Jeff B 
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Re: “Southern standoff in Pueblo West

Out west for a century and a half, wars have raged on regarding cattle, grass, and water. Those who had enough of all three succeeded rather well, those who didn't -- perished.

While I can't say the future of Colorado Springs and Pueblo West hinges on a sustainable source of water, it would certainly help. It's unfortunate we didn't have forsight thirty years ago to plan these easements. Of course like communities that build up around an existing runway after construction, there will be complaints regardless.

So today, the cost of an easement is a paltry $2,200; not much considering the restrictions and estimate of what it will do to a future home value. Personally, I think the dollar amount is fair for access; but if I was the utility company, I'll throw in a free stipend of monthly water for the customer. Might not seem like much, but in 20 years the price of water might exceed the cost of your fossil fuel bill. Seems like a small investment for those who are impacted for the greater good of the expected double-growth of Colorado Springs over the next 20 years.

Posted by Jeff B on 03/04/2011 at 8:21 AM

Re: “The state of the city: 'People are not happy'

I think Matt P is on to something. If a community chooses to grow, we as the citizens need to come together to make it happen. As a nation, we are seemingly looking to the government to solve our issues. We as a society have created issues. I asked about filling a particularly nauseating pot hole on the boulevard near my house. I was told, "it's the city's job, and if you do anything with it there is a liability issue." Wow, all I wanted to do was put a couple shovels of gravel in it until the city can get to it. Maybe save the alignment of some cars. But, we have gotten out of a sense of community. If you ask a stranger if they need help, the first thoughts they have are "is this person going to try and hurt me?" Personally, I think turning the lights down and saving a few bucks is a good idea. I think we should keep our parks alive, cause it's going to cost a lot to get the grass back when better times return. But, we all had a vote on it when the city asked for money. Better than half of the voters said they weren't going to pay for it. So, the will of the people is reduced to a simple majority. It's a tough job to run a city, and you're going to irritate half of the people most of the time. The tough decision is when you irritate all of the people for the greater good of the city -- when people really don't understand what is at stake.

And please don't blame Pam. We might not agree with her all of the time, but she's a catalyst to help keep issues being discussed at many levels. It sure is a lot better than having state-sponsored media that compliments every action -- for better or worse -- and keeps the status quo.

Posted by Jeff B on 09/17/2010 at 9:18 AM

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