The people in CSF excel at forming a coalition to further their goals. If those who oppose their viewpoints would whine less and form the same kind of coalition to spread their views, what an interesting and vibrant city it would be.
It's hard work. When the chance was there to make Richard Skorman mayor, those with similar viewpoints didn't vote. Heck, when those who saw that the strong mayor form of government was a crock didn't vote, they lost a big chance to further the local dialogue.
The loyal opposition is not helpless unless it thinks it is, but infighting and Internet opinions at midnight do not get the job done.
Jim Davies: It's one thing to disagree and it's OK to pick nits. My very limited experience with Pam Zubeck and Richard Skorman is that they are anything but dishonest. I also believe that if people feel strongly enough to ante up thousands of dollars to fight a corporation with millions of dollars, they deserve to be heard politely. It's not about Strawberry Fields, if it ever was. It's about a perceived attempt at an end run around the public interest.
I'd suggest if you have data of dishonesty that you make an appointment with Zubeck, Skorman and the Indy publisher and bring it to their attention. Who knows? You may furnish Ms. Zubeck with material for an important story. If they don't run the story, try The Gazette or the Denver Post. It would be newsworthy.
If drivers and cyclists alike would obey the traffic laws, this discussion would be unnecessary. Whether it's motorists who speed and tailgate, or try to turn while talking on the phone, or cyclists who are all over the road, the real problem is people who think the rules do not apply to them. Research Parkway is one of many examples -- try driving W. Woodman Road at rush hour between these two competing forces. You arrive relieved to be alive.
Any family that never discusses a major domestic issue and thinks it can be shoved under the rug has a problem that isn't political. There is no shame in these things. They happen in any family where humans are present. I am sorry that instead of trying to resolve his family's pain and discontent, Glenn has chosen to shoot the messengers that reminded him of the issue.
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."
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