If you want to see cracks in asphalt, look at Union Blvd between Briargate Pkwy and Academy Blvd, especially south of Woodmen Rd. That whole stretch of road is a maze of patches and spider-veining asphalt and will either turn to dust in 2 more years or just cave in. Just one of thousands of TABOR success stories.
Good stuff, so why not have him fund the C4C instead of milking taxpayer funds?
@robert wagner- The truth is that there is scientific evidence of health risks especially related to the chemical herbicides that accompany the production of GMOS. While there is no conclusive evidence of direct human harm, neither is there proof that long term exposure is safe for humans. Do you want to be the guinea pig? http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths_and_Truths/GMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.3.pdf
Labeling is a consumer rights issue. Organic certification is expensive and that cost is passed along to the consumer effectively pricing out low income people from that option. Don't you think that everyone has a right to information? Especially artificial(not occurring naturally) ingredients not tested for long term health effects?
If something endangered my children and pets, I would think it my responsibility to move them to safety before I dealt with the problem.
Lots of unanswered questions: Did the owners have a property inspection before the sale? It's been clear for some time that no one should buy a house on the west side of town without an inspector for the house and an engineer looking at the drainage.
There are problems all over town. Cragmor has soil so mobile that in some houses the windows have twisted out of their frames, many houses in town sit over abandoned mines and have had sinkholes. There are areas in southwest Colorado Springs where soil has moved because it was not properly compacted when it was moved into arroyos, I'm told. The West Side had problems with its water table and sewer backup. The large volumes of water we can have in storms can aggravate all these issues.
Perhaps the reason the house went through foreclosure the first time was the previous owners didn't want to deal with these issues. In that case, why does the bank have no disclosure responsibility in the house sale?
I'm all for storm water issues being resolved, but "buyer beware" has long been a component of buying a house in this country. When you cut back government services in the interest of lower property taxes, as Colorado Springs has done for years, you run the risk of these events occurring. Contrary to public opinion, it's not an easy area in which to build.
Finally an article that identifies the real cause of the storm water problems - the developers did not build adequate storm water infrastructure. The efforts to put a funding mechanism on the ballot will have a much better chance of passing if the City could somehow assure me and other voters that they have corrected the problem of allowing the developers to obtain project approval with inadequate storm water infrastructure. I will not vote for a storm water tax until I'm convinced that the developers are being required to do all of the necessary investment to pay for the impact they have on the community, otherwise the problems will continue to expand and cost even more to fix.
This home went through foreclosure prior to the Chiaramontes buying it. Pam Zubeck
One wonders how prior owners were able to get away with not disclosing prior flooding. It had to have happened...
Funny how two letters seeing both sides of sad issues. One wants to do away with a food source while the other sees a dwindling problem of food sources. You guys know we can solve some of this by using animal waste as an energy source. Burn the crap to produce electricity. Theres not enough land to grow enough grass to feed us all so we take animal farms that require less land for us flesh eaters burn there waste that keeps it out the water and still leaves land for the grass eaters plus gives us another fuel source for electricity. Other countries are doing it.
Mr. Sanders, how does the Lord feel about your referring to Him as "he" with a small 'h'? Isn't that a bit disrespectful?
Chicken and Egg problem. Build a lot with no bus service or establish a bus service without a lot. I think I would choose the second option myself.
teabaggerism has taken effect. way to go teabagger mayor botch.
The Presbyterian Church USA (not First Pres) just voted to change their understanding of marriage from being "between an man and woman" to being "between two people" so that a PCUSA church can now perform gay weddings in the states where it is also legal. It seems that the tide is turning and I'm very glad to see it.
Gee Jim, I missed the memo where you became the spokesperson for the Lord...
Correction... The Leechpit has been selling vintage games and systems for over 10 years. FYI.
Taxation is not the issue. On-line retailers consume no local government services and purchasers are already paying a myriad of other local taxes (looked at your phone bill lately?).
Local retailers have two major advantages over their on-line competitors: instant gratification, and touch/feel/look comparison of alternatives before the sale. I don't buy my hardware on-line, so why can that business succeed when other retailers cannot? I suspect that these other businesses are wasting those advantages rather than leveraging them.
These things are not hard to run. I've used self checkout for nearly 10 years now with zero serious issues doing so.. I think it is funny the idiots who blame the machine when it is basically the same get up the checkers use, and u don't see them have these issues over and over. Lol.
I also feel like this article is around 8 years late. Why don't we write a "how to figure out google" article, too?
I'm not claiming this is the end-all-be-all truth of the matter, but local retailer sob stories about getting wrecked by web retailers generate absolutely no sympathy from me. As an Army Brat, I was never fortunate enough to spend enough time in a place to "develop relationships" with local companies regardless of where my father's career took me. However, I have always had access to the Internet. I practically begged my parents to buy a computer and pay for dial-up when I was a kid. I've been on the 'net for 20 years. I'm 30 years old, to give you an idea. When I was a kid I traded collectible trading cards and comic books on the web using a dial-up connection, Usenet groups, and trust systems based on references from other traders. As an adult, I now make ALL of my money online, with very little of it coming from local businesses. I work with ONE carefully selected local business as a vendor. The rest of my revenue comes from companies in SFC, NYC, London, and the rest of the world. I'll be the first to tell you they have you outgunned in terms of the marketing budgets they make available to all types of creative professionals. I have never seen the faces or heard the voices of some of the people who employ me, and my relationships with those people mean the world to me. I've worked with web retailers, including some of those named in this article. They support me in my chosen field in ways local businesses have looked at me like I'm stupid for even suggesting. There's a reason you're getting wrecked, local businesses, and it has nothing to do with your customers and everything to do with YOU. If I feel better about the service I get from a call center employee at a big, evil web retailer (who emails me return postage ON THE SPOT and ships the right stuff SAME DAY) than I do about the "service" you provide in your store, you have a HUGE problem. It's not your customers' problem, either. It's YOUR problem. If you refuse to hire smart people to build you a legitimate web presence designed to capture "showrooming" revenue and prefer to bitch about the big, evil web retailers - again - not my problem. In fact, those companies butter my bread in ways you never could. I help build that stuff, and time and time again you and your brethren (local CoS businesses) have indicated you're not interested. Fine. I am not limited by geography like you are. I'm not the one going out of business. YOU ARE. Provide unique experiences, excellent customer service, and great product at great prices in real life and online OR ELSE. ADAPT OR DIE! It's a dog fight, and the Internet has BIG TEETH you can use to your advantage the second you stop sneering at it and invest some real resources in it.
I noticed through the snarky and patronizing tone, that while calling others out as idiots, you missed a "your." :-)
Buy a bike one week; ignored the next. Consistency, or the lack of it; is what harms local stores the most.
Or, the same item IS online for 2/3 the price; and without the horrible experience of being followed around a store like a criminal, or having items that are of no interest shoved into ones hands, or being sold items that simply are inferior to what is available online, or....
"Sometimes you become really angry because of the lack of respect"
Is that when you walk into a Tejon shop; and the staff ignores you for five minutes, eating lunch, talking, or you head towards the register and they look up and then walk away from the register?
Or the know everything have done nothing 20 something that will tell you where not to camp? Really? I'm not supposed to even camp, or hike; in an entire county? Really? And all my gear is worthless? Really? After dozens of seasons? Really?
Really? People go online, or to REI?
I feel that the judgmental commentary on what people were wearing and eating was unnecessary and put a cynical tone on an otherwise decent article on a valid community issue. You have a pretty solid reader base here in Manitou, why would you stoop to stereotyping people? Would you write something similar in regards to a predominantly African-American community, or a downtown community that is full of "hipsters"? Stick to the facts and let people form their own opinions on the issue in question.
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