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Re: “UPDATE: Strawberry Fields controversy continues

And to take this issue of PUBLIC lands a step farther, what will happen to our beautiful public lands from coast to coast when a real estate developer takes the country's reins?

Oooooh - I want a condo in Brown's Canyon!

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 11:57 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Strawberry Fields controversy continues

Is the mayor saying that we are too uninformed to make a sound choice for our city? ... for our children? ... for the land itself? Are we then also too uninformed to have made a wise choice for mayor? Are we selectively uninformed?

The mayor clearly believes that nine city council persons are more qualified to decide on a land exchange than the electorate. Could that possibly be because it's a whole lot easier to gain, by whatever means, the votes of 5 (or 10 if you count a majority of the arm-twisted Parks' Advisory Board) people than it is to convince several hundred thousand registered voters that a bad idea is a good idea?

Is there any reason on God's green earth why a measure which works perfectly well and to the betterment of all in Denver should not work exactly the same way in Colorado Springs?

Do you remember the word Councilman Don Knight used, on May 24th of this year, to describe the process by which your City Parks Department conducted the Broadmoor Land Swap? The word was "shoddy".

If you're okay with shoddy .... then by all means ..... do nothing.

Last question: Ask yourself why in the world Mayor Suthers would take the extraordinary and (as far as is known) unprecedented step of inserting himself into a queue of ordinary citizens to speak immediately on the heels of the words of the representatives of Save Cheyenne. In taking such an unusual step, Mayor Suthers has made it blazingly clear that this issue is a Very Big Deal.

It is. And the more weird things the mayor does to disarm the desire to protect our parks, the stronger it becomes. (Adapted from an Irish resistance chant, "The higher you build your barricades, the stronger we become.")

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Posted by doonya on 12/15/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Strawberry Fields controversy continues

It is dangerous to leave public park lands to the whims of politicians who make decisions based on how it will make them look. "The People" acted in good faith when they decided on open space for future generations in an honest attempt to preserve the legacy of this region's natural treasures.

I would also note that all changes to Garden of the Gods may not be viewed with such high praise - the development of residential property which is very visible in some areas of the park is not what I would consider and improvement or enhancement.

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Posted by rms on 12/15/2016 at 10:01 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Strawberry Fields controversy continues

The "impending land transaction" that would be most affected by the proposed retroactive ban on swaps would be the Larry Ochs sports complex, where there's a proposal to relocate it completely be swapping land with a developer. It's a win for the people, as it would move the fields to a more accessible location. https://coloradosprings.gov/parks-recreati…

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Posted by Jim Davies on 12/15/2016 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Judge: Electors must cast votes for Clinton or face the consequences

EVER HEARD OF FEDERALIST 68 WRITTEN BY HAMILTON. IT IS THE ELECTORAL COLLEGES OBLIGATION TO ....NOT....VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS UNFIT OR UNQUALIFIED AND A DANGER TO OUR COUNTRY. VOTE HOW YOU LIKE, SIR. IF THEY FINE YOU I DON'T THINK THERE WILL BE A PROBLEM GETTING DONATIONS TO PAY IT.

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Posted by Chuck Doudna on 12/14/2016 at 10:51 PM

Re: “UCH reports banner year for Memorial Hospital

This is a success story. I remember how we fought against GIVING this hospital to it's former manager (McEvoy) who argued we should turn it over to him and his pals to operate. Talk about theft of city assets!

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Posted by OldCrank on 12/14/2016 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Banning Lewis Ranch study says new annexation agreement is needed

City residents and city council should demand developers pay for needed infrastructures; roads, schools, drainage, police and fire stations, etc. Doing so will keep the price of new homes high which in turn raises prices of existing homes to benefit we who've already invested in the area. Otherwise we pay for their infrastructure, they sell homes cheaper than the true cost of the communities they build, our property values stagnate and we have a harder time selling our homes if we must compete with their taxpayer subsidized homes.

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Posted by OldCrank on 12/14/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Process to alter BLR annexation agreement begins

"Missing from the presentation was" everything that would cost the tax payers and make it a loosing proposition and the fact that the entire thing is a corporate welfare subsidy for Jenkins.

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Posted by Bill Burns on 12/14/2016 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Process to alter BLR annexation agreement begins

We need BLR about as much as we need former Mayor Bach .....

Why why why does anyone believe that adding 18000 acres 15 miles from downtown is a good thing

Growth for growths sake of irresponsible.

If you think Colorado Springs is a poster child for unchecked SPRAWL you ain't seen nothing yet

You might think you live in Colorado Springs and El Paso Country but if BLR happens you'll actually be living in the Dutchy of Jenkins. One Family will control not only downtown ,( where they've held back development for years) but 18000 acres they expect us to pay for.

NO THANKS

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Posted by actionjackson on 12/14/2016 at 4:21 AM

Re: “Process to alter BLR annexation agreement begins

It's a real concern to learn the level of trust among City Council members has degenerated to a point where they don't keep one another informed about major studies as they progress. Some things may need to be kept out of the public eye, although it's difficult to see why this is true of this study, but the Council members should have been kept up to date. To chastise fellow Council members for their lack of information when you're the one who should have provided it is arrogant and hypocritical.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 12/13/2016 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Banning Lewis Ranch study says new annexation agreement is needed

So what was the point of COS annexing 24,000 acres in 1988. we still dont have enough police to cover the city limits. nothing but pure greed. so why not de-annex it and let it become its own city EG; like fountain or security. or stay in unincorporated El Paso county. Developers will still have to provide infrastructure as they should. you want to build houses then you provide the roads, sewers etc.

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Posted by Dsand on 12/13/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “UPDATE: More about the AFA coach tweeting salvation messages

We're (I'm) not interested in HIS Religious beliefs, or anyone else's for that matter! WHO CARES? He needs to keep them to himself, and stop trying to proselytize. That he feels the necessity to have to shout it from the rooftop, is a sign of weakness and desperation; not to mention an attempt to prey upon the weak and fearful. That's what religion does.

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Posted by mbomcar on 12/13/2016 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Banning Lewis Ranch study says new annexation agreement is needed

The claims of the developers of Banning Lewis are without facts. Woodmen Hills and other local development has been done with the developer paying for roads including the widening of Meridian and Woodmen Roads with a special tax applied to pay for that infrastructure. The drainage control ponds were also paid for by the developers. Every home or business built in the district has to pay for tap fees for water and sewer. It seems as if the developers of Banning Lewis are wanting the public to pay for infrastructure allowing them to a better profit with ability to reduce the price a little bit to attract buyers. Those who buy in Banning Lewis should pay for their own infrastructure.

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Posted by Alfred Kreps on 12/13/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Banning Lewis Ranch study says new annexation agreement is needed

rich people rule and the rest of us... not so much. the p***y grabber president elect will give massive benefits to the rich and the rest of us... not so much.

enjoy the next 4 years... not so much.

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Posted by happyfew on 12/13/2016 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Banning Lewis Ranch study says new annexation agreement is needed

Privatize the profits and socialize the costs. That works!

Exactly what happened with the bank bailouts after the big crash.

Welcome to the new Fascism Economy!

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Posted by billd on 12/13/2016 at 5:36 AM

Re: “UPDATE: More about the AFA coach tweeting salvation messages

This was the equivalent of slow-pitch softball--not surprising that USAFA managed to hit a single, but they could've easily hit this one out of the park but just quoting AFI1-1 and stating unequivocally that they expect ALL USAFA leaders to conform, whether their paycheck comes from the Treasury or the AFAAC. Active duty AF officers and HEAD coaches and USAFA can have their own twitter feed and facebook page (many do), but USAFA and Air Force leadership need to continue to make it clear that if they use those feeds in ANY way are used to represent the Academy or if a reasonable individual could see those feeds as potentially coercive toward subordinates/recruits or negative representations of the Academy, then they need to be stopped and reprimanded.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 12/12/2016 at 7:08 PM

Re: “UPDATE: More about the AFA coach tweeting salvation messages

While the current Constitutional 'win' is certainly to be celebrated, it is also critical to understand that pending a sincere commitment by the AFA leadership to upholding the secular precepts of the Constitution, this is merely the latest in a series of battles to keep fundamentalist domionist Christianity from overrunning our nation's military institutions; active duty included. Lobotzke, the latest 'sacrificial lamb' will surely be followed by others, as he is merely the latest in a series of provocateurs attempting, bit by bit, to chip away the 'wall of separation' that keeps us from descending into the Christofascism that so characterized pre-modern Europe and which forced those who settled America to flee. That this is a coordinated effort is obvious since both Lobotzke and his AFA employers could not help but be aware (considering the extensive history of conflict with MRFF over similar issues) of the unconstitutional nature of the provocation. And, considering the profound Christian fundamentalism of the incoming Trump regime one can only expect the provocations to increase in frequency & magnitude and for the willingness to adhere and acquiesce to Constitutional dictates to only wither further. The fight is far from over.

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Posted by Rael Nidess on 12/12/2016 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Cottonwood gets good news to the tune of $15,000

Wonderful news!! The Cottonwood Community of Artists are such a wonderful asset for the Colorado Springs!

Posted by CeCe Beauchamp on 12/12/2016 at 3:06 PM

Re: “AFA coaches must provide "appropriate disclaimer" on Twitter accounts

You people need to get a life!...Seriously! The main complainant is trolling, trolling people who protect your country and put their lives on the line. SMH

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Posted by Leroy Fevrius on 12/12/2016 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Calling all city candidates

Robert:

" ...are there any who are salvageable, trustworthy, and honest?

No way do I have the hubris to make that call. What I want is for those who are up for reelection to have the decency to account for, in public, the fact that they cast a vote in favor of a measure which their constituents were calling upon them to vote against. Provably and overwhelmingly, the citizens of Colorado Springs made it very clear that they wanted to take the matter to a vote of the people.

That said, from my point of view, this one bad call is evidence of a much deeper concern.
Shouldn't we be far more disturbed by the fact that six men felt themselves to be under enough pressure to vote for the swap that they dared to do so even when it was perfectly obvious that they were ignoring the voice of the people? Who gets away with controlling our public officials to that extent? Is it individual councilpersons who pose the problem in Colorado Springs, or is it a private little culture of control by unseen forces with which we must do battle? Bluntly stated, are we willing to let the Broadmoor Hotel make our decisions for us?

"The three who are not up for reelection, should they be recalled?

Those of us who believe that a wrong has been committed need to hold up our end of the representative contract by insisting that Mr.'s Bennett and Strand publicly account for the fact that they voted contrary to public will. I would hate to think that the only way to hold them accountable for that one misuse of the public trust is to go so far as recall them. I think it falls to us to ask them, and to stand firm until candid answers are given.

On this one issue, to be sure, Councilpersons Murray, Gaebler and Collins can rest easy at night knowing that they did the right thing.

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Posted by doonya on 12/12/2016 at 12:58 PM

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