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Deceitful Dougster

If anyone but Mr. Bruce had been convicted for the same crime, they would have been in jail long ago. But even with his special treatment, until he finally crossed the line and said, in effect, he was superior to the law of the land, the full extent of the law finally triumphed over him.

Mr. Bruce's campaign for TABOR was not about equity, but rather about himself, greed, covetousness, avariciousness, his own self-aggrandizement and gain. He didn't care one iota about others, the county or the state. His mantra became: "Whatever it is, I am against it." — to quote Groucho Marx!

As he continues to disavow his guilt, he can now join his fellow inmates in their lament of claiming their innocence! You know — no one in prison is guilty.

Some advice he should have taken: "He who represents himself has a fool for a client." — Abraham Lincoln; and "Be nice to those you meet on the way up, because you will meet them on the way down." — Wilson Mizner.

— James M. Hesser

Colorado Springs

Standout story

To Pam Zubeck: Wow, what a great article and, as usual, impeccable research ("A betrayal of trust," cover story, Feb. 24).

It is too bad investigative journalism is becoming a lost art. If only there were more people like you, providing in-depth articles that focus on the things readers need to know, newspapers would thrive.

Please keep up the great work.

— Fred Wisely

Colorado Springs

Trash and trails

Springtime in the Rockies, a perfect time to pick up trash. It is not necessary to wait for Earth Day. The best time to do it is before the leaves come out.

When you hike, take your dogs for a walk or just meander, take some bags. I concentrate on what will not decompose ... all plastic, and the worst offender, Polystyrene, commonly called Styrofoam (Styrofoam, made by Dow Chemical, is used mainly for home insulation).

Styrene, the basic building block of Polystyrene, is made with petroleum, a non-sustainable and heavily polluting resource. Acute health effects from styrene exposure are skin and eye, upper respiratory tract and gastrointestinal irritation. Chronic exposure affects the central nervous system. The market for recycling is very small and shrinking.

My other rant involves Red Rocks Open Space. I love this area. I take my dogs there early a.m. I usually park on Upper Ridge Road and enter at that point. Some of my favorites:

• Bagged dog doo thrown into a bush or left on the trail. I know some folks come back down the same way and pick it up. However, I am there at 6 to 7 a.m., so I know you are NOT coming back!

• Dog doo that is not picked up. Oh come on, put on your big girl/boy pants! If you don't see your dog doo-ing it, then keep them in front of you, or leash them!

• Mountain bikers who go off trail, etch tire marks into the red rocks, and destroy "this is not a trail" signs. Hikers are also guilty of this.

Here is a comprehensive list of What the World Owes You, and Your Entitlements: ___.

— Charlene Altrichter

Colorado Springs

Our true personality

Over the last several weeks, I have noticed comments about the city's failure to adequately fund various services, most recently by Patricia Mullen about the condition of the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail ("Our public areas," Letters, March 9). Having just paid our property taxes and noting the city of Colorado Springs 0.0043 mill rate, which yielded only $85, can we really feel that we are providing our fair share? Let's face it, shouldn't a $400,000-plus home yield a better return for all the city's services. Let's face it, we are a community of cheapskates.

— Bob Miner

Colorado Springs

Just vote, please

This letter concerns a recent interview with Mayor John Suthers by the Gazette.

While advocating for the proposed Broadmoor/city land swap, the mayor referred to "the 80906ers" in a tone that implied people in this ZIP code are ipso facto "wealthy, spoiled, uncooperative" and "Nimbys" to boot. Apparently these 80906ers gained the label because they do not all agree with the swap.

I live in 80906 but fit none of the descriptors. After 30 years of accompanying my husband to posts abroad in the Foreign Service, we returned here to live in a house once owned by his grandparents. Our house, as befitted an educator (a former District 12 superintendent back when they weren't paid as much) is old, modest and somewhat quirky, which describes much of our neighborhood. Strawberry Fields is not in our big backyard.

Yet, based on principle alone, I oppose the Broadmoor swap. The rich scrub oak and ponderosa habitat of the lower foothills along the Front Range is unique (I can vouch for this, citing global comparisons), and it is rapidly vanishing. We should be hanging on to our open spaces, not trading them away.

This is the way local citizens felt back in 1885 when they voted to save Strawberry Fields as open space. The back-room deal hatched recently without public knowledge is undemocratic. As real estate brokers, and people with history here, are quick to grasp, the deal is uneven and favors The Broadmoor. The argument that The Broadmoor could take better care of the land is a pretty poor commentary on our city government, and, indeed, on all of us. So, let's have a vote of the people. The history of the land demands it.

— Ruth Obee

Colorado Springs

Pot and politics

Again, you people force me to write concerning a major issue — If you snooze you lose, and you all better wake up.

It has become very apparent that the Springs City Council does not desire legalized non-medicinal marijuana within the city limits. They have attempted (and often succeeded) to legislate away pieces of that state constitutionally granted right. Retail sales of recreational pot is gone; pot clubs are up next. Gee, imagine the tax revenue from recreational pot sales going to fix the potholes instead of a completely new tax that still has not fixed very many (if any) of those driving hazards.

All you tokers, growers and sellers should take up positions at every balloting site to recall or replace those Council members whose seats were bought and paid for by the very few wealthiest power brokers who did not support legalization. You have a whole bunch of cash available to buy your own Council members who will vote the will of the majority vs. the will of the few mentioned above.

If you desire anything positive from your local governments, odds are you have to buy it just like the far right did at the last elections. Start small, support your supporters during the elections and get a foothold, then expand. It will take a few years, but that wealthy, right-wing minority can be voted out.

There are or should be alternative solutions to a majority of the woes affecting the pot shops and growers. You purchase advertising to sell weed; try adding a line to those ads, asking for support at election time. The specialized legal assistance available to you is vast. Try using it.

— Rick Cogley

Colorado Springs

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