Matt, I know you don't smoke Pot because you are an athlete, and a dam good one. Manitou Springs needs to do this even if it is only to show the bullies to the east that they can not tell us what to do. You and The Mayor need to understand THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!!
The expression "if you're stupid enough to pull a gun, you better be smart enough to pull the trigger" comes to mind. Mr. Maketa, who has shown himself to be a capable sheriff, believes that the president should be impeached. Therefore he must be aware that the House Judiciary Committee would be presented with and consider evidence of wrongdoing. Formal hearings would then be held and the Articles of Impeachment drawn up and voted upon. The articles would then be presented to the Senate where a hearing/trial is held, and the President would be removed from office if a 2/3 majority of the Senate holds that the articles are valid.(http://answers.ask.com/society/government_…) Therefore, I wonder when the politically-aspiring sheriff will indicate what evidence he has against the President that warrants consideration? Otherwise, he should holster his weapon.
"This incident was a tradgety..."
I certainly hope that a candidate for higher office could at least spell correctly.
I was proud to have seen Maketa in action during the Black Forest fire. He was professional, well spoken, and credible. But the other BS posted on his FB page is damned frightening. The man is visibly hateful and angry - not qualities I'd want in an individual serving in any elected position, let alone governor. Maketa may think that his words are exactly what his particular & very limited constituency wants to hear, and he'd probably be right.
But the larger majority of CO voters desiring elected leaders who are in touch with the needs of ALL they represent will quickly see Maketa for what he really is; a simple-minded and single-issue individual who lacks the broader education needed to advance himself politically (truly a "tradgety" for any legitimate candidate not to have these days). Maketa should plan to stick with the family business he claimed to have wanted to fall back on after his 15 minutes of fame in public life is over.
Ralph, with all due respect, Sheriff Maketa is and always has been a stand out " Elected Public Servant ". Unlike the likes of our leadership in Washington and in our own state! I have followed the Sheriff from his beginning run for the office of El Paso Count Sheriff. I have been to a number of events he has spoken at and he has been very consistent in his stand and his statements. I have seen where he has stated a run for political office after his term limits with the Sheriff office are done, is not what he is looking at but also where he is not totally ruling it out! I guess the point I am trying to make is we need more leaders like the Sheriff to step and and run for / hold office and represent us like we expect to be represented.
I have grown to have less respect for law enforcement as they continue to be become more and more the hired guns for our "public servants". Those "public servants" who serve themselves (start with our mayor the megalomaniac) and the special interests such as the money-grubbing members of MADD that continually erode citizen's Rights. However I have a certain respect for our Sheriff due to the fact he speaks his mind. Have you read his web site? Or is FaceBook the only source for your hard-hitting news? That is rhetorical as anyone with a brain knows the Indy is not a newspaper but hippie rant rag wherein everything is done half-assed. That is a fact Ralph and I will debate you anytime. The Sheriff sees the problems in society while you see someone you don't like and write about it. That is not news. The masses are being incited by the arrogance and intrusiveness of government. The loud-mouthed close-minded Constitution haters attempting to pass law after law banning everything they do not understand are inciting the masses. The masses or should we say majority do not want socialism while the left lies about their agenda. Their rhetoric is so flimsy and their tricks are so lame that we cannot help but become irritated just as dad would hearing the kids in the backseat chanting "Are we there yet?". Dad is actually going to turn the car around and go back an America that stood for something great. As far as I am concerned you and your ilk can catch a flight out of here anytime.
As far as Sheriff Maketa is concerned he may do what he wishes with his future and I am sure he could not care less about the tripe you scribble. He is about the issues and you simply have an issue. He is proactive while you are reactive. The Indy can cease anytime printing bogus Constitutional history lessons plus drop the tiring MMJ/420/stoner section. I wish H.L. Mencken were alive for a few days to look at the Indy. He would be totally under-whelmed and probably be glad he is dead. If George Washington could have seen the future he would have stayed in bed. 8 years in the field fighting for Independence tells us what he believed in. Now we have "liberals" rejecting it out of hand. They are not "liberal" by definition just as you all misunderstood the meaning of "diversity". Remember that? It was a "do as we say and be like us" campaign that was laughable at best. So go away and speak no more of what you do not understand and say nothing about what you do not like because we DO NOT CARE, Ralph.
As a footnote I must say that forest fires are a natural occurrence and the Indy et al should stop throwing pity parties when it happens. After all it is only "news" to you. Months of reports and studies, the bleeding heart feel good stories followed by accusations by the well-heeled inhabitants is mind bending torture for the public at large. Residents of forested areas take their chances and the reality is that they show no respect for fire fighters by sneaking back to their homes to retrieve their junk as many of them did. They are actually putting fire fighters at risk by their selfish stupidity. So you praise the Sheriff for being on the front lines then say he should not be governor?! The absurdity! Finally I must say that the NRA is not what you and the aforementioned "liberal" ignoramuses say it is. In fact the NRA is committed to protecting our Rights and nothing more, but just as with our politicians, the leftist media (that's you Ralph), lying is a way of life. You can have that life but I find it reprehensible. Your bigotry and prejudice show. You have no room whatsoever to speak ill of anyone anywhere.
His remarks are those of someone running, for something, but he's GONNA run.
Very well written piece. The extremist comments are also very clear. Rabid right wingers abound in these parts and Maketa caters to them. Now Maketa can go to Alaska and work with the Palins.
You hit this one absolutely right Mr. Routon. Maketa needs to move on- his tin ear after the Aurora slaughter in his high capacity magazine give-away was so juvenile that I thought at the time he should not be in public service. The views on his FB page that you posted are also too juvenile. He is certainly not qualified for any kind of governor bid. He should work in the private sector.
Ralph: are you saying you don't believe impeaching the worst president in the history of the US is a good idea? His only "legacy" claim is to have bribed and coerced enough brain-dead politicians to pass "obamacare". That is a perfect legacy. It is ALSO an abysmal failure, which not even his own people can figure out how to make work after five years.
Ralph...I have known you for a long time...and you are simply an airhead. Maketa is real deal integrity, which you wouldn't know if it bit you on your large target fat butt.
Where's the discrepancy? He's calm, strong and leads with convictions. If they aren't your convictions, that doesn't make him bipolar. I'm all for first amendment rights- state what you will. But, it would take more moral courage to debate the actual issues.
Very good article and commentary Ralph
Ralphie, you're an idiot. Maketa has over 11,500 "likes" on his FB page...A Whole Lot of People For John Morse has 2,400.... Clearly, Maketa speaks FOR the people that Morse and his East Coast influence (including Obama) are trying to strip of their rights.
"What we need is a city-county alliance,..."
What we need is ONE government for all of El Paso County an the city of COLO SPGS.
ONE set of elected officials.
ONE school district and ONE school board.
ONE police dept.
ONE fire dept.
ONE tax rate.
End the massive duplication and separate, competing agendas.
Lastly, dump TABOR, it's a recipe for destruction.
Sorry Ralph, but I question both the cost estimates and the necessity of most of these storm water projects. It is similar to studies by road engineers of the condition of the roads and bridges that always find a billion dollar cost to bring them all up to "standards".
I'm on a fixed income thus I cannot afford a slew of new taxes to fix these nice-to-have issues. If you'd like to re-allocate some of my current taxes to address critical stormwater issues then feel free, but don't then complain about reduced bus service, fewer teachers/police, etc.
Meeting the need to fund stormwater needs, and other critical issues will loom large in coming months - with other issues as recreational marijuana - downtown improvement projects and many others.
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The problem with downtown are the homeless and the drunks...clean that up and you will have the populace and environment to support a ball club.
Catholic Charities and the soldier bars are counter productive to a vital downtown.
As much of a baseball / sports fan as I am, Security Service Field works just fine for our city! Why try to fix something that isn't broken. I would love a downtown ballpark but its far from what we need first and foremost. I applaud you Mr. Routon for pointing out Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and The USOC being here and promoting what our city is really about! Just my opinion, thanks for the venue to vent.
I oppose a downtown stadium. If successful in terms of attendance and use for activities other than baseball, it will snarl traffic to an even greater degree than the poorly-engineered series of curves on I-25 do now. We just experienced our largest good-weather pile-up of 10-12 cars last week in broad blue-sky daylight. A stadium like that should remain a destination out yonder. We need boosts to the economy of the city and you do that by attracting lots of new businesses, not by relocating one barely-thriving special interest business, national past-time notwithstanding. Stop re-arranging deck chairs, please.
What downtown needs are decent places to live both high and low priced and a grocery store. Nine months out of the year a baseball stadium sits empty. I don't see how an empty stadium would make me want to go downtown on a Thursday on February.
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