"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"

Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Stop the El Paso County Needle Exchange Program

Attend the El Paso County Board of Health Meeting on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 7:30 am and sign up to speak in opposition to the needle exchange program.  It is imperative that people attend and speak out against this proposal.  It is an early morning meeting.

El Paso County Board of Health
Citizen Service Center
1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road
Assessor's Training Room on the main floor
December 4th, 7:30 am

We already have a serious enough drug abuse problem in El Paso County.  Handing out needles to drug users will increase drug use and make our streets even more unsafe.  In Pueblo, where they already have a needle exchange program, there has been no significant, positive public health improvement yet the city is awash in discarded needles as reported by the Pueblo Chieftain.  Increased drug use also means increased crime - as users try to find new ways to finance their habit.  This is why El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder strongly opposes this needle exchange.

Please also email the following members of the El Paso County Board of Health and politely ask them to vote no on any needle exchange program which comes before them:

Doris Ralston, ralstond@comcast.net

Dr. James Terbush, jimterbush@elpasoco.com

Dr. Robert Bux, robertbux@elpasoco.com

Richard Skorman, rskorman@springsgov.com

You can also call the Health Department at (719)578-3199.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Stealing from the Collection Plate

by Jeff Crank

In an August 13, 2015 article in the Gazette entitled Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers takes exception to group’s no-tax claim, Mayor Suthers and many members of the Colorado Springs city council argued erroneously that a city budget study — commissioned by an outside group which I helped arrange—called for taxing Colorado Spring’s churches and nonprofits. Mayor Suthers said in the article, “Do you think the citizens of Colorado Springs would vote to tax churches and nonprofits? We’d be the only jurisdiction in Colorado that did that.”...

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Jeff Crank's 2017 Ballot Recommendations

I would never try to tell you how to vote, but I am often asked how I am going to vote.  I've put quite a bit of research and thought into several of the candidates and ballot issues in 2017. 

When it comes to school board elections, there are many people who are personally very nice and well intentioned.  However, I only support candidates that I feel will be champions of free-market reforms in K-12 education.  While almost every candidate now says they support school choice, they often only support public school choice – and don’t empower parents to make the decisions that are right for their children.  True school choice is about putting parents in the drivers’ seat and allowing them the full range of options – public, charter or private schools – and removing all barriers to parents making those decisions.

On El Paso County Issue 1A, I oppose it.  While there is no question that the widening of Interstate 25 is critical, I think 1A misses the boat.  If widening of I-25 was so critical, they could have applied all $14 million to that project.  Instead, they chose to put some towards widening I-25 and some towards parks, trails and open space.  To me, we ought to put all our additional resources towards widening I-25.  It is critical and more important than additional parks and trails- but it seems as if they added in funding for trails and open spaces to get additional votes from left-leaning voters.  Fix the roads with the money you have.

On Colorado Springs Issue 2A, I also oppose.  There is no doubt that there is a storm water problem in Colorado Springs and one that needs to be addressed.  I oppose 2A for a couple of reasons.  First, while there are some legal requirements for the wording, I find the ballot language somewhat misleading.  The language starts by saying “Without imposing any new taxes or increasing any existing taxes”.  They are simply calling it a fee rather than a tax – but it still comes out of your pocket.  Second, while imposing a high monthly “fee” on churches and non-profits in our community, Issue 2A largely exempts local developers from the storm water fee by not imposing the fee on undeveloped land – and those developers are putting up the money, by and large, to get this issue passed.  In addition, Colorado Springs city government has simply come to the tax well too many times in the last few years.  Tax (or fee) increases seem to be the preference of current city leadership.

While I do not have recommendations in all school districts, below are the ones on which I feel confident enough to make suggestions.  If I haven’t made a recommendation in your school district, it is because I don’t feel confident enough that there are any real champions of true school choice on the ballot.

I don't choose my elected officials based on my feelings but rather their views on the issues and how they will either advance or inhibit my freedoms and liberties.  I hope you use that same criteria - and not personality - to make your determinations.  These recommendations are my personal recommendations and do not reflect the position of my employer.  Please make sure you vote.  If you have any questions about your ballot, please call the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's office at (719)575-VOTE (8683) or click here to learn more information.

Here are my recommendations:

Harrison School District 2 – Linda M. Pugh
Academy School District 20 – Thomas LaValley, William H. Temby, Eric S. Davis
Lewis Palmer School District 38 – District 1: Chris G. Taylor
Lewis Palmer School District 38 – District 3: Tiffiney Upchurch
El Paso County Issue 1A – No

Colorado Springs Issue 2A - No