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...
"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.
"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.
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.
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:
"...the percentage of K-12 students that go on to attend college has actually INCREASED over the last 10 years." According to the article, however, "...more and more high school graduates are not equipped for college," requiring them to take (and pay for) remediation courses. So, the increase in college enrollment over the last ten years does not reflect an improvement in K-12 education.
Before you put too much emphasis on the meaning of these statistics you should do a little research. If you had, you'd know that the percentage of K-12 students that go on to attend college has actually INCREASED over the last 10 years.
this is all nice half-time locker room encouragement piece, but if the plan was coherent and compelling instead of poorly sold and unlikely...maybe we could get behind it.
Stacy, whom do you quote when you place the phrase, "racist teabaggers," between quotes? I place them between quotation marks because I am quoting you. You appear to be quoting from the article, however, Jim Hightower does not use this phrase. You are putting words into his mouth then blaming him as if he had actually said those absurd things.
The Gazette, whose owner is a major backer of C4C, published another editorial/propaganda piece yesterday. How much of the $400M price tag to build the stadium etal is Anschutz going to contribute? Of course, he should pay his "fair share", which I estimate to be about 10%, or $40M. Is Anschutz willing to put his money where his mouth is?
That small group of elites that wants C4C, which includes the property owner, the property developer, business leaders, CVB, and the mayor and his allies, should pay for C4C. Instead, they want US, the taxpayers, to pay for it. WE have not been asked if WE want C4C because THEY know what is best for our city and WE don't. And since El Pomar, another believer, wants a stadium, El Pomar should empty its bank account to help build it.
Issuing bonds is an obligation placed on the taxpayers, and cities can and do go bankrupt when unable to raise the money required to make bond payments. The elites hope that building a stadium/museum complex will produce economic recovery, but it is businesses that provide jobs and prosperity, not stadiums and museums.
Our city and state govt has a legitimate role to perform, which includes public safety, roads, storm water, and reducing regulations and taxes to make our city and state business friendly. It does not include wasting tax dollars to build stadiums. Again, let those elites who want C4C pay 100% of the cost of C4C.
.....and on and on and on. Hightower, for the last 5 years you have been the worlds biggest cheerleader for this mess. Now that it is going south (just like those "racist teabaggers" told you it would) it is now the "racist teabaggers" idea?????? This is pathetic AT BEST! Shame on the Indy for printing such unmitigated drech.
No one doubts that an Olympic museum would draw tourists. If proposed on its own it would likely have wide support - with or without RTA funding.
Unfortunately tourists are also not what makes cities thrive - they are what makes them live in the past.
Agree with Dave Gardner. The primary beneficiaries of the downtown stadium and museum components of C4C are the property owner and developer. Is a stadium/museum combo something the citizens want? Or is C4C being foisted on us by the coercive power of local and state govt in collaboration with the primary beneficiaries? Councilman Miller is aware of the financial quicksand that is C4C. http://www.joelmillercoloradospringscityco…. But the mayor and his allies appear to be oblivious of the danger - or perhaps they don't care. COS doesn't need a stadium. COS needs companies to set up business in our city. We need jobs and business travelers to increase airport traffic. Does anyone believe a company will choose to set up business in COS because we have a downtown stadium? Or a sports museum, no matter how unique or highly visible from I-25? Stadiums do not in themselves provide economic prosperity, but are instead a by-product of the prosperity that comes to a city when business is booming. Entrepreneurs build stadiums AFTER their city becomes successful. And, like Oklahoma City, which the Gazette so admires, they do it without govt/taxpayer dollars. And Hazlehurst's comment that COS may be chosen to host the Olympic games in 2024 is laughable, just as laughable as it would be to say that Pueblo, last year's recipient of RTA tax money, will be the Olympic committee's choice. It will be easy to get rid of Bach in the next election, but not easy to rid ourselves of a financial mistake the size of C4C.
Colorado Springs remains a small town that lucked out for 70 or so years as the Cold War fueled one of the longest military expansions in history. It was easy money as it became a company town -- not unlike Pueblo, although in Colorado Springs' case, the company was the federal government.
That expansion has effectively ended despite attempts to keep it going with the "war on terrorism." The town over expanded with little reason for being here. As a nation, we've chosen to send jobs that support families overseas.
Colorado Springs now turns, as it has so many times before, to industries that support minimal incomes -- tourism, hospitality, museums and health care. Same old, same old -- not much vision there.
Yes, this town definitely needs an upgrade to become more PROGRESSIVE or we will become more STAGNANT and new industries will never want to consider coming here to CS!
GUESS WHAT FOLKS? My former comment "RMJ tours that could expand use of the city airport and B&Bs that are friendly to RMJ to bring people here for a vacation." On the evening news they reported that a RMJ tour company is now going to do this in Denver with a tour bus that will take you from Denver to the ski slopes with as much bud as you can smoke along the way!
Why are we not doing this in Colorado Springs? Our reputation needs to be upgraded from the conservative status that we have held for decades and if we are willing to accept this change we will progress into the 21st century!!!
I also suggest expanding recycling by building a glass recycling plant, start Hemp facility to grow and manufacture hemp products and oil, but not sure if anyone is listening.
Spiro Agnew is long gone, but not quite yet forgotten. Those "nattering nabobs of negativism" were opponents American involvement in Vietnam, who ultimately turned out to be correct. Spiro Agnew ultimately resigned the office of Vice President in disgrace after it was revealed he had taken bribes when he was the Governor of Maryland.
Is that really the best analogy for driving home the point of this column? Perhaps!
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