Beverly Dean 
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Re: “UPDATE: Weinstein posts billboard, protest to follow

Mr. Mikey Weinstein likes to project that he’s fighter like the boxer he once was as an Air Force Academy cadet. So he should remember the lesson that George Forman learned the hard way in the “Rumble in the Jungle” 1974 heavyweight championship fight with Muhammad Ali in what is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Then Forman, consumed with anger in the ring, had only one speed: punch hard and frequently. Up until that fight it always worked for him with early-round knockout victories.

In the beginning of the fight Ali used his “rope-a-dope” strategy of leaning his back against the boxing ring ropes holding up his gloves to protect his head against the mighty blows by Forman. Ali remained standing while an exhausted Forman punched himself out. By the 8th round, Ali knocked down a defenseless Forman winning a TKO.

Over time Forman overcame his anger and reentered the ring becoming a heavyweight champion again. And he learned to have a sense of humor, even to make fun of himself. Ultimately, Forman and Ali became friends.

I suggest to Mr. Weinstein that the next time he is ignored by military officials and wanting to come out swinging, that instead he should pause and view the documentary of the fight, “When We Were Kings”. Then he should ask himself, “Will acting out my anger in this instance cause me to make wild swings like Forman? Are my adversaries playing to my ego by acting as passive dopes then counteracting after I’ve overreacted?”.

In Colorado Springs, there is widespread talking that Mr. Weinstein is wildly punching himself out. It would be a shame that he keeps this up causing the media and public to eventually ignore him. His cause is legitimate. Our community would be better served if both the Air Force Academy and Mr. Weinstein calmly resolve their differences. There is no chance that current Air Force Academy Superintendent Lieutenant General Michael Gould will reach a peace with Mr. Weinstein. But Lt. Gen. Gould will be gone in a few months. One can hope that he doesn’t reemerge as Air Force Academy Athletic Director or Mountain West Conference Commissioner. One can hope that the incoming Superintendent, Major General Michele Johnson, will quietly work with the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and other civil rights organizations through religious rights issues. And that Mr. Weinstein will gain a sense of humor and perspective of himself.

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Posted by Beverly Dean on 03/10/2013 at 1:17 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Dougan's gotta go, opponent says

Installing the pollution-control equipment on the Drake Power Plant is the smart way to go for our community.

El Paso County is entering an era of greater economic uncertainty as our main economic driver, the five military bases with various defense contractors, faces likely federal government funding cuts.

Study after study show that sports stadiums very rarely are positive economic multipliers.

Now is not a time for our local governments and CSU to follow Bach and his allies in creating the financial boondoggle of replacing the plant with a professional baseball stadium. By renovating the Drake Power Plant we can insure that households (especially those with lower-incomes) do not see exorbitantly rising utility bills.

This region has had a long history of irresponsible policies backed by mediocre developers, such as Bach, leading to overextended, underfunded local government services.

Let us elect a new cadre of elected officials who will make better, analytically sound decisions.

Our community just does not have much margin of error to do otherwise.

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Posted by Beverly Dean on 03/10/2013 at 12:47 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Dougan's gotta go, opponent says

Installing the pollution-control equipment on the Drake Power Plant is the smart way to go for our community.

El Paso County is entering an era of greater economic uncertainty as our main economic driver, the five military bases with various defense contractors, faces likely federal government funding cuts.

Study after study show that sports stadiums very rarely are positive economic multipliers.

Now is not a time for our local governments and CSU to follow Bach and his allies in creating the financial boondoggle of replacing the plant with a professional baseball stadium. By renovating the Drake Power Plant we can insure that households (especially those with lower-incomes) do not see exorbitantly rising utility bills.

This region has had a long history of irresponsible policies backed by mediocre developers, such as Bach, leading to overextended, underfunded local government services.

Let us elect a new cadre of elected officials who will make better, analytically sound decisions.

Our community just does not have much margin of error to do otherwise.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Beverly Dean on 03/10/2013 at 12:42 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Dougan's gotta go, opponent says

Installing the pollution-control equipment on the Drake Power Plant is the smart way to go for our community.

El Paso County is entering an era of greater economic uncertainty as our main economic driver, the five military bases with various defense contractors, faces likely federal government funding cuts.

Study after study show that sports stadiums very rarely are positive economic multipliers.

Now is not a time for our local governments and CSU to follow Bach and his allies in creating the financial boondoggle of replacing the plant with a professional baseball stadium. By renovating the Drake Power Plant we can insure that households (especially those with lower-incomes) do not see exorbitantly rising utility bills.

This region has had a long history of irresponsible policies backed by mediocre developers, such as Bach, leading to overextended, underfunded local government services.

Let us elect a new cadre of elected officials who will make better, analytically sound decisions.

Our community just does not have much margin of error to do otherwise.

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Beverly Dean on 03/10/2013 at 12:38 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Weinstein posts billboard, protest to follow

I think that Weinstein is overreaching on this issue.

Yes, the link is offensive to most practicing Jews. Yes, USAFA should remove the link. Yes, there is a bitter personality-based feud between Weinstein and USAFA leadership to the extent that they have written each other off. Yes, both sides have too much baggage to deal with each other.

If this is to be constructively resolved, legitimate Jewish organizations need to step forward and work with the successor leadership in June. A Billboard on the Garden of the Gods Rd and a demonstration near the Walmart off of Exit 150 appears to many, who are sympathetic to Weinstein's cause, to create a lot of smoke but no fire.

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Posted by A Commentator on 03/04/2013 at 6:03 PM

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