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Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor, I read with interest the article entitled “Lessons from the success of downtown Springs.” As one who lived in Portland, Ore., I can attest to the importance of mixed use in a successful downtown. When I arrived last year to live and work in Colorado Springs, I thought of living closer to downtown.… Continue Reading Letter to the Editor

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Not long ago, Americans with near unanimity echoed Voltaire’s commitment to freedom of speech: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” While other liberties may be even more indispensable to a free society, freedom of speech is the most universally embraced of our constitutional… Continue Reading A universally embraced constitutional freedom

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Small businesses help protect the environment by being active in their communities. These businesses know their neighbors hold them accountable for keeping the community clean and healthy. A small business that harms the local environment is not likely to be successful in the long run. Increasingly, small firms are being recognized as good environmental stewards.… Continue Reading Small Business – Benefiting our environment

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A note of thanks; changes on the horizon

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Politics is in general a thankless job. No matter what an elected official does, chances are that about half of his or her constituents are not going to be happy. In that vein, I’d like to thank the El Paso County Board of Commissioners for doing what I think was the right thing and unanimously… Continue Reading A note of thanks; changes on the horizon

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Safety critical for work zones

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Infrastructure maintenance vital to city Public safety is a core function of local government, but it encompasses much more than the services provided by our Police and Fire Departments. Repairing our city roads, bridges and drainage systems is vital for the safety of the traveling public. Without regular maintenance, bridges collapse, roads deteriorate and drainage… Continue Reading Safety critical for work zones

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Airline magazines often have stories written by frequent fliers, “road warriors,” they call them. The stories related tales of travel snafus that just about anyone who flies on even a semi-regular basis can relate to. Last week, Lon Matejczyk and I were in Baltimore for three days for a conference for the editors and publishers… Continue Reading Air travel will make road warrior out of anyone

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Dear Lon, I prefer that Wal-Mart locate in the Jackson Creek area rather than on Baptist Road. Frankly, I prefer to not have them here at all. I think their addition to our community will destroy many of our local business venues and slowly, these unique local gems will drop from sight, just as small… Continue Reading Wal-Mart much like temper tantrum throwing child

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Dear Lon, I appreciated reading your recent comments on the Baptist Road Wal-Mart. I have an additional concern: My subdivision was created by the same developer as Chaparral Hills, and has a similar tract being held by him for future development. If the BOCC allows him to violate his own covenants on Baptist Road, then… Continue Reading Additional concern: Are other covenants under threat?

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Dear Carl Schueler, Assistant Director of County Planning, and El Paso County Commissioners, Allow me to thank each of you for your work in consideration of the proposed Wal-Mart at Baptist Road and I-25. I can only imagine the amount of effort and time that you are required to invest in such decisions. I would… Continue Reading Decision against supercenter practical and reasonable

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Dear Editor, I couldn’t agree with you more Mr. Matejczyk. We’ve only lived in the Gleneagle area for four years, but I can only imagine the devastating effect the proposed Wal-Mart would have on our quality of life. The zoning laws in our area were put in effect for a reason – to eliminate the… Continue Reading Wal-Mart would have devastating effect on quality of life

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