Gary Casimir 
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Re: “UCCS to spend $6 million on promotion and branding

I agree with Professor Tom Huber that colleges and universities have gotten their priorities skewed from their original mission of education to one of "Who has the best business plan" to attract more students to facilities that are inadequate and instructors that are poorly paid. The Chancellor must be asked,"Can you live on what an instructor is paid?" Of course the answer is 'NO.' So, how does he expect his instructors to do an adequate job if they are hungry? It is no different than a child going to school without breakfast or lunch and he is expected to learn. No difference is there. One cannot learn and the other cannot teach.

With foreign students heading to Canada (Boston Globe 9/16/2017), which diminishes diversity in the educational experience, fees assessed for facilities that a majority of students will never use during their educational experience, the colleges and universities have been turned into full fledged businesses and not educational institutions. With a captive audience they can charge what the market will bare. Education is just a sideline.

Fort Collins just built a $220M stadium. That money could have sent 5500 kids through a 4 year program in a tuition "payback" program. Where is the better investment? The football coach is paid in the 7 figure range. How many quality instructors can you get for that money? Where is the better investment? Building a dorm near a sinkhole which will eventually become a "Money pit" or investing in the students? Which is the better investment?

Colleges and universities need to get out of the education business and back into the business of educating.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 09/20/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “5 terms The Broadmoor agreed to in the city's study of selling Rosemont Reservoir

You NEVER sell water rights. Droughts happen here. Golf courses should never take precedent over people. Future wars will be fought over "Clear Gold."

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 09/20/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “5 terms The Broadmoor agreed to in the city's study of selling Rosemont Reservoir

You NEVER sell water rights. It's a finite resource. Droughts happen here. Golf courses should never take precedent over people. New wars will be over "Clear Gold."

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 09/20/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Pam Shockley-Zalabak inks agreement with Colorado Springs Forward

R: How dare you take the chairman of Colorado Springs Forward to the wood shed. You might have hurt his feelings about his leadership abilities or lack of (which one might admit are few and far between).
We both know that CSF will continue treading water and losing credibility with the voting public. Changing EDs the way you change your socks is not going to make things better. In many cases, the leadership skills in one environment may not transfer to another environment.
As a reminder to Phil Lane: Money does not a leader make ; Rank does not a leader make; Titles and awards do not make a leader. Leadership comes from working from the bottom up and choosing the best skills of others along the way. In other words, learning what works and doesn't--applying the best of the best. In any organization there is the formal leader and the informal leader (the one who gets things done).
A real leader will say, "Phil, you have had 3+ years to make your organization work and so far it has shown few accomplishments. What you've created is a 'social club' of people like yourself. So, Phil, it's time to throw in the towel, let someone else take the helm who can show REAL leadership, save yourself the grief, and disband Colorado Springs Forward.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 08/22/2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “A new vision for downtown Springs in Olympic Museum area

The buildings and designs are Sooooooo Colorado Springs, don't ya think? Now maybe Colorado Springs can shed this rugged western, pull yourself up by your boot straps, image that it thinks it has and get to the business of "being just another town with tall ugly buildings."

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/27/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Springs fleet contractor, Serco, sues the city — again

Serco , when realizing they were losing money, should have sought relief in the beginning of year 3. When it was discovered that there was no agreed upon pricing for out years 4 & 5, Serco should have initiated negotiations for relief including out years 4 & 5.
Upon discovering that a panel was made up of city employees and an outside attorney from another city, Serco should have terminated the agreement being as they had the "deck" stacked against them. This was a bad contract.
Solution: Serco should absorb their losses, save the court costs by dropping the lawsuit, and return to their corporate base.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/27/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Pikes Peak Summit Complex still worthy of higher cost

It makes no difference how much is spent on the Summit House. A one year warranty for a $50M project? Hopefully someone will guesstimate $10M a year for maintenance cause it'll be needed. Who will pay for that?

Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/26/2017 at 3:20 PM

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