Would hate to see these buildings struck by lightning & burn down, or anything like that.
“And Colorado Springs? We're raggedy-ass card sharks trying to lure suckers into a street game of three-card Monte. In the great game of city creation, we're scammers, not players.”
But Johnny! “Scammers” defines what Colorado Springs has always been! Raggedy-ass card sharks masquerading as developers and lawyers have run this town for decades, and still do. As long as we keep electing them and their cronies to run City Hall it’s unlikely to change. The majority of voting locals are too naïve to see it (or are in on the scam), but the rest of the state sees us for what we are.
The Gazette's questionable ethics and manner in which it has presented it anti-pot campaign should not surprise anyone. This has become standard operating procedure for them in recent years.
I have challenged the paper's editorial writers (particularly Wayne Laugesen) on their political opinions, in which the paper published lies, half-truths, and ignored the facts simply to push the paper's ownership agenda - which of late has become painfully obvious. When The Gazette's often horrendously flawed political editorials are packaged and presented to their audience as "news," I question the daily paper's role in this community as a legitimate and viable source of information.
When writers (i.e. Wayne Laugesen) have had it pointed out that their assertions and allegations are erroneous at best, and just flat out nonsense, not once have they retracted or clarified their false claims in support of a political platform, ballot initiative, or candidate. Rather, they have dug in their heals to defend the paper's erred rationale.
Unfortunately, this community doesn't see the masquerade - opinions disguised as "news." The Gazette counts on this, and we are all worse off as a result. It is a major reason why The Gazette's endorsements of local political candidates and initiatives mean little to me, beginning with its endorsement and unwavering support of our current mayor. They have damaged their credibility beyond repair, or at least until new ownership takes over and guts the editorial department.
Hmm... how much did the mayor spend on outside legal counsel these past few years? $1.8 million, as I recall. And about all that severance he paid out (still can't figure out why "retired" staff gets severance). Wasn't that about $2.4 million? That's $4.2 million right there... or enough to overlay yet another 47 miles of bad roads.
I hate to oversimplify things, but I'm guessing the "average" local citizen is thinking the same thing. And government wonders why we don't trust them to do the right thing.
Which one of these "king makers" actually has local elected experience from which they can tap to offer advice on winning local elections? Blaha? Nope. Crank? Nada. Cowart? Never heard of him. Hays? Ditto. Durham? Okay, but it's been nearly 30 years since he held an elected office. Ironically, bsed upon their experience none of these guys themselves could score high enough in the categories they want to use to evaluate Mayoral candidates to get themselves elected Mayor.
Why not just enroll in Leadership Program of the Rockies (formerly the Republican Leadership Program)?
Sounds like a lot of B.S. to me. Resigning after just 30 months? I can't wait to hear the real reasons why Raso is leaving.
"We now face numerous community issues that didn't exist two years ago... City for Champions... [this one has Bach's greasy fingerprints all over it], Stormwater Initiative [Bach, again], local political structure [Bach, ditto], defense industry sequestration... impacts of military Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC)/downsizing... [this one is on Doug Do-Nothing Lamborn]."
And yes, these numerous community issues most certainly DID exist two years ago!
What a farce Bach's administration has been! Transparency in local government? Nope. Fiscal conservative? No way... unless it's something council wants to spend money on & he doesn't. Watering our parks? Street lights? IT upgrades? $1.66 million is not pocket change - it could have made a big dent. Canning 86 employees, some of who were "not on board" with Bach's policies? This is unprecedented in the history of our city. No wonder staff morale remains at an all-time low.
The severance payouts & performance 'bonuses' for Bach's cronies are no way in line with what the "private sector" does! Bach is delusional if he thinks it is, or is a fool if his advisors are telling him it is and he's buying it. King needs to find out quickly how council can curb Bach's spending habits and act on it immediately. We can no longer afford this mayor.
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