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Thank you, Sky Sox

I would like to express my gratitude to the Sky Sox management for having the foresight to prohibit firearms in their stadium. Guns and crowds at public events do not mix, and I feel much safer attending games knowing that this is their policy. There is nothing more frightening than seeing an individual openly carrying a firearm, just because it is "his constitutional right."

Well, it is my right to be safe as well, and when I see someone doing this in a public place, I leave. Better to be safe than sorry.

It is getting more and more difficult to tell the "good guys with a gun" from the "bad guys" with one. In the past week, I have read about two instances of gun violence where an individual was open carrying a firearm, and then decided to use it to shoot innocent people. Now several are dead and wounded in Austin, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri.

So kudos to the Sky Sox for recognizing the danger and placing their fans' safety above all else. If Mr. Herlik (who wrote the July 8 letter, "Sky Sox and guns," protesting their policy) feels so vulnerable attending a baseball game without his gun, then perhaps he should stay home and watch the game on TV. As much as people talk about defending themselves with a gun, the facts show that is rarely the case. Their weapons are most often used for suicide, assault, domestic violence and gun accidents.

— Cyndy Kulp

Colorado Springs

Apocalypse now

The vocal and verbal 2 percent voiced their joy over the Supreme Court decision re: marriage. Personally, I don't care, as they attempt to rub the noses in the mud of those who believe in God's definition of marriage.

My biggest concern is the next generation 20 years down the road. Likely, I won't be around to watch the definition of family crumble into the dust. I feel for those children who won't know what it is like to have a Mom and a Dad. I even wonder who will provide the sperm necessary to cause a child to be born.

Love is a wonderful experience. Creating a new life is an equally wonderful experience. Hopefully, our next generation will be able to cope with having two Dads or two Moms.

Rainbows always fade into the night after the storm has passed. If history is any indicator, this is another step in the process to gain recognition and liberation from the Constitution and mortality. Is polygamy the next step in the downward spiral of our civilization?

Good luck with that! Rain, fires, floods, earthquakes, civil disobedience; this is just the beginning!

— Duane C. Slocum

Colorado Springs

Worth paying

In Tom Preble's article, "Lights out" in the July 1 Indy (SimpliCity), his thesis is utility "connect fees" unfairly punish smaller users of utilities like electricity because the fees can represent a large portion of the total bill. One could pay more in "connect fees" than the electricity itself.

The author asks, "Why don't restaurants charge an access fee? They have a facility to maintain and repair too." I have a solar system connected to the grid, so I understand his point. Sometimes the only item on my electric bill is the connect fee.

But I view the connect fee as a reservation for instant service whenever I ask. Either to draw electricity from the grid or send electricity to the grid.

Back to the analogy, the connect fee is like a permanent reservation fee for a table at your favorite or the most popular restaurant in town. Restaurants can be full. You might have to wait an hour and a half. I don't want to wait. I need to eat now. But if I paid a monthly "table fee" to a restaurant, I could have access to a table whenever I wanted and be seated immediately. No telling what that would cost, but I expect a restaurant could come up with cost for a "table fee."

I want access to the grid immediately in case my solar system goes down. I don't want to be without electricity even if I usually don't purchase any electrons from the utility. I also want to be able to deliver electricity to the utility whenever I don't consume all I make. For the connect fee, the utility maintains their system for my immediate use whether I need them or not.

There's a cost for that. I'm not crazy about fees, but this one I'll pay.

— Dan Hendricks

Colorado Springs

Unpredictable breed?

Recently, I found myself at Bear Creek Dog Park with my beloved pooch, trying to get in some exercise for both of us. I wasn't the only one with the idea as the park was bursting with people of all ages, genders and ethnicities, with a multitude of breeds. I usually walk my baby all the way around before letting her off the leash, to prevent her excitement from materializing and jumping on kids and adults.

As I approached the third round, she stayed close by until we encountered the beast with velvet paws, a golden retriever. My dog being sweet and playful, she waited until the retriever approached her so she could entice it to play with her. Instead, the golden retriever attacked my dog, bit it, and held it down as my dog laid helplessly offering her throat in a motion to show her surrender. Without the retriever owner in sight, people screamed as I pulled the beast off my dog, which made my dog run fast and far away — this in a 10-acre dog park.

The crowd was in shock and offered assistance to find my dog, thus the retriever owner finally showing up and outpouring apologies, acknowledging that his dog is unpredictable. No time left to chat, I find my dog in the bushes by the creek, tail tugged under, shaking. Thankfully, she didn't suffer any wounds, other than mentally.

Her name is Yandi, she is 2 years old, she is 86 pounds, and she is a blue nose American Pit Bull.

— David Sykes

Colorado Springs

Living with choices

How very sad that John Howell supports any kind of aggression whatsoever (a "macroaggression," he calls it) rather than listening carefully to those for whom America has not been the land of opportunity ("Different aggressions," July 8).

I'm guessing John Howell is white and it's clear he's male; these identities have made this country a land of opportunity for him much more than those who are not white and not male. Has the U.S. been the land of opportunity for Native Americans, who were largely exterminated and still live in poverty and with few options?

Has the U.S. been the land of opportunity for blacks, who were slaves and then treated as second-class citizens and today face mass incarceration?

Mr. Howell, you are free to believe and say whatever you please. But our choices have moral consequences and your hostility toward those who understand history better than you is, in fact, just one more example of a microaggression.

— Amanda Udis-Kessler

Colorado Springs

Correction

In the July 8 Indy Inclusion Awards supplement, Colorado Springs Health Partners CEO Debbie Chandler was incorrectly identified as a board member of Inside Out Youth Services. Though she helps support Inside Out financially, she does not serve on its board. We regret the error.

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