HMM How about Able D. Smith who came to this area as a Wheel Wright in 1892 raised his family and started a cattle ranch that feed many in this community. Or maybe John F. Oneal that had a construction crew that helped not only build the only road to the Gold mines but built and maintained the roads many of us use to this day. Its not only the money people that had there hands in building this region but many common folks as well. Those folks should be recognized as well. Go find those folk in the archives. You cant because they didnt have there names in the paper but without them this region sure wouldnt be what it is.
This is a truly gorgeous piece of writing, as much about the human condition as about hummingbirds. I, too, had a last fellow at my feeder this year when the others had gone, and marked the moment. Time, as one ages, is such a weaving of glad moments and sorrows. Reading this piece was a glad moment for me.
Jonathan H. Reilly, I present to you (from taxfoundation.org):
"...higher income states bear a larger fraction of the federal tax burden—an imbalance that is sharply amplified by the progressive structure of the federal income tax.
For whatever reason, so-called "blue states" tend to be high-income areas that pay the vast majority of federal taxes. Some 84 percent of federal individual income taxes—which account for over 40 percent of federal revenue—are paid by the those in the top 25 percent of the income distribution. The majority of these taxpayers live in wealthy, urban, politically "blue" areas like New York, California, and Massachusetts.
Even if federal spending were equal in all states, wealthy states would still send substantially more federal tax dollars to Washington than they received in spending, simply because they earn a majority of the nation's income. This disparity is greatly magnified by the progressive rate structure of the federal income tax, which taxes higher income states more heavily than low-income states, regardless of the level of spending received."
Yes, studies also exist that would support your claim, but to cite simplistic red/blue distinctions is pointless and myopic, and the time to "fine tune" the ACA is prior to implementation, not after. The govt. couldn't even predict and employ the logistics needed to roll it out, why we should trust them to successfully implement it as currently written?
Irving Howbert, at 14, came down to Colorado City from Buckskin Joe's with his father Reverend William Howbert's family and - as stated in the November 29th, 1861 Issue of the Colorado Journal "To spend the winter and make their permanent home in our romantic young city."
Young Irving helped his family homestead, grew to be a man, helped chase maurading Indians from the environs of Colorado City, and served as a Corporal in Company G of the 3d Colorado Cavalry at Sand Creek in 1864 which he carefully, documented and denied all his life was a massacre.
In 1868 he was elected El Paso County Clerk and Recorder - a position into which he was reelected four more times. He met General Palmer in the still standing 1859 Bancroft Park Cabin which was the County Seat, who persuaded him to help buy up $10,000 worth of land east of Monument Creek, which became Colorado Springs in 1871. He signed the legal papers incorporating the City of Colorado Springs.
He rose to prominence in Colorado Springs, helping found the First National Bank of Colorado Springs in 1874. He was one of the most influential men in El Paso County for over 60 years, organizing the city municipal water system, and the first gas company. He built the Colorado Springs Opera House from his silver mine profits. He died in 1934.
He wrote and published the classic book "Indians of The Pikes Peak Region" in 1914, and followed it with the comprehensive "A Lifetime of Memories in the Pikes Peak Region" in 1925. Which his grandson - Irving Howbert III in his late 90s - permitted to be reprinted and indexed both in hard copy and electronically, without payment of royalties, in 2007.
The Colorado City racing Unser Dynasty
Louis and Marie Unser came to Colorado City in 1909 from Switzerland. They first lived above today's 2532 West Colorado Avenue. (Today's Squash Blossom Art Gallery. Then the Borst Meat market.)
Louis was a meat cutter. His boys - Louis Jr, Joe and Jerry a became meat cutters, mechanics, and race car drivers. Starting the 2d oldest US car race - after the Indianapolis 500 - in 1929 they raced up Pikes Peak.
Jerry was the first Unser to race the 500 in 1958. Bobby drove in the 1963 race and won in 1968.
Six Unsers have started the Indy 500, and since 1968, the nine victories by Al, Bobby and Al Jr. have accounted for more than 25 percent of the race's winners.
Before most of them moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Unsers lived in 14 different places in Old Colorado City and the Westside.
Anthony Bott - original Pioneer-founder of Colorado City. Born in Alsace, Lorraine in 1935.
Came west as young man of 23 with the Lawrence Party from Kansas in 1858. When they did not find gold, having camped on 'Camp Creek' they went back to Kansas in the fall. Bott stayed, and tried to found a town called El Dorado, which never got going. So went to Denver City, found investors, all of whom then formed the Colorado City Land Company which founded and platted Colorado City August 12th 1859 at the base of Ute Pass. It was 2 miles long and 1 mile wide astride Fountain Creek.
Anthony Bott owned a southwest section of Colorado City, with water rights, and went into business. Construction and real estate. He fought at Sand Creek against the Cheyenne and Arapahoe in Company G, 3d Colorado Cavalry and was proud of it. Putting it on his tombstone. He donated the 43 acres that is now Fairview Cemetery of Colorado Springs to Colorado City in 1895. It was the 4th cemetery of Colorado City.
He died, after his wife, with no heirs , in 1916 the year before Colorado Springs annexed Colorado City in 1917. He left 5 unused burial plots which the Hughes family purchased and are being buried there today.
Luther McKnight - grew up from 8 years old in Colorado City, collector of memorabilia of Colorado City, bachelor, musician, employee of Alexander Film Co, photographer and local photograph collector, (begged me at the outset of my volunteering to head up the Colorado Centennial/Bicentennial Celebrations in Colo Spgs in 1976, to 'do something for 'Old Town'. I did - its Old Colorado City) So he contributed his entire Collection of memorabilia and photos to the Old Colorado City Historical Society and , upon his death (in about 1986) he left the Society over $110,000 with which it was able to buy the original 1889's First Baptist Church of Colorado City building as its History Center and Museum, worth today more than half million.
Leon Young - boot black, worker in El Paso Club, founder Young's Janitorial, City Councilman, Westside Council representative, champion of Old Colorado City revival, Vice Mayor, Republican
I think it's pretty clear that the mayor wants as much power as he can grab, which does not portend well for the citizens, the little guy. He runs with the big dogs, so it's appropriate that council throw up some obstacles. That's called democracy and sometimes it's messy.
I have to say that if an in-house counsel/attorney is not liked, that usually means he/she is doing the job they were hired to do. Mr. Melcher is a very competent counselor/attorney. COS is lucky to have him. And if you think he gets paid too much, just do the math. He gets paid around $90/hour. That is way under the going rate for an attorney which is usually around $250, but can go much higher depending on the services. Mr. Melcher is not the problem. Just for the record, I am not a friend of the city attorney and have only met him a few times. I am just using common sense. So, lets stop pointing fingers and start working together. People, Council & Mr. Mayor!
Didnt a Senator who didnt listen to the voters and got too big in his britches just get recalled? Why does everyone think its ok for the Mayor of Colorado Springs to have all the power? Good for City Council fighting back. They all got elected to look out for us, not to bend over for Bach. I heard The City Attorney was too liked at Colorado College. Too many old people in this town trying to run everything, and a small group of wanabees trying to follow in their footsteps. New and younger politicians please apply now.
Now that's almost as good a piece of writing as your more snickery self. Maybe better. Perhaps even a whole lot better. Now work on getting your readers to shed a tear or two, and you too can become Erma Bombeck.
Love this song OldCrank. La la la la la. The words are haunting.
Mr. Reilly is spot-on with his comments. The ACA is a great step forward.
Red state hatred of Obama is rooted in the South's perpetual family value: Racism.
Seasons Don't Fear the Reaper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClQcUyhoxTg
Ah.....see Rich has a sensitive side. :)
Nice writing and made me reflect about where time has gone. Seems like lately that is all I have been doing. It creeps up on you when you least expect it. Father Time and Mother Nature are both alive and well in Colorado. Be well.
From the ASPCA:
Why the Bad Rap?
Sadly, the pit bull has acquired a reputation as an unpredictable and dangerous menace. His intimidating appearance has made him attractive to people looking for a macho status symbol, and this popularity has encouraged unscrupulous breeders to produce puppies without maintaining the pit bull’s typical good nature with people. To make matters worse, irresponsible owners interested in presenting a tough image often encourage their pit bulls to behave aggressively. If a pit bull does bite, he’s far more likely to inflict serious injuries than most other breeds, simply because of his size and strength. A pit bull bite is also far more likely to draw media attention. Many dogs of other breeds bite people, but these incidents almost always go unreported. They’re just not exciting enough fodder for television and print.
Despite this bad rap, a well-bred, well-socialized and well-trained pit bull is one of the most delightful, intelligent and gentle dogs imaginable. It is truly a shame that the media continues to portray such a warped image of this beautiful, loyal and affectionate breed. Pit bulls once enjoyed a wonderful reputation. Some of the most famous dogs in American history were pit bulls. A pit bull named Stubby, a decorated hero during World War One, earned several medals and was even honored at the White House. During duty, he warned soldiers of gas attacks, found wounded men in need of help and listened for oncoming artillery rounds. Pit bulls have been featured in well-known advertising campaigns for companies such as Levis, Buster Brown Shoes and Wells Fargo. The image of a pit bull, which was considered a symbol of unflagging bravery and reliability, represented the United States on recruiting and propaganda posters during World War One. Many famous figures, including Helen Keller, President Theodore Roosevelt, General George Patton, President Woodrow Wilson, Fred Astaire and Humphrey Bogart, shared their lives and homes with pit bulls.
Modern pit bulls can still be ambassadors for their breed. Some are registered therapy dogs and spend time visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Some work in search-and-rescue. Tahoe, Cheyenne and Dakota, three search-and-rescue pit bulls from Sacramento, California, worked tirelessly at the World Trade Center during the aftermath of 9/11. Others, like Popsicle, an accomplished U.S. customs dog, work in narcotics and explosives detection. Still others serve as protection or sentry dogs for the police. The majority are cherished family members. Pit bulls become very attached to their people, and most love nothing better than cuddling on the couch or sleeping in bed with their pet parents (preferably under the covers)!
Should this guy have had a gun?
Robert W.... littering?
John B..... YAWN!
Rich T.....keep on writing, I have been a fan for years!
"So I walk into Starbucks the other day with a 9mm Glock handgun in a holster, sawed-off shotgun in my right hand, old Soviet Union AK-47 in my left hand, 16,000 rounds of ammunition on belts slung over my shoulders and a couple of hand grenades around my neck."
The sawed off shotgun will likely land you in federal prison for 15 years for illegal making and possession of an NFA Title II firearm. The old Soviet Union AK-47 will also likely land you in the federal pokey for another 10 years as an NFA Title II firearm unless you went through a lengthy process to be approved. The hand grenades also would likely land you a lengthy stay in federal prison for unlawful possession of destructive devices if real and even if fake are a violation of Colorado state law. I believe you are now looking at approximately 30 years behind bars, possibly more. The 16,000 rounds (sic) of ammunition for the AK would weigh about 580 pounds -- so good luck with that.
"You know, just in case one of them crazy Second 'Mendment NRA gun nuts takes some time off from recalling state senators and bursts in while I'm gulping my latte."
Are you really that scared of people peacefully exercising their rights and powers to participate in government and for redress of grievances?
Dear Mr Tosches,
Honestly, all your lengthy diatribe accomplished was to paint a very poor picture of yourself and of those who are apoplectic when they see a firearm in public or hear the letters N R A, and unless that was you goal, it was not funny, insightful, or informative.
Instead of engaging in grade school belittling and bigoted stereotyping, you would do well to learn a little more about the group of people you seem to enjoy insulting. If you did, you would find that a great many of us are well spoken, educated, come from good families, and have good paying white collar jobs. We don't stereotype you as a granola eating, Subaru driving, Birkenstock wearing, tree hugger as we know that trying to put people into boxes despicable and almost always incorrect -- some of us like granola and drive Subarus too. The fact that we own firearms and even legally carry them does not mean we live in trailer parks, wear greasy tee-shirts with the arms ripped off, have a couch in our front yard, kick dogs, beat women, need dental work, dropped out of high school, live on welfare, or any of the dozens of others of ignorant stereotypes you seem so fascinated with.
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