Well, I thought Mister Hazlehurst made an interesting observation, one that I probably would not have made, even considering that I grew up in the Springs only a couple of years younger than John. I recall NO kids of color in grade school, and maybe one or two in junior high. In High School (the first year it was named Palmer) there were some black and Hispanic kids, but I recall them as pretty much middle class. Being then admittedly quite naive, I was not aware of any racial tensions. The black guys I remember were popular. I don’t recall any black girls, but the bubble of white privilege I lived in rendered me oblivious to a lot of things. When I finally encountered blatant racism in the Army, it astounded me, and I had trouble dealing with some of my fellow “whites”.
Long story short… now when I visit my home town and see all the black and brown people that I meet on the street, encounter in businesses or live next door to my relatives, I must admit to having a feeling akin to the "warm fuzzies", a good feeling, not just toward my home town, but the whole country. Things have really changed, and if that’s a “liberal Utopiaville” well, I like it. And I’m not going to let Donald Trump and his dog whistle Republican minions poison my optimism by trying to lurch my country back into THEIR version of “Utopiaville”. It is as disturbing now as it was when I first encountered it.
Thanks, John, for the enlightened perspective.
This guy Tannim is either a really old crank or a 12 year old himself. The level of immaturity in his comments should embarrass him/her. I mean, "Hazy-hurts?"
"I was a snobby 12-year-old..."
And now you're a snobby 76 year-old. Haven't learned a thing, have you, Hazy-hurts?
Only a true schmuck like you could segue from a classic movie like Singing in the Rain to racism.
Why don't you enjoy the movie for what it is, and take your race-baiting with you somewhere else where less-evolved people drink that crap up?
Oh, wait, that place is your liberal Utopiaville...
No, Bill, 2.5% is not within a "statistical margin of error" when the votes are counted.
John's racism is on display with the term "spear-carrier." Disgusting.
Tannim has it exactly right; not even Hillary suggested that she set up her illegal server for improved security. The real reason for the server is, in fact, simple: Hill wanted to avoid FOIA and Federal Records Act disclosures.
I realize writing for the CSIndy is not a sought after gig but can't the Indy do better than John's tinfoil hat ravings?
"The real reason for the server is simple: Clinton may have suspected State Department emails were anything but secure and, control freak that she is, figured a private server was better. She was right. In 2014, the government belatedly discovered Russian hackers had penetrated State's system in 2006."
Hazy-Hurts tends to be a little stupid as his normal, but this one is REAL stupid.
Excusing 2,110 federal felonies (18 USC 793(f)(1) for those like Hazy who couldn't get a clearance to save their lives) in the name of being a control freak is more lame than a three-legged horse at the Kentucky Derby. Thinking that Hillary was taking the lead on transparency is so absurd that it defies explanation.
Hazy is just another example of someone who lost his mind years ago, but rather than lock him up in the loony bin where he belongs, someone else who lost his mind gave him a column each week to remove all doubt.
The city that I lived in in California actually has more bike lanes than Colorado Springs does. There are bike lanes everywhere in CA, and when there isn't, they have signs reminding drivers to "Share the Road".
If you're not advocating then you're not helping. Attend meetings on road 'right sizing' and bike lanes, email and call your city council and mayor. Bike lanes in downtown are currently on hold and being pushed off due to lack of support. The only way to get more infrastructure is to advocate for it, its up to you!
I would absolutely love to commute to work every day throughout the summer. I generally trail hop now that the base of the Templeton Trail was repaved and the Santa Fe was repaved where it connects with Nevada... However crossing Nevada at Mount View is a very daunting endeavor.
As similar to the author of the article, going through Mountain Shadows & up Flying W is such a peaceful, beautiful ride. The moment you come down Vindicator to head to Rockrimmon though, the ride becomes absolutely terrifying. The bike lane narrows to be non-existent with the smallest shoulder and the worst road conditions. You try your hardest to be vigilant of pot holes or debris in the street that over take the shoulder but cars speed down vindicator at 50 MPH without changing lanes or observing a 3 foot distance. Safety in traffic is always the rider's largest concern, but the city should absolutely be doing more to alleviate the stresses that are controllable. If there are popular cycling spaces, bring out the street sweeper within 48 hours of a storm to clear the lanes. (If there even ARE lanes. If not, then lanes should be clearly marked.) Kate Brady needs to connect with each bike shop within the region and see where their group rides go (including Chik-Fil-A for their rides) to map where the popular cycling areas are.
Our city shouldn't just place a priority on these things when the USA Pro Challenge makes an appearance.
"People ride their bikes for fun. So, they look at their cars for when they want to go somewhere, and go to their bikes when they want to have fun." This is a self-fulfilling statement. Yes, I drive my bike to the trails. Because I don't want to get killed trying to ride to work. I am currently trying to figure out if there is a series of trails I could take to work without adding too much mileage. I would LOVE a plan for a bike-able city, but if our official person who gets paid to make decisions basically blows off the commuter bikers, what hope is there?
Amen. Better trails and cross town access would keep the bikes and cars apart, since these drivers (and now the tourists) have no idea what to do and how to act and paving these hideous roads would help everyone too.
Please don't compare anyone to Ted Cruz ever again.
No mention of Green Party candidate Arn Menconi? For an independent newspaper, you sure seem like a corporate 2 party media outlet here.
Good column, but a couple of quibbles:
1. Gardner beat Udall by 2.5 percentage points; that's within a statistical margin of error, not a "whupped him good" victory.
2. Bennet was not "brilliantly successful" as Denver Public Schools superintendent. His financial engineering saddled DPS with $120 million extra costs to unwind questionable speculative borrowing. It was so bad the NY Times wrote a piece about it on 8/5/2010.
I appreciate John's frustration and heartache. I feel it too. But the die is cast. Colorado Springs is in a death spiral brought about a majority of poor thinking voters indoctrinated with a BIG LIE that all taxes are a waste. The lethal injection is TABOR, which has the one true aim of destroying government - destroy us.
Reading between the lines, the melancholy tone of this column implies John has given up and will go sit in the rocking chair to await father time. He and his generation gave it a shot.
The city was overtaken by regressive evangelical forces, tax cynics, and those whose stake in any future was assured by a steady outside stream of military pension money and perks that let them live in their easy money fantasyland. They hang out at Falcon Stadium and Clune Arena, scoffing at the dreams of real people trying to build something without shiploads of federal largesse while ignoring the city’s destruction at the hands of TABOR. They don’t care, they got their’s, the hell with the rest of us.
Voters elect buffoons like Doug Lamborn, Gordon Klingenschmitt and other total morons.
Gullible people are conned by pied pipers like jail-bird Doug Bruce every time. The damage is done, the city is a nationwide laughing stock for turning off its street lights, letting its parks dry up, selling off police assets, destroying its own streets and other stuff that wasn't worth an extra $200 a year to the majority of voters living here. That's just plain NUTS.
“Don't be afraid of the future.” I agree, but the mass of religionists here don’t believe in any future at all, these looney birds expect the end times “any day now” and act accordingly. If the roads crumble what do they care, this time tomorrow they’ll be in their heavenly abode.
“End the intermittent war between downtown and the burbs; neither can really prosper without the other.” This will not happen until there is ONE government for all of the city and country. Until then developers and big box chains will play one jurisdiction against the other on taxes, zoning and things that matter. We are one people divided by two governments. As usual, we are white-bread suburbs around a more diverse city. Divide. Conquer.
“…passenger rail to Denver, … to DIA? …. light rail or streetcars? Rethink transportation.” Yes, we SHOULD have it, but there’s no money and no political will to raise taxes even if TABOR were gone. Federal funds might help but the best we’ll ever do is put buses (with low or free fares) on the roads to use the highway system we’ve paid for. Build new dedicated bus and HOV lanes on I-25 between here and Denver, then put a fleet of good buses on the road so we can become a bedroom community of Denver. The influx of that money might save this area, but it take a generation. John and I will both be gone by then.....
It's a YOYO world - You’re On Your Own. Divide. Conquer. Played like a violin. Fools.
Fools worship TABOR. Cut off nose--spite face. Denver booms--Colorado Springs dies.
"Don't elect rigid, argumentative, do-nothing ideologues to office."
That is pretty much all who run for office locally plus retired military and bored housewives.
I'd agree with John C. Spencer and also add to what he said. I have yet to figure out your motive for this column however as far as I can tell it's simply to be a propagandist voice for moneyed and powerful interests here locally.
I'll say it again- thank goodness for Pam Zubeck and honest reporting.
In Trump's America, there are only two leadership styles, the strongman autocratic bully, and the weak and indecisive people-pleaser. Let's all be grateful that many businesses and really most thinking people reject this false choice.
City Sage- the boozing, bar hopping, attempted womanizer (young women! dream on), drinks all around bartender. There is no fool like an old fool...
John, judging by your comments, it looks like you respect Terry a great deal. That, in and of itself, is pathetic... Shame on you.
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