R Wehner 
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Re: “Needle exchange debate by El Paso County Board of Health ends with "no" vote

Mrs. Littleton's idea that 'better education and outreach' will solve the 'infectected needle' problem is splendid except for the fact I have never seen anyone reading a health brochure while shooting up!

And Peggy, druggies generally do not vote.

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Posted by R Wehner on 12/04/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Routon honored by Mayor John Suthers with Spirit of the Springs Award

In a small town where gratuitous awards are handed out like halloween candy - this is one award that has been a long time coming and one richly deserved. Thank you Ralph!

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Posted by R Wehner on 10/28/2017 at 2:52 AM

Re: “Stormwater fee's "vote no" committee political operative doesn't live in the city

If the issue is that 'outsiders' should not be allowed to participate in local fundraising or advocacy for or against an issue, where the hell are these outfits from that raised funds and advocated in the 2C campaign?

Associated General Contractors of Colorado
$5K
Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association
$10K
Issues Mobilization Committee
$5K
Martin-Marietta
$10K
Colorado Construction Industry Coalition
$5K

Not in the city or even contiguous to city boundaries.

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Posted by R Wehner on 10/10/2017 at 1:31 AM

Re: “Stormwater fee's "vote no" committee political operative doesn't live in the city

Is the statement below an example of why the 'Chamber-EDC' has had so few press announcements announcing the major firms they, through their own efforts, have brought to 'the region'?

Because outsiders view your little berg as a rather backwoods, limited, and exclusionary herd of 1950's thinkers?

"Colorado Springs city voters will decide for ourselves what is best for our community."

One constantly hears of "The Pikes Peak Region" or "The Area".

If it is going to be a 'Community', or an 'Area', or a 'Region' then that would imply all in the community are involved in the decisions of "The Pikes Peak Region" and all have equal right to participate in supporting or opposing issues. Not only those some feckless little Chamber shall grant permission to.

Applying the standard advocated above, only people within the city of Colorado Springs should be allowed to donate to the Chamber of Commerce and EDC.

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Posted by R Wehner on 10/09/2017 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Reader: Dr. Mr. Mayor, do your job

WTF?

Mayor John Suthers said, "Colorado Springs is not a sanctuary city, and will continue to maintain this status regardless of what other Colorado cities determine for their communities."

"- - - and will continue to maintain this status" Is this truly a 'community value'?

Seems to be stating that Mr. Suthers wants to maintain the status quo and continue inbreeding to keep the city filled with bigoted, intolerant self-righteous, gun totin, bible thumping right wing nut cases who really do not give a damn about being compassionate and helping people move away from poverty and repressive politicians and come to an area to work and try to improve their lives!

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Posted by R Wehner on 09/29/2017 at 3:09 PM

Re: “City grants Nor'Wood ability to impose $325 million in special taxes

Mr. Walker makes a valid point that is not unique to Colorado Springs but common to many if not most of the cities in the United States: Cities do not have the cash on hand to develop infrastructure for new development to meet demand for business, commercial and residential needs of the future. It is developers who have the financial strength and borrowing potental and willingness to accept risk in order to build streets, curbs, gutters, parks,and lay in water, sewer, gas and electic infrastructure for what they 'hope' to be increased future demand.

What I think COS is missing is the professional level and competence of a real economic develop organization with seasoned and experienced staff with an actual track record of success - Perhaps thought should be given during times like now - - when the city is having a 'Sugar High' over the excess revenue being generated to devote a portion of that excess revenue to fund, out of city and county revenues - an effort to build up an organization that can actual work to overcome those challenges that keep major national firms from locating in COS and to be more effective in marketing to the large site-consulting firms who work to find suitable locations for headquarters, manufacturing and research/development firms who have expansion plans actively being pursued.

The city and private sector maintaining economic development staff who are not seasoned nor experienced - because of budget restrictions - - resulting in failure to attract major firms, or have the ability to push for local business start-ups may prove to be short-sighted. Sometimes it pays to put people in the cockpit who have actually flown before. Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver seem to be gaining the most by COS hiring local real estate people in way over their heads in the Economic Development field!

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Posted by R Wehner on 09/27/2017 at 8:55 AM

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

Phil Lane:

ED is a major problem for many. Individuals and organizations. Your comment below is priceless:

"While we are without an ED, we have remained active in supporting local organizations and will be appropriately engaged in various community efforts, including the upcoming November elections."

Your organization since it's inception three years ago (or so) has had nothing but a continual turnover in directors and in your leadership team. And your group has basically accomplished damn little nothing and certainly a failure to achieve any of the proclaimed '6 Pillars' as was part of your original mission statement. Amy Lathen having been a major embarrassment!

You were quite successful in allowing the public to express their opinion of the worth of your endorsements and recommendations in the last city election. The public appears to value your input very little.

When you have been totally unable to provide 'leadership' within your own group, how the hell are you going to offer any leadership for a city that is totally void of any real professional business level leadership?

Good people working to achieve nothing is still nothing being achieved - with many local needs to be addressed, including the critical stormwater issue, it might be beneficial to the success of stormwater that you consider getting your own act together before attempting to 'lead' or 'focus' the community on this issue and not risking your low esteem with the public working against the passage of community needs.

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Posted by R Wehner on 08/22/2017 at 3:48 PM

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