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Re: “Minimum wage on Colorado ballot

>Of course, not everyone is happy about the prospect. Americans for Prosperity Colorado, backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, released a statement claiming that raising the minimum wage won't reduce poverty and will reduce jobs in the state by tens of thousands.

Of course, the Indy, in its liberal biased cluelessness, has to add a shot at them in the article as a matter of course.

Nevermind that a minimum wage hike is also a tax hike and is a disaster for the economy and small businesses.

1 like, 7 dislikes
Posted by Tannim on 08/17/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “If voters approve, could ColoradoCare really pay for itself? It's complicated

In simple terms, we taxpayers can't afford this mess.

A tripling of income taxes on fixed-income seniors and small business owner/operators?

A doubling of the state government, placed in the hands of one board?

A single board deciding what get covered for care and when and what doesn't?


VOTE NO on 69. It's a kind of screwing we don't want.

10 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Tannim on 08/17/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Explosives, junk contribute to Vista Grande neighborhood tensions

Who owns the house? If his mother owns the house, she is entirely responsible for the upkeep and it doesn't matter who is the tenant. The house next to our home is a Victorian tuned into 5 apartments. If we have an issue with any of the tenants or upkeep of the property, we call the landlord. It's then the responsibility of the landlord to ensure the property is maintained or the tenant in question is handled appropriately. If the landlord is not responsive in a timely manner, we call regularly for a couple of days and if the property is unsightly or unsafe - usually goes hand in hand - we then contact code enforcement.

15 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 08/17/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Peterson AFB launches commander investigation into religious display


You point was lost in the fact you are pointing at the NSSI which is an entirely different USAF unit. The RNSSI is not affilited with NSSI nor do they teach astrodynamics. In all fairness, if you are going to poke, please make sure you are poking the correct organization.

41 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Gael Fox on 08/17/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Peterson AFB launches commander investigation into religious display

A Major has a leadership position and he has a captive audience. What objective is he trying to achieve by making such a point with his studied and marked up bible? Does he want everyone to know how humble he is or perhaps he wants everyone to know how much he loves Christ? No matter what his objective, the NSSI is for learning astrodynamics. It is not a place of worship and this display is inappropriate. How did he arrive at this decision? Maybe he should resign his commission and go start a church somewhere, because it would be better to have a copy of “Fundamentals of Astrodynamics and Applications”, or “Understanding Space” on display as those books are not some bronze age fantasy. He has brought disgrace and discredit to his organization.

18 likes, 80 dislikes
Posted by Milt_johnson on 08/17/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Peterson AFB launches commander investigation into religious display

The mission of the military is to defend our diverse nation - not promote religion. A military person's sworn oath is to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States...and bear true faith and allegiance to the same". The Constitution provides for separation of church & state & prohibits public imposition of private religious beliefs on other Americans (USA Constitution 101). Military service is public, religious beliefs are private. Military persons who do not comprehend this and disrespect, dishonor & disregard our Constitution and their sworn oath need to be disciplined & required to take a refresher course on the Constitution & their oath. A patriotic American disabled veteran (Vietnam) & retired Army airborne officer.

26 likes, 65 dislikes
Posted by John Compere on 08/17/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Peterson AFB launches commander investigation into religious display

A Major, a person who by virtue of his position within the unit, unofficially creating a culture of religious "correctness?" He appears to be serving the wrong master at his desk.

20 likes, 64 dislikes
Posted by Mark Gray on 08/17/2016 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Peterson AFB launches commander investigation into religious display

have you people gone insane Dont say Jesus Dont say Christ but the government is shoving islam down our throats and the first time some devil worshiper or a muslim gets there so called religious feeling HURT here we go Toltrance is going NO it is destroying this country and I still dont know one person who voted for Obama and no will know or understand how why when where Hilery has become Your military commander Now go put your dress on and sent all your real woman into COMBAT Fools better wake up theirs something wrong with this new world DIS ORDER

46 likes, 39 dislikes
Posted by fairlady280 on 08/17/2016 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Explosives, junk contribute to Vista Grande neighborhood tensions

"wild-haired, bearded and more than a bit disheveled"

"Britten didn't show for his latest court date, sparking a municipal court warrant for his arrest...the El Paso County Court also has two warrants out for Britten's arrest"

"the police bomb squad showed up at the house and detonated what appeared to be a "homemade explosive device."

"Britten freely admits he's a meth addict, saying he became a heroin addict at age 11, and his mother got him off the drug and out of homelessness when he was 13. He says he was drinking heavily when he met a girl and fell in love around the age of 20"

"Britten says he and his two roommates are trying to get their lives together, but he freely admits "it's failed dramatically." With the explosives gone, the Britten household has gone back to being what it has long been to the neighborhood: an eyesore"

"Britten also has warrants for failure to appear for court dates relating to probation from drug charges and a burglary that he says was of metal from an "abandoned" lot. Britten says he was unaware of the warrants, explaining that he mixed up one of his court dates with one of Rozsa's court dates. He also says his lack of a car has kept him from the courts"

Yet he continues to move freely about, an addict with multiple warrants, potentially endangering his neighbors.

Britten's mother, who, she says, simply, "Kids will be kids."

Fine, then she can care for him, since he obviously can't do it himself...

12 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by LibertyForAll on 08/17/2016 at 4:11 AM

Re: “Peterson AFB launches commander investigation into religious display

Many Military Units have only God to Pray to about the risk and stress of Duty.

Over all the Centuries of conflict and casualties.

Morality and Ethics in War always return to God because Civil Law provides no
explanation of the forgiveness and rebirth known as Peace.

MRFF stuck in Legal Paradox of Civil Law..................only Spiritual and Natural Law sustain
Mankind's Soul and Purpose in Warfare.

44 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by frank1946 on 08/17/2016 at 3:17 AM

Re: “Ex-Memorial employee sues UCH

Wow, how horrible, you walk in to be saved and you may not walk out alive.

Since the transition MH has gone to pots.

Silly rabbitts tricks are kids

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by lilithia on 08/16/2016 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Ex-Memorial employee sues UCH

Wow, how horrible. You walk in to be saved and you end up dead because Memorial Hospital can't disinfect the instruments.

Good grief since the transition MH has gone to pots.
Silly rabbit trick s are for kids

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by lilithia on 08/16/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “New twist might change House District 17's voting behavior

you go Tony you are by far the best candidate!

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Sharon Berthrong on 08/12/2016 at 2:14 PM

Re: “City, Broadmoor negotiating over portions of the city's water system

When the City's PUBLIC WORKS properties are at stake public discussions and citizen input should take place at the very beginning of the process. The way this city administration works is to first secure a deal and then try to "sell the finalized deal" to the citizens of this community. Public Works property is protected property. Historic Parkland and water resources are the CROWN JEWELS of our communiy's real estate holdings! They can never be replaced once they are "disposed of".

Word has it that the Broadmoor has submitted a WRITTEN CLAIM FOR MILLIONS against the city blaming it for their golf course sliding off the mountain. Now they're currently using that bargaining chip to intimidate the city to "sell, trade, swap, transfer, or dispose of" our valuable water resource.

My take on the sliding golf course is that when the Broadmoor bulldozed the golf course, and tore out all the scrub oaks that bordered each fairway on Broadmoor South golf course, that was the cause of their property sliding down the mountain.

I wonder if the Broadmoor is using the same "environmental expert" they used to support the Sale of Strawberry Field who claimed the City is better off financially by giving away their PUBLIC WORKS property!

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Steve Price on 08/12/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “New twist might change House District 17's voting behavior

I live in this district and will vote for Mr. Tony Exum. 😎

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by MarkM on 08/11/2016 at 8:52 AM

Re: “A proposed change to Section 8 looks to desegregate neighborhoods

@AMBER DAWN ... Yeah, and see to me that's insane. Why shouldn't people be able to supplement their vouchers out of their own pocket? The rules are far too rigid, and as a result keep people locked in poverty. I have a friend on SSDI in a similar situation ... if he works on his own, the minute he reaches a certain threshold of salary (and it's a low threshold), he loses 100% of his SSDI. No scale-down. No soft landing. There is absolutely zero encouragement for him to become self supporting again, because the cliff he would face in losing 100% of his SSDI at once would plunge him into a much more dire circumstance than he already finds himself in. So he's stuck doing nothing. SMH.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Zen on 08/10/2016 at 9:52 PM

Re: “A proposed change to Section 8 looks to desegregate neighborhoods

Southeast Colorado springs USE to be a nice, middle class area.

When it was first developed in 1970, the original Deerfield Hills area was a master planned community. It had a rural and safe feeling about it. Then in 1974 the Section 8 started and some of the stupid owners started renting the houses to Section 8 and the whole neighborhood went to hell.

All of the original residents fled and it filled up with all Section 8 and welfare, which brought down the entire neighborhood. Its so sad to see what a mess it is today. Section 8 destroys any neighborhood it touches. Do not let these political hacks fool you with their sunny "its all good stories"

The Housing Authority does not screen Section 8 applicants, they can have a criminal record a mile long and still get a voucher. The entire program is corrupt. This proposal is a scam to raise taxes on working middle class people so they can give out more vouchers to those who don't, can't or won't work.

Thankfully congress has cut funding to HUD and Section 8 every year since 2005. They did not allocate any more money to fund any new vouchers for FY 2016. They barely got enough to cover what they already have. So how they think they are going to expand is a puzzlement to me.

Bottom line is this, the minute the real estate agents find out there is Section 8 on your block, the value of your house will start to go down. Those smart enough to see the writing on the wall will sell and move, it happens every time. Watch the documentary "Spanish Lake" it is on Amazon and HULU. This heartbreaking film shows what happens when Section 8 gets into your neighborhood.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by NOSPINCS on 08/10/2016 at 1:25 PM

Re: “New twist might change House District 17's voting behavior

Of they could just vote for Susan Quilleash-Nelson, whom the Independent conveniently ignored in the article...

1 like, 7 dislikes
Posted by Tannim on 08/10/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “A proposed change to Section 8 looks to desegregate neighborhoods

@ZEN NO people with section 8 are NOT allowed to pay out of pocket!!! YOU ARE EXPECTED TO FIND A HOME WITHIN THEIR GUIDELINES!! and this is bull$shit. I have been trying to get into a better neighborhood, regardless of the cost to me, out of my pocket ( Ive worked my whole life for co springs so my taxes more than pay for my section 8 voucher, thank you very much!! ) and am stuck. I am a single, white woman living in a fourplex community that, over the last 18 mo's, has become a crime and drug infested environment where I am the minority. I succumb to mental beat downs from the young, non white drug dealers and criminals every single time i walk out of my door!!! I would give anything to be allowed to pay the difference in a rent increase to get the hell out of this neighborhood, where i fear for my life! People who assume really are ignorant .......

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Amber Dawn on 08/10/2016 at 7:04 AM

Re: “A proposed change to Section 8 looks to desegregate neighborhoods

Are voucher recipients not allowed to supplement the voucher amount from their own pockets? That is, if a couple receives a voucher worth $907/mo for a 2-bedroom & it is not enough to cover the median rental cost of $1160, can they not add $253/mo out of their own pocket? Surely most couples can afford $253/mo for housing. Is it too much to ask recipients to pay some of their own costs? Because it seems like this new plan will reduce the total number of vouchers available by a lot. And that is much worse.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Zen on 08/10/2016 at 4:02 AM

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