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Re: “Taxophobia in the Springs, hope for CSU Board, climate change, and workers' comp

Mr. Executive director of ARAWC abhors "baseless hyperbole," or so he would have us believe, immediately after calling Workers' Comp "broken." It would be ironic if he actually believed it himself, but it makes sense in a diabolical way if he is only trying to confuse the issue.

Mr. Executive director of ARAWC whines, "It takes an attorney to understand workers' comp benefits or how to access them." Then he follows up by defending spending caps for injured workers because "the Option gives him or her the right to sue." So, it is wrong to make injured workers consult an attorney to understand their benefits, but okay to force them to hire attorneys to actually collect their benefits.

Mr. Executive director of ARAWC believes "legal exposure forces the employer to have some skin in the game." Which is why so many corporations have sponsored this organization, because they just love to expose themselves to lawsuits!

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/01/2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “'Objective journalism' and the Gazette, the USOC, highway safety, and more

Agree with Casimir. The USOC headquarters and Training Center have been in COS since 1977. That's 38 years. 38 years of the USOC keeping a very quiet profile and remaining mum that they're headquartered in COS - city famed for its myopic misers - and not in Denver or Seattle or some other affluent sports team crazy town. Wasn't spending $53M to appease the USOC enough of a sacrifice? Of course not. Now City Leaders want to leverage its USOC connection and try to salvage something from their $53M "investment" as well as make the sports world aware - as if anyone besides our City Leaders care - that COS and the USOC are blood brothers.

City Leaders decided - with a huge input from Jenkins - to build yet another (the 4th, is it?) Olympic museum located in the URA where Jenkins owns all those worthless properties. The unwitting taxpayers will be forced without their consent to contribute $12M plus interest to get the museum built. But that's small potatoes compared to the cost of providing infrastructure, including a very costly bridge over the train tracks from the museum to ABT park. Why does this bridge etc have top priority when there are streets all over town that need repaving? And once the infrastructure is in place, building will commence next door on the monster $200M STADIUM.

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Posted by curious on 04/26/2015 at 7:06 PM

Re: “'Objective journalism' and the Gazette, the USOC, highway safety, and more

"Odin How can "race" information be important for crime statistics and criminology? "

Really? You honestly do not understand why these demographics might be important?

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Posted by Odin on 04/23/2015 at 10:34 AM

Re: “'John-shaming,' voter turnout, Helen Collins, and more

Christopher Curcio, This is America, we are free to not vote and free to participate in politics in other ways without going into a booth and checking the boxes. What do you want? Mandatory voting.? Your vote rant is old as the hills and is tired. A large number actually do not vote probably because like me they do not want hire a greedy liar who won't change anything for the better and does not give a god damn rats ass about you or anyone else. You voters keep electing idiots and sociopaths that violate my Rights, keep me poor through over-regulation, pass laws without thought or asking (Hickenlooper) etc etc so why don't you all STOP voting? Shame on you for being so stupid and letting them distract you with climate, health care, War on Drugs when the fact is our economy is tanking and they still call it a "recession" and we are "recovering". Most of the stuff you purchase comes from Communist China, Obama is a Socialist and borrows from China trillions of US dollars (almost worthless), borrows from the Federal Reserve, bails out banks and corporations, the minimum wage is lower than 1970. There are 2.3 million people in prison (most are non-violent offenders) and now you can be arrested and jailed without due process if they think you might be a terrorist or maybe later and on and on. Shame on me? I don't think so.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 04/23/2015 at 7:29 AM

Re: “'Objective journalism' and the Gazette, the USOC, highway safety, and more

Odin How can "race" information be important for crime statistics and criminology? It is absurd to collect that kind of data especially when you yourself do not know what "race" actually means. If a man has brown skin and was born in USA but appears "Negro" which became "African American" which is "Black" (a color not a race). So if his hub caps are stolen criminologists need this "Black" information? BS! If I say "racism" most will automatically think of "whites" hating "blacks" as though Caucasians are the only practitioners of such a thing, so much so there is a common phrase to refer to non-white racists: "reverse racism". Ridiculous. Furthermore we have a common police practice which I believe to be illegal and that being "racial profiling". Ask your criminologists if traffic stops and arrests of "blacks" went down when it was banned. We know the answer already. Police try every trick to violate your Rights and they lie about it as well. They profile all the time doing traffic stops which does little to prevent or solve crime. My license plates were stolen while still attached to my vehicle. Someone drove that vehicle around this city for three months until the plates expired and left it in a apartment parking lot. I, not police, found it. One flat tire, dead battery, expired tags and empty fuel tanks. Police do not respond to abandoned vehicle calls. They don't seem to do much except stop drivers that they hope are DUI. I wonder how knowing my "race" will aid future crime-solvers? The victim here cannot stop someone from stealing his plates if he saw them. Police are not going to look for them. The crook has little to fear but the "race" of the victim must be filled out on the online report?! Time spent and wasted plus buying new tags. A minute to steal them, not one second spent looking for them, hours and money spent by the victim who is what race ??

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 04/23/2015 at 6:36 AM

Re: “'Objective journalism' and the Gazette, the USOC, highway safety, and more

Ahriana Platten, You are correct and possibly unaware of police and traffic stop tactics which go beyond the "public safety" hogwash. In many places travelers have cash and belongings confiscated plus are forced to sign statements admitting guilt to breaking some arcane law. Civil forfeiture is the new wave of revenue enhancement for law enforcement. If CSP wanted safety why do they then hide in order to catch you speeding? Visible patrol vehicles slow people down. Some agencies try to ticket drivers who flash lights to warn oncoming traffic of police presence! My grandmother told me years ago that she remembered the CSP being called "The Courtesy Patrol".
For a horror story do a Google search "tenaha texas police corruption". You may never travel again after reading what the DA and police did to travelers there. We are in or close to becoming a police state. I saw a sign last weekend "CSP Saturation..." on Highway 115. It is chilling.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 04/23/2015 at 5:44 AM

Re: “'Objective journalism' and the Gazette, the USOC, highway safety, and more

P.S. Mark, all of this was verified via the online reporting system.

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Posted by Odin on 04/22/2015 at 4:06 PM

Re: “'Objective journalism' and the Gazette, the USOC, highway safety, and more

Ahriana Platten,

Exercising the privilege of driving on publicly maintained roads is explicit consent to monitoring. We fully expect CSP to be watching us and our speeds, since it is their job to ensure compliance. There is no expectation of privacy in this case. This is as opposed to "big brother", which monitored exercising rights, without consent, and violated rights/expectations of privacy to do so.

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Posted by Odin on 04/22/2015 at 2:57 PM

Re: “'Objective journalism' and the Gazette, the USOC, highway safety, and more

Mark S. Young,

This information is important for crime statistics and criminology.

If you are in Colorado Springs, the report allows you to select the following under "Race":

1) American Indian/Alaskan Native
2) Asian/Pacific Islander
3) Black
4) Unknown
5) White.

FYI, Hispanic or Latino is not considered a race, it is an ethnic-linguistic group. Most Hispanics are White or some part American Indian, but there are also quite a few Black Hispanics. You would select Hispanic, non-Hispanic, or Unknown under "Ethnicity". Also, reporting ethnicity is indeed optional, race is not.

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Posted by Odin on 04/22/2015 at 2:51 PM

Re: “'John-shaming,' voter turnout, Helen Collins, and more

Thank you, Thom Andreas, well said. Thanks for calling out the father for his uncharitable, judgmental behavior and inaccurate misuse of loaded words. That guy is full of hate and condemnation, and he gives Christians a bad name.

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Posted by prairie chix on 04/21/2015 at 4:07 PM

Re: “'John-shaming,' voter turnout, Helen Collins, and more

Right on Christopher Curcio! Get out and VOTE!

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Posted by TruB on 04/19/2015 at 11:08 AM

Re: “'John-shaming,' voter turnout, Helen Collins, and more

I too want to know WHO spent $65K to recall Collins. The recall failed, but the WHOs are not giving up. WHO is Govt Watch? It's probable that Jenkins and Anschutz are 2 of the WHOs. How about asking them if they paid all or some of the $65K?. Is John Suthers, one of the City Leaders, also one of the WHOs?

The WHOs are determined to get rid of councilor Collins because she, unlike certain of her colleagues on the council, is not a puppet of City Leaders. Jenkins and other City Leaders want to convert the URA and downtown into a thicket of skyscrapers so that COS will look like Denver. To accomplish this goal City Leaders will build a stadium, remove Drake and its coal trains, and use eminent domain to take property. Vocal opponents, such as Collins, stand in their way. City Leaders intend to fill the council with their allies. And though Collins is a minority voice, City Leaders want to silence her. There is something rotten in COS - the offense is rank, it smells to heaven. The Indy could perform a genuine civic service by exposing the political machinations now concealed behind the curtain of secrecy.

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Posted by curious on 04/16/2015 at 10:29 AM

Re: “'John-shaming,' voter turnout, Helen Collins, and more

"Uber-liberal Pueblo has experienced far more sluggish growth than the Springs..."

The most recent article I could turn up in a cursory search of the internet is dated March 2014. According to a "report from Colorado State University’s Regional Economics Institute (REI)... Colorado Springs... has 7,400 fewer jobs (a 2.8% decrease)... than pre-recession levels." (…)

There is no mention of Pueblo in this article, possibly because they "suffered lighter job losses in the downturn than much of the rest of the state..." and recovered all of the jobs lost by the end of 2011, according to an internet article dated January 2012. (

By the way, I have never before heard Pueblo called "uber-liberal" but as of March 2014, "Fort Collins-Loveland (4.3%) and Boulder (3.4%) have shown the largest job increases..."

" you ignore realities that don't fit your prejudicial narrative?" Really!

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/15/2015 at 1:08 PM

Re: “'John-shaming,' voter turnout, Helen Collins, and more

"In actual fact, we are the only town in Colorado that has not enjoyed a healthy recovery since the recession." - Really? Uber-liberal Pueblo has experienced far more sluggish growth than the Springs, or do you ignore realities that don't fit your prejudicial narrative?

I understand that you're desperately trying to smear the Anschutz family and the local daily in one fell swoop, but "in actual fact", Suthers received twice as many votes as Ms. Makepeace, making him the obvious choice for mayoral office, irregardless of any media support.

"There is nothing subtle about his influence in this town, from the invasion into Bear Creek Park" - Care to elaborate?

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 04/15/2015 at 9:05 AM

Re: “'Fluff' news, safe and clean parks, pot and the press, and more

Dear Father Carmody,

I recently read your letter in the Colorado Springs Independent. I believe you are out of touch with church policy and teachings. This letter shows deep-rooted prejudice and irresponsible behavior unbecoming of a representative of the church
I have never read a more disrespectful, ill-conceived, unchristian letter. How dare you, especially as someone with the ironic title of "Respect Life Director", compare homosexuals with the Ku Klux Klan.
Ignoring, as you did, the fact that the pizza parlor owner used language almost exactly the same as the anti-catholic rhetoric you claimed your grandfather was a victim.

He, the owner-Kevin O'Connor, stated: "That lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. Why should I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?"

If he chose to be heterosexual, it makes me wonder what he was before, and how this choice was made available to him. No one else seems to have been given the option. Did you chose to be heterosexual, male, Catholic? I am heterosexual, no choice was made available to me.
He used the fear of retaliation by persons unknown to play victim and used the publicity to collect over $830,000 in donations from people who thought the threats were real (no evidence exists they ever received any credible threat) and some believed their pizza parlor had actually been burned down. If there is a modern day KKK, it is the ultra self-righteous pseudo-christians that condemn people for loving each other, a group in which you are now a charter member. Catholic Church policy states that while homosexuality is considered immoral, every homosexual person should be treated with respect and love.

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Posted by rangesaf on 04/10/2015 at 8:19 PM

Re: “April Fools, climate same, looking ugly, and more

"bv is confused and doesn't understand the issue"

bv sees no evidence of CAGW. if you do, illuminate him.
bv spends way too much time reading up on the issue, and would like to be free to do other things.

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Posted by bv on 04/10/2015 at 12:38 PM

Re: “'Fluff' news, safe and clean parks, pot and the press, and more

Re Phil Stahl letter:
"a full 96.2 percent concur that temperatures have steadily risen, and there is no evidence for cooling. Meanwhile, 97.4 percent concur there is a definite role of humans in climate change."
Your accuracy is disturbing. The numbers are closer to 100% - no one is debating rising temps nor whether humans have some impact.

The question is 'How much?'

A letter full of conflation gets us no closer to the answer.

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Posted by bv on 04/10/2015 at 11:40 AM

Re: “'Fluff' news, safe and clean parks, pot and the press, and more

What is truly ironic, and more than just a little bit hypocritical, is the "Respect Life Director" presuming to lecture others on tolerance and civility. The movement he belongs to has not only threatened life and property, it has successfully carried out its threats to murder, bomb, and burn, in its own efforts to "squash people who disagree with their ideas."

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/08/2015 at 4:59 PM

Re: “'Fluff' news, safe and clean parks, pot and the press, and more

Gregory Olinyk Guest
Rank 50

A multi-part question for the candidates, the answer to which will likely never see the light of day. But first a little background info:

Our City Council is being asked to work 40-50 hours per week to govern a $250 million city budget plus a debt-ridden, $1.08 Billion dollar, Colorado Springs Utilities (“CSU”) operation. At a salary of $6,000 per year how can we ever attract true experts onto the Utilities board, which our Council members also govern? How can we attract “youth” onto the City Council if they cannot earn a living and support a family?

Even in this tough economic environment doesn’t it seem wise to spend what would amount to ½ of 1% of our current $250 million budget or $1,250,000 ($100,000 per council member and $50,000 for one staffer each) to protect a Billion dollar operation? After all, we pay CSU’s CEO $250,000+ only to be stuck with a $120 million yet-to-be-proven pollution scrubber.

Would you support this? If not would you be willing to reduce your salary to their level?

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Posted by GregO73 on 04/08/2015 at 1:53 PM

Re: “'Fluff' news, safe and clean parks, pot and the press, and more

Mr. Carmody: They're not trying "to squash people who disagree with their ideas," rather to be treated as humans who should get the same service as everyone else, regardless of the beliefs of whoever owns the business. You've got the KKK analogy exactly backwards; the KKK also denied service to some types of humans and went to the extreme of denying those types the right to live. Christians similarly attack those who are LGBT.

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Posted by scubafox on 04/08/2015 at 1:46 PM

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