There is no indication that adding more traffic lanes to the Interstate is anything but a short-term solution. Look at LA or the area around D.C. LA is bumper to bumper at sunrise. The country needs to look at rail systems.
Also not sure it is ever a good idea to reclassify funds designated for a particular purpose just for a quick fix for something else. That's how Social Security ran into difficulty -- politicians dipping into an available trough. If a fund is no longer needed, bring the pressure of the opinion column to bear on getting rid of it, not on using it as an alternate funding source.
City Communications: the receptionist should have been sensitive enough to do more than transmit a message. These people needed to speak to each other. Deflecting a citizen from talking to a public employee -- now, that's distasteful.
Thoughts on Nature by Henry David Thoreau, as seen in the latest issue of Cheyenne Mountain KIVA:
"If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her times he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen."
The land swap is not the issue. The issue is how government runs in Colorado Springs. We never got to the point of considering the worth of the project because of the lack of transparency. Sorry, but that's the way it is. The public should have been brought into the process sooner.
Vince Bzdek's opinion piece in the Gazette says it all: the goal is to make this the biggest small town in the country. And lack of transparency is really small town.
Thank goodness for an independent voice in the Indy. And a bull dog like Pam Zubeck.
Colorado Springs is not alone.The Establishments of both parties have brought the Donald Trump/Bernie Sanders phenomenon on themselves with this kind of stuff.
Jim Davies, you must have thrown some massive temper tantrums when you were little because you are still pretty good at stomping your feet to no good reason.
Regardless of what happens at City Council, regardless of what meetings you attended, some lines have been crossed that cannot be uncrossed when it comes to public perception. It has happened several times since C4C -- this is the latest. It should have been handled differently -- the whole thing has been a rank Amateur Night.
The problem that none of those in favor of the swap want to deal with is this: when the city and the primary movers chose to try and hide their actions, either by presenting the swap as a done deal or refusing to release the appraisals except under duress, they so polluted the process that their valid points became meaningless.
There is a major perception of a breach of public trust. Once that occurs, one can argue in favor of any action until time ends. The process is polluted. The participants have failed to act within their responsibilities as citizens and public servants. Coming on top of a number of city issues, including City for Champions, it simply tells the public that they are not worth the trouble unless the law requires a vote to rubber stamp the action of a few.
You cannot have republican democracy only when it is convenient to the power structure and expect anything but doubt and disbelief in the system.
" All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost. "
~ J R R Tolkien ~
Back in 1885, those citizens of Colorado Springs saw something in this land that many of us have overlooked in the zeal for development. The urban-wildlife interface in this area is deeply stressed. An article in the Denver Post points out that in the last year, Colorado has lost more wildland to private development than the whole of Rocky Mountain National Park.
A stable, a wedding events center are development and that land is lost once the shovels turn. Those people in 1885, long gone, sent us a message about what would be important in the future. We cannot afford to ignore it.
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