Mayor Bach not the bad guy
I have been holding my tongue and biting my lips; however, enough is enough of this dysfunctional City Council let by a narcissist President Keith King. Reminds me of some other presidents with the same attitudes.
I was here when the last stormwater plan was foisted upon the citizens of Colorado Springs. Money was wasted on expensive equipment and little prior planning was done. Now the same plan, in a grander scale, is trying to be shoved down our throats.
Twenty years in length and 80 percent of the dollars being paid by Colorado Springs residents? Then there is the issue of having only six of the 11 members coming from Colorado Springs. Why isn't the same ratio of taxes collected used to determine where the "Committee" members come from. Most of the problems come from highway corridors. Likely, the majority of tax money will not come from those regions.
This is an attempt at the biggest boondoggle/ripoff in the city's history. Of course, there are some areas in the Pikes Peak region that need attention. People chose to live in those dangerous areas. Developers built homes and the Planning Dept approved their building plans. Get the money from where the failures took place; not from the rest of us.
My home was built in 1994 on a corner lot. I had raised beds installed and all water from the roof channeled into the back yard, so water flowed into beds and lawn. The extra water went through the middle of the front yard. Virtually none of any stormwater leaves our property, except what runs off my driveway. I paid to have all that work done correctly. In 20 years, that has not been any flooding of any home in our neighborhood.
King and his Council cronies need to use reason, instead of political posturing. Some don't care about anything, except trying to make Mayor Steve Bach look bad. Maybe some of us, with common sense and a love for Colo. Springs, needs to run for Council in May. This nonsense has gone on long enough. Mayor Bach is not the bad guy in this mess!
Duane C. Slocum
The certain future of Ferguson
I turned on the cable news recently in the middle of a broadcast and watched recorded video and live feeds of out-of-control mobs of hooded terrorists firing weapons, heaving Molotov cocktails and returning spewing cans of tear gas back at the riot police lines who were obviously losing the containment and control battle.
Another day in Gaza!
But no . it was Ferguson, Mo., just a few miles from where I lived most of my adult life. Racism is indeed alive and well in the United States of America.
I had to turn the TV off. I just can't watch the vandalism and theft that is being inflicted onto the businesses and soon the homes of the "innocent" (and likely black) actual residents of Ferguson. This was not a "peaceful assembly" as guaranteed by Amendment 1 of the United States Constitution. It was a race riot!
Ferguson is a dead city, and another victim of the racism that is rampant in the United States today just as it was pre-Civil War and will be well into what remains of the future of both Ferguson and the United States. The existing residents who own their homes in Ferguson will find no buyers at any reasonable market value if they want to leave Ferguson for a safer community.
Homes and businesses will simply be abandoned to become crack houses or bedrooms for the homeless. Vandalism on empty homes (and occupied ones as well) will prevail with Ferguson finally looking like a suburb of Detroit. The tax base will falter with public services, particularly schools, underfunded and under-provided.
I don't know what happened between the officer and the young man. It is likely that no one ever will because of all the lies and bigotry that will ensue.
Had this been a black on black event, or a black on white event, or a white on white event it would have not made even the local news much less national news with the rioting that followed. It was advertised as a white policeman "executing" a black teenager. What else did the journalists expect using those adjectives?
Pitiful way to run a community
For 30 years, families have risen before sunrise to experience the excitement of the balloon festival, watching them take off and dip into Prospect Lake.
My children and I have many fond memories of this event. Millions of others have as well. How do you place a value on these shared experiences?
It is very, very sad to see this longtime tradition go because they cannot prove they are a financial benefit to the city. Do all public events have to make a profit? Pitiful way to run a community.
Eliminate this evil plight
The video-recorded murder of an American journalist by an ISIS jihadist was despicable.
To threaten a similar decapitation to be determined by what the president of the United States sanctions is ludicrous. These people are demonic.
The United States military protects America, our allies and our commander in chief. The Black Ops capabilities of our military and our technologies are legion. Mr. President, eliminate this evil plight from the world!
Also, there is talk that a force reduction impacting Colorado Springs is pending. Please reconsider that in this age of asymmetrical warfare, Colorado Springs doubles as a forward operating base. Our reach is not a trifling matter.