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Re: “Our special district conundrum

That's a phrase for the downtown crowd to justify collecting taxes citywide and dumping a lopsided portion of them downtown: police resources, park and trail resources, highway projects, museums, etc. It makes you feel better about pouring your tax dollars into the downtown area despite the overlooked needs of your own neighborhood when you hear "languishing core of the city," doesn't it?

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/27/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

The core city is languishing? My "sprawl" neighborhood is languishing! No library, no YMCA, no bike trails, only the tiniest neighborhood parks. The nearest shopping is not friendly to walkers or cyclists. The closest "open space" is closed off to the public. The core city looks much better to me. And is more expensive for smaller/older homes.

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 09/27/2016 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Millibo's value, road rage and bicyclists, Trump, Stein and 69

As a disabled vet with a retired wife and a damn good insurance plan I've been skeptical about ColoradoCare. I voiced some concerns and received a very intelligent, compassionate, personal reply from Bill Semple from the ColoradoCareYES management team that allayed some of my concerns. After doing the math on what part of my income would be taxed and how much CC would save me, and how beneficial it would be to "the least among us", to borrow from the Christian philosophy, I've decide to vote for Amendment 69.

I left the VA HealthCare system years ago after they made some inexcusable gaffes with my health. I have paid for my own insurance ever since. I have lobbied for single-payer health insurance for veterans modeled after Tri-Care since 1989, and I was in favor of a national single-payer plan during the debate about the Affordable Heathcare Act (I refuse to be baited into calling it Obamacare).

If I were injured or to fall ill while, say, in France, even as an American citizen I would receive free (that's right - FREE) health care that would not forward any charges to my insurance carrier or to me. My earlier post about the conversion of not-for-profit health insurance to for-profit health insurance stands as my primary argument for ColoradoCare, coupled with my savings, and the end of health-related bankruptcies.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/27/2016 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Trump's true colors, nurses for ColoradoCare, secrecy and the mayor, and more

Oh, and swing state votes are 10 times as significant as solidly red/blue state votes. If you want Trump to win the split the vote here. If you want another option then swap your vote with someone in a state that's already solidly held and you'll do no damage. Call someone in New York or California and have them vote for Johnson for you, and vote for Clinton...because the alternative is (and I'll do this again) TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!!

Posted by Vietnamized on 09/26/2016 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Millibo's value, road rage and bicyclists, Trump, Stein and 69

When Richard Nixon was president the health care insurance system was converted from a not-for-profit system to a for profit system. On one of the Nixon tapes the question was asked how that conversion would work and the reply from the CEO of Blue Cross/Blue Shield was heard to reply that BC/BS would continue collect premiums but in order make a profit they would deny service to members. Nixon replied "that sounds like that would work", and the for-profit industry was off to the races. There is about a 30% disparity in the amount that is collected that goes to bonuses for CEOs and profits for shareholders and the amount that is paid out for actual care. The biggest problem for providers (doctors, nurses) has always been the insurers. There is no reason for them to take less - they actually could do better under ColoradoCare, but that's a guess.

To summarily compare ColoradoCare to other poorly run government health care systems (the VA comes to mind) is inaccurate and unfair and smacks of Reaganesque "the government is the problem" rhetoric. Government can work for the people - no - SHOULD work for the people. We simply cannot allow continued mismanagement and cronyism, and we do that by un-electing the schmucks and electing statesmen/women.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/26/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Opinion: Manitou Springs' war on hikers

I no longer park on Ruxton. Too expensive and more importantly out of respect for the residents who have to put up with Cog railway traffic anyway. I park down near Memorial Park and jog the mile and quarter up Ruxton. I have found that the jog warms up the legs and gets the blood aerated for the ascent up the Incline. Do your body (and wallet) a favor by not rolling out of the car seat and going straight up the incline.

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Posted by moderateguy on 09/26/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

Banning Lewis has not been developed because it is in a floodplain, and will require close to a billion dollars in mitigation to be safe for development. As soon as Norwood, the Mayor, and City Council figure out how to shift that financial burden to the taxpayers, development will begin. Until then developers will just have to keep building on landslides. Plenty of corporate welfare as it is, at least TABOR offers some protection for the average taxpayer.

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Posted by hippyhelper on 09/26/2016 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Bible removed from desk at Peterson AFB

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Posted by null on 09/26/2016 at 7:26 AM

Re: “God Bless the Child

Child Protective Services has gone to the far side of capturing federal funding since this article was written. Snatching children not because they are abused but because they are adoptable, to service the highly lucrative adoption market in this country. Child protective services are the modern age Nazi's of America.

To learn the truth about forced removal, Foster warehousing, medical kidnapping, and forced adoption please visit our website at AmericasTakenChildren.com

Posted by Geri Pfeiffer on 09/26/2016 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

Exactly right. Not a level playing field. Developers with a metro district mil levy get to pretend they're a quasi government entity and get tax-free municipal bond interest rates and after they establish a 20, 30 or 40 mil tax for 40 years for the entire area by having a "special" TABOR election whereby only the developer votes in the election. Then they get to get a sweet loan and are treated the same as a City borrowing money thereby reducing up front investment and risk while guaranteeing that the future residents will make those loan payments with their tax assessment or else get a lean on their property. Meanwhile, because the developer didn't have to make the same out of hide initial investment as those without those benefits, he can offer the property at an artificially low sale price. Most would-be buyers don't see the massive mil levy until they're at the closing table. City Council has created a complex web of an uneven playing field all over the City. They can then use those loan proceeds to build sub-par roads which the City takes over maintenance on a after a 2-year warranty all the while making payments from residents who had no say in a mil levy that's 8-fold of the City mil levy.

Regarding disdain for TABOR, would you prefer to have corrupt politicians under influence of their campaign financiers deciding how much of your money they'll take and distribute as corporate welfare?

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/25/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Opinion: Manitou Springs' war on hikers

A lot of these hikers are slobs who leave their trash along the incline & other trails. They are rude & don't pick up their dogs poop. Among other things. Perhaps Manitou can figure out how much of a load the area can actually handle? And come up w/a better plan than the one proposed.

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Posted by Franklin Vee on 09/25/2016 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Opinion: Manitou Springs' war on hikers

Hikers? Are you kidding me? I hiked the local stairs once a year ago and was I totally blown away by the huge percentage of pure rudeness and cologne drenched narcissistic posers that this "city" trail seems to attract. I can honestly say, as a born local guy, that I have no desire to go near the incline ever again. Once was enough for that circus. And as I see it, Manitou can charge the people who want to park close and use this close to city trail, anything they want. Pay for convenience. It's the way it works. There are hundreds of miles of other trail systems that I would much rather explore in my home state.

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Posted by Tom Wilco on 09/25/2016 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Opinion: Manitou Springs' war on hikers

I think we should organize a world wide boycott on Manitou for the next year.

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Posted by Tony Sims on 09/25/2016 at 7:45 PM

Re: “DUI, gang and other units shift to the streets as crime rates surge, response times lag

Tickets are only given out when a law is violated moron.

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Posted by Holmes on 09/25/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Why is private security patrolling our public streets?

Brian... taxpayers are not footing the bill. Paid for by business owners.

Posted by Holmes on 09/25/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Why is private security patrolling our public streets?

Same authority as a citizen. If they witness an illegal act, they can detain until police arrive. Essentially a citizen's arrest. You can do the same thing. However, it's typically not worth your safety. Bottom line is they are extra eyes to keep watch over public safety.

Posted by Holmes on 09/25/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Opinion: Manitou Springs' war on hikers

So if I want to hike Pikes Peak, and say it takes me from 6am to 6pm, it's gonna cost me $120??

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Posted by Matt 2 on 09/25/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “'Casino night' for canine cancer cure tonight

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Posted by Wanda Dancy on 09/25/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Regional Building, Nor'wood postpone deal

You would think Regional Building's lawyer, Todd Welch, would have reviewed the agreement prior to moving forward.

Either:

1. It was not submitted to Welch, in which case the person (Roger Lovell?) responsible for doing so should be reprimanded.

2. Or it was submitted to Welch, and he is incompetent and should be reprimanded.

Good job Pam Zubeck!

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Posted by Soylent Magenta on 09/25/2016 at 10:22 AM

Re: “CSPD cop later charged with racketeering is allowed to stay on to qualify for a pension

It looks bad, but nothing illegal went on here. He was not charged and/or indicted with any crime at the time he was put on paid administrative leave and was still in the same status at the time of his retirement. Hopefully, if and when he is convicted, they can garnish his retirement pay to recoup any fines and/or penalties.

Terry Maketa, our ex-county sheriff, was in a similar situation. The board of county commissioners knew he was up to no good, but were too gutless to fire him and allowed him to retire with a generous pension a few months later.

In the federal government, the person heading the construction of the new VA hospital in Aurora managed to retire just when questions about cost over-runs and late schedules were hitting Congress and the press. He retired and unplugged his phone.

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Posted by Soylent Magenta on 09/25/2016 at 10:09 AM

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