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Re: “The Air Force Academy’s committed to its academic booster program. But at what cost?

The Air Force would be better just paying all of the preppies to go to a year of junior college or a state school to improve their chances at success at USAFA. Of course, that wouldn't really help the football and basketball teams red-shirt student-athletes and train them with another year of playing experience, so one has to believe that sports is the primary driver for the P-school.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 11/16/2013 at 10:02 PM

Re: “The Air Force Academy’s committed to its academic booster program. But at what cost?

The article lists the cost per Prep School graduate at $93,800. It says that number comes from an Air Force audit published in 2005 looking at data from 2002 and 2003. I share your willingness to doubt the accuracy of things I read in the media, but the number and the attributed source seem pretty specific. And unfortunately, those numbers are from a decade ago. Nothing in the military seems to get less expensive over time, and I would be willing to guess that the cost per Prep School student is higher now than what was published in 2005. As for the graduation rates, the numbers listed in this article are consistant with historical numbers I've read in other places. Roughly 25% who enter the Prep School don't make it to USAFA, and another 25% who do don't graduate from USAFA. What surprised me are the percentages of Prep School graduates involved in honor offenses and other problems at USAFA. I would think the percentages would be LOWER than direct entry cadets. Not higher. Regardless of the specific cost per Prep School graduate, shouldn't a year of exposure to USAFA military and honor standards give them an advantage over their direct entry peers? If this has been an known problem since at least 2005, what exactly is being done to make positive changes? Is there a better solution? Even if this article is only mostly accurate, I can't believe USAFA can't do better. Is it even trying?

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Posted by Anothergrad on 11/16/2013 at 9:15 PM

Re: “The Air Force Academy’s committed to its academic booster program. But at what cost?

Anothergrad, I'd be inclined to say you might have a point if I knew for sure that the cost per student, graduation rates etc quoted in the article are correct. I'm willing to bet they are not. I'm also inclined to believe maybe there's some broad over-generalizing here.

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Posted by Transom on 11/16/2013 at 6:16 PM

Re: “The Air Force Academy’s committed to its academic booster program. But at what cost?

The AFA has lost the target and muddied the mission of the prep school and the scope of intercollegiate athletics.

The fact that ~170 of the entering class of 1100 cadets came from the prep school is not a problem, but the fact that nearly 50% of those cadets are athletes is disproportionate to the composition of the cadet wing. This gives an appearance of using the prep school to "redshirt" athletes, not promoting diversity.

Currently around 20%-25% of cadets participate in D-1 athletic programs. This commits nearly 1,000 cadets to these activities. This is a huge cost in personnel and resources. I did not realize the level of committing to D-1 athletic programs compared to other universities. Why does the AFA have 26 sports when UT has on 20? Cadets can get this leadership experience through military and club activities.

The AFA should focus on commissioning officers, not promoting athletes.

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Posted by John Schroeder on 11/15/2013 at 9:10 AM

Re: “The Air Force Academy’s committed to its academic booster program. But at what cost?

Gen Johnson, you've got a problem here. The Prep School is not a success story. There has got to be a more efficient way of meeting diversity quotas at USAFA than paying $12.6 million per year for students with a 50% washout rate. Are USAFA athletics really worth cashing in the integrity of the Air Force Academy by maintaining an admissions backdoor for recruited athletes who have almost no chance of graduating? If the data in this story is accurate, Academy leaders have been practicing willful negligence with the human and financial resources American taxpayers have trusted them with. It is time to clean house.

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Posted by Anothergrad on 11/14/2013 at 8:31 PM

Re: “The Air Force Academy’s committed to its academic booster program. But at what cost?

More and more the Academy seems to be losing sight of its primary mission; to accept the best qualified applicants, then train and graduate them to become good Air Force officers. The AF Academy is not about football, but based upon the amount of athletes being groomed through the prep school you would think it is. The Air Force needs to get back to putting 100 percent prior enlisted through the prep school. They, at least, have earned the right to be there.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 11/13/2013 at 2:41 PM

Re: “The Air Force Academy’s committed to its academic booster program. But at what cost?

A good question to ask might be: for all of the football recruits brought into the prep school in 2009--ultimately for the USAFA class of 2014--how many are on the roster and how many are still cadets in good standing. That might inform the overall return-on-investment question for both the P-school and the D-I football program.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 11/13/2013 at 8:47 AM

Re: “The tick and the time bomb

In response to the comment by "Dusk" on 8/23/2013:
I am a nurse who is amidst my own health battle and struggling for answers toward a multitude of crippling symptoms as well. After reading your post, I strongly urge you to get tested for Chagas disease. The bugs you described sound like the Reduviid bug that dwell in areas that you were working and can easily be mistaken for ticks. They transmit the parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes the disease. A blood test can screen for it. I hope this helps and prayers go out to you and all!

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Posted by namaste316 on 11/09/2013 at 10:40 AM

Re: “I want justice, too

I worked for Thomas Moore for a year at FT. Carson at Waller Gym. Thomas is truely a great man. I was stationed at Ft. Carson as a soldier with 2/3 Cav and was assigned to the gym for a year 2003-2004. I have been over his house on several occasions. His wife would make me food for him to bring for me. He has a soon but also would have foster children as well. I also worked with him and for him at his second job at the commissary. There was times when we sat on the steps of the gym and talked. He told me stories about the past. His experiences in Vietnam and stories about his brother and other relatives when growing up. I could see the determination in his eyes to find justice. I will never forget that year that I worked with him and the times we had.

Posted by Michael Kweder on 11/01/2013 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Tower of low power

If Brett Reese is not an out-and-out racist, he is a sad example of a gullible dupe.

The false charge of "sexual deviate" made against the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., originated in FBI headquarters as part of a secret operation named Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO). Under COINTELPRO, Dr. King was one of many civil rights leaders placed under illegal surveillance. When this did not yield any evidence of wrongdoing, the FBI used another COINTELPRO tactic, as described in Wikipedia: "...smearing individuals and groups using forged documents and by planting false reports in the media..."

When COINTELPRO was exposed in 1971, the files on Dr. King were sealed to protect the FBI--not Dr. King or his family. All the documents the FBI had forged to smear Dr. King had already been disseminated to journalists as part of the campaign. The only remaining secrets were those detailing the FBI's patently illegal operations, which if made public would have left the FBI open to a myriad of lawsuits.

Some time after the files were sealed racists took advantage of the situation to revive the false charge against Dr. King, arguing that the files were sealed to protect his reputation and substituting lurid innuendo for actual evidence.

This is not the first time this racist propaganda has surfaced in Colorado Springs. Former El Paso County Commissioner Betty Beedy also cited it once in opposing the public holiday honoring Dr. King.

It is not enough to just "talk about the truth." Sometimes you need to investigate to learn the truth.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 10/12/2013 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Tower of low power

Well Stacy, probably once or twice a month I see a report about the FCC shutting down some id10t with a power amp on their CB, so it is just a matter of time before they get to you.

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Posted by Dave H on 10/10/2013 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Tower of low power

Is this the same FCC that still hasn't caught me transmitting 80w on my CB radio when the law says I am only supposed to be at 4 or less? They are doing a great job.

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Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 10/09/2013 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Tower of low power

Low power FM has been allowed by the FCC for a long time. I can remember having one at our high school several decades ago and even some drive-in movie theaters using low power FM. What the change in 2000 did was to change the categories of LPFM stations and who had to get a license vs who did not. IIRC it used to be anyone with 1/4 watt or less ERP and antenna no more than 20 ft above ground did not require a license, but had to operate on a non-interference basis and could face fines if interference was proven. The 2000 law defined license classes L10 of up to 10 watts and L100 of up to 100 watts and unlicenced was limited to about 1/100th of a watt.

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Posted by Dave H on 10/09/2013 at 12:39 PM

Re: “The Tesla Files

I thoroughly enjoyed this article! The historical marker in Colorado Springs gives such little info---do you happen to know who placed the marker? Hooray for at least this recognition!

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Posted by Sue Powers on 10/08/2013 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Art revival

When my husband opened his practice in 2005 in Colorado Springs, we wanted local artist's creations to adorn the walls for his customers. We purchased 2 of Jean Gumpper's wonderful wood cuts, 1 Don Green metal wall sculpture, and a delightful creation by Sean O'Mallie. Over the years we had so many great comments by his customers on how much they loved the art and were delighted when they found out that they were are from local artists. Following my husband's death in 2009, I moved back to California to be near family. I have those works of art on the walls of my new home and enjoy them daily. I feel like a little bit of Colorado came back to California with me. I have Jean Gumpper wood cuts in my game room, Sean O'mallie's art in my guest room and Don Green's sculpture over my fireplace mantle. Bringing their art work with me definitely helped with the transition to my new life. Thank you Sean, Jean and Don for what you have brought into my world and the world of those that get to enjoy your amazing art.
C. Ikehara

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Posted by Christine Marie on 10/08/2013 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Everything we know about what data brokers know about you

The online stores ought to protest I for one will not be buying from them until they do.

And much to everyone's glee, I am no longer posting anywhere or reading the Indy or Gasragette on line.

We need to protect ourselves from the evils of these untrustworthy people.

Posted by TejonTech on 09/29/2013 at 3:28 PM

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

RIP, Mr Smith; thanks for keeping this link active, Colorado Springs Independent. I have a long history with JS's music and guitar, and he's been an inspiration in my life and in my music development.

Posted by J Robb Wilson on 09/26/2013 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Mormon Church abandons its crusade against gay marriage

First...saying someone is not living in sin if they are married is double talk if you don't support the constitutional right for equal protection under the law as addressed in a marriage for all? marriage is already legal in many states and most notably has been in other countries for quite some time. A international church will need to risk there tax discriminating against someone or simply wake up and respect the laws of the land . A church based union is not effected by these marriages and if chastity is the issue than why doesn't the church work to ban infidelity in heterosexual unions? Discrimination is the key motivation as stated by the Supreme Court's statement.

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Posted by trenton gregory on 09/25/2013 at 3:05 AM

Re: “Mormon Church abandons its crusade against gay marriage

There is some misinformation in this article. I attended a priesthood meeting in the church on the gay issue. Yes we love those members who are gay or lesbian, and many hold positions in our ward. However they are under covenant to remain chaste and refrain from having a same gender sexual relationship.The same moral laws are also upon heterosexual persons who are single, as they are to refrain from sexual relations until marriage. We still oppose gay marriage and that will NEVER change, but we need to show more compassion for those who struggle with this issue.We will always teach that marriage is only between male and female persons and that Temple Marriage is the highest order of marriage that God has given unto men.

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Posted by Henrietta Burress on 09/08/2013 at 9:42 PM

Re: “The twisted road from Amendment 2 to 'I do'

Those with open minds and hearts filled with love need to move to Colorado Springs. Teach the Christians in Name Only that tolerance is a virtue. Disgusting and intolerant people like TejonTech only poison and continue the trend of hatred and indignity.

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Posted by Bruiser Felipe on 09/02/2013 at 4:40 PM

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