Too bad we just voted to use our acquisition money for lands like this to be used parks maintenance, giving Bach the extra budget money to reward his friends with bonuses and buy outs.
The biggest problem with this plan is that the neckless is full of homeless people and drug dealers...and poor zoning enforcement has adjoining properties so run down no one wants to go near them.
And the inner circle itself is pretty seedy with bail bonds offices, lots social agencies that attract a whole different clientele than nice shops and eateries would.
Oh come now TejonTech, governments have always done that. State lotteries, Powerball, Mega-millions and all the rest focus on the poor. Not all stoners are on food stamps and your "Focus on the Family" opinion is pretty stale these days. That's how 64 passed in the first place. People are tired of paying prisons and SWAT teams to round up stoners. It doesn't make fiscal sense. I am also going to say you are no conservative. As a libertarian, I recognize your issue and it sounds like this "I don't want the government involved in peoples lives, but I want the government to impose my set of morals onto other people". It doesn't make sense. It is not unlike "I want abortions to be illegal and I also want to reduce welfare and food stamps". It would be impossible to reduce welfare by forcing single women to keep the children they cannot afford. Maybe someday, hardcore, knee-jerk "conservatives" will start to realize how wrong they can be, we can all be wrong. Here's to a future GOP with more people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, libertarianism is where it's at!
Another family farm is gonna go out, and for once it isn't because of the estate tax. Droughts are terrible, but the assault on the family farm began in 1916 by by the Democrat Woodrow Wilson. It works like this, farmer owns farm, housing developments move closer to farm raising the value of said farmland, farmer dies and his farm is now subject to the estate tax when he tries to pass it down, children of farmer cannot afford the estate tax and they have to sell. Then Archer Daniels Midland or ConAgra swoop in and buy the land at depressed prices. It has been going on for almost 100 years. Don't believe me? Well, before going to the Huffington Post of the Daily Kos to find some link to prove me wrong, just take a drive. Go out east of Denver or Longmont or even here in the Springs. See all those empty farmhouses? Look closely at the corn, sorghum or milo fields, notice the barb wire? Look at the sign on that wire, it will say something like "ConAgra field #59086". There is all the proof you need.
Can we add in here that the link to donate is here: http://www.ppcf.org/products/wfff
Water law here in the west is byzantine and bizarre beyond belief - stranger than a Ranger Rich column. When major amounts of water are delivered by the SDS, can that water be used by the farm?
This would essentially be a regressive tax, taking from the effectively unproductive, depressed, weak, and shiftless to fund police to cleanup their messes, social workers to try to find them jobs, food stamps to feed them, and buses to take them to supply their stash.
Why not make them get clean, get productive, get personally responsible? These people need motivation of the most basic kind, not addictive drugs that we tax to increase a cycle of dependency and worthlessness for them.
Ralph...think about it!
Golly Bob, just a bit testy this a.m. Why don't you try a good dump.
One question: when you use the pejorative "brainiacs", are you suggesting that you believe yourself superior or did you think yourself cute?
The airport is a "jewel"?? Really? NO It is a freaking airport! It has massive concrete runways, windows, walls and rows of urinals in the men's room. Colorado Springs cannot run a bus service, how it got itself an airport is a mystery. The "attract business" line has been the phrase of every city leader since day one but none actually knew how to do that. I remember the local news would announce a new company in town that was going to have 150 new jobs! Telemarketing! Yeah those annoying phone calls at dinner time trying to sell you something after they have pissed you off! Brainiacs!
Clearly people's experiences vary at COS, and feedback for any business is best heard through many channels. This is not a "who's right / who's wrong" situation. When the airport works, it's a "jewel," no doubt. But it needs to work for more people than not in order to transcend diamond in the rough status. The daily reports this today: http://www.gazette.com/articles/year-15280…
Tech: two things you need to consider further (which have been stated). We need a vibrant airport in order to attract quality business (which translates to quality jobs) AND the citizens of COS should support their local airport if at all feasible.
Nice Bill...you went through Chicago to get to LA, so you went north and east to go south and west..that sounds about right for you...glad you are sticking to your old ways.
I returned from a trip to NYC yesterday. On a rare occasion, I had the opportunity to fly out of COS (to CHI then to LGA) instead of leaving from DIA. I also returned to COS. United Airlines was actually $70 cheaper from COS than DIA for the round trip, not including the drive time hassle and parking expense associated with DIA.
COS airport was a breeze. No rude TSA agents as reported here. No lines. Friendly gate staff. Flights were on time, no waiting for taxiing to leave or waiting for an open gate upon arrival. Unfortunately, there were numerous vacant gates at the airport. United and Delta appear to be the only two major airlines left, with Allegiant being the third regional airline (there was a gate or two for Frontier, but no traffic).
The COS airport is a jewel - one we are at serious risk of losing if one of the two remaining major airlines pulls out. I can't believe we are having such difficulty recruiting new airlines. Is it Mark Earle's fault? I cant say, but I am stunned that someone with Earle's background isn't considered "good enough" to run the airport. But I am also having a hard time believing that we can't seem to sell our airport to bring in the kind of service envisioned when it was dedicated in '94. This is a deal breaker for any major business considering Colorado Springs.
This employee's performance was dismal and he should have been terminated long ago for his failures. After the election Bach can start cleaning out the corrupt, inefficient and criminal Colorado Springs Utilities.
People better wake up to this tyrant mayor. How does this small real estate office guy even have a clue of what the airport needs. This mayor is a total and complete joke but he does have his followers drinking the coolaid. Wake up COS. This guy needs to be voted out starting with his slate on April 2nd.
Ralph is not fair-minded. He is one of the sloppiest and mean spirited writers I have read over the years.
He is more of an emotional splatterer than a thoughtful writer...
Boys, I couldn't disagree more. COS airport is extremely convenient, if only it had more flights. I have never experienced the "long" lines you reference and have never had a problem with attitudes (at least no more so than Denver or other airports).
I takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get to DIA and add an additional 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to fight the lines at the counter as well as security. Don't forget the tolls. (I know you can bypass them, but add additional time and hassle). You get off a plane in COS and in five minutes you are waiting a very short period of time for your bags. How long does that process take in Denver? (The answer is a minimum of half an hour.
I will pay up to $100 more and fly out of the Springs. Besides, I like to support our airport.
Dang Ralph, I always considered you the only measured and fair-minded writer at the Indy and then this. Just a bit prejudicial, wouldn't you say?
"All had been considered assets to the city..." by whom Ralph? Regardless of the person elected "strong mayor", there was going to be some turnover. It happens with every administration change whether it be local, state or federal. Add to that the deletion of many over-paid and unneeded figureheads that needed weeding out.
I thought you were better than this Ralph. This was a major disappointment.
Relative to the specifics of Mark Earle, lets wait and see, shall we?
Stephen...to your point: I never ever even think of booking out of COS. It is cheaper, quicker, safer, direct, with less hassle and potential problems to just drive to DIA and fly from there.
All the points you name need to be cleaned up to give advantage to COS.
Like the TSA, much better at DIA. The COS TSA all seem to be on some work release program.
I believe it is not employees who fail, but the management in charge of them.
If our city is a mess, it is a mess because the mayor and city council are having problems/struggles with doing the job, and a though job it is.
But success comes not by getting rid of employees...it comes by problem solving with the employees.
It is sort of like marriage...it is a quicker solution to life's tensions to work with the current spouse than to find and develop a relationship with a new one...sometimes the divorce being itself avoidance of and easier than actually addressing the failures at hand.
As a moderately frequent flyer for over 30 years, here is why I do not fly out of COS. Cost, delays, attitudes. Too many disappointments and too much stress. Airfares are higher from COS, schedules are restrictive, and almost everything hops through Denver. At COS, by the time you allow 1.5-2 hours minimum to get through some of the rudest TSA people employed (not all), wait, board, and experience delays and missed connections, you can drive to DIA. Do I enjoy the commute? No. I have arrived 2+ hours before the first flight of the day out of COS and missed it because of low capacity counter and TSA staffing, and, hate to say it but, favoritism in military boarding. I understand their importance to the local economy, and the value of their service. Nothing against them. But the rest of us also have a plane to catch and I hear that you'd like us to do it from COS. I can only imagine the challenges the aviation director faces, and I cannot tell you whether Mr. Earle did or did not do a fine job. I can only tell you why COS airport has not worked for years for many private business travelers and families.
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