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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Letters

Re: “Municipal court, shoplifting, the Memorial deal, a Collins recall, and more

Mr. Hunter;
Out of 270 religious organizations in Colorado Springs, found in the Yellow Pages, there is one local Mosque and, as near as I can find, one Islamic organization. Colorado Springs Muslims don’t seem to organize for involvement in local politics, don’t publish political periodicals, don’t involve their religion in political issues, don’t proselytize, don’t fund institutes that promote intelligent design, anti choice, prayer in public schools, or political candidates.
When/if local Muslims undertake the high intensity, heavily funded, political endeavors of certain Christian organizations, I suspect that they too would gain the Indy’s attention and, well deserved, “disdain”.

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Posted by asawatcher on 01/22/2015 at 9:06 AM

Re: “The NAACP bombing, municipal court, shoplifting, and more

Robert Wyman, there are indeed plenty of issues with our legal system. People with money can (literally) get away with murder, like the teen who used affluenza as his defense against homicide by car. People who are poor, minority, or both, however, can be and frequently are locked up for life or executed, regardless of their innocence or the relative triviality of their offense (e.g., the war on drugs). There is an organization named HALT (which, if memory serves, originally stood for Help Abolish Legal Tyranny) that advocates and educates on issues of judicial abuse and access like correcting systemic biases against minorities, disciplining instances of attorney malfeasance, requiring the use of plain language instead of legalese, allowing paralegals to practice, etc.

Doug Bruce is another case entirely. He is a wealthy person who is constantly in court, either fighting to impose his political beliefs on others or trying to get away with not complying with regulations as a landlord, etc. His legal troubles can be summed up as matters of choice, and when people go to to court on a matter of personal choice (especially when the issue serves not a socially beneficial purpose like ending segregation but their own agenda and aggrandizement), they can jolly well pay their own damn fees and not foist them off on the taxpayer. That Bruce tries to attach the first set of issues to his own situation has the merit of being consistent with his character and modus operendi, but nothing else. My initial note was intended to highlight the irony, if not the hypocrisy, of Bruce the TABOR advocate trying to shift his personal legal costs to the taxpayer.

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Posted by LeoK on 01/17/2015 at 11:56 AM

Re: “The NAACP bombing, municipal court, shoplifting, and more

Hey Bob Kinsey! Power companies and their suppliers are investing portions of their profits in feasibility and design of other energy sources. As soon as fossil fuels become scarce they will be ready with solar panels, wind turbines and a million tons of batteries to sell. Of course those batteries are made with some real caustic chemicals which will need to be disposed of when they die. So much for "green" unless you know of another way to store electricity. I am not sure how fast the wind would have to blow to rotate the blades on a generator as to produce a few amperes ( hurricane force probably) or how many acres are needed for the solar panels needed to charge batteries to light a city. Might want to consider investing in horses.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 01/16/2015 at 8:44 AM

Re: “The NAACP bombing, municipal court, shoplifting, and more

Thank you Mr. Bruce and you are absolutely correct. Our courts do not serve us and regardless of innocence or guilt once a person is in the system he/she is trapped. The irony that for any citizens to attempt to put things right attorneys would need to be hired which of course would lead to years of legal battles (big payday for lawyers). Of course lawyers do not want to get on any judge's bad side for obvious reasons and citizens are ill-equipped to tread on any legal path. The judges know this just as police know the average hasn't a clue about their Rights. The bottom line is the bottom line: money and lots of it in fees, fines and salaries. We are doomed and of that I am sure. Justice wears a blindfold because she cannot bear to look anymore.

And to leok: There are plenty of innocents among the scofflaws, but I believe I detected sarcasm in your comment. Am I correct?

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 01/16/2015 at 8:20 AM

Re: “The NAACP bombing, municipal court, shoplifting, and more

Oh Doug Bruce, if the defendant doesn't pay the costs associated with legal proceedings and trials, then those costs shift to the taxpayer. Shame on you for trying to increase our taxes by shifting the costs off scofflaws. Just stop doing things that get you in trouble with the law in the first place; then you won't have to pay either.

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Posted by LeoK on 01/15/2015 at 8:42 AM

Re: “The NAACP bombing, municipal court, shoplifting, and more

Cecelia Jacobs,

First of all, there is no evidence that the NAACP was the target. None. Granted, they are the most likely target, but right now any claims that they were are purely ASSUMPTIONS. As they say, assumptions are the mother of all f*&k-ups.

As to the person's "muddled exit strategy", sounds like you may actually know who the person is since nothing I have seen speaks to that. So maybe you should call the tip line.

And finally, as to joining the NAACP, and speaking as a minority myself, I will steadfastly disagree. Every time I or friends have had dealings with them, we have been left with a bad impression of them. I will (and have) defend their right to exist, but I will not join them and I will not support them.

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Posted by Dave H on 01/14/2015 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Lamborn's campaign, Indy Give!, global warming, and more

I've had nothing but nice experiences with the Pikes Peak Humane Society. Perhaps the angry written block was to a letter last week. PLEASE always adopt!! There are many dog rescue groups that will help you out. And thank you to all the volunteers that help.

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Posted by TruB on 01/12/2015 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Lamborn's campaign, Indy Give!, global warming, and more

Well said Christy! Why isn't Lamborn helping with Brown's canyon! Colorado legislature more that Bill forward on Brown's canyon.

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Posted by TruB on 01/11/2015 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Lamborn's campaign, Indy Give!, global warming, and more

"This new year, keep one resolution. Strive not to point machine guns at people." -- Kenton Lloyd

Machine guns are highly restricted items. Not something you can just walk into a store and walk out with. The paperwork alone takes about 9 months to process.

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Posted by Dave H on 01/08/2015 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Lamborn's campaign, Indy Give!, global warming, and more

NEVER SHOULD ANYONE EVER, EVER ADOPT AN ANIMAL FROM THE PIKES PEAK REGION HUMANE SOCIETY, BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY WITH THEM. THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY OF THE ANIMALS EXAMINED BY A VET. THEY TAKE THEM IN, PUT THEM IN A KENNEL, MAKE SOME IDEA UP ABOUT WHAT THEY HAVE, AND WHEN YOU GO TO ADOPT THIS ANIMAL, IT MAY HAVE PARVO (WHICH KILLS DOGS) OR KENNEL COUGH, OR CANCER! BUT THEY WON'T TELL YOU THIS BECAUSE IT'S NEVER SEEN A VET OR BEEN TREATED THERE FOR ANYTHING. THEY MAKE UP THE HISTORY OF THE ANIMAL THEY RECIEVE, AND TELL YOU VERY, VERY LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ANIMAL ITSELF. IF YOU RETURN THE ANIMAL, THE HUMANE SOCIETY WILL STOP ADOPTING ANIMALS TO YOU BECAUSE YOU BROUGHT IT BACK FOR WHAT EVER REASON. THEY LIE RIGHT TO YOUR FACE ABOUT ANY MEDICAL CONDITION, AND SMILE WHEN THEY TAKE YOUR MONEY. DO THE RIGHT THING, AND ADOPT FROM ANOTHER ORGANIZATION THAT IS HONEST ABOUT EVERYTHING WITH THE PET YOU WANT TO ADOPT. THE HUMANE SOCIETY IN COLORADO SPRINGS CARES NOTHING ABOUT THE ANIMALS THEY HAVE THERE! WHEN THE KENNELS GET FULL, EVERY ANIMAL THAT COMES THROUGH THE DOORS TO BE SURRENDERED, IS KILLED. BUT THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT THEY WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR ANIMAL. IT SMELLS LIKE CRAP IN THERE, AND THERE IS ALWAYS DOG CRAP IN THE DOG KENNELS. DON'T ADOPT FROM THEM EVER! IT'S NOT FAIR TO THE ANIMAL AND IT'S NOT RIGHT OR FAIR TO YOU TO PUT MONEY UP FOR AN ANIMAL THAT YOU HAVE NO MEDICAL HISTORY OF. IF YOU NEED TO SURRENDER YOU PET, GO TO A "NO KILL ORGANIZATION" INSTEAD OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY. DON'T DO IT!!! PLEASE!!

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Posted by Jazz on 01/07/2015 at 2:33 PM

Re: “About a mall, Springs' political history, slumlords, and more

Funny you mention that Greg. I went by the Dinosaur yesterday and actually took a picture of the America The Beautiful sign, with the big poisonous cloud just behind it. I had to laugh the "no smoking" sign, so that "people may enjoy the clean air of the park". WOW! Is that the perfect oxymoron or what?

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Posted by Nicole Rosa on 12/29/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “About a mall, Springs' political history, slumlords, and more

Lenore Fleck's "Reinventing the Mall" highlights the value of being able to see and touch what we buy. Perhaps it's time to shut down a few and consolidate the survivors into a more consumer-friendly environment. Give me the mall equivalent to a "Tattered Cover!"

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Posted by GregO73 on 12/27/2014 at 3:32 PM

Re: “About a mall, Springs' political history, slumlords, and more

Nicole Rosa's "Ditch the Dinosaur" might carry more weight if the insidious nature of lung, DNA and embryo damaging coal smoke were better publicized. Maybe if the people who are teaching our kids presented the facts we would finally have a generation that should have existed several generations ago.

We took lead out of gasoline because of its toll on children and adults yet we allow Drake to spew 14 tons of the stuff each year. Think about that the next time you drive by the "big cloud" off I-25. Holding your breath will not work.

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Posted by GregO73 on 12/27/2014 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Talking torture, no Bach-to-Bach, a trial by Twitter, and more

Why do you surpress the truth about our "paid and elected officals". Knowing steve cox was caught with his hand in the cookie jar or how we wre basically scammed by the CSPU on the SDS. Our city council raising our rates for the fire at our coal plant. everybody knows the city should have had insurance. And now MR.King wants to use our property taxes to build a baseball stadium, heck they can't even fix our current and past issue's. This guy is not what our city needs. I say "RECALL KING". What does our council think we all make $100,000 a year. Maybe if you work for our city.

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Posted by Ekim Tuoraey on 12/22/2014 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Talking torture, no Bach-to-Bach, a trial by Twitter, and more

"The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black men at the hands of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras" -- Claus Singer

Body cams are not necessarily a good thing and may well lead to cops being incorrectly convicted for things because the camera could not see what the cop saw. Problems with body cams are: Point of view, Field of view, Resolution, Monocular vision, and Obstructions.

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Posted by Odin on 12/18/2014 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Talking torture, no Bach-to-Bach, a trial by Twitter, and more

"These papers reveal in-depth another side of the evil of modern warfare." - Brien Whisman

So, you think torture did not happen in ancient warfare? Or that torture didn't happen apart from warfare?

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Posted by Odin on 12/18/2014 at 12:03 PM

Re: “America's shame, high in Manitou, a fond farewell, and more

"If Witness #40 is a 'racist crackpot', then what of other witnesses, many black..."

Witness #40 has been identified, and she is a woman who has been busy posting racist comments on Facebook. This is not the first time she has tried to insert herself into a police investigation as a witness with a phoney story. She was dismissed by the police as a crackpot. So, what of the "other witnesses, many black"?

"Can they not be racist and trying to convict a white LEO..."

You are quite cavalier in throwing around damning accusations without a single, solitary shred of actual evidence. Then you accuse me of making stuff up.

"...or does racism only work in support of your theories and not mine?"

Yes it does, and here's why: the prosecutor should not have presented any witness, whether Black or Caucasian, whose story was not credible or was tainted by prejudice. The prosecutor in this case purposely allowed such witnesses to testify in order to confuse the Grand Jury.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/16/2014 at 6:56 PM

Re: “America's shame, high in Manitou, a fond farewell, and more

Actually, Robert, it appears that he did let go while Garner was still able to speak as the it appears that Garner spoke a couple times after the hold was released. The biggest issues were Garner's physical condition (very obese, asthmatic, heart disease), positional asphyxia (tends to affect the obese when they are cuffed and laid prone), anxiety, and someone being on his chest. The Grand Jury was likely asked if Garner would have still died regardless of any hold on his neck and in this case he probably would have.

Oh, and BTW, this "kid" remembers Gates quite well.

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Posted by Odin on 12/16/2014 at 8:00 AM

Re: “America's shame, high in Manitou, a fond farewell, and more

Jeff Faltz. You said "brainwashed" about an officer but actually the process of brainwashing is complex and difficult. It is designed to break down a captive little by little. Many confuse the term with other more common conditioning techniques such as propaganda or the conditioning of recruits in basic training. Basic training is designed to have each man lose his "self" and then re-shape all recruits to begin to act as one. The individual is now the team thus orders are obeyed and confusion or fear is diminished in a battle situation. A police officer that freezes up or fails to act is obviously under-trained or not trained at all. Not conditioned to lead or follow or somehow isolated. Female black sergeant? Promoted without merit due to Equal Opportunity requirements? Government interfering with itself? Not a surprise. Fatal results as well? Again, not surprising. New slogan "Less government saves lives".
I digress. Ask that officer who killed if he was in fear for his life as a citizen must demonstrate if he kills in self-defense. A group of armed citizens attacking or subduing one person who dies will never convince a DA they all were in fear for their lives. They will go to trial for illegal homicide of some degree. Guaranteed.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 12/15/2014 at 11:42 PM

Re: “America's shame, high in Manitou, a fond farewell, and more

I will add this to my prior comment in case the point was missed. LAPD sets precedent for all other police departments but not by design but none-the-less. The choke hold quote was a major news item so choke hold knowledge had to have been added to every police training manual. Police knew and still know the outcome of using this tactic. It stands to reason that this officer did as well. He was not fighting one on one for his life. He knew he could let go but he did not. The Grand Jury is and always has been a travesty and does not have to follow The Bill of Rights as do other courts and jurors. Too many out of control badge heavy sociopaths on the police force in every town USA. They do not put their lives on the line and are not heroes. The bottom line is The Bill of Rights that so many seem to think is outdated, is all we have to save ourselves. Exercise your Rights with vigilance and never talk to police, you have the Right to not self-incriminate which means shut up and wait for due process. Government has power but it does not have Rights, you do. Your Rights give you the power to limit government's power or take it away completely.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 12/15/2014 at 11:12 PM

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