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Comment Archives: Stories: Columns: Between The Lines

Re: “Every vote does matter — so do your duty

Longinos Gonzalez is the much better candidate in commissioner district 4. He brings much needed diversity to local leadership and has been an advocate for poor neighborhoods, at-risk youth, and veterans issues. He is also a political outsider who won a surprise, upset victory in his primary.

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Posted by School Teacher 2014 on 11/02/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Check out this 'purple' Dem: Mark Anthony Barrionuevo

A statesman? That would be a relief...and a novelty.

Posted by Vietnamized on 10/23/2016 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Check out this 'purple' Dem: Mark Anthony Barrionuevo

That was a great article. Mark is one of the most upstanding men I know and I'm not writing this because he's my nephew. I have been at almost every milestone of Mark's, from graduating BYU, Georgetown & Boston Law School, to the batispm of his children. Mark is an unusual candidate in that "WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET" Mark will not tell you what you want to hear, but will tell you what he believes in his heart! Mark will never compromise his beliefs and moral for a "vote" but will always stand up "with a strong ethical voice" Hopefully the voters of Colorado Springs will vote for "CHANGE" and vote for a Strong Ethical Man! A very proud aunt in Las Vegas... Helena Garcia

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Posted by Helena La Protectora Garcia on 10/18/2016 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Colorado's election influence might be running cold

T.Rump, the prehistoric, misogynistic, creature hell bent on devouring the Republican party

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/10/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Colorado's election influence might be running cold

I went to the GOP Fair
A big orange baboon was there
The overgrown chump
Said his name was Trump
And spoke with a flatulent flair

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/24/2016 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Don't believe every No. 1 ranking for Colorado Springs

WE need BOTH Tiny houses and Affordable apartments or houses. COS could be known as the Capital of buying your own home's if we get rid of credit scores. Some mortgages
are cheaper then rent.

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Posted by Marlene LAne on 07/27/2016 at 5:35 PM

Re: “I-25: It's only getting worse

Tannim - tabor? started by convicted Doug Bruce (not just accused) , that the kind of people GOP selcetes as candidates - Colorado GOP Gas tax should have been raised -- GOP costs us 1.23 when the tax to save would have been 6 cents. at least GOP Suthers helped raise taxes to fix our roads in Co springs

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Posted by apathetic on 07/24/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “I-25: It's only getting worse

They should have made a "Thruway Highway" road out east 20 years ago, like they have back in NY and in Eastern states. That way trucks and cars that don't need to go thru the cities can bypass them to get thru the state quicker and safer for the population. We didn't get trucks dumping hazardous materials on the highways in the cities and less car congestion on the city highways.

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Posted by guruD on 07/15/2016 at 7:49 AM

Re: “I-25: It's only getting worse

The problem with a rail system between Colorado Springs and Denver is summed up in one simple dilemma "Once I get to Colorado Springs or Denver, how do I get to my final destination?" If the lightrail, bullet train, what have you dumps you off at a station, you still have to get from that station to where you want to be. Europe (lived there for over a decade) has this taken care of by excellent intra-city mass transit. The US, not so much. Personal autos are very much a privilege and definitely not a necessity in Europe.

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Posted by Dave H on 07/14/2016 at 5:54 PM

Re: “I-25: It's only getting worse

There is no indication that adding more traffic lanes to the Interstate is anything but a short-term solution. Look at LA or the area around D.C. LA is bumper to bumper at sunrise. The country needs to look at rail systems.

Also not sure it is ever a good idea to reclassify funds designated for a particular purpose just for a quick fix for something else. That's how Social Security ran into difficulty -- politicians dipping into an available trough. If a fund is no longer needed, bring the pressure of the opinion column to bear on getting rid of it, not on using it as an alternate funding source.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 07/14/2016 at 3:36 PM

Re: “I-25: It's only getting worse

I agree that I-25 is a mess, however I don't think the best answer is to widen the lanes.

We need some form of light-rail connecting the front-range. Denver has a good enough transportation itself to not need a car once there.

How many deaths result from driving accidents every year? Think of how many times we've been lucky enough to sit in traffic, and not be in the crash that caused it.

I don't understand why we're focusing so much energy into projects that take money away from the city. We need a light-rail for the front range, for our little city we need to restore the streetcar.

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Posted by KyleJS on 07/14/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “I-25: It's only getting worse

"But term-limited Senate President Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, showing more allegiance to the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity than his own constituents, used his influence to prevent the bill from reaching the Senate floor."

Bullmanure. Stick to something you're good at, Ralphie, like overeating at stadiums. Doing the Koch thing just shows your intellectual bankruptcy and lack of real argument.

The bill died because it was an end-run around TABOR, and you know it.

As for I-25, the reason it hasn't been widened is due to CDOT's incompetence as much as Denver-based politics. In a better world, it would have been done two decades ago. Both the lanes and bridges in that stretch need improvement, but I-25 also needs widening from Circle Drive to US85 in Fountain as well.

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Posted by Tannim on 07/13/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Don't believe every No. 1 ranking for Colorado Springs

Ralph is right about these "best places" lists, they are based on iffy criteria and usually with no real research to support them. Those looking for a best place are better off going to Sperling's Best Places, look at multiple criteria that have valid meaning to the user and select a city according to their own needs and wants.

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Posted by OldCrank on 07/01/2016 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Don't believe every No. 1 ranking for Colorado Springs

I agree with your observation that COS is not #1 in the tiny home movement. It is not. In fact, there is no legal place within COS that one can place a tiny home. Most tiny homes are actually RVs and not permanent homes. That means you can stay on a property for 30 days only and then you must move it. Or stay in a RV park. Not much of an affordable housing solution. Just another RV that looks like a tiny home.

If you want to talk about bringing affordable housing to COS (and not $1,200 per month rents in downtown high rise bldgs.) then start with the basics why there is no infill affordable housing in downtown, Hillside and Westside. Planning fees, utility tap fees, building permit fees, planning restrictions, etc. is a good starting point. But then again, small developers that can produce infill affordable housing have no clout with city leaders or planners. Ask why a tap fee for a 800 SF house in the Hillside neighborhood costs as much as the tap fees for a 5,000 SF house in the Broadmoor area of the city. Makes no sense.

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Posted by COS John on 06/30/2016 at 5:36 PM

Re: “New idea for the Colorado Springs Public Market

We were in on the Gazette concept as a stakeholder but declined the Payne Chapel opportunity. We would be back in for the City Auditorium.
Dave Brackett
Pizzeria Rustica, Enoteca Rustica, TAPAteria

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Posted by Dave Brackett on 06/27/2016 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Solving Colorado's primary apathy

Primaries and caucuses are the candidate selection processes of the respective political parties. Those parties are private entities, not government agencies and should, therefore, be the full responsibility of the parties, not the taxpayers -- full responsibility meaning both financial and administrative. Open primaries, primaries versus caucuses, and "top-two" primaries all address a problem that is not a problem for the state to resolve. For one thing, there are political parties other than the two major parties. Also, there are independent candidates with no party affiliation. Given those potential alternatives plus the liklihood that many eligible voters find no candidate in a given election cycle will represent their concerns and interests, it is little more than hubris -- as well as demonstrably ignorant -- to accuse those prospective voters of "apathy" if they don't choose to participate in either the Democratic or Republican party candidate selection processes.

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Posted by Independent Voter on 06/23/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Solving Colorado's primary apathy

Very disappointed in Cruz's endorsement of Darryl Glenn. Mr Glenn is all talk and no results to back his rhetoric up. Combined with a reluctance to respond to constituents emails, phone calls, letters, etc., which approaches Doug Lamborn-like levels of evasiveness, I cannot see how anyone who wants a results-oriented, truthful, representative of this State can cast a vote for Glenn.

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Posted by mgoblue0970 on 06/23/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Solving Colorado's primary apathy

Open primaries would be a step in the right direction, but a "top two" primary would be problematic. Anytime there are more than two candidates a single vote to single candidate process cannot be guaranteed to accurately reflect the will of the electorate. While no voting system is perfect, a ranking system alleviates many deficiencies in such cases. See the Scientific American article "Ranking Candidates Is More Accurate Than Voting" by Dasgupta and Maskin. One of its first examples is from the results of a similarly styled "top two" contest in the 2002 French presidential election.
I would love to see the primary process completely remove itself from the party affiliation requirement, as in that all potential candidates for a post would be on the same ballot. To me, the current primary voting system lifts up political parties as gatekeepers to the political process instead of leveling them as the (useful) outside agitators and organizers that they are.

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Posted by Coro on 06/23/2016 at 8:24 AM

Re: “New idea for the Colorado Springs Public Market

I'm glad that this was put in the Indy!

I have not been to the North Market in Columbus- I have been to the Flea Market on Admiral St. in Tulsa- http://admiralfleamarket.com/ .

It's hard to recreate these things. I'd say start by having a flea market in America the Beautiful park or somewhere similar (Memorial Park, or even the dreaded parking lots and buildings off Colorado and 31st?? Invite vendors of all hues. Local buildings like the city auditorium can participate as well and in their own way. Let all the food trucks operate, geographically stretch booths of the event along the park as far as possible- etc. The same day, or maybe two days, every week. Eventually incorporate music and beer and whammy, you got a party.

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Posted by KyleJS on 06/06/2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Vice President Ken Salazar?

Didn't Ken Salazar bend the rules in order to allow his "friends" to buy wild horses from BLM and slaughter them?

That doesn't sound like someone we need holding political office.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 03/17/2016 at 7:24 AM

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