Buddy Buck- be careful of what you wish for. A poor plan is just that. Missy Palin once said the same thing about lipstick on a pig. In summary, I support any plan that might lead to any transformation of our village from a 1980s enclave of lousy jobs, Jesus nuts and gun loonies into something different. But Frank, if that's your real name, anything different is like the Colorado Springs no-name soccer team winning the world cup. I know, I know, it will produce 867 jobs. That's a hell of a mark up for $250 million. Why don't we just sell our own Mega Colorado Springs Lottery tickets. With 1 in 259 million odds, why we could pay for this entire City for Champions thing.
For I see now a day when we stride into our new Olympic museum and empty stadium, and see, right there in front of us, Jenkins' varsity shirt, Bruce Kardasian's purse and the signed letter from DeBachel stating "I shouldn't have eaten the whole thing". Don't forget Duck Dynasty Day at the stadium..brought to you by Bass Pro...
Really? Hall and Oates? Cat Stevens? Is Bryan Adams next? Celine Dion must be on the list soon as well then. By this list, Michael Bolton should be in next year for sure.
"Gluten can cause health problems ("Your brain on grain," Appetite, Dec. 11), but so can quitting. "
Most people have no clue what gluten actually is/is not and what foods it can be found in. There are a lot of people out decrying foods as having gluten when they don't. There are also a lot relying on anecdotal evidence as if they were scientific studies and spreading tons of misinformation.
It's surprising that El Pomar intends to donate generously to C4C when 15 years ago they gave $29M - their largest donation to date - to help build the World Arena, a facility that has failed to make COS a major player in the sports world or provide the expected economic renaissance. The reasons for building the WA were the same (minus the Olympics emphasis) as for building the C4C stadium. Building a stadium/arena didn't work 15 years ago, nor will it now. Also, C4C will prove to be a disappointment as a tool to attract companies and businesses and increase traffic at our airport, which is what COS needs for economic recovery. Supposedly C4C is designed to attract tourists, but is this likely to happen? Tourists may drop by the Olympic museum during the 1 year in 4 that the Olympic Games are generating excitement, but will tourists book a flight to COS during the off years? We need realistic data re WHO and HOW MANY will be patronizing the stadium and museum.
Once upon a distant time, back in the 60s, building stadiums was thought by city leaders to be THE answer to keep their city from dying, but economic growth via Stadiums and Convention Centers and Mega Hotels have been proven over the past 50 years to be a loser for the citizens who are stuck paying off the loans and having to write off the loss when the entity goes bust.
In 2004 John Hazelhurst wrote an informative history of the World Arena and the Pikes Peak Center which shows the financial perils of building BIG projects that don't live up to their intended goals. http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/worl… This article highlights the familiar consequences of Thinking Big. Revenue at PPC was insufficient to pay for maintenance which was deferred until it could be deferred no longer, which compelled its owner - El Paso County - to transfer this costly bauble to WA, thus ridding the county of its expensive albatross. The C4C stadium etal will require major maintenance during the 30-year span of the bond loans. It is not unlikely that the stadium/museum etal will become expensive albatrosses. This likelihood is something for the proponents and the citizens to consider BEFORE commiting ourselves to $350M of new debt.
"When I was raising my children, in the '60s, they had fire drills at school. Would anyone have had the remotest thought that we would have to prepare them for someone coming into their schools and shooting them? Of course not."
And yet, in the 60s, firearms were much easier to get. You could get a full-auto (machine gun) for pretty cheap whereas today they will cost you several thousand just for a worn out one. There were no background checks. Age limits were nearly non-existent.
"but can't we reasonably try to come up with some partial solutions to this problem?"
Sure. How about addressing the behavior and its root causes instead of bosessing over the object being misused?
"Better regulations? Better background checks?"
We've been trying that for 75+ years, passing more and more restrictions on what can be bought/owned, who can own, and how to buy. Hasn't had much effect. So how about we realize that was the wrong approach and try something else?
"Shouldn't we all want this awful situation to stop?"
Who doesn't? The good news is it has been decreasing even though the number of firearms in circulation have been increasing.
Perhaps this will give the mayor some incentive to solve the $270 million PERA issue resulting from the Memorial lease agreement.
As a Utilities rate payer I strongly object to subsidized watering for City Parks. I had to get rid of my lawn because I cannot afford to pay the price it costs to water it. The City needs to find a reasonable solution and not expect money from specific Utilities services to be taken and used for the municipal parks. It is hard to come to grips with this issue but in the end we live in a semi-arid biome and have suffered incredible drought in recent years. Find a way to fund watering parks without robbing Peter to pay Paul.
we live in teabaggerville... who in their right mind think these baggers are going to vote for an increase in taxes... or any increase??? it is hard to tell from the article at what point the public gets a say in this... before or after mayor botch's buddies get rich, and we are on the hook for the rest??
I LIKE the fact that EPS will provide the county an "outsiders" opinion to balance and perhaps dampen the "insiders" highly optimistic estimates of how many new out-of-state tourists will come to COS because we have built for their enjoyment a stadium/museum complex.
I went to the link and read about the Copper Ridge shopping center/road development. The county commissioners were wise to follow EPS assessment and nix this private/govt deal.
the beginning of the end.......im calling the ball, in 10 yrs the area where they wanna build bach's Barbie dream house will be vacant and trash infested, the Olympic people will be gone having moving to some other town or city that gives them even more money (they have NO loyalty) but that's ok me and mine will gone long before then. also there is NO WAY IN HELL i will vote to give this idiot even more money to screw up with.....look at our streets, look at our police force, no helicopter STILL no enforcement of basic laws this place is gonna be Detroit VERY SOON.......
Yes of course!
No new taxes to pay for this boondoggle.
The solution to gun violence is already working in some places, but many people don't like the answer so they hide the truth or just mock it. The solution worked in Arapaho the rampage only lasted 80 seconds because a good guy with a gun confronted the shooter. Instead of fighting the shooter killed himself. The shooter planned to do as much damage as possible but failed. If the word gets out that schools are armed these losers will no longer attack schools, instead they will just most likely off themselves at home. But the media loves these school shootings so they will hide this fact.
If measures to fund C4C makes it to a ballot to be approved by voters, are you inclined to vote to fund City for Champions? A one question quick poll. Thank you.
It is not the goal of the Regional Banquet Alliance to 'serve the county'. Their goal is to support big business and Republican Party members who have created a local economy that is the poorest performing, economically, among the few metro counties in the state.
Their production is sub-par in working to develop local new business start-ups and lower in bringing national, job creating firms to the region. They have done well to agitate many in the small business community and to further create division within the community with their stand on issues that go against what has been expressed by voters.
City Council was correct in reducing funding for this group. Their endorsement will carry little value statewide.
What is happening in Colorado is happening from Denver and north. Where there is a plethora of reasonable people making progress, creating jobs. Will voters in those areas want to have a backwoodsie, small town politician in this important state office?
El Paso County, with it's gun nutty, thumping, limited-vision politicians and housewives create a lot of negative press that reflects poorly on the state as a whole.
Williams can do well locally; can he cut it with the rest of the state to grab the votes?
With what is known to date, are you inclined to vote to approve funding for C4C?
(With or without Jesse's socks) A quick and easy one question poll:
County assessor website indicates 30 S. Prospect is owned by the Gazette
Same website shows two owners for 522 S. Wahsatch Ave (a warehouse)
http://land.elpasoco.com/ScheduleDisplay.a… (TJ&TC, LLC)
The listing for 522 S. Wahsatch (TJ&TC, LLC) says this owner is at 2245 Broadway Ave.
The listing for2245 Broadway Ave shows the owner is Charles Murphy.
Whatever, glad that Ranch Foods is growing expanding.
With what is known to date, would you vote in favor of public funding for C4C?
Quick one question poll. Thank you.
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