one other minor consideration, besides all that community support:
what does the Army need, in order to have troops, equipment and units ready to go to war ?
If we remain in the mode of heavy troop rotations overseas,
in order to subjugate local populations,
then troops don't really need to train when they are back stateside.
The overseas duty keeps them sharp, if exhausted.
But if we pull back from some of these unnecessary conflicts,
then troops will have to train here in the USA.
Frankly, PCMS is 85% not usable.
Downrange Ft Cartoon is only big enough for one mechanized Brigade to train at a time.
Facts like these do not augur well for maintaining high troop levels here.
since when has the Congress made such decisions based on combat effectiveness ?
This will be a purely political deal,
reflecting how good of a horse trader we have representing us.
Phil Anschutz strikes me as a talented, driven guy.
I suspect that, even if he hadn't been a $ 400 Million trust fund baby,
he still woulda made something of himself.
Others might say that his case makes a strong argument in favor of the estate tax.
the Gazelle ceased being a community resource some time back.
It is now an advocacy tool for the wealthiest folks in the city.
one of the richest folks ever in this area, maybe the richest, is Russ Wolfe, owner of the Flying W Ranch. He married into the Wilson family that owned half of the land in the City west of I-25.
Always the shrewd businessman, he chose to not buy insurance for his tourist attraction.
through no fault of his own, it burned down.
Then the Gazelle tried to recruit volunteers to go rebuild the property of this private property owner. The paper made it look like the tourist attraction was a publicly owned facility. Russ could have paid contractors, but the Gazelle owners told him don't bother, the little people can do it for free.
Now the City is rebuilding the Summit House, another privately owned tourist attraction, and the Gazette is cheering this government charity donation on.
Who owns it ? It used to belong to the Hill family, also fabulously wealthy.
know-nothing opinion here:
it seems obvious that moving any function or activity from under Cheyenne Mountain to either Peterson or Schreiver would have to save money.
every support function in the Mountain, from providing flush toilets to serving midnight meals, would cost less at a normal base.
The heating bills would be lower; the facility maintenance costs would be lower.
That's assuming that there was no problem with accepting the greater vulnerabilities to EMP, to someone lobbing mortar shells in, to a plane accidentally crashing into the base.
I take your point about these vulnerabilities, but General Keating may have had direction to cut costs, regardless.
can I register with the Indy using the screen name
"the world's greatest authority on melba toast ?"
there's something that I would like "Colorado Springs Government Watch" to look into.
Over the coming years,
Colorado Springs City Council seems to have promised to spend $ 1 Million to rebuild the Summit House atop Pikes Peak.
But I think that property belongs to a private party. It used to be the Hill family, who also used to own Seven Falls, and maybe the Cog Railway.
Please check if it is private property,
and if it is,
then explain why the City is giving them money.
this is one of Halliburton's competitors.
I think Weatherford is #3, after Schlumberger and Halliburton.
since Polis backed down,
withdrawing his ballot measure to get fracking under control,
the need to counter his initiative vanished.
oh. "you might say Polis was elected."
that got my attention.
as if Anschutz & co represent my interests better than Jared.
rich with irony.
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