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Highs and lows

Thank you for the informative articles on the potential land swap between the Broadmoor and the U.S. Forest Service ("Taking a powder," News, Jan. 29), and on the two candidates for the upcoming election for Sheriff ("Something missing?" cover story, Jan. 29). They were well done and quite informative.

What a great addition it would be if Mr. Hightower and Mr. Hazlehurst could even come close to that same level of quality. For no particular reason, I do not very often read your paper. It seems when I do, these two writers are usually "singing the same song."

If the words "Walmart" and "McDonald's" were stricken from existence, they would be unable to express themselves! They seem to believe that all of the world's ills are born of these two businesses.

Just what percent of the working population do they employ? Can it even be 1 percent? So many of the positions they offer are entry-level positions. Very few workers stay at this level very long. How can that really be a problem for all of mankind?

Some basic training in economics would seem to be helpful training for these gentlemen. That, and some new topics to write about, if you feel compelled to retain them. My preference would be to see more of the very good articles about our area.

Again, thank you for those!

— C. Bidlingmaier

Colorado Springs

'Unwashed' uncertainty

Apparently Bob Cope has been making trips to Boulder recently ("King floats tax for C4C," News, Jan. 29). He has a fertile imagination for numbers. He mentions "about 5,100 new jobs" coming from City for Champions.

Sure. Only in his dreams.

Construction jobs are "temporary" and not "permanent," and construction is not an sustainable economic model. His "permanent" jobs are mostly temporary and minimum-wage. If he's been reading sources other than the Gazette, he would realize that jobs in the tourist sector, including restaurants and retail, are "minimum-wage," "part-time," with little or no "benefits."

The tourist season is a small window in the calendar. Where does he get $26 million in new spending over 30 years by workers who are basically temporary and part-time, earning minimum wages? How will sales tax coffers grow by tens of millions of dollars over 30 years as the economy expands due to C4C? Can he guarantee "if we build it, they will come"? Not really.

As a local economist said recently, "The Front Range will become a megalopolis, but my fear is that Colorado Springs will not be a part of it."

I would like to see his justifications and where his numbers are coming from because at this point I would consider Bob Cope's numbers to be "bogus," and that's putting it kindly. There are those of us, who are the "unwashed," who have analytical skills and reasoning abilities.

— Gary Casimir

Colorado Springs

Drill bits

In "Going long and deep" (News, Jan. 29), Diana May, the county's oil and gas local government designee, was quoted as saying: "I have not had one citizen or public objection — not one" to NexGen operating a test well and potentially fracking in El Paso County.

I and at least a dozen other folks were in contact with Ms. May for most of last year regarding drilling by Ultra and HilCorp. NexGen was not in the conversation only because they were not in the picture yet.

Those of us who oppose drilling don't care which company it is. We simply oppose drilling!

As for Bob Davis saying, "I know of no example where fracking has contaminated groundwater," here is a link that documents numerous spills that have resulted in groundwater contamination: tiny.cc/k6grax.

— Nicole Rosa

Colorado Springs

American hero

When I am driving in the afternoon, I will often listen to right-wing radio, to keep tabs on what lies the whackos are peddling this week. But this afternoon, I had the misfortune of hearing about Pete Seeger's passing from The Michael Savage Show. The host did not even try to conceal his glee.

Pete and Toshi Seeger are the witnesses on my marriage license. I never knew two finer human beings in my life. Even Michael Savage would have been treated with respect and gentility by Pete and Toshi.

There has never been a greater champion of the Free Speech that Michael Savage abuses and makes millions from, than Pete Seeger. Let them have their speech, but take away their platforms. It's time to get this garbage off our airwaves.

— Gina Douglas

Colorado Springs

Tumbleweed lemonade

Most people see tumbleweeds as an annoyance. However, certain varieties can spawn plants that will drink 40 gallons over their short life span. It's time to turn lemons into lemonade! What would happen if we harvested large amounts of crushed tumbleweeds and spread them on the burn scar? Would this give the gentle slopes of the watershed enough foothold to encourage growth of desirable species?

Why are weeds so vilified? Because they are tenacious and successful?

— Kenton Lloyd

Colorado Springs

Sachs of money

Something to think about as we begin Black History Month:

Henry Sachs (1862-1952) was born in New York City. He attended public school there but only completed the primary grades — then he began his business career. From 1885 to 1902, he was engaged in various mechanical inventions in Boston.

He came to Colorado in 1903, because of health problems — he was a sufferer of pulmonary tuberculosis, and the climate was more accepting to his condition. He was a stock market speculator and became an active member of the business community, civic leader and philanthropist.

In 1931, the Sachs Foundation was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation for black scholarship award assistance. Since then, there have been more than 8,000 African-American recipients, attending 80 higher eduction institutions throughout the United States.

An American dream can only be a reality when citizens have equal opportunity to participate. The Sachs Foundation's benevolence has greatly enhanced the educational involvement for its black citizens. It has helped level the playing field.

— Charles H. Guy

Colorado Springs

Correction

In "Singer joins 5th CD race" (Noted, Jan. 22), we mistakenly attributed several characteristics to candidate Leslie Simpson-Summey that are properly her father's — it is Norvell Simpson who is a retired Air Force senior master sergeant and former executive director of Pikes Peak Community Action Agency. We regret the error.

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