Published: November 9, 2013
Scary reality may be around corner
Imagine this: Every Friday night you go to your favorite restaurant for the excellent prime rib you love. You are there so often, "everybody knows your name." Your favorite wait person comes over and asks "the usual?" and you reply "of course." Soon, your dinner arrives but instead of the prime rib dinner, it is a plate of vegetables.
You say it is not what you ordered and you want your regular but are told it is no longer available. The owner comes over to explain there is a new chef in the kitchen. She has never been a chef, never run a restaurant, and does not know how to write a menu, but she knows what is good for you and that is what you will get. Plus, because it is good for you, it will be more expensive than your old tired prime rib which she considers sub-standard. You complain and say you are now going down the street to another restaurant. You are then told she is also the chef there along with every restaurant in the city. She was given this job by Big Brother who is now taking over the food industry. It was necessary to take over the food industry because it is so closely related to your health care, which he is seizing for full and complete control.
If this is just a bad dream at this time, the reality of it may soon be around the corner. Michael Bloomberg is doing his darnedest to get this done in New York City, dictating sizes and portions of what restaurants can serve. He is trying to influence Colorado with a lot of money - buying whatever influence he can for purposes not quite understood. It is scary!
Judy Kasten, Colorado Springs
District is the 800-pound gorilla
In the Nov. 6 article, "Voters reject tax increase for D-38," The Gazette failed to identify why a resounding 75 percent of voters said no. With a record 61 percent voter turnout in an off-year election (versus 36 percent for El Paso County) why did you only publish the opinion of school board member Mark Pfoff?
He implies that Tri-Lakes voters are too stingy or uninformed to meet the needs of our kids, leaving beleaguered D-38 leaders to "do the best they can" with insufficient resources.
Pfoff insults voters by conjecturing we couldn't discern Amendment 66 from 3A so we said no to both on autopilot. He can't grip that we opposed their massive $4.5 million mill levy override - with no cap and no sunset - on its lack of merit. He firmly stipulates that, as a result, D38 will not allocate funds to restore teacher cuts or provide needed support to "struggling kids", technology and safety initiatives.
What? No discussion, no prioritizing?
In communities like Tri-Lakes, the school district is the 800-pound gorilla so the temperament of the gorilla is critical to our well-being. There's actually a very different story emerging in northern El Paso County if The Gazette and other media care to seek it out. It's about D-38 stewardship issues. It's about excluding citizens when architecting ballot measures. It's about "advising" businesses not to voice their concerns at the risk of losing customers. It's about a practice of board member "appointments" that ultimately leaves the community unfairly represented.
D-38 is blessed with ample resources (including a record $12M reserve), generous tax payers (ninth highest taxed district in Colorado) and involved parents. We've long been "Accredited with Distinction," the highest rating given to Colorado public schools.
As a business leader, I owe my customers and investors the best return on investment possible. Most businesses would salivate to have the financial advantages and stable investors that D-38 enjoys.
If I told my stakeholders that I'll just do the "best I can under the circumstances," (heavy sigh) they would likely tell me "Now's the Time" for new leadership, to borrow the pro-3A slogan.
Laura McGuire, Tri-Lakes resident
A little bit of humor in politics
Do I see a little humor in comparing today's political situation with a scene from the 1969 movie "Midnight Cowboy"? Many young people have never seen this three Academy Award winning movie with Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.
I liked it and it is still widely available. Jon Voight played the part of the Midnight Cowboy and Dustin Hoffman was a mentally challenged person named Ratso Rizzo. The scene I like shows the Midnight Cowboy and Ratso breezing down the highway in Voight's convertible. They aren't real sure where they are. Unfazed, Ratso beams "We're lost, but we're making good time!"
I think this statement pretty well describes our political situation today.
Tedd Hinton, Colorado Spring
TABOR saved us again
TABOR again did exactly what we enacted it to do! Thanks Doug Bruce.
Let's not forget that the provisions included in"66" had been passed by our legislators and would already be law if not for the little "annoying" proviso of TABOR for a people's vote on taxes.
It is certain that the efforts to have TABOR declared unconstitutional will continue and be intensified by those following their own agendas who are unaware of and certainly not the least interested, in the thoughts and concerns of the voters.
Joe Henry, Colorado Springs