LETTERS: Support for Westside Community Center; streetlights not working | Opinion

Support the Westside Community Center

I have lived out west since 1975. My children attended Buena Vista Elementary School. We were very worried about what would happen to the property once it was no longer used as a school. We couldn’t have been happier with the outcome when Woodmen Valley Chapel took over and operated it as a community center.

My wife and I have been playing table tennis and pickleball at the center for over 12 years now and are there almost every day. If I hadn’t become personal friends with Brian Davis who taught pickleball, I never would have even known Woodmen Valley Chapel was involved with the center.

The Chapel, its missions, or even the subject of religion have never been mentioned or announced. I express my deepest gratitude to Woodmen Valley for allowing my wife and I to meet new people and establish a social life that we were sorely lacking before. What the community center has brought to our lives is simply priceless.

My wife and I and many of our neighbors support and hope that Woodmen Valley and the city can agree on a new contract and we can enjoy many years of participation in the Westside Community Center.

David Schelle

colorado springs

Streetlights don’t work

In the dark this month, after having dinner with friends, we managed to count 28 streetlights extinguished as they drove me home for over 44 years on North Union Boulevard. Our count started with a right turn from Woodmen to North Union, followed not even as far as Vickers Drive.

Boy, no lights makes for a great running track, especially late at night – think Daytona. Because vehicle license plates cannot be seen, so no speed limits, no visibility, no tickets – only fatalities, no trouble, no liability. Help, our roads are too deadly. Can anyone hear me?

Rebecca Cotanch

colorado springs

Heroic Utility Workers

I am writing to thank the team at Colorado Springs Utilities who restored our power last Wednesday morning.

When the clocks and the furnace went out just after midnight, we didn’t panic, but we were quite nervous. The wind chilled the outside air to minus 20; how long before our pipes freeze?

Yet a utility crew got out there in the middle of the night in a snow storm with gusty winds that could have sent wind chills down to minus 30 and delivered the power we needed need to operate our furnace.

I’ve worked outside in the cold before, but never this cold. Never cold enough to freeze the tip of my nose or my fingers. Their battle against the elements for our sake might not have been as dangerous as rushing into a burning building, but it was risky nonetheless, and from where I’m sitting, it was pretty heroic.

Lance Kildare

colorado springs

The ignored story

Will black history – a history of African Americans in these United States – soon be squeezed out of the history of our country?

That’s the question that needs to be answered, especially as we celebrate Black History Month. Our country is more divided today than I remember when I was alive.

It is a known fact that history has a way of repeating itself unless people are ready to bring about change in society. Unless we as Americans know and understand our country’s past; as a country, we cannot ensure a future respectful of all humanity.

Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall and many other historic civil rights leaders would be disappointed to know that the civil rights of all Americans they so bravely fought for are being ignored and attempted to be erased by some populations.

Discrimination and racism still exist in fair housing, police reform, and education issues centered on critical race theory. The John Lewis Voting Rights Act passed the House of Representatives but failed in the Senate. It was another step backwards for all Americans, not just African Americans and other minority groups.

Discrimination proceedings in the NFL are a concern over the lack of qualified African American head coaches in the National Football League, where more than 70% of players are African American.

Many members of the US Senate are questioning President Joe Biden about selecting a highly qualified African-American woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Why? Any of the potential candidates considered have qualifications that far exceed the most recent SCOTUS placement.

The banning of books from our libraries to teach African American and Jewish history is now under attack in our schools because, for some, “the content can harm the self-esteem of the white student.”

Denying children the opportunity to learn and understand history and appreciate other cultures is such a reach. I find it very difficult, but not surprising, the need for part of the population of our society to want to rewrite history by ignoring and eliminating black history and Jewish history.

Dr. Ronald J. Wynn

colorado springs

Do a remarkable job

On the coldest day of the year, our newspaper was delivered on time. This was no surprise as our delivery person, Mr. Marshall, has set a standard of excellence for delivery service that is probably unmatched in our city.

Our paper is neatly placed on our porch each morning, a convenience we did not expect. He’s friendly, graceful and cheerful at 6 a.m.

There are many people in our city who have set high personal standards for doing their jobs well.

Mr. Marshall is a star.

Donna Dell’Olio and Greg Snyder

colorado springs

Jill E. Washington