Here's why: After months of asking about the mayor's homeless plan, and multiple promises from city staff that I'd be "the first to know," I found the story detailing the plan on the front page of the Gazette today. Really?
Later in the morning, I received an e-mail from city communications announcing a meeting on the homeless initiative would take place tonight. Listen, I expect a last-minute press conference on a gruesome murder or a natural disaster. But a plan that's been months in the making, to address a problem that's been around for decades? Surely, they could have told us about this days, or even weeks, ago.
Of course, this is hardly the first time this has happened. Mayor Steve Bach rarely returns our requests for comment, and when he does, it's usually in an e-mail. While the communications office is the "official" information source for all city business, the mayor himself seems to be the main source of tips for the media outlets he likes. Bach has acknowledged to our reporters on multiple occasions that he feels his relationship with the Independent is strained. He says he feels like our paper attacks him.
For the record, yes, we have been critical of the mayor. But we've also praised him at times. And we've invited his input into stories that concern him, whether or not he's bothered to respond. That's called being fair.
That said, I can see why Bach must have liked the story in the Gazette today. It portrayed him in a very favorable light, and failed to quote anyone who objected to his plan to create a campus setting for homeless services. The critics exist. In fact, they're obvious: Many homeless service providers have openly said in the past that they're happy at their current locations and don't feel moving is the answer.
It's up to the Gazette's reporters and editors how they want to cover the news, but at the Independent, we feel we owe it to our readers to tell as well-reported a story as possible. It'd be nice if our city government respected that.
I'd guess I won't be getting a call from the mayor anytime soon. But hey, I'd love to be proven wrong.
May 7, 2013
Community Meeting with Mayor Bach
Please join Mayor Steve and Suzi Bach for a Community Meeting on Homeless Solutions TODAY on Tuesday, May 7, from 6:30 — 8:00 p.m. at Hillside Community Center, 925 S Institute Street Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
For those Republicans who wonder why they are losing the battle of messaging, this might be instructive.
It would appear, from this post on her Facebook page, that she is insinuating that gay couples like to rape children, and that by allowing gay marriage to become a normal facet of our culture we're also opening the floodgates for such abuse.
Of course, this would just be a guess (as her post is so rich in snark as to be nearly indecipherable), if she hadn't made her point abundantly clear in a response to someone in the thread.
Armed only with snark and a single link to a story of alleged child abuse, Morin has declared that not only do gay couples enjoy raping children, but that one day, thanks undoubtedly to the liberals, society-at-large will learn to view this horrific perversion as an acceptable quirk.
Morin doesn't even attempt to use data to back up her first claim, because there is no unbiased, legitimate data to support it. And, as for her second claim, it is beyond reason to assume that people who support the marriage of homosexuals would eventually come to accept child abuse — it's simply a baffling leap of illogic.
The Facebook posts were brought to our attention by Elliot Fladen, a well-known conservative-libertarian activist.
"I criticized her in an attempt to have a more tolerant conservative movement," Fladen states. "My goal is to have a GOP/Conservative movement that is welcoming to groups like the Log Cabin Republicans."
We have asked Morin for a comment, and will post a response if we get one.
The mountain town of Guffey pops up on the Indy’s radar every now and then. The most involved coverage has come in relation to the horrible 2000 killings that former editor Kathryn Eastburn wrote about for the paper, and then in her nonfiction book, Simon Says. But we also run listings for its controversial annual Fourth of July Chicken Fly, and occasionally slap a photo from there on our Slice of Life page.
Anyway, with the town only 70 miles or so away, it has plenty of connections to Colorado Springs. And Bill Soux, perhaps Guffey's most prominent citizen, is pretty sure that some Colorado Springs residents have family buried at the historic Guffey Cemetery.
He’s also pretty sure that some of those residents won’t be happy about what's happened up there.
A couple months ago, a now-defunct group called the Guffey Cemetery Committee headed a “cleanup” project that included cutting down trees and tearing down battered fencing. Soux (who lost a favorite tree in the project) says the committee had no right to do this; a notably in-depth story in the Fairplay Flume explains, among other things, that no one even knows who owns the land.
While aesthetic judgments on the above may be left to the beholder, there’s no doubt that ATV tracks were left in the workers’ wake, and Soux says some grave sites were desecrated.
Anyway, here’s where you come in: If you indeed happen to have family buried in the cemetery of this “small friendly mountain town,” and would like to work on restoring the land to its more rustic look, Soux invites you to contact him at 689-3291, or through guffeycolorado.com.
As those who have caught performances at the Pikes Peak Center, World Arena or anywhere that involved anybody doing anything in front of anybody can tell you, there are too many standing ovations. Ben Brantley at the New York Times presents the new alternative:
I would like to make the case, officially and urgently, for the return of the sitting ovation. Because we really have reached the point at which a standing ovation doesn’t mean a thing. Pretty much every show you attend on Broadway these days ends with people jumping to their feet and beating their flippers together like captive sea lions when the zookeeper arrives with a bucket of fish. This is true even for doomed stinkers that find the casts taking their curtain calls with the pale, hopeless mien of patients who have just received a terminal diagnosis. ...
Or, to put it in cruder and more extreme terms, it’s like having sex with someone on the first date, whether you like the person or not, because you think it’s expected.