This ordinance should never have been passed in the first place and it's a bad deal for the citizens of Manitou ("Cog Railway tax break," The Wire, Aug. 28). Council should rescind it and save the court costs. An honorable Council would do that.
Just because a private corporation purposely neglects an asset, it should not be incumbent on the citizens of Manitou Springs to pay for the rebuilding of the Cog Railway. That's like your neighbor purchasing a car, not maintaining said vehicle, then when the engine blows up, the transmission falls out and the tires are bald and flat, comes to you and says, "Fix my car." Of course your answer would be "NO!"
Cog owner Philip Anschutz is the richest man in Colorado, worth $12.4 billion, and is the 27th-largest landowner in the U.S. He doesn't need the citizens of Manitou Springs' help. If he wants to keep the Cog in his stable of toys, he'd write the check and repair the railway. If he's not interested in doing that, then he should sell the asset or shut it down permanently. The people of Manitou Springs will adjust to the revenue loss and will find other income streams. Courage.
— Gary Casimir
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