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No time for losers
Dear Council President King and Councilman Knight,
My husband and I recently attended the "Music of Queen" concert put on by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic at the Pikes Peak Center. The concert closed out with the epic "We Are the Champions," which was timely for Colorado Springs. When it began, the audience rose to its feet, waving their arms and singing at the top of their lungs. The sense of exuberance was thrilling.
The people of Colorado Springs are ready for action — to move this city forward, bring prosperity and quality of life to its citizens, and attract new blood into the community. Everybody needs to get behind the City for Champions initiative and make it happen.
Maybe you hadn't noticed, but the place is falling apart. By refusing to take action, you're driving us deeper and deeper into a hole. No intellectual argument need be made. Just take a drive and notice the innumerable potholes in our streets and the looming vacancies in the buildings. It's too quiet out there.
You need to stop hiding behind closed doors and start acting like duly elected representatives. You are part of the process of city government. We do have a mayor who was elected to head up that process. You should cooperate with him as best you can. If you have different ideas (any ideas at all?), you should state them and work toward constructive solutions.
We are pulling together a group of small businessmen and -women to serve as watchdog of the City Council. You need to be held accountable to your voters. Maybe we need a recall election, because you're just wet blankets keeping us all from being able to make progress.
We will rock you, boys. Because we are the champions and we don't have time for losers.
— Janet Sawyer and Walter Gerber
Too much of what I read in the Business Journal and the Independent is that the mayor and his allies should get tougher with their opponents regarding City for Champions. I'd like to add a counter voice.
I think there's too much testosterone in the debate already. Where's that gotten the public? Perhaps we should shift gears and try some conflict resolution techniques — used successfully in many other deeply divided conflicts. Let's look for a win-win solution rather than a biggest bully contest!
As for the merits of the project, I'm not convinced. Will more bricks and mortar stimulate the Colorado Springs economy? I think the proponents have failed at their job of trying to educate the average voter. What I do believe our local economy needs is better leadership (from our City Council and county commissioners) on higher taxes for public education; infrastructure repairs; fire and flood mitigation; higher wages; and support for diversity. Those fixes would make Colorado Springs a much more attractive place for progressive industry.
— Linda Sutton
While a recent edition of the Indy focused on such unimportant subjects as some twerp's long and unruly locks, and goats in the city, there is a matter of paramount community concern which needs to be addressed. Where the heck is Rich Tosches?
An edition of the Indy without his column is good for lining the bird cage, wrapping fish entrails, starting a fire in the fireplace or use in the outhouse. Oops! We have no outhouse, fireplace or birds, and do our fishing at the grocery store.
So come on Indy management; what gives?
Occasionally I've read a letter to your paper which contains an attack on Rich from some anal and offended reader. Hopefully, you'll not for such reason deprive the huge majority of Indy readers who appreciate his witty, sometimes vulgar, but always (well, most of the time) hilarious contributions.
Perhaps that is not your intention, for there is a rumor that an offended Steve Bach has Rich confined and manacled in the mayor's home dungeon.
Editor's note: For an answer to Mr. Anderson's query, see Between the Lines.
Missing the music
Kirk Woundy, in Long Story Short (April 2), recently promised that the Independent's 88-page InSider guide, in its coverage of "cultural attractions," will offer a "well-rounded sense of how this community's doing today." Yet nowhere in the InSider's print coverage did I see any mention of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Colorado Springs Chorale, Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Taylor Memorial Concerts, Veronika String Quartet, or any of several house-music groups.
Your omission of these organizations suggests that in your view they do not warrant inclusion as part of our cultural scene. (You seem willing to accept their ads, but not to promote their programs.) Groups such as these offer our city and its citizens an abundance of musical riches. How about including them in your guide from now on?
I contacted AARP because I was frustrated with the continual increases in my phone bill and all the nonsense "promotions." It seems that telecommunications and de-regulation is a hot issue in Colorado right now. There are four bills being considered: House Bills 1328, 1329, 1330 and 1331.
The intent is to shunt money allocated for landline maintenance into broadband expansion. Although most people are for broadband expansion, there are several other sources that are funding that. The danger is that without landline maintenance, we may have quality issues with our landlines or perhaps no landline service at all.
This issue is not cell phones vs. landlines. It's that many people would like to have both, and would like to retain their option for both. Landlines are currently necessary for some medical monitoring and home security. If these bills are passed, those options are in jeopardy as well as the ability to contact your local public utilities commission if there are problems with your service.
With the proposed changes, you lose that and must deal with a corporation out of state, or offices even out of the country. What I dread is the very good possibility of increased charges.
If that wasn't enough to worry me, one of the sponsors of the bill, state Rep. Angela Williams, won an award in 2013 for Advancing Investment in Telecommunications. In 2012, the Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association awarded her "Legislator of the Year."
If protecting your landline from these changes is important to you, call your state representative at 800/485-9401; additional info is at the AARP website.
— Theresa Kledzik