Gary Casimir 
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Re: “Manitou Springs City Council OKs new agreement with Cog Railway

Frank: How exactly does everyone win? The only winners I see here are Phil Anschutzs heirs. Even then its questionable whether they will keep the GOG in the future. Heirs have a habit of liquidating dear old gramps estate. Another point of view is that the Oklahoma publishing could be spun off, sold, go out of business or file for bankruptcy. There goes the Broadmoor. Finally, into the future, AEG and all its subsideraries could be a shell of its former shelf or a faint memory 50 years down the road. Dynasties eventually die.
As for the Summit House. Frank would you spend $53M for a building with a one year warranty? Chances are, Frank, youll be looking at recurring maintenance costs which will be paid for by anybody who travels to the Summit.
Lets not forget the people of Manitou. What will they get out of the 50 year deal? Not much other than 2 generations of Manitouites asking the question, What were these people thinking? Crickets.
Anschutz can well afford to rebuild the COG on his dime. The citizens of Manitou should not be forced to support a private business. The citizens should begin looking around for replacements of the existing elected officials and doing it soon! You sure as heck would not want this existing crew jamming the people of Manitou with another bad deal.
Therere too many developers with their hands out for taxpayer supported ventures with no guarantee of a reasonable rate of return for the citizens. Just Pie in the Sky projects that are long on Blue sky projections and come up short on results. The citizens get stuck..............again. Its time to say NO!

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 11/24/2018 at 4:55 PM

Re: “FEMA money used to buy out pricey landslide-damaged homes

Excuse, me! You don't put structures or roads in known and documented slide areas. A city planning commission or city council does not approve construction projects in areas of known and documented slide areas. The city is on the hook for these bad decisions and how FEMA got roped into helping boggles the mind. The city should make these home owners whole and write the check. The city is responsible for these bad decisions. The same goes for allowing construction projects in sink hole areas. The city is liable .
Check the fine print of your homeowners insurance to see if youre covered for structure movement.
The Centennial extension from Fillmore to Fontanero is in a slide area. If it is constructed is will be a maintence nightmare even stabilizing the area with 100 foot pylons. It will suck a disproportionate amount of money from the roads.
Its time to use the word No when approving these projects that pose a danger.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 11/05/2018 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Cog Railway tax break should get voter scrutiny, Manitou Springs residents say

Ok, The person who gave me the dislike, Why?

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 08/29/2018 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Cog Railway tax break should get voter scrutiny, Manitou Springs residents say

The ordinance should never have been passed in the first place and its a bad deal for the citizens of Manitou. Council should recind it and save the court costs. An honorable Council would do that.
Just because a private corporation purposely neglects an asset, it should not be incumbent on the citizens of Manitou to pay for the rebuilding of the COG Railway. Thats like your neighbor purchasing a car, not maintaining said vehicle, then when the engine blows up, the tranmission falls out, and the tires are bald and flat, comes to you and says, Fix my car of course your answer would be NO!
Anschutz is the richest man in Colorado, worth $14B, and is the 12th or 13th largest landowner in the U.S. He doesn't need the citizens of Manitou Springs help. If he wants to keep the COG in his stable of toys, hed write the check and repair the railway. If he's not interested in doing that, then he should sell the asset or shut it down permanently. The people of Manitou will adjust to the revenue loss and will find other income streams. Courage.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 08/28/2018 at 10:49 PM

Re: “To end gerrymandering, bipartisan group asks voters to approve reforms

Rank Choice Voting is next. That will raise the voter participation rate. Also, raise the number of candidates for each race.

Posted by Gary Casimir on 08/27/2018 at 10:05 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Lamborn silent on Trump embrace of Putin

Doug Lamborns silence is consent of Trumps actions. Doug Lamborn needs to withdraw from the campaign because he's proven himself unfit to hold the elected position of Congressman.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/17/2018 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Penrose-St. Francis Health Service rethinking $550 million hospital project

Would you build a $550M structure in a known slide area? Would you build a $550M structure including your parking lot with a one year warranty? Would you build a $550M structure in a slide area then find out your insurance company will not cover any damage caused by the movement of the earth? Southeast Colorado Springs needs a hospital.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/07/2018 at 10:29 PM

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