Clara McKenna 
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Re: “Voters to choose from 11 at-large City candidates, four mayoral contenders

Colorado Springs has not had a non-partisan mayor since Bob Isaac was popularly elected with the exception of Mary Lou Makepeace, who came to the job with a strong background from serving in numerous civic organizations.

The reasons for it date back to a balanced council in the 1970s which voted for a moratorium on gas taps because of overreaching growth in the city. A number of developers went bankrupt and "somebody" decided that to forestall that happening again, council needed to be developer friendly.

Moving away from a non-partisan city manager to a partisan mayor in charge of administration was the final step in that process.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 03/24/2019 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Local firm had high levels of chromium in discharge water

Qualtek needs to have a referral system in place for sensitive phone calls. When the person at the front desk hung up on the reporter, the reporter simply stated the facts. She didn't engage in speculation and when she did get new information, published it quickly. It's not as if Qualtek didn't know the violation had happened. The company was simply unprepared for transparency.

Posted by Clara McKenna on 02/04/2019 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Reader: The gentrification blues

The homeless will be homeless. There will always be a part of the population that is marginalized. That is not romanticism, that is reality. All of this gentrification that is causing movement on South Nevada and the adjacent areas is simply moving the marginalized to other parts of town. It's not solving the problem because we don't really know what the problem is.

As for addiction, there are probably as many if not more of the privileged who are addicted to marijuana, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as there are among the homeless. There is no call for those with means to accept "services." Same with the mentally ill, whatever that means. I do feel that in many cases, pets provide meaning to people and we need to find a way to provide for basic needs without depriving people of that emotional support.

We don't know much about the issue because it changes form. We just know it makes us nervous. Something about "there but for the grace of God go I?"

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 12/24/2018 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Reader: Put Christ back in Christmas

All this woman is asking for in her letter is a little inclusion. Those of you who see yourselves as broad-minded in your beliefs would do well to remember that before you exclude her and call her things like "pig-headed." Ironically, it's Christmas, for God's sake!

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 12/18/2018 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Reader: Put Christ back in Christmas

By definition, Christmas is a universal celebration of the birth of Christ. Therefore, it seems logical to include music that honors the honoree.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 12/16/2018 at 9:59 AM

Re: “"Quarry" homeless camp targeted for cleanup by City

Reality: People will holler and the Police Department will clean out the homeless camps but all that does is send the problem elsewhere. NIMBY. We have no idea of the root causes of the problem or indeed, whether it is a problem or an inevitable part of life.

In the late Sixties, people of little means lived in hotels on Tejon and in the little houses that stood in the area around South Junior High and Lowell School. The county offered one-way bus tickets out of town to the homeless and closed the poor farm.

Urban renewal pushed that population into the cheap motels on South and North Nevada, the area around the 8th Street Walmart, etc. Now those places are disappearing into chain eateries and, I'm told, fashionable hotels for the onslaught of tourists that are going to come here from somewhere. Of course they will -- just like the area where the police station became fashionable because of urban renewal.

I'm not convinced that anyone is looking at the situation with any perspective. Meanwhile, we use the police department to move human beings around like they were anything but human. And we wonder why no one wants to be a police officer.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 12/06/2018 at 3:52 PM

Re: “"Quarry" homeless camp targeted for cleanup by City

The push to get rid of homeless sights (and sites) seems to come from the desire to turn South Nevada and the areas radiating out from the southwest end of town into a tourist mecca. What we're really trying to do here is turn the city into a place like Aspen or Breckenridge, where the less than wealthy are pushed out of pictures we try to make.

I also find myself wondering if many people who are homeless want to live rough because the only meaningful relationship they have is with a pet and there seem to be no places where they can have those pets and still access "services."

The Romans had public baths and toilets more than 2,000, We ought to have the engineering to solve the problem. There are developing nations working on the question and refugee camps around the world with the same issues. The ideas must be out there.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 12/06/2018 at 9:24 AM

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