City needs Mayor Bach's leadership
The recent city budget squabble between Mayor Steve Bach and the City Council is all but shameful. It is beginning to smell like national politics. And we all know that foul odor.
On a totally serious note, I met with the mayor prior to and several times after his election. I am confident the mayor is trying to lead the city in the right fiscal direction. One major issue our mayor raised in various citizens' meetings are the huge budget expenditures for city services that could be better performed by the private sector. Our city budget continues to skyrocket well beyond the city's ability to pay in the near term, given the current and projected economy.
The bottom line is Colorado Springs is headed toward a major financial cliff similar to that in Detroit, Los Angles and other major cities. What could that mean? Well consider a city with severely limited fire and police departments, increased crime, limited city park and recreational services and a city without a suitable water supply.
All of these things and more are city budget items. Our city needs Mayor Bach's leadership in the fiscal reforms arena. We voted for a strong mayor, so now let him do the job we hired him to do.
I am backing Mayor Bach on this issue. I hope you will as well.
Willie H. Breazell Sr., Colorado Springs
Voters didn't dig deep enough
Congratulations to our mayor.
I have long opposed the actions of the City Council. In the past, they have squandered the taxpayers' monies with their imprudent decisions. The newly elected council appears be no better than the last. It would appear that the voters didn't dig deep enough. It does confirm the adage that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The council seems not to recall that the voters voted for a strong mayor. It has been years since the last one though he was not elected as such, but strong enough to fulfill those needs.
Another adage is that "what the government gives, the government can take away." Recent events at the state level have demonstrated that the voters can do likewise.
Richard N. Sunderland, Colorado Springs
Problem of forever filling a hole
Hopefully, before the final decision is made on the power plant downtown all, and I mean all things are being considered. Since making Colorado Springs my home in 1999, I have seen a number of articles in The Gazette on the landfill and how it is "good till 2015" Well, what then?
A couple of years ago, Pueblo had to stop trash collection due to a full landfill, and it had to find another one.
Growing up in west Michigan, we had a similar problem combined with an outdated and need-to-be-expanded power plant. Their answer was to team up with Consumers Power to build a gas-fired incinerator.
This eliminated the coal-fired plant and related emissions, lessened our building dependence on a couple of nuclear power plants that were getting overstressed and solved the landfill problem. Instead of filling a hole in the ground with refuge that much of which would never decompose, haulers are now fueling an incinerator that uses natural gas to keep it going by much, much less than only fired by gas. Add to that, the emissions are far lass toxic and easier to deal with.
With the incinerator idea, we meet the reduced emissions, pay less to produce the electricity and solve the problem of forever filling a hole in our beautiful state with refuge that will never decompose and more often than not come back to haunt us later.
Jim Coda, Colorado Springs