Questioning the polled group
Mayor Steve Bach is polling Sky Sox "fans" and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance about building a stadium downtown. By limiting those polled to one group that has already indicated favor to a downtown stadium and using the nebulous group "fans," the poll is biased and statistically irrelevant.
"Sky Sox fans" could be ten people or thousands, the question is whose mailing list are they going to use? If the sample size of "fans" is small enough, the Business Alliance members will overwhelm.
I am sure that months from now the mayor will refer to favorable polling results and forget to mention that the pre-selected polled groups make the poll fatally flawed as he pushes for a new stadium.
Tim Haley, Colorado Springs
Great things just across the street
Re: "Survey launched to gauge interest in downtown Colorado Springs Baseball Stadium," (Gazette, May 15). Concerning the comment made by Susan Edmondson, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership, that a downtown stadium could be a positive development for the area. "When people attend something like a ballgame, they're absolutely much more likely to go out to eat, buy a beer or go experience other great things nearby," she said. "I know I do that when I go to a Rockies game. But I'm a little more challenged when I go to a Sky Sox game because I can't just step outside the stadium and have a pub in walking distance."
She apparently does not know the area very well. Just across the street is a swell eating and drinking establishment and several more within five minutes of the stadium.
I would not welcome a move of the stadium downtown. The current location allows a smooth access to the stadium and anything "extra" I may be interested in, such as eating and shopping are all on Powers Boulevard.
Darrell Cornett, Colorado Springs
There are more pressing issues
Sure, we can certainly put a new Sky Sox stadium in downtown - right after we get the Interstate 25/U.S. 24 interchange fixed.
Then we can go put the Palmer Statue behind second base, too, since that would solve "that" problem.
Seriously, fix the Palmer Statue the simplest way - ban left turns at Platte and Nevada. Four signs, properly placed, end of problem, quick and easy.
As for the stadium idea, if the parking and freeway access are properly addressed, then why not? But realistically there are more pressing issues facing the city than that. A good central east-west corridor comes to mind immediately as a more pressing need - as in needed two decades ago.
Mike Seebeck, Fountain
Disability now a lifestyle choice
Can someone please tell me how living off disability payments became a lifestyle choice? I recall a time that this was a very last choice.
When every possibility for earning a living had been exhausted, then you had to go on disability. I live in an apartment complex that is just filled with these people, and only one or two really need it.
I see them all day just hanging out. I have my limitations, but I choose to be a productive member of society.
Sign me, confused, but with dignity.
Joan Minick, Colorado Springs