Clara McKenna 
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Re: “Parks belong to the city’s citizens, not tourists

Stratton saw Cheyenne Canon as a place for the working class to recuperate from its labors, not as a tourist attraction. To that end, he built an inexpensive street-car line out there and a pavilion for dances, picnics, etc. I have no problem with the idea that Colorado Springs was built for tourists but let's keep our facts straight.

In fact, one would be hard put to find anything Stratton built with the tourist trade in mind. He thought it was important to take care of the poor elderly and orphans of what was then El Paso County (now El Paso and Teller counties).

I am pretty appalled at the idea that everything in the city has to be for sale. Meanwhile the city expands at lightning speed to the east. Services are needed there, particularly in the southeast, rather than accommodations on the west side for the tourism business. Yet there seems to be little concern among the powers that be.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 05/16/2018 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Reader: If you don't like wildlife, this isn't the place for you

'Animal overpopulation is a result of our determination to exterminate natural predators (because we don't like them either), and through no fault of their own the animals find themselves trapped in urban areas."

Certainly a very valid point. Thank you, Susan, for making it.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 05/15/2018 at 3:08 PM

Re: “A plan to downsize roads in the Old North End leads to a lawsuit

The picture of the town as a haven for bicyclists and the boomer population doing all its daily business on the two-wheelers as it get older boggles the mind. Talk about traffic jams! On the plus side, handicapped parking spaces will take up a lot less space. Getting on and off those bikes with all those knee and hip replacements should be a show, though.

Posted by Clara McKenna on 05/09/2018 at 10:53 AM

Re: “A plan to downsize roads in the Old North End leads to a lawsuit

Fillmore is already at capacity and beyond during peak traffic times and Union is too far east to meet the needs of the people coming off the Interstate to go west and south -- the majority. All the city engineer is doing is taking traffic from an upscale neighborhood and shooting it down the more middle/working -class area of Union from Fillmore to the OTC. Drive Union at rush hour and wonder to yourself where more traffic will go. The answer is into the neighborhoods. It's already started.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 05/06/2018 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Better cops build stronger, diverse communities

I think any responsible parent of any color would be frightened by the message, "Help, I'm at the police station!" Instead of connecting people, social media seems to create hype. The reaction of my parents many years ago had I left such a message would have been more than conversation.

Look at the figures of blacks and Hispanics killed by officers, but look also at the figures of people of the same color shot by each other in their own neighborhoods. The problem is far more complex than law enforcement.

I hope the dialogues will be helpful.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 04/19/2018 at 9:19 AM

Re: “City for Champions predictions miss the mark on money and timing

Good story. Wish we could clone Pam's efforts.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 03/18/2018 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Choose unity through tragedy

Outstanding letter and a great reminder of the fine people living in the southeast corner of the city.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 02/24/2018 at 7:58 AM

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