EDITORíS DESK: No trash talking here
Apparently it's all the rage in the national media now to trash Colorado Springs. Which is hardly fair since the city has removed most of its rubbish containers.
But seriously, as someone who believed that Issue 2C was The Right Thing to Do, I'd like to take a moment to point out some fine things that have been happening as a result of its failure. I mean "fine" in the sense of people reaching deep - into their wallets or their personal calendars - to stand up for things they care about.
The beauty is that it's all grassroots. Being president of Rock Ledge Ranch's Living History Association had been a pleasant hobby for retired firefighter Ron Wright. But it's become the equivalent of a full-time job since he made up his mind that, Doug Bruce or no Doug Bruce, Rock Ledge was not going to close. With the help of other dedicated volunteers, he's found a way to keep the ranch open this year, and now he's looking for long-term funding sources to make it permanent.
Over at the Garden of the Gods, the cutbacks were less severe (mainly because the visitor center is privately owned), but still it took increased financial firepower from the center's foundation and Friends group to counteract the hits.
Unfortunately, efforts to save the community centers appear destined to a similar fate as Don Quixote's charge at the windmill. But that likelihood makes those people who are trying even more admirable. Dave Hughes, another retiree, is not content at age 81 just to spearhead the fundraiser for the Westside Center, he volunteered this week to write grants for the recently formed task force that's seeking to save all four of the centers (Westside included).
The sad part, I think, is the schism we have now. Together, we Springs-ites used to support with taxes the amenities noted above. So now what? Do the anti-2C'ers only get to enter Rock Ledge, for example, with bags on their heads?