Nowhere on the original e-mail was there any mention of "For Official Use Only." There were no disclaimers of any kind and it was sent out to EVERYONE at USAFA with an e-mail account on the date shown above. It was on some Facebook accounts within hours--including parent pages. And, yes, I agree that most of the Air Force is actually "f[u]rther along in this whole acceptance thing" than some want to acknowledge, and that's a good thing. I also think that you're missing the MRFF's point here. No one on the MRFF staff is calling for a headline that says "Lesbian Hired!" They're just asking the legitimate question: "Why, if the selection's already official and broadly announced to USAFA personnel, hasn't there been a public announcement or press release stating the relevant facts (and her private life is not a relevant fact here)?" The strange lack of timing just raises eyebrows and begs the question, "Are they trying to hide or downplay something here?" It just seems weird that DAYS go by without a press release when it was almost instantaneous in the past for other senior leader position changes at USAFA (Supt, Dean, AD, etc). And yes, Good on you, USAFA and Big Blue, for the selection.
As someone who knew older brother from outside view, he should have been allowed to stay. I care about standards, but Kwateng and his younger brother should both still be here. AFA is not a joke and I have seen enough criticisms from people who are clueless just because of criticisms they hear from those who are here. We are changing this place for the better, but baseless criticisms like that slow us down. Yes, some things likely happened that were wrong and they were wrongfully dismissed, but don't exaggerate how bad the whole institution is!
Not much love lost between Gaebler and me, but if anyone deserves a little reckoning in this world before their reckoning that's sure to come in the next--it's Sarah Jack. Prosecution would be one way to give these political consultant class dirtbags at least some fear of conviction for their misdeeds.
I don't think people in District 6, let alone, any district appreciate the meddling of our city council election. This isn't Washington, it's OUR city! We can't just let Andy Pico and other city council members get bought and effect how our city is run! As if taking developer money and sticking the burden of the neglected action of the storm water runoff issue wasn't enough. He continues to prove that he doesn't have the best interest of citizens of district 6, or the town as a whole, in mind.
I really feel like Melanie Bernhardt would be our best candidate. She's someone who can more than relate to the disposition of the average Colorado Springs citizen, because she's fed up as we are. I believe we need someone with not just the know how, but also the right stoic attitude of cutting through the BS and getting things done. Definitely check out her website melaniebernhardt.com and see for yourself
What about a city ordinance prohibiting negative campaigning?
Is council on track to post the 12 new ordinances for the month? For this year: One on goats. One on a 'food policy commission' - One on selling lemonade in the front yard. One to create a commission on aging. Who knows how many on marijuana but enough to fill a small hard-drive.
Leaving the district 5 seat open for the next two years should be a considered option.
In regard to why this news isnt being shouted from the rooftops, perhaps its because a person is appointed to such a position based upon the merit of their abilities and accomplishments (as the link in this article shows), and not because of their sexual orientation and family composition. Hats off to Weinstein for reducing a person and her family to a label and a talking point (not to mention his shameless attempt to somehow take partial credit by linking this decision to a protest from four years ago). Perhaps its also because its more of a business-as-usual happening than people have been led to believe, especially given the MRFFs regular hysterics. Whats more, one simply has to look at the chapels Facebook page to glimpse some examples of the religious diversity/freedom supported there but we dont hear about such things from Weinstein because it goes contrary to and lies beyond the purview of his narrow, biased agenda. All in all, dudes got issues.
Setting all of that aside - good on you, USAFA!
Let's see, how did the Indy get to be the first to publish this story? If I am not mistaken, that email is for "official business" and for "intended addressees" on .mil or .edu accounts. So, when exactly did the Indy get approval to release a non-public email and beat the Air Force to it's own official release?
Second, the comments by Weinstein are rich. He has made it his mission to wipe out "agendas" at military academies and then immediately attacks the Air Force for not promoting an agenda! In his glee to fly the Rainbow Flag he seems to drop his demand for equality pretty quickly when it's something he agrees with.
Lastly, equality is what this is all about. The Air Force doesn't and shouldn't treat anyone differently. The Air Force doesn't pass out party hats when a new Commandant is announced. Having been at the Academy with BGEN (Sel) Goodwin and having worked with her in the Air Force, she wants to be just another Commandant; not some specially treated person that Weinstein demands she be. She brings a solid resume' and warrior ethos that will serve the Academy well. So the fact that the Air Force isn't making a big deal about this shows that perhaps the Air Force is farther along in this whole acceptance thing than Weinstein or even the Indy would want to admit.
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Hopefully, she won't be subjected to any mandatory conversion therapy by the local fighter mafia--and we've progressed beyond that narrow view and can accept some diversity in our Air Force. We'll see.
I, for one, am absolutely outraged at this complete and total affront to all that is holy at USAFA. I mean, really... a BOMBER pilot? The place is just going to hell in a flight bag.
Wow, good job Air Force. Can't go wrong with an AFGSC warrior. That's the correct worldview and will likely cut out some of the buffoonery at AFA.
Congratulations to Brigadier General (S) Kristin Goodwin on her well-earned selection as the next USAFA Commandant & kudos to the USAF for upholding American human equality in our United States military.
Brigadier General John Compere, US Army (Retired)
Whoa!! Hard to top Mikey's 'Hell's frozen over' assessment of this - hard to overstate the importance of - appointment in the midst of the most overtly homophobic administration ever. Reading the story from OutSmart (linked above), it's clear that Gen. Goodwin's fully qualified for the position and will very likely bring a much needed breath of fresh air to the position. One can only wonder whether her appointment isn't a gauntlet thrown down by those responsible for her appointment to an administration that's committed to second class citizenship for a whole slew of our citizens, gays in particular. Living just 35 miles down the road from her prior command, Barksdale AFB I had no idea she was in command there (one would have thought the Air Force would have chosen to highlight that fact) and I was moved by the fact that her personal quarters signage read Col. and Mrs. Goodwin. One can only hope that the AFA has equal good grace. Kudos to those responsible for her appointment and all good wishes to her & her family.
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So, judging by the comments seen here, there are people in Colorado Springs who clearly see what is happening right under our noses. Good for us. The question then becomes, what is to be done about it? If you allow that the outcome of this April's election will either stem the council take-over tide or facilitate it, doesn't it become in a very real sense a critical election? I think it is. I have said so before.
You can bet that the folks who are supporting Fowler et all are not reading this article (past the first paragraph or two) nor are they commenting here. For my part, I'm going to try and engage in a little old-fashioned horse trading. Off my rump in front of the machine and out into the community to talk to people who may not vote unless I reach out to them. Get out there and bring in new voters. And if you can, put more dollars where they need to be as well.
This election is nothing more or less that a referendum on Philip Anschutz and his activities, goals and ambitions w/r to OUR CITY. His minions, in the personages of John Suthers and Karen Palus and Jack Damioli seriously overplayed their hand in the way they conducted the Broadmoor Land Swap throughout 2016. They offended the majority of Colorado Springs citizens! Now it our job to take advantage of that fact.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
If one disregards the dollar amount and looks at the 'number' of individual contributions from private citizens as an indicator of public support - Mr. Skorman and Mrs. Gaebler are up in the hundreds. The developer candidates, well, they are up in the - - - twenties!
Mr. Skorman has served on council in the past - and has served the community in various capacity for decades.
Colorado Springs Forward can raise money but have they really done anything to actually benefit the community ?
They are spending an inordinate amount of money to get control of the City Council. That job pays less than $7000 a year. Something big must be in the works for them to need their people in those positions. Time will tell what it is. Corruption stinks! Thank you Pam for giving us information that we would never get otherwise.
I think that the Gazette is secretly supporting Chard Skorman, the Healthy Choice for City Council. Everytime they publish a negative editoral about him, he receives many contributions.
Perhaps next time they will also publish his website, firstname.lastname@example.org, so that people can donate to Richard.
Many thanks to the Gazette! Keep up the good work!
District 6 candidate Melanie Bernhardt has clarified her stance on recreational cannabis and has published a page in favor of this at https://melaniebernhardt.com/platform/reta… Don't let these candidates get away with voting against the will of the people on this issue.
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