Firing of teacher was appropriate

The firing of a teacher at a Catholic school who had signed on agreeing to conditions that defined single pregnancy as wrong was entirely appropriate on several levels. The Catholic church is opposed to pregnancy outside of marriage, and stated so up front and the teacher signed on knowing this. For whatever reason, this teacher decided that she didn't have to honor her word, another reason for dismissal.

Teachers are supposed to be models of integrity as they are influencing growing minds; displaying a disregard for the principles of her employer and for her commitment to her contract failed on both counts. The firing of this teacher is appropriate and in keeping with the stated values of the Catholic church, any other course or nonaction would be cowardly and giving in to political correctness.

America was founded on the rights to freely act on individual belief as long as it does no harm to society. Holding to high moral standards even in the face of popular moral laxness is absolutely the right thing to do.

Michael S. Welsh

Colorado Springs

Fails in communication 101

Recalling Colorado state Sen. John Morse Phase 1 completed today, over twice the number of signatures required to force a recall election. Phase 2, validation of signatures required, begins. We should know in a few weeks if election day will be set or will John Morse resign. As a resident in Senate District 11, I don't care which way it goes as long as we can say bye-bye to Morse. But if John does resign, he can save the cost of the special election. I worked as one of the volunteer petition circulators, I was called by a whole lot of people for Morse a felon and a ID thief: let's not forget a sexual predator.

Sen. John Morse as president of the Senate this session in Denver, changed the rules on citizen input on legislation. As one of his constituents, I know I tried for over five months from December to April to contact or have contact with my Sen. John Morse. He also told other legislators in his party to ignore the input from their constituents.

Sen. John Morse would like for everybody to think that the recall was based on only Second Amendment issues. When a legislator fails in communication 101 to constituents of his district and shows such little regard, it is time for Morse to go. The voters in Senate District 11 will have an opportunity to have new representation. I hope Morse's replacement doesn't forget that we are not sheep that should be led, but a community that wishes to have a voice.

Rob Blancken

Colorado Springs

Destroying a popular event

Once again, the city sees an opportunity to seize money from its citizens, using as an excuse "safety," instead of calling a spade a spade. Let's face it, the city wants to destroy a very popular event by making it impossible for the event to be held and they are doing it, well, because they can. Bureaucrats are very good at "raising" money whenever that glorious opportunity presents itself.

I would like to know how many people have been killed or injured on Union Blvd. or South Hancock Ave. during the Balloon Classic. Compare and contrast those figures with how many drunks have been killed or injured downtown from, say, 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.?

Do the downtown bars get charged a "safety" fee? Do they close Colorado Avenue, Pike's Peak Ave., Tejon St., or Nevada Ave. because of "safety?"

The Balloon Classic is a popular, family event and I suppose that's why the city is finding ways to destroy it. After all, they need resources to deal with all the drunks in the downtown area, don't they?

Donald Fahrenkrug

Colorado Springs

A bit of a chicken and egg game

The Gazette's viewpoint on how to revitalize downtown ignored its own answer. What The Gazette wants, it correctly states: "City government cannot make this occur."

While I'm all for reducing red tape and positively and proactively working with investors and developers, investors and developers aren't building great housing and supermarkets yet because the market isn't there. This 'yet' would change rapidly if the Sky Sox moved their stadium downtown. No other sport has as many home games as baseball. A guarantee of thousands of people streaming downtown 20 percent of the nights of the year will bring the great bars and restaurants, hotels and shops. Great bars, restaurants and shops will bring investors to develop condos, lofts and a high-end grocer.

Revitalizing downtown is a bit of a chicken and egg game. You have to bring people downtown first and then all the things people want to do will sprout up, which will get people to want to move there. Lower downtown Denver was a crime filled, mostly abandoned area, way worse than downtown Colorado Springs. Soon after moving Coors Field to the area great bars, restaurants, condos and lofts went up. It quickly went from being one of the worst places in Colorado to being one of the coolest places to be.

Bring the Sky Sox stadium downtown; it will be the catalyst that revives the downtown of the best city in America.

Mark Dunn

Colorado Springs

Worry about 'bar central' later

All this talk about the revitalization of the downtown area sounds in part like a growth initiative. It should be obvious to citizens at this point in the season and during most years that a city without adequate water, to the point of rationing, is not likely to foster growth to any significant extent. Why don't we try to do something about that issue first, and worry about "Bar Central" later.

Douglas Prutting

Colorado Springs