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Gazette Premium Content Springs visitors enthralled; third-world tactics

Letters Published: September 17, 2013

Visitors were enthralled

This past week we hosted "Friendship Force" guests from Costa Rica and showed them our great city. Of course we included the Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods. We added a drive through the grounds of Glen Eyrie, complete with wild turkeys. The mines and casinos of Cripple Creek showed the mix of history and present. On Monday, after a trip up the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak and lunch at the Cliff House, we toured the Broadmoor area. On a whim we decided to look over the grounds of the El Pomar Foundation's Penrose House. Since the door was open we ventured inside where the hostess gave us the run of the house.

We explored this wonderful gift to Colorado Springs and felt almost like we were part owners. Our guests were enthralled, as were we. After a quick view of Starr Kempf's marvelous moving sculptures, we stopped through the Golden Bee for a bit of refreshment. Again we found welcoming people and enjoyed the ambiance of the exceptionally well done expansion. Although the carriage house was closed, we ventured through the Broadmoor hotel and across the lake. Here again it was the little things, the exceptionally courteous staff and the immaculately cared for grounds and buildings that stood out to all of us.

What a pleasure it is to be able to live in a place like Colorado Springs and to share with others the many attractions it has to offer. William Jackson Palmer, Spencer Penrose and many others have provided us with such a rich heritage.

Our guests commented many time on our good fortune to be able to enjoy places like these whenever we want.

Brian & Jeanne Marsh, Colorado Springs

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Just a thought on AFA flyovers

I understand that we are trying to save tax dollars by not having flyovers at the Air Force football games, However, it baffles me that with all the practice flights that are in the air in Colorado Springs during the week, that the Air Force could not schedule something to be flown at home games. Just a thought.

John Gallagher, Colorado Springs

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Revitalizing downtown 'nonsense'

Rich Laden's article in Sunday's Gazette about "revitalizing" downtown Colorado Springs contained the usual claims that government-funded redevelopment would help the economy. Nonsense.

There is no difference between this kind of development and the Bush/Obama bailouts. The government would take money from those who earned it and give it to someone else. This plan is another crony corporatist scheme.

A tax-funded stadium for the Sky Sox is one of the principal parts of this project. Here's a quote from the Cato Institute regarding such stadiums:

Our conclusion, and that of nearly all academic economists studying this issue, is that professional sports generally have little, if any, positive effect on a city's economy. The net economic impact of professional sports in Washington, D.C., and the 36 other cities that hosted professional sports teams over nearly 30 years, was a reduction in real per capita income over the entire metropolitan area.

(http://www.cato.org/publications/briefing-paper/caught-stealing-debunking-economic-case-dc-baseball).

I say absolutely and utterly no to this nightmare.

Richard H. Timberlake, III, Colorado Springs

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Response to 'Third World tactics'

I am responding to Guddo Singh's letter of Sept. 12. "Third World country type tactics". First Mr. Singh, the recall of John Morse was not a coup. In America we have the right and privilege by our Constitution to have a recall such as this when the individual in office does not represent the people that elected him in the first place. Yes, they did elect Morse and then he would not listen to or even give his constituents the opportunity to speak out on many important issues. Not just gun legislation!

Second, these constituents are not sore losers or stupid. We are not a democracy and never have been. Our country is a Constitutional Republic by representation. Not one place in our Constitution does it say democracy. This was done for a reason by our forefathers. Maybe you should obtain a copy of the U.S. Constitution and read it completely. You might learn a few things.

Finally, 55 patriotic sheriffs in our proud state of Colorado realize how important our Second Amendment rights are and certainly have more common sense about gun rights/citizen safety throughout our state than Morse ever did. Everyone of these sheriffs know their counties and know what is the very best in maintaining safety for the residents in their counties. Collectively these sheriffs are much more qualified than Morse was or ever will be.

Bob Simmons, Colorado Springs

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What's the scoop on water?

After all of this rain and flooding, I am sure many of us would like to know the status and levels of the city's water reserves.

Well how about it? When does Colorado Springs Utilities project lifting or revising the restrictions? What does the water picture look like for next year?

Robert Canfied, Colorado Springs

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