The concept behind a two party form of government is to provide alternate views on the process of governance. With Colorado Springs and El Paso County being a one-party town, one would think that serious work toward improving the community would be possible - yet, with the amount of time spent as little kitties fighting among each other in the litterbox, and the amount of time spent trying to maneuver term limits, how much time is being spent by the Republicans on community needs?
This needs to change.
If eight (8) years ago, the 'power-players' had begun implementing all the measures discussed twelve (12) years ago - - perhaps four (4) years from now, we would begin to see economic vibrancy return to the Pikes Peak Region.
For years, at the Carnegie Room, The Summit Restaurant, uncountable luncheons at the Antlers, the college freshman buzzwords of "visioning, dialoging, and collaborative partnership formation" have been tossed around like a teenie-bopper trying to impress his first date!
The key now is to limit the time in office those doing the talking to make room for those who can do the doing!
The failure of the city and county to work in true cooperative fashion has been a part of local government for the past 8 years. With a new city council and civic/business sector planning, it is time to bring in fresh new people with administrative experience at the county level.
Is it within the scope and sophistication of regional 'leaders' to prepare for the eventuality that military spending will be high on the list and that Norad and Northcom are essential, Fort Carson is not?
For those interested in assisting with data collection re: the potential in seeing better local government through more open, and transparent people in office - and the removal of a large part of the problem: Commissioners Clark and Hisey, contact Donna at
You have hit the nail on the head. Those of us who are not very smart need to be sure we hire people smarter than us to get the job done!
' - - - letting the elected govern'
Good concept. But, are the local 'electeds' getting the job done and for the past 12 years, have they developed fiscal and economic policies that ensure we have a stable economy when the national economy is down?
Are the local Sallies and Amys working well with the public to see that funding is available to maintain the current infrastructure, and to promote the region to attract companies who can provide jobs for the 22,000 unemployed?
Would we be better served by a 'Management Class' than by a 'Political Class'?
If the local Republican Party cannot achieve harmony within their own ranks can we expect any better in the manner in which they handle policy formation?
Have we seen any evidence?
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