Bring back the primary, an idea from Thoreau, trashed trails, and more 


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End the craziness

I could tell you many positive things about going to caucus but the bad things completely outweigh the good. We parked blocks away from the elementary school in Cañon City and walked in total darkness on streets with broken sidewalks, potholes and no street lights. What happens if you are elderly or have vision problems at night?

The auditorium was packed and probably broke every fire code known to man. How would a voter in a wheelchair navigate to the caucus classroom?

I know several people who work and are just "out" automatically. Voters with kids??!! Kids need to eat dinner, do homework, and get to bed by 8:30.

Colorado scrapped the primary system years ago because a caucus system cost the state nothing. But when only about 6 percent of Colorado voters caucus, it's time for change. A return to the primary ballot system would be a win for all Colorado voters, whereas maintaining the caucus system is no different from accidental voter suppression.

— Barbara Day


Small solution

I was inspired by Thoreau's concept of sleeping boxes. What if we had such a thing like a coffin (a little bigger, inside latching) with a window view of Pikes Peak on a starry night. Just swipe your charity ID card, and you are sleeping soundly, and safely. A downtown drinker could swipe a credit card, for a $5 donation, and sleep it off.

Green light means the box is available. Blue, occupied. Absolutely, NO red lights!

— Kenton Ean Lloyd

Colorado Springs

Our public areas

What we thought was going to be a memorable bike ride was ruined. We rode the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail from Nevada south to Highway 85. The trash was abhorrent, the trail condition deplorable and the homeless camps numerous.

There is only one picnic table in the entire stretch, but no trash can, just bags of trash all over and what appeared to be chemical containers assembled to make what? One can only speculate. In addition, there were marijuana smokers in our otherwise pristine areas.

While stopped at one of the barricaded areas, we chatted with a bicyclist who had come from Denver to ride on our trail system. He noted that the problem of homeless, etc., is not nearly as bad in Denver. It was an embarrassment to us as we attempted, in a quite futile manner, to defend our city and county.

Vagrants have set up numerous tent camps all along the trail. They roam the trail with their stolen grocery carts, loaded down with whatever. They go to the shelter, gather bags of food, then bring them back to their tents or congregate under the bridges, leaving trash strewn in their wake. A beautiful sight to behold. We pay taxes to maintain these areas and to enjoy the trail system. I do not pay taxes to have vagrants take over public amenities we all wish to use.

I am not against providing for those less fortunate. I am against the effective eminent domain these people are using to deny the rest of us the enjoyment of our open spaces and parks.

Are we a City of Champions or a city of chumps? Enforce the laws and maintain our trails. That's what an Olympic City should do.

— Patricia Mullen

Colorado Springs

Political devolution

I watched the March 3 fiasco laughably billed as the Republican "debate." It was painfully obvious that the remaining three candidates had never taken a debating class in college and were clueless of what constitutes a debate! My thought, after watching this "three-ring circus" was: "God Help America!"

These three spent several hours making wild, boastful claims of what they would do if elected, with very few specifics as to how they would achieve them; rarely answering the moderator's questions, instead veering off onto attacks against each other; rudely interrupting whoever was speaking; shouting at, ridiculing and insulting each other and calling each other liars. In general, they acted like obnoxious, spoiled children — "Liar, Liar, pants on fire!"

How sad it is that the party of Lincoln and Reagan has come to this!

— Tip Harris

Colorado Springs

Unhappy with D-2

In February, I wrote a long, detailed letter to Andre Spencer, superintendent of Harrison School District 2.

My letter was about a concern I had regarding the emotional well-being of District 2's students who are currently taking part in or will take part in the partnership Colorado Springs Conservatory has with District 2.

I am very disappointed in the district's response. Although an online support group has been formed to help former Colorado Springs Conservatory students, parents, and employees who have been treated unfairly by that organization and there have been stories of instances of emotional harm and also perhaps some waste of district funds related to the Colorado Springs Conservatory-District 2 school partnership program, I was told that the district had no intention of investigating the situation or discontinuing the existing partnership.

I was also told Mr. Spencer is "a very busy man" and that he shared my confidential concerns with the Conservatory. No action was taken in response to my letter.

More than 12 individuals and/or families have come forward and shared negative experiences about the Colorado Springs Conservatory.

There have been stories of children directly being told that they are "worthless" and/or being belittled in front of peers and teachers.

After District 2's students told their parents that they were not learning "anything new" each semester, it was explained to the families that wanted their children to learn more and excel in the arts, that the partnership school program is "introductory," which means students that return each semester to the Conservatory end up learning the same things over and over again. This means D-2's funds are not being used wisely.

It seems that District 2 and Andre Spencer may not care about the emotional well-being of some of the district's students.

— Jo Ann Schneider Farris

Colorado Springs

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