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The Widefield Running & Walking Club, led by Erik Nelson, Cross Country Coach for Widefield High School, is looking for participation from the local community. The newly formed club has a diverse group of runners and walkers. The club meets every Thursday night at 6:00 pm at the Widefield Community Center, 715 Aspen Drive. Club members run or walk, at their own pace along a 5K course that loops back to the start at the community center.

“I want people in this community, Widefield, Security, Fountain and surrounding areas to see people out running and walking and having fun doing it. Especially the kids in the area and I’m hopeful that seeing their community invested in running or walking will encourage kids to do the same,” said Erik Nelson.

Whether you are a competitive runner, just getting into the sport or someone who enjoys a good walk, the Widefield Running & Walking Club can help you achieve your goals. There are no fees and kids are welcome. You can run or walk with your dogs as well.

The Widefield Running & Walking Club is a community club formed to encourage its local neighbors to get out and run for fun. Please contact Erik Nelson at 719-659-9931 or Don Byers at 719-231-0169 for more information.

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Press Release

Mountain Metropolitan Transit is proud to announce its My Next Bus real time technology is now available via Google Maps. My Next Bus gives riders the ability to find nearby bus stops, look up departure times, plan trips and get arrival predictions while they are on the go, right from their phone. Mountain Metro staff will be demonstrating My Next Bus at the downtown transit terminal tomorrow, Friday, June 30 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

“We’ve had real time information at our downtown terminal and at some key transfer locations for a while, but now customers have this information at their fingertips, accessible while they are traveling.” said Craig Blewitt, director Mountain Metropolitan Transit. “Google Maps displays real time predictions based on the position of the bus, using live GPS data, combined with the speed, to give customers an estimate of when their bus will arrive.”

          Mountain Metro provides Google Maps with detailed information about routes, scheduled arrival and departure times, and live GPS data feeds that refresh every 30 seconds. My Next Bus is a valuable tool for transit riders and will be especially important during periods of bad weather or other incidents that may cause delays or irregular operations. Visit Metro’s My Next Bus web page for more information.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses use clean diesel technology and are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Mountain Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).

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Press Release (SpringsGov.com)

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking applicants to fill the City’s open position; Chief Financial Officer. The chief financial officer (CFO) reports to the chief of staff/chief administrative officer, and is responsible for all accounting and treasury functions. This position directs the financial functions of the City including budget, fiscal and strategic planning, all aspects of accounting, sales tax collections, parking enterprise, grant management, and investments. The CFO develops fiscal policies, short and long term financial goals, and consults to and advises the chief of staff and the mayor. The chief financial officer directs the development of a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), district and enterprise financial statements, annual budget, strategic plan, and all cost allocations. The CFO may participate on special committees as required.

The City of Colorado Springs is looking for candidates who demonstrate:

Thorough knowledge or transferrable knowledge of the applicable federal, state, and local laws and administrative policies governing municipal finance

Ability to direct comprehensive financial programs, prepare comprehensive municipal financial reports, and prepare complex financial analyses

Colorado Springs, with an estimated population of 457,715, occupies 195 square miles at the base of majestic Pikes Peak – America's Mountain and enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine per year. Colorado Springs is the state's largest city in terms of area and second to Denver in population. The "Springs" is home to several military establishments, including the Air Force Academy, many colleges and universities, the United States Olympic Committee Headquarters, and over 40 different sports organizations. Colorado Springs is a thriving city with over 30 Fortune 500 companies and a leader in the aerospace and defense industries. It also has a diverse collection of non-profit organizations and businesses with a large number of tourist attractions. Colorado Springs ranked 5th in the US News and World Report 2016 Best Places to Live in the United States.

The City of Colorado Springs, which is among the community's largest employers, is organized as a home rule Council-Mayor form of municipal government with a popularly elected mayor and nine council members.

To learn more about the City of Colorado Springs as an employer and what this beautiful city has to offer as a place to live and work by clicking on the following links: https://coloradosprings.gov/sites/default/files/candidate_info_packet_1.20.17_-_updated.pdf

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This includes BBBs serving: Northern Colorado and Wyoming, Denver and Boulder, and Southern Colorado.

Press Release (BlakelyCompany.com)

As part of ongoing efforts to provide the best possible support for small businesses, the BBBs of Colorado/Wyoming and the Colorado Small Business Development Center (CSBDC) will enter into an agreement concerning assistance to small businesses.

The organizations will sign a Memorandum of Understanding at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, at the Office of Economic Development and International Trade Office, 1625 Broadway Street, Suite 2700, Denver, 80202.

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBBSC) has had a long-standing relationship with Pikes Peak SBDC and Southern Colorado SBDC, and has partnered to help educate and provide resources to small businesses.

Given the success experienced in Southern Colorado, the BBBs and CSBDC believe it would be advantageous to both organizations to work more collaboratively at the state level to foster collaboration and education for both organizations.

The State MOU uses the framework established between BBBSC, Pikes Peak SBDC and Southern Colorado SBDC and will include: Better Business Bureau serving Denver/Boulder, Better Business Bureau serving Wyoming and Northern Colorado, and the 12 additional full-time Small Business Development Centers and 70 part-time Centers of the Colorado SBDC Network.

“We appreciate the tremendous work that SBDC provides for small businesses and would like to work closer together throughout the state of Colorado,” said Jonathan Liebert, CEO and executive director of BBB of Southern Colorado.

“In Southern Colorado, we have achieved remarkable success through our partnership with Pikes Peak SBDC and Southern Colorado SBDC, and believe a statewide partnership with other BBBs and SBDCs will create a more cohesive network of resources and education for small businesses.”

The partnership allows BBBs and SBDCs in Colorado to partner and cross-promote services and events across the state, as well as provide more resources to communities and businesses unaware of BBB’s and Small Business Development Center’s services.

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By Walter E. Williams

My "Rewriting American History" column of a fortnight ago, about the dismantling of Confederate monuments, generated considerable mail. Some argued there should not be statues honoring traitors such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis, who fought against the Union. Victors of wars get to write the history, and the history they write often does not reflect the facts. Let's look at some of the facts and ask: Did the South have a right to secede from the Union? If it did, we can't label Confederate generals as traitors.

Article 1 of the Treaty of Paris (1783), which ended the war between the Colonies and Great Britain, held "New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and Independent States." Representatives of these states came together in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a constitution and form a union.
 
During the ratification debates, Virginia's delegates said, "The powers granted under the Constitution being derived from the people of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression." The ratification documents of New York and Rhode Island expressed similar sentiments.

At the Constitutional Convention, a proposal was made to allow the federal government to suppress a seceding state. James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," rejected it. The minutes from the debate paraphrased his opinion: "A union of the states containing such an ingredient (would) provide for its own destruction. The use of force against a state would look more like a declaration of war than an infliction of punishment and would probably be considered by the party attacked as a dissolution of all previous compacts by which it might be bound."

America's first secessionist movement started in New England after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Many were infuriated by what they saw as an unconstitutional act by President Thomas Jefferson. The movement was led by Timothy Pickering of Massachusetts, George Washington's secretary of war and secretary of state. He later became a congressman and senator. "The principles of our Revolution point to the remedy -- a separation," Pickering wrote to George Cabot in 1803, for "the people of the East cannot reconcile their habits, views, and interests with those of the South and West." His Senate colleague James Hillhouse of Connecticut agreed, saying, "The Eastern states must and will dissolve the union and form a separate government." This call for secession was shared by other prominent Americans, such as John Quincy Adams, Elbridge Gerry, Fisher Ames, Josiah Quincy III and Joseph Story. The call failed to garner support at the 1814-15 Hartford Convention.

The U.S. Constitution would have never been ratified -- and a union never created -- if the people of those 13 "free sovereign and Independent States" did not believe that they had the right to secede. Even on the eve of the War of 1861, unionist politicians saw secession as a right that states had. Rep. Jacob M. Kunkel of Maryland said, "Any attempt to preserve the union between the states of this Confederacy by force would be impractical and destructive of republican liberty." The Northern Democratic and Republican parties favored allowing the South to secede in peace.

Northern newspapers editorialized in favor of the South's right to secede. New-York Tribune (Feb. 5, 1860): "If tyranny and despotism justified the Revolution of 1776, then we do not see why it would not justify the secession of Five Millions of Southrons from the Federal Union in 1861." The Detroit Free Press (Feb. 19, 1861): "An attempt to subjugate the seceded States, even if successful, could produce nothing but evil -- evil unmitigated in character and appalling in extent." The New-York Times (March 21, 1861): "There is a growing sentiment throughout the North in favor of letting the Gulf States go."

Confederate generals were fighting for independence from the Union just as George Washington and other generals fought for independence from Great Britain. Those who'd label Gen. Robert E. Lee as a traitor might also label George Washington as a traitor. I'm sure Great Britain's King George III would have agreed.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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