photo - Monday, March 13, 2006-photo by Jerilee Bennett-The trailhead of Section 16
Monday, March 13, 2006-photo by Jerilee Bennett-The trailhead of Section 16 

Recent letters to the editor from Gazette readers:

Destruction of a beautiful place

I have tried very hard to like the new trails at Section 16, but I am a walker, not a bike rider. I have hiked along the very boring path, past the chopped off trees and shrubs, and along the slick rock. Someone actually broke part of the rock fin, known as the Lower Lyons Hogback, to install the bike trail on a very unstable north slope.

I don't know who decided that was OK, but we always used to protect such areas. It is disturbing to see such disregard for nature, just for the sake of bike riding. I sure wish the trail designers would leave the old paths for hikers only, instead of obliterating them forever. I am heartbroken at the destruction of such a beautiful, wild and, previously, minimally undisturbed Section 16.

Nonne Kreger

Colorado Springs


Bikes and cars can co-exist here

I attended the Bike Master Plan Open House on May 3, and the vision is to get more people comfortable with riding bikes for transportation and to better integrate bikes into the transportation network of our city. We pride ourselves on the natural beauty and cherish the outdoor experiences available in our region and a robust cycling infrastructure further enhances our city. The excellent attendance at the meeting shows the high level of interest in making our transportation infrastructure more accommodating for bicycles.

The city streets belong to all citizens, and contrary to common misperceptions, they are paid for by everyone that pays property taxes and sales taxes in the city and should therefore serve the forms of transportation that our citizens want and need.

Though streets have been designed primarily for cars for many decades, motorists should not expect to have a monopoly on our city streets in the future. This is not a zero-sum game. One form does not lose when another wins. Bikes and cars can co-exist peacefully and usually do here. Successful cities around the country have shown this is good for everyone because it improves desirability to live in our city that in turn attracts business and tourism.

Wes Prichard

Colorado Springs


Focus on the right priorities

This city faces many challenges, for instance, roads, stormwater issues, growth, the homeless, tourism, our schools, etc. So I am surprised that our newly elected Jill Gaebler's top order of business seems to be getting open-carry alcohol for this city.

Really! This is going to help the city that elected you? It may help a couple of establishments like Poor Richards, which another newly elected councilman owns, but will it really be beneficial to our town as a whole? Focus on priorities, Jill.

R.A. Parmelee

Colorado Springs


Send announcers back to school

Please, please, how much worse can it get with the Rockies announcers? Can they please learn how to announce "action" on the ball field instead of mind-numbing useless innuendo?

My wife and I listened to an inning where the opposing team had a base hit, an out, another out and then the final out of the inning and not a second of the inning was described! It was all about interviewing someone not involved in baseball

Send these guys to VSU, (That's Vin Scully University) for people who don't have a clue on how to broadcast a game. Whether the Rockies are good, the public deserves a lot better than these embarrassing wannabes.

Jerry Beyer

Colorado Springs