October 2, 20171min470

Ballot Issue 300 in the city of Pueblo's Nov. 7 election is definitely not the way to support the local police and public safety. Just vote "no" on 300. While it proposes an increase of one-fourth of 1 percent in city sales and use tax for 10 years, issue 300 would require -- not just suggest -- that of the 24 new police hires "at least 10" would be "problem-solving officers based out of substations to work with 10 neighborhood councils on crime reduction planning and an at least five-member violence and crime reduction unit." Micromanaging to the extreme. The voters need to reject the idea and leave officers' duty assignments to the police chief and his professional commanders to handle as they see fit. Read more at The Pueblo Chieftain.

September 29, 20171min464

East Side residents have been living in a so-called "food desert" since their local Safeway store closed almost a year ago. The hard truth is that finding their way out of that desert isn't going to be easy. At a community meeting about the issue earlier this month, Pueblo City Councilman Larry Atencio fielded questions from frustrated constituents about what was being done to find a replacement for the East Eighth Street grocery. It's not like the problem is being ignored, though. Unfortunately, many large retailers already have been approached and decided against locating in the neighborhood. And, if we're being honest, expecting a major chain to fill the void may be unrealistic. Read more at The Pueblo Chieftain.

September 28, 20171min307

FOCUS, City Council, on issues of relevance to Pueblo. This admonition was prompted by a brief exchange between Councilman Bob Schilling (about standing for the national anthem) and Councilman Larry Atencio (supporting the NFL protesters who don't). During the council's regular member commentary agenda Monday, Schilling devoted his personal remarks to mild criticism of the players who have chosen not to stand for the pregame playing of the anthem and flying of the American flag. "I can't think of a good reason not to stand," Schilling said. "And I think there should be and I hope there are some things that stay sacred. ... And I don't think you kneel and I don't think you sit."

September 26, 20171min440

United Way of Pueblo County is looking for another banner year, setting a fundraising goal of $1,075,000, which is $10,000 higher than in 2016. United Way anticipates achieving the goal to make it the eighth straight million-dollar campaign and 15th consecutive increase.

September 21, 20171min306

The City of Pueblo has a plan to open a new big item trash drop-off site with free recycling as early as January at the old animal shelter on Stockyard Road. The site is located near the confluence of Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River on Stockyard Road just east of Joplin Avenue (Highway 227).

September 19, 20171min368

It doesn't always happen in the corporate world, but occasionally principles do win out over profits. That seems to be what happened last week when St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center announced plans to continue offering labor, delivery and neonatal care services for Pueblo families.