Without the smell of smoke
Imagine going to the city parks to enjoy the fresh air, unencumbered by secondhand smoke. The paths and parking lots clear of any discards of cigarette butts. A safe area in a drought prone area, where one spark can start a fire. Well, the City Council has made your dream come true. I applaud them and thank them.
My civil liberties include the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am happy to be able to live without the smell of smoke or the remnants of disregard for the beauty of our city from the litter. I am an ex-smoker. I am here today because on condition of marrying, I quit. My health reflects it. My mother-in-law is not here - a victim of secondhand smoke.
One last thought: Many enjoy a beer. The parks are off-limits. That's life. Live it up.
Randy Kroeger, Colorado Springs
Wild spending and wise spending
I was the chair of the Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Committee that visited Colorado Springs in the summer of 2012. I strongly believe that this will move Colorado Springs a giant step forward. To those who don't want their pennies going to these projects, I would say that there is a difference between wild spending and wise spending. The City for Champions projects represent wise spending; they will be an investment in the city's future.
Bill Hudnut, Colorado Springs
More interested in growth
I don't know why I haven't written sooner, lazy I suppose. I am concerned about growth plans.
I am a retired USAF meteorologist and lived here 1960-1965 and 1987 to present. We have had many water shortages during those years. It seems to me that our planners are more interested in growth than quality of life. Growth means more crime in addition to water. We don't need more crime but we do need more water. Yes, it is on the way provided that the SDS is finished at our expense but we have not control of weather. Who knows what the next few years (or more) will bring. In the news the other day it was reported that scientists were confused because the warming trend has been accompanied by less pollution. There is no way they can predict future climate patterns. Are we really in a position to offer sufficient water to new businesses and residents?
Robert "OZ" Osborn, Colorado Springs
Can we all take a deep breath?
With the school year now underway, we've been reminded to observe the school zones. As important as this is for the safety of our children, the drivers of Colorado Springs need to be reminded of the necessity of observing yellow lights at intersections.
It's impossible to travel any distance in our great city without the challenge from drivers not obeying yellow lights which frequently turn to red long before the vehicle has made it through the intersection.
Wouldn't it be better to deal with the additional 3-5 minutes, wait while stopped at yellow/red lights than to bear the consequence of an accident? Loss of life, limb or property surely is of more value than being the "last" daredevil to make it through that intersection.
Can we all take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the beauties Colorado Springs has to offer while we "safely" wait our turn on the roadways?
J. Hunter, Colorado Springs
Attractions even locals would visit
In regard to the proposed tourist attractions, Colorado Springs needs more than "been there, done that" attractions. We need attractions that even locals would want to visit regularly.
A science museum with changing exhibits and events would bring students, families, dates, seniors, clubs, and tourists on a regular basis. It would support STEM education in our schools through collaboration with Colorado College, UCCS, USAFA, and the Space Foundation. The Science and Industry Museum in Chicago is one of its most popular local and tourist attractions. Most people I know, including out of state family, have been to the Olympic Center and USAFA visitor center only once because they've "been there, done that."
Instead of a baseball field, a convention center would help our local airport attract direct flights and increase tourism. People would extend their business trip a couple of days and make a vacation out of it, thus adding to the economy especially if they bring their spouses or family along. Colorado Springs has the advantage over Denver of being close to the mountains and easier to get around in.
Louise Carlson, Colorado Springs
Spice should be illegal
Re: Spice (synthetic marijuana). ("Mother files wrongful death suit", Sept. 24)
This a very dangerous substitute drug for anyone to use. Take a lesson from the child that passed. That would be enough to scare anyone from using it.
The government should pass a law to make it illegal. I have a child that was using it and the reaction that he got from it scared the hell out of me. The convenience store that sold that stuff should be locked and closed. Close his store and never allow him to ever open another business.
And to the lady that is suing that store: I want her to know that she not alone.
Tom Espinosa, Colorado Springs