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Re: “Parks preservation ballot measure proposed

Thank you, Richard, for being a voice for the people of Colorado Springs AND the wildlife in our parks! Thank you, Pam Zubeck, for your always excellent and accurate reporting.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sandra Knauf on 10/06/2016 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Amendment 71 seeks to "protect" state Constitution, but from whom?

The problem that 71 claims to address is that it's too easy to amend the state Constitution.

The real problem is WHY people try to amend the state Constitution. That why is because the legislature can turn around and trash statutory initiatives, so they turn to the state Constitution to prevent it.

The real solution is to simply block the legislature from screwing with statutory initiatives.

The solution that 71 claims to address is actually no solution at all and is exactly what Caldara and the II say it is--it shuts out the little guy because they won't have the money to get the rural signatures, which are more expensive to get because of the cost from distances. So in effect, it's a wolf in sheep's clothing.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Tannim on 10/06/2016 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Moms take on the NRA and win some battles

"I'm a gun owner, a lifelong hunter, a combat veteran and a good citizen. I support the MDA!"

Then you're stupid, too. You didn't swear an oath to the Constitution to defend it except in cases where the Second and Fourth Amendments are infringed, or where infringement on private property rights are infringed.

3 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Tannim on 10/06/2016 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Parks preservation ballot measure proposed

Thank you Richard !!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Nicole Rosa on 10/06/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Parks preservation ballot measure proposed

Thats what I wanna know. What can I do to help?

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Elloraine on 10/06/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Parks preservation ballot measure proposed

What can I do to help??

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rosemarie Lovato on 10/06/2016 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Moms take on the NRA and win some battles

I'm thinking that putting "moms" in "parentheses" was snarky because it questioned who was really behind the movement. As far as being anti-gun and using the term "lifelong hunter" - well, there you go again...snarkin' away. If you doubt my credentials and sincerity about my views then say so. I don't get a big charge out of pumping up my manhood by pumping out a thousand rounds or so at the range - I'm a helluva lot more secure than that.

I AM a lifelong hunter. I got my first semi-auto .22 for Christmas when I was six. I started bird hunting when I was 12, hunter's safety class under my belt and all. My father won the European Skeet Championship in 1956 - the essential world championship at the time. I loaded clays into the thrower from the time I was eight until my father retired from skeet and trap. I have a top-notch bird dog, and always buy a hunting license to support the Dept of Wildlife.

Wyman, without actually knowing me or what I stand for, and without actually knowing these "moms" who would like to see sanity restored with a few well drafted requirements, you come off as the snarkiest of all. My father-in-law is an NRA Life Member and 7 time FL Senior Silhouette Champion when he competed. I was on the 3rd Armored Division 1000 meter team in the 60's. The NRA was an admirable organization until they got caught up in Wayne LaPierre's hair-on-fire political aspirations. They should have stuck to education about firearms safety and competition shooting programs for youth...with emphasis on safety. LaPierre is a paid shill for the gun industry and you're one of the suckers who buys his pap.

Regardless of the MDA's credentials the concept is good. If you are afraid to go outside without your gun then you are also afraid of your shadow. Standing up to the NRA is something that requires courage in today's political climate. I don't belong to the NRA, and until they change their ways, I won't belong.

14 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Vietnamized on 10/06/2016 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Moms take on the NRA and win some battles

the gun nuts will go as far to accuse the crazies that open carry their assault rifles to be paid actors...riiiiight. they don't have to be paid to act stupid... the common sense gun laws are gaining momentum and that must anger the gun lobbyists. the laws will change and it will make the country safer... period. the gun lobbyists will cry "they are coming for our precious guns", but they know it isn't true and they are only trying to sell more guns. these lobbyist are paid a lot of money and need these guns to be sold.

10 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by happyfew on 10/06/2016 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Moms take on the NRA and win some battles

What is "snarky"? "Lifelong hunter" is a phrase many anti-gun advocates use and only thet use it. Nice try...
This story is a bit glossed over about Watts and her backing by billionaire ex New York mayor (the guy that banned big soda cups). Watts was a PR person for large corporations including the Indy's favorite Monsanto. She also in essence forced her young son to watch the endless news coverage of the Aurora theater shooting for several hours. Next night she takes the boy, 8 years old, to a theater to see that same movie and the kid freaks out! Well, duh! She rushes him to a shrink and yes the diagnosis is a panic attack. Good mom. Child abuser. She launches her group. But someone who investigated reveals that the website and domain name have been purchased already, weeks in advance, and she is up and running in two days. She collects money, spouts falsehoods, uses the "mother" name ploy, has a contingent of armed bodyguards while her gatherings draw tens of people. Watts hires actors to portray "open carry" protesters to "disrupt" her outings. The actors look and act like buffoons which then she can point and say "See. I told you so." She even went as far as calling police one time claiming that those gun toting maniacs were going to rape her and her little group. She is all about money and nothing more. Her group has no momentum. She is an abuser of children and The Independent did no homework before writing this story.
I will add that anti-Second Amendment zealots have gone as far as they can go. There is no debating our Rights and we understand what those Rights are. The "loophole" "common sense" "assault weapon" tripe is worn out and there can be no law that violates our Rights. It is a ban they want but it will never happen and it is not their place to take anyone's Rights. The MDA has had to pad the stats to make shootings sound commonplace which in fact are rare and occur mainly in gun-free zones. They have gone as far as changing the definition of "child" so more are added to their child victim list. To the MDA anyone 25 or younger is a "child". Congratulations for not recognizing a charlatan, I am not surprised though, you actually were trying to fool your readers.

5 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Robert Wyman on 10/05/2016 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Moms take on the NRA and win some battles

Spot on, John Howell.

2 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Odin on 10/05/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Moms take on the NRA and win some battles

"says the group is not anti-gun but does advocate for "common sense gun laws." "

Yeah, that is what they all say. That is the mantra of Michael "32 Oz"/"Colorado Springs doesn't have paved roads" Bloomberg's groups Everytown and MAIG, of the Brady Camp (formerly Handgun Control Incorporated, formerly National Council to Control Handguns) which was part of the National Coalition to Ban Handguns (now Coalition to Stop Gun Violence), of Americans for Responsible Solutions, and others. If you truly believe them, I have a metric Crescent wrench I'll sell you.

"Common sense" means different things to different people and is a "poisoning the well" ploy to paint anyone who disagrees as not having any sense. To some people, banning guns is common sense. To others, banning handguns is common sense. To others, banning so called "assault weapons" is common sense. To yet others, exercising concealed carry or open carry is common sense, or owning multiple firearms including handguns and "assault weapons" is common sense.

"The first ensures all gun buyers pass a background check — whether buying from a licensed gun dealer, a private citizen or a gun show. "

A law which actually makes very little sense.

"The second states that domestic abusers cannot own guns, even if a state classifies domestic abuse as a misdemeanor instead of a felony,"

Which is actually redundant with previously existing federal law and therefore makes no actual sense. They have been working to pass a law to make something that is already illegal, illegal.

"The group also takes credit for defeating some 200 "bad laws" in states, including those that would allow guns on college campuses or in K-12 schools."

Again, what they consider a "bad law" is actually considered by many to be a "good law".

"Colorado passed a package of gun control laws in 2013, including expanded background checks and limits on ammunition magazines. "

Both of which were great examples of actual bad laws.

7 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Odin on 10/05/2016 at 4:53 PM

Re: “New homeless camp is a first in self-governance

There are a bunch of tents set up along the Midland Trail, just past Chestnut Street, that are a bit scary to ride by. I was waiting to either be jumped or run over a hypodermic needle - that's just the impression given by the disarray of this "camping" site. The camp that was mowed down along the creek just before America the Beautiful Park still has a ton of trash and clothing/sleeping bags strewn about. I've always thought the HOT guys did a good job, but the slant of this story makes me think differently.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by MargRita Williams on 10/05/2016 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Moms take on the NRA and win some battles

Gee whiz, John...that was kind of snarky, don't you think? Why in the world would they want to do that? The concept of universal background checks might actually do some good - and open carry in Georgia that allows open carry in bars, of all places, a law that was strongly supported by your NRA buddies might even do a better job of thinning the ranks.

I'm a gun owner, a lifelong hunter, a combat veteran and a good citizen. I support the MDA!

21 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Vietnamized on 10/05/2016 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Moms take on the NRA and win some battles

Many thanks to these "moms" for reminding Americans to renew their NRA memberships and to include an extra contribution.

10 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by John Howell on 10/05/2016 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Police commander collects severance pay, even as the city throws him a retirement party

Great article! The purpose of Howard's deal, as stated in the severance agreement, is "to amicably and completely resolve any and all matters" between the city and Howard, although those "matters" aren't explained. By the way, my children wanted HUD-51000 some time ago and were informed of a great service with a searchable forms database . If you require HUD-51000 too , here's "".

Posted by Kasandra Jeffcoat on 10/04/2016 at 9:00 PM

Re: “When it comes to campaigns around amendments, there are Davids and Goliaths

As an aside, those of you out there that are drawing military retirement and benefit from Tri-Care - do you really think you have a dog in this hunt other than your personal wish to not have to pay more to help "the least among us" because you've "served your country" and have no further obligation to the community?

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Vietnamized on 10/04/2016 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Lawsuits take aim at chemical giants over poisoned drinking water

Dang - for once I agree, at least in part. The Federal Government should be the target of these lawsuits. Admiral Elmo Zumwalt approved the use of 2,4,5,D (Agent Orange) in the Vietnam War. His son, a Swift Boat captain in the Navy came home after having been exposed and died a few short years later. Was that karma calling, or was that the most horrific way one could learn of a horrible error in judgement that happened because of insufficient research on the contaminant...or was it just plain ol' Government doesn't give a crap activity? I know that Admiral Zumwalt felt the pain personally, but as far as there being any real assumption of responsibility...well, corporate America doesn't work that way. And neither does the USAF.

I totally agree that the suits will not go very far, but it doesn't mean that they don't have standing. Please proceed, folks, and hopefully the light of day involving the complicity of the Government and the chemical companies will be exposed.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Vietnamized on 10/04/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “When it comes to campaigns around amendments, there are Davids and Goliaths

I've been communicating with the ColoradoCarYES folks and am completely satisfied with the answers. Of course the big insurance carriers don't like it - they've been skimming off the premiums and denying coverage for years (like back to 1973) and they sure as hell don't want to lose that plum. Think of that 30% slush fund for a minute or two and figure out how doctors and nurses are hurt by potentially being paid more for their services. I was assured that I would be able to continue to see the doctors I currently see and that the system would not be a Medicare/Medicaid duplicate. No wonder all the big guns are out and firing at this amazing concept of paying doctors more and not limiting care. Big Pharma has to be getting nervous, too.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Vietnamized on 10/04/2016 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Colorado voters can make the choice much easier for patients like Sheryl Randall

To: Lroberts Roberts

No it is everyone's business when the law is changed because it applies to everyone: the elderly person in a nursing home who is lonely and told it would be better if she died or the cancer patient who is told he can't get expensive treatments but the state will pay for assisted suicide (this happened more than once in Oregon). You may not be concerned about these people, but I AM.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Willam Nat on 10/01/2016 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Colorado voters can make the choice much easier for patients like Sheryl Randall

It's no ones business except the decisional adult and their physician. It's called freedom. If it's not for you, don't do it.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Lroberts Roberts on 09/30/2016 at 7:06 PM

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