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Re: “Our special district conundrum

Exactly right. Not a level playing field. Developers with a metro district mil levy get to pretend they're a quasi government entity and get tax-free municipal bond interest rates and after they establish a 20, 30 or 40 mil tax for 40 years for the entire area by having a "special" TABOR election whereby only the developer votes in the election. Then they get to get a sweet loan and are treated the same as a City borrowing money thereby reducing up front investment and risk while guaranteeing that the future residents will make those loan payments with their tax assessment or else get a lean on their property. Meanwhile, because the developer didn't have to make the same out of hide initial investment as those without those benefits, he can offer the property at an artificially low sale price. Most would-be buyers don't see the massive mil levy until they're at the closing table. City Council has created a complex web of an uneven playing field all over the City. They can then use those loan proceeds to build sub-par roads which the City takes over maintenance on a after a 2-year warranty all the while making payments from residents who had no say in a mil levy that's 8-fold of the City mil levy.

Regarding disdain for TABOR, would you prefer to have corrupt politicians under influence of their campaign financiers deciding how much of your money they'll take and distribute as corporate welfare?

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/25/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Opinion: Manitou Springs' war on hikers

A lot of these hikers are slobs who leave their trash along the incline & other trails. They are rude & don't pick up their dogs poop. Among other things. Perhaps Manitou can figure out how much of a load the area can actually handle? And come up w/a better plan than the one proposed.

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Posted by Franklin Vee on 09/25/2016 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Opinion: Manitou Springs' war on hikers

Hikers? Are you kidding me? I hiked the local stairs once a year ago and was I totally blown away by the huge percentage of pure rudeness and cologne drenched narcissistic posers that this "city" trail seems to attract. I can honestly say, as a born local guy, that I have no desire to go near the incline ever again. Once was enough for that circus. And as I see it, Manitou can charge the people who want to park close and use this close to city trail, anything they want. Pay for convenience. It's the way it works. There are hundreds of miles of other trail systems that I would much rather explore in my home state.

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Posted by Tom Wilco on 09/25/2016 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Opinion: Manitou Springs' war on hikers

I think we should organize a world wide boycott on Manitou for the next year.

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Posted by Tony Sims on 09/25/2016 at 7:45 PM

Re: “DUI, gang and other units shift to the streets as crime rates surge, response times lag

Tickets are only given out when a law is violated moron.

Posted by Holmes on 09/25/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Why is private security patrolling our public streets?

Brian... taxpayers are not footing the bill. Paid for by business owners.

Posted by Holmes on 09/25/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Why is private security patrolling our public streets?

Same authority as a citizen. If they witness an illegal act, they can detain until police arrive. Essentially a citizen's arrest. You can do the same thing. However, it's typically not worth your safety. Bottom line is they are extra eyes to keep watch over public safety.

Posted by Holmes on 09/25/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Opinion: Manitou Springs' war on hikers

So if I want to hike Pikes Peak, and say it takes me from 6am to 6pm, it's gonna cost me $120??

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Posted by Matt 2 on 09/25/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “'Casino night' for canine cancer cure tonight

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Re: “Regional Building, Nor'wood postpone deal

You would think Regional Building's lawyer, Todd Welch, would have reviewed the agreement prior to moving forward.

Either:

1. It was not submitted to Welch, in which case the person (Roger Lovell?) responsible for doing so should be reprimanded.

2. Or it was submitted to Welch, and he is incompetent and should be reprimanded.

Good job Pam Zubeck!

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Posted by Soylent Magenta on 09/25/2016 at 10:22 AM

Re: “CSPD cop later charged with racketeering is allowed to stay on to qualify for a pension

It looks bad, but nothing illegal went on here. He was not charged and/or indicted with any crime at the time he was put on paid administrative leave and was still in the same status at the time of his retirement. Hopefully, if and when he is convicted, they can garnish his retirement pay to recoup any fines and/or penalties.

Terry Maketa, our ex-county sheriff, was in a similar situation. The board of county commissioners knew he was up to no good, but were too gutless to fire him and allowed him to retire with a generous pension a few months later.

In the federal government, the person heading the construction of the new VA hospital in Aurora managed to retire just when questions about cost over-runs and late schedules were hitting Congress and the press. He retired and unplugged his phone.

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Posted by Soylent Magenta on 09/25/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Suthers preaches against MJ legalization in Arizona

Well when half of the Indy pages are pot ads, you can't be shocked when the Indy attacks Suthers, or anyone threatening their advertising revenue.

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Posted by Kipper Doug on 09/24/2016 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Cannabis clubs mobilize, take on anti-marijuana legislation

Old Guy.
The issue is these clubs are illegally "selling" recreational cannbis. The city of Colorado Springs prohibits the sell of recreational cannabis. They are having people "donate" $25 to them and in return getting weed. Or having people "buy points" 1 point = $1 and they can then use their points to buy cannabis. Hence why they are an issue... People "donating" for cannbis don't need a medical card like the city requires to buy within the city limits.

Posted by Alexandria Anderson on 09/24/2016 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Suthers preaches against MJ legalization in Arizona

From my understanding, Suzanne, you have a right to live in peace in your own home. On the other hand, the grower has rights, also. Find some common ground.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/24/2016 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

Can't run a government without funds, and, if I remember correctly, Mr Miller, you're the one who called for a level playing field. Special districts are far from fair and equal as far as beneficiaries are concerned, and JH make a good point for equanimity within the city limits.

I'm not into raising taxes, per se - but I'm not a Grover Norquist "let's shrink the Federal Government to a size where we can drown it in the bathtub" fan either...and that looks and sounds like what Jailbird Bruce had in mind when he penned TABOR and ran that con into the Colorado Constitution.

My suggestion? Raise the city sales tax. Sales tax is indeed the only fair tax because it is a use tax - you buy a clunker, you pay tax on a clunker. You buy a Lamborghini you pay tax on a Lamborghini. Sounds fair enough to me. For that matter, let's do that nationwide and put the Federal deficit to rest. Oh, and all you rich "patriots" - no more hiding your dollars offshore!

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/24/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “CSPD cop later charged with racketeering is allowed to stay on to qualify for a pension

When there's no accountability there's a big hole in the system - this hole is HUGE! Who polices the police?

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/24/2016 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Local election poll unsurprising

That Trump is still in the race after all that he has said, and after stonewalling on releasing his tax returns, I'm forced to question the "reasoning" that led the Repubs into this morass. Colorado Springs didn't produce anything newsworthy in the polls other than to show their unmitigated hatred of anything populist.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/24/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “The great big Postal Service lie

Mr. Hightower! It was an honor to meet you in San Angelo at a Dem Party meet arranged by my late, close friend, Perry Flippin. I had suffered a heart attack a few days earlier, and the heat at the crowded venue didn't help my condition, so I had to leave early...but back to the Postal Service. You are absolutely correct that the USPS has been torpedoed by the very competitors (can we spell UPS and FedEx?) through their minions in Congress who are bought and paid for.

I for one have had problems with UPS damaging a family antique then refusing to take responsibility for it, and FedEx ain't spotless, either. For my money the USPS is the only way to fly!

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/24/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Trump's true colors, nurses for ColoradoCare, secrecy and the mayor, and more

Tannim...What's Aleppo? And what does that level of international ignorance mean to you? I was a Bernie supporter, but I'm also a realist - Johnson can't win, Stein can't win, and under no circumstances I can imagine can or should Trump win. Look up the clinical definition of sociopathy/narcissism anywhere you choose - if there was a picture next to it that picture would be of Donald Trump.

I have no desire to live in the police state he proposes. I have heard nothing constructive in any of his divisive rants, I haven't seen his tax returns yet (he has business dealings all over the world - who really owns him and what would that mean to our democracy?), I have no desire to see his family-style primped and airbrushed nepotism in the White House, and his stance on nuclear weapons is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.

This egocentric buffoon needs to have his ass handed to him on election day by Hillary Clinton. I'm not a huge fan of hers, but damn, son, use your head! The Ship of State will continue to sail regardless of who wins the election, but there are going to be casualties overboard...let's try to minimize the damage.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/24/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Suthers preaches against MJ legalization in Arizona

I'm curious as to what response you get. I have sent them a request as well. Would like to compare responses. So far the first reply was vague and they offered no documentation. I've responded accordingly and asked for some actual proof as to what entity paid for his Arizona trip.

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Posted by Audrey Hatfield on 09/24/2016 at 8:02 AM

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