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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Between The Lines

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

I have been saying for years that a continuous light rail from the Springs to Denver, even Ft. Collins, would be huge. Think of concerts, events, games, connecting to UnionStation, also with a connection to the airport. More jobs, less I25 congestion. It'd be great for University students to commute to Denver, too.

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Posted by rosi on 05/22/2017 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

Gee wiz. "like solving obesity with a bigger set of pants". We need to stop the backwards thinking of the well-intentioned older generation which refuses to consider the innovations of the newer age. Wasting millions of dollars on an infrastructure which is already outdated- bad, bad idea, but the norm for COS. How about a common sense idea like a light-rail? How about actually moving towards an awesome solution to the problem? How about recognizing Denver and the region as one of the fastest growing areas of the country, and moving to address the issue like a modern city would? Gee wiz the leadership and influence of this area are simply as backwards as can be.

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Posted by KyleJS on 05/22/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

Hmmm - she lied to voters on the PPRTA ballot issue about it sun setting and that it would require NO paid staff. If anyone really looked at the PPRTA they have hidden how they over estimate the cost of a project so it will always come in under budget and then move the excess funds to the next project. She tricked voters into removing term limits so that our ballots now need to list that voting no means yes. She turned her back when Maketa gave her a complaint. I've got no idea why Ralph thinks she should be allowed in a position to lie to the public again.

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Posted by TruB on 05/21/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

This position appears to be a 'working' position. However, if among criteria considered for this job, a 'high coefficient of Schmooze' is top on the list - - then Mr. Routon is correct: Mrs. Clark would do.

Has thought been given to calling for a true administratively skilled person for this position and assigning the 'Schmooze' role to the Chamber which they do well and removing the EDC from their purview and forming a new EDC with those who can actually get the job done?

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Posted by Richard Wehner Fiscal Realist on 05/17/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

Trying to fix the Front Range transportation problem by building a wider I-25 is like trying to fix obesity by putting on a larger pair of pants - if we don't address the problem of over reliance on a single, highly-inefficient mode of travel, then it doesn't really matter who leads the effort, it will be a temporary solution at best.

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Posted by David E on 05/17/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Region must be proactive on transportation, and here's how to do it

This position requires one with strong administrative skills, not a narcissistic political gadfly.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 05/17/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Olympic Museum and ... what else in southwest downtown?

NOTHING will work well, if at all, either downtown or anywhere else, until we get rid of TABOR. As long as it's in effect this city will be a dump and planning is just a dream state.

It seems the main reason for building all this stuff downtown is because the local in-crowd of big-money movers and shakers own the land down there, i.e., the Mayor's up to his eyeballs in crony capitalism for his GOP financiers.

Better to distribute these attractions around town to spread out the traffic hassles since there's no money for roads or transit thanks to TABOR. Let Gray LIne run tourist buses between the attractions like they do in "major" cities for the tourist trade.

The USAF has at least $100B in annual tax dollars and thus no shortage of money to rehab their existing stadium or build a new one - where it's currently located, not downtown. Stop pimping downtown.

Build mid-rise or taller residential towers downtown so people can finally have a walkable city instead of having to drive to everything. Downtown is parking constrained, you can't get near Jack Quinn's or other eateries and shopping without fighting the hassle of parking.

Build residential towers and put a major supermarket on the ground floor of one and you'll revitalize the downtown. If you want to see how it works, just take a junket to Crystal City, VA, right across the freeway from National Airport. I know, I lived there, worked there, used the subway stop in the basement and WALKED to everything.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Olympic Museum and ... what else in southwest downtown?

"There's no doubt the Olympic Museum will be breathtaking. But what else will complete the surrounding area? " This article really misses the elephant in the room. The wonderful new museum's direct neighbor will be the eyesore Drake coal power plant. Maybe drawing more attention to this dinosaur will finally convince CSU to shut it down.

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Posted by Nicole Rosa on 04/26/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “City Council's first challenge: How to make an immediate difference

Lofty goals be damned -- I'd be happy if someone, anyone,, would just fix the streets so you could drive on them.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 04/24/2017 at 11:47 PM

Re: “City Council's first challenge: How to make an immediate difference

Recreational MJ not until Nov 2018??

Why would we want to send all that sales tax revenue to Manitou Springs??

Think!

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Posted by billd on 04/24/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Olympic Museum and ... what else in southwest downtown?

What a mess. I don't think the Olympic Museum is a good idea and I am willing to wager it won't draw many visitors. I think this whole City of Chumps debacle should be scrapped and, in it's place, invite actual community dialogue. Personally, if we are stuck on building a museum, then we should start with a children's science museum, including the influence Tesla, who lived in COS and has an awesome history here. But that's just my opinion, among the other opinions of all the thousands of people who live in the area. Why has this project come in so fast? Routons' article highlights that all contingencies are planned for- when was the public ever even consulted? What a mess

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Posted by KyleJS on 04/19/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Olympic Museum and ... what else in southwest downtown?

Routon again proposes a STADIUM - this time to rebuild the aging AFA Falcon stadium downtown. What WONT the proponents of downtown revitalization think of next. Thankfully, as Routon says, this idea has no traction.

SW downtown's redevelopment, which has languished for 2 decades, has for many years had America the Beautiful Park and now will have the Olympic Museum as catalysts for redevelopment. And, as a URA. it is the recipient of City dollars. What is the reason that SW downtown is unable to fulfill its promise to provide infill housing and retail for COS?

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Posted by curious on 04/19/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “City Council's first challenge: How to make an immediate difference

What is so depressing about CS is not so much the Right Winger nuts here all over... because we expect them to do as they do. But it is the supposed opposition to them that is even worse dealing with since they're such milquetoast Right Centrist Democrats.

'You could feel the instant anticipation, almost palpable, after the results came in April 4 for the 2017 Colorado Springs city election.'

Jesus. The instant boredom of people like Routon, Weiss (Indy publisher), and Skorman is that there is actually no 'palpable' change ahead in anything here locally. These folk are also MIC lovers, too. Sick.

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Posted by Tony Logan on 04/12/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “City Council's first challenge: How to make an immediate difference

Nice wish list. All cost money.
Nothing about creating jobs and expanding revenues?

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Posted by R Wehner on 04/12/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “A message to city voters: Rise above the negativity

" - - -we could be looking at turnouts as low as 15 percent in District 4 and only in the 35 percent range for the other closely contested district races."

On the date Mr. Routon posted this article ( 6 days from the election) the overall rate of return of ballots (voter turnout) was at 18.47%.

What do you feel is the impact of negative advertising on local elections? A five minute grass roots survey. You can also check the current voter turnout for your city council district - Thank you.

http://projectoneunity.homestead.com/Negat…

Posted by Staci6 on 03/29/2017 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Beware the Gazette after blatant editorials, mistakes

Kipper:

"At least the Gazette isn't trying to run the Transgendered Queer perversion agenda down everyone's throats like the marijuana rag does on a weekly."

High praise indeed. Is that the best defense you can muster for the Gazette?

"sounds like a personal thing?" Your hostility to the LGBTQ community is the "personal thing" in your post.

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Posted by Bill W. on 03/25/2017 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Beware the Gazette after blatant editorials, mistakes

At least the Gazette isn't trying to run the Transgendered Queer perversion agenda down everyone's throats like the marijuana rag does on a weekly. Funny that Ralphie has such an axe to grind with a newspaper he worked for for several decades...sounds like a personal thing?

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Posted by Kipper Doug on 03/24/2017 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Beware the Gazette after blatant editorials, mistakes

Why in the hell are the Gazette and GOP crowd here so afraid of Mr. Skorman?
Really, what is the source of their snarling hatred of that guy?

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Posted by OldCrank on 03/23/2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Beware the Gazette after blatant editorials, mistakes

So then the G is kind of like the 'Archie Bunker' of newspapers?

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/22/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Beware the Gazette after blatant editorials, mistakes

Thank you Ralph Routon and the Independent. I have been following a blog being written and posted online by John Schroyer (former Gazette reporter) with great interest. But not knowing his background or circumstances beyond the blog, I've been cautious about giving one hundred percent credence to what I read there. Your description of the Clearing the Haze series matches his. I'm now convinced that we who are deeply concerned about Phil Anschutz's Gazette are all on the same page - that our suspicions are based on provable fact. I'd like to encourage anyone who is interested in the journalistic integrity of the news we here in Colorado Springs are receiving, to check out Mr. Schroyrer's blog. It's called "Phil's Gazette".

You can find it here:
http://philsgazette.blogspot.com/2017/01/p…

What's happening to our news in Colorado Springs is not just worrisome .... it's alarming.

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Posted by doonya on 03/22/2017 at 9:32 AM

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