Friday, July 11, 2014

Hey, Mike! About Those Roadless Areas In Colorado

The arrogance of former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg knows no bounds. Of course, we in the gun culture have known that for a long time. Now he has just reconfirmed it in an interview in Rolling Stone magazine with comments about Colorado which are making Democrats like Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) squirm.
In Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don't think there's roads. It's as far rural as you can get. And, yes, they lost recall elections. I'm sorry for that. We tried to help 'em. But the bottom line is, the law is on the books, and being enforced. You can get depressed about the progress, but on the other hand, you're saving a lot of lives.
Those (former) state senators to whom Bloomberg refers would be (former) Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs), (former) St. Sen Angela Giron (D-Pueblo), and (former) St. Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Arvada-Jefferson County). The first two were recalled and Hudak resigned just before she was recalled.

Morse represented Colorado Springs (pop.  439,886) which is the state's second largest city. Bloomberg might be surprised to find out that Colorado Springs has a streets department to take care of their roadless areas.
We seek to render cost effective and competent services to the citizens of Colorado Springs, striving to ensure public safety for the citizens by providing quality maintenance and rehabilitation of public streets and drainage ways being responsive to the citizen's requests and concerns and to handle them in a timely manner.
Colorado Springs is almost as large as New York City's fifth borough Staten Island.  But, I guess I should note, that Staten Island - the hometown of my mother - is also known as the forgotten borough.

Pueblo (pop. 108,249), which was represented by Ms. Giron, is considerably smaller. Still even they have a street maintenance division. According to City of Pueblo's website, this division of the Public Works Department has "32 full-time, dedicated employees" whose primary focus is "to ensure that pavement surfaces are maintained adequately." Pavement? How can you have pavement if it is roadless?

Finally, Colorado Senate District 19 was represented by Mrs. Hudak until she abruptly resigned. That district is centered on Jefferson County (pop. 551,798) which calls itself "The Gateway to the Rockies". Anyplace called "the Rockies" must be roadless. But wait, the county's Road and Bridge Division maintains over 2,900 miles of paved roads. Hudak's district was centered on Arvada (pop. 108,249) which, according to the city's website, has over 1,400 lane miles of streets within the city limits.

Bloomberg is as misinformed about Colorado as he is about firearms. Moreover, he has no hesitation about tossing politicians under the bus after he gets what he wants. Both Udall and Hickenlooper should have thought of that before they took his money.


  1. Hickenlooper could atone by supporting repeal of Bloomberg's law. But, of course, he won't do that because it is his law too.

  2. I thought the NRA was nearly silent on the recalls. IIRC they were pretty much a grass roots movement started by gun rights activists in Pueblo and Colo. Sprgs.

  3. Another thing. why was there no effort to recall Hickenlooper? He should have been the first one out the door.

  4. Bloomberg is arrogant, condescending, and derisive to anyone he believes is beneath him (IOW, everyone). His political "friends" are gained solely through donations.

    Why anybody with any dignity would subject themselves to such derision for cash is beyond me.

  5. >Robert Fowler
    The signature requirements to recall a governor are very large. Also the Senators recalled (or at least two of them) were not up for election in 2014.

  6. The whole "Road-less" thing is also a Liberal/Progressive attempt to close-off all Colorado's (and all the Western States') multiple-use areas to everybody but hikers and rich hippies. Off-road vehicles of all types, and hunting - and every other kind of recreation would be eliminated and the areas stamped "Wilderness" even if they have old mines and actual roads still existing throughout them. Check out the CORVA website for more info : Colorado Off Road Vehicle Association.

  7. Bloomberg would probably like to see a world likening to the Hunger Games' Panem, where the population is confined to the Districts where they can be adequately controlled and propagandized under the efficient supervision of the State.
    A Richer Douche there never was.