photo - Don Goede in his office Wednesday, June 14, 2017, with "Stella," the dog he took from from a panhandler after he says the man told him "I'm starving the dog to teach it a lesson." Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Don Goede in his office Wednesday, June 14, 2017, with "Stella," the dog he took from from a panhandler after he says the man told him "I'm starving the dog to teach it a lesson." Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette 

Dogs used as beggars' props

I believe there is a much more important point in the debate on whether Don Goede did the right thing in saving the abused dog and that is the fact that we seem determined to carve a plethora of victim groups out of society and then use victimization as a means of applying law enforcement in an arbitrary/unequal way. Why is it that one group is allowed to have pets that are not required to be immunized, licensed and cared for yet the vast majority of us do have these requirements placed upon us? Why is one man allowed to threaten another man with shooting him and nothing happens to him?

The morality debate is interesting because all of it centers on the actions of Goede. What about keeping a pet as a prop to increase your begging income. How moral is that? How about keeping dogs in a median for hours with cars zooming by, no food or water or ability to move without being hit. How moral is that? How about the morality of keeping a pet you can't care for financially. How moral is that? The 'dog owner' was offered food for the dog, but no, that isn't enough. He really needed a pound of pot instead. Sorry, but when you treat a defenseless creature like a piece of garbage your rights to that pet should be vacated.

I love that Goede took on that responsibility because I see his actions as taking a great deal of courage. Call the government for help on this? We'll see, because I now have their number and plan on finding out how quick they are to respond the next time I see one of these dogs being abused for the sake of increasing someones alms.

Peter Nichols

Colorado Springs


What's the plan for the antelope?

My family settled in Black Forest over 50 years ago. For most of those years, a trip to the city meant traveling Black Forest Road, and on the west side of the road, we would occasionally be fortunate to see a small herd of antelope.

In the past few years this has changed dramatically. There is no longer a rare glimpse of these beautiful animals. As Wolf Ranch has been developed at something akin to warp speed, the land, once uninhabited for as far as the eye could see, is an enormous housing development, pushing the antelope further and further east. The result is that there are scores of antelope living in a sliver of what was once their home and they are visible every day from Black Forest Road.

My questions are: What is going to happen to them?

Are there plans to relocate them?

My family has been fortunate enough to live here for several decades. Can anyone estimate how many decades, or even centuries, the antelope have been here? Please tell me we plan to at least provide these native Coloradans a new home.

Peter Rogers

North Platte, Neb.


Praise for electric cars

The news that Volvo will eventually phase out its gasoline only powered vehicles by 2024 is a welcome announcement. Having purchased one of the first Prius automobiles (2002) in the Springs that I'm still driving, I say Bravo! And, yes, it still has it's original battery pack.

Historically both the gasoline and electric automobiles, along with the Stanley Steamer, all came on the scene at the end of the 19th century. More research was put into the gasoline engine, so it advanced more rapidly, and left the competition pretty much behind and became dominant.

However, the "genteel" well to do ladies living on the north end in Colorado Springs preferred the electric car as their mode of local travel. For a time, the electric was "king/queen" in the Springs through the early part of the 20th century. "Stabled" overnight at the Antlers Garage for recharging, the ladies would call up and ask to have their cars delivered to their homes. Then they would go out and visit with their friends, returning the cars to the garage after use. Such a life!

Bob Armintor

Colorado Springs


Ban the sale of fireworks in county

I have come to dread the Fourth of July. I spend the evening with my windows shut because of the smoke and on high alert, hoping that some moron doesn't start a fire on my property. Every year we have inconsiderate, law breaking neighbors shooting off fireworks.

I have long ago given up calling the police. Even if I'm lucky enough to get through to dispatch, the police never show up and I totally understand why. Our city leaders should seriously consider banning the sale of fireworks in all of El Paso County period, incorporated or not. I realize that people will still find a way to obtain fireworks, but a total sales ban should reduce the threat considerably. I would also like to say to the parents who participate in this illegal activity, you're setting a great example for your children, shame on you.

Rise Russell

Colorado Springs


Worrying about the country

Let me get this straight. We recently allowed 150 Russian "spies" into the country at a time we are finding serious proof of Russian interference in our 2016 election. To add to the drama, President Trump is asking every state to send all voter information into a central database to make sure there was no election fraud. Now we are seeing articles saying the 2018 election will be even worse.

I am not a conspiracy theorist. I do not believe the world is flat. Every cell in my body is screaming that this is not right! If gerrymandering, Russian interference and the ability to hack our voting system is a reality, then we have lost our country's soul. We have nothing if we lose our right to vote and our votes not longer reflect the direction we want this country to go.

I long for the days I was focused on raising my family, planning my future, enjoying my work, and not having to spend every day worried about this country and its direction.

Alice Franey

Colorado Springs