I am confused on your point here. By your own admission "Does gun control actually work? (Usually not.)" yet you want more voter turnout to stop a recall of elected officials that passed 2 gun laws that won't work. Morse and Giron cost the state untold revenue by passing 2 bills that will do nothing to stop a crazy person from shooting people if they want to. Colorado lost businesses that relocated and took their jobs with them, out-of-state hunters are boycotting our state in protest and a successful TV show left the state as well and for what some symbolic laws that will do nothing. I believe low voter turnout is a reflection on how many people are actually apathetic about this issue and just don't care. I think the middle just doesn't give a damn.
Not bad Warren... and you will find most of us against the current wave of meaningless gun control will agree with back-ground checks. What our biggest problem is; when a maniac causes mayhem, they come after us law abiding people with new laws that we know the maniacs will not follow anyway. The they add insult be lying about the reasons for their new "controls". The Brady Bill didn't stop Columbine, The theater shooter was not reported when it became evident to professionals that he was going off the rails, NO victims of Sandy Hook were shot with more than a hand gun (but the AK is suddenly the weapon of evil) and now the Navy base when the first week of August it was reported he was losing his faculties, but no one thought about looking into he security clearance, yet within 12 hours Sen. Feinstein is calling for more gun laws! (?) really? BTW, that IS a gun free zone, look how that helped stop someone who has become un-hinged. What needs to be discussed is the societal shift that has put so little value on human life and so much on personal priority that would foster such madness.
As far as recall.. this is nothing new and anybody with knowledge of the Constitution knows this. If you recall, GOP Governor Scott Walker was up against it 2 years ago. Was that as disturbing for you too? The differences are 1) Gov.Walker believed in what he was being called on the carpet for and stood up to it and won even with the millions the labor unions and Demcratic party put into it. Here, Morse and Giron were cowards and even though they had 5 times the money the recall effort had, they spent it on womens rights issues and political B.S. against the candidates that were replacing them if they last and not defending their positions. And 2) The recall laws are in place to take out Representatives that violate their positions and for us the Gun issue was just the breaking point. Morse said on National TV "Ignore the e-mails from your constituents.. we know the right thing to do" In my book, he should have been fired there. Add to that, crippling rural Colorado with doubling the renewable energy mandates (why only them), over-hauling the election laws to allow gypsy voters, etc. This can go on, but the point is; they were elected as "Representatives" of us and they were only representing somebody else's political agenda.
There is a lot of talk about the NRA being the big bully who touched this all off. When will everybody accept it was US, the citizens of Colorado who were not allowed to testify when out of staters were who did this, the NRA only came in to assist a little when WE got it rolling. Anybody who whines about the big money NRA is being a bit more than hypocritical when they don't also admit the Bloomberg influence, personal calls from VP Biden and huge sums of money (multiples of the NRA donation) Giron and Morse used to lie and try to distract everyone from their bad politics that they were to cowardly to try to defend.
A downtown stadium?! Don't even think about it:
Instead, "Fix our bridges already" along with other existing infrastructure:
Please read on his public Facebook page Colorado Springs Council Member Joel Miller's 10 reasons for why he is opposed to the "City of Champions" proposal: https://www.facebook.com/JoelMillerColorad…
This mayor is a menace to this city and this proposal for the stadium and other buildings is absolutely ridiculous. We have to re-establish some realistic priorities in this city and vote in a better Mayor as soon as we can.
You might like the segment from 1:25 - 2:30 in this episode - http://podbay.fm/show/536258179/e/13423536… . The Night Vale Stadium sounds like a bit the plans for a new downtown Colorado Springs stadium. Maybe a hooded figure gathering would help get the numbers to where they need to be to make a new stadium financially viable.
If the Sky Sox Stadium is moved to downtown, what will be the effect on the Powers Blvd business complex? The retail businesses in that area (Walmart, Target, Lowes, many restaurants, movie theaters, etc., etc.) represent sales tax revenue to the city that is about 40 times larger than the sales tax that is presently collected downtown.
Walmart is the largest private employer in the city. Target and Lowes are also very significant contributors to city employment and tax revenues. These businesses deserve full recognition of their contributions. Downtown is really represented by about six politically connected landowners who are pushing for government subsidies for their bad land purchases. Government subsidies have been used downtown for over fifty years. Any good conservative knows government subsidies don't work. And they won't work this time either.
Similar reasoning applies to the silly attempts to move the Air Force Academy visitors center to downtown. Why not put a visitors center for Yellowstone National Park in the Antler's hotel complex? Answer -- People go to the Air Force Academy because that is where they want to be. The same applies to Yellowstone National Park. So the downtown businesses need to find a way to make people want to go there. Free internet cafes? Free wi-fi? How about free parking? Vastly improved street networks? There are many opportunities, but subsidizing losing businesses won't make them successful.
The mayor is bonkers to think that this should actually happen. Maybe if he could get the roads in shape first.
Thanks, Mr. Mullin, for a terrific article. From the moment Mayor Bach announced his Grand Plan, I was against it. The stadium etc is not a good idea just because he says it is. The info in this article is exactly what the electorate needs to help decide if the stadium is worth building. Furthermore, if something BIG must be done to "revitalize" downtown, then I want a sparkling new library built on the very spot intended for the stadium. And I'm agreeable to paying a special assessment property tax or whatever to fund it. Also, within walking distance of ATB park, let the private sector build a year-round farmer's market, with small restaurants serving market foods, art galleries, and vendors selling handcrafted wares. Sorta like Seattle's Pike Place Market, sans the flying fish.
Detroit has a MAJOR league baseball stadium. It sure worked great for them.
It's a shame that such an expensive proposition has been short-sheeted when it comes to a true business analysis. For instance, I saw no analysis of the location of current season ticket holders and no discussion of their future willingness to drive 25 minutes and pay $10 to park to see a game. My guess is that many will choose to drop those tickets.
I voted for this mayor but will not do so again, as I am tired of his behind the back deals to address his own agenda with no regard to general public needs or input.
Omaha moved its stadium to the suburbs to make room for a brand new downtown stadium to host the college World Series and other high dollar generating events. They would have never moved it without another stadium going in. Most cities also have growth and sprawl (like Woodmen and Powers) but they also keep focus on their core downtown. Stadiums, science centers and museums are usually..........Downtown.
what a lovely tribute to two fine people. I always enjoyed seeing both Jeannie and Pam when I was in Poor Richard's and was so very heartbroken over their deaths. They would be SO very proud of you for writing this! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with your readers.
Thanks Ron, well stated.
The utilities were turned off by direction of the mayor and there was no water to keep 346 houses from burning...right, good job utilities department.
And the fire started when The DEA decided to burn some pot...so that is where everyone should look to cover their bank costs.
So I wonder, how will selling a crown jewel of the city for a one time shot of cash benefit the citizens in the long run? Is it better than a constant annual stream of cash direct to the city's coffers ($31 million this year) with no "middleman" (i.e. shareholders)? I doubt it. And could the Koch brothers, who provided campaign funding to Mayor Bach, be involved?
How do constant rate hikes needed to pay distant shareholders concerned only with investment returns benefit our community?
In terms of service and rates, there is a similar situation in Pasadena CA and surrounding communities. Pasadena, like Colorado Springs, owns their electric company. Surrounding communities recieve power from an IOU. During a recent Santa Ana windstorm considerable damage occured. Who had the least amount of damage and fastest restoral of service? Why you guessed it, Pasadena with its city owned utility. For more information, see these articles written by Dr. John Grula in the Pasadena weekly.
Per the reference to wildfire response in your first comment, you do realize that Los Angeles has a Municipal electric utility, right? Large, successful municipal utilities can be found across the country. Almost all are highly valued by their citizen-owners. Only in a far right wing wacko land like C. Springs are so many anxious to cleanse themselves of the sin of a City Owned Enterprise, despite its many benefits.
This article is about not selling the electric division to Xcel. By the way Xcel employees came to the Springs to help restore services. Hente forgot to mention that fact
Sam, this article pertained to the Waldo Canyon fire and the successful heroic efforts by employees of CSU to fight it. The last thing I heard was that the fire was probably started by humans. I'm not sure why you brought up global warming, or as others see it, cyclical weather changes seen throughout history.
Im Just wondering where all these green electric plug in cars are getting there power from ,are you thinking it's not from a coal power plant ? Coal is better than nuke or oil fired , and natural gas fired. Clean burning bag house type power plants Are more cost effective. I have owned four homes in Colorado Springs two with solar heat and hot water, it really can help offset utilities cost, however It is not an affordable option for many individuals. Did you know CSU ,actually goes to great lengths to educate how to save energy ,conserve water and be more green. They also own hydro plants at USAFA (co-op) and Manitou springs. Purchase wind energy, Did you know that cows also cause global warming.
There is no one right answer. But selling Drake or "moving" Martin drake
Is a bad idea and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to find out is
Kinda wasteful also!
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