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Big cuts at KCMJ

Don McCullen: Your suggestion ("Double pushback," Letters, July 20) to tune into KCMJ for locally produced radio shows might be premature. KCMJ as of July 21 had four local live shows and five local pre-recorded.

KCMJ's Feb. 1 schedule had 14 local live and five local pre-recorded.

It wasn't money. There was an energy that drove KCMJ. It was electric!

So what happened? Certain individuals at KCMJ decided change was needed, not realizing the downstream impact. They literally ripped the heart right out of KCMJ. The "electric" was gone.

Will KCMJ survive? It's hard to say. Management doesn't have the talent or leadership ability to "right the ship" because if they did KCMJ's schedule would be filled with live programming and new projects.

So, Don, your statement "... road to the perfect humanistic progressive utopia..." does not fit the situation. The people who lead this power grab would hardly fit in the "progressive" column.

So who did it? Was it Crystal in the library with the candlestick? Or was it Kim in the kitchen with a knife? Or Dennis in the dining room poisoning the wine? Or Bruce standing by the front door with a wrench? Who killed KCMJ? These people don't have a "Clue."

— Gary Casimir

Colorado Springs

Raise in-state fees

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) personnel are reaching out to hunters and anglers (among others) to raise awareness about the agency's increasingly problematic budget conundrum. Since 2009, CPW has chopped more than $40 million from Wildlife's budget and cut or defunded about 50 positions. A big reason is that resident license fees haven't increased in 11 years.

I bought my elk hunting license this year for a relatively modest sum of $49. In contrast, a non-resident bull elk and fishing combination license runs $629 annually. Adult big-game hunters living in the state pay between $31 and $49 for various licenses, while Colorado anglers and small-game hunters pay between $26 and $41. Seniors pay $1 or less. Without tax dollars from the general fund, CPW relies almost entirely on those who pay to hunt and fish. Wildlife's budget is supported 66 percent by licenses.

We agree with the Colorado Mule Deer Association, whose chairman, Denny Behrens, recently said: "We're ready to support a fee increase. If you take that $88 [the proposed cost of an elk license] and divide it up into a nine-day hunt, you're talking about paying $9.78 a day. Damn it, that's cheap. That's dirt cheap, especially when you put in perspective that there's people out there who play golf for $80 a day."

Any increase in license fees must be authorized by the Legislature. CPW officials are making stops around Colorado, briefing local groups. More information can be found at cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Funding-the-Future.aspx.

— David A. Lien

Chairman, Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

Colorado Springs

Parking issues

It's time to talk to the public about accessible (not the "H" word) parking. Recently I acquired photos of a local police car, and a fireman in his personal vehicle, parked in accessible parking spaces and access aisles (the diagonal stripes adjacent to accessible parking spaces). Professionals who took an oath to "serve and protect" defied the Americans with Disabilities Act.

I frequently see parking spaces marked van-accessible when they are not. An accessible parking space is 8 feet wide; a van-accessible space is 11 feet wide.

Access aisles must be at least 5 feet wide. If a car parks in an access aisle, a driver with a wheelchair or mobility device has no space to exit the vehicle.

People with disabilities comprise our nation's largest, and only, minority group anyone can join as a result of accident, illness, injury and aging. Employers, businesses and government agencies that provide accessible parking to the 20 percent of Americans who disclose disabilities will also acquire the support of family members and friends of people with disabilities.

Free informal guidance is available from a variety of sources, including regional ADA centers: 800/949-4232.

— Cindy Powell

Colorado Springs

Train beats I-25

Ralph Routon's piece ("I-25: It's only Getting Worse," Between the Lines, July 13) was short-sighted and did not represent alternative solutions. Although I agree with your premise, I-25 is indeed getting worse, I take exception with your recommended fix.

I have just returned from over a month of travel in Europe where public transportation is exceptional. They have a concept called inter-city express trains. Our best option for the Front Range is an inter-city express connecting Pueblo-Colorado Springs-Castle Rock-Denver-Fort Collins.

I realize there has been snail's-pace movement. It's rapidly becoming necessary as the age of the motor car fades. The high-speed travel option offered by interconnected rail travel moves the masses in a more eco-friendly way without a large swath of asphalt. I recently read that a high-speed rail line will interconnect Miami and Orlando. Why not Colorado?

We must loudly advocate for a viable rail network in Colorado. If the rail is built and I-25 stays as it is, people will use the train and quickly realize how refreshing it is. I will be the first in line to buy my rail pass. See you on the train.

— Christina Krych

Manitou Springs

Glenn's influence

I thought the article about Darryl Glenn was one of the best pieces of reporting I have seen in the Indy ("Shooting star," cover story, July 13). Mr. Glenn "not admitting" to having black role models was particularly interesting.

I got the impression one could not get Mr. Glenn to admit that he is black, but his role model would have to be Clarence Thomas. They both used federal money and Affirmative Action to drag themselves out of blackness and play Uncle Thomas to the bigots, in the role of what a black person would be like in a world without racism and unequal opportunity, thus enabling bigots to perpetuate the lie that The Racism Problem is a thing of the past.

— Gina Douglas

Colorado Springs

Defending KRCC

I respectfully disagree with Wilson Reynolds' sour-grapes viewpoint ("Advice for KRCC," Letters, July 13). KRCC serves a community that is changing with the times. KRCC provides news and music that is unmatched in the region.

In my opinion, in these changing times, we need an informed citizenry. This election in November will determine the future of out country. I'm a leading-edge Baby Boomer, born in 1948, and it's time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans. No matter how the technology changes, public broadcasting is essential to the health of our community.

KRCC must adjust to changing demographics. I hope everyone will register and vote in the election, and continue to enjoy KRCC's fine programing.

— Roger Armstrong

Manitou Springs

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