"regulate" our options... get yur head outta faux news gramma.
Enacting term limits is a dubious solution. The good politicians will be shoved out of office automatically just as they are beginning to get a grip on how to do the job right. Meanwhile, the bad politicians will be encouraged to raise the level of government corruption so they can get "theirs" in a shorter period of time. And they can always run again, but for different offices, when their current terms are up.
I'm in Pueblo West and have noticed the increase in helicopters, also. We close enough to Ft. Carson that we hear the tanks and big guns firing. I love the secure feeling it gives, knowing our troops are being trained so well and so often to protect us and themselves, if and when, they are sent into battle. Keep it up, guys and gals. God be with you all!
Not knowing who is spending what to elect their candidate is a problem. But the bigger problem is the existence of a permanent political class - those career politicians we vote into office who sponge off the public all their working lives. Robert Blaha wrote a guest editorial in the Gazette last week explaining what's wrong with this system. Term limits is the solution. But getting the spongers to cut the umbilical cord is another problem.
He rocks. Too bad.
Things will never change in this "small-minded, close-minded, judgmental, holier than thou, better than everyone else little cowpoke town" UNTIL old rich white guys are GONE and leave the city into the hands of smarter, more evolved, more caring, more honest, less "bought and paid for" innovative and decent people. That means OTHER people besides older, retired, white folks have to go out and actually REGISTER to vote and then VOTE. Things will NEVER change until the people of this city get it together and GO OUT AND GET RID of the "old ways" and "old-type leadership." CHANGE. It's the ONLY CONSTANT in life and it's about time this city JUMPED ON THE BAND WAGON and decided to change (for the better!!!)
Impressive art Cymon. Well done! :)
Well done Cymon, 'art impressive' :)
Speaking of Atlas Shrugged, like the novel, Utopia, it is a fantasy. The fact of the matter is that if all the successful entrepreneurs went on strike, they would quickly be replaced by all of their own talented underlings and assistants, who have been just waiting for the chance to take over. The Human Race is incredibly inventive and resourceful--so much so, that successful corporate executives spend much more time suppressing potential competition than developing useful new products.
So, "big election financiers" and their "purchased politicians" have "already circumvented" TABOR. In other words, TABOR has failed miserably in its mission to put an end to the most egregious political corruption. On the other hand, it has been immensely successful at preventing the few honest politicians in government from fixing potholes or watering public parks.
The problem is that the same crowd who jumps up and down (as best as they can on their septuagenarian legs) that we need young professionals as the justification for taxpayer subsidies of their "vision" projects, put their money into electing fellow septuagenarians whose voting for their benefit can be counted upon.
The most disgusting and vile thing about the money issue is that the players do so with complete anonymity while they undermine the will of the voters. WHo is really behind the recall effort of Collins? The message is also loud and clear that this anonymous throng of financiciers will pay out of towners like Wayne and Dede Laugesen to harasss and make life miserable for any who dare to oppose their will and their plans.
The company in Tempe, AZ, who was paid by Laugesen's group to collect signatures against Collins has reveiws from workers thrilled to be bought airline tickets, hotel rooms and rental cars while they are hired to undermine voters in Colorado.
Old Crank...you sure you want to get rid of TABOR and put the purcahsed politicians as the the sole authority for raising taxes and using the revenues as they see fit? I'd think long and hard about that one. If it were up the big election financiers, they'd never have to make any at-risk investment whatsoever as long as they could raise taxes to underwrite their risks. In fact...they already do that, but just circumvent TABOR to do it.
That ain't the way I heared it. The way I heared it was, "Right-wing is frightening!"
Oh yes...we also pay (or at least are charged) for those drainage pipes by the mil levies that were put in place by "go -along" politicians and sham TABOR elections for the "metropolitan districts" that are added to our tax bills and subsidize development.
There's only one problem with your plan, John...the "overlords" in suburbia already DO pay for their own fire stations--mil levies for Wescott Fire District and Black Forest Fire District ON TOP of City property tax. Our roads don't get maintained--only those downtown where they are adjacent to the purcahsers of the new City Council and the Mayor. Nor are there any cops in "suburbia"--they are all diverted to downtown and our response times in suburbia are miserable, while the Mayor builds new substations downtown to harass the homeless. The other really big problem with your plan is that once you sever those ties, your revenue will not be coming in from those high-dollar "plantations" in suburbia with high property values nor from the sales tax with those oppulent SUVs you hate so much. In one stroke, you'd be without revenue to fulfill your socialist dreams. Speaking of Atlas Shrugged--the utopia in the North sounds a lot like Galt's Valley. Let's see whose Utopia fails miserably and whose flourishes.
"In one stroke, we'd free ourselves from our ultra-conservative suburban overlords. Let suburbanites pay to maintain their own roads, repair their own bridges, build their own fire stations, hire their own cops, and replace their own 78-inch-diameter stormwater drains."
Further, the CSQC understands that we are looking at an entirely new approach to addressing queer issues and needs in Colorado Springs. This does not mean we intend to leave anyone out: rather the opposite. We include everyone, and are creating programming and services surrounding needs that apply to all queer identities. We are approaching this by putting a special focus on the very most marginalized identities. Doing this, we will more effectively catch all identities: something that has been overlooked in the past, and is often only visible to those identities that are being overlooked. This is an example of privilege: an undeserved social advantage that we have a heavy focus on working to dismantle. The CSQC encourages anyone who might feel confused by the verbiage used in the article to see our blog post where we discuss the meaning of 'solidarity.' This is where the CSQC looks to very successful models in more progressive cities. We feel strongly that we cannot wait one minute longer to address these issues and to appoint and empower marginalized and undeserved identities toward leadership within our community. Addressing these issues first are integral to real, tangible social change.
CSQC blog, 'Solidarity': http://csqueercollective.org/blog/45-solidarity
Cisgender privilege: http://new.oberlin.edu/dotAsset/2012181.pdf
Understanding and Dismantling [White] Privilege: http://www.wpcjournal.com/
Co-Director, Colorado Springs Queer Collective
The mission and goal of the Colorado Springs Queer Collective is to appeal to the most marginalized of groups. We hope to be a catch all human services based organization and community center where no one will fall through the cracks.
I understand that 50% of those infected with HIV are over the age of 50. I understand that elder are at greater risk for isolation, depression and economic insecurity. The issues that surround the aging and elder LGBTQ population is very much on the radar for the Colorado Springs Queer Collective.
We hope to expand and bring a SAGE program and elder programing to Colorado Springs region. It's We are also looking to see if there is a need for housing, much like in Philadelphia we are inspired by the John C Anderson Apartments. The John C. Anderson apartments a six-story building that opened recently in Center City here and caters to low-income seniors in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community. Many were pioneers of the gay rights movement. Part of our needs assessment is trying to gauge if there is a need for this with in Colorado Springs.
If there is an issue or area you are concerned that you feel we are not addressing I urge to email us, comment or volunteer with our organization.
Co-Director Colorado Springs Queer Collective
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Thanks for saying what I said on Facebook Ed. The plain fact is the previous Pride Center had financial issues because they angered older LGBT people (all races, all genders) who have expendable income to fund non-profits. We are happy to share our money for programs for youth and transgendered and people of color and anyone else who needs it, but that doesn't mean we'll support an organization that appears to be oblivious and not interested in paying attention to the issues facing an aging LGBT population.
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