Centennial extension, bike summit, party politics, gay dads, and more 


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Forget connectivity

I live near the planned Centennial Boulevard extension. I hike near and in the land and park. It's interesting to note the lack of reporting on this devastating project: the pollution, lives and habitat that will be killed or affected.

The project for extending Centennial/Fillmore to Fontanero will run through one of the last wild spaces near downtown Colorado Springs. It will skirt along Mesa Creek and a bird sanctuary.

Mesa Creek and its pristine environment are home to hundreds of bird species, deer, rabbit, beavers, coyote, fox, bear, wolves, bees, butterflies and more.

Here's the Olympic City USA rationale: "This important roadway extension will provide much needed connectivity and mobility options to the west side ... as well as alleviate traffic congestion along Fillmore Street and Chestnut Street. The new connection will enhance access to future and existing residential developments, recreational areas and the Veterans Affairs Clinic."

This "much needed connectivity" is so short-sighted. The connectivity we need to preserve is the wild spaces we continually find reasons to chop down. I'm sick to death of how we prioritize and rationalize development. Instead of media covering that Joe Blow robbed a market, or some movie star is getting a divorce, why the heck don't they report about this kind of activity? If we want a sustainable world, we need to increase our awareness and responsibility to a greater span of life forms.

I don't need or want the Olympic City USA Centennial Extension! I'll take a little inconvenience rather than polluting Mesa Creek and killing off hundreds of animal species. Join me in saying NO!

— Gail Black

Colorado Springs

Turning point

Colorado Springs' Bike Summit on June 3 at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was fabulous. More than 200 attended, great for a first-time event. UCCS was an excellent venue.

People in this community do have a passion for bicycles. Thanks to the Indy for helping organize and sponsor the Summit. Now it's time to turn that enthusiasm into productive advocacy as we make Colorado Springs a more "Bike Friendly" community.

— Susan Davies

Bike Colorado Springs

(A program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition)

Honoring gay dads

The massacre in Florida is a reminder that gay men are to be honored, not killed tragically. As Father's Day 2016 approaches, let us remember that gay men can be wonderful fathers too.

As the founder of Single Parents Day in Colorado, I wish to honor single dads and most especially gay parents on June 19. In the 20th century, Parents Without Partners asked President Ronald Reagan to honor single parents. Proclamation 5166 signed by Reagan sets the date of March 21 as National Single Parent Day.

American society emphasizes healthy bodies. It is time to learn about the traits of a healthy family. As a single parent, I had to combine breadwinning and nurturing — an awesome responsibility.

It does not matter whether a person is gay or straight, male or female. Love and nurturing are the essential ingredients for raising a child to adulthood. On Father's Day, let us honor all types of fathers.

— Janice S. Moglen

Coalition for Single Parents Day

Manitou Springs

More bike lanes

I just read Pam Zubeck's online article about postponing the "safety sizing" of North End streets but Cascade's a "go."

I attended the Colorado Springs Bike Summit last week and it really got me thinking about this resizing project. Do you think it could be feasible to add bike lanes into the greenways of the proposed "right-sized" streets? This could make it safer for CC students traveling to and from classes via bike as well as the entire Old North End neighborhood. The bike lanes would be separated from traffic by the curb and a portion of the greenway.

There needs to be additional education centered on the resizing as a way to create bike lanes. I hope that the community may be more receptive to the idea of the proposed change as more learn the benefits associated with it.

P.S., A huge thank you to Indy publisher Carrie Simison for putting on such a wonderful event. The day was extremely informative and brought the community together in a way that I have never been part of before. It made me want to become a more educated, inspired and enthused member of Colorado Springs.

— Britnni Caldwell

Colorado Springs

Taking NRA's side

I am a committed, responsible gun owner, responding to Steve Schreiner ("The NRA circus," Letters, June 1).

Mr. Schreiner is concerned about his perception that the NRA opposes voting by former felons but supports their right to own firearms. If he is referring to the recent actions by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, then I join the NRA is opposing them. McAuliffe issued a royal decree that changed Virginia law. In America, laws are changed by legislative action with executive approval, not royal decree.

Putting on my Ted Nugent Hillbilly Savant hat, I propose the following: How about if convicted felons get both their right to vote and their right to own firearms back five years after their release, assuming a clean criminal record? Five years would seem to be long enough to indicate responsible behavior. Now, I'm off to renew my NRA membership, and I intend to include an extra contribution.

— John Howell

Colorado Springs

No need for labeling

I see the sign slogan around El Paso County District 2 from Tim Geitner that he is a "Patriot not a Politician." I had the honor of serving at the White House from 1983 to 1999. I believe I can give a perspective. There are many parts of politics — those representing constituents, some run and win elections. But there are many moving parts to the machine.

Mark Waller ran for office, won, served as a state representative and successfully put forth legislation that promotes Republican principles. Mr. Geitner, also in politics, chose a different path. As a legislative analyst, you promote principles to the body of representatives or individual who has asked you to advise them.

You see, an analyst is still a politician. However, he does not have to answer to any constituents, nor does he have a record on moving legislation in the best interest of his constituents.

I would ask Mr. Geitner to stop using the slogan. Tim Geitner and Mark Waller are both patriots and both politicians.

— Bill Althoff

SCPO, USN retired

Colorado Springs

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