"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.
Oh come now TejonTech, governments have always done that. State lotteries, Powerball, Mega-millions and all the rest focus on the poor. Not all stoners are on food stamps and your "Focus on the Family" opinion is pretty stale these days. That's how 64 passed in the first place. People are tired of paying prisons and SWAT teams to round up stoners. It doesn't make fiscal sense. I am also going to say you are no conservative. As a libertarian, I recognize your issue and it sounds like this "I don't want the government involved in peoples lives, but I want the government to impose my set of morals onto other people". It doesn't make sense. It is not unlike "I want abortions to be illegal and I also want to reduce welfare and food stamps". It would be impossible to reduce welfare by forcing single women to keep the children they cannot afford. Maybe someday, hardcore, knee-jerk "conservatives" will start to realize how wrong they can be, we can all be wrong. Here's to a future GOP with more people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, libertarianism is where it's at!
Another family farm is gonna go out, and for once it isn't because of the estate tax. Droughts are terrible, but the assault on the family farm began in 1916 by by the Democrat Woodrow Wilson. It works like this, farmer owns farm, housing developments move closer to farm raising the value of said farmland, farmer dies and his farm is now subject to the estate tax when he tries to pass it down, children of farmer cannot afford the estate tax and they have to sell. Then Archer Daniels Midland or ConAgra swoop in and buy the land at depressed prices. It has been going on for almost 100 years. Don't believe me? Well, before going to the Huffington Post of the Daily Kos to find some link to prove me wrong, just take a drive. Go out east of Denver or Longmont or even here in the Springs. See all those empty farmhouses? Look closely at the corn, sorghum or milo fields, notice the barb wire? Look at the sign on that wire, it will say something like "ConAgra field #59086". There is all the proof you need.
Can we add in here that the link to donate is here: http://www.ppcf.org/products/wfff
Water law here in the west is byzantine and bizarre beyond belief - stranger than a Ranger Rich column. When major amounts of water are delivered by the SDS, can that water be used by the farm?
This would essentially be a regressive tax, taking from the effectively unproductive, depressed, weak, and shiftless to fund police to cleanup their messes, social workers to try to find them jobs, food stamps to feed them, and buses to take them to supply their stash.
Why not make them get clean, get productive, get personally responsible? These people need motivation of the most basic kind, not addictive drugs that we tax to increase a cycle of dependency and worthlessness for them.
Ralph...think about it!
Golly Bob, just a bit testy this a.m. Why don't you try a good dump.
One question: when you use the pejorative "brainiacs", are you suggesting that you believe yourself superior or did you think yourself cute?
The airport is a "jewel"?? Really? NO It is a freaking airport! It has massive concrete runways, windows, walls and rows of urinals in the men's room. Colorado Springs cannot run a bus service, how it got itself an airport is a mystery. The "attract business" line has been the phrase of every city leader since day one but none actually knew how to do that. I remember the local news would announce a new company in town that was going to have 150 new jobs! Telemarketing! Yeah those annoying phone calls at dinner time trying to sell you something after they have pissed you off! Brainiacs!
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