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Re: “New trail and Intemann Trail re-route in Section 16 and Red Rocks Canyon

All of the cyclists and runners with whom I've spoken are upset over the new sanitized sections of Intemann Trail. The technically challenging sections that some cyclists had to carry their bikes over are what made Intemann Trail special. Why dumb it down when there are plenty of easier trails for those who prefer them in the area?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by JennyCraig on 05/12/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Reader: A tale of two daughters

What is your point?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by JWM on 05/12/2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “UPDATE: John Suthers on short list to replace Comey as FBI director

Mr. Suthers seems particularly well suited to be Mayor of a Victorian Age town - and even though he comes highly recommended by Gardner, would the real world outside of Colorado really find Mr. Suthers as a good fit to play on the National stage?

The President of Council takes over as Mayor with the departure of a sitting Mayor; great wisdom seemed to be in play with council not selecting Mrs. Gaebler to serve as President of Council and thus be first in line to assume a position that takes emotional stability to be effective.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 05/12/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “UPDATE: John Suthers on short list to replace Comey as FBI director

excellent!! Gaebler for Mayor!!

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Posted by carolyncathey on 05/12/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Reader: Mr. Lamborn, this downright cruel and unjust

I also remember President Obama's visit to our community after the Waldo Canyon Fire and the hypocrisy of our "Tar Baby" Representative Lamborn who never missed a photo op or refused Federal Grant money. Our conservative representative was first in line to greet President Obama when he got off Air Force One - with his hand out and a huge smile on his face. I laughed out loud at the incongruity of that optic. Lamborn standing next to President Obama with a huge smile on his face.

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Posted by rms on 05/12/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Reader: Mr. Lamborn, this downright cruel and unjust

Honestly do you think he cares what we think of him? Do you think he cares if he screws the poor, the down trodden or even the working class? I bet he dont lose a bit of sleep as long as his money men keep sending in them check for his reelection.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 05/11/2017 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Reader: Mr. Lamborn, this downright cruel and unjust

Well said! It seems to me that I remember a day after Waldo Canyon burned when Barak Obama took the time to come to see the damage and offer help. He has done nothing but be everything we want a president to be and in return from you all we get is partisan rhetoric and mean spirited comments that neither elevate discussion nor help in any fashion to bring us together as a nation. You are a pathetic excuse for a representative. I can't wait to see you out of Congress.

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Albe Johnson on 05/11/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

So much for Separation of Church and State. Does that mean people will be forced to switch Churches if they don't like the political candidate that their minister says they should? No one goes to Church to hear politics. That should be the one place that remains neutral. I'd get up and walk out if the head of some Church tried to tell me who to vote for!

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Posted by mbomcar on 05/11/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Reader: Mr. Lamborn, this downright cruel and unjust

Very well said sir! I second every single word!

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Posted by sherio on 05/11/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Tiny House Jamboree to leave Colorado Springs

Not happy about this since we already bought non-refundable air tickets, non-refundable hotel. and took vacation time off. Why they couldn't have gone ahead with this years, and then made the big changes for next year. This is just to close to the event to cancel it and they sounded so gleeful about it. SUCKS!

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Posted by kctraveler on 05/11/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

How to stop the developers from creating a system (such as the DDA) to benefit themselves and then milking that system? The City Council has the power to say No to the developers. Is educating the City Council the answer? Is that doable when the Council doesn't listen to the citizens, because, supposedly, the citizens are not experts (as opposed to the City govt bureaucrats who are experts) and the citizens don't know (probably because much of the process is kept secret) or understand what's involved in the very complex and complicated economic development proposal under consideration. And, ultimately, it is the Council, which has been elected by the citizens to decide on these matters, supposedly for the benefit of the citizens, who are empowered to make the decisions which benefit, not surprisingly, the developer. So . . . how to keep the foxes out of the henhouse?

And thanks to Miller for his excellent and knowledgeable analysis and commentary.

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Posted by curious on 05/11/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “St. Francis Hospital assigned higher value

Jenkins is the poster child for crony capitalism. Would this developer - the biggest and most successful in COS - be able to make an honest dollar without his political allies giving him OUR tax dollars?

St. Francis is ideally located and will have no difficulty finding tenants. It could be gutted and the units affordable for the low-to-mid-income renter IF they are small - 500 sq ft max - and no frills are provided. But today, affordable housing actually is luxury units whose rents are heavily subsidized by the taxpayers.

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Posted by curious on 05/11/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Well, this is exactly the scenario that was probably hoped for by the owner. You see, a first lowball tax bill followed by a subsequently much higher tax bill results in a higher "tax increment." This property, by vote of a compliant City Council, was included in the "Downtown Development Authority" (DDA)--even though not geographically contiguous. Few understood what their vote really meant (at least I hope they didn't). The DDA is a special district in which 100% of the City property tax increases collected do not make their way to City coffers, but instead to DDA coffers.

So the increases paid in property tax go to fund special priorities of the DDA. The decision as to exactly what special priorities get funded rest with the DDA board. Coincidentally, the owner of the hospital serves as a DDA Board member. The DDA recently announced a $1 million donation to another "priority" of the hospital owner, the City for Champions Museum.

For most residents, when you pay higher taxes, they go to the City to never be seen again. In this case, even though the owner will see higher taxes, there is a high likelihood the increased taxes will end up coming right back into a project he backs within the DDA.

Must be nice.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 05/11/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “St. Francis Hospital assigned higher value

Well, here's why this happened...City Council voted to include the area in the "Downtown Development Area." Tax increases in the DDA or "tax increment" do not go to fix roads and storm water issues citywide, they go...wait for it...to the DDA for their handpicked special projects? Who does the handpicking and has provided cash for Mr. Jenkins? The DDA board, of course! Who is on the DDA board? Why, Mr. Jenkins of course!

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 05/11/2017 at 6:49 AM

Re: “Please stand by: KCMJ experiencing technical difficulties

Correction. I stand corrected that it was 28 shows vs. 43. Apologies.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 05/10/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Watchdogs criticize Trump's easing of ban on 'politicking from the pulpit'

Actually, School Teacher 2014, as long as you're talking about reading things correctly, you may want to go back and first read what Ms. Walker is quoted as saying, and then read the actual letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists to which she is referring. She does not claim that 1A establishes the wall of separation, only that the founding fathers were explicit in their intent to create that wall for the benefit of both the religious community AND the government that is representative of all of the American people. It would appear your righteous indignation is misplaced.

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Posted by Je Ng on 05/10/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Olympic museum to break ground

Why Colorado Springs will always be in Denver's shadow: Outdated decision makers that would waste $75M on a turd (i.e. Olympic Museum). The city already wasted half of that total ($35M) keeping the Olympic admin offices local (I hear children from across this nation begging their parents for a trip to the Olympic administrative offices)! Can we clear out the old money think tank and liven this town up?!

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Police pick up the pace on response times

Stop letting the developers run rampant. Not only can't the road infrastructure in this town keep up, neither can the CSPD hiring processes (especially since hitting 1 cone during driving training disqualifies you from the academy).

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Old St. Francis Hospital assessed value soars from $50,000 to $2 million following report

Really like how they purchased it for 50k, then donated a million to avoid the taxes. If the Independent wouldn't have pointed it out it would have gone unchecked.

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 05/10/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “On Trumpcare, activists couldn't sway Rep. Lamborn. But what about Sen. Gardner?

I switched my party affiliation to GOP so I could vote in the only primary that matters here, and always voted for a real man and not the sniveling little coward Lamborn.

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Posted by OldCrank on 05/10/2017 at 2:37 PM

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