So, you didn't get to see the lake(s)? I mention Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Strike Three, my post-apocalyptic novel, and I am curious...
Simply put the Sheriff wrote on his website that parents are wholly responsible for their children in the real world. He asks, then tells why CJC is overcrowded. Overcrowded due to lack of parental responsibility here in El Paso County. Trouble in the teen years that is not corrected is a downward spiral in adulthood. Then he wrote about citizen's Rights under The Second Amendment. He supports our Rights and that was his "big mistake". The Indy then does all it can to smear him (that is, as long as it doesn't take print space away from the all-important marijuana pages. In my many years I have seen the children of marijuana users and the results). The Sheriff also spoke out about the absurdity of parents who refuse to have their children be protected by firearms ( http://www.epcsheriff.com/school-safety-co… )
One commenter even has alluded to suspicion of involvement in a murder.
In short: The Indy advocates and promotes drug use, cries for bans on weapons Rights then laments a perception of "public safety" being jeopardized because of what some allege the Sheriff is doing wrong. The Sheriff is not at fault for all your problems folks... Look in your mirror.
And Ralph, can you lose the insipid, arcane and erroneous "Wild West" scenarios that so many embrace as THE bad example? Colorado Springs was not even remotely connected to the settling of the West. There is no Old West history here other than this is where Tuberculosis patients ("lungers") traveled to try and get well or die trying. They could barely stand let alone stand in the street for a Hollywood style bullshit "gunfight".
http://www.change.org/petitions/sheriff-ma… I know that this means nothing the Maketa but I want it on record that we the people asked for him to step down while the investigation was going on in the interest of public safety.
Eh, yer kidding right? Suthers? Old win at all costs, fuck the rules, John the Koch 'ho Suthers?
Suthers is just cleverer at slinking about in the shadows then "bang the help" Terry, he's smart enough to not leave any thing more then a trail of slime that you can only see when the light hits it right.
Suthers, yeah, that's the ticket......twit!
BREAKING NEWS - Travel documents show El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa spent thousands of dollars of public money to travel to law enforcement conferences with female subordinates with whom he is accused of having sexual affairs.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports records show trips to Nevada and Florida, to Breckenridge, Colorado, and elsewhere with the female employees.
Maketa traveled at least 17 times with the female employees. The records show 14 of the trips cost a total of more than $10,000.
Colorado prisons director Tom Clements was killed during the most recent trip, in March 2013. Travel documents show Maketa stayed in Las Vegas for three more days.
Maketa has apologized to employees but says he will not resign. He is accused of discrimination, budget improprieties and a hostile work environment.
Forget resignation and recall. We are past that. Its jail time for the shirtless sheriff.
Forget about the dalliances with his female staff, I'm more interested in knowing if the sheriff office finances have been misappropriated.
TejonTech, seems to me you--and Maketa, too, for that matter--are continually trying to "bring down" President Obama, which "is really not a very nice attitude" to adopt "about a fellow human being."
I'm not sure how I feel about this article. On one hand it would be good to just see him gone, on the other if he can just walk away from this it will be back to business as usual in the corrupt Republican dominate local government. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure that Suthers could also ultimately prosecute Maketa for violation of state laws, so perhaps a private conversation isn't in all of our self interests. #arrestterrymaketa
Our family has bonded over reading out loud many things written by Mr. Tosches. He will be missed. Thank you, Independent, for supporting a fine writing talent and for letting us know that you didn't fire him!
What a funny guy...and an important social critic contributing much to our community.
He is a really good man from my experience of him.
There is no one like him around here and we are the poorer for his departure!
Rich's best work was that which was apolitical and of the common man. Sadly, with the passing years he fell prey to the same diseases that has gripped most of America's fourth estate - political agendas and divisiveness.
A city that is easily amused, obviously. More "Wheel of Fortune" fans than "Jeopardy" fans, indeed. A cruel observation on my part so therein lies my punishment- self-inflicted.
But, may I point out that in this city there is a library. They have books, many of them, with real humor as well, stuff that would apply to every day things. Start with Mark Twain!
I miss him, his writing was awesome. My fave was Long Live the FONG.
I've read his column for along time, sometimes laughing, sometimes shaking my head and wondering if he is making some of it up. His eulogy to his dad was hard to read, my eyes were swimming in tears. A man who can do all that with ink and paper is not going to stay quiet long, at least I hope not.
As a City employee in the 80 's and 90's, I found his barbs, satirical reviews, and highlighting of our foibles thought provoking and often hilarious. It kept me from taking things too seriously. I truly will miss his community commentary. Good luck,Susie and Rich, in this next chapter.
Fond memories of reading Rich's Gazette articles and blowing coffee out my nose into my breakfast cereal. The gin and tonic nose wash as I read the Indy in the evening is not so fond but memorable. Yep, will really miss the Ranger...
teabaggerville has run off another one. humor is a great way to make a point... even if the faux newsers don't get it. good luck Rich.
"...nobody in the Colorado Springs media has made more people laugh, more people angry and more people offended."
Amen to that. A true sign of someone who had mastered his craft.
I will miss his columns here in the Indy (once every few weeks in the Denver Post isn't enough).
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