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.
"The interstate is like right there."
Truly sad to see. Not only has the all pervasive and decidedly juvenile inappropriate use of the word "like" defiled our dialogue, it seems to now have reared its ugly head in the printed word.
Hey Tony, can you try just a little harder.
See, if stupid was painful, this guy would be dead. They cannot manage money to begin with. There is NO parking there, nor will there be. The interstate is like right there. Oh what joy to be at a complete stop on an interstate ramp. This is part of the boys club wanna be's. What this article does not cover is the kick back he will be getting.
Wayne Williams is UNFIT for office and NOT worth having on our payroll.
Like Bach, he's pushing the Koch Bros / AFP game plan to disenfranchise as many minority voters as possible; the "inactive voter" ploy is such a gimmick, similar to Florida's ghoulish Rick Scott's shortening of voting hours, cutting early voting, etc. The GOP are criminals.
I did voter registration in 2008 at various sites. I also worked at the PPCC-Rampart Campus voting site where we signed people up on the spot if they wanted to vote. IIRC the term for same-day signup was "Provisional Voter" and their forms and votes went to the clerks office to verify they were eligible in this county.
I love UCCS. We also rock at Track, Inline Hockey, Rugby, Innovation and Leadership!
Colorado Springs park system is wonderful, however, there is more to Colorado Springs than the downtown. When will our city look again at Academy Blvd which is currently a disaster?
Too bad we just voted to use our acquisition money for lands like this to be used parks maintenance, giving Bach the extra budget money to reward his friends with bonuses and buy outs.
The biggest problem with this plan is that the neckless is full of homeless people and drug dealers...and poor zoning enforcement has adjoining properties so run down no one wants to go near them.
And the inner circle itself is pretty seedy with bail bonds offices, lots social agencies that attract a whole different clientele than nice shops and eateries would.
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