How can you endorse a Trump supporter for Congress?
"Millennial firebrand Calandra Vargas wants to kick Lamborn to the curb
Miss Vargas goes to Washington?" Independent June 1, 2016 http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/mill…
" Vargas is a former Heritage Foundation intern, a pro-life, pro-gun, pro-Donald Trump (after she originally backed Ted Cruz) Republican. She's skeptical of transgender bathroom rights on a mass scale, and a believer in "traditional marriage" and creationism. But, she says, none of those issues are her priorities."
Lamborn is too lazy to be dangerous. My guess is Ms Vargus will throw women's and gay rights out the door to get one of her bills passed!
These comments make me like the Indy's endorsements more.
Thank you, commenters
Yes, the roads have been allowed to deteriorate, and Yes, I want them fixed, but I'm voting NO on 2C. A NO vote will force the mayor to seek and find a GOOD and LASTING solution to fix our poor roads. I’m voting NO for all the reasons given in Miller’s extraordinary presentation of the documentation and conclusions to be drawn from them contained in his links. It hardly seems necessary to add my 2 cents, but I find the temptation to do so irresistible.
My Major Reasons to vote NO are:
NO EXAMINATION OF THE BUDGET WAS DONE BEFORE ASKING FOR A TAX INCREASE. The mayor says there is no money in the budget for road work. Michael Fields, in a recent Gazette guest column, says an independent study of the current budget was performed and the city already has more than enough funding to fix the roads. Councilman King says that AFTER $250M in new taxes is approved by voters, the council will then look at the budget and reprioritize spending so that the tax increase will not have to be extended beyond the promised 5-year period. Memo to Councilor- the prudent action is for council to examine the budget NOW, and if warranted, THEN ask for a tax increase. The reality is that a budget review will not take place if 2C passes.
BUILDING A $300M STADIUM WITHOUT VOTER CONSENT. The mayor believes the City must raise taxes to provide $250M to fix the roads. This means taking $250M, followed by $300M, out of the local economy – money that would otherwise be spent by residents and tourists on goods and services. The 2C campaign lit emphasizes – indeed heralds - that there will be No Debt - No Borrowing. What the mayor is not saying is that the City will borrow the funds needed to finance building the $300M downtown stadium. Sales tax revenue, at least $10M a year for the next 30 years, will be spent on debt payments. This is $10M that could - but now won’t - be spent on road maintenance.
Miller points out in one of the links that: City Council’s resolution promising a vote on a stadium specifically excludes from their promise two very important items: a) Expenditures on City for Champions infrastructure improvements b) Diversion of dollars collected as City sales and property taxes as “tax increment financing” through the Urban Renewal Authority.
While the mayor and City Leaders busy themselves with plans to build this useless stadium, they continue to pretend that nothing is written in stone and the citizens will have the final say. The truth is that City money – tax revenue - WILL be used. Taxpayers will fund the stadium. And, most insultingly, our tax dollars will be confiscated without our vote of consent. City Leaders are deceiving the citizens. But we can prevent ourselves from being victims of this stadium scam. Without $250M of new tax revenue, City Leaders will be forced to abandon their stadium plans and have to find the money needed for roads from current revenue sources OR revise their proposal and present it to the voters next April. It is not necessary to RUSH into a tax increase – potholes will continue to be filled using existing budget dollars while a better plan – one that is a permanent solution - is put together.
WILL THE PROPOSED ASPHALT WORK BE OF THE SAME POOR QUALITY AS THE OLD ASPHALT WORK? Miller, Liberty for COS, and others have presented evidence that quality control and oversight is lacking. The proposed plan is a continuation of the slap-dash patch and repair of the past that will result in work that will have to be redone in 5 years.
Take failure off life support. Vote NO on 2C.
Gmainer- Quotes about Indy content from long-time Indy followers:
[story content was added] "...most importantly as miscellaneous filler to bring the article up to the right length by deadline."-Mr. K-- on 05/08/2015 at 9:23 AM
"...Ms. Zubeck adds her own brand of 'slant' to the story." - Staci6 on 10/20/2015 at 3:49 PM
I personally called out Pam Zubeck for a blatant lie intended to defame a local politician with whom she disagrees... http://bit.ly/1O0ogx4
You're right. This isn't a great newspaper. As you observed, it is a sham and a joke. They seldom let a lack of facts keep them from running their 'story'. The reporters and editors are hardly 'independent" - they exist to promote leftist progressive dogma and its warped pop culture. Its frequently left to skeptical, truth-seeking posters like you to challenge the meme, present facts and offer objective analysis.
We do deserve better. Especially in the aroma, I mean news, department. Thanks for posting.
So Mrs Toll has been more involved for a longer time, and has been more responsive to constituents and their concerns. What a bunch of bull shit! As a former resident of Colorado Springs and a 40 year follower of local politics, I find your indorsement of Toll so shallow and lacking of facts that it is a joke. Don't your reporters and editors like to present facts to your readers so they can make informed decisions? This so called indorsement has an aroma unfitting of a great newspaper. You are not independent at all. What a sham and joke to your readers. We deserve better form a so called news paper. Sincerely, Jerry Mainer. 2497 Cheyenne Dr, Gambrills MD 21054 443-223-1133
Here are 5 straightforward reasons to vote NO on 2C:
Here are 4 irrefutable FACTS (with links backing them up) to consider regarding a downtown stadium for which many 2C supporters have repeatedly indicated they would love for all of us to pay to build. No accusations. No insinuations. Only facts. Readers decide if there is a context:
Here is a history of the 4 existing voter approved taxes and how they at least have some measure of oversight and accountability—unlike 2C’s “blank check” methodology being encouraged by supporters:
Bravo, curious. Substantial points skillfully made.
Pay attention D-11 religious fanatics and fear mongers. This election has NOTHING to do with bringing religion - anybody's religion - into public schools, those institutions of learning which are run by the govt and funded by taxpayers. This election is about bringing about changes that will improve student’s academic performance so that they will be equipped to compete for jobs in a tough world where employers demand that its employees be able to read, write, and use math on the job.
D-11 is not doing for its students what needs doing. Those parents and citizens who want better results from the schools are advised to vote for the candidates who are not comfortable with the status quo, those candidates whose priorities are to prepare students for success in the big and scary world beyond high school, those candidates who recognize that reform is needed and are willing to shake the establishment out of their comfort zones and do what is best for the students.
D-11's outcomes [in math, reading, and writing] have landed it among the bottom 20th percentile of Colorado school districts. The Gazette reports that “Under the current school board's watch, things are getting worse. The low test scores of 2013-14 were a decline from the previous year's bad showing.”
Ajamian’s stated goal is to ”Raise academic standards and support students to achieve them.” and “Effectively monitor academic progress district-wide, K-12.” Kemp’s goal is “to find solutions to stop the exodus of D11 students into other districts.” Ouch! Parents are removing their children from underperforming schools in D-11. This in itself is reason for change.
Give D-11 students a fighting chance. Vote for Ajamian, Heard-Price, and Kemp.
CSIndy: "We don't want to get into the details." Get into the details for Pete's sake and explain it to the pubic! That is your entire reason for being!
Mr. Curious above pretty much tells us all we need to know:
"these are government schools" (fairly dripping with disdain)
Koch-Backed "conservative" only interest in public education is to eradicate it in favor of homeschooling or private religious schools for which they require taxpayers to foot the bill. They actually signed a pledge to that effect (signed by libertarians and some of the most whacked out 'Christian' fundamentalist organizations conceived in modern times): http://www.schoolandstate.org/proclamation… (including libertarian Ron Paul):
"Ron Paul's home school curriculum launched by [Christian] Reconstructionist Gary North and neo-Confederate Thomas Woods":
Then we have the usual "conservative" disdain for pensions (anybody's pensions, not just teachers, up to and including Social Security and military pensions) and the eradication thereof. Here, read some Koch-bought "conservative model legislation:
And of course the Libertarian billionaire-backed union-busting adventures, because teachers aren't quite living under the Bijou bridge... yet. Certainly, we'll need to rectify that situation as those teachers are livin' it up like kings and queens.
We'll let Rachel Tabachnick writing at K-12 News Network explain: "Voucher Advocate Betsy DeVos, Right-Wing Think Tanks Behind Koch-Style Attack on PA Public Schools (Section 1)" (this is going on state-by-state, not just in Colorado):
I so love all the conservatives in this thread sharing their "concern" for education and the need for "reform," like perhaps creating a national embarrassment like the Koch-endorsed incident at Jeffco?:
EdWeek: "Policymakers push back in four states
By Liana Heitin
Concerns about an overhaul to the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum framework have been spreading through a growing number of states over the last few months, with critics saying it emphasizes negative aspects of the nation's history and downplays "American exceptionalism."
Policymakers in Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas have pushed back on the new framework, which outlines the concepts and skills students need for a college-level history course. The Republican National Committee also condemned the guidelines last summer, calling them 'radically revisionist.'"
Thanks "conservatives," but we don't exactly need more kids being exposed to extremist whacked-out revisions to the school curriculum. And for those so worried about "test scores," I'd be willing to bet the students at least have a rudimentary understanding of science - ya know what I mean?
Ahem: Politico: "Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for private schools, including hundreds of religious schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs, and much of modern biology, geology and cosmology is a web of lies."
Colorado REALLY does not need to produce more barely functioning nincompoops. We have enough to contend with already. "Reform"... pfft. "Deform" sounds about right.
It's hard to believe that those at the Indy would fall for the city's shameless con known as issue 2C.
The council and the mayor need money for stormwater abatement, otherwise that massive building boom to the east is imperiled due to failure to follow through on Southern Delivery System promises - thus they re-purpose millions in general fund money intended for road maintenance. The roads subsequently fall apart and viola - a new tax increase is needed - one that may pass, unlike all their stormwater abatement tax attempts.
Pathetic ploy. Even more so that the Independent fell for it.
A letter to the Indy opposing the reformers defends D-11s woeful underachievement and excuses itself by saying it has 28K students to serve, who speak at least 56 languages. Is D-11 accommodating students who don’t speak English? Just what is D-11s policy?
For children, learning to speak a foreign language is automatic – they become fluent within a few months from talking with other kids, and from TV, radio, music, movies, etc. Of course, reading and writing skills take time and study, just as it does for native born Americans. But first things first. Students need to speak English before enrolling in school.
charter for-profit schools will perform better is the theory of the reformers. this has not been the case and in most cases the performance goes down. this is a blatant attempt to extort public money into private investors pockets. another big money take over that will, as always, result in disastrous results. come on teabaggers, put away your cheapness urges and support the community you live in.
From the Gazette editorial (referred to above by the Indy):
D-11 ranks near the bottom for outcomes. In the 2013-14 school year, only 53 percent of D-11 students tested as proficient or advanced in math. That means nearly half lack adequate math skills. Only 67 percent were proficient in reading. An abysmal 49 percent were proficient in writing. Most disturbing, under the current school board's watch, things are getting worse. The low test scores of 2013-14 were a decline from the previous year's bad showing. D-11's outcomes have landed it among the bottom 20th percentile of Colorado school districts.
Jeff Kemp, Dan Ajamian and Karla Heard-Price . . . favor local control, more school competition and choice and a loosening of the union's stranglehold on teachers and administrators. They want more pay for good teachers. They envision a district that is fully devoted to good results for kids, less concerned with the special interests of a labor union.
With its poor overall ranking and discouraging test scores, D-11 is troubled. Voting for Jeff Kemp, Dan Ajamian and Karla Heard-Price is the best way to make it better.
Reform that would raise student achievement is a good thing. But endorsing the reformers is "repulsive" to the Indy. Why?
Excuse me. It's Ajamian not Ajarmian. I do not know how that little 'r' snuck in there!
All the Gazette article proves is that Kemp and Ajarmian can parrot the canned Republican talking points their handlers are feeding them. Since it is painfully obvious they have no public school experience, and have not bothered to familiarize themselves with public school operations in preparation for the election, why don't they point to some of their successes in the charter schools?--if they have any.
A slate of so-called, self-styled "reformers" were elected to District 11 board several years ago. They were so incompetent they were replaced by a recall election, at great expense to the tax payer. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
curious, as you do not believe in compensating teachers for their labor, I am not surprised at your irrational hostility towards teachers unions. Teachers have been known to reach into their own pockets to pay for classroom materials when budgets are tight. My daughter is learning from union teachers and I was educated by union teachers.
Let me tell you about non-union teachers in Georgia. I knew a very bright kid who was flunking high school math because his math teacher was a theater person. I spent one night explaining y=mx+b to him and he passed for the entire semester. He graduated from the same high school that graduated the assassin of John Lennon years earlier.
When you rail against high school graduates being ignorant, you are railing against the high school graduates who were "educated" by non-union teachers.
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