Gregory Olinyk Guest
A multi-part question for the candidates, the answer to which will likely never see the light of day. But first a little background info:
Our City Council is being asked to work 40-50 hours per week to govern a $250 million city budget plus a debt-ridden, $1.08 Billion dollar, Colorado Springs Utilities (“CSU”) operation. At a salary of $6,000 per year how can we ever attract true experts onto the Utilities board, which our Council members also govern? How can we attract “youth” onto the City Council if they cannot earn a living and support a family?
Even in this tough economic environment doesn’t it seem wise to spend what would amount to ½ of 1% of our current $250 million budget or $1,250,000 ($100,000 per council member and $50,000 for one staffer each) to protect a Billion dollar operation? After all, we pay CSU’s CEO $250,000+ only to be stuck with a $120 million yet-to-be-proven pollution scrubber.
Would you support this? If not would you be willing to reduce your salary to their level?
Lenore Fleck's "Reinventing the Mall" highlights the value of being able to see and touch what we buy. Perhaps it's time to shut down a few and consolidate the survivors into a more consumer-friendly environment. Give me the mall equivalent to a "Tattered Cover!"
Nicole Rosa's "Ditch the Dinosaur" might carry more weight if the insidious nature of lung, DNA and embryo damaging coal smoke were better publicized. Maybe if the people who are teaching our kids presented the facts we would finally have a generation that should have existed several generations ago.
We took lead out of gasoline because of its toll on children and adults yet we allow Drake to spew 14 tons of the stuff each year. Think about that the next time you drive by the "big cloud" off I-25. Holding your breath will not work.
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