Can't fit into 'Goldilocks syndrome'
I recently attended a meeting on how to deal with the overpopulation of deer in Colorado Springs for which a decision has not been made but the council members appeared to be slanting to one side than the other.
I understand the problems associated with the overpopulation but have gripes with the argument of 'just kill,' scorched-earth approach, which only deals with the issue on a short-term basis for a long-term problem. As we know, nature reacts by producing more animals, the cycle continues or we just exterminate to extinction. Other programs such as sterilization have proven to be effective not only across the U.S. but around the world for different "problem species'" BLM have used this program for the wild horse/burro population and have had success with this control method. The cost in the beginning is larger for sterilization, but the return for your buck (no pun intended) is greater due to 3-6 year effectiveness of the drug vs. paying a company to round up, contain and kill large groups each year.
Colorado is known for its beautiful landscapes and wildlife that resides within it - this is why people come to visit or live here! I am perplexed by those who want this living but want it on their terms, what I would call the 'Goldilocks syndrome,' not too cold, not too hot but JUUUUST right!
Wildlife has gradually been driven out, driven off, excluded from their land to make way for our need to take over large swaths of land making way for cemented, sterile environments and yes, it is their land, too. Animal overpopulation is the result of our determination to exterminate natural predators (because we don't like them either) and by no fault of their own, the animals find themselves trapped in urban areas.
If you do not want the wilderness on your doorstep and you find yourself surrounded by the beauty of the nature maybe this is not the place for you to live, maybe a city would suit your Goldilocks image of perfect living.
Nature is not perfect nor does it follow human rules, it is arrogant to presume that we can control every aspect of the world we find inconvenient.
If I have a choice of paying to reduce overpopulation by hiring a company to kill our wildlife than sterilization, I will gladly chose the latter.
Honoring public servants
In our community, and throughout the nation, local, state and federal government employees serve and protect us. Public servants deserve our appreciation daily, but Public Service Recognition Week, May 6-12, is a time set aside to honor our men and women in government. Public service is a calling to serve one's fellow Americans and Public Service Recognition Week is a week for honoring those who followed that calling.
Our diverse workforce at the federal, state and local levels consists of highly talented individuals with a strong drive to improve the lives of the American people. They ensure a clean environment, safeguard the food we eat, protect our communities from violence, stabilize and grow the economy, come to our rescue after disasters and teach our children, to name a few ways public servants make our lives better.
Retired now for many years, I was proud to serve rural America, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Over my 35 years, I had the pleasure of working with many local, state and other federal employees. I found almost all to be hard working and devoted to providing high quality services to residents and communities.
Public Service Recognition Week is an excellent time to reflect on the hard work and dedication of our government workforce.
Please join me in thanking our public servants for the important work they do for our community.
Laurence G. Bowman
Option for reducing traffic
First, thanks to our Rep. Paul Lundeen, Commissioner Mark Walker, and The Colorado Springs Gazette for supporting no toll lane in the Gap; while CDOT ignores all public input.
Here is a solution to quickly fund and complete fixing the gap ahead of schedule: move the governor, Legislature, and CDOT project managers to Colorado Springs hotels at taxpayer expense.
Make them commute every day to Denver just like us and drive only in the right lane to simulate having a restricted left lane. They are to conduct any business in person in Denver or elsewhere and no business by telecommuting or video conferences. That should create a sympathetic understanding of The Gap.
The Q & A article on the front page of the Gazette on Saturday, April 28, asked "Why does CDOT think Express Lanes are the best option for the widening? CDOT has determined that express lanes are the most reliable option for reducing traffic in the Gap - immediately and in the long term. Toll lanes have proved successful in reducing traffic in all lanes of a highway. They stated a general purpose lane does not reduce congestion.
I am having difficulty understanding that a toll lane reduces traffic but an additional general-purpose lane does not.
Stupid is as stupid does
Sunday's front page story regarding pot usage, the photo of a user, its infectious result on our children and society brought to mind a familiar quote:
"Stupid is as stupid does." - Forrest Gump
Some of our elected officials who still think marijuana legalization is fine because of the tax revenue obviously suffer from mental myopia.