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...
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...
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,...
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...
Lon, It has recently come to my attention that an opportunity exists to voice my opinion on the matter of Wal-Mart taking residence off Baptist road. Currently, I am the original homeowner of my house in Fox Run which is a development with a section that backs up to...
Last week I had the honor of moderating a panel at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for the Springs Youth Challenge. Participants included Robert Wonnett, the dean of students and director of Student Auxiliary Services at UCCS; Larry Schaeffer, director of field operations and integrated...
Dear Lon Matejczyk, Regarding the proposed Baptist Road Wal-Mart, I don't understand the purpose of zoning if a small group of individuals can make a monumental change to an existing zoning plan that was presumably created with the benefit of the community in mind, without the approval of the...
Dear Editor, I'd like to echo and expand upon Mr. Matejczyk's comments in the 25 June issue of the CSBJ about the proposal to place a Wal-Mart Supercenter on Baptist Road. I, too, am concerned about the increased traffic that a Wal-Mart at that location is bound to...
Dear Mr. Matejczyk, I wanted to thank you for your recent editorial about the proposed Wal-Mart on Baptist Road. I too am strongly opposed to the Wal-Mart coming into our serene setting in Monument. The reason we chose this area was because of the open space,...
Dear Mr. Matejczyk, Here are my wife's and my concerns about the proposed Wal-Mart store on Baptist Road.1. The increased traffic from Wal-Mart will worsen the already congested situation on Baptist Road. The Monument Marketplace will increase traffic, but that area has an alternate outlet at Highway 105 via...
Dear Editor, I live in High Meadows at Fox Run subdivision about 2 miles from the proposed Wal-Mart on Baptist Road. There are so many reasons that the proposed location should be voted down at the July 15th county commissioner meeting. I've listed just a few below: 1) Traffic...
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...