Sally, the "insanity" that the recent mass shooters have in common is....wait for it....LIBERALISM! EVERY, no exception, one of them self identified as a liberal/progressive. The "SANE" solution, therefore, is to outlaw liberal/progressive gun possession. Problem solved.
The city government was "quarrelsome and ineffective" so what was the solution? Throw out the charter and go with a "strongarm" mayor! The current federal government is likewise quarrelsome and ineffective only more so. Should we throw out the Constitution and vote for a dictator instead of a president?
The local powers-that-be call themselves conservatives. True conservatives do not throw out the product of years of thought and toil, only to replace it with some new whizbang idea. That is what the dreaded progressives are supposed to do--just rush into things because they are new, not because they are better than the tried and true.
I do not know how to characterize local Republicans, but they are not conservative, at least not by the dictionary definition.
Gee Sally you talk about your version of sanity. Where is the sanity in the rest of this world where vile people kill others with any means of disposal whether it's with guns, knives or pressure cookiers. You really think you can stop them with more regulations? Only thing that is being accomplished is making more people not able to defend themselves when the need arises. If you and your like-minded audience prefer to be victims then by all means be victims, the rest of us will protect ourselves and our own. When you get time on your hands go out and make the cartels get a background check that is already required.
20,000 firearms requlations are within the confines of the US and you people are talking about more. Put a little more effort into getting James Holmes executed and you would send a better message.
Individuals who run for public office because they care and want or can make a difference aren't valued in this City. Abuse from media and inability to positively accomplish things is too great in COS. Stupid, lazy, weak, and unethical thankfully get voted out or disappointingly, re-elected.
To the two of you - Sally and Happy few - you ignore all the gun laws that currently exist - some 2000 of them. Isn't that and having a background check done when you guy a gun from a store enough for you? Or do you want to be the type of citizen the founding fathers feared - idiots who don't think or evaluate. background checks are done EVERY TIME someone buys a gun at a gun show or store. Have you ever bought a gun? Go try it and see if you can just walk out with the gun - go on I DARE YOU!!
The second thing is to educate YOURSELVES. You ignore all the research that has been done on gun violence which has been going down these last ten years according to the FBI and many other sources and stop being afraid of guns. Go get Lott's book and read it. Then think about what you have read.
Again - you ignore that any mentally ill person will use whatever he can find to create chaos - guns are ONE small part of that equation. In the three instances above, not one gun was used to kill another. And if it came to being boiled alive with hot water and bleach, a gun would be a quick and less painful way to go don't you think? that happened here in the Springs. The other night a homeless man died in one of our parks - a gun wasn't used. He died from exposure and probably health conditions. Why aren't your panties in a tightwad about that Sally?
Third, understand that most gunners are law abiding folks - they are YOUR neighbors, church members, teachers, etc. When they sell a gun they don't sell to scumbags - they sell to friends and others who know how to use a gun safely. Most scumbags cannot afford the prices folks charge for their guns. Those prices run in the hundreds of dollars to buy from someone who has one. And consider that the Boston bombers used a pressure cooker - would you make folks get a background check to buy those? Hey - why not a background check to get a car! Cars kill more than guns anytime!
AND for you two, you both ignore the defensive use of weapons. Over two million times a year guns are used for SELF DEFENSE. If three men were breaking into your home and threatening your loved ones, I am sure you don't want to tell them, "Wait - I am going to call the police."
NOW go learn some things about guns and wake up! Stop being afraid of them and buy one and learn to use it properly.
Did you actually expect that the changes to the city charter that enabled a "strong mayor" would be perfect from the get go?
If you remember, the strong mayor concept was hastily born from the necessity of creating a "check" to the power of an out-of-touch city council. Unfortunately the opportunity was seized by the old boy power brokers in this city to place one of their own in the position.
That does not mean this will continue in perpetuity, as his support of million dollar taxpayer-funded initiatives that pay back his benefactors are sure to be used against him in the next election - if he decides to run again.
As for me - I will likely vote for the taxi driver.
I'm on board with most of this EXCEPT for 2 things:
Having the mayor (especially this clown, but in reality ANY single politician) in charge of utilities. It must be overseen by a committee that will represent ALL parts of the community.
The "City and County of Colorado Springs" is unworkable for a number of reasons. Would the "County of Colorado Springs" be limited to only the current boundaries of the city, with El Paso County being the rest of the current county? If so, you limit growth (not necessarily a bad thing) since one county cannot simply annex part of another county.
If the "County of Colorado Springs" were to be all of what is currently El Paso County, it wouldn't be hard to foresee that the more rural parts of the county would be short-changed and neglected due to more attention being paid to the bigger city (much like how Bach has screwed over the county by pulling out of the ESA).
Like our mayor, Hazlehurst is long on "ideas" but short on how to carry them out.
It's simple... have the mayor actually respect the decisions made by council and not thumb his nose at them.
the gunuts argument against background checks is mentally ill people will just run you over in a car? WOW! how about we keep legally obtained guns out of mentally ill people's hands and avoid many of the thousands of murders occurring every year. it's not guns that kill people, it's those darn copper alloy encased lead bullets. the bullets that result from a PERSON pulling a trigger. lets make sure the people with the fingers on the triggers understand when to pull that trigger.
Sally Alberts asks, "Can we not bring some sanity into this situation?" Yes we can, as soon as legislators and folks like you stop proposing feel-good/do nothing legislation.
Since you consider yourself intelligent--judging by your past op/eds, I'm not convinced--, just what do you suggest would be effective measures to implement and enforce?
This is in reply to Sally Alberts, Tues. Nov 7 – Its Insanity.
Sorry Sally - there are tons of regulations concerning guns now. We do not need more. Gun owners are NOT fighting to keep safety measures from being taken – they already have been in place. What they are fighting for is their second amendment rights.
And guns are threatened – look at the actions of the Colorado State legislature this past year. Those members swore to up hold the constitution of the state and the nation and have done neither. They trampled on the Second Amendment to the point that the county sheriffs are suing them and citizens recalled two of the most egregious abusers of it.
And as far as no place is safe – you are correct. Anytime a mentally ill person wants to kill someone, they will. And they don’t have to use guns to do it either. Look at the woman who scalded and killed her mother with hot water and bleach. Look at the man who used his car to run down tourists in California. And look at the mentally ill Asian wacko who used a knife to hack an entire family to death.
Sally you need to read the book, More Guns, Less Crime 3rd edition by John Lott and get some common sense to back up your supposed intelligence. Then you need to go research who abuses guns – hint: Its not the lawful gun owners but the mentally ill. Finally you need to realize that a person who wants to kill another will find a way and a weapon to do so. Why don’t you use your time to work on getting funding for the mentally ill instead of wasting it showing us you are sadly misinformed?
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, cities and counties are entirely separate political entities. The county in which a city is located has no governmental jurisdiction inside the city limits. On the other hand, the city has no political influence in the surrounding county.
Mikey Weinstein is fighting in one of the only wars worth fighting in right now. The war against fundamentalist religious crackpots! The a-holes in the Middle East won't have to defeat us because fundamentalist Christians are beating them to the punch and destroying us from right here at home.
"Wars not make one great." - Yoda
I generally agree with you, John, beginning with your grade of 'F' for our form of government. I do not agree with giving the mayor control over utilities, especially if the mayor is the one who is in office right now. I am optimistic that if Bach runs again, his opponents will have accumulated enough ammo from his first term to annihilate him, unless the Gazette resorts to the lies for which they've become famous when pushing their own political agenda.
"Competent, cooperative, community-oriented and focused on the future — isn't that what we need to build a great city? Yes, but the kind of people who can do it may not be electable here."
Great observation. These people do exist here, but they have a difficult/nearly impossible time getting elected. The Gazette doesn't help get these people elected. Then if they DO get elected - and by a majority, like Councilor Joel Miller - they risk being crucified by the petty blowhards of the daily's editorial staff simply for doing exactly the kind of due diligence on projects and policies their constituents elected them to do. The Gazette actually used to commend local politicians for doing this, but not anymore.
The incestuous relationship between the cronies at HBA, Board of Realtors, Chamber, the local GOP, and the Gazette also doesn't help (who was it that bought us the strong mayor form of government with an $800k campaign infusion anyway?)
Colorado Springs is still the laughing stock of the state. We are the butt of jokes regarding our leadership, those we elect to lead, and our backroom small town politics. It's no wonder we have not rebounded economically the way other Front Range cities have. Just pick up the Gazette & read the editorial page, the letters from "knowledgeable" citizens and "leaders" (as they slice one another's throats), and the infighting & turf wars at all levels of local government.
Why in the world would any reputable, progressive-thinking business want to relocate to this city and subject their management and staff to this toxic environment? Answer: they obviously don't, as they're going elsewhere.
I hate the idea of any Mayor, especially Mayor Bach, having singular control of Utilities as this is just too much power in one person's hands. Like others, I do NOT trust a person from the development community to do what's best for the city, the danger is too great.
I love the idea of ONE government for all of Colorado Springs and El Paso County, with ONE set of elected officials, one set of laws, one school district (NOT 17), one tax rate, one zoning board, one planning board, one set of needed departments, etc.
We need to STOP paying for all the needless duplication and competing agendas.
Very interesting column. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has been pushing the "strong mayor" initiative in Sacramento for the past six years. It keeps getting killed, but it comes back to life.
According to you, TejonTech, Mr. Tosches was NOT smoking weed when he wrote this column. In other words, he was clear-headed and focused. I am going to go way out on a limb here and guess that is not the impression you meant to convey.
Your psychobabble "analysis" of Mr. Weinstein is equally confused and befuddled. Mickey Weinstein has been called to his mission by his faith in God--the God of Abraham, the God of Moses, the God of the Jewish people, the Creator of the Universe. Unlike some people, Weinstein does not wear his religion on his sleeve, so you might have missed it, but if you have missed it you are not alone.
Rich is a breath of fresh air in this smug, stuffy town.
The Tea Party is a disease.
Rich, you need to renew your MMJ prescription before writing another column...
Nice to know that Mickey graduated in '77, meaning he never fought in a war and never knew the need for God. No wonder he is always going for the small potatoes, his career and life have been void of more important things.
Too bad, so sad. The only effect these counties will have from the sales will be the portion they get for their schools and that's it. The rest is people sitting in their homes with the goodies they purchased in another county, not effecting the prohibitionists in their county. No retail, no spoils, you missed out. Think about it when you're repealing your moratoriums when Denver, Larimer and Boulder counties are making bank and able to finance municipal projects.
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