Clearly people's experiences vary at COS, and feedback for any business is best heard through many channels. This is not a "who's right / who's wrong" situation. When the airport works, it's a "jewel," no doubt. But it needs to work for more people than not in order to transcend diamond in the rough status. The daily reports this today: http://www.gazette.com/articles/year-15280…
Well Mr Rich Tosches you have shown why I despise so called open minded truth seeking journalist like yourself. You have never served in the military and I am personally offended that you call yourself Ranger as I wore that title with PRIDE in my serve both when assigned to the Battalion and tab after leaving the Batt. I will attempt to enlighten you as to several statements that you made that shows how grossly uneducated you truly are. (1) An assault Rifle is a military weapon that has the ability to fire either fully automatic, or the ability to fire a burst or rounds. (2) the AR in AR-15 stand for Auto-loading Rifle. (3) A Rifle with an internal magazine uses a clip the AR-15 and other such rifles use a magazine that are loaded into a magazine well. Lastly Gun bans, magazine limitations, just do not work. If you did any real research you will discover that these active shooter encounters are the new form of suicide by cop, either the Police will kill these people or they kill themselves. If you truly want to limit gun violence that we as a society should look at a mandatory firearms sentence when a firearm is used in the commission of a crime. This Firearms sentence must be served in full before they even begin the sentence for the crime they committed. Further this firearms sentence does not count towards good time or parole.
Tech: two things you need to consider further (which have been stated). We need a vibrant airport in order to attract quality business (which translates to quality jobs) AND the citizens of COS should support their local airport if at all feasible.
Stacy, from your link: "The training center and others like it run by the Homeland Security Department use as many as 15 million rounds every year, mostly on shooting ranges and in training exercises."
15 million is not the same as 1.6 Billion.
Nice Bill...you went through Chicago to get to LA, so you went north and east to go south and west..that sounds about right for you...glad you are sticking to your old ways.
I returned from a trip to NYC yesterday. On a rare occasion, I had the opportunity to fly out of COS (to CHI then to LGA) instead of leaving from DIA. I also returned to COS. United Airlines was actually $70 cheaper from COS than DIA for the round trip, not including the drive time hassle and parking expense associated with DIA.
COS airport was a breeze. No rude TSA agents as reported here. No lines. Friendly gate staff. Flights were on time, no waiting for taxiing to leave or waiting for an open gate upon arrival. Unfortunately, there were numerous vacant gates at the airport. United and Delta appear to be the only two major airlines left, with Allegiant being the third regional airline (there was a gate or two for Frontier, but no traffic).
The COS airport is a jewel - one we are at serious risk of losing if one of the two remaining major airlines pulls out. I can't believe we are having such difficulty recruiting new airlines. Is it Mark Earle's fault? I cant say, but I am stunned that someone with Earle's background isn't considered "good enough" to run the airport. But I am also having a hard time believing that we can't seem to sell our airport to bring in the kind of service envisioned when it was dedicated in '94. This is a deal breaker for any major business considering Colorado Springs.
When a majority of those who comment on an editorial hit piece make much more salient and rational points than the author, then you know the author is looking to push a narrow worldview and not making an attempt at rational discourse. Or maybe he's trying to make up for an inferiority complex. Sensationalism and Projection in full effect.
For the life of me I can't figure out what Rich Tosches(pronounced Toe-Cheese) is an expert in. Rich, what exactly is it you do? I have all of my teeth, never had a cavity, don't have any cats, live in a house without wheels, probably more educated than you, and could probably write better editorials with a blindfold on, a crayon, and swinging from a chandelier with a half-finished bottle of Patron.
This employee's performance was dismal and he should have been terminated long ago for his failures. After the election Bach can start cleaning out the corrupt, inefficient and criminal Colorado Springs Utilities.
People better wake up to this tyrant mayor. How does this small real estate office guy even have a clue of what the airport needs. This mayor is a total and complete joke but he does have his followers drinking the coolaid. Wake up COS. This guy needs to be voted out starting with his slate on April 2nd.
Actually DHS IS buying 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_2… this link confirms it from a legitimate news source. The Denver Post is hardly an Alex Jones joint. So on to the next problem with the "it's normal to buy this much ammo", no it isn't. All these agencies add up to 145,000 employees. That comes out to 11,000 rnds per agent, yes that is a lot. To compare the US military only used 70 million rounds per year in Iraq and that includes lots of training. In fact all of our military combined use 1.5 billion a year. And DHS doesn't train as much as the military does. Hightower may be a lib, but he isn't stupid. He still has a healthy ability to question authority. Something most of the readers here used to have. Remember you guys? Way back before Obama when Guantanomo was a bad thing? And drone strikes were a bad thing? And The government wasn't to be trusted, remember that guys? Good times, good times.
Ralph is not fair-minded. He is one of the sloppiest and mean spirited writers I have read over the years.
He is more of an emotional splatterer than a thoughtful writer...
Boys, I couldn't disagree more. COS airport is extremely convenient, if only it had more flights. I have never experienced the "long" lines you reference and have never had a problem with attitudes (at least no more so than Denver or other airports).
I takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get to DIA and add an additional 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to fight the lines at the counter as well as security. Don't forget the tolls. (I know you can bypass them, but add additional time and hassle). You get off a plane in COS and in five minutes you are waiting a very short period of time for your bags. How long does that process take in Denver? (The answer is a minimum of half an hour.
I will pay up to $100 more and fly out of the Springs. Besides, I like to support our airport.
Dang Ralph, I always considered you the only measured and fair-minded writer at the Indy and then this. Just a bit prejudicial, wouldn't you say?
"All had been considered assets to the city..." by whom Ralph? Regardless of the person elected "strong mayor", there was going to be some turnover. It happens with every administration change whether it be local, state or federal. Add to that the deletion of many over-paid and unneeded figureheads that needed weeding out.
I thought you were better than this Ralph. This was a major disappointment.
Relative to the specifics of Mark Earle, lets wait and see, shall we?
Stephen...to your point: I never ever even think of booking out of COS. It is cheaper, quicker, safer, direct, with less hassle and potential problems to just drive to DIA and fly from there.
All the points you name need to be cleaned up to give advantage to COS.
Like the TSA, much better at DIA. The COS TSA all seem to be on some work release program.
I believe it is not employees who fail, but the management in charge of them.
If our city is a mess, it is a mess because the mayor and city council are having problems/struggles with doing the job, and a though job it is.
But success comes not by getting rid of employees...it comes by problem solving with the employees.
It is sort of like marriage...it is a quicker solution to life's tensions to work with the current spouse than to find and develop a relationship with a new one...sometimes the divorce being itself avoidance of and easier than actually addressing the failures at hand.
As a moderately frequent flyer for over 30 years, here is why I do not fly out of COS. Cost, delays, attitudes. Too many disappointments and too much stress. Airfares are higher from COS, schedules are restrictive, and almost everything hops through Denver. At COS, by the time you allow 1.5-2 hours minimum to get through some of the rudest TSA people employed (not all), wait, board, and experience delays and missed connections, you can drive to DIA. Do I enjoy the commute? No. I have arrived 2+ hours before the first flight of the day out of COS and missed it because of low capacity counter and TSA staffing, and, hate to say it but, favoritism in military boarding. I understand their importance to the local economy, and the value of their service. Nothing against them. But the rest of us also have a plane to catch and I hear that you'd like us to do it from COS. I can only imagine the challenges the aviation director faces, and I cannot tell you whether Mr. Earle did or did not do a fine job. I can only tell you why COS airport has not worked for years for many private business travelers and families.
I completely enjoyed the conversations I was privileged to have with him in these last couple years. While they may have been fairly brief, they left something with me, and I'm thankful to have met him.
And DHS is NOT buying hundreds of MRAPs either.
Such inflammatory emails are all part of the internet myths and lies that go around and around.
Obama is not gonna take all yer gunz, either.
George Soros does NOT own Snopes, either.
Idiots just WANT to believe the worst about others, even if they know it's all lies, and that's especially true of our black president....he's a commie, he's a socialist, he's a ________.
The problem with DHS is the 100k Federal Employees it controls. When you consider who falls under DHS the size of the ammo purchase is logical. What is not logical is how a National Police Force was created under the nose of Congress. The ammo is a symptom. Bottom line is why are we paying for an agency this size when we have our own local Police? The .40 caliber round is meant for the Sig p239 that most DHS agencies carry.
Anyone with gun knowledge will tell you that you can "take over" NOTHING with handgun rounds. The size of the force is the issue. If you are worried about a forced take over look at their 5.56 and ,223 purchases. The real threat is the Nationalism of Law Enforcement. If you wear blue it is YOU who needs to worry. They will be after your jurisdiction, and your job, next.
Chil: our friend Mr. Hightower has never bothered to deal in facts. He is a rabid communist zealot who will say anything that he believes will further his cause. He is actually arrogant enough to believe that, if he writes it, someone will believe it. Unfortunately, there are a large number of brain-dead people too stupid to know any better that just might.
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