Related to the thoughts expressed by Ms. Milligan, Bob Schieffer on last Sunday's Face the Nation program indicated he felt it would be helpful if there were MORE televised debates in national elections - - rather than LESS. His rationale being that the electronic world often gives us the only real face to face insight on the candidates.
That might also hold true for in-person local debates between local candidates - not only in venues as Stargazers - but having arrangements made so they could also be made available on TV live. Do we really know who has done what and who has not in the local arena or - is just voting the party candidate/ticket the accepted norm? Even as we fall further and further behind cities whose candidates are keeping their process fresh and moving forward?
From what I have observed, local incumbents running for re-election - - and who have no real track record - are quite hesitant to stand up in public and debate/defend their failure with those who might come forth with better ideas and policies?
And as a local incumbent, have I done things I would prefer not to have to defend?
The Real Numbers: why do we need to check other sources to get them?
Sorry: the links to the information on "county debt" and 'county discord' do not appear to have attached correctly. However, you can download from our site - and also, if interested, can register your thoughts on how you feel the Presidential Election will turn out and select local races and issues. Particularly the critical race for County Commissioner District 3. Go to Election Poll.
I like to check things out.
The statement from Patricia Mullen appears to be quite true. Check out the 'debt' through "Certificates of Participation" (COP Column) on page 9 of the report below and consider this is only through the year 2007. Does not include the facility with attendant cost over-runs for the Intel acquisition:
The statements by former state Representative Michael Merrifield. Check out the date on the article below and ask how long the region has been fighting "The Monster We Created" - it makes me ask: "Can we solve our problems by keeping those in office who created the problems? Does it make sense to re-elect them? Or to allow them to move on to Denver and create problems on a larger scale?
With less than 3 weeks to election day, this is turning out to be a close race for President and an interesting race at the state and county level with serious challengers to incumbents and important funding issues on the ballot.
If you have time, your taking our quick 2 minute poll would be most appreciated - it is data only and does not ask for nor track contact data. Thank you, Donna
The excellent coverage of county affairs by Mr. Routon and Ms. Zubeck points to the fact that crayons of many colors are often used to color the facts when the coloring book is in the hands of county officials.
The most recent color used is the curious wording on the term limit issue (Round 2) is that statement: “ - - - any official elected after 06 Nov 2012” in that this could be interpreted to mean: 12 more years for each county official if this measure were to pass?
One must vote YES on issue 1B to return term limits to the original two terms.
If you have not had occasion to read the text of this ballot initiative, or need a downloadable copy of the full 2012 election ballot:
I just cannot believe the level of vitriolic attitude upon the part of elected officials but am now beginning to understand how Mrs. Lathen creates such friction and disharmony; just the events of last week give you cause to wonder if she is really suited to a public service role?
Is this not a little strong and not really good judgment to come out with statements on a website – statements aimed at the President of the United States?
”Marxism or Liberty” “Fascism or Liberty” “Obama or Liberty” (Obama or Liberty??? !!!)
Check out the “Open Letter to El Paso County Republicans! This seems a little radical, non-productive and harmful for the entire region to have one such as this in office!
This woman really scares, not personally, but for the harm she can do to the region! A return to a basic level of civility and respect could go a long way - - obviously not one of this woman's strong points.
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