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Comment Archives: stories: News: Cover Story

Re: “Pinned Down

this place is messed up they told me that there were no deaths while i was placed in their care. then while being on the unit the staff purposely picked on me until i hit him he did this when he found out i was leaving and then laughed in my face and said your staying here.
my collar bone was also broken the day of my birthday

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Posted by 123iud on 08/27/2014 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Mormon Church abandons its crusade against gay marriage

Today is my wedding anniversary and I have a lot to rejoice about. My husband is home and we are celebrating together. The Enemy came in and tried to have his way and that's when I found your email and I am standing ever since. Although my husband never physically left, Dr Lawrence brought his heart home and today we can celebrate each other. Dr Lawrence has been so good and so helpful to us. What a great man you are thank you so much Drlawrencespelltemple@gmail.com

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Posted by Laura Benson on 08/22/2014 at 7:44 AM

Re: “In the poorhouse now

It is unfortunate that house shown in the paper article was not necessarily a good representation of poverty stricken areas nor a neighborhood that has felt the effects of the economic downturn. In fact that house has been in a dilapidated state for almost 20 years and is almost unsalvageable, which is unfortunate for that neighborhood in its own right.

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Posted by Jami Everett on 08/18/2014 at 4:09 PM

Re: “In the poorhouse now

If this is what class warfare looks like, it looks like the wealthy won. The yahoos will still vote for the GOP'er, to their own detriment and against their own best interests.

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/17/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “In the poorhouse now

The problem with attracting companies through tax breaks, is other cities offering bigger tax breaks to pull them away. The race to the bottom is a losing proposition.

One of the biggest problems with the Colorado Springs economy is having all of its eggs in the DOD basket. War is not a jobs program. Eventually, every war comes to an end and the soldiers go home. Colorado Springs acted like the defense spending would never end and expanded way beyond its means.

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Posted by null on 08/14/2014 at 5:18 AM

Re: “In the poorhouse now

Edward Smith,
The Army pay range is from the official site and is what the base told us to use. But that's interesting and I'll keep it in mind. There was certainly no intention to mislead anyone.
Best,
J. Adrian Stanley

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Posted by Adrian Carr on 08/13/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “In the poorhouse now

I live in Stratton Meadows, and I consider myself to be part of the fastest growing class, the working poor. My husband and I are both educated and employed. While our salaries have remained flat for the past few years, we struggle to find better career opportunities. We barely make ends meet, but least we have a nice view.

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Posted by WriteNowSue on 08/13/2014 at 10:09 AM

Re: “In the poorhouse now

"E1-E4, with less than two years' experience, make between $18,378 and $23,994 annually."

This is misleading, hopefully not intentionally. Only an E1-E4 who lives on post and does not have to pay for rent or groceries makes this little. Housing and subsistence allowances, which are income tax free, double the take home pay of the E1-E4 troops, thus moving them above the poverty line. It is misleading to quote only base pay when discussing military compensation.

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Posted by Edward Smith on 08/13/2014 at 9:50 AM

Re: “In the poorhouse now

Colorado Springs is a beautiful city, but businesses don't care how beautiful a city is. They want tax breaks and infrastructure. It's a shame that the city planners are so incompetent as to mismanage economic growth. At one time MCI was one of the largest employers with high tech salaries. The city had HP, Agilent, Intel, MCI, and several IT contract companies that provided benefits and high income jobs. Now it has very little in the area of supportable incomes, but at least you can get a Starbucks at the mall.

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Posted by rexnipper on 08/13/2014 at 8:42 AM

Re: “In the poorhouse now

Very simply, Colorado Springs has suffered as good paying, middle of the road education jobs have left the area. If City Council pounds the final nail into the coffin of The Drake poweplant ending reasonable energy, away go all hopes of ever regaining in this sector.

Jobs increases in food and service are great, except that they will never replace what was lost. And when no one can afford to eat out, bye-bye more jobs. It's time to get smart.

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Posted by Liz Anderson on 08/13/2014 at 8:06 AM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Last month our kitchen was on fire and it took 5 calls before 911 picked up. It required me to stay in the home to fight it myself as it quickly was getting out of control. 911 and the Fire Department told me that they were extremely busy and couldn't field all the calls. Life or death should always take precedence over one families home. This family are not in a life or death situation but simply an economic inconvenience. We all have them, but if anything is put to a vote it would obviously be for additional 911 operators and not on one homes storm water issues.

Posted by springs_mom on 08/11/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Participation in the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, is on a community rather than an individual basis. So they can buy insurance and have not as the City of Colorado Springs does participate. There is no requirement that you are in a flood plain to buy flood insurance.

Posted by Niue on 08/11/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

The Chiaramontes don't qualify for flood insurance, because their home is not located in a flood plain.

Posted by Pam Zubeck on 08/11/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Guitar Legend Johnny Smith Alive and Well in Colorado Springs

I disagree with this statement in the article: "His best known composition is the early '60s monster hit of the Ventures, "Walk, Don't Run." Smith wrote that song for a 1955 recording session by devising a counter-melody to the chord changes of the old, treacly pop standard, 'Softly, As in the Morning Sunrise.'"

Listen to both songs. They are substantially different. Many songs use similar chords. So what?! The article makes it sound as if Johnny Smith simply stole or copied the earlier song. "Walk Don't Run" is genius in its own right.

I am a musician, composer and music theorist. This statements is false or, at best, misleading.

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Posted by Rat Rude Monger on 08/10/2014 at 8:42 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Why has he not purchased flood insurance?

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Posted by Chuckie46 on 08/08/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Soil moves on and near mountains. If you need examples, look at the terrazzo at the AFA or some of the mitigation at UCCS, as well as residential areas. Mountain areas are subject to natural disasters. If water rolls down that hill that way, think about what a fire would look like. Mining usually occurs in these areas. It's lovely to live there but any thinking person would know you pay a price for it.

It will be interesting to see how those vast new developments planned for the Mesa affect that ecosystem with its shifting soils and steep drainage. Developers are likely to skirt needed engineering and buyers are likely to daydream rather than be hardnosed about water and soil issues. Here we go again?

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 08/08/2014 at 9:36 AM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Isn't it nice that we have no bothersome government regulations to stifle the local economy?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 08/07/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Pam Zubeck - a map showing the location of the preservation area in relation to both the townhomes at Pebblewood, the Pinecliff Townhomes, and the Chiaramontes' lot would have been useful. Also, right now it would seem that the city needs to block-off that curb/gutter drain up on Golden Hills Rd to stop rain water from going down the 18-inch storm sewer pipe which runs through the Pebblewood complex; of course, having said this, I don't know where that water from Golden Hills Rd would drain to if they did that.

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Posted by boomer47 on 08/07/2014 at 5:53 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Clara McKenna - you left one out; Rockrimmon also has large areas of dolomite clay soil and homes were built in those areas anyway without having proper foundations. When this clay soil gets wet it expands and has wrecked havoc with hundreds of homes in that area. Neither this, nor the numerous mine shafts underneath that area stopped the city from approving development. City government has played a major role in alot of the problems homeowners currently have.

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Posted by boomer47 on 08/07/2014 at 5:43 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

"This home went through foreclosure prior to the Chiaramontes buying it." - Pam Zubeck

Yes, but banks don't have to play by the same disclosure rules that we have to.

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Posted by boomer47 on 08/07/2014 at 5:20 PM

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