The distinction Mr. Routon is trying to make is between the homeless and those who are not homeless, but still need public services to get by. They may live in sub-standard housing, or may have no cash left over after paying the rent to buy food, etc. The idea is that people who are not homeless, but needy, will be shuttled to the same single facility as the homeless.
Smartestman: I may not agree with a lot of your comments but you are dead on with this one. I live downtown and consider myself a liberal when it comes to social policies but I want the homeless away from downtown. The cheapest and most effective way to move them is give them bus tickets to Florida. They will fit right in down there.
Build the homeless shelter in our southern suburb .... Pueblo.
The homeless problem is a detrimental for many downtown businesses and they feel the effects. Many downtown shops have closed their doors or moved away from the area. Most of Colorado Springs homeless population lives, eats, and hangs out in the downtown area. It doesn't encourage people to come and shop down there. The homeless are a visible problem, loitering outside the stores. Just having a store located near where the homeless may come into contact with customers will almost always have an impact on business. Tejon Street is looking like a ghost town.
"Move the homeless and needy elsewhere..." isn't using homeless and needy in the same thought redundant? If you were trying to say there are two classes of homeless, the bums by choice and the unfortunate, then you are correct. As to the reason for relocating the "homeless" being "...so that visitors won't see them so easily...", you, Ralph, are either attempting to hide the truth or woefully ignorant. Why don't you ask the business owners downtown and the residents that frequent the downtown area, for work or pleasure, for the reason? I say we move all the homeless to the south end of Banning-Lewis ranch where they can all have a fracking good time.
Clearly worth a listen.
Dave Anderson can win this. Lamborn and the republicans are destroying themselves. I hope and pray that reason wins out in this election. I hope and pray that CD5 voters demand better and vote outside the box this time.
This is a great article. Good to know there's some hope for our Congressional district. I look forward to learning more about Dave. I heard through the grapevine that his website will be up soon, but here's what I've found so far. https://www.facebook.com/VoteForDaveA
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I think it is the height of ironic hypocrisy that the media is touting their responsibility to the people. If the media were truly interested in the truth, we wouldn't have the president we do.
This is what ensues when you elect a person of questionable ethics and morals and then they encircle themselves with others of questionable ethics and morals.
Mayor Bach only understands who funded his campaign, i.e., the Koch Bros., and he'll listen to them via their political operatives in our town, notably Jeff Crank (no relation) and the other skullduggery experts at AFP. Once Bach achieves the control he needs, the assault on city employee unions will commence, in accordance with the Koch Bros private agenda for the USA.
Phoebe: I believe Mayor Bach understands his role completely and is making great strides in implementing that role. He is making fiscally responsible decisions for this city that take intestinal fortitude and insight. His type of leadership is exactly what is required locally as well as nationally and globally, if we, as a species, hope to survive.
Or would you rather have us follow Greece?
Mayor Bach doesn't understand the role of the fourth estate in democracy, and cannot grasp that his job is to serve the people. He just doesn't get it. What's the saying? "You get the government you deserve."
Mr. C: "The government is required by law to provide the information requested regardless of whether it supports conservative or liberal issues."
That may be true. However, the liberal media seems much more interested in seeking dirt on conservatives than on liberals. In fact, they will ignore dirt on liberals because, seemingly, they don't want to embarrass their own kind.
You know this as well as I. Unfortunately, since you lack integrity, you will deny it.
Mr. smartestman might get a more sympathetic ear if he knew what he was talking about. The government is required by law to provide the information requested regardless of whether it supports conservative or liberal issues. In fact, the information sought by news media is most valuable when it exposes corruption, which has no political philosophy. Bear in mind that the city pulls this prank on the conservative Gazette as well as on the liberal Independent. Taking Mr. smartestman's argument to its logical conclusion, the Independent could get the fullest cooperation possible if it did not hold the government accountable at all!
"We don't write stories ahead of time, then try to confirm preconceived notions." Since when? Both the Indy and the Gazette have long forgotten the rules for journalists.
Gee Ralphie, that (sniff) sure is sad. You say "A huge part of the role of a newspaper ... is to hold government accountable." You might get a more sympathetic ear if you and the Indy attempted to hold all government accountable and not just the conservative side of it.
See how that works, Ralphie?
Good luck. I hope the press will prevail. This mayor has a cold war mentality. It us and them, my way or the highway. I predict one term and he'll be out. But that won't help you in the meantime. He really needs some media advisers that don't constantly tell him what he wants to hear. I'd be happy to volunteer!
Regardless of Komen's policy reversal and that Karen Handel has left Komen, they'll never get another cent from us. We'll send that money to NARAL make even larger donations to Planned Parenthood.
We know Planned Parenthood will use the money wisely; putting birth control info and products into the hands of those who need it, which reduces unwanted pregnancies and thereby reduce the incidence of abortion. Too bad the "religious right" (they're neither) can't figure this out for themselves and be part of the solution, they just want to fling fear and take donations to support the palace on Briargate Pkwy.
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