What do I like least.... inadequate public transportation, virtually non-existent in outlaying areas, even as close in as Rockrimmon....especially true of trans available for medically impaired. The contract that the city has with other companies is great if you are on dialysis but because of the number of dialysis patients people that are unable to drive and may need to go to physical therapy are not adequately provided for... tough if you don't have local family.
I take issue with your headline about the Cheap Hubby eager to divorce but not to pay alimony. It does a disservice to all those going through a divorce, reinforces a stereotype from bygone days, and minimizes the true horror of divorce in our litigious nation. These days a contested divorce is a traumatic experience that often leaves people destitute. These days women often pay alimony. And suicides are as likely as homicides. The reason? In the US the legal bills for divorce total $50 billion annually. To reiterate, that is $50 with nine zeros after it! The person who murdered his wife in the midst of a divorce may or may not have been cheap and may or may not have wanted a divorce. But he was very likely exposed to the trauma inflicted by the cadre of lawyers and experts who feed off of peoples misery during a break-up, and laws that promote business by encouraging conflict. I am in no way defending this persons actions. But I think you should be more sensitive to the trauma of divorce when you write your sensational headlines. I urge people to see the movie www.divorcecorp.com to get a good view of what divorce in our nation really looks like. You will be shocked!
You left out Angela Dougan on the list of elected women who have been combative and dysfunctional. That aside, how exactly does our city expect ANYONE competent to run for office with a yearly pay of $6000 or so? As you point out John, it just won't happen. On top of that you mention our political climate. There is no way a progressive woman would want to get dragged through the muck that her conservative opponents would be able to throw at her thanks to groups like AFP.
The only problem I can foresee in Manitou is a quasi-cabal of interests where RMJ is overpriced because there isn't enough competition to keep the prices at reasonable levels. Add to that the lack of growing space for people to grow there own and that could spell gang related black market issues... What is really needed to make it work in Manitou, is to make RMJ work in Colorado Springs! help us change that: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3727356595…
Amen, Colleene Johnson!
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Hey buddy, you wrote nearly the same piece when the speed limit was increased to 65 through town. CDOT raised the speed limit after studying traffic flow rates in the area. I know some people are just uncomfortable at higher speeds even if their chosen car is easily capable of 75+ mph. As far as your pinto- you may consider telecommuting, carpooling, or moving closer to the Indy. Please keep unsafe vehicles off our communal roads. Traffic has much the same properties as water; if the flow is impeded it will find a way around, left, right or on the shoulder is fair game when passing inept motorists, right?
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C4C promoters say the economy will boom and sales taxes will explode once C4C is built. They say 90% of COS retailers will see see their sales increase as a direct result of C4C. This "90%" element solves the Great Mystery (to me) of why the city is partnering with the federal govt to help build the AFA a visitor center - an in-progress amenity to be paid for primarily by AFA alumni donations - and why the city is partnering with state-owned UCCS to help build an under-construction medical facility. Both of these federal and state projects were designed to be completed without any dollars from the city, so why is the city eager to participate? Because . . . by including UCCS and the AFA, the city can capture STIF over 90% of COS. Without UCCS and the AFA, the city would be limited to capturing STIF over only that area within a 5-mile radius of the stadium/museum complex, which would not produce enough revenue to pay for land acquisition, construction, etc, and it's the downtown complex - this urban renewal project - that the promoters want. Therefore, to enlarge the STIF radius, the promoters, of necessity, included UCCS and the AFA. Clever, yes?
And STIF is not a windfall for the city. The sales tax received above the base line (STIF) will be dedicated to make payments on the bonds for the next 30 years. None of the anticipated STIF cornucopia will pour into the city treasury; instead, all of STIF will go to payments on the bonds. Piffle, promoters say, it's worth doing because "investing" in C4C will bring economic prosperity as well as national attention to our beleagured, sad, hopeless city inhabited by tax averse tightwads with no vision for the future. But let's take a steely-eyed look at this vision of the future. Will police and fire, roads and parks have their budgets reduced because servicing the bonds takes precedence? Where will the money come from to pay for truly urgent needs like infrastructure and storm water? Who else, in addition to the property owner and developers, will be financially enriched? The promoters need to bring forth all the financial and benefit/risk details so that C4C can be seen clearly, and so that the citizens, those who will be paying for C4C, can know if they're buying a sow's ear or a silk purse. Contact email@example.com
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On the Gazette blog, Wayne writes: "They're [C4C opponents] so rigidly anti gubment that even accepting a rebate of state taxes somehow entangles government too far into the marketplace." True, and yet false. We opponents do abhor govt aiding politicians, property owners, developers, and other immediate beneficiaries of state largess who see an opportunity to fleece 99.9% of the rest of the public. That's the true part. But Wayne avoids speaking the truth about why we are opposed. We opponents recognize that without the state favoring these special interests by awarding $120M dollars of taxpayer monies in "rebates", C4C would be in the trashcan, where it deserves to be. And with C4C dead, we could then begin, with the public's input, to devise a new plan as to what to do about the "blighted" area south of downtown. If COS would leave this "problem" in the hands of private entrepreneurs, such as those who have this year revitalized the Ivywild neighborhood, and if govt would get out of the way, entrepreneurs such as Callicrate and the Public Market proposal, among other good ideas not requiring govt subsidies, could and would bring vibrancy, 24/7 economic activity, and jobs to this underused but supremely well-located area. And the goal of building urban housing that is affordable would become a reality because the property owners would be unable to demand inflated prices just because there's a stadium/museum complex around the corner.
Gary: I googled Stockton, CA. Many similarities between what Stockton DID and what COS proposes to DO. Making unsound financial decisions, thinking that the good times will never end, or in the case of COS, thinking that the bad times will end if only we think big and build a glitzy stadium/events center/museum complex. Stockton is now thinking small and thinking hard about how to get out of bankruptcy.
Interesting that in a small city where culture is non-existent a museum is proposed. Not an art museum or anything that could possibly interest all the people but an Olympic museum. In a small city that is in need of repairs, jobs and money culture is endless strip malls and mile after mile of humdrum houses. These things are brought to you by real estate developers whose only interest is cash and dash. Long term animosity with developers has existed here for years. They get the freebies from the city and promise everyone great returns on their investment. It never happens and nobody seems to learn thanks in no small part to the lack of information. Developers are land rapers and to achieve their goals they get friendly with the powers that be and the "press". So lessons are lost while the over seers are wine and dined and dumped.
So in a glaring moment of "what were you thinking?" this city elects a mayor who is a developer. He made promises and followed through on none. Unilateral decisions and spending are becoming more obvious to many but not the press. Reporting the progress of something that is not needed nor wanted instead of digging into yet another boondoggle to shine a light on the "prince of darkness" himself. An Olympic museum? That has got to be the last thing this city needs and the last thing anyone would travel any distance to behold. Fleecing the public through city administration positions seems to be a sport in America these days. Pass laws and ordinances on a whim and to hell with public opinion, the order of the day. How about an accounting of all the money given away for the last 20-30 years? Plead poverty yet hand out and spend tax dollars like there is no tomorrow. I get the feeling that there actually will be no tomorrow pretty soon. Our city, state and federal governments are becoming aristocracies that are egging on the gullible citizens to demand less Rights for all while the press writes about nonsense on a third grade level. The only way to create jobs is to attract and promote businesses. Encourage a free market not stifle it which is governments job, the stifling and the spending, then they say we are broke. Then they retreat into their mansions. Too many ordinances and rules kill the free market. The mayor will not create one single job outside of his office door. He cannot and he is not even going to try. He knows business people create jobs and his business is to broker the sale of your city for peanuts. Then he will leave you with a big empty building called a "museum". Oh yeah, your bank account will be empty too. Too bad but you wanted him there and nobody is going to admit their mistake. Strong mayor-weak minds. Olympic museum? Really? How about the world's biggest ball of twine? That will attract visitors and create jobs.
Or maybe not.
Well, "City Sage" is less than sagacious on this one. Proponents of growth got their strong-arm mayor to promote developer and other growth interests. It should be no surprise there's disagreement. The problem is that those purveying Hazlehurst's boosterism don't understand economics or the destructive influence of the growth machine. If a "City War" can stop this thing, bring it on. See Colorado Springs: A Broken Region http://www.exponentialimprovement.com/cms/…
REALLY? So you bitch about burning coal. You bitch about nuclear, you bitch about wind power. No matter what anyone does, you bitch about it. Maybe renaming your column "Ranger Bitch" is in order.
Rocky: The promoters have the answers and they're not talking. No doubt they'll tell all eventually - but not until AFTER it's a done deal and AFTER the city council has been circumvented and AFTER the citizens, contrary to the mayor's assurances, have not been allowed to vote on issuing the bonds. Check in with Joel Miller where you will get the facts - not Gazette spin. http://www.joelmillercoloradospringscityco… and https://www.facebook.com/JoelMillerColorad…
It might be better for COS to not issue bonds, thereby saving $100M in interest payments over their 30-year life, money which will undoubtedly be needed to pay for truly vital community needs. If the stadium/museum complex is a good idea, then the promoters should pay for it. El Pomar Foundation, one of the major promoters, at the end of 2011, according to IRS form 990-PF (available online) had $455M in assets, most of it liquid. EPF has the ability - but does it have the will? - to build and maintain a USOC museum and/or stadium without any financial assistance from the citizens, the state, or bond holders.
C4C is too important to leave to the promoters. Trusting the mayor and his allies to do what is right for US is foolhardy. The financial and other consequences of making a mistake of the magnitude of C4C are grim. I too want the Indy to do investigative reporting. It's investigative reporting - that which challenges the powers that be and exposes their chicanery - that garners Pulitzer Prizes.
Mr Curious Im the fella that asked the questions in your first post. And as expected no answers from the GT or the Mayor. So yes I would like to see the INDY go out and get the answers. Someone should. I have tried to keep up with this topic but everything is hidden so well no one has answers or there not saying. Is it true the only rebate were going to get is from taxes this project generates? Is it true that if this project makes enough profits to pay back the bonds that after we cant use the profits for things like storm water, roads or watering the parks? If not then what will those profits be earmarked for? If theres no profit in this project. Why do it? What is the benefit to the people that payed for it? I understand that it may bring more people in to visit and thats great for hotels and dining places and for State taxes. But what about those that pay for it all?
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