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Re: “Donald Trump, the right to sue Israel, third-party votes, and more

Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents may or may not have believed in nukes, actually who did? However, pamphlets, flyers, radio broadcasts warned those people days in advance to evacuate those cities. The Japanese being proud of their culture of brutality toward other people under the rule of an Emperor and tyrant stayed put.

Tim LaFrance (all the way down in Durango) says Voting Libertarian is actually a vote for Trump?? Okay then I will vote as I had planned, LIbertarian. Only idiots and fools would vote democrat or republican. They have been in charge too long. So you believe Trump will really screw things up?? Good. That means for once in its history America and its citizens are going to have to get busy. First keep your Rights and second learn them. Third study The Constitution and restore government back to that concept, it worked and is still viable. Fourth turn off the TV, that is where your stupidity comes from. Better start getting to know your neighbors and trust them. If you cannot then it sucks to be you. Defend yourself, nobody else will.
A Trump presidency and its predicted disaster for us all is really the best thing one can hope for, unless you are, as I said an idiot, then again it sucks to be you as well. Hillary? Reallary?
Trump's a Chump- do you love it, do ya hate it, there it is the way you made it. Get out of your smug little world and say only what you know not the crap you think is true because stupid debates and campaign lies not to mention the Indy told you. Politicians, the media and your children all lie to you. I would never dream of doing that.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 10/14/2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Donald Trump, the right to sue Israel, third-party votes, and more

Jennifer St George Palmer - as the husband of a retired teacher I agree wholeheartedly that the conflicting messages are a bad visual...and that schools need more support economically. The bulk of anti-school rhetoric comes from people who don't understand the benefit of good education for ALL of our children because they don't have children. And don't pay any attention to Tannim, our resident snarker in chief - he only does that when he doesn't have anything deeper to say.

Larimore Nicholl: Spot on. I live in the proximity of an old processing facility that still pollutes our environment after being declared a Superfund site in '86. Lots of 'unexplained' maladies here. am not interested in nuclear power or nuclear weapons as solutions to anything human.

Gina: At one point I would have said it was over the top...but no longer. No way we let that orangutan near the Court or the nuclear codes. Speaking of the court, if folks would dig down into the reason for our backward slide economically under W, remember, he had two appointments to the Court - electing a Republican, whether he nominates Charlie Sheen or not, would keep the Court in its current 5 - 4 configuration. Similarly, keeping Congress in its current configuration would literally mean 'more of the same' - more sequesters, more shutdowns, more obstructionism. Hard to really blame any sitting president for the actions of a Congress that openly declared their opposition to anything that president proposed - like the Republican Congress did to President Obama. (Notice the use of the respectful term for our current president?). BTW, not that he would accept after the meat grinder he's just been through, my choice might include a former recently sitting President...chew on that one, all you regressive types!

Reasonable conclusion regarding state elections, John, but still missing the point as far as national election is concerned. I get the feeling that a part of that proposal should be reworded, but still support the right of unaffiliated voters to participate in the process. The key word in all of this is 'voters'. Let's try not to disenfranchise anyone.

BigJ - Got one right and one wrong. And Tannim was wrong about no one being entitled to a vote. He's still all hung up on the 2nd and 4th Amendments and has forgotten we ALL have the right to vote (unless we live in a state where those RIGHTS have been suppressed). Oh, and the shots aren't called from Shriever - that stuff happens over under Cheyenne Mountain - but we're still a pretty rich target.

And, lastly - Tannim: Gosh, you're so predictable it's silly. Still the snarky one. Grow up...although I agree that votes can't be stolen - at least without gerrymandering shenanigans or Russian hacking.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 10/14/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Donald Trump, the right to sue Israel, third-party votes, and more

BigJohnson: Nope. You are clueless. Votes come from individuals, and candidates earn them. Nobody is entitled to a vote, and nobody can steal a vote from a candidate.

When you learn how voting actually works, get back to us.

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Posted by Tannim on 10/12/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Donald Trump, the right to sue Israel, third-party votes, and more

Larimore Nicholl: Insane much? Even Trump, as stupid as he is, won't use nukes.

Jennifer St. George Plamer: Shorten your name to something less than a paragraph, then ask D20 why they keep mismanaging funds before you vote NO on 3A.

Gina Douglas: Don't quit your day job, if you have one, for stand-up comedy.

William Escovitz: You support a fee increase for service that is being cut back? Your heart attack had nothing to do with 911 services in their box.

John Morris: So? Political parties by definition have the exclusive right to determnine their own candidates. Both open and closed primaries forced on the political parties by the state are unconstitutional. That's reason enough to vote no on 108. Had you been at the citizens Project forum last night downtown, you would have heard these arguments.

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Posted by Tannim on 10/12/2016 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Donald Trump, the right to sue Israel, third-party votes, and more

The right to sue Israel? Lemme guess... You HAD a letter about that and your editor was testing twelve local craft beers when he approved the old title...same title, haha. Anyway, Lari should move to Whitefish MT if he lies awake at night in the top missile target town in the WORLD, it's all about Schriever. My family sleeps soundly KNOWING...great movie despite Nick Cage...that we will go to Jesus in a flash. None of us will wander blindly in a MADMAX wasteland. Defeatist? Absolutely! The TV goes to Goodwill on November 7th. Good luck pussies!

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Posted by BigJohnson on 10/12/2016 at 3:58 AM

Re: “Donald Trump, the right to sue Israel, third-party votes, and more

Libertarian votes come from republicans. Green Party votes come from dems.

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Posted by BigJohnson on 10/12/2016 at 3:31 AM

Re: “Helen Collins on A-71, Trump's taxes, Manitou parking, and more

Tannim, Trump borrowed a "yuge" amount of money and frittered it away on jets, doodads and trinkets for various women in his life, real estate, bare land, hotels, etc, etc - he 'built his brand' with borrowed money, then began defaulting on those loans when the interest payments became too onerous. The bankruptcy of four ventures followed, along with the loss of jobs, decimation of investors, and more we can't know about because he won't release his taxes. The biggest questions involve the possibility of him claiming interest payments as deductions while claiming business losses on those same items at the same time. Perhaps not just tax avoidance but tax evasion, a genuine crime. Trump is skating on thin ice with his taxes.

We still need to know why Russia came to his defense in the United Nations spat, on who he is beholden to in the Russian oligarchy, what the terms of his Chinese banking arrangements are, and why he calls Kim Jong Un and Vlad the Annexer strong leaders. Does that portend the type of reign he envisions for himself in the Presidency?

Helen, Thanks for the article. I have a different reason for wanting to keep the Colorado constitutional amending process as simple as possible is because of things that have gotten into the constitution that need revision or repeal...TABOR comes to mind.

Tannim, one more time - be nice. Doctors and nurses WILL be able to avoid paperwork and spend more time on care. The current health insurance industry is a giant tapeworm in our system, sucking 30% of the value from premiums collected for the benefit of CEOs, Boards of Directors and investors. It is as corrupt as anything I can imagine. One of the things that might go away is the $4000 one night room charge I experienced recently - that's just one thing that will change, along with $150 tylenol, just to mention a couple of sore spots. Go enjoy a broken leg in France, or Canada, for that matter - no charge, just get better - bon jour!

Mr. Little - the importance of local newspapers is a mixed bag that is often influenced by corporate masters. Where I live they installed a devout religious type as the man in charge and the newspaper reflects that...except that it only reflects that. Not much substance. I haven't read your periodical, but will pick one up the next time I'm in Westcliffe.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 10/08/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Helen Collins on A-71, Trump's taxes, Manitou parking, and more

Helen Collins: While 71 is simply a bad idea (see my comments on the article about it this week), the "one person, one vote" concept doesn't apply to petition signature gathering, only voting. See Gray v. Sanders, Baker V. Carr, and Reynolds v. Sims, et al.

Brent Weiner: Minimizing taxes is as American as baseball, Mom, and Apple Pie. That being said, neither Trump nor Clinton should be elected.

April Orcutt: Please stay in California. We don't need your crap here, or Amendment 69. It's simply a bad idea.

Jim Little: You do honorable work, however: "But they also — hopefully — will serve these distinct communities with a measure of newspapering integrity." Don't bet on it.

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Posted by Tannim on 10/06/2016 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Helen Collins on A-71, Trump's taxes, Manitou parking, and more

Many people pick up after their pets, packing out the bag on the way back from their hike. Unfortunately, some folks think their work is done once the stuff is bagged. Poop in a bag is twice as bad as poop on a trail. And: poop in a bag tied to a tree is just the worst! Seeing that one time was weird. Seeing that more than once makes me think that some people are just nuts. Finally, don't toss those bags down a hillside; that does not make them disappear. Pack it out.

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 10/05/2016 at 5:12 AM

Re: “The battle for Nevada Ave., animal abuse, Clinton and Trump, and more

The more I read of Trump's tax reform ideas the more I'm sure that it's going to look like a 'flat tax' scam. I say scam because it doesn't work for those living paycheck to paycheck. A simple comparison will show the huge disparity: Let's say taxpayer A makes $650,000,000 in a given tax year and is forced to surrender 10% of that booty to the Federal Government. Gosh that's a whopping $65,000,000! But it leaves him $585,000,000 to scrape by on. Taxpayer B, on the other hand, is a waitress or a college student working his/her way through school and makes (and this is more generous than reality) $10.00/hr. Let's also assume that these folks manage to work 40 hours a week...tough for both of them, one a single mom and the other a full time student. That's $20,800 a year. With a flat tax of 10% that's $2,080 to the Gov't, leaving a tidy sum of $18,720 to pay rent, maintain a car, pay for child care, food, etc, etc. I'm sure there's enough for savings and a ski trip to Switzerland left in there somewhere...

Trump is not a real estate developer - he's a gambler and a risk taker who owns and operates casinos around the world. If he has a casino on the Black Sea (Sochi, anyone?) then who does he pay homage to in order to keep operating? I would surmise it's the Russian mob, and we all know what a fine bunch of upstanding citizens they are. If he owns a casino in Macao (mainland China) then the controllers there are the Chinese Tong that run gambling there. And does this infer that he has 'business' dealings with organized crime in this country? Well, I suppose, but they don't call themselves that here anymore - they call themselves casino operators.

If you still have questions about this man then look at the gang of thugs he hired to operate his campaign - Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, who may be getting indicted for not registering as lobbyists for the Ukraine when the Russian backed strongman Yevtushenko was running the country; Roger Ailes, who was just dismissed from Fox News for sexual harassment of his female employees; Steve Bannon, who was the CEO of Breitbart and is the darling of the white supremacy movement. That's just the group we know about. This dolt (T.Rump), is a bully and a thug.

As the son of a WWII POW and a Vietnam vet I am offended by his treatment of both of our groups - and everyone who has shared those experiences should be as well. you can scream Benghazi/emails as loud as you want, but nothing compares to bankrupting 4 business, costing thousands of jobs, breaking investors and avoiding responsibility. According to him, that's just 'good bidness', and it makes him a genius. As far as his integrity, he either lied to his supporters in the primary debates when he said he didn't have anything to do with 'pay to play' for a casino in Florida, or he lied in the deposition about the same issue. And then there's the Trump Foundation that was told to stop raising money in New York because it wasn't properly registered. Some businessman!

Wake up, people! The two main characters who have been sliming Hillary Clinton for the past 25 years are running his campaign. What kind of garbage do you expect to come out of that duo?

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Posted by Vietnamized on 10/04/2016 at 12:45 PM

Re: “The battle for Nevada Ave., animal abuse, Clinton and Trump, and more

Len Bentley writes:
“We are divided by a force far more dangerous to liberty than things like ethnicity. We are increasingly divided between makers and takers, and the takers are winning. They represent a huge portion of the Clinton constituency.”

Len, please allow me to introduce you to a man named Donald Trump. Recent revelations disclose just WHO the “takers” REALLY are, and they ain’t the single mothers working two minimum wage jobs who “take” advantage of food stamps, and who will vote for Hillary Clinton.
You are a victim of the viral myth perpetrated by people LIKE Donald Trump who have successfully distracted you, and a portion of the American public, from noticing just who should be included in Romney’s despised “47 percent”. If there are bigger “takers” than Donald Trump, and I’m sure there are, they ain’t voting for Clinton, and I’m of the notion that THEY are far more “dangerous to liberty”.

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Posted by asawatcher on 10/04/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “The battle for Nevada Ave., animal abuse, Clinton and Trump, and more

Building a Light rail line the length of Nevada is the best thing this city could do for its long term future. Turning the old Dog Track into a transit hub is the next smartest thing they could do. For the people who bought expensive homes on Nevada expecting what has been the major road through downtown for the entire existence of this city to be a quiet neighborhood street have simply deluded themselves. Maintaining your bit of Mayberry is pretty self centered. Light rail of some type on Nevada is the only way to go, and modifying the median is the only way to make that happen. Nevada was designed at its current width in order to facilitate trolly cars. Trees and grass are nice and should be maintained where feasible, but bringing back this alternate form of transportation to the heart of Colorado Springs is simply the smartest thing we could do.

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Posted by dp72 on 10/03/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “The battle for Nevada Ave., animal abuse, Clinton and Trump, and more

Tannim, you've marched your lack of concern for our country out one more time. After months of investigation and testimony the FBI determined there were no serious violations of national security. Keep on beating that dead horse. I told you what I thought of Gary Johnson after his "What's Aleppo" gaffe; now I've gotten to see two more interviews/town hall meetings and Johnson's coherency and questionable mentality stand out even more starkly. Was he stoned the last time he rambled through an interview? Are YOU stoned thinking that Johnson has a snowball's chance in hell of being elected?

My father was an 'original' member of the Air Force, converting from the Army Air Corps. He had a 4 digit serial number in the 'A' category. He was a lifelong member of the Air Defense Command, a fighter pilot, a WWII hero and WWII POW. He helped with the planning for the NORAD system, aided in the move from the Chidlaw Building to Cheyenne Mountain. When I was a PFC in the Army he took me on a tour of the Operations Center. I guarantee if he were alive today he would be furious at being on the end of Trump's comment about POWs...and so the real point is this - if you think splitting the vote will make you feel more comfortable just wait until the caca hits the fan if Trump is elected because of it.

You never replied to my first comment on your idiocy, but have since called me ignorant regarding Manitou Springs and TABOR, and you've called the City Council in Manitou Springs greedy. Fine. If the City Council there is greedy then why do things keep moving in that direction? Is it because the voters there may be re-electing greedy people, or is there an underlying economic reason requiring more revenue? I recently saw the 'roundabout' at a previously unmanageable intersection and though it to be well designed and a needed improvement. Maybe they just need the money and can't raise the revenue the normal way thanks to TABOR.

The truth is this - TABOR stinks. Cronyism is still alive in the political world with regard to development/developers, and TABOR couldn't reign that in. Colorado's infrastructure has gone to hell in a hand basket thanks to lack of revenue and spending continues to increase in other areas deemed 'more important' by lawmakers. Colorado's once great school system is unbalanced with regard to how it is funded and you keep on keeping' on the TABOR train.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/30/2016 at 10:40 AM

Re: “The battle for Nevada Ave., animal abuse, Clinton and Trump, and more

Mr. Mckeown - the old north end, who are connected, are having cascade by CC brought down to one lane "for safety concerns".

You make an excellent point about there being a whole bunch of meetings to 'listen', community input committees padded with the Mayor minons and PR specialists who 'collect' ideas and concerns that do nothing other than claim the citizens were involved while the plans are laid, the concerns not addressed and we are told you had your chance because there were meetings.

I do like the idea of the Trolley down Nevada and into OCC and Manitou.

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Posted by TruB on 09/30/2016 at 1:09 AM

Re: “The battle for Nevada Ave., animal abuse, Clinton and Trump, and more

Richard McKeown:

I applaud you for your foresight in not buying a home on a major corridor (Colorado Ave.), if the types of things you are griping about bother you. But why did you decide to buy a home on another major corridor (Nevada Ave.)? I think the Old North end is beautiful, and I like the nice raised medians. I also like the mixed use along Colorado Ave, as it benefits the side streets in the rest of the neighborhood, even if it makes the main corridor less picturesque. I'm not sure whether the city's plans for Nevada are the right thing to do or not, as there are advantages and disadvantages, but I am sure your letter is a NIMBY letter.

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Posted by LAJ on 09/29/2016 at 5:18 PM

Re: “The battle for Nevada Ave., animal abuse, Clinton and Trump, and more

Richard McKeown: Of course the city staff sees no need for raised medians, because they have zero concept of General Palmer's vision or why they were installed in the first place. Six lanes on North Nevada through the North End is a stupid idea, undoubtedly. Best to leave it as is, but Suthers is too stupid to understand that sometimes the best thing to do is nothing.

Carl Silverman: You can have your fruits and nuts. I'll gladly make up for your vegetarianism with a medium-well steak smothered in mushrooms and onions.

Susan Tomblin: Ask yourself: Do you want the nuclear codes stored on an unclassified email server in a closet somewhere, just for the convenience of a career felon? Yes, Trump is bad, but Hillary is just as bad. That's why SANE people vote for Gary Johnson.

Len Bentley: Your definition of Ineptocracy is correct. So is your diagnosis of the real problem. The solution is Gary Johnson and the Libertarians, now playing at an election booth near you.

Steve Snyder: What is behind the anti-69 movement is simple common sense. We can't afford it, delegating medical decisions to an unaccountable board in Denver is simply a bad idea, worse than ACA, and 69 as simply giving oneself cancer to cure hypochondria. As for 70, the minimum wage is only a good idea if you like to see taxes and prices and unemployment go up and the valuation of skills and experience go down.

Gina Douglas: The only candidate who apologizes is Gary Johnson. That makes him the best candidate.

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Posted by Tannim on 09/29/2016 at 10:24 AM

Re: “The battle for Nevada Ave., animal abuse, Clinton and Trump, and more

Little Trump!!!! Hit the nail on the head. You should hear his kid talk about being a self-made man while working for his daddy. Same out of touch buffoons as the Trumps.

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Posted by hippyhelper on 09/28/2016 at 5:21 PM

Re: “The battle for Nevada Ave., animal abuse, Clinton and Trump, and more

Thank you, Susan Tomblin. You got right to the point.

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Posted by MarkM on 09/28/2016 at 4:21 PM

Re: “The battle for Nevada Ave., animal abuse, Clinton and Trump, and more

Disclaimer:
I no longer live in Colorado Springs, but used to live on N. Nevada and I still care about the city deeply.

If I'm reading the LTTE from Mr. McKeown correctly, the city is considering ripping out the median and installing 2 more lanes for traffic, one of which might at some point be for light rail?
Speaking as someone who works in the urbanism field, this is a CRAZY idea. Bonkers. I'm not talking about adding light rail, I think that would provide a high ROI if it connected UCCS to downtown. If done right, it would significantly increase property values along the route and be more attractive to those who don't want to own an automobile or use it for every trip. Provided land use intensified around the rail, especially on the far north end of Nevada, the city would see a solid bump in tax revenue. I differ w/ Mr. McKeown on turing lower floors into offices, or adding apartments or "granny flats" in the rear of now single family homes. Apartments, businesses to serve new people, and more density are not bad things. Done the right way, this is the traditional, organic way a city grows. Land around big community investments should be able to support those investments in the form of higher tax receipts. It's a win-win for property owners and the community alike.
A much better solution to adding rail along Nevada would be repurposing one lane on each side for the rail. N. Nevada has 4 lanes of auto only traffic. It does not need 4. There's no way traffic volume is high enough for that (perhaps there are some delays at "rush hours" but does it make sense to design an entire system around a few peak hours?) Even if it was, traffic is not a zero-sum game. It expands or contracts more like a gas than a liquid or solid (see: Induced Demand.) If you build more lanes for automobiles, you get more automobiles. If you repurpose lanes, the traffic disperses into the grid or goes away, or people choose times other than the peak to travel. Demolishing that median for rail would be providing the "carrot" of quality mass transit w/o the "stick" of discouraging car use. Keeping Nevada in it's current configuration & repurposing a lane for rail would also be substantially cheaper than demolishing the median and adding rail b/c the city would have one less lane for automobiles to maintain. Asphalt IS EXPENSIVE!
That median is a HUGE amenity to the surrounding neighborhoods. It softens the streetscape. slows automobiles (and quiets traffic noise), takes in pollution, provides shade for people and habitat for animals, and is visually pleasant.
Ripping out that median is anti-city. It's prioritizing the swift movement of automobiles over everything else. One lane of auto traffic each way is plenty. Taking the median out will have cascading effects. The city will not see a return on the investment of rail. It will devalue surrounding land values leading to lower tax receipts. It will lose valuable green space. It'll be on the hook for not only the maintenance costs of 4 lanes of auto traffic, but also the costs to run a now less valuable rail line. It will make Nevada a louder, less pleasant, uglier place to be.
Cities around the world are at a crossroad. They can continue on an auto-centric approach to planning (a world-wide EXPERIMENT of unprecedented scale), one that goes against millennia of accumulated knowledge on how to build cities, one that devalues the land around it at the same time is costs us dearly to build and maintain, or we can return to the values that make cities work for people first, using infrastructure that's already in place instead of building more that we can afford to maintain.
The cities that return to a people first approach will win the 21st century. The core of Colorado Springs is well-positioned to do so, with it's connected grid, walkable/bikeable streets, pleasant architecture, and parks/amenities. Ripping out the median on Nevada would be moving in the wrong direction and would lead to stagnation or worse for the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Posted by rt on 09/28/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The battle for Nevada Ave., animal abuse, Clinton and Trump, and more

The town already has a daily newspaper that 'edits' comments by dictating which story readers will be allowed to comment on. Not to be confused with 'censorship', of course.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 09/28/2016 at 1:05 PM

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