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LETTERS: The value of tourism; time for a city overhaul | Opinion

The value of tourism

Do you remember your first visit to Colorado Springs? The one that inspired you to become a resident? Some are lucky to have grown up here. But many of us share a similar journey — it started with a visit.

This week, May 19-25, is National Travel and Tourism Week. Throughout the week, we’re reflecting on what makes our tourism community so impactful. Tourism connects people with different cultures and experiences around the globe. It’s the fourth largest employment sector in Colorado, stimulating economic growth, cultivating vibrant communities, creating quality job opportunities, inspiring new businesses and elevating quality of life for residents.

When you think of “tourism,” your mind might automatically go to inviting “outsiders” into our destination. But we know from our research studies that many of our visitors are friends and family invited by residents. You play the roles of tour guide and destination promoter. As a community, we help people fall in love with Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region — simply by showing them what made us fall in love with this place.

There was a time when “tourists” were thought of as something to be weary of. The truth is, when visitors spend money, they pay a “tourist tax” on hotels and rental cars that goes back into bettering our destination. Global association Destinations International put it best — destination promotion is a catalyst for community vitality, driving what is needed to become a destination people want to visit, live, work and play.

Join us this week in recognizing the value tourism brings to our community and celebrating the people behind the industry. Give a front-line worker a high-five, be friendly to a tourist, and remember — today’s visitor could be tomorrow’s talent.

Doug Price

Colorado Springs

Time for a city overhaul

Well, another wave hit the people of Colorado Springs — no police officers controlling traffic laws. Oh no, a communist way of spending our money and taking away our rights to have CSPD ticketing wreckless drivers, handing out tickets for being on the phone. (Oh wait, they don’t do that now.)

A few months ago, CSPD needed $3 million for a building to train new officers. What happened? The people didn’t like that idea. Later the Mayor’s office and the City Council wake up and tell us they just discovered illegal immigrants being bused down from Denver. Really, when was the last time they came off the clouds they live on.

Now, the fire department needs new equipment, really isn’t this the same department who gave away fire equipment to a town in old Mexico? Now they plan a several million dollar firehouse. Where are the priorities? The city tells us one thing on how they need more money but change their minds and spend millions they supposedly didn’t have.

Isn’t having a person in a van parked with a radar gun giving tickets called police entrapment?

Isn’t telling the public how bad certain departments are with in our local government and then spending money they just reported not having a little shady? A city that can’t tell the truth to the public — saying how bad off it is and then turns around and buys several 100 acres of land around the airport needed? The city doesn’t know right from wrong and can’t live within its budget. It’s time for a city overhaul. We can’t keep them in business any longer.

Doug D. Evans

Colorado Springs

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Efforts are ill-placed

I read that a woman, Bernadette Guthrie, is talking to people, about the damage that Derrick Wilburn did to her daughter by reading, at a D-20 school board meeting, from one of the books in the library. She is demanding that Wilburn be removed from the school board for the damage done to her daughter, just hearing an excerpt from said book.

I believe Guthrie’s efforts are ill-placed. If she thinks that the book Wilburn read from is that damaging, why isn’t she going after cleaning it out of the D-20 school library instead of going after the man who exposed the book?

Marcena Springer

Colorado Springs

Address the issue in November

I read Wednesday’s Opinion entitled “Why we need ‘The Citizen’s Tax Cut’” with interest. In it, the writer stated that the average homeowner has seen a tax increase of 25%, however, I’m sure many have seen a much higher increase.

For example, we’ve lived in our home for 24 years, and our 2024 tax bill increased by 115% over 2023’s. I’m sure it’s because we’re surrounded by expanding growth here in the Black Forest and Falcon area, where many new homes approach $1 million and more which, in turn, has increased the value of our home.

This is a good thing if we sell someday, but provides no benefit while we stay. As retirees, the increase is a big impact to our limited budget, and our property taxes will only increase as growth continues. The Colorado government ruling majority has demonstrated its unwillingness to provide real relief for us citizens, so it appears the only answer is for us to address the issue as voters in November.

Mark Smith

Black Forest

Lack of consumer rights

Jennifer Mulson elicited a very important comment from Chris Davis in the cover article in GO! Thursday on the Colorado Springs Record Show. Many consumers are unaware that when they upload the music they own on CD, LP, or MP3 files to a central streaming cloud server, they forfeit all rights they have to passively listen to the music in a manner of their choosing. In most cases, this never comes up, but as Davis pointed out, there are times when the lack of consumer rights becomes abundantly clear.

A diet of listening to music through streaming alone is bad for small musicians, since streaming represents the smallest percentage revenue stream going back to the artist of any format. But consumers should think twice about uploading CDs or LPs to reduce physical clutter — or even uploading files to gain some space on their hard drives. Before you know it, Apple, Spotify, Amazon or another service will own all the rights to your music. As I never tire of telling people, the cloud is not real and is not your friend.

Loring Wirbel

Colorado Springs

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