Mr. Allen raises some very valid points. Many of the "solutions" this community needs to move forward have at some point already been thought of and evaluated by visionaries and volunteers.
Many of the work products drafted by these same visionaries and volunteers bear names like "The 2020 Plan," "Dream City," "Downtown Action Plan," "The Comp Plan," etc. Each was enthusiastically prepared by many dozens of well-intended visionaries. Each was presented to various entities including blue ribbon committees, boards, commissions, and city councils. And many wound up on a shelf in the City Administration Building destined to collect dust, or until someone comes forward wanting to reinvent the wheel.
Colorado Springs already has a strategic plan. We have multi-year master redevelopment plans and agendas with plenty of good and relevant information that can be extrapolated and worded-crafted for ballot initiatives for the next hundred years.
Our problem is not that we lack for visionaries, or that we do not have enough well qualified candidates for local public offices. We do not need more study groups or "solution teams." Rather, we need more "implement people" with enough fortitude who will commit to following through on the many ideas that have already been thought of and lauded by community leaders. More taxes is not the answer. Taking all those plans off the shelves, dusting them off, and following through is perhaps the best place to start.
Okay, so this guy is cheeky. I get it. I back slowly away when hair-gelled military brats come bouncing through my town with hundreds of dollars of hiking gear strapped to their 24-hour fitness - shaped bodies.
But I digress. The Incline causes traffic problems and parking issues and brings relatively little economic benefit to the town. And if the people that live along Ruxton who can't park their cars (imaginary or otherwise) don't like it, should we listen to the local TAX PAYERS or those that use the incline and feel they are entitled to it for free? It's free now because it's illegal.
I use it occasionally, and I would never drive from my house across the valley, even though it adds another 4 miles to an already grueling climb. Parking (and even just driving through) is so bad on most days, and getting worse. I feel for those who live along Ruxton. This town and its its treasures belong to the people who call it home. And we are all happy to share it, but we cannot allow our town to be overrun simply to bring even MORE tourists and thrill seekers. Keep it WEIRD.
Last week, our Utilities Board rejected the 50 MW of wind despite widespread community support for including it in our energy portfolio.
Ideally, CSU would function as a power broker, selling and distributing electricity generated by people's homes, not by giant industrial energy facilities, be they fueled by coal, natural gas, solar or wind. We need distributed generation that makes peoples lives better, not energy generation controlled through corporate and government bottlenecks.
Many of us have been working on getting this wind power added to the CSU portfolio for more than four years. We gathered hundreds of petitions with thousands of signatures and put them on a waiting list at CSU. The council's recent vote is nothing but a betrayal! Apparently, sustainability means nothing to them.
Great job, Emily. Climate change is happening and CSU needs to make the environment as important or more important than rates. The Environment is one of their 3 mandates - reliability, environment and rates but they never seem to step up to the plate and make the decisions the vast majority (80 and 85%) is asking for. Especially when we're only talking about 1 or 2 % and the overwhelming majority is ready to pay it. How do we wake the council/board up?
It's been an uphill battle since Reagan took Carter's solar panels off the Whitehouse.
As for the "getting something back for our investment"... you DO get something back. You get the 4000+ employees that buy groceries, pay taxes, buy houses, buy cars, go to the movies, get their hair cut, and pump all that money in the economy of the city. If a for-profit (HCA) were to come in, count on the fact that 1000+ of those employees would be cut off the top - then they'll start cutting the services (NICU, PICU) that don't make money....Don't be fooled by that 1billion dollar commitment. It's all sparkle and big numbers. That 1 billion investment is over 40 years - which at a small sum of $25M a year is not nearly enough to keep the hospital growing as it's done over the last 100 years. Why would we "sell out" to HCA, get the $325M to put in a trust for the healthcare for the citizens ... only to turn around and pay HCA that money back to PROVIDE that care? As it a non-profit, Memorial would continue to provide the indigent care that it has in the past.... and did you realize that the "investment" you've made provides $77M per YEAR to the city of Colorado Springs? That should put some of those flashy numbers in perspective. They look nice, but when you really sit back and realize the impact that the for-profit will have on the economy, they get small in a hurry.
The minute the control of Memorial goes to a company other than Memorial (as a non-profit organization), you will definitely lose that asset... all the decisions will be made to satisfy the stakeholders..... not to provide the highest quality healthcare to the citizens of Colorado Springs.
What is your investment in Memorial, janderson, that you want a return on??? City bought the hospital for $76,000 in the 1943, it's never been supported by taxpayers, AND provides MILLIONs in indigent care to this community every year, over $7 million to be exact! I'd say MH has given tons back to this community for the very small investment the City has made in MH.
Whenever I hear or read the phrase, "silent majority," it puts me on guard. To me it means that some politician is trying to push through some deal that has little public support. It was first used by the federal executive to justify continuing that disastrous war in Viet Nam in the face of overwhelming public opposition. Exactly how does a "majority" make itself "clear" when it remains "silent"?
I also wonder how it is an outfit like HealthOne can afford to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into Memorial Hospital and promise quality health care for indigents and still make money (even non-profits make money, they just do not call them profits) but the city cannot. Furthermore, although it is very nice to have a governing board, what kind of power will it really have to enforce the promise of quality health care? Will it be more than the power to make recommendations?
It seems to me that this whole process is being driven by politicians and accountants, not doctors and health professionals--in fact, they want doctors left out of the decision making process because they cannot be unbiased! This is not just silly. It is downright dangerous.
For example, this article ends with an admonition that the new entity must "ensure us that our most vulnerable citizens (uninsured, underinsured, disabled) have access to the same care that everyone else has the good fortune of receiving." While this sounds very noble, it is actually condescending and beside the point. The main point is to provide public health care, which includes, but is not limited to, indigents, in order to protect the public (insured, over-insured, and healthy) from outbreaks of contagion and epidemics such as flu, smallpox, and tuberculosis (which is making a comeback).
A doctor would know that. I recommend that voters ask their doctors for guidance and not trust the advice of politicians, lobbyists, and bookkeepers without verification.
This is a great summary of the entire process. The manner which this was handled is as bad as the Olympic Committee debacle. When are the supposed power brokers going to understand that the citizens are smarter than they think? I won't be surprised, but I will be disappointed if the non-profit option is selected. I for one want to see the citizens get something back for our investment. As a shareholder I want to see a return!
CITY'S PERA OBLIGATION TO SKYROCKET WHEN SB 10-001 IS STRUCK DOWN.
Something to consider . . . . a few years from now an appeals court will strike down the state's 2010 attempted theft of the fully-vested, contracted, accrued, earned retirement COLA benefit. As the legislature was informed by a state AG opinion prior to the enactment of SB 10-001 (the COLA theft bill), taking the contracted pension benefit from retiree's pockets was illegal on its face. When SB 10-001 is overturned, the city's actual PERA liability will be revealed at a much higher level. The city and potential Memorial operators should plan for this eventual outcome. Members of the Colorado Springs legislative delegation were in the minority in pointing out that SB 10-001 was illegal (and of course immoral, as all outright theft is immoral), however, their voice had no impact on the ultimate outcome.
Bears are enormous animals and should be monitored by the appropriate authorities. I'm not sure killing the bear adequately addressed the problem. Perhaps the people at the hotsprings or the residents of Cheyenne Mountain should have been more aware of their surroundings. When someone decides to buy a home close to the bottom of a mountain, then an assessment of the surrounding area needs to be taken into consideration. I also understand that the residents of Cheyenne Mountain and the patrons of the hotsprings may have been afraid, but that is also an inherent risk factor associated with the unpredictability of nature.
The State of Colorado is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, which is one of the reasons people decide to live here. The idea of adventure and witnessing something less ordinary isn't a guarantee. Although when it happens, people panic and cause further harm to our delicate ecosystem. It's like they are saying, "we only want adventure when we're ready for it and heaven forbid it come at any other time". I think the bear and her two cubs died because the humans feared a lack of control, better known as predictability.
WOW! Is right. I didn't realize they killed that many Bears. And that was just, what 5 counties?
What do they do with them? After?
Poor Cubs. Pretty. Short. Hard. Life.
Wow! You hit the mark right on! A fed bear is a dead bear.
I'm a victim of a grizzly mauling a few years ago near Yellowstone. Although I had nothing in my tent to attract this Buffet Bear, it had learned that campers are careless, and had obtained food rewards inside and around tents. This grizzly then went to another tent searching for free food. It had been relocated once before, and although I do not think it was actually predatory, because it attacked a person, it was a "goner". When folks do not properly handle food and trash storage, they not only endanger the lives of bears, but also their own and their neighbors' safety! When will we learn? As a camper who has the "Marks of the Grizzly", Thanks for a great article!
Thank Seapskam for your clear expression and explanation about Cambodia situation nowadays. Actually, there are a lot of problems happening there, and we can see it gets much influence from China, which is also the concern of world community. Hope they can settle well with its leadership and cooperate with the western. What we should do is to feel optimistic about its future.
To Carissa Look, Yes, you showed something right about my idea I post here, but actually, I just want the writer to feel better from one country to another. If you read it again, you`ll find that she shows very little of optimism about what she experienced. I didn`t mean she is wrong, but it is imbalance in her research article.
Ms. Lynch, I am very impressed with your piece and I wholeheartedly disagree with your detractors. I myself have traveled extensively in Madagascar, South Africa, and Mali and I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Development.
I can see from your article that, contrary to the comment made by "Asin", you are absolutely understanding of the beauty around you and displaying an incredible ability to self-reflect. I, too, have had the disturbing realization that I was born (in America) with unwarranted privilege. However, nestled in that realization is a concurrent realization that the life you had in America and the life you have to come back to in America is deserving of praise and not criticism (most of it, anyway). I would also like to point out to "Asin" that he or she does a pretty good job of being critical in criticizing you for being critical (mentioning only the "bad sides").
Furthermore, "nlcatter", this article mentions Bristol Beer, Monument Valley Park, and Poor Richard's Pizza and the longing the author has to return to those things (in Colorado Springs). How much more local can you get?
And, finally, "Rapidalfons" and "anan", if you took some time to do research of your own on more than one of Kristin's writings on her time spent in Cambodia (a Google search of her name yields her blog: http://kristinlynch.blogspot.com/ which contains articles she has written for the Phnom Pen Post: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/) you would find that she has written many accounts of her very meaningful interactions with local people and of the beauty she has found there.
This short piece was meant simply to highlight the relative advantages to an individual's chances of longer life expectancy, lower rates of poverty, and not stepping on a land mine at the ripe old age of five bestowed undeservedly upon birth in America. I find Ms. Lynch's conclusions to be both humble and honest.
I have found that more often than not Americans are wont to believe that standards of living in foreign countries are better than they in fact are. I believe this alleviates guilt and fuels outcries to spend less Federal dollars in foreign aid. I commend Ms. Lynch for telling the truth about how difficult it is for people who are no better or worse than us to live a healthy and safe life in other parts of the world.
land mines in cambodia are not US land mines!!! DUH!
This is a true reality life that existing in Cambodia's Today. In the late 1979's when the North Veitnam's Communist invading and occupied cambodia with 350,000 troupe and later installed a Puppet Government leading by Mr. Hun Sen as the Prime Minister, Chea Sim and Heng Sam Rin to work and be the servant to their boss....The reality is that when the Veitnamese's communist came to cambodia for the very first thing that they brought into Cambodia is by the number of approximately 5,000 of Veitnamese's Prostitution workers to served the Puppeteers and fueled them in their head until today's....Life for a young Cambodian's girls and boys are in such a bad condition in the surrounding major Cities throughout Cambodia...If the present Government are doing such a good job in developing the Country they should not have send or exploiting those young khmer girls and boys to be a prostitution or a servant to those foreigners living in Cambodia and those Counties who's in demanding for slavery to served them as they slavery so that their prestige life can be lift above the dirty and dusty land that they stood on daily...The Hun Sen and his Cliques are in no same of doing just that for the shake of creating wealth for themselves and their families...They'll continuing to served their Veitnam's boss for as long as their lives are being proteted...Human's trafficking out of Cambodia is out of Control and young Cambodian girls and boys are forces to do work worsen than the Animal living in Cambodia...Mr. Hun Sen, please open the only eye that you had and the ears to hear and see thing that is happening in Cambodia's daily life!...The present situation in Cambodia is in ever danger to a democracy's process toward peace, prosperity, equality, freedom and justice to all...None of these above mentioned means anything to this man as long as he's in power and being protected by the Veitnamese people who's legally living in Cambodia and having all the freedom more than a Cambodian-born in Cambodia...Do any of you young khmer generation know of any true facts and reality to the Cambodia's present situation at all?...You all live there each day, have you not see what's happening to the khmer people's land and their crying tear each and every day...Maybe or just because your parent is one of the government or a political affiliate and associate businessman in Cambodia...In Cambodia's daily life by the thousands especially the young generation and women who are exploited to work in those thousands Garment's Factories throughout Cambodia that are facing illnesses and sick daily as they are performed work in those Factories for a cheap labor and in a long hours just that the boss and those businessman can robbed our Khmer's lively hood and their future...Cambodia as I see it is nothing more than just an other hand that changed from generation to generation of leadership who's pretending that they're a pro-democracy...The history itself had shown over and over from the Sihanouk, to Lon Nol, the Killer's Khmer-Rouge's regime and now just an other Dictatorship who's in Charge and Control the Country more than 30 years longer than his predecessor of the past...Have anyone in Cambodia who's mission to help and assisted re-build and development of Cambodia really know what's going on wright in front of their opened eyes and ears, or just being there to help spending the millions and millions of dollars that being lend to from the IMF and the World Bank...Today, the Chinese's government are hammering deep into Cambodia's Economies in all aspect of the Country...What about our Westerner's friend to do at present time...They're losing again to the Communist's Power just like in the Veitnam's war...more than 40,000 lives are lost and the memories are being engraved on the stone and marble walls just to remind our children and grand children that was a mistake war by our leadership of the Super Power Country...Now in the 21st's Century again we as a country decided to create more war not just one but two war in many difference countries, like Afkanistan, Iraq and else where in world so that we can fue war to create more world economies for all...Have't you all American learned the lesson of the past?...How many more of innocent lives of the people of this country and around the world must lost so that we are and can continue to engraving more of their names just to reminding our children and grand children that we are doing our job to protect our freedom...Really?...Please do ourselves a very big favor stop being a protector and safe guarding of the freedom...We are as bad as the Communist's Partners...We said that we a pro-democracy and freedom loving people, but yet we are exploiting and doing business in those under develop counties like in Veitnam, Cambodia, Loas, India and many more counties in all over the Globe..Look at the stories that being broadcasting in the news daily about those Factories's workers are being treat in such a slavery possibly can by our businesses's leader from our own government...Please, just do ourselves a favor just stop acting and policing to the world.
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