Really enjoyed the article, thanks!
I always have mixed feelings, when reading the stories like Joan Hoyt's, who is 61, and still studies. On the one hand it's difficult for me to understand their aims and motivation, on the other I really respect and adore people so active late in life.
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Thanks for the long rambling note. I hope I am indeed alive and well in four years. ONE year would be nice. Anyway, thanks for your insight. You should have gotten involved in local politics.
"From an actual letter to the state economic commission:" Really? You have seen actual letters and/or emails sent to the EDC? Regardless, agree that Bruce Jenner doesn't have the appeal of Garbo, Dietrich, Keaton, etal, to whom no shrines have been built.
During the blitzkrieg campaign unfolding to sell the wobbly benefits of building a stadium/museum complex, benefits that include putting COS on the road to duplicate the success of Oklahoma City, a city that just like COS had the empowering vision to build a stadium. Or was the success of OKC due to the obvious - that city's embrace of energy - not wind farms but OIL - and the revenue and prosperity for all that followed hard upon.
Our mayor says he wants the approval of the people, the very people who will be paying $350M and then some to build and maintain C4C for the next 30 years. City council is an important player in the decision making process. Let your opinion regarding C4C be heard. Contact them at email@example.com
"into something different. Frankly, anything different." Words that can be applied to why COS local government changed to a Mayor-Council form of government. Residents wanted any type of change for the City and approved a ballot measure despite the charter having numerous errors and being unclear on responsibilities between the executive and legislative branches. I think if you read the report and really listen to their comments, EDC gave COS the money in order for our City to recover. Despite having both a 3rd party economic analyst and EDC staff recommending lower amounts, as well as some of the official application criteria not being met, they approved the full amount. Why? Fire, flooding, and being the only City to apply got Colorado Springs that money. It wasnt who wrote letters, or traveled on a bus thru a wintery storm, or who even sang for some dollars. COS has a chance to make some monumental changes for the City and Im excited to see a fire lit in this City to improve it's situation. It's reminds me the deal my hubby and I made with our teenager. "If you get all A's and B's, only then you can have a phone." The offer and opportunity are there for COS but action still needs to be taken. Rich, if you are still alive nor senile in 5 years, hopefully you will be writing on the completion and successes of the 4 projects. The real work of planning, funding, and community conversations begin now.
Sally, it's too bad your view that "our world seems to become more frightening and dangerous" is having a detrimental affect on your enjoyment of the Holidays, but if you'd choose to conduct some research, you'd find that firearms violence is actually decreasing, except in some large, urban areas (Chicago, Detroit, D.C.) that have enacted massive regulatory measures (simply Google "is gun violence up or down" for overwhelming evidence of this).
Please make a resolution next year to get the facts and tangible data about matters that concern you before succumbing to such distress, and in the meanwhile, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I don't think we should be using city bonds or local tax funds to build facilities for the state university or federal government.
Buddy Buck- be careful of what you wish for. A poor plan is just that. Missy Palin once said the same thing about lipstick on a pig. In summary, I support any plan that might lead to any transformation of our village from a 1980s enclave of lousy jobs, Jesus nuts and gun loonies into something different. But Frank, if that's your real name, anything different is like the Colorado Springs no-name soccer team winning the world cup. I know, I know, it will produce 867 jobs. That's a hell of a mark up for $250 million. Why don't we just sell our own Mega Colorado Springs Lottery tickets. With 1 in 259 million odds, why we could pay for this entire City for Champions thing.
For I see now a day when we stride into our new Olympic museum and empty stadium, and see, right there in front of us, Jenkins' varsity shirt, Bruce Kardasian's purse and the signed letter from DeBachel stating "I shouldn't have eaten the whole thing". Don't forget Duck Dynasty Day at the stadium..brought to you by Bass Pro...
"Gluten can cause health problems ("Your brain on grain," Appetite, Dec. 11), but so can quitting. "
Most people have no clue what gluten actually is/is not and what foods it can be found in. There are a lot of people out decrying foods as having gluten when they don't. There are also a lot relying on anecdotal evidence as if they were scientific studies and spreading tons of misinformation.
"When I was raising my children, in the '60s, they had fire drills at school. Would anyone have had the remotest thought that we would have to prepare them for someone coming into their schools and shooting them? Of course not."
And yet, in the 60s, firearms were much easier to get. You could get a full-auto (machine gun) for pretty cheap whereas today they will cost you several thousand just for a worn out one. There were no background checks. Age limits were nearly non-existent.
"but can't we reasonably try to come up with some partial solutions to this problem?"
Sure. How about addressing the behavior and its root causes instead of bosessing over the object being misused?
"Better regulations? Better background checks?"
We've been trying that for 75+ years, passing more and more restrictions on what can be bought/owned, who can own, and how to buy. Hasn't had much effect. So how about we realize that was the wrong approach and try something else?
"Shouldn't we all want this awful situation to stop?"
Who doesn't? The good news is it has been decreasing even though the number of firearms in circulation have been increasing.
The solution to gun violence is already working in some places, but many people don't like the answer so they hide the truth or just mock it. The solution worked in Arapaho the rampage only lasted 80 seconds because a good guy with a gun confronted the shooter. Instead of fighting the shooter killed himself. The shooter planned to do as much damage as possible but failed. If the word gets out that schools are armed these losers will no longer attack schools, instead they will just most likely off themselves at home. But the media loves these school shootings so they will hide this fact.
It is not the goal of the Regional Banquet Alliance to 'serve the county'. Their goal is to support big business and Republican Party members who have created a local economy that is the poorest performing, economically, among the few metro counties in the state.
Their production is sub-par in working to develop local new business start-ups and lower in bringing national, job creating firms to the region. They have done well to agitate many in the small business community and to further create division within the community with their stand on issues that go against what has been expressed by voters.
City Council was correct in reducing funding for this group. Their endorsement will carry little value statewide.
What is happening in Colorado is happening from Denver and north. Where there is a plethora of reasonable people making progress, creating jobs. Will voters in those areas want to have a backwoodsie, small town politician in this important state office?
El Paso County, with it's gun nutty, thumping, limited-vision politicians and housewives create a lot of negative press that reflects poorly on the state as a whole.
Williams can do well locally; can he cut it with the rest of the state to grab the votes?
With what is known to date, are you inclined to vote to approve funding for C4C?
(With or without Jesse's socks) A quick and easy one question poll:
"...the percentage of K-12 students that go on to attend college has actually INCREASED over the last 10 years." According to the article, however, "...more and more high school graduates are not equipped for college," requiring them to take (and pay for) remediation courses. So, the increase in college enrollment over the last ten years does not reflect an improvement in K-12 education.
Before you put too much emphasis on the meaning of these statistics you should do a little research. If you had, you'd know that the percentage of K-12 students that go on to attend college has actually INCREASED over the last 10 years.
this is all nice half-time locker room encouragement piece, but if the plan was coherent and compelling instead of poorly sold and unlikely...maybe we could get behind it.
Stacy, whom do you quote when you place the phrase, "racist teabaggers," between quotes? I place them between quotation marks because I am quoting you. You appear to be quoting from the article, however, Jim Hightower does not use this phrase. You are putting words into his mouth then blaming him as if he had actually said those absurd things.
The Gazette, whose owner is a major backer of C4C, published another editorial/propaganda piece yesterday. How much of the $400M price tag to build the stadium etal is Anschutz going to contribute? Of course, he should pay his "fair share", which I estimate to be about 10%, or $40M. Is Anschutz willing to put his money where his mouth is?
That small group of elites that wants C4C, which includes the property owner, the property developer, business leaders, CVB, and the mayor and his allies, should pay for C4C. Instead, they want US, the taxpayers, to pay for it. WE have not been asked if WE want C4C because THEY know what is best for our city and WE don't. And since El Pomar, another believer, wants a stadium, El Pomar should empty its bank account to help build it.
Issuing bonds is an obligation placed on the taxpayers, and cities can and do go bankrupt when unable to raise the money required to make bond payments. The elites hope that building a stadium/museum complex will produce economic recovery, but it is businesses that provide jobs and prosperity, not stadiums and museums.
Our city and state govt has a legitimate role to perform, which includes public safety, roads, storm water, and reducing regulations and taxes to make our city and state business friendly. It does not include wasting tax dollars to build stadiums. Again, let those elites who want C4C pay 100% of the cost of C4C.
.....and on and on and on. Hightower, for the last 5 years you have been the worlds biggest cheerleader for this mess. Now that it is going south (just like those "racist teabaggers" told you it would) it is now the "racist teabaggers" idea?????? This is pathetic AT BEST! Shame on the Indy for printing such unmitigated drech.
No one doubts that an Olympic museum would draw tourists. If proposed on its own it would likely have wide support - with or without RTA funding.
Unfortunately tourists are also not what makes cities thrive - they are what makes them live in the past.
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