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Retailers go political

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Conventional wisdom dictates that elections are decided at the polls. This year’s presidential race, however, might just be a mandate on who emerges as top dog in the warehouse-club retail battle. Judging by the coverage on cable television and in business wire services and publications, Sen. John Kerry’s vision of the future would appear to… Continue Reading Retailers go political

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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 Mr. Matejczyk, Thank you for your support of our efforts opposing the rezoning for Wal-Mart on Baptist Road. Appended is a copy of my letter to all five El Paso County Commissioners on that subject. To date only Commissioner Bensberg has offered a reply. As a member of the Tri Lakes Coalition I appreciate… Continue Reading Thanks for your support, here is what I sent the commissioners

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Don't need urban sprawl in Monument

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Dear Lon: Thanks for the support against the proposed Wal-Mart location in Monument. We firmly oppose a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Monument. We do not need this kind of urban sprawl here. There already are two Wal-Marts located in close proximity to Monument: one is on North Academy Boulevard, about 10 minutes away and the second… Continue Reading Don't need urban sprawl in Monument

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Dear Mr. Matejczyk, I strongly oppose Wal-Mart’s new store at Baptist and I-25 for the same reasons you do. I live about seven miles to the east of the proposed location and the addition of yet another big box in a pristine area is too much, not to mention the added traffic, killing of competition… Continue Reading Wal-Mart might win, but retailer will lose at least one shopper

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Would Sam be making the same decision?

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Dear Mr. Matejczk, Just a short note to thank you for your editorial regarding the placement of a Wal-Mart store on Baptist Road. I don’t believe that the late Mr. Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, would want to force a Wal-Mart on the Monument community after hearing all the opposition. One need look no further then… Continue Reading Would Sam be making the same decision?

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Lon, As a resident that will be affected by the subject rezoning proposal I want to express my disapproval with the proposal. This proposal is inconsistent with long-range planning for this area and is incompatible with the neighboring community. Furthermore a perfectly suitable and correctly zoned location exists for Wal-Mart just north at the Monument… Continue Reading Wal-Mart would be fine … at Monument Marketplace

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