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Re: “Herpin vs. Merrifield, thoughts on hunting and fishing, Russia in Ukraine, and more

"When barely 10 percent of active voters put him into office, Mr. Herpin cannot claim to represent his district."

Same went for Morse when he was elected.

14 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Dave H on 03/14/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Herpin vs. Merrifield, thoughts on hunting and fishing, Russia in Ukraine, and more

The experience of hunting and fishing involve many levels of enjoyment. If you don't like it... don't do it. The fish and wildlife management uses hunting and fishing to control the populations of each animal for their own benefit. The sport pays for itself and the stereotypes mentioned, like many, only apply to a few of the actual participants... many from out of state. I suppose you could use your theory for not planting a garden as well... why not just buy the vegetables at the store??? If you do not enjoy the many benefits of the entire hunting (or gardening) experience that is fine. I never understand why some are so opinionated about something that has no effect on their lives.

18 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by happyfew on 03/13/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “C4C, PERA, Utilities, going green, and more

City leaders are proud that the USOC headquarters downtown and the Olympic Training Center east of downtown are in COS. City leaders brag that COS, and not Chicago or a dozen other avaricious cities eager to steal USOC away from us, is the fortunate beneficiary of having the USOC in our otherwise impoverished and dying city. Our city leaders want to leverage our connection with the USOC. Hence, our city leaders, in a smoke-free backroom, "visualized" C4C, a financing scheme that will compel the citizens/taxpayers to spend a sizeable portion of future sales tax revenue to build a 2nd Olympic museum downtown, a museum which the USOC refuses to help finance. But a museum is not enough. Our city leaders also want to build a 100% public financed stadium/event center with an Olympic "twist". The stadium proponents hope the stadium will host 20 Olympic training events. 20 !! It will be necessary for the stadium to host events 200 days a year in order to generate sufficient revenue to pay the bondholders. Assuming the USOC cooperates and 20 Olympic training events are held in the stadium, what about the other 180 events needed? And since the EDC requires that the stadium/museum complex attract new out-of-state tourists, I want to see realistic projections of how many tourists will come to COS specifically to attend a stadium event as well as how many COS citizens will attend any given stadium event. I want realistic numbers because a significant portion of our sales tax revenue over the next 30 years will be diverted from essential services to build the $92M plus interest stadium. $92M plus is a HUGE investment of city resources and I want to KNOW beforehand that we are spending scarce dollars wisely.

And I want to know what ECONOMIC benefit COS has received in the last 36 years from providing a free home to an organization that appears to me to be an ungrateful tenant.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by curious on 03/09/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “C4C, PERA, Utilities, going green, and more

Something I found out today that seemed strange but yet played right into my thoughts on C4C. They named a young lady as the head person in charge of the USOC museum or Hall of Fame. When the question came up as to what museum it has not been built yet or funded yet. We were told they the USOC is going to build it one way or another and that private funding is allowing it to go forward. Now USOC is moving forward UCCS has said it is moving forward with the sports med. center all with private funds. What is it the taxpayers are funding? Now we all know funding does not happen over night. So these two things have been planned a while now. So I think the our Mayor jumped the bandwagon used these two items to push his agenda to sell the property downtown by adding these two private funded attractions to his C4C project. The property downtown is owned by a group of people that gave a bunch of money to him at election time. A couple projects aimed at tourist's come across the desk then all of a sudden hes headed to Denver to get a tax rebate so he can pat himself in front of the press and could push forward to sell that property to the taxpayers. I could be wrong and all this could be a coincidence but sure seems strange the way it all plays out. We dont need or have a use for a Stadium yet I think were going to end up with one.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 03/05/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “C4C, PERA, Utilities, going green, and more

"...desperate to bring people into our downtown without allowing any creativity or counter-culture, so that leaves sports.

Their investment of $53 million on the Olympic Committee headquarters probably hasn't paid back one dime of increased revenue, so instead of looking to arts and unique venues like other cities with prospering downtowns, they want more sports."

Couldn't have said it better. Wish it weren't true.

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Posted by Sonnet on 03/05/2014 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Paying PERA, Jariah Walker, the Broadmoor land swap, and more

I agree, let Phil do it. He wants the stadium so why should WE the taxpayers buy it for him? Maybe Phil has enough pull to get the Broncos to relocate to COS. But then, what would Denver do with an empty stadium? Maybe Phil can get the USOC to relocate to Denver and use their now empty stadium to host amateur Olympic training events. And while he's at it, how about Phil building an Olympic museum in Denver. And if Phil wants to share the fun and profit of building and operating a stadium and museum located in Denver, he can call Hybl at the El Pomar Foundation, who will undoubtedly want to help Phil make his "vision" a reality.

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Posted by curious on 02/19/2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Paying PERA, Jariah Walker, the Broadmoor land swap, and more

Solar flares? Hahaha.

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Posted by el producto on 02/19/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The homeless initiative, Aimee Cox, snow days, and more

Don McCullin, you defend Michael Savage by comparing him to Ed Schultz, David Letterman, and Julianne Malveaux. You conclude, "For liberty and freedom you must stand with the people like Michael Savage..." To make this point perfectly clear, "for liberty and freedom" one "must stand" also with Ed Schultz, David Letterman, and Julianne Malveaux, as you yourself contend they are "people like Michael Savage."

Nevertheless, you are forgetting, or deliberately neglecting, the most important person in this discussion, Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger is the only person mentioned who actually was the victim of government censorship and blacklisting, and it is a testament to his strength of character that he was able to overcome.

Therefore, "for liberty and freedom" one must stand, above all, with Pete Seeger.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/12/2014 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Indy writers, C4C, oil drilling, and more

Gina - your vehicle doesn't have a channel selector? Feel free to use it freely but don't even think about touching mine! Do you hear any "right wing whackos" calling for the idiots on MSNBC to be shut down? No, you don't because free speech means they get to spew whatever they want, too. I'll see your Savage and raise you an Ed Schultz.

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Posted by anymom on 02/11/2014 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Indy writers, C4C, oil drilling, and more

Thanks, Gary, for questioning Cope's very questionable job numbers. Another leading proponent for C4C, county commissioner Amy Lathen, wrote a 2.7.14 guest opinion in the Gazette which deserves robust questioning as well.

Lathen writes, (1) "C4C proposes that within an established urban renewal area, a portion of State sales taxes collected . . . " One might think that Lathen is referring to the designated URA blighted area just south of downtown where the proposed stadium/museum complex is to be built. But in fact, this URA extends over 90% of COS and includes the "blighted" area of UCCS and the AFA. The C4C proposal states that ALL sales within 90% of COS will be subject to having a portion of the sales tax collected diverted to make bond payments. (2) Lathen writes, "there is no request for new taxes", which is true, and yet untrue. New sales tax revenue - ALL of which the proponents say will be a result of out-of-state tourists coming to visit the C4C venues - will be diverted to pay down the C4C bonds which means that this diverted sales tax will then not be available to pay for known essential city/county services and currently unknown needs that WILL require city/county govt to go to the people for a tax increase. (3 ) Lathen writes, "the bondholders assume the risk, not the taxpayers . . ." Lathen is less than forthright in her risk assessment since the bondholders WILL be paid. If sales tax revenue is insufficient, payment will have to come from some other source. Perhaps from issuing additional bonds, or going to the taxpayers for authorization to dip into the city/county general funds, or to raise taxes, or from El Pomar Foundation or other philanthropists, or from selling the stadium/museum complex and passing the debt onto the new owner. Or COS can declare bankruptcy and a court can then compel the bondholders to accept less than what their bonds entitle them to receive. Lastly, (4) Lathen praises the "successful endeavors in our past, including the World Arena and Pikes Peak Center". She, unaware of history, should read Hazlehurst's 2004 article to temper her enthusiasm and put her on guard against the forseeable pitfalls C4C presents. http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/worl…

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Posted by curious on 02/09/2014 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Indy writers, C4C, oil drilling, and more

While rabid reactionaries like Michael Savage express faux outrage at imaginary liberal encroachment on their freedoms, the wise will remember that Pete Seeger actually was censored and blacklisted for ten years because he was such a persuasive and effective advocate for human rights.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/06/2014 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Indy writers, C4C, oil drilling, and more

It is certainly true that neither Democrats nor Republicans will stop fracking. The Democrats, however, are more inclined to put regulations in place to try and minimize the collateral damage. Perhaps they over-regulate, but that is eminently preferable to the hands-off, head-in-the-sand philosophy of the Republicans.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/06/2014 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Indy writers, C4C, oil drilling, and more

You antifracking people are wasting your time. You vote Democrat because they say what you want to hear. But Obama is pro fracking, just like Bennet, Udall, Hickenlooper heck even Ken Salazar is pro fracking AND pro Keystone XL! Yet you guys still vote for them as they lie to you.

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Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 02/06/2014 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Indy writers, C4C, oil drilling, and more

Bob Cope is a dunce and hopefully will be next to be under Mayor Bach's axe. Just hope he doesnt get a huge severance when it happens.

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Posted by Malthusian on 02/05/2014 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Women in government, Manitou changes, City for Champions, and more

Merrifield ran for County-lost! He ran for Council-lost again! He's a career politician who only cares about having a political title, not for the people he represents. Past voting Mike over taxed seniors, etc. Sorry Merrifield, three times your out! Republicans need to find a better Republican candidate than Bernie Herpin. He lost his run for City Council then was placed in a recalled Senate seat. Herpin has never actually won an election. He already has an ego, isnt listening to his district, and spends his time talking about his weight loss by surgery. Republicans find a decent candidate for next November, please.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Malthusian on 02/05/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “City for Champions, the Koch brothers, and more

I agree with both of the letters regarding C4C. Colorado Springs has piss poor public transportation - everybody knows that, but those rooting for the"champs" choose to ignore it. Infrastructure should be the primary objective of making this a better place.
But of course, it really doesn't matter what the local residents may or may not want.

Posted by gregR on 02/04/2014 at 4:32 PM

Re: “City for Champions, the Koch brothers, and more

"The bill says it will be fine if contraception is taken prior to fertilization. I had to look this up, but that means at the moment of "wham bam thank you ma'am,"" -- Carolyn Cathey


You did not know what fertilization is and had to look it up, and you mistakenly think that douching kills fertilized eggs, yet you somehow feel you are informed enough about this issue to tell people they are wrong? That is effing hilarious, or it least it would be if you did not actually think that way.

BTW, fertilization does not occur at the "wham bam thank you ma'am" moment, it usually take several hours, even as much as a couple days to occur after that moment. The egg is in the uterus. The sperm get deposited in the vagina. It takes some time for the sperm to make it past the cervix, into the uterus, and travel up to the egg and then fertilize it.

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Posted by Dave H on 01/29/2014 at 1:48 PM

Re: “City for Champions, the Koch brothers, and more

" If you use a vinegar and water douche after sex to kill any fertilized eggs," -- Carolyn Cathey

Are you truly that ignorant? Douches clean the vaginal canal, not the uterus. The douching solution does not enter the uterus. A fertilized egg has to stay in the uterus to result in a pregnancy -- if it were to get to the vaginal canal, it would die on its own as there is no place for it to attach. Therefore, douching has zero affect on a fertilized egg.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Dave H on 01/29/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “The George Culpepper saga, Michael Merrifield's campaign, and more

spot on rory...the gagzette has gone along with this charade with whole heart...even to the point of publicly announcing today that they will be monitoring comments...how convenient right before an election...thank the stars we still have print that knows what journalism and the constitution is...have to admit that it was ballsy of the gazette to make that statement of censorship considering their reputation for indepth and fair reporting plus paid subscriptions is right below the "thrifty nickel"

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Posted by harley883 on 01/26/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “The George Culpepper saga, Michael Merrifield's campaign, and more

give it a rest ron-jill...not every gun owner is as paranoid as you ....anyone that gives money to the nra for a yearly sticker and card has no right to put down anyone who is smart enough not too...you just moved her from california so dont even talk about out of state influence!!!

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Posted by harley883 on 01/26/2014 at 12:30 PM

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