Thanks for the decision not to build
Thank you to any and all involved in the decision not to build a Kum & Go in Old Colorado City. We are grateful that you listened to the needs and preferences of those of us who live and walk in this neighborhood daily. We are so glad to have the opportunity to instead create something that will enhance the area's value and appeal, both to residents and to visitors.
Julia Mesnikoff, Colorado Springs
Allowed the public voice to be heard
I want to express my gratitude to all of the people who listened carefully to our concerns and then used sensitivity and good judgment in resolving the Kum & Go issue in Old Colorado City.
To Kum & Go, bravo - I am sure you ensured a great number of loyal customers for your new development on U.S. 24. To our city leaders, kudos - you allowed the public voice to be heard. To our news outlets, good work - you reported fairly and told the story well. To Goodwill, hang in there - the community is newly energized to help find a win-win solution. To the neighborhood folks who stepped up as leaders, you were amazing and powerful.
Finally to all of us little guys, the letter writers, the phone callers, the sign holders - we once again proved that many small voices can create a very large sound.
Judith Daley, Colorado Springs
'A good business but a wrong place'
I join Welling Clark and Sue Spengler and many others in thanking all involved with this effort. As Welling said, this was a good business but a wrong place. We will now turn our efforts to helping Goodwill locate a more appropriate buyer. Perhaps the lesson here, if there is one, is "avoid misery and always consult the community first."
Thank you again for helping us keep Old Colorado City on the path to becoming the historical/shopping/walking/eating and learning district in the state.
Linda J. Firth, Colorado Springs
PERA retirees spend money here
Regarding recent PERA issues:
I retired from School District 11 after many years in secretarial and office managerial positions. As a PERA retiree, I'm thankful every day that I have a steady retirement, which I contributed to in every paycheck over those years.
The average PERA benefit in El Paso County is $3,012, which is a fair and modest benefit earned after careers that often spanned decades serving the citizens of Colorado Springs. PERA retirees in Colorado Springs spend their money and pay taxes here just as everyone else.
Peggy J. Gardner, Colorado Springs
Obama demands his way
Let me see if I have this correct:
Obama wants solar, but we want gasoline.
Obama wants to keep the environmentalists happy, but we want the studied-to-death Keystone pipeline.
Obama wants extremely high cost, pollution free energy, but we want coal and nuclear power.
Obama wants nationalized heath care, but we only want health insurance reform.
Obama wants vigorous gun control and international small arms treaties, but we want our Second Amendment and our national sovereignty.
Obama wants amnesty, but we want border security and common sense immigration reform.
Obama wants to "punish" Assad in Syria, but we want to get out, and stay out of Middle-east sectarian violence.
Obama demands his way, but we want a government "of the people, by the people and for the people."
Did I somehow miss a turn on the highway?
Russell Sanderson, Colorado Springs
Ideas seem reasonable, until ...
This letter is in response to the opinion piece by John Suthers regarding legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado. Mr. Suthers, you offer some interesting questions about pot and the effects on the youth of our state. On one hand, your ideas seem reasonable, until you look at the practicality of such standards. You say that we should look to see if there is an increase/decrease in usage of pot by minors. The problem with this is that you are asking for numbers that depend on young men and women being honest about breaking the law. Yes, some will answer honestly, and some will not. This means that not only will the final numbers be skewed, but the baseline numbers will be skewed as well. Or, in other words, both sets of numbers will be useless.
The second item I have issue with is the idea that you would limit access to a legal item by law-abiding citizens, because some people may use that item illegally. Sounds reasonable when you talk about pot, sounds almost reasonable when you talk about guns, but are you willing to extend that rule to all businesses?
Should Redbox cease to carry "R" rated movies, because a youth under 17 may rent one? Are you looking to ban cigarettes or alcohol because those under 18 or 21, respectively, have accessed them illegally? We, as a country, really need to stop thinking we can reduce the use of an item illegally by banning it altogether. All that ensures is that every use of an item is illegal.
Robert Barker, Colorado Springs