It'll get our votes.
The opponents call everything overreach; ignore their whining.
Mr. Bensberg...... You and I have agreed on many things over the years. I am just curious as to why you would support a candidate for sheriff of this great county that has no actual Law Enforcement experience?
I think Jim would brings another dynamic to the Sheriffs Office besides law enforcement. With his vast knowledgement in the fire service and homeland security among other things he could bring more understanding from the top law enforcement officer in the County when it comes to dealing with large scale events as we have had in the past several years.
Reid is right - he's "the guy," the right choice to succeed Sheriff Maketa!
Hey Jarred shouldnt you remind the Mayor of that fact.
Important to remember that Colorado Springs Utilities reports to, and is controlled by, City Council and not the Mayor.
The online stores ought to protest this...as I for one will not be buying from them until they do.
And much to everyone's glee, I am no longer posting anywhere or reading the Indy or Gasragette on line.
We need to protect ourselves from the evils of these untrustworthy people.
Just look how many years it took them to correct the traffic pattern signs at the roundabout at New Center and S. Carefree.
Old Guy...they have plenty of money...just too many high end employees who don't know what they are doing.
These engineers' idea of solving traffic is to put in more stop lights...check out the new mess on Filmore, or travel through woodmen at Academy.
Most of these people are retiring at age 45 at full salary...it is stupid employee benefit deals, not tabor, that is the problem.
Do all these politicians really have to dye their hair...who can trust these guys with bad dye jobs...not me for sure.
Keith and Steve...you both look silly.
Citizens need to pull together to dump TABOR so elected leaders can make tough decisions to raise sufficient revenues to solve these problems. Leaving tax decisions in the hands of a lynch mob electorate is a suicide pact to destroy everything.
I said here, often, that adopting a "strong mayor" scheme was the wrong path.
I said here, often, that electing a wife-beating developer was the wrong choice.
Time has proven my fears to be valid; the city has a dictator with a bad agenda.
Time for Council to quit talking about it and hire an attorney -- or more than one, considering the weightiness of the issues and the size of the city operation. This should have been sorted out before the rush to change the charter.
I think City Council did the only thing the Mayor and Mr. Melcher were going to allow them to do. Trying to advance one's own agenda by repeatedly telling Council they did not have the authority to seek outside legal assistance when the City Attorney's Office refused to give them the service they were entitled to has left them with no other option. It has been clear from the start that the mayor feels the City Attorney is there to promote his and only his opinion. The disrespect shown to a duly elected Council by the Mayor and his staff has been inexcusable. If it requires a legal challenge then so be it - I place the blame on Mr. Bach and Mr. Melcher - not City Council who are trying to do their best to serve all the people of Colorado Springs and not just the downtowners and developers.
RIP, Mr Smith; thanks for keeping this link active, Colorado Springs Independent. I have a long history with JS's music and guitar, and he's been an inspiration in my life and in my music development.
City Council yesterday you effectively drove a stake into the heart of the City Attorney's office! Council members when you have two attorney's rendering an opinion (one to Council and one to the Executive branch) do we then have to sue each other in Court for a decision on that opinion from the Judge, what will that cost the taxpayers, just asking?
This article is fair and balanced. The City of Colorado Springs is one of the most beautiful settings in the country...nestled into the loving arms of the majestic Pikes Peak, surrounded by the best nature has to offer. I sincerely hope the citizens pull together to collaborate on a global solution to the massive infrastructure needs.
First...saying someone is not living in sin if they are married is double talk if you don't support the constitutional right for equal protection under the law as addressed in a marriage for all? Second...gay marriage is already legal in many states and most notably has been in other countries for quite some time. A international church will need to risk there tax exemption...by discriminating against someone or simply wake up and respect the laws of the land . A church based union is not effected by these marriages and if chastity is the issue than why doesn't the church work to ban infidelity in heterosexual unions? Discrimination is the key motivation as stated by the Supreme Court's statement.
As to UCanSeeClearlyNow's prior posting, I'd like to expand on his words: "....improving the downtown area is something private developers should be doing on their own initiative. The fact that nothing of substance has been built in decades tells you all you need to know about their commitment....." my question is WHY?
Why don't private developers commit private capital to re-vitalize downtown? There are probably many reasons; here are some as I see them, in no particular order:
- Start with the old Chief theater? I'm told it was a grand building but was torn down in the 1970s for something new and wonderful but the lot is still vacant? True? This may be a key incident to study why private investment failed then, why it continues to fail, and why the city doesn't have much respect for old gems (like city auditorium) that we should be milking for all they're worth to create uniqueness for our city. We've enough schlock in our suburbs, if they build schlock downtown it will not draw anyone to live, work or visit.
- Mayors and city councils got owned by James Dobson and Ted Haggard, who made this city a national laughing stock and created a reputation that our city is full of whack job evango-fascists bent on implementing evangelical sharia law on all of us. THAT is a deadly reputation to overcome and it will take another decade to live it down while people forget. Recent religious and sexual scandals at the USAFA pour salt on these wounds.
- TABOR, both the state and local versions of this insanity prohibit infrastructure spending that underpins corporate investment and development. Business people need a stable public-private partnership for long-term investment; these folks will NOT invest hundreds of millions of dollars in a city if their fate is left to a bunch of fickle citizens who pull the rug out from under them at the next election. Turning off street lights made us a national joke; our taxes are extremely low compared to other COLO cities and we could have raised taxes a tiny amount but TABOR prevented it. Recent disastrous fires and floods help cement our reputation for sorry-assed infrastructure and government. When investors look for places to spend their money with an eye on future returns we must be at the bottom of the list for most of them.
- We have a tiny underused airport with way too few flights. Denver airport RULES.
- We have no mass transit and only a skeletal bus system. Denver has great service.
- We have only a way too-narrow I-25 for travel to/from Denver; we stay a backwater.
- We have the worst member of Congress (Lamborn) who is a national disgrace.
- We have a new national reputation as an area with a lynch mob of gun-toting crazies.
Until these issues work themselves out, this city remains in a death spiral.
Meanwhile, the county has chimed in with a meaningless and worthless "me-too" of the Mayor's proposal for the downtown. What's THEIR plan? Crickets.
I'm not nuts over the Mayor's proposal, but finally there is something to discuss on improving the downtown.
Has anyone asked the Sky Sox yet if they want to move downtown yet.
Turn the whole government over to the younger generation and get rid of these relics from an unsuccessful era.
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