the gunuts argument against background checks is mentally ill people will just run you over in a car? WOW! how about we keep legally obtained guns out of mentally ill people's hands and avoid many of the thousands of murders occurring every year. it's not guns that kill people, it's those darn copper alloy encased lead bullets. the bullets that result from a PERSON pulling a trigger. lets make sure the people with the fingers on the triggers understand when to pull that trigger.
Sally Alberts asks, "Can we not bring some sanity into this situation?" Yes we can, as soon as legislators and folks like you stop proposing feel-good/do nothing legislation.
Since you consider yourself intelligent--judging by your past op/eds, I'm not convinced--, just what do you suggest would be effective measures to implement and enforce?
This is in reply to Sally Alberts, Tues. Nov 7 – Its Insanity.
Sorry Sally - there are tons of regulations concerning guns now. We do not need more. Gun owners are NOT fighting to keep safety measures from being taken – they already have been in place. What they are fighting for is their second amendment rights.
And guns are threatened – look at the actions of the Colorado State legislature this past year. Those members swore to up hold the constitution of the state and the nation and have done neither. They trampled on the Second Amendment to the point that the county sheriffs are suing them and citizens recalled two of the most egregious abusers of it.
And as far as no place is safe – you are correct. Anytime a mentally ill person wants to kill someone, they will. And they don’t have to use guns to do it either. Look at the woman who scalded and killed her mother with hot water and bleach. Look at the man who used his car to run down tourists in California. And look at the mentally ill Asian wacko who used a knife to hack an entire family to death.
Sally you need to read the book, More Guns, Less Crime 3rd edition by John Lott and get some common sense to back up your supposed intelligence. Then you need to go research who abuses guns – hint: Its not the lawful gun owners but the mentally ill. Finally you need to realize that a person who wants to kill another will find a way and a weapon to do so. Why don’t you use your time to work on getting funding for the mentally ill instead of wasting it showing us you are sadly misinformed?
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, cities and counties are entirely separate political entities. The county in which a city is located has no governmental jurisdiction inside the city limits. On the other hand, the city has no political influence in the surrounding county.
Mikey Weinstein is fighting in one of the only wars worth fighting in right now. The war against fundamentalist religious crackpots! The a-holes in the Middle East won't have to defeat us because fundamentalist Christians are beating them to the punch and destroying us from right here at home.
"Wars not make one great." - Yoda
I generally agree with you, John, beginning with your grade of 'F' for our form of government. I do not agree with giving the mayor control over utilities, especially if the mayor is the one who is in office right now. I am optimistic that if Bach runs again, his opponents will have accumulated enough ammo from his first term to annihilate him, unless the Gazette resorts to the lies for which they've become famous when pushing their own political agenda.
"Competent, cooperative, community-oriented and focused on the future — isn't that what we need to build a great city? Yes, but the kind of people who can do it may not be electable here."
Great observation. These people do exist here, but they have a difficult/nearly impossible time getting elected. The Gazette doesn't help get these people elected. Then if they DO get elected - and by a majority, like Councilor Joel Miller - they risk being crucified by the petty blowhards of the daily's editorial staff simply for doing exactly the kind of due diligence on projects and policies their constituents elected them to do. The Gazette actually used to commend local politicians for doing this, but not anymore.
The incestuous relationship between the cronies at HBA, Board of Realtors, Chamber, the local GOP, and the Gazette also doesn't help (who was it that bought us the strong mayor form of government with an $800k campaign infusion anyway?)
Colorado Springs is still the laughing stock of the state. We are the butt of jokes regarding our leadership, those we elect to lead, and our backroom small town politics. It's no wonder we have not rebounded economically the way other Front Range cities have. Just pick up the Gazette & read the editorial page, the letters from "knowledgeable" citizens and "leaders" (as they slice one another's throats), and the infighting & turf wars at all levels of local government.
Why in the world would any reputable, progressive-thinking business want to relocate to this city and subject their management and staff to this toxic environment? Answer: they obviously don't, as they're going elsewhere.
I hate the idea of any Mayor, especially Mayor Bach, having singular control of Utilities as this is just too much power in one person's hands. Like others, I do NOT trust a person from the development community to do what's best for the city, the danger is too great.
I love the idea of ONE government for all of Colorado Springs and El Paso County, with ONE set of elected officials, one set of laws, one school district (NOT 17), one tax rate, one zoning board, one planning board, one set of needed departments, etc.
We need to STOP paying for all the needless duplication and competing agendas.
Very interesting column. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has been pushing the "strong mayor" initiative in Sacramento for the past six years. It keeps getting killed, but it comes back to life.
According to you, TejonTech, Mr. Tosches was NOT smoking weed when he wrote this column. In other words, he was clear-headed and focused. I am going to go way out on a limb here and guess that is not the impression you meant to convey.
Your psychobabble "analysis" of Mr. Weinstein is equally confused and befuddled. Mickey Weinstein has been called to his mission by his faith in God--the God of Abraham, the God of Moses, the God of the Jewish people, the Creator of the Universe. Unlike some people, Weinstein does not wear his religion on his sleeve, so you might have missed it, but if you have missed it you are not alone.
Rich is a breath of fresh air in this smug, stuffy town.
The Tea Party is a disease.
Rich, you need to renew your MMJ prescription before writing another column...
Nice to know that Mickey graduated in '77, meaning he never fought in a war and never knew the need for God. No wonder he is always going for the small potatoes, his career and life have been void of more important things.
Too bad, so sad. The only effect these counties will have from the sales will be the portion they get for their schools and that's it. The rest is people sitting in their homes with the goodies they purchased in another county, not effecting the prohibitionists in their county. No retail, no spoils, you missed out. Think about it when you're repealing your moratoriums when Denver, Larimer and Boulder counties are making bank and able to finance municipal projects.
Little does anyone know, Matt starts his rape trial 11/4/2013 for the 12/24/2011 rape in which DNA pointed to him. His younger brother is also facing trial for sexual assault and his younger sister has been accused of retaliation of a victim. Oops!
FATHER OF CRUZ AND HIS WACKIENESS: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/31/r…
don't try to confuse the teabaggers with facts
Peter, I agree with you for the most part. As a non-smoker (okay, I'll enjoy the occassional cigar), I find the stench of "poop sticks" horrendous and intrusive, and fully support their banishment from indoor public spaces (private property owners should have the right to choose policy, and if their choice is to allow smoking on their premises, your choice then becomes whether to patronize or not).
Outside spaces however, allow for a far greater dispersion of the offensive odor and toxic bouillabaisse and until they ban automobiles, industrial machinery, and even restaurants that belch their fatty emmisions (ever drive by a burger joint when they're experiencing heavy volume?), cigarette smoke is a relatively minor contributor.
Well said. The marijuana industry brought more than $1MM in tax revenue to our "village" last year. This year, instead of continued industry growth, we will see more stores close as they fail to compete with the newly allowed A64 retail stores. Our mayor, instead of creating 7000 jobs as promised, just sent the only thriving new industry off to Denver.
Great article. As another one of his daughters, I can speak to his selflessness and character. Unfortunately, some people will never be able to see past their own hatred to appreciate that he really is there to serve.
"We complain about fracking, but set our thermostats at 72-plus degrees in the winter. Our concern about unfriendly oil-producing countries worries us, but we drive SUVs 25 or more miles to and from work." -- Steven Seidner
I don't complain about fracking, my thermostat is set to 68 in the day and 66 at night in the winter, I drive a Subaru coupe and live seven miles from work.
"we shop online for goods that are made and sold by companies based out of state. We all want a diverse economic base, but shop at big-box national or international chains while going through the self-checkout lane. We scream about big heartless bankers creating the last recession, "
I shop locally when possible to save shipping and to get things immediately instead of waiting. I avoid Walmart like the plague and absolutely hate self-checkout lanes. I do not scream about the banks, I curse at the idiots who bought homes really thinking they could afford a $500,000 home with three mortgages on $50,000 a year salary.
"We decry what our politicians do, but we are single-issue voters and don't go to town hall meetings."
Unfortunately it is hard to find a politician who agrees with any given person on all the issues, meaning they have to vote for a politician based on just a few issues, sometimes just one. I do go to town hall meetings either online or in person and I frequently communicate with my elected officials via various means.
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