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Dear Governor Polis

The following podcast episode is an audio letter to our newly elected governor: Jared Polis. All opinions are my own and I love it when you don’t agree. I ended up re-recording this episode and I’ll mention why shortly.

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Dear Governor Polis,

Congratulations on your recent gubernatorial win. Well, it’s not so recent anymore. After everyone making a big deal that you’re, ahem, gay, it was awesome to see you redefine the conversation and refocus citizens on the fact that you’re running the state. First, I would like to begin with what is going well.

And, so far, I like what I see.

I love that you signed all day kindergarten into law. And, even though I would have preferred that it was mandated, I like that you gave districts a way to opt-out, recognizing that not everyone would go for it.

Caping insulin at $100 also was fantastic and I love kicking big pharma in the metaphorical nuts (or their wallets).

And, deciding to re-route the highway around the newly designated Memorial Rock (saving the state money) was an bold move. I need to check that big ass rock out.

Here’s what I would like to see moving forward.

Better access to the mountains via public transportation. I love, love, love Bustang, but I’m convinced that we could increase service at least during the summer and winter months and keep things normal during the fall and spring.

Still transportation related, for the love of all that is Holy, we have go to figure out a way to pay for our roads. I know that the Tabor Amendment has placed a lot of constraints on us…but, we’ve got to figure this out. And, as a side-note…I love driving on US 36 now.

Healthcare is expensive on the Western Slope and beyond. I feel like we need to approach this issue with innovation vs. regulation. Do we need roving healthcare vans staffed with Doctors and Physician Assistants focused on preventative care?

We’ve got to figure this out

You’ve got to “Date the State” you’re welcome to use this idea-just give me a shoutout. Basically, I think it would be a great idea to spend a week or two during each season living in a different corner of our state. No, I don’t mean the quick drive-by visit.

What I mean is scheduling meaning connections that take place over a week and experience the lifestyle that citizens outside of the cities are living.

Housing is insane. I’m not sure what can be done, but we’ve got to more aggressively work to build affordable housing units vs. the surplus of luxury housing units being built.

And, what kind of work is everyone doing to afford those places?

Finally, just because you can push your agenda…doesn’t mean you should without giving the other side (Republicans) a chance to air out their grievances and concerns.

Huge kudos to you for speaking at the Western Conservatives Summit. You will be the first Democratic Governor to do so. This is a huge deal because without dialogue there is nothing.

I would love for Colorado to show the nation that we’re able to legislate ethically and are comfortable giving the other side the opportunity to speak…even when we don’t like that.

Be better.

I look forward to watching you do what you do as you represent this great Square State.

An Informed Citizen,

Michelle Jackson-Chief Charm Officer

Dear Mayor Hancock

Dear Mayor Hancock

The following podcast episode is an audio letter to Denver’s Mayor-Mr. Michael Hancock. The Letters to the Top series is a an opportunity for me to voice my concerns about the state as well as what I’m loving. The first episode in the series is “Dear Mayor Hancock.”

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Show Notes: Dear Mayor Hancock

  • Congratulations on your win, I know it wasn’t easy.
  • Denver has become a vibrant city filled with endless possibilities
  • Anything feels possible.
  • We have incredible resources such as: Denver Start Up Week, The Commons on Champa, Women of Denver, Women Who Startup, and House of Pod
  • We love to have fun-The National Western Stock Show, Denver Greek Festival, Concerts at Red Rocks, Pride, and the Juneteenth celebration are just a few of the opportunities we use to get together
  • There are so many work opportunities.
  • There are some issues-The Homeless problem has become a serious situation in Denver. I’m uncomfortable going to certain places depending on the time of day.
  • Denver is dirty-now, this is partly because we actually use and live in the downtown area of the city.
  • Tagging on all of the buildings
  • Small businesses struggling to stay staffed
  • The rising cost of housing (which also affects staffing)
  • Traffic sucks
  • What I love-Kids and Baby Boomers getting free access to the recreation center
  • Free events all of the time being hosted throughout the city
  • The expansion of the lightrail-even though it feels painfully slow at times
  • The overall positive mood of the city
  • Businesses moving their headquarters to Denver and surrounding suburbs.

Overall grade: B

Signed a Denver Citizen,

Michelle Jackson-Square State

Resources

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Happy City Denver

SQS027: Happy City Denver

One of the most exciting developments in Denver is the growth of its art scene. Even though the threat of unaffordable housing looms heavily on the community, the citizens of Denver are still about to connect with amazing, accessible, and free public art.

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Show Notes 

 

  • Ibotta-Start saving with Ibotta! It’s a Colorado based app that is fun and easy to use.

 

  • My favorite installations
    • Alley Freshners
    • The Crazy Cats on Larimer Square
    • Jump!

 

  • Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Tax-Love this program!

 

 

  • I share some thoughts on the art community in Denver.

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Square State

SQS025: Another Set of Random Musings

I’m in the process of interviewing more fabulous guests for the show! Here is another set of random musings that you may or may not agree with. Let me know.

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Show Notes

  • Michelle Rants

 

  • Why snow matters

 

  • The Denver Welcome Mat Event Series
    • Thursday, July 12th: Single, Single, Mix and Mingle

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May Recap

SQS024: May 2018 Recap

Here is a quick recap of the past month. Loving that we’re finally moving into summer! I’ve planted my garden and have begun enjoying all of the amazing things that Colorado has to offer during the summer. What about you?

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Show Notes

 

  • Upcoming June Events

 

  • Green Mountain Hike

 

  • Denver Chalk Art Festival

 

  • The Phroogal Road to Wellness Event (cancelled)

 

  • The Denver June Welcome Mat Event (cancelled)

 

 

 

  • Denver Comic Con…what does Jason Momoa smell like??

 

  • Farmer’s Markets

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