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Companies that directly benefit from mass transit should contribute

I was at Elitch Gardens yesterday with my daughter and friends. There is a light rail station that serves Pepsi Center and Elitch Gardens. There is no reason to stop at this station unless one is going to either Pepsi Center or Elitch’s. There is also a passenger bridge that does nothing but serve Elitch Gardens. 

I will find out how much Elitch Gardens contributed for that bridge. Did Kroenke Enterprises (owner of Pepsi Center, the Nuggets and Avalanche) chip in?

I bet not. They should have.

Vote Dave Williams, RTD Board of Directors, District E. 


Last on your ballot, first in your heart!



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“Full speed ahead!” The RTD light rail scam

Westminster City Councilmember Mark Kaiser is displeased with the possibility that RTD will not build the Northwest corridor line through his town.

In the March 1, 2012 edition of the Westminster Window (page 7), he complains that the people of Westminster were promised a train, and, by God, they better get one. He wrote, “It is not a system unless it is built as promised and as the voters approved in 2004.”

Like all too many, Kaiser focuses on only part of the promise. He sees the shiny train that was promised. Unfortunately, he is blind to the price tag that was also promised.

In 2004, voters approved a price tag of $894.6 million for the light rail expansion. Now RTD says the price tag is actually $1.7 billion. Like a modern, twisted version of Admiral Farragut, Kaiser says “damn the price tag, full speed ahead!”

Kaiser’s refusal to acknowledge the cost is a refusal to acknowledge reality. This blindness is a common affliction of statists – they want something, damn it, and cost means nothing. Costs are irrelevant to those with  this affliction. In the real world, however, costs matter.

Voters were duped in 2004. Giving RTD more money in 2012 would be like giving Bernie Madoff more money to invest.

Hopefully voters, despite the blindness of some, will not be played the fool again.

See "Wanted: prairie dog homes.")

Someone wants to spend money on relocating prairie dogs? They are just big rats, people. They cover the ground like kudzu. But if people really want to save them, I suggest stopping the light rail project and refunding the taxes collected for the boondoggle.


Save the prairie dogs?

A front page story on today’s Denver Post is about efforts to save prairie dogs from the wake of habitat destroying construction of a train to the airport. (See “Wanted: prairie dog homes.“)

Someone wants to spend money on relocating prairie dogs? They are just big rats, people. They cover the ground like kudzu. But if people really want to save them, I suggest stopping the light rail project and refunding the taxes collected for the boondoggle.