This whole land swap nightmare has to be fixed. The City has conducted a flawed public comment process, and withheld all kinds of important facts in the matter from the public. The good news is that the truth has a way of never dying. The City is not a sovereign entity, and cannot just do as it pleases. My personal demands for the City to disclose all information about the land swap and the Incline will never go away. Unless the City becomes honest and accountable in this matter, they will bring unwanted legal problems upon themselves. John Suthers led us to believe that as a former prosecutor he would clean up the culture that had developed in our City government, he is making a big mistake in doing the opposite. I manage a Facebook page named COS Land Swap that discusses the problems I am referring to.
"Played like a fiddle" is exactly right Dana Duggan. And not just the Incline Friends members. The Broadmoor and it's clever owner are playing the entire city for all it's worth. There must be a day when the people of Colorado Springs stop being dazzled by the velveteen glamour - and yet surprisingly vacuous offerings - of the billionaire. (See "Glamping" - that's "glamour camping", as touted by the Broadmoor's ad campaign for Emerald Valley and Cloud Camp.) One senses that the Strawberry Fields issue is the turning point beyond which the citizenry of Colorado Springs is finally glimpsing with clarity the insatiable appetite of the man who has thus far succeeded in throwing his weight around with impunity. One only hopes that the awakening arrives at full maturity during the days and weeks before the April elections and that election day will bring some fresh air into every nook and cranny of our currently compromised City Hall. The men and women who are tasked to represent us ..... should represent us.
Please donate to the legal fund .... http://www.savecheyenne.org. Honor General William Jackson Palmer's exceptional vision for our stunningly beautiful parklands.
I'm a Penn State graduate and a citizen of Colorado Springs. Not terribly proud of either one at the moment.
You hit the nail on the head regarding the Incline. The people, especially the Incline Friends, are in for a rude awakening. They will have to charge to have a hope to fund the ongoing liabilities and maintenance. The Incline Friends members have been played like a fiddle. So much for unfettered access. Donate to the legal case. www.savecheyenne.org It is our only chance of stopping this nationally precedent setting case to commercilialize our precious parklands. Keep the Incline free and stop Anschutz from buying our historic parkland.
Our parks swapped to a billionaire so the city can start charging for the incline! Mark my word in one year the city we tell us how they will start charging for the incline now that the city will own all the incline. So disappointed that the city didn't represent what the people really wanted! Guess it's pretty typical in this day and age. Trading away parks that the people of Colorado Springs voted in over 100 years ago is pretty despicable. Guess we the people really do need to protect our parks. Now more then ever Anschutz Lang grab isn't over yet.
THAT'S THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN MAKE MONEY THRU ALMARK. they starve people and force them to buy food thru their "store". shouldn't be in jail but that's no reason to starve a person.
If you dislike my comments and can offer a rational counter argument consistent with AF policy, I'm all ears (or eyes)... (cue the crickets)
Lebotzke has now added a little "Tweets are my own views" comment in an effort to claim that he's exempt from the rules. I don't buy it. He still shows the football stadium with an American flag and anyone who can read sees that he is a football coach and recruiter at USAFA. Once again, what level of evangelism (or racism or bigotry) just this excuse? How does this single, hard-to-find line assuage the fears of a potential cadet and football player at USAFA that Coach L would treat him differently if the recruit WASN'T a Christian that agrees with Coach L's views? Would he have any chance at starting if Coach knew, or would he be 'forced' to trot down to the end zone with the others at the start of each game and "pretend" to pray?
Lots of people at USAFA manage to do this without the overt bias of Lebotzke. You can scan the other coaches' Twitter feeds and they seem to get the job done without the evangelism. And what Coach L does might be okay at a school that endorses a specific Christian perspective and then covers up sexual assault like Baylor, but Baylor is a private school--not a US government operated institution. I manage several Facebook pages. Some are quasi-official and one is my own. Even on my own private page, where I claim that all of the views are private and not to be associated with the government, with no overt photo that ties me to the government on my profile, I would never DREAM of posting anything religious or political because I know that I have subordinates and other airmen that visit my page and are my social media 'friends.' I don't want them to EVER think that I would judge them based upon anything besides how they do their job. So, I would rightly be fired (or at least counseled or disciplined) if I started my "feed" with a statement endorsing the Flying Spaghetti Monster, quoting Marx on religion, or denegrating those that happen to (in their private lives) believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible, Koran, or some religious text and those that see that religious view as the ONLY guide to lead one's life.
You're STILL wrong, Steed, and I'll continue to beat this dead horse until you get it right.
Should such material be removed from a government office? Certainly. However, the question not answered in the article is whether the aggrieved retiree reported the flyer (or the previous incidents) to anyone on staff. This does seem to be important information, as I personally would imagine that generally the clinical staff is going to be more concerned with serving patients than with policing the waiting room. No matter how wrong or offensive an individual may find an action, not bringing it to the attention of the responsible parties ensures that no action will be taken.
'BirdManBlue's' post is directly on point and I appreciate the insight.
Whether it's a gov't owned account or not is irrelevant. He's an employee of the Academy (through the Athletic Dept) and he's using the USAFA "Brand" on his site. He identifies as a representative of the Academy, a coach, and a RECRUITER of cadets--and therein lies the rub. There's no issue with his religious beliefs--he's free to believe and practice as he sees fit. I defend that right every day. BUT, where he goes off the (legal) reservation is by proclaiming his faith on a site that he SIMULTANEOUSLY uses to represent and serve the Academy. He should and could have a separate Lebotsky account that's just for him and has no tie to USAFA (or claim to his job) where he can write all of the stuff he wants--and ISN'T followed by recruits or cadets.
Let's look at a couple of examples... If a leader (and he is one as a coach) at USAFA, on their team site or even a site that linked them with USAFA proclaimed that 'Religion is the Opiate of the Masses' and USAFA and the military spend WAY too much money on sky fairy fantasies (e.g., the Chapel and its impending $multi-million renovation) when their real mission is to educate cadets to be rational, critically thinking leaders of our Air Force, then that leader would be instantly called onto the carpet by leadership for this affront and insult to religious members of the USAFA community. It would give the impression that USAFA is hostile to religion--that would be wrong and bad. The same could be said if a dept head or AOC, on their own site with 2500 followers and USAFA branding said that the one true path was to serve Allah and not man. That would give the impression to that officer's subordinates that they might not be treated fairly, nor would recruits be welcome, if they didn't fell like that commander. In Steed's case, it's reasonable to assume that he might not be an effective recruiter of someone who isn't an overt, evangelical Christian since I'm sure his recruits are encouraged to "follow" his Twitter feed. If I was an atheist or Muslim recruit, I'd certainly look elsewhere.
This really isn't that hard. 99% of the military deals with it every day successfully. At work, it's about the mission and your job. If you represent your work, you keep your religion, politics, and sexual preference private--they don't belong at work. If you want to express political or religious views, you do so outside of work, in a manner that would not lead a reasonable person to think that you are endorsing those views and that the organization you represent REQUIRES or ENDORSES those views at the expense of other. Steed can have his own religious page, but he CAN'T do it as a representative of USAFA. He doesn't get it, his bosses don't get it and haven't taught him that, so they should all be disciplined for the damage they've caused.
Are you sure this is a government-owned Twitter account? It seems to be his personal account. The article seems to skirt around this issue with innuendo.
If it is indeed his personal account then trying to shut him down goes against the spirit of his constitutional right to free speech. Surely this publication is all for free speech.
Well said, Sir!
The old Christian war phrase was "praise the Lord and pass the ammunition" This bible thumper tight end coach seems to have changed it to "praise the Lord and pass me the ball".
Through graduation from New England prep schools and an Ivy League college (and graduate school), I had never been exposed to the scientific evidence for creation nor the scientific problems with evolution. I now resent having been brainwashed and if you are fortunate to stumble upon such a newspaper full of scientific, archaeological and historical facts, you might be grateful to learn the truth and not fear it and react like a spoiled teenager. Check out Answersingenesis.org or ICR.org. There is a good reason why so many PhD scientists are creationists. ~ NSW
It's hard to know how to respond to this latest affront the the Constitution, the 3rd in 48 hours, from the evidently 'converted' institution formerly known as the United States Air Force Academy, but now more properly the 'Holy Blood of the Lamb School of Sacred Airborne Imperialist Aggression' [a fully taxpayer funded parochial university of Christian fundamentalist dogma and applied military skills]. This most recent affront; evangelizing via a government-sponsored Twitter account by someone who cannot be anything less than intimately aware of the long history of Constitutional violations that have cropped up repeatedly, like a bad case of hemorrhoids, from within the very department in which he works and who occupies a position in the hierarchy in which he should not only be aware of AF directive 1-1 but who should be responsible to insuring it is carried out, cannot be anything less that a supervisor-approved, intentional act of sedition against the Constitution the former AFA is specifically empowered to defend and protect (if I understand correctly, as a civilian, he's not been required to swear such an oath). In his arrogant contempt for the regulations, he doesn't even bother to use a private, non-governmental Twitter account. That would spoil the intent, don't you see?
That as an employee of a government entity, utilizing a government-funded means of communication for proselytizing his personal religious beliefs conflates them to be official government policy in violation of the Constitution's 'Establishment Clause' is unarguable.
Those who colonized this country were fleeing state-mandated religious beliefs in order to freely practice what they believed (let's disregard the genocide & religious dictatorship they themselves practiced upon arrival). When our founders decided to write a constitution laying out the core beliefs of the new nation, they specifically understood that a monolithic state religion was anathema to democracy and led only to religious wars (of which Europe provided aplenty) and therefore specifically forbade it in the document we all now revere. But, those lessons, under the pressure of a few dogmatic and unrelenting fanatics, are destroying the secular democracy endowed to us by the founders and the framework for a new Christofascist theocracy is being laid.
Where's the outrage?
would you people be so dismissive if the magazine was a jihadist Muslim mag??? ...
same garbage different brand. same desire to control the rest of the population.
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Stop it. Just don't publish such an absurd story and call it news. It's insane to think there was proselytizing going on here by leaving one religious publication in a waiting area that can be populated by anyone, further, if you don't like the message, then don't read it. Easy peasy. Hide it under the other magazines if you so desire, but don't cry wolf on something so ridiculous.
Never heard of the discovery news before (and it doesn't sound like anything I would read) however if you truly believe that a magazine left in a waiting room indicates endorsement than you are an idiot. If you are worried that an academy cadet would be brainwashed because he sat next to a religious publication, then we should be concerned about the quality of recruits. Separation of church and state does not require that government facilities and employees be completely devoid of religion or any spec of personal religious material then you have no idea about the Constitution. I shouldn't have wasted my time reading this post, it is as devoid of fact and truth as the magazine they are crying about.
Wow, a flier left behind at the clinic??? Conspiracies abound. The constant drumming up of controversy by this publication and Weinstein are beyond the pale. Guess the Indy is the ready vehicle for fake news. Sad
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