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First things first

Don't you think it would be a good idea to repair/rebuild Cascade and Weber before eliminating lanes ("Trimming the lanes," News, April 13)? Potholes on those streets need more than resurfacing between Jackson and Fontanero. Weber, between Pikes Peak and Rio Grande, looks like a complete rebuild is required.

Are these two projects built into the plan for re-striping? Or will the road department give the roads a lick and a promise and call it done?

It's a sight to behold when a fire truck, coming out of the station at Colorado and Weber, dodges that big pothole at Weber and eastbound Vermijo.

What about Weber at Palmer High School where the school buses are lined up? Won't the new single lane be blocked with merging buses?

Maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board and examine the downstream impact. Here's an idea: How about repairing/replacing the sidewalks and get the pedestrians out of the street?

— Gary Casimir

Colorado Springs

Embracing culture

What a glorious Sunday afternoon at the opera! No, I am not talking about New York City. Rather, I am writing about attending a performance of the Opera Theatre of the Rockies on April 10. Thanks to Artistic Director Martile Rowland and all those musicians and sponsors! It is always great to listen to Mozart's Così fan tutte. And it was a first to hear the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. Arts and culture are alive and well in Colorado Springs.

— Janice S. Moglen

Manitou Springs

Don't forget

Regarding Pam Zubeck's article on "safety-sizing" several thoroughfares, I hope that however this process takes place, especially on Cascade and (eventually) Nevada, it includes clear information that it is illegal and dangerous to bicycle or skateboard across crosswalks.

This information is provided to students from time to time, but far too many of them still break the law and endanger themselves. I live near Colorado College and work there, and am worried about the well-being of these students.

Yes, drivers should be cautious on Nevada and Cascade between Uintah and Cache la Poudre, but if the city can help students help themselves (through signage or in other ways) that might lead to fewer or even no accidents. Which, at the end of the day, would be the best outcome.

— Amanda Udis-Kessler

Colorado Springs

Refreshing take

Great article by Bill Forman ("Skin deep," April 13) that had me from that Specials quote at the beginning. There aren't many news stories covering original skinhead culture and its clash with racists and Nazis. In fact, anyone outside punk culture probably doesn't know the difference. Given my ethnic background and how vocal I am about my disdain for Nazis and racists of any kind, I think you all know where I stand.

Saturday, we [The Uncouth] will be in Colorado sharing the stage with these guys [99 Bottles] for their album release. We've played with them before, but this time it's for a great cause. Those kids were brave enough to stand up and fight the Klan for their city and country at large.

If that isn't patriotism, I don't know what is. Cheers, boys. Can't wait to see you all again and play some rock 'n' roll.

— Cj Wilson

Kansas City, Missouri

Editor's note: Cj Wilson and The Uncouth will play a "Coast-to-Coast Rock Against Racism Day" show with 99 Bottles at the Triple Nickel on April 23.

Wonderful, really?

Richard Skorman reminds me so much of George Bailey from the classic American holiday movie, It's a Wonderful Life. Like George Bailey, Skorman cares about people, including all the people in Colorado Springs, and fights for their rights.

His recent commitment to saving Strawberry Fields is an example. Thanks to Skorman and Save Cheyenne, over 4,000 people have signed the petition asking City Council to save Strawberry Fields.

Billionaire Philip Anschutz, owner of The Broadmoor, also owns Seven Falls (now called The Broadmoor's Seven Falls) and Pikes Peak Cog Railway (now called The Broadmoor's Pikes Peak Cog Railway). Like a Monopoly game, he sort of seems a bit like George Bailey's opponent, the greedy Henry Potter, since little by little, it seems like Anschutz is "buying out" Colorado Springs.

I've determined that our city is run like a small town. Powerful people with money use their wealth to get their way. Strawberry Fields' fate is yet to be determined, but will Colorado Springs, like Bedford Falls in It's a Wonderful Life, soon be like the Pottersville that was once Bedford Falls (when George Bailey saw what life would have been if he had not been born)?

Fortunately, Colorado Springs has Richard Skorman, but if his efforts don't succeed, will Colorado Springs soon become "The Broadmoor's Colorado Springs?"

— Jo Ann Schneider Farris

Colorado Springs

Crappy reality

To Cathy Chambers and her friends ("Direct impact," Letters, April 13): Cathy, sorry about your disability. During your walks with your dogs, did you ever pick up after they crapped?

I was in Strawberry Fields once. I was painting. I asked my teacher, "What's this place called?" "Strawberry Fields." Me: "Why don't they call it Strawberry Dog Shit?" Dog crap everywhere. Plus broken glass and litter. That's the deal when people don't personally own land; doesn't matter how it's treated. Just don't try and take it away from them.

The Broadmoor will do a lot better job being good stewards of Strawberry Fields than the people living next to it.

— Timothy Goodwin

Colorado Springs

Fear not, students

Perhaps Phil Limon ("Conservative lesson," Letters, March 30) should study history, for the Republican and Democratic parties of the mid-1800s (13th, 14th, 15th Amendments), the early 1900s (19th Amendment), and even 1957 and 1964 were vastly different from today.

Next, whether a Supreme Court justice is "liberal" or "conservative" is irrelevant. In fact, a study suggests justices appointed as one or the other have turned out, over time, to be rather different than supposed: e.g. "conservative" Justice Roberts voted to uphold President Obama's health care law and, most notably, Justice Harry Blackmun (appointed as a "conservative" by President Nixon) arguably became the most "liberal" justice in history.

Last, regardless of when senators are elected to office, they have the constitutional duty to give their advice regarding the constitutionally lawful Supreme Court nominee of a president — which they cannot do without even considering or meeting with him or her — and, as appropriate, their consent to that nominee.

I suggest the "Letter to the Senate" (Letters, March 23) is a timely, cogent and valid inquiry into the failure of the Senate to do its constitutional duty, and I applaud both teacher Kate Rachwitz and her students for pursing it.

— Jean Garren

Woodland Park

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