Re: “Mayor's jobs goal: laughable”
Had to read this six times using a sixth sense to realize the gravity of negative impact these kinds of statements have in building any credibility with the public toward considering the kinds of public investment required to draw major firms to the area.
Realistic Expectation might be 6000 new civilian jobs over 6 years. The real growth potential is the encouragement and support for local new business start-ups with a long-term view of stable companies rooted in the local community.
The real business community outside of Colorado Springs - the ones seeking expansion sights, I would rather imagine - still consider this a region of 'knuckle-draggers' when it comes to local leadership, cooperation and regional cohesiveness. This was best witnessed when the county commissioners, with well-developed scabs on each of ten knuckles - - walked into city council chambers whining and making statements as: "We were blind-sided" or - - "The city is making a turf war out of this", and "We will grudingly agree to approve this". Absolutely no evidence of a sense of community spirit or willingness to work together for the common good. It is a 'turf-war' and the county wants the turf!
This is one region. One set of needs. Yet two governing bodies (three when you consider the Chamber-EDC herd) who appear not to realize they all live in the same area facing the same needs - - and that the Antlers does have smaller rooms with tables and chairs where the competing entities could meet to discuss a 'regional' strategy to meet the shared needs. After the coming Chapter 9 - perhaps the Antlers will offer the rooms at reduced rates to those who will have to come together in unity to pick up the pieces.
Attempts by elected officials to remain in office at all costs have a history of being rather ‘problematic’ with Richard Nixon nationally, and Sallie Clark locally with the term limit issue being prime examples. The fact that county clerk and recorder Wayne Williams had to be restrained by the Sec of State and the Courts to prevent his attempt to block Democratic voters (for ‘cost’ reasons) to participate in the primary - - is yet another example of county officials attempting to subtly block voting access?
Establishing the Citadel Mall as the ‘southernmost’ location for voters in the south and southeast districts for early voting: “Blue areas” - - this too is an attempt to prevent what is a traditionally Democrat-heavy area from having equal access?
The rude, arrogant and contemptuous manner in which commissioner Amy Lathen treated a well-respected member of the clergy when he asked the matter of access for his area be addressed is yet another example of a need to look seriously at our officials on election day!
Do you feel the county attempts to ‘manipulate’ districts and polling places – and ballot wording to influence vote outcomes? Take our poll. We most obviously think so and invite your thoughts and comments. It is our future!
As we today are celebrating Independence Day – and the creation of a great nation where the right to vote is the cornerstone to the success of our way of government - - it is interesting the great effort county commissioners went to deny the vote on Term Limits.
Seven Months. Seven months dedicated to preventing you from voting on what was a confusingly worded ballot measure. All the public asked for was the right to vote.
The effort by Commissioner Lathen to refuse a small amount of Federal Dollars to add funding to the Work Force Center to aid the 30,000 unemployed in the region: is this cause for concern? Working people spend money and create sales tax revenue.
If you are concerned about the direction county leaders are moving us and want to assist in removing what may be part of the ‘problem’ – please join the effort to defeat Sallie Clark. And, Amy Lathen if, in fact, the term limit extension is granted by a vote of the people - - who had to work so hard to preserve that right !
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