These are weapons, not toys
It took a moment for my anger to turn to deep sadness when I saw the picture of little children "playing" on instruments of war in Saturday's Gazette (Sept. 21). These are weapons, not toys. These weapons shatter the dreams and lives of children on the other side of the world. Eighty percent of casualties in war are civilians most of them wounded, terrorized and often dead children. War is still hell for those kids. Only in Colorado Spring are we frequently reminded that war can still be fun! God help us!
Stephen Handen, Colorado Springs
Everything about downtown
I'm a Mayor Bach fan, but think he is becoming too beholden to his downtown and developer buddies.
Vision is great and we need more of it in Colorado Springs. There are some good ideas in the four proposed changes; especially with the Air Academy Visitors Center and the UCCS Medical Teaching Center.
My reservations have to do with the desire of doing everything in conjunction and related to downtown. The most absurd part of the plan is to have the Sky Sox stadium downtown. Hey, build a convention center or something similar. Tourists don't support the Sky Sox; just us ole retired folks and baseball fans, who enjoy the local team.
On that subject; this community is filled with senior and retired military people. Many of us seldom go near downtown with parking meters, no parking, crowded traffic and Acacia Park. Even driving by the park is no longer a pleasant experience. Added to that is the effort to discourage locals from attending events such as the Balloon Classic and July Fourth at Memorial Park.
Yes, Colorado Springs has many things, which attract tourists; but most aren't downtown. We no longer attend Spring Spree and the Range Riders breakfast, which used to be a staple in our family's activities.
I won't support any kind of tax increases, just to attract tourists for businesses downtown. You can feel it coming from the Utilities; another round of rate increases to pay for the flood damages and the lack of revenue from all the rain. We don't need more taxes!
Duane C. Slocum, Colorado Springs
Late night disturbances
Late-night crotch rocket motorcycle racing in the Garden Of The Gods Park has been going on for months.
I live on the south edge of the park and the sound of these high-powered bikes make a heck of a noise.
These jerks show up and wake us up regularly with the engine sounds echoing in the valley surrounding the park.
Where we live it is as if they are in our living room.
This rude, dangerous, stupid and illegal racing has been going on for months. The Colorado Springs police are aware of this activity, and sooner or later someone will be caught. But, I hope it will be sooner. They don't race every night, that activity would be too easy to catch by the Colorado Springs police.
At first I was worried (a little) that someone was going to hit a deer or bear or a rock. It has been going on for so long now that I am hoping they will hit a nice big sturdy rock.
I wrote this letter to encourage others living near the park to report this activity to the police, as I have.
Steve Sinn, Manitou Springs
Columnist ignorant of history
How can a man (George Will - Sept. 22) be so ignorant of American history as to miss the honored tradition of non-interventionism, which stretched from the wisdom of President George Washington to the opening of the 20th century? Why is it that he cannot even write that word?
Does his seeming erasure of patriotic Americans such as Charles Lindberg and Sen. Robert Taft from the pre-WW II scene have a purpose, such as to condition his readers to embrace yet another recreational war to satiate those in D.C. drunk with pride and lust of power?
How can he justify the bitter fruits of President Woodrow Wilson's (British manipulated) intervention in WW I which prolonged that war and all its carnage by two years, led to the rise of Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, plus Pol Pot who between them killed 100 million of their subjects while striving for their paranoid utopias, and - as a grand finale - WW II?
Would not the world be (or have been) a better place had the U.S. with all its weaponry retained a noninterventionist policy?
Should not our country emulate Athens rather than Sparta?
Russell W. Haas, Golden
Taking food from most vulnerable
Let me see if I get this right! Doug Lamborn votes to end food stamp program for up to 39 billion, but I am sure he wants state and federal FEMA aid for our wildfires and floods. Does it occur to him that some of these same flood/fire victims may need food stamps. This will cut monies from programs for vets, children, and senior citizens. Taking food from the most vulnerable is a disgrace. Republications talk about good family values but maybe it's just that, talk!
We the taxpayer are providing your very own and private food stamp program in a way by paying your salary, pension and federal health care for you and your family, and you do nothing to earn it except hurt the weakest in our society.
Roberta Belaski, Ca?n City