Why are you reviewing chains? Old Chicago in a new location? The ridiculously busy Bubba's? Really... They all have enough business. Everyone already know about all the chains in town. I want to learn about local places. Please review local places and not chains that have moved or that everyone already knows about. I would expect those reviews from the gazette not the independent...
If Mr. Suthers jumps ship (as county politicians are prone to do when they have signed on to serve the public but serving their own careers is more important) takes the Federal Judge position that the Republican Attorney General Association has recommended, then the line of succession will move the President of Council to the Mayor seat. How do you feel about having Merv Bennett as your Mayor?
It's not quite over Ms. Palus. Perhaps don't count your chickens just yet.
But thanks for the heads up.
It's always good to know where things stand.
"Murray also notes that Suthers has said he believes anything that doesn't require a vote of the people should not be placed on a ballot..........
Now, Murray says that given Suthers' stance, why would the mayor ask voters' permission to keep the money?"
Because the mayor does not really have a stance. The mayor, like any skilled politician, says whatever will advance his agenda - and his image - in any given situation. These words are as fleeting as the wind and without substance.
In his final days in office Obama MUST come forward and create binding legislation and measures to enforce against the constant flaunting of current legislation and guidelines. If it was up to me I would allow NO livestock grazing AT ALL on public land. You want beef? Eat less and pay more.
The Indy called me to ask what happened. I answered. They called WMMI to ask what happened. They answered.
We are parting ways and both businesses moving forward. We both had a chance to speak - and we did so.
Its interesting to me that you haven't been at WMMI for a year; however, you feel that you are able to tell a story you are not part of. Don't recall you as a part of any board meetings for either business? Certainly you do not know me personally to be able to speak on my character or my actions. In 10 years at the HM, I don't recall you at all.
Your personal opinion of an individual you do not know and a situation and a business relationship you are not involved in - is of no concern to a newspaper. She reported what she got.
Gossip is for The National Enquirer. Not The Indy.
Please refrain from further comments about myself. My staff. My business. Unless of course you would like to ask me directly? Since you know me so well, you should already have my number.
In response to Doug's comment:
As a volunteer at the Haunt, I have seen firsthand the lengths to which Angel will go in order to care for her volunteers and provide a professional environment for guests and partners alike. The "cleaning out" of volunteers to which you allude may be referring to a number of volunteers who either chose to leave because they were, under Angel's new management, being held to a higher standard of professionalism OR were asked to leave because they were behaving in an extremely inappropriate manner toward customers and/or toward other volunteers.
What you are labeling "entitlement" in regard to the property is, in fact, immense pride shared by all of the Haunt volunteers for this organization and the substantial funds it has raised for the community.
Angel is one of the best supervisors I have had the pleasure to know and work with, both in employment and volunteer experiences. I am saddened to see anyone attempt to drag her name through the mud under the guise of "objective reporting"... especially considering the high road all the Haunt directors have chosen to take throughout this transition.
The striking colors and textures are reminiscent of Southern Colorado and New Mexico. Lovely work.
Doug, your words could not be more true. I am glad that I am not the only one disappointed with the lack of research from the Independent.
Whatever the reasons behind it, I'm sorry it's come to this.
Having read this article several times through, I can say that I am disappointed in the Independent for not doing a bit more research. I was a very involved volunteer at WMMI and the Haunted Mines for quite sometime, and was witness to the degradation that was created by Angel's 'leadership'. Once she became the Executive Director, relations between Haunted Mines and the WMMI board became extremely stressed. Internal to the Haunt, her new management team cleaned out any of the volunteers that did not agree with her new, corrosive management of the organization. One of those forced out was a man who helped to create the haunt, both fiscally (he was one of the three that bank-rolled the first year) and with years of work. On the museum side, she was extremely arrogant and aggressive at every interaction. From the beginning, the understanding was one of a lease of the property. Angel and her team began to act extremely entitled towards the property. As this lack of professionalism came to light, the board at WMMI made sure their ducks were in a row, to allow a quick dissolution of the contract. It appears that they waited two years to enact this change, to allow for realignment of the Haunted Mines to the productive and friendly organization it had been. Obviously this realignment failed to happen and the museum chose to separate itself from the haunt. I would like to state that I have been absent from the museum for over a year now, and have no desire to defend them. This comment is just help the Independent to maintain truthful reporting.
You're also competing against 10000 other applications of well rounded and excellent kids.
Why are Taxpayers being billed for Stormwater from Sand Creek and farther East when
they reside in Fountain Creek/Templeton Gap Drainage ? Any new Stormwater Fee
needs to exempt the Westside of the City of Colorado Springs.
Developers/Taxpayers in these new areas around Powers Blvd. should pay for their
own Drainage Improvements like Citizens have done on Westside for 100 yrs.
Mayor not speaking objectively, no reason to Vote on Tabor Refund.
I'm Hispanic, a first generation immigrant, and I graduated from there.
I recommend ditching the victim mentality and continuing to apply.
Reply to solraczurc - the academy is one of the most diverse institutions and the cadet wing is made up of people of all ethnic backgrounds, from all economic backgrounds and from all social backgrounds. If your son didn't make it in on his first try, as many don't (very few get in on their first and only attempt), he should reapply and keep reapplying until he either 1) gets in or 2) becomes ineligible.
Each appointment has a primary and up to 10 secondary appointees. Where did he rank? He should have a debrief on why he wasn't a primary selection. Does he need to improve his SAT/ACT scores? Does he need additional extracurricular activities? Perhaps he should volunteer in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the local YMCA, or join Toast Masters.
I find your statement laughable yet insulting to the many men and women from all walks of life that I had the pleasure and honor of calling my friends and squadron mates. I am the son of a firefighter from the southside of a large city. I have very blue collar upbringing and roots. I walked the halls with the son of a Medal of Honor winner, but also with many others more like me than him. They were white, black, Hispanic, Arabic, and Asian. Some were from prestigious prep schools but others were like me, that didn't enjoy a silver spoon upbringing and were the product of public schools.
To state he wasn't selected simply because he is Hispanic is extremely naive. To further add insult to injury, to broad brush and stereotype all cadets as 'sons and daughters of politicians and high ranking military leaders' shows both your ignorance and arrogance.
I certainly hope that you son does not share any of your same thought process, bigotry or generalizations. People with that type of mindset have a hard time getting in and if they do, do not survive in the microcosm that is the cadet wing.
My son was well rounded and well prepared (both academically and physically) applicant last year. He would have been class 2020 at AFA. But was overlooked probably because he is hispanic and the academy gives preference to sons and daughters of politicians and high ranking military leaders that dont take their appointment serious...what a waste.
They should give the appointments to regular kids like mine that really are serious about the commitment and service to our great nation..
The article by Mr Hazelhurst (December 21) was both enlightening and necessary. The perspective he provided for the Pikes Peak region certainly applies to many areas of the country. It seems the protection and preservation of our priceless historic buildings and sites can be cyclical, victims of whimsical trends more often than not. American history will always be driven by economic forces that arent particularly sensitive to local cultural activities, marvelous designs or highly publicized associations with famous people. And yet surprisingly every era has its heroic personalities that seem to respond to a higher calling. That is the story of historic preservation. It can be the most challenging of exercises and yet the most rewarding and sustainable of all endeavors.
It is interesting to note how study after study for the revitalization of downtown Colorado Springs stresses providing accommodations for current and future young professionals. The result has often been modern high-rise condominiums near the periphery of downtown. Yet as the city moves forward in its mission to provide an inviting urban experience, and as we relentlessly pursue our long-honored infill development policy, we must as a 'community' endeavor to balance the old with the new. We need to work together to decide what older areas of town are worthy of preservation for future generations and how to allow sensitive, sustainable change to occur within these neighborhoods. Most of us now refer scornfully to those unenlightened decision makers of the past who arbitrarily demolished architectural gems (Antlers Hotel, Burns Opera House, etc.). And yet what scenario could be lurking just around the corner which would simply be a repeat of the tragedies of the past? What major housing or college or hospital or commercial complex lies maliciously on some developers drawing board? Will our descendants once again lament about our era of rampant modernization? Will they deplore our just plain sloppy stewardship regarding the city's precious past? In fairness some of our government officials have led attempts to respect the jewels of our community; they were generally able to preserve important areas while fanning the flames of the economic drivers that maintain the vitality of our city.
The Historic Preservation Alliance (HPA) serves the greater Colorado Springs area as your local historic society. Our nonprofit organization of 300+ members is part of a consortium of other voluntary, like-minded organizations existing in the Pikes Peak region whose primary purpose is to make our history available for those interested in being exposed to it. The HPA in particular provides tours of historic sites throughout the summer and a high caliber lecture series in the winter. We also lead the effort to preserve buildings and sites that are endangered or are in need of new life.
Our board understands and appreciates the article by Mr Hazelhurst, not only in the context of offering a factual history of our city, but as a call perhaps to stir the soul. Let us hope his concerns reach the ears of local officials, property owners and community leaders who have the power to take our beautiful historic city to a higher level of living while celebrating its heritage. With this hope comes the trust that they take measure of the mistakes of the past. Let us remain optimistic the public awareness Mr Hazelhurst so eloquently seeks can serve as the guiding principle in shaping this most honorable endeavor.
If readers are interested in the goals of the HPA or wish to become involved, please visit our website at www.hpasprings.org.
This was a wonderful article, for a wonderful Chancellor! Enjoy your well deserved retirement!
Kyle just proved my point. Not a thought one just jump on what ever bandwagon coming down the street. From far far left to far out there right.
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