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Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Greaaaattt letter from Dave Gardner re downtown “revitalization”. Even though the begrudging and non-visionary citizens of COS say no way Jose to a downtown stadium/event center, U.S. News & World Report, which just published its list of the 100 most livable cities in the USA, ranks COS #5. Denver ranks #1, which tells City Leaders loud and clear that if only COS had a stadium worthy of America’s Olympic City, it might have beat out Denver for the top spot.

What downtown COS really needs to make it a destination go-to for locals is more small live theatre and concert venues. For just a few million dollars (compared to $300M for a stadium) the theatre space at the beautiful City Auditorium, as well as the entire building, could be revitalized. A year-round Public Farmers Market would make living downtown desirable. The YMCA has just announced ambitious construction plans covering almost an entire block just east of Acacia Park. And then there’s Tejon, the heart of downtown. A 3-block stretch from Acacia Park and south needs to be closed to vehicles permanently. If City Leaders would forego parking meter revenue in exchange for increased foot and bike traffic, Tejon could be a magnet for locals and tourists, just like the Pearl Street Mall is for Denver.

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Posted by curious on 03/05/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

@ John Bender, I have been a vocal critique of the Neumann Systems because Colorado Springs rate payers are funding a private for profit company. What we know is the system worked for six hours but it has to be tested for 6 days, 6 weeks, 6 months and ultimately 100 days or more before we can agree that it works as designed.

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Posted by Solar Sam on 03/05/2016 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

"Mick", I'm sure you'd love to participate in forums where you aren't challenged and have rhetorical impunity--it speaks to the Socialism you evidently support--but these are open dialogues where ideas, concepts; and yes, candidates and their backers, can be scrutinized and even ridiculed, and trying to stifle dissent from nay-sayers further underscores just how closed-minded you are, my condolences...

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Posted by Jeff F on 03/05/2016 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Hey Rocky, then what does it mean when a contributor calls themself a nick-name, like "Lil Mick" did here?

And why is it okay for them to employ a tired, trite phrase such as "Feel the Bern", yet I can't do the same?

Thank you for today's regressive, hypocritical double-standard; no wonder people don't take you seriously, LOL!

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Posted by Jeff F on 03/05/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Mr. Faltz, you must get alerts and then with the little to no self control that you exhibit, you simply cannot stop yourself from responding immediately in an infantile, name calling response. Not every comment involves you.

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Posted by Lil Mick on 03/03/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

All I was saying was thanks to those folks in your state who voted for the Bern. He won Colorado, if you didn't vote for the Bern then it was not intended for you (Mr. Faltz).

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Posted by Lil Mick on 03/03/2016 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Jeff I do agree this election cycle is ridiculous. But your cutesy little nik names for the candidates while also trying to sound sophisticated are why people dont take you serious. Any way I personally wonder if Trumps campaign may be a very well thought out plan to put Clinton in office. Not long ago there was hugs and kisses between the two like best buds. Trump was playing the liberal game and then BOOM he is a major Conservative and running around talking about every issue the Tea party folk wants to here. No solid evidence just something I have noticed. But like I have said once the nominations are solid thats when the gloves come off and we will see. The Clinton's can be ruthless so Trump could be in for a heck of a fight.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 03/03/2016 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Lil Mick, you're obviously just another "Bern-victim" who thinks that utopian fantasy is a reasonable substitute for fiducial reality, personal responsiblity and self-sufficiency instead of Big Gov mandates and dictates.

The flame is "Berning-out" and will soon be snuffed by the Hildebeast prior engaging in battle with Dizzy Donald, and although I admire the spirit exhibited by those courting "change", the way/s it would supposedly manifest itself are far too ridiculous to consider.

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Posted by Jeff F on 03/02/2016 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

"I have many hours in History "

That's nice, Rocky. When I went to school we had to have lots of hours of History just to graduate High School, not to mention all the History classes I had in college. So again, heed your own advice before you admonish others. As for the rest of your post, please re-write it in coherent English, not the gibberish of your latest response.

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Posted by Dave H on 03/02/2016 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Downtown envy, abortion rights, the modern GOP, and more

Thank you Colorado for "Feeling the Bern"!

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Posted by Lil Mick on 03/02/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

I was trying to say WONT ADMIT and it printed (admit admit) o well gives Jeff something to crow about.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 03/01/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

Dave I have many hours in History and while you admit admit that our system of voting in a Democratic way to get us to our Republic is without a doubt exactly what we are. A Democratic Republic I want to share something with you. My sons goof ball friend thats 26 years old told me hes voting Republican because if we live solely in a Democracy that would make us all Democrat's. I about fell out my chair. No wonder our Country is falling to crap.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 03/01/2016 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

Sorry Rocky, but while I generally respect Eugene Volokh and have enjoyed correspondences with him, he is mostly quibbling over the difference between a representative democracy and a direct democracy and avoiding the difference between a representative democracy and a republic. I know there are a lot of people who think they are the same thing, but there are differences, some of which I have already spelled out. In fact, the writings of John Adams which Volokh references speaks differently of republics and representative democracies. Also, in Tucker's writing he says that we have the form of a republic and ONLY in those areas where we depart from that form are we a representative democracy. So, while we have adopted some democratic procedures, that does not make us a democracy. When describing the structure and function of our government, it most closely matches that of a republic. The truth is our government is a mishmash hybrid of several ideas including parliamentary (bicameral at that), triumvirate, republic, democracy, etc. So, before you admonish me to go back to history class, I recommend you take your own advice.

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Posted by Dave H on 03/01/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

"the NRA has been controlling the studies by the CDC and the way statics are kept by law enforcement"

If so, explain how they've infiltrated these organizations to such an extent and why even allow opposition to their diabolical schemes.

After all, if they're so omnipotently powerful, they could control liberal legislature, the MSM, and grass-roots anti-gun groups, correct?

Thanks for the conspiratorial gibberish, it made my day, LOL!

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Posted by Jeff F on 03/01/2016 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

Rick Cogley one problem with statics on guns is that the NRA has been controlling the studies by the CDC and the way statics are kept by law enforcement.

Even if universities do their independent research it would have to use the reports that have already been successfully skewed by the NRA.

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Posted by TruB on 02/28/2016 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

Elaine Brush it surprises no one that our Cities Council and Commissioners didn't attend a cultural event. I am so happy that you took the ladies up on their invitation and shared how our local Muslim community is reaching out because they are often picked on as doing nothing and not standing up to speak against terrorism.

I to have found them welcoming.

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Posted by TruB on 02/28/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

Dave sorry man but you need to go back to History class. LOOK IT UP. Flavor of Democracy What is that. Read This he explains our system better then I can. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh…

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 02/25/2016 at 8:49 PM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

Rocky,

Our form, meaning structure, is a constitutional federal republic. We have added a democratic flavor to it, but the form is still a republic. That hasn't changed. Your history of the electoral college and how we pick our presidents is both flawed and meaningless. Here are some fundamental differences between a republic and a democracy:

Republic: Rule of law, representative in nature, has an executive position which is not a monarch.

Democracy: Rule of vote, can be direct or representative, no provision for an executive position.

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Posted by Dave H on 02/25/2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

Dave we have had this argument before. We are a Constitutional Republic with a Democratic form of Governing. In a full fledged Republic we the Citizens of each State send people to Washington to do our bidding then the ones we send pick our President. At one time in our Country it was that way but then the ones sent didnt pick the guy the States Citizens wanted. So we changed to a Democratic form of Governance. In our Democratic form of Government that we have now each State,s citizens vote and who ever wins that States majority wins that States Electoral Votes. Thats our Electoral College that gives us the Citizens the voice to pick our President and with the Electoral College keeps us true to the Republic that this Country was founded on. So the truth is we are both a Republic and a Democracy. Look it up. Therefore Public opinion should impact Federal Government policy States should control the Federal Government not the Federal Government controlling the States. We the People have the power.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 02/25/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Broadmoor land swap, Koch brothers and Focus on the family, public voices unheard, and more

A very distinguished gentleman once said " our Constitution is different from all others in the World ours allows us WE THE PEOPLE tell Government what to do, not the other way around" Ronald Reagan. When you Caucus or vote remember its us who decide. You may not agree with the outcome but as Americans we should accept that outcome. Work within the system we have to change the things you feel strongly that need changed. We were born a Republic but we live under a Democratic form of Governing. That gives We The People the voice on what way the majority of us feel the direction of this Country should go. When its said "take back our Country" that tells me there trying to strip our system and rob us We The People of our right to Govern ourselves. When those we send to Washington stand in the way not willing to follow our system there doing the same. We The People can change that direction Vote your own mind educate yourselves and then decide who will lead this Country in the direction you yourself feels this Country needs to go. Dont let fear decide who your going to Vote for dont let others sway you. Educate then decide. As Jeffs stats show most of us are very dissatisfied with the way things are going. We have the power to change that with our Vote. Im an Independent voter and Im having a hard time deciding just who is best for the highest office in our land but bet your hind end when I do decide Ill sleep at night knowing I made the best decision that fit my desire for this Country not just for myself. Now I got that out of my system and Ill get off this soapbox but Ill never STFU over what I feel is right.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 02/25/2016 at 9:17 AM

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