Never see a cowboy take a knee
We just returned from the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, where some of America's most outstanding athletes compete for 10 straight days.
It was so refreshing to see these young cowboys and cowgirls and the thousands in attendance remove their hats, stand proudly and sing along with the national anthem. The sense of pride and patriotism was palpable. You'd never see a cowboy take a knee in the arena during this united show of support for our nation.
The NFL and its knee-taking players ruined the season for thousands of us fans. What began as a racial protest against police is largely viewed as a display of disrespect to our people in blue our armed services and our nation as a whole.
I thought I'd miss our weekly football rituals, but the disgusting sight of players, who make millions of dollars a year and most likely don't put their money where their knees are, easily outweighed the passion for football. Give me all-American rodeo any day and congratulations to our very own Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for another successful National Finals Rodeo.
Elected officials need to focus
In addition to the hideous blue frame to desecrate the Garden of the Gods, I'm surprised that the elected officials didn't decide to move the statue of General William Jackson Palmer from Nevada and Platte Avenues, and place that there as well. That way visitors could have their picture taken with one of the individuals or even on the back of the horse of someone instrumental for preserving the Garden of the Gods.
In an age where the rest of the country is toppling statues, why do we here in Colorado Springs need to do anything to promote the Garden of the Gods? Attendance was up in 2016 with over one million people visiting.
Years ago someone cut down a tree in or adjacent to the Garden of the Gods that was a favorite photographic spot. After that was discovered, people were outraged too, just as they are about the icon that will be somebody's legacy today, the Blue Frame.
Elected officials should focus on the reason they were elected in the first place.
According to last night's news, a tree to memorialize deceased pets was removed from Fox Run Park. But the gaudy hunk of steel was placed in Garden of the Gods.
What to do with the Blue Frame
Here's my thought on what to do with the big Blue Frame removed from the Garden of the Gods. Place it at the bottom of the Manitou Springs Incline so people could take a picture of themselves about to climb it or when they complete the trip. That relates to athletes and is a more appropriate connection to the Olympics than at the Garden of the Gods.
Citizens esteem our city's parks
Those who know and embrace the history of Colorado Springs will understand that its citizens esteem our city parks almost to the point of reverence. Further, our park system is among the country's most envied.
As a result, all of our parks, especially the Crown Jewel, must be shielded to ensure they are protected against all unnecessary intrusions and attempts to exploit them for commercial or other inappropriate purposes.
A waste of human effort
It's clear to me we have some folks both in city government, and residents of the Springs who have way too much time on their hands. Why are we wasting government time and resources building "Coney Island style" picture frames for the Garden of the Gods park? I must say that the city did respond fairly quickly to have it removed.
Now; why can't they fix the potholes in our street that fast? And then we have a citizen petition drive that gathered 20K signatures in less than a week. Why aren't some of those same citizens stepping up to volunteer to do wildfire mitigation or some other useful public service that genuinely helps the community? "The Olympic City folks" and the "Anti-Picture Frame Brigade" need to stop their useless "navel gazing" and engage in some useful activities. What a waste of human effort!
Questioning what has changed
The City Council acting as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board met Dec. 18 to consider advancing the closure date for the Martin Drake Power Plant from the currently scheduled year 2035 to the year 2025.
Does my memory fail me? Didn't council just spend significant debate, time, and resources in 2015 to decide exactly this question of when to close Martin Drake?
Simple questions for the members of City Council: What facts have changed, and what new information now discredits the previous decision? Why should council disregard the methodical, thorough, inclusive process that led to Council's previous decision to close Martin Drake in 2035, not 2025? We were once the laughingstock of the country for not being able to keep our streetlights on. We've struggled with a well-publicized long-term stormwater solution. Now businesses might also know us as the city without a long-term commitment to stable power infrastructure, a city of such weak future vision that it discards long-term plans on a whim.