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EDITOR'S DESK: Maybe Westside events aren't 'P.C.' enough

       By Kenyon Jordan

       The galling thing (among several galling things) about the loss of the Good Times Car Show - and possibly any future Coronado High Homecoming Parades through Old Colorado City - is the ho-hum attitude of city government.

It's a sign of how Colorado Springs in so many ways has grown away from its people. Staffers with City Parks, City Police and the City Attorney's Office, often from other cities, are paid to make decisions based on objective analyses of city liabilities and public impacts and then set regulations and fees accordingly.
       What they fail to savvy is the pleasure they're taking away from residents - in this case, us folks on the Westside - who just want to share a good time with their friends and the local community.
       Some of you may now be thinking - why not find deep-pocket sponsors? Well, easier said than done, and it just skirts the problem.
       Here's a side effect I don't think anyone saw coming. Increasing regulations and jacking up costs only really discourage the local groups with minimal funds, like the high school or the clubs that sponsored the Car Show for 25 years. Unless someone at City Hall wakes up to what's happening, locally sponsored events are going to become as scarce as manual typewriters. We'll see more and more of these nationally funded outfits like “Slide the City” and “Dance Mile” (both of which have graced the Westside in the past year), for whom an expense like $8,000 to close off a street and rent a park for a few hours is mere peanuts.
       What moved me was to see our Westside champion, Dave Hughes, now 88, speak at City Council in August, after reading in our online publication about Coronado possibly canceling this year. He told council the city was being overly bureaucratic. Council President Merv Bennett referred the matter to the mayor's chief of staff. This led to Hughes being contacted by staffers saying how reasonable the city was and/or its hands were tied by state or federal laws.
       Is that so? After Ferguson, the city blocked off streets downtown for Colorado College protesters. At no charge. Are we just not “P.C.” enough on the Westside?

(Posted 9/24/16; Opinion: Editor's Desk)

       Kenyon Jordan is the editor of the Westside Pioneer.

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