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Re: “County: Maketa guilty; lobbyist revealed secrets; stadium backers hire full-timer; and more

City council president King wants to build the C4C downtown stadium. And so do 4 other council members who, along with the mayor, want to spend $200M of local sales tax revenue on a stadium rather than spend taxpayer dollars on legit govt services such as police, fire, roads, parks etc, or on storm water, which WILL require new taxes. If YOU want the mayor and council members to pay attention to YOU, then sign the stadium petition. And there's something else you have to do. More info at…

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Posted by curious on 11/11/2014 at 6:29 PM

Re: “County: Maketa guilty; lobbyist revealed secrets; stadium backers hire full-timer; and more

The Sunday Gazette editorial says C4C will create jobs. And so it will. Laura Neumann, the mayor's former chief of staff, has been hired to work on the stadium project. In spite of evidence to the contrary, the mayor continues to tell the public that the stadium is just an idea. But the mayor's idea is not one among many, but one among one. The mayor and City Leaders have no other ideas about how to "fix" the URA except to build a stadium and then erect skyscrapers. You wouldn't know from reading the Gazette, but the people have ideas, ideas that the mayor is not interested in considering, he being so fixated on building a stadium.

Neumann's primary objective is to locate additional public financing sources which do not require a mandatory vote of the citizens. This objective is non-negotiable because the mayor will not permit the purse-pinching non-visionary citizens to vote.

At tomorrow's City Council meeting, they will vote on whether to support the citizens or whether to allow the mayor to do as he pleases with OUR tax dollars. Email council at

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Posted by curious on 11/10/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Youth riot again, GMO battle lopsided, another city severance deal

xcellent selection of quotes
“Indeed, the use of more
precise technology and the greater regulatory scrutiny probably make them even safer than conventional plants and foods; and if there are unforeseen environmental effects - none have appeared as yet - these should be rapidly detected by our monitoring requirements. On the other hand, the benefits of these plants and products for human health and the environment become increasingly clear.”
--European Commission, Press Release of 8 October 2001, announcing the release of 15 year study incl 81 projects/70M euros, 400 teams (
and )
“The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding technologies…”
“…because the technique is so sophisticated, in many ways it is probably safer for you to eat GM products - plants that have been generated through GM - than normal plant foods, if you
have any sort of reaction to food, because you can snip out the proteins that cause the negative reaction to certain parts of the population."
--Sir David King, Chief Science Advisor, UK. The Guardian Unlimited, 27 November 2007
“In contrast to adverse health effects that have been associated with some traditional food production methods, similar serious health effects have not been identified as a result of genetic engineering techniques used in food production. This may be because developers of bioengineered organisms perform extensive compositional analyses to determine that each
phenotype is desirable and to ensure that unintended changes have not occurred in key components of food.” (p. x).
--National Academy of Sciences, 2004. Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods: Approaches to Assessing Unintended Health Effects. National Research Council, Washington DC. 256pp.
ISBN 0-309-53194-2.
"…in consuming food derived from GM plants approved in the EU and in the USA, the risk is in no way higher than in the consumption of food from conventionally grown plants. On the
contrary, in some cases food from GM plants appears to be superior in respect to health."
--- Union of the German Academies of Science and Humanities. Commission Green Biotechnology, InterAcademy Panel Initiative on Genetically Modified Organisms. Group of the
International Workshop Berlin 2006. “Are there health hazards for the consumer from eating genetically modified food?”
“If we look at evidence from [more than] 15 years of growing and consuming GMO foods globally, then there is no substantiated case of any adverse impact on human health, animal health or
environmental health, so that’s pretty robust evidence, and I would be confident in saying that there is no more risk in eating GMO food than eating conventionally farmed food.”
Anne Glover, Chief Scientific
Adviser, European Commission, 2012
“GMO products have been tested to a particularly high extent and are subjected to rigid legislation control.”
--Commission on Green Biotechnology, Union of the German Academies of Science & Humanities, at
“Food from GM Maize is more healthy than from conventionally grown maize… samples with the highest fumonisin concentrations are found in products labeled ‘organic.’ ”
--Commission on Green Biotechnology, Union of the German Academies of Science & Humanities, at
“…the dangers of unintentional DNA mutation are much higher in the process of conventional plant breeding…than in the generation of GM plants. Furthermore, GM products are subject to
rigid testing with livestock and rats before approval.”
--Commission on Green Biotechnology, Union of the German Academies of Science &
Humanities, at
“Whereas for conventional varieties there is no legal requirement for allergy tests of their products, for GMO products, very strict allergy tests are mandatory… For this reason, the risk of GM plants causing allergies can be regarded as substantially lower than that of products from conventional breeding.”
--Commission on Green Biotechnology, Union of the German Academies of Science & Humanities, at
As for claims of “unexpected effects” – to date there are none reported, and “According to present scientific knowledge, it is most unlikely that the consumption of …transgenic DNA from approved GMO food harbors any recognizable health risk.”
--Commission on Green Biotechnology, Union of the German Academies of Science &
Humanities, at
“There is abundant and accumulating evidence from extensive worldwide experience for benefit, and lack of evidence for environmental or human health risk associated with GM crop technology.”
“There is compelling evidence that GM crops can contribute
to sustainable development goals with benefits to farmers, consumers, the environment and the economy.”
European Sciences Advisory Council 2013 report-Planting
the Future;
“The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion:
consuming foods containing ingredients derived from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques.”
“Several current efforts to require labeling of GM foods are not being driven by any credible scientific evidence that these foods are dangerous, AAAS said. Rather, GM labeling initiatives are being advanced by “the persistent perception that such foods are somehow ‘unnatural,’” as well as efforts to gain competitive
advantages within the marketplace, and the false belief that GM crops are untested.”
American Association for the Advancement of Science 2012…

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Posted by Robert Wager on 10/17/2014 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Lamborn draws fire again, stormwater pros and cons, oil and gas panel starts

the tea panties relentless attack against the true americans who live in springs to have a voice is humiliating to our beautiful city...the good ol boys (bach,lamborn,,littleton...etc) are going to hit karma head on one day and the huge heap of b.s. that comes piling out...well even maketas press secretary couldnt shovel fast enough..and now the "pulitzer prize " winning gagzette is banning comments again..(unless your rev. faltz..butt kisser extraordinaire..)as a democrat I say vote Makepeace and get this city back to way less batshilt crazy..and thanks indy for proving where the real journalists work

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Posted by harley883 on 10/04/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Lamborn draws fire again, stormwater pros and cons, oil and gas panel starts

Doug Lamborn is guilty of sedition at the very least, and most probably treason against the United States. Trying to subvert the safety of the US Military during an active air war can be construed as nothing else. And all because the President is of a different party and different skin color.

Lamborn and any other Tea Party Reps who can be proven to have done what Lamborn has confessed to, should be arrested and brought up before a military tribunal since that is their preference. If found guilty, then sentence should be carried out immediately, just like they prefer for others.

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Posted by Arval Becker on 10/01/2014 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Gazette gets new editor, Jones Park decision looms, and more

I also dropped my subscription to the GT Online. I'd rather read the Indy anyway, but for local and state daily news the GT was convenient and the cost wasn't too bad. I was notified three weeks ago about the online cost increase -- they want over $100 per year for online access -- ridiculous!

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Posted by COnative59 on 09/18/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Gazette gets new editor, Jones Park decision looms, and more

Thank you for the ability to read these for free. No longer reading The Gazette on-line.....

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Posted by Flojo on 09/18/2014 at 5:53 AM

Re: “Lamborn won't debate, sheriff term limits go to ballot, UCCS keeps expanding, and more

News opportunity for the Independent:

So the local rag, "Gazette" has now gotten greedy. If you don't pay them you cannot read more than just a few articles per month.

The Independent ought to step up its coverage of just local news.

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Posted by billd on 09/15/2014 at 4:25 AM

Re: “Clerk's office to run ads, Jenkins promises land, more

Can't wait to see how the Clerk's office will run ads that do not mention Wayne Williams' name. He IS the Clerk, after all. Didn't another local elected rep incur the wrath of ethics watch groups for 'public service' announcements while the guy was running for the office responsible for the announcements?

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Posted by goldsabbath on 08/27/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “BLM starts Carson study, Broadmoor boosts Lamborn, Gazette gets paywall, and more

Broadmoor and the shady El Pomar, so called non-profit foundation helps advance republican agenda for a reason. Without the foundation they would not be able to avoid paying taxes and funneling money into Republican campaigns and superpacs that are interested in one thing, profit for corporations like Broadmoor and keeping Springs residents and America in economic slavery. When El Pomar donates money its with a GOP agenda attached, it is in charge of Broadmoor's image and is very influential with local judges and government. You will be surprised what free rooms at a 5 star resort can get you. While they have countless lavish banquets at our cost (most of which are written off as business expenses) and their managers fly overseas to find new foreign employees, Colorado residents will continue to get screwed in more ways than one. Wanna be an elitist? Go to the Broadmoor.

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Posted by WuTangClan on 08/21/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “BLM starts Carson study, Broadmoor boosts Lamborn, Gazette gets paywall, and more

Some might say that the Organizers of the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent are interfering with the incline enthusiasts.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 08/14/2014 at 11:07 AM

Re: “BLM starts Carson study, Broadmoor boosts Lamborn, Gazette gets paywall, and more

The BLM will rubber stamp anything Fort Cartoon wants to do in spite of crashing on Almagre which could start a fire that burns the town to the ground. When the Broadmoor promotes LAMEborn it's Anschutz telling us how to vote and when the GAGzette tries a paywall for people to comment it's more cowardice to stop the critics after they tried facebook login and found that many more critics had a facebook account than the violent shills that ruined their comment section. They actually had a policy that no groups could comment even if they had a facebook page and CSaction was the only group commenting. Cowards afraid of the truth.

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Posted by CSaction on 08/14/2014 at 7:16 AM

Re: “BLM starts Carson study, Broadmoor boosts Lamborn, Gazette gets paywall, and more

This sounds like another rubber stamp procedure masquerading as an independent study.

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Posted by Gopher on 08/13/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Assessor fined, Pride Fest a go, Broadmoor to buy Norris Penrose, and more

Thank you Mr. Anschutz for purchasing the Norris-Penrose EVENT CENTER and the 10K seat STADIUM. Now the taxpayers of COS won't have to squander future sales tax revenue building the downtown STADIUM/EVENT CENTER component of C4C. Including the World Arena, COS presently has an overabundance of STADIUM/EVENT CENTERS.

Are the VISIONARY mayor and "city leaders", those gentlemen who are so eager to build a STADIUM/EVENT CENTER downtown, aware that Norris-Penrose was formerly owned by the county - aka taxpayers - but had to gift the property away because it was losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and it badly needed repairs and upgrades. This is a cautionary lesson in what happens when you build it and they DON'T come.

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Posted by curious on 07/17/2014 at 9:17 PM

Re: “The PERA saga continues, trails reopen, and more

Amazing how the City Council can't spare $50,000 for an MJ ballot issue, but seems to have no issue with risking tens of millions of dollars in punitive damages in the PERA issue.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 06/25/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Maketa recall underway, Supreme Court says Gessler overstepped, Lamborn and Rayburn square off

JOIN the Effort to Recall Sheriff TERRY Maketa facebook page

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Posted by TruB on 06/23/2014 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Maketa recall underway, Supreme Court says Gessler overstepped, Lamborn and Rayburn square off

All Lamborn can do is throw mud and then claim the other guy has no track record to lean on. Hopefully that old strategy won’t work this time around. What has Lamborn got to lean on? Oh yeah, he's a lawyer....forgot. Jeez what a surprise that Lamborn would stand there and say Mr. Rayburn had no record to stand on when the distinguished retired Air Force leader managed a budget larger than our state's. Add in all the over-the-top honors Mr. Rayburn has amassed in addition to defending our nation's freedom through his professional military career and then guess what; he's NOT a lawyer thank God.

Lamborn is an unmitigated idiot. I'm sorry but I have to call 'em like I see 'em.

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Posted by David (Tired of all the spin) on 06/20/2014 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Sheriff tax rakes it in, Philipps to ship out, more

It looks like the Sheriff overestimated the amount of tax dollars he needed, as he could only find a way to spend $10 million of his $17 million windfall - thus you should expect some wasteful expenditures real soon. I hear the military has some excess MRAPs and Swiftboats for sale.

Imagine if only SOME of this money could go towards road repairs or stormwater issues...

Perhaps we need to combine the Mayor's ballot issue with a ballot issue that reduces the Sheriff's money before we allow our old and new sheriffs an opportunity to waste $50 million.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 06/13/2014 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Sheriff tax rakes it in, Philipps to ship out, more

So will the sheriff's tax be overseen by the psychology major Maketa promoted??? Luckily, the budget is invisible to anyone but those two. Easier that way.

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Posted by looloo on 06/13/2014 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Sheriff tax rakes it in, Philipps to ship out, more

At least Rayburn has proven himself human by the mistake but more importantly has earned his uniform with his service to our country. Thank you Mr. Rayburn and may you be voted into Congress to take your service experience there to represent us with pride and strength.

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Posted by David (Tired of all the spin) on 06/11/2014 at 3:03 PM

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