning around it wasn't done to get more supporting businesses close by.
Mayor Bach should work on how to fill an empty airport and figure out how to make Confluence/America the Beautiful Park useful. Not a great batting average.
Dale Gray, Colorado Springs
Change this, change it now
Lip service - that's what this administration is giving to the injured American servicemen. How would you feel, after serving your country, being injured, and then your government dismisses you without medical benefits? We, as a society, have to change this, and change it now! The only way that I can see to do this is elect people who will serve our country, not themselves. I'm mortified when I see TV commercials asking for donations to help our injured servicemen/servicewomen. I'm 70-plus-years-old and having a hard time remembering a real statesman in our government.
Michael D. Gombert, Colorado Springs
Proven leader in a tough state
Chris Christie for president? Absolutely! Chris Christie knows how to reach across party lines and do what is in the best interest of all of his constituents.
He is a proven leader in a tough state, who genuinely cares about the people. Chris Christie is who this country needs as its next president.
Mike Mlynarczyk, Colorado Springs
Be wary, be very wary
In response to the Question of the Day dated May 31, subject "Chris Christie for President?" Prior to Hurricane Sandy I was very much a Chris Christie supporter due in large part to his apparent commitment to the curbing of spending, production of jobs and driving down a threatening state deficit in New Jersey.
However, following his well publicized fawning suaret with President Obama on the occasion of his visit to New Jersey to view hurricane damage, I feel that some of Gov. Christie's true colors were exposed.
Most recently we have seen Gov. Christie on what appears to be a date with President Obama at a New Jersey shore amusement park. These public demonstrations of affection for a bona fide spender and deficit expanding proponent by a supposedly fiscal minded/disciplined conservative politician leave me very uneasy regarding Gov. Christie's true political character, though his political ambitions seem clearly to include a likely presidential run in 2016.
My fear though, is that Gov. Christie is just another self-serving politician cloaked in the clothes of one who truly cares about curing the nation's ills. Though he indeed is a viable candidate, so too have been many others before him who unfortunately turned out not to be what their public appearance painted them to be.
Be wary, be very wary. Cheers and God bless our great nation.
John Modell, Colorado Springs
Throw cigarette butts on your own property
If you want to take the risk of getting cancer by smoking cigarettes, that is your personal choice, only affecting yourself. However, when you throw your lit cigarette butts out your car window you can start a fire, affecting everyone. If you are feeling lucky, throw them on your own property.
Sue Sauers, Colorado Springs
The farce about watering
Several years ago when we had water restrictions the public did an excellent job of conserving.
Now we have even more drastic restrictions.
I am referring to the 2000 cubic foot limit, before "punishment" is administered in the form of double rates.
My questions are:
Why, as taxpayer owners of the utility were we not allowed to vote for the change in this tier level? Stockholders of private companies are allowed to vote, and I consider myself a "stockholder" in Colorado Springs Utilities.
Why are we not allowed to use gray water for outdoor use? Europe has used gray water for years. Gray water does not harm grass or plants. The City uses non-potable water for city parks, so using gray water makes sense for the rest of us.
The farce is no one can water for three hours twice a week without going over 2000 cf. Read your meter before and after watering for three hours. Mine reads 200 cf. Times eight watering days equals 1600 cf. per billing cycle. Add to this ordinary household use and you will be over 2000 cf.
By the Utilities' own records the average household uses 110,000 gallons of water per year. This converts to 1225 cubic feet per month. This means you can only water outside for about 12 hours per month without going over 2000 cf. That's only three hours once a week, folks. So why have we been deceived into believing we can water twice a week for three hours?
The third level tier needs to be set back up to 2500 cubic feet. Even at that level, large families and multi-generational households will still be over.
Carol Mueller, Colorado Springs