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Wealth supports culture. You want culture; you have to generate wealth. So why can’t Pueblo County generate wealth?

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Wealth supports culture. You want culture; you have to generate wealth.

Last month, the Colorado Springs Independent ran a story about the Pueblo arts scene and how it could change Pueblo’s fortunes. Weeks before the story ran, the reporter asked me about my January editorial “Watching Them Leave” and the premise of arts saving Pueblo. I should have declined bec…

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Wealth supports culture. You want culture; you have to generate wealth.

Last month, the Colorado Springs Independent ran a story about the Pueblo arts scene and how it could change Pueblo’s fortunes. Weeks before the story ran, the reporter asked me about my January editorial “Watching Them Leave” and the premise of arts saving Pueblo.
I should have declined because the reporter already had her story written before she even contacted me. What could go wrong? It’s a story on the arts.
We chatted for more than 45 minutes and discussed a wide range of issues but essentially I disagreed with her premise and tried to give her context on issues of Southern Colorado.
What the Colorado Springs Independent missed was that the arts scene in Southern Colorado mirrors every other scene in Pueblo.
Southern Colorado isn’t Taos because we lack an abundance of artists, we lack an abundance of people so well-off that they can afford art and we fail to attract an abundance of those well-off to come here to buy art.
Sound familiar? This is exactly the problem Pueblo is having with economic development.

It’s always hoping for outsiders to come i…

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Pueblo, A City for the Creative

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Much of this doesn’t exist… It’s Sunday brunch time and the new local coffee place is filled  with a few college students trying to finish the last of their term papers before they leave for break as well as a few professionals on their laptops pretending to work while watching YouTube. The menu is sparse for a coffee shop an…

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Much of this doesn’t exist…
It’s Sunday brunch time and the new local coffee place is filled  with a few college students trying to finish the last of their term papers before they leave for break as well as a few professionals on their laptops pretending to work while watching YouTube.
The menu is sparse for a coffee shop and the prices are well, Oregonian in nature, but the place is full on a Sunday.
The low winter sun shines on a nice young couple just off a morning hike in Beulah who stretch with purpose as they get out of their Subaru. They drove down from Monument for the day to hike and then to amiably walk around the downtown.
On the agenda a bookstore, the clothing shop, the silkscreen poster shop, the local pottery and then off to a brew pub for a quick pint before heading back up. Maybe they’ll stop off at the Italian deli in Bessemer that they heard about on public radio station just last week.
It’s open now on Sundays because there are people everywhere after the story on the new food culture of Pueblo was shared like wildfire on social media.
“Finally! The recogni…
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Enough is Enough: Sexual Harassment at the Colorado State Capitol

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If there is a moment to drop politics and have a human moment then I’m going to spend the rest of the editorial struggling with what we printed last month. Thirty some odd days ago, our nation and our state was different. In that time Colorado saw for the first time that even those sitting in the high seats o…

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If there is a moment to drop politics and have a human moment then I’m going to spend the rest of the editorial struggling with what we printed last month.
Thirty some odd days ago, our nation and our state was different. In that time Colorado saw for the first time that even those sitting in the high seats of Colorado State Government can be targets for harassment and assault.
The State learned that sitting State Representatives were harassed, groped or pursued in ways that were unacceptable.
It started with Rep. Daneya Esgar who told us that she was groped by a man she “regularly worked with.” Then Rep. Faith Winter told a Denver Radio station she was harassed by Rep. Steve Lebsock.
Then other aides, interns and lobbyists came forward to oust Lebsock, and other legislators, both Democrat and Republican, of alleged inappropriate behavior and harassment.
Before Thanksgiving, Rep. Lontine said she was also groped by a legislator but didn’t disclose a name.
This all may be the beginning of more accusations coming to light but the current tally of those with allegations leveled against them beyond Lebsock are Rep. Paul Rosenthal, Senators Jack Tate and Randy Baumgardner, one unknown le…
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When the chief of police says his department cannot respond

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The quote was buried in a local TV news story, and you would have missed if you didn’t read carefully. Pueblo’s Police Chief Luis Velez admitted the department had reached its breaking point in responding to calls after two officers resigned. Chief Velez said to KRDO on March 2, “We’re at a point where we cannot keep our calls for servic…

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The quote was buried in a local TV news story, and you would have missed if you didn’t read carefully. Pueblo’s Police Chief Luis Velez admitted the department had reached its breaking point in responding to calls after two officers resigned.
Chief Velez said to KRDO on March 2, “We’re at a point where we cannot keep our calls for service and stay on top of them.”
While the Pueblo police staffing issue isn’t new, the chief’s comment that the department has reached its breaking point is frighteningly blunt.
This is the third time and the third law enforcement official to call Pueblo’s police at a breaking point. District Attorney Jeff Chostner, on February 29, told the Pue…
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