Something I found out today that seemed strange but yet played right into my thoughts on C4C. They named a young lady as the head person in charge of the USOC museum or Hall of Fame. When the question came up as to what museum it has not been built yet or funded yet. We were told they the USOC is going to build it one way or another and that private funding is allowing it to go forward. Now USOC is moving forward UCCS has said it is moving forward with the sports med. center all with private funds. What is it the taxpayers are funding? Now we all know funding does not happen over night. So these two things have been planned a while now. So I think the our Mayor jumped the bandwagon used these two items to push his agenda to sell the property downtown by adding these two private funded attractions to his C4C project. The property downtown is owned by a group of people that gave a bunch of money to him at election time. A couple projects aimed at tourist's come across the desk then all of a sudden hes headed to Denver to get a tax rebate so he can pat himself in front of the press and could push forward to sell that property to the taxpayers. I could be wrong and all this could be a coincidence but sure seems strange the way it all plays out. We dont need or have a use for a Stadium yet I think were going to end up with one.
"...desperate to bring people into our downtown without allowing any creativity or counter-culture, so that leaves sports.
Their investment of $53 million on the Olympic Committee headquarters probably hasn't paid back one dime of increased revenue, so instead of looking to arts and unique venues like other cities with prospering downtowns, they want more sports."
Couldn't have said it better. Wish it weren't true.
I agree, let Phil do it. He wants the stadium so why should WE the taxpayers buy it for him? Maybe Phil has enough pull to get the Broncos to relocate to COS. But then, what would Denver do with an empty stadium? Maybe Phil can get the USOC to relocate to Denver and use their now empty stadium to host amateur Olympic training events. And while he's at it, how about Phil building an Olympic museum in Denver. And if Phil wants to share the fun and profit of building and operating a stadium and museum located in Denver, he can call Hybl at the El Pomar Foundation, who will undoubtedly want to help Phil make his "vision" a reality.
Solar flares? Hahaha.
Don McCullin, you defend Michael Savage by comparing him to Ed Schultz, David Letterman, and Julianne Malveaux. You conclude, "For liberty and freedom you must stand with the people like Michael Savage..." To make this point perfectly clear, "for liberty and freedom" one "must stand" also with Ed Schultz, David Letterman, and Julianne Malveaux, as you yourself contend they are "people like Michael Savage."
Nevertheless, you are forgetting, or deliberately neglecting, the most important person in this discussion, Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger is the only person mentioned who actually was the victim of government censorship and blacklisting, and it is a testament to his strength of character that he was able to overcome.
Therefore, "for liberty and freedom" one must stand, above all, with Pete Seeger.
Gina - your vehicle doesn't have a channel selector? Feel free to use it freely but don't even think about touching mine! Do you hear any "right wing whackos" calling for the idiots on MSNBC to be shut down? No, you don't because free speech means they get to spew whatever they want, too. I'll see your Savage and raise you an Ed Schultz.
Thanks, Gary, for questioning Cope's very questionable job numbers. Another leading proponent for C4C, county commissioner Amy Lathen, wrote a 2.7.14 guest opinion in the Gazette which deserves robust questioning as well.
Lathen writes, (1) "C4C proposes that within an established urban renewal area, a portion of State sales taxes collected . . . " One might think that Lathen is referring to the designated URA blighted area just south of downtown where the proposed stadium/museum complex is to be built. But in fact, this URA extends over 90% of COS and includes the "blighted" area of UCCS and the AFA. The C4C proposal states that ALL sales within 90% of COS will be subject to having a portion of the sales tax collected diverted to make bond payments. (2) Lathen writes, "there is no request for new taxes", which is true, and yet untrue. New sales tax revenue - ALL of which the proponents say will be a result of out-of-state tourists coming to visit the C4C venues - will be diverted to pay down the C4C bonds which means that this diverted sales tax will then not be available to pay for known essential city/county services and currently unknown needs that WILL require city/county govt to go to the people for a tax increase. (3 ) Lathen writes, "the bondholders assume the risk, not the taxpayers . . ." Lathen is less than forthright in her risk assessment since the bondholders WILL be paid. If sales tax revenue is insufficient, payment will have to come from some other source. Perhaps from issuing additional bonds, or going to the taxpayers for authorization to dip into the city/county general funds, or to raise taxes, or from El Pomar Foundation or other philanthropists, or from selling the stadium/museum complex and passing the debt onto the new owner. Or COS can declare bankruptcy and a court can then compel the bondholders to accept less than what their bonds entitle them to receive. Lastly, (4) Lathen praises the "successful endeavors in our past, including the World Arena and Pikes Peak Center". She, unaware of history, should read Hazlehurst's 2004 article to temper her enthusiasm and put her on guard against the forseeable pitfalls C4C presents. http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/worl…
While rabid reactionaries like Michael Savage express faux outrage at imaginary liberal encroachment on their freedoms, the wise will remember that Pete Seeger actually was censored and blacklisted for ten years because he was such a persuasive and effective advocate for human rights.
It is certainly true that neither Democrats nor Republicans will stop fracking. The Democrats, however, are more inclined to put regulations in place to try and minimize the collateral damage. Perhaps they over-regulate, but that is eminently preferable to the hands-off, head-in-the-sand philosophy of the Republicans.
You antifracking people are wasting your time. You vote Democrat because they say what you want to hear. But Obama is pro fracking, just like Bennet, Udall, Hickenlooper heck even Ken Salazar is pro fracking AND pro Keystone XL! Yet you guys still vote for them as they lie to you.
Bob Cope is a dunce and hopefully will be next to be under Mayor Bach's axe. Just hope he doesnt get a huge severance when it happens.
Merrifield ran for County-lost! He ran for Council-lost again! He's a career politician who only cares about having a political title, not for the people he represents. Past voting Mike over taxed seniors, etc. Sorry Merrifield, three times your out! Republicans need to find a better Republican candidate than Bernie Herpin. He lost his run for City Council then was placed in a recalled Senate seat. Herpin has never actually won an election. He already has an ego, isnt listening to his district, and spends his time talking about his weight loss by surgery. Republicans find a decent candidate for next November, please.
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