Aidan Garnier 
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Re: “Whither Colorado Springs?

As a former Colorado Springs resident - I went to high school (Coronado), college (CC), and worked there for a few years (as a "computer programmer/analyst... remember those?) until I moved to NYC in 1981, so long ago... I miss what CS used to be. Back in the day, the "clean industry" was mostly electronics research and development. It felt kind of like the "Route 128 of the west." But even while I was still there, it started to shift. Ultra-conservatives like Will Perkins were starting to strut their stuff in the political-social arena (shoulda stuck to selling cars!), even while Richard Skorman was continuing to grow his haven for the thinking class downtown. Slowly, inevitably, those electronics makers started to be replaced by religious right organizations, lobbyists, non-profits, etc., of all kinds. It was sad to see happen, in what was otherwise such an encouraging place to live. The dramatic vistas, outdoor lifestyle, biking, hiking, camping, and skiing opportunities would, for me, start to be tarnished by the feeling that this state (and city) didn't love everyone equally. I left at the beginning of that shift, but have watched it from afar. Maybe I'm wrong about how it feels there now. I haven't been back in many years, though I'll likely visit soon. I hope there's at least a part of the feeling I once had there! It was a great life then!

Posted by Aidan Garnier on 06/10/2016 at 7:27 AM

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