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Re: “Sunblock for SunShare

We do offer a pretty good view...and kayaking events in the drainage ditch that runs through the center of town...what more does anyone think you need to build up a town?

Almost any town in Colorado has a greater cool factor attracting people to come and invest and live...Colorado Springs is a town in which you live by default...and City Council has always been at the heart of this.

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Posted by TejonTech on 08/07/2013 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Sunblock for SunShare

Unlike my colleagues Leigh and Dougan who were voted out, I came into and went out of public service promising to vote intelligently, informed, and committed to looking at the bigger picture for our City. Our board majority, including myself, did support the Solar pilot program which did require all CSU customers to subsidize it. It did receive national attention and had positive community participation. However, when the expansion of the program was requested it was easy for me to vote no for the following reasons:
1)Several solar businesses in town spoke publicly that the industry was not benefitting from this program but only a select few businesses alleged to have strong relationships with certain CSU Board members, particularly SunShare.
2)Several large water and power business owners in town spoke of struggling thru current difficult economic times and the increase in rates would hurt their businesses. Costs already went up for them with solar pilot program.
3)CSU utility experts, staff, recommended that waiting a minimum of just 10 months could save our CSU customers millions of dollars in this project as solar prices were beginning to come down.
4)CSU was already supporting renewable energy: solar and wind.
5)The federal government is supporting renewable energy.
6)I received emails from CSU customers upset about the millions of rate payers dollars being used to subsidize programs like private economic development companies, non profits, etc.
7)Our community had a disaster of the Waldo Canyon Fire which costs unexpected millions of dollars for CSU customers.
8) Lastly, I was concerned that CSU would be targeted in the near future to help pay towards the almost billion dollars in backlogged stormwater projects COS have.

These are some of the reasons why I confidently voted to postpone the expansion portion of the solar garden.

Please see below some of the significant Accomplishments and Efficiency Gains Seen April 2011-2013 CSU Board led by Martin, Hente, Dougan, Leigh, Bennett, Snyder, Williams, Herpin, and CZELATDKO
"• Maintained a 20% regional cost advantage for combined residential, commercial and industrial electric rates
• Walmart Data Center (in large part due to low cost reliable electricity)
• Completed testing of new emissions technology, and contracted for new Sulphur Dioxide Scrubbers at the Drake Power Plant which will provide higher performance at a lower cost than traditional technology while creating many local jobs
• Implemented new gas transportation tariff(G4T), and operational systems to support independent customer nomination program
• Reduced nearly $1 Million in fleet O&M costs
• Through the investment recovery program, sold used equipment, parts and materials which generated $2.75 Million in revenue in 2011, 18% higher than any previous year
• Implemented a new solar garden program, creating greater access to renewable energy for many customers
• Completed 6 MW Solar Project at the Air Force Academy, with successful operation and integration at a significant cost/KW benefit to the AFA
• Advanced culture of compliance and NERC compliance program maturity
• Completed numerous safety reviews that reduce risk of injury in field, plant, and office environments
• Worked with customers and stakeholders to create a comprehensive community energy vision, and completed a comprehensive Electric Integrated Resource Plan
• Converted Drake Units 6 and 7 to PRB coal burning capability, creating significant annual fuel savings
• Completed a major mechanical overhaul of the Propane/ Air Plant increasing its reliability and output postponing the need for additional expensive natural gas pipeline transportation capacity.
• Put into service the Energy Trading Risk Management System. This software application manages and tracks all our gas and electric purchases, transportation of those energy sources and our energy hedging programs from the initial contract to the final payment for the transaction. Implementation of this system has been a three year long effort.
• Successfully negotiated a settlement of the CIG Rate Case ensuring fair prices for our natural gas transportation services avoiding a long and expensive regulatory process.
• Sold Bottom Ash from our ash landfill that exceeded our production rates reducing landfill expenses. 2011 Total Bottom ash produced: 11,387 tons, 2011 Bottom Ash sold: 30.407 tons
• Completed renewal of 10 miles of gas pipelines for the Air Force Academy
• Implemented an outage management system(OMS) to provide immediate notification of electric outages to customers, and to enable more efficient outage response efforts
Last, but NOT least:
Maintained very high levels of reliability in delivering electric and gas services to customers, including:
• Generation fleet performance success, 93% availability vs. 86% industry norm, 3% forced outage rate vs. 9% industry norm, Electric SAIDI 49 min., Gas emergency response time, 24 min."

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Posted by lisaczelatdko on 08/07/2013 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Sunblock for SunShare

That sound you heard was my head slamming into my desk. Once again the narrow minded City Council, with support from the 'taxpayers' has done its level best to return to our old 'biggest small town in America' image. Here was a chance to be a national leader, to develop something new and exciting, attract young entrepreneurs to our community, and what does Council do? Jerk the rug out from under them.

Until the people of this city start thinking like they live in a city we will continue to be treated as a small town with delusions of grandeur. Where the promising young people flee and successful companies map their exit to friendlier climes.

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Posted by Freerangegeek on 08/07/2013 at 9:21 AM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

"Liberal", "conservative" are just two more words in the English language that have been hijacked by pop culture. A fad or frenzy does not matter just the ever growing crowd of government schooled hipster morons never having to own, let alone refer to a dictionary.

Am I wrong? Oh, my bad. What you say is sick. These dudes are speakin' like, you know, I don't get it. Man, this one dude dissed me an that shit ain't right. What that president guy say anyway? I don't care cuz I gots self esteam, esteem, what? Self extreme? Yeah that's the bomb.

Anybody know where I can get one of those t-shirts that says "I'm With Stupid"? I will add the fact I do not care what the "majority" of Americans think or what the survey said. Government gave you a vast wasteland called television. They control it and you plopped your kids down in front of it for 18 years. Now the chickens have come home to roost and to prove it I ask you to ask your children what that saying means. They won't have a clue. I have heard your grown children say "She was dealt a bad deck of cards" and "Its a doggie dog world". I don't want these morons voting or driving or breathing. The hippie free love do your own thing Pepsi generation is at your door. Do you love it do you hate it there it is the way you made it... You are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. Only a true idiot would dare to think they could go toe-to-toe with Thomas Jefferson, even though they never have heard of him. (Teachers are underpaid!? Right? Wrong! The taxpayers want a refund.) I must add that anyone who says "gun control" is completely clueless or trying to trick you into "sensible" laws. Think about it. If ever there was a need for The Second Amendment it is now. The Rights we have do not include a Right to exclude or take any Rights from anyone. If "the majority" thinks they can then "the majority" is making a grave mistake. Oh! Look! A person with a cigarette in the park!... That is called "misdirection". We have an idiot mayor that is doing it right now. Don't make me have to explain it, we are free to be stupid and everyone loves a bargain. So it goes, a government that pits its people against each other will not be noticed while it plunders the till. Did anyone know or ask what the mayor did for a living? While this "debate" about recalls embroils the citizens the mayor is helping himself to the taxpayers dollars. The mayor was a broker in private life which means he spent other people's money for a living. Who gave him the power to hand out cash (the taxpayer's money) to his friends and enact ordinances of trivial proportions? The creditors are seizing Detroit's public properties because that city is bankrupt. It can't happen here. Right?
Don't get me started...

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 08/07/2013 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Pure hope

My husband went through HBOT therapy in Louisville, CO. DO NOT SENT VETERANS. They do not understand, nor do they care about us veterans. This place, Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Chamber Institute, WILL either get a veteran hurt or killed. They had a MARRIED man alone in a house with a WOMAN and her service dog. At about treatment number 15, the patient's repressed memories begin to come to the forefront. Confusion, sadness, anger, you name it; they feel all at once. This clinic is making veterans come by themselves, to fit more patients, more money. This clinic is NOT going to help veterans. Neither is the one in the Sun Spot on Austin Bluffs; classy. Combat vets would first have to endure the stench and the porno things; and that is just at the front door. To get to the chamber itself, the veterans MUST walk down a hallway with room on either side with open tanning bed; looks like coffins. The owner, Ric Rooney, is in collusion, I believe. He did not even shake a ladies hand, and I offered my hand first. He was so angry RIGHT when we got there, he said get the hell out. Then this failed bodybuilder, wanna-be porno king "chest bumped" me in anger. HE PYSICALLY TOUCHED A WOMAN OUT OF ANGER. A VETERAN! I WILL do everything in my power to make sure these civilians, who are only in it for the money, not hurt any more veterans. I think a Forensic Accountant is needed, but what do I know?! I am just a girl veteran; but guess what? Stephen Hawking's I.Q. is ONLY 160. The bear has been poked. Thank you for the article. Thank you to the ARMY. My husband is regressing, quickly, and we now have nowhere to turn. This is wrong. Americans are taking advantage of, scamming and abusing us without consequence. It makes my sacrifices SO worth it. I WILL die for my country, will you?

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Posted by Julie Radcliffe on 08/07/2013 at 6:33 AM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

Get over it twit. I don't think you will be enlisting many to your cause. Even the LGBT community cringes whenever you write something.
If you want to be perceived as an illiterate, feel free. I'm not sure what point you were attempting to make in bring up Dan Quayle. You actually have the audacity to call HIM an idiot? I hope you aren't pretending that you believe yourself smarter than he.

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Posted by siggie on 08/06/2013 at 2:57 PM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

King siggie says we have to proof read our Shitz from now on so we will be CREDITABLE! So no more dumb Shitz you guys. Do you hear me? I'm serious. Really! I'm so serious cause we don't want to look like the GOP! Remember, we are better than Republician Vice President Dan Quayle! Or not like local Doug Bruce for his kicking the photographer on National TV! LMAO!

Dan Quayle's 'Potatoe' Incident – 1992
A minor slip-up by Vice President Dan Quayle hatched a frenzy and a long-running joke. Quayle led a spelling bee for sixth-grade students while visiting an elementary school in New Jersey in 1992. Working from an inaccurate flash card prepared by a teacher, he corrected William Figueroa, 12, when the child spelled "potato" on the blackboard – making the boy add an unnecessary "e" at the word's end.

Quayle would never hear the end of it. The media assault for this goof was truly relentless. The young Figueroa crystallized the effects of this incident on Quayle's public image when he said that it "showed that the rumors about the vice president are true – that he's an idiot."

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Posted by gurudori on 08/06/2013 at 7:25 AM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

Seldom do I read long, tedious posts, which are typically posted by people who write poorly, but love the sound of their own words. However, I read every enlightening word of "Charlie Reese's Final Column". I also do not care for trite expressions, but I have to say 'SPOT ON'.

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Posted by siggie on 08/05/2013 at 6:28 AM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

Charley Reese's Final column!

A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL.
Be sure to Read the Poem at the end..

Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel... He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ]

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ..

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees... We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren't so true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid...

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me
to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'
I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!

GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!!

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Posted by Eagle Lefebre on 08/04/2013 at 4:36 PM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

I won't be voting for either one of these guys...the recall people should have had a plan before they exerted the effort...this is a waste of their time and money to make Bernie our option against the nasty Morse.

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Posted by TejonTech on 08/02/2013 at 1:48 PM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

another racist teabagger around here spouts off his ignorance. ho, hum another day in this backwards arse village.

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Posted by happyfew on 08/02/2013 at 12:00 PM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

Eagle Lefebre:

"The Usurper negro president?"

This is why no one takes you seriously, but thanks for showing your true colors.

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Posted by el producto on 08/02/2013 at 10:41 AM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

The focus of the "Recall Morse and Giron" is their support for "Gun Control." Their T.V. commercials emphasize all other social issues but no emphasis as to why they supported "Gun Control." Morse answers questions like a typical politician, he dances and dances. However, there is no question regarding "Gun Control/Assault Weapon(s)?." It's obvious to me that "Criminal Springs" and all your crime support the Usurper negro president in Washington D.C. who has convinced you politicians alike NOT to buck him and/or his political system. WE THE PEOPLE from our Colorful Colorado will RECALL Morse and the 'fence walking' Giron, you just watch this September!!!

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Posted by Eagle Lefebre on 08/01/2013 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Mormon Church abandons its crusade against gay marriage

MEET THE MAN WHO BROUGHT MARRIAGE EQUALITY TO MINNESOTA

http://www.advocate.com/politics/marriage-


"In the past we spent a lot of time talking about rights and benefits and discrimination, and protecting the constitution," explains Carlbom. "And in Minnesota, what we discovered is that Minnesota’s definition of marriage is love and commitment, which when people follow love, the next natural step is to make a commitment toward one another to get married. And in Minnesota, we discovered that when we had an honest conversation, and when we had a natural conversation with each other, very quickly, both came to realize that same-sex couples want to get married for very similar reasons as straight couples. That’s because it’s all about love."

But that wasn't the end of the conversation, Carlbom explains. Using research culled from national and local partners, the MN United coalition had a very specific plan: Once they had established a common definition about the meaning of marriage, Carlbom and his allies relied on an age-old adage to illustrate why voters should oppose the amendment: the golden rule.

"When you say, ‘if marriage is about love and commitment, and that human beings believe in treating others the way you want to be treated, would you ever want to be told it’s illegal to marry the person you love?’" asks Carlbom rhetorically. "And very quickly, people come to the realization, they go on a journey — that, no, they wouldn’t want to be treated differently than they treat other people."

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Posted by gurudori on 08/01/2013 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Mormon Church abandons its crusade against gay marriage

Meet the Man Who Brought Marriage Equality to Minnesota

http://www.advocate.com/politics/marriage-…


"In the past we spent a lot of time talking about rights and benefits and discrimination, and protecting the constitution," explains Carlbom. "And in Minnesota, what we discovered is that Minnesota’s definition of marriage is love and commitment, which when people follow love, the next natural step is to make a commitment toward one another to get married. And in Minnesota, we discovered that when we had an honest conversation, and when we had a natural conversation with each other, very quickly, both came to realize that same-sex couples want to get married for very similar reasons as straight couples. That’s because it’s all about love."

But that wasn't the end of the conversation, Carlbom explains. Using research culled from national and local partners, the MN United coalition had a very specific plan: Once they had established a common definition about the meaning of marriage, Carlbom and his allies relied on an age-old adage to illustrate why voters should oppose the amendment: the golden rule.

"When you say, ‘if marriage is about love and commitment, and that human beings believe in treating others the way you want to be treated, would you ever want to be told it’s illegal to marry the person you love?’" asks Carlbom rhetorically. "And very quickly, people come to the realization, they go on a journey — that, no, they wouldn’t want to be treated differently than they treat other people."

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Posted by gurudori on 08/01/2013 at 3:17 PM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

The majority of Americans support a ban on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks.

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Posted by el producto on 08/01/2013 at 3:14 PM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

Tell me something Tom, in your opinion, is every conservative "extreme" and every liberal "moderate"?

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Posted by siggie on 08/01/2013 at 1:48 PM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

What is funny is the headline with the picture...weighing in...looks like Bernie tips the scales

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Posted by TejonTech on 08/01/2013 at 11:42 AM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

Guru...surprisingly I agree with you...The republican party in Colorado Springs is a disaster. They are self defeating old men whose time passed years ago.

anyhow, I don't care what you do with your body, but I do care about your murdering babies...although I doubt that is a problem lesbians.

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Posted by TejonTech on 08/01/2013 at 10:47 AM

Re: “John Morse and Bernie Herpin weigh in on some other issues

All I can say about this matter that I haven’t said before about the major waste of taxpayer $ on the special election, is that you conservative folks have actually done a big favor for the changing of the political atmosphere here is Colorado Springs by pissing most of us off with this to the point where I believe the voters of El Paso County will see just how badly you have made things here, you aren’t bringing in any jobs, you disrespect the young voters under 30, and you are sore losers of a political election. GROW UP & STOP BEHAVING LIKE CHILDREN!

And now that we are sick & tired of your stupidity, WE WILL VOTE YOU ALL OUT OF OFFICE! I hope all the young voters will see this and register and vote in the next election if we are ever going to change Colorado Springs for the better. I also hope to see that someone puts up a ballot amendment to make Personhood to forever go away also. I think if we vote against something 3 times, then we need a "three strikes and you’re out rule!"

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Posted by gurudori on 07/31/2013 at 3:49 PM

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