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Re: “Few local GOP faithful are willing to say whether they support Trump

hippyhelper, all I made was an observation based on experience - and I said I would be surprised if he didn't test positive. My observations were of a runny nose, of someone trying to clear something from his soft palate area without success, his inability to be calm and still, his lack of control over his impulsive remarks and facial expressions and his dry mouth syndrome, again exhibited last night. I did at no time say that Donald Trump was using cocaine - what I said was that he had the appearance of using cocaine. And I wanted a drug test for both of them.

Spare me the kick back of my own words if you didn't understand them in the first place.

Trump has gotten where he's gotten by insidious innuendo without much in the way of facts to back them up.

Joel, I had a bit of respect for you until that rant. Baseless BS. If you're waiting for judgement day I feel sorry for you - apparently your "life's work" has been to crow abut the wonders of TABOR. Say howdy to Grover Norquist for me. This election is going to be a complete rout. You can vote for that phony if you want to, and you can continue to spout anti-Hillary garbage, but I see you as a subscriber to the new T.Rump TV channel, and marching right along with the rest of the Steve Bannon brownshirts dragging our democracy down. I guess it's to be expected in 'somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun' Colorado Springs. I would be more than happy to reveal myself to you, but that negates the purpose of this venue. I have no desire to run for office, and judging from your experience you probably won't be doing so again, either.

If you admire this man, if you support his specious claims about making America great again by returning to trickle down economics (didn't work the first time, won't work this time), tax breaks for the rich and driving our international bus into the ditch again after we just barely got some traction after the Bush/Cheney disaster, then by all means enthusiastically support him...and question our democratic method of choosing leaders and the time-honored, democratic tradition of accepting the results of the fairest election system in the world. If you support him you undermine our system and have no business in public office ever again.

7 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Vietnamized on 10/20/2016 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Few local GOP faithful are willing to say whether they support Trump

so, as it appears, The White P€nis Party has become the party of the L!mp Dicks. How impotent. And yes, I DID have to go there.

8 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by longtooth on 10/19/2016 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Few local GOP faithful are willing to say whether they support Trump

If you are "glad" now, Mr. Miller, you must have been ecstatic when you ran for office, to have hundreds of anonymous citizens judging you!

11 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Mr. K-- on 10/19/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Few local GOP faithful are willing to say whether they support Trump

Thanks Joel for your spot-on comments. As Thomas Sowell succinctly said, she's a "thoroughly corrupt liar." Don't screw up, America - this woman is dangerous. Our liberty as free citizens is at stake. Vote for the lesser of the 2 flawed candidates. Vote Trump.

19 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by curious on 10/19/2016 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Few local GOP faithful are willing to say whether they support Trump

"anyone still sporting a trump bumper sticker can no longer pretend to be religious, moral, an upstanding citizen, non-racist, non-bigoted, non-misogynist, or pretend to be anti rape culture. party over country"

I'm glad a cowardly, anonymous CS Indy poster now is my judge. What an absolute demonstration of the anti-Trump idiocy! It should be a meme. Try to shame decent Americans who don't want law breaking political hacks and criminals in the White House and selecting up to five Supreme Court justices. No wonder he doesn't want to share his name. This kind of rhetoric and factless drivel is yet one more reason that Trump voters don't answer any poll questions.

Trump was not my first or second choice for President, but the picture of The United States he paints is a lot more like the one I'd fight for than the one Hillary Clinton and her legacy of corruption paints. I will enthusiastically cast my vote for him.

The hypocrisy of "never-Trump" and "Hillary no matter what" is astonishing. The very reasons many of this crowd say are why they support her, she immediately abandons when speaking in front of donors in private settings or contemplates taking a donation for her foundation. From the obvious underpayment of women at the CGI, to despots in sub-Saharan Africa that she and her husband supported for their donations who violated every human right they contend to support to their unabashed support of the regimes and powers that would murder all LGBTQ citizens. Supportive of women and children? Publicly demeaning a 12-year-old who was so brutally raped she couldn't bear children and then bragging about getting the perpetrator off? Yep that's anti-rape culture for sure. On judgement day, I don't know how I'll stand, but I'll make it my life's work to make it a good outcome. One things for sure, though: "happyfew" won't be making the call.

24 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/19/2016 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Few local GOP faithful are willing to say whether they support Trump

Vietnamized: Since you are all about facts, could you provide some evidence for Trumps cocaine use? I'm not a Trump supporter, just a fan of logic over rhetoric and facts over baseless accusations. You are entitled to your own opinion... but not your own facts.

13 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by hippyhelper on 10/19/2016 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Few local GOP faithful are willing to say whether they support Trump

One more thing - if you disagree with me at least have the mental acuity to tell me why...and make sure you've got your facts straight. You are entitled to your own opinion...but not your own facts.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 10/19/2016 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Few local GOP faithful are willing to say whether they support Trump

The only candidate that has talked about circumventing, upending or ignoring the Constitution is Donald Trump. I thought it quite clever that he accused Hillary Clinton of drug use when he is the one who should be worried about a drug test. If it were up to me I would take a hair follicle from each of them on stage tonight at the debate...then we could have a record of not just on the spot drug use, but recent history as well. Having been through the disco Eighties and watched the dry mouth and runny noses associated with cocaine use I would be surprised if Trump didn't test positive.

We don't need a reality show charlatan as the leader of this country. Tough talk is just that - talk. It takes much more to lead. The heaping piles of crap that have been dumped on Hillary Clinton over the years have been taking their toll on the more easily swayed among us. Goebbels was right - if you tell a lie long enough and loud enough pretty soon it will be viewed as reality...and then there's Karl Rove's 'perception is reality'. No, it's not, but it's hard to tell 'believers' that, because they 'believe'.

Don't screw up, America - this man is dangerous.

13 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Vietnamized on 10/19/2016 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Few local GOP faithful are willing to say whether they support Trump

anyone still sporting a trump bumper sticker can no longer pretend to be religious, moral, an upstanding citizen, non-racist, non-bigoted, non-misogynist, or pretend to be anti rape culture. party over country... even if that party's candidate will lead this country into un-necessary wars, un-necessary confrontations with our allies, and the spread of hate, racism, and general un-civil and disrespectfulness that seem to follow this lying more than truthful, shady business dealing, woman assaulting, acting like a spoiled adolescent, only caring about himself asshole.

18 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by happyfew on 10/19/2016 at 8:55 AM

Re: “A lot of El Paso County teens commit suicide; schools and government have taken notice

What this article fails to address is developing solutions for teen suicide. The article only addresses treatment AFTER the problem has developed to a point where it is a major issue. Ultimately, the primary cause for teen suicide is peer pressure and bullying in the schools. Depression and a sense of helplessness ensues thereafter. Our educational institute staff need to be trained better on how to prevent these issues from occurring on school property and parents need to hold their children accountable if they are the victimizers. The vast majority of teen suidides can be prevented if we become more actively involved in all aspects of our childeren's development. Whether you are a parent, friend, or educational staff member, we are all on the same team and need to be alert and quickly identify these issues early on and to do so every single day and stop it before it becomes a problem.

Posted by DK 1 on 10/18/2016 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

"...who owns a small business dependent on the tourism industry." Which is precisely why you want tax money to promote your business. I get that. Who wouldn't want government help to promote their business? Since Colorado Springs has a law on the books to help your industry, it should be all the more reason for you to want to get the most out of every dollar spent. Is sending Tom Strand to another state to learn about shared bikes and shared cars going to help your business or further "enhance the economy of the City," as the LART was enacted to do? Set aside your personal disdain for a moment to analyze what you're saying.

The City Ordinance (2.9.101) which instituted LART ahead of TABOR's passage, states, "The purpose of this tax shall be to attract visitors and to enhance the economy of the City and the Pikes Peak Region." This purpose has been hijacked to be used almost exclusively for tourism promotion. I absolutely did and still do unabashedly advocate for the contracting of marketing work on a competitive basis to determine that the maximum reach would be achieved for every dollar spent on marketing our City and region. Instead, we had the CEO of the CVB admit publicly that he had spent nearly 100% of his six-figure salary time promoting the special interest-backed "City for Champions" agenda to our own citizens instead of promoting our City to the rest of the world. That agenda will seek hundreds millions MORE of taxpayer dollars for tourist-related attractions in lieu of focusing those dollars on things like, roads, parks, police, fire and stormwater that will enhance the long-term economy of the City.

I will call you to task on your accusation that I "continually misquoted and changed figures and stats to accommodate your message." Anything EVER quoted and cited was directly from contracts budgets or financial reports--all public documents. I challenge you to find one item that was not 100% factual. In the unlikely event you do, I will correct the record immediately.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/18/2016 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

I see someone has pirated my T.Rump meme! Cool...except using the same name-calling, middle school format as The Donald doesn't make you look any smarter.

I see the same situations occuring over and over again - situations that could be rectified with perhaps different people calling the shots in elected positions. What seems to be the problem with making changes in government here? I fear it is the bogeyman called apathy - Dick Lamm warned us of this monster, and it appears that only the most rabid on both sides feel the urge to go out and exercise their franchise of self governance.

Become informed, take a position and VOTE!

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Vietnamized on 10/18/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

No role at the CVB, just a local person (native) who owns a small business dependent on the tourism industry and as that citizen, I watched you try to dismantle the CVB three years ago. You constantly misspoke about the role the CVB plays in our community, you suggested hiring a third party to manage the marketing for our destination (that's exactly what the CVB is) and you continually misquoted and changed figures and stats to accommodate your message. I spoke to City Council, along with several other community members, the morning of the vote in December 2013 and conveyed how important it is for a small business, actually all businesses that support and benefit from tourism, to rely on the CVB for referrals, assist with local and national marketing and bringing awareness to the Pikes Peak region.

The best news was when the following year you announced you were resigning from City Council to run for Mayor. Oh, happy day!

2 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 10/18/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Changes at Pikes Peak Community Foundation hang charities out to dry

PPCF is sadly a shell of its former self, and it's the community that will pay the price.

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Posted by Zen on 10/18/2016 at 12:59 AM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

Dear Ms Reynolds. Please explain where I was incorrect on the sources of CVB funds. The overwhelming majority of CVB budget "comes from the collection of taxes." 100% correct--LART (lodgers and rental car tax) is a TAX. Two thirds of the TAXES collected go to the CVB whose overhead costs for "marketing" Colorado Springs comprise more than 60% of their budget. Do no citizens rent any hotel rooms? I know of many who were flooded out of their homes and stayed in hotels due to the failure of the City to prioritize stormwater funding. What about members of the military who are relocating? Or family members who visit? How nice for the CVB to take their money! I know many (including) myself who suffer damage to vehicles or maintenance issues who must rent cars to get to work or transport their families. These are taxes, not some magic dust. I recognize that you all think it's not enough--it never is. And the candidates whom you will support who travel and get around with tax money will probably soon place a doubling or tripling of this tax on the ballot, citing some taxpayer-funded study that was commissioned to show that a higher tax is exactly what we need.

I find it interesting how you try to get personal with my "miserable failure" in my bid for mayor, but can't bring yourself to make similar remarks for CVB cheerleader, Amy Lathen, who raised 8-9 times the money as I and received less than half the number of votes. But now she's bidding for you and against the taxpayer as the head of Colorado Springs Forward.

The personal attacks are unsurprising as you've consistently leveled them at me at every juncture where I've spoken for the citizens instead of the special interests you represent. I hope it gives you some satisfaction. I'd be interested in hearing your role in the CVB. You seem very passionate about it.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/17/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

And this is exactly why we as a city should be thankful Joel Miller is no longer involved with City Council and failed miserably at running for Mayor. You are so uneducated when it comes to what the CVB's mission is, how the CVB is funded (hotel collected tax - not citizen based tax) and what the CVB does for this community. The Colorado Springs CVB's budget is very limited - actually pretty meager -compared to other CVB's marketing destinations of similar size. But you wouldn't know that, or even care, because you have no interest in becoming familiar on what a CVB actually does. Finally, our City Council is comprised of a majority of representatives, with the exception of Helen Collins, who actually give a damn about our community.

4 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 10/17/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

One last thing to say in this..."He asked for and received clearance from the City Attorney's Office, which ruled "that it was authorized and appropriate for me to accept funds from the CVB for the trip."

The City Attorney's office is the least ethical entity in the entire City government which says a lot . Yet they run the ethics process--even in cases when they are the subject of complaints. I can say firsthand that that happens. Somehow, they are the ethical authority to say that funds the CVB obtains from the collection of taxes can then be returned to pay for travel for one of the people who will approve their inflated budget. It's like a self-licking ice cream cone. It would be comical if it wasn't such a travesty.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/17/2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

"efforts to attract and retain millennials, and a bike- and car-sharing program. "I don't know that you can ever get that stuff second-hand," he says."

These are the sorts of taxpayer and special-interest, conflict-ridden trips that lead to eliminating lanes of traffic on research to "attract millennials." Great taxpayer investment.

What attracts millennials, just like everyone else, are low taxes, jobs and government free of corruption and cronyism. Good luck to us!

23 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/17/2016 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Traffic volumes grow, but I-25 widening project is beyond local control

We really could use some form of light rail connecting the Front Range. The focus on widening I-25 is absurd- a light rail is more environmentally friendly than increasing vehicle traffic- it is safer- it is reliable. It does require a working inner city transit- again COS- get your head out of your behind. I have absolutely no clue how the city was bamboozled into the 'City for Chumps' project so quickly as we everyday sat through traffic looking at our failing infrastructure. And city leaders somehow have the tenacity to say 'we need to find funds'- well no- you need to stop blowing our taxes on corrupted projects.
Sorry- but really COS- get a frigging light rail.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by KyleJS on 10/13/2016 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Changes at Pikes Peak Community Foundation hang charities out to dry

I wonder if the deputy director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Abby Sienkiewicz, is related to the world-renowned Polish author, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Nobel Laureate and author of "Quo Vadis" and other famous novels. Is there any chance the Indy could ask and let us know?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 10/13/2016 at 10:25 PM

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