I didn't know that councilman Miller was holding a town hall meeting tonight or I would have been there to lend support. However, I expect he'll do just fine without me. How disgusting that the mayor and his puppets on the council and our City Leaders want to "take him down." Apparently they think councilman Miller is the sole opponent to their plans to get rid of Drake and build the stadium atop its rubbled remains. THEY ignore the fact that Miller represents thousands of COS citizens who want to keep Drake and dump the publicly financed stadium/event center component of C4C. Miller could support C4C and be fawned over by the Gazette - as is councilwoman Gaebler - but instead he opposes the cronyism and corruption and ineptitude of city govt. How I admire his courage and dogged determination to be an advocate for the PEOPLE and not be a puppet of the mayor and the Gazette.
Pam -- The info in your 2nd to last paragraph is mind boggling - although it's not clear who is the source of this info. Mayor Bach has a lot to answer for to the public re Utilities and C4C.
Any meetings, proposals or details of a CSU purchase offer should be open to the public and most certainly would require a vote of the people before it could even proceed. Be very wary of closed door proceedings. CSU assets far outweigh the assets of Memorial Hospital and any consideration of selling off any or all portions of the Electric System needs extensive public scrutiny and approval before giving it away to a for profit energy corporation.
Boulder recently voted to rid itself of Xcel energy - just in time to avoid Xcel's request for another $138 million rate increase. Don't tie yourself to a Minnesota utility, as absentee landlords are seldom a good idea.
I've got a feeling that a few of those "supporters" aren't going to be when they leave the meeting.
Jon and all of you sellouts who support it because you're being paid to: enjoy it while it lasts. If you think that this won't come back to bite you in the ass you're fools.
Hasn't the Gazette been doing this for a long time with the Go section?
Just another reason why I ready the Indy - you can trust that the content hasn't been bought!
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Yay, Carrie! Great first column. As a fellow digital communications nerd, I love social media because I've met amazing people (like YOU)! Can't wait to read more ... and, of course, I'll be sharing in social media spaces. :)
I just have to say good for them but sure wish some of that stayed here. We need them investigative news papers keep a city half way honest or at least make some think before they do things. News papers bought and sold by the establishment never do. Newspapers are still the best source for news they have the time and space to tell the story where TV gives you bites.
You might really enjoy my books, starting with The Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way and my last one, Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs.
Thanks Jill, and thanks for all your work on legalizing city goats!! Lindsey
"Serpentinuous" may not be in the dictionary, but it ought to be. It is a beautiful word. It might strike some as peculiar that a word that does not exist describes perfectly the author's passion, until you consider it is a portmanteau of "serpentine" and "sinuous" both of which have meanings of winding and turning in one direction and another.
The poetry of serpentinuous is in the extra length that makes it look more like a snake and takes longer to pronounce, with more rising and falling of the voice, mimicking the winding and turning it describes. However, I expect it will never gain broad adoption because our language has always evolved in the direction of shorter, not longer or prettier, words.
Way to go, Lindsey. I have so much respect for your ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit. All while you raise your family on local and healthy food.
Is the public willing to make an investment in the future and fund these capital improvement and storm water needs? Will local voters pass or turn down a city-county wide one cent sales tax increase should this be the chosen instrument to place on a November 2014 ballot?
I don't think that's stupid at all. Good for you for not being afraid to try something new and unfamiliar to you, Lani!
Young Professional Alex Johnson in his Gazette guest opinion said that the Garden of the Gods attracts 2M plus visitors a year and the accompanying economic prosperity. Does even the most optimistic C4C stadium/event center proponent think the stadium will attract 1/100th as many new, out-of-state tourists to COS as does GofG? Johnson asks, "How should the city spend its limited resources in terms of attracting tourists when we already entice millions of them with natural beauty?" Our "betters" tell us that building a stadium using taxpayer dollars is the answer.
I consider the event center (aka convention center) stadium combo to be a pig in a poke. But perhaps I'm myopic. Our mayor, certain politicians, the property developer, and those who are the wisest among us, our City Leaders, are VISIONARIES who see an ICONIC stadium nestled in a sea of asphalt flanking the equally VISIONARY and ICONIC Olympic Museum #2 located in the present urban renewal wasteland adjacent to the genuinely fabulous ABT park that has been waiting for a decade for SOMETHING to happen on its eastern perimeter to be the answer to all our city's woes. However, I'm not a calcified naysayer. If the stadium were elevated - using the Seattle Space Needle as inspiration - and all parking was at ground level under the stadium, then I too would concur that the stadium was VISIONARY and ICONIC and UNIQUE. COS would be the only city in the entire world to boast of a stadium situated 200 feet above the asphalt. If this VISION were realized, I could then feel confident that our stadium would attract 2M plus visitors a year and REVITALIZE downtown and REJUVENATE our stodgy economy and ATTRACT business and industry and RESTORE our dying airport to profitability and make us all PROUD to live in COS.
Yes, I too am a VISIONARY.
I just happened to come across what is going on back in C/S! Pam, I told you back in early February 2010 what I know about Maketa, including that domestic dispute between he and Paula in his office, but you weren't serious in your inquiry. You needed to get his phone records to start. Matter of fact, CSINDY decided to delete my posting saying they were inflammatory and if I'm not mistaken, close to being libel. But, it was the truth and I'm not concerned about telling the truth all the while others in that office are not only being unethical, but committing criminal acts as well. Well, guess what, 'I told you so, Pam!' Best to listen to people next time and follow your gut instinct who know a lot and more than what is on the surface next time! This story would've been out 4 1/2 years before any of this came out now. I'm glad Cliff rose to the occasion. He's a solid Detective and intelligent man. I'm waiting for the house of cards to fall on the rest of that Mafia clan in that department...Joe Breister, ret. Undersheriff Zanni, Glen Athey, Dean Kelsey and many more. Oh, so many more. I'm getting the popcorn out and taking notes as this will be a good story based on true events novel or even best seller some day. This will go along with my other best sellers.
The Mayor is acting like this dud of a proposal (especially the stadium) is a done deal. If this gets to a citizen vote it would likely be voted down by a clear majority just like the city voted against a downtown convention center.
Colorado Springs tourism future should be built on its reputation for outdoor activities and highlight features like Garden of the Gods which was recently named the best park in the country. We will not improve the local economy by being just another city that got suckered into paying for a stadium to benefit local developers.
Shawn you do realize that the Indy did report on this 4 years ago and was ignored. What magic information you had would have changed that? If its that important speak up now. No opportunity was missed it was ignored. Thats how it is at this paper no one gives them a chance. Did you take this magic information to the others 4 years ago? If so then you know how Pam feels if not then stop whining and speak up.
Had the very same experience back in China. Ordered a shot of espresso with nary an idea of what it actually is. Ended up spitting the whole content of the cup coz of it's bitter taste. Haha, stupid me.
I just hope most, if not ALL, the dirtiness from that office, accumulated since 2002, comes out and drags out the rest who are just as guilty as him. Maketa was just at the top of the bowl directing the rest of his Mafia to feed on the line Deputies who 'fall' out of line, hhhmmmhmmm, I meant destroy them as a way to pass time while sitting fat on top of their thrones. It was all about selfishness and blanketed protection from their own transgressions. A good ol' boy network to watch each others backs for their failures and place the guilt and blame on their subordinates. All within the auspices from an organization that is their to 'protect and serve!' Hope they all get what is coming to them and are not blind folded while on the press firing line. I want for them to see the creation of their own misdeeds from the past come back to haunt them. They have what is coming...misappropriation of funds and equipment dating back since 2003-2004. I told CSIDY back in 2010 to get his phone records all the way back prior to 2006! But, all I am is some s**t talking, delusional ex-employee who just wants to make trouble. As I must say...TOLD YOU SO!
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