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Re: “New idea for the Colorado Springs Public Market

We were in on the Gazette concept as a stakeholder but declined the Payne Chapel opportunity. We would be back in for the City Auditorium.
Dave Brackett
Pizzeria Rustica, Enoteca Rustica, TAPAteria

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Posted by Dave Brackett on 06/27/2016 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Solving Colorado's primary apathy

Primaries and caucuses are the candidate selection processes of the respective political parties. Those parties are private entities, not government agencies and should, therefore, be the full responsibility of the parties, not the taxpayers -- full responsibility meaning both financial and administrative. Open primaries, primaries versus caucuses, and "top-two" primaries all address a problem that is not a problem for the state to resolve. For one thing, there are political parties other than the two major parties. Also, there are independent candidates with no party affiliation. Given those potential alternatives plus the liklihood that many eligible voters find no candidate in a given election cycle will represent their concerns and interests, it is little more than hubris -- as well as demonstrably ignorant -- to accuse those prospective voters of "apathy" if they don't choose to participate in either the Democratic or Republican party candidate selection processes.

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Posted by Independent Voter on 06/23/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Solving Colorado's primary apathy

Very disappointed in Cruz's endorsement of Darryl Glenn. Mr Glenn is all talk and no results to back his rhetoric up. Combined with a reluctance to respond to constituents emails, phone calls, letters, etc., which approaches Doug Lamborn-like levels of evasiveness, I cannot see how anyone who wants a results-oriented, truthful, representative of this State can cast a vote for Glenn.

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Posted by mgoblue0970 on 06/23/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Solving Colorado's primary apathy

Open primaries would be a step in the right direction, but a "top two" primary would be problematic. Anytime there are more than two candidates a single vote to single candidate process cannot be guaranteed to accurately reflect the will of the electorate. While no voting system is perfect, a ranking system alleviates many deficiencies in such cases. See the Scientific American article "Ranking Candidates Is More Accurate Than Voting" by Dasgupta and Maskin. One of its first examples is from the results of a similarly styled "top two" contest in the 2002 French presidential election.
I would love to see the primary process completely remove itself from the party affiliation requirement, as in that all potential candidates for a post would be on the same ballot. To me, the current primary voting system lifts up political parties as gatekeepers to the political process instead of leveling them as the (useful) outside agitators and organizers that they are.

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Posted by Coro on 06/23/2016 at 8:24 AM

Re: “New idea for the Colorado Springs Public Market

I'm glad that this was put in the Indy!

I have not been to the North Market in Columbus- I have been to the Flea Market on Admiral St. in Tulsa- http://admiralfleamarket.com/ .

It's hard to recreate these things. I'd say start by having a flea market in America the Beautiful park or somewhere similar (Memorial Park, or even the dreaded parking lots and buildings off Colorado and 31st?? Invite vendors of all hues. Local buildings like the city auditorium can participate as well and in their own way. Let all the food trucks operate, geographically stretch booths of the event along the park as far as possible- etc. The same day, or maybe two days, every week. Eventually incorporate music and beer and whammy, you got a party.

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Posted by KyleJS on 06/06/2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Vice President Ken Salazar?

Didn't Ken Salazar bend the rules in order to allow his "friends" to buy wild horses from BLM and slaughter them?

That doesn't sound like someone we need holding political office.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 03/17/2016 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Vice President Ken Salazar?

You began one paragraph with "what's not to like about Salazar" but failed to answer. As Senator, Ken Salazar was a pro-military, anti-environment shill. He left the cabinet disgraced by the BP Gulf disasterl. That.

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Posted by eric-notmytribe.com on 03/16/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Tribute to the Indy's icon

Not just POT ads, we have actual Pot! The ads are just indicative of how vital having Pot is to our floundering economy. Something had to replace all the empty commercial space we have in this town. The MMJ industry is the only real growth industry in this town.

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Posted by obliosupercat on 01/27/2016 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Tribute to the Indy's icon

does the Springs have more news, or just mroe POT ads?

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Posted by apathetic on 11/18/2015 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Tribute to the Indy's icon

What an awesome tribute Ralph! Best of luck to John and Carrie too!

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Posted by Lori Green on 09/16/2015 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Gazette: concerns beyond pot

dp72. You could be no more spot on! I witnessed myself what you have laid down here. Saturday nights at the Hungry Farmer were filled with hippies, cowboys, business folk; we all got along. The developers and the xtian right indeed have separated us.
Side note. Where are Mr. Ed and his legions of T-gops Brucers now that we see who they truly are? ENOUGH!
Repeal TABOR immediately, vote in Mary Lou. Let's get moving again.

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Posted by longtooth on 04/22/2015 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Gazette: concerns beyond pot

This town took a hard right turn when the Sun shut down. This was not considered a substantially more conservative City than Fort Collins or Pueblo until 87-92 when our news became monotone, and our politicians started wooing megachurches and evangelical activists, and developers were handed thousands of acres of new land to build crappy houses on. The aggressive takeover and shuttering of the Sun allowed the 'Freedom' Newspapers' propagandists to take advantage of a largely transient military population to pull the wool over the local's eyes and make decisions that the Sun would have brought to light and debated (and lambasted). The decision to woo religious organizations from other states like Focus on the Family (Orange County, Ca) and pastors like Ted Haggart (Baton Rouge, La) changed this town from a live and let live community with tolerance for all shapes and sizes to one of hate and ignorance. The Lotus Eater boutique was a LGBT owned business that flourished downtown for many years. They and the many new age booksellers were picketed and harassed by our new influx of hateful transplants. The decision to annex Banning Louis Ranch was made at this time as well. A decision that set a course for unsustainable eastward expansion and an explosion of capital infrastructure costs right at the same time that our local paper championed Doug Bruce and his TABOR fiasco. All of this Citiy's primary issues can be traced directly to the closing of the Sun and the inability for people of reason to contrast the propaganda of the Gazette.You may have been happy to be at the Gazette at the time Ralph, but it was a terrible time for our city.

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Posted by dp72 on 04/07/2015 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Gazette: concerns beyond pot

I think I learned everything I need to know about pot when I saw "Reefer Madness" a few weeks ago. Maybe the Gazette got its talking points from that play.

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Posted by Cheryl Murphy Barry on 04/06/2015 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Gazette: concerns beyond pot

It's gone more strident than that Enormously Egoed Reactionary Sean Paige? Doubtful.

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Posted by Johnny Quest on 04/06/2015 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Gazette: concerns beyond pot

Excellent. I know that The Gazette thinks, "But hey! Others who agree with us in the first place are toats linking!" But that seems to be where the thinking on its part and its audience's part ends.

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Posted by Judith Posch on 04/06/2015 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Gazette: concerns beyond pot

Yes, we know the author of the Gazette's propaganda, Christine Tatum, as a prohibitionist shill for the drug treatment industry -- her husband is anti-cannabis crusader Christian Thurstone.

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Posted by Robert Chase on 04/02/2015 at 2:15 PM

Re: “New clerk: more to tell

Three years later... good riddance to Bach. He is not running for Mayor again because he cannot win, due to his own actions and words. There is justice after all. :)

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Posted by 80923 on 03/15/2015 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Manitou's deep marijuana divide

I've lived in the Pikes Peak region for 39 years, most of that a homeowner in Manitou. Manitou bleeds its economic strength to Colorado Springs, meaning I can't buy a new car or tire in Manitou. All of those sales go to Colorado Springs, I can't buy a board of wood or a screw for my home in Manitou, I can't buy a computer...stereo....TV....washing machine.....Cell phone...Men's suit.....a pair of shoes or sneakers.......NADA. I can't even buy a new bicycle in Manitou - all of those sales tax dollars get bled off to Colorado Springs. Well the retail Marijuana store can reverse that trend with a $100,000 / month contribution to our city's sales tax coffers. That is humongous folks an absolute huge percentage of the city budget to come from ONE STORE !!! That's $1.2 million/year to the city from one trouble-free store. Our city budget is only $12-13 million per year and this harmless industry can help our town a lot. It's time to stop the inaccurate fear mongering and look at the economic FACTS ! PROVEN ACCURATE FACTS !

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Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 10/26/2014 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Manitou's deep marijuana divide

Yep. Justin Armour just lost all of my money. I'll never eat there again.

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Posted by franksinatra on 10/26/2014 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Manitou's deep marijuana divide

Those opposing 2G are numerous and determined as well and are voting.
The fear based campaign against retail MJ sales has failed to win many new recruits. None of their fears have come true. In fact their prime assertion "Manitou has made huge improvements the past decade .... This will reverse if families choose not to visit the area because of retail marijuana..." is the exact opposite of what has happened. August and September were record breaking months for tourism, crime has been reduced, business revenues are up, sales tax revenues are at record breaking levels (even without counting MJ taxes). The only problem we might have is a parking problem since so many people want to come to our interesting diverse alive community. Manitou is moving forward rather than retreating to the failed policies of the last century.

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Posted by Alan Delwiche on 10/24/2014 at 4:23 PM

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