Key words in the article: "For a few hours". Having lived here for over 3 decades I've sometimes been frustrated, slightly overtaxed, during an "event", or sequence of "events", but remember that the tourist income keeps my local $ taxes in check. Manitou is a tourist town, if you can't handle that, live somewhere else. In fact, most business owners don't live in town. The plus side of living near where the action is, is not having to drive, but getting to pick and choose what events to walk down to join, or just watch and hear from the porch.
"...the torch had been passed to another paper"--hmmm. I like the Indy but why do I have to keep reading the G (online) to see what's happening on a daily level?
"Steve Bach said he wouldn't sign a proclamation honoring/welcoming Pridefest, which will celebrate its 21st anniversary on July 16 and 17. He said that he wasn't discriminating against gays, quipping: "What about an event honoring people over 6-foot-5?" he asked. "Should I sign that?" (The mayor is 6-foot-5.)"
Honestly, I don't want my political folks to get into this stuff at all. I want them to fix the streets and ensure individual liberty, which if done, will do much more than a proclamation. Simply by ensuring individual liberty, the topic you discussed becomes moot.
John, you ought to suck it up and buy the old place if you feel that strongly about it. Historic regulations have done nothing but distort the marketplace and create burden upon those with the money. It's not that most of us don't have an appreciation for old structures, it's that destruction is the way of the universe--people and buildings die just when they become really interesting. If we really wanted to be historically accurate, we'd never underground a power pole. All the new crap that's being build on the old sites will live much less longer than the replaced structure I suspect. Man made buildings are meant to have a life span. Stop messing with that. Let the folks with money, time, and smarts figure out what should happen to an old pile on the ground. Let the burden of failure, if any, be theirs.
If you're going to discuss the man, formally a Democrat, you might want to point your readers to a fairly full bio at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Bruce. He's won a few, lost a few. Many times he has majority support of the citizens, either locally or statewide. Other times, not. People and media have called for his repudiation for decades. In June 2010, Bruce filed a ballot measure to dramatically expand the powers of the city's mayor...pretty much what is playing out now. It took three tries to pass Tabor--darn those dumb voters. When was the last time you directed your salary to a charity? There is a lot more nuance and complexity here than meets the eye. This is not about Doug Bruce, this is about a political system in turmoil with tax money running out due to more spending then income, pure and simple. Who's fault is that exactly?
I've read and subscribed to the Gazette for over 20 years. I cancelled my subscription recently. What I learned from it all is that a newspaper is a reflection of its owner. When the original spirit,founder Hoyles (forgive if I misspell), moved on and the family squabbled over spoils, the drive of the paper was gone. Compound that with internet news--it was time to move on. However, as an individual, I missed local news. I've been reading the online Independent and I think they do a good job, but I'm not sure they are ready for Prime Time. I'm conservative--not Republican, not Libertarian, more Jeffersonian, yet not even Tea Party. I, and many of my friends, carry the seed of the original founders of the Republic in our hearts. The point--individual liberty, a government that seeks to constrain itself to maximizing individual liberty consistent with a large society, and recognizing the power of each individual to operate without coercion. If the Independent wishes to soar it will have to adjust to all points of view including this one. I think and hope they can do it.
The "always buy local" campaign has always been an irritant to me. Like it or not, local now means the globe. It is especially irritating to see El Paso government delve into local only contracting mentality. I want the best product at the least possible price, regardless of where it comes from. There are some things I must buy locally and I'm happy to do so. But to have a movement that encourages individuals to modify their behavior to keep the local merchants happy makes no sense to me. It is the merchants that should be changing their behavior to reach out to a larger audience. I earn my money out of Houston, and spend a bunch of it here--should I only look for local jobs for employment? That is the mentality of this buy local movement.
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