Published: February 14, 2014
Allies are circling the wagons
You can almost see the dust rising around the White House as die-hard Democrats and their media allies are circling the wagons to protect Obama from reality. The analogy seems especially apropos considering all the spin emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. over the past six years.
I just wonder when the voters in this country are going to wake up and smell the stench coming from Washington?
James W. Gilliam
Thankful for PERA check
I worked for Colorado Springs School District 11 for almost 40 years and paid into PERA each month. Now that I am retired, I say a thank you prayer every day for PERA. My PERA retirement check allows me to buy goods and services right here in Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs. Thank you, Sen. Bernie Herpin, for your brave vote against Senate Bill 68 and your support to allow Senate Bill 1 to work.
Short-sighted decision to not pay
It didn't surprise me when I read that a judge had ruled that the city of Colorado Springs has to pay for the retirements already earned by former Memorial employees. That we are spending tax dollars for lawyers to argue this self-evident issue is what bothers me. I hope that the city just settles this issue by paying PERA - and the sooner the better because the interest owed for the city's short-sighted decision to not pay up is growing every day.
Suggestions seem to be lacking
This is in reply to Jill Comb's letter of Feb. 10, titled, "Build on what we have."
She states that we need to bring more jobs and money into the city, but we don't need to reinvent the wheel to do so. We need to build on what we have.
She presents two ideas - green the downtown area and build a water park, which are great, but she doesn't state where the money to do this comes from nor how this is building on what we already have or where the money to do these things comes from.
In addition, she states she wants more tourism but doesn't want to increase the "crazy traffic." That is illogical thinking. Tourists mean more cars, period. How do we increase business, income or revenue, jobs and tourism and still remain small?
Commissioner Amy Lathen and Mayor Steve Bach wrote great articles on the City for Champions, which would help bring in these financial benefits of jobs and revenue, yet citizens deride the effort and the thinking behind the proposal. Criticism is cheap, but suggestions seem to be seriously lacking from those who are naysayers to this plan.
Consider the following and then ask yourself why. Omaha, Neb., has a smaller population than the Springs, about 480,000 people, yet it has five fortune 500 companies that provide jobs to that population. Why aren't those companies coming here? What does Omaha have that the Springs doesn't? We are a prettier city, the location here is superb, we have a highly educated population, higher education, good medical, we are close to Denver, yet businesses are fleeing our boundaries and at the same time are ignoring the mayor's efforts to bring them here. Why? What does Omaha offer that the Springs doesn't?
Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. But remember, any suggestions such as those Combs made take money. Let us know where the money will come from to complete your ideas and suggestions.
Frozen in single-party rule
Jariah Walker represents me. I went to Walker's campaign kickoff, a bit skeptical of a Democrat running for County Commission - since our commission has been frozen in single-party rule for as long as I can remember.
I arrived at the event stunned to see known community leaders like Jan Martin, Dave Anderson and Jill Gaebler mixed into a crowd of energetic young professionals. Republican and Democrat alike, the room was packed with people ready to support Jariah Walker for District 5.
El Paso County, we should not be complacent with a single-party rule simply because that's the way things have been for so long on our Board of County Commissioners. Striving for something new, different and better is the attitude the has broken critical barriers throughout history . including my right to vote as a woman.
I will vote for Jariah, and I will not accept a norm when I know something different could be so much better. We all deserve to be heard and represented, no matter the county's status quo. El Paso County voters are ready for barriers to be broken, and I am confident Jariah Walker will be the one to break these barriers and raise El Paso County above single-party rule.
A simple but profound question
While I was substitute teaching 11th grade in a Metro-Denver public school district with only 13 percent white students, the biggest student in class asked me a random question in his humble broken English, "Mr. Mike, do you ever cry?" I answered, "That is a simple but profound question. For the first 30 years of my life, I hid and held back my tears." Then I asked the class, "Have you ever heard a student ask a teacher, 'Do you cry?'?" They responded, "No."
In the Valentine's Day spirit, hopefully males won't wait 30 years to show and share their tears.