When Doug Bruce visited KKTV last week, he signed in at the front desk and wrote “to destroy Colorado Springs” as his reason for being at the television station. (He was actually there for a debate with Mayor Lionel Rivera about ballot questions 200 and 201.)
Something has to be done.
Bruce later told the station he was just joking, but I am not laughing.
Do you go through security at the airport and jokingly say, “I have a bomb”? An elected official has a responsibility to be professional, and I can’t find any professionalism in what Bruce wrote — much less any civility.
How our elected officials act is a reflection on our region. Bruce is harming our region’s reputation by his antics.
How long will we put up spending time and energy defeating his initiatives? How much money has it cost? Bruce is a county commissioner, but he appears to spend most of his time coming up with plans to hurt the region.
I have already beaten to death 200, 201 and Amendment 38, so I won’t go into more detail about how important it is to defeat these measures.
Rather than spending time to defeat Bruce’s schemes, we could spend time finding money from the feds for Fort Carson, work force development or to focus on economic development.
These endeavors would make us more prosperous and support our infrastructure, not try to destroy it.
Let’s spend our time and energy getting rid of Bruce, not fighting his measures. But first we have to get through these ballot issues. Once these issues are defeated, let’s reconvene and develop a game plan for what we are going to do about Bruce.
We need to stop reacting and start pro-acting.
Astute companies that might be working with the Economic Development Corp. will ask about our taxes and infrastructure. Ballot items like 200 and 201 are detrimental to the organization’s work.
We need to get rid of the problem, not keep spending time and energy defeating Bruce’s economic depreciating measures.
The economic success of Colorado Springs is nothing to joke about.
Lon Matejczyk is publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. He can be reached at Lon.Matejczyk@csbj.com or 329-5202.