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Re: “Downtown stadium off the table, new City for Champions project announced

Mr Miller:

Your heart may be safe from sharp pointed objects in the near term.

Within hours of the press articles re: the 'deathbed status' of the stadium/event center, Colorado Springs Forward produced an email blast to members in full support of the Mayor's efforts to negotiate a move of the World War II Aviation Museum from the local airport to the Phil Lane Property on Sierra Madre!

While many aviation museums feature only aircraft on static display, one desirable feature of these museums are the availability to have 'flyable' aircraft from other museums on loan to the local museum for short periods of time.

Trying to land a fully restored B-17 (104 foot wingspan) on Sierra Madre or Vermijo Streets downtown would be interesting to watch. The take off would be even more interesting! The sound of 4 Wright R-1820-97 "Cyclone" turbosupercharged radial engines, 1,200 hp (895 kW) each would be thrilling indeed!

Keeping aviation related activities located at the airport would seem prudent unless one is concerned that the entire C4C project, including the Olympic Museum is at serious risk and there are last-ditch efforts in play to save the deal at the last minute!

The Lane-Jenkins support group mentioned above (CSF) will be supporting candidates for four of the open city council seats in April and may possibly endorse a candidate for District 6.

THE CSF CANDIDATES

District 1: Gary Basham. District 2: David Geislinger. District 3: Chuck Fowler. District 4: Deborah Hendrix. District 5: Lynette Crow-Iverson.

With your background and time in office as a city council member, do you have thoughts on the benefit to the community - - in having a 'slate' of candidates all funded by the same 'special interest group' - and do you think the general level of concern and suspicion by the every day voter about developers will generate a huge loss for the CSF 'slate candidates'?

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Posted by Staci6 on 02/08/2017 at 3:11 AM

Re: “Downtown stadium off the table, new City for Champions project announced

"3 years was 2 years and 11 months longer than needed to realize that building a stadium and forcing an unwilling public to pay for it was a STOOPID idea. Oh, well. Better late than never."

Salient points:

1) The only reason it's not under construction is because slick politicians and their well-connected political and financial supporters GOT CAUGHT in their plan to spend hundreds of millions of local taxpayer dollars under the guise of it "being paid for by the state."

2) Even after they got caught, the same individuals and organizations spent three years and hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on no fewer than five "fake" studies touting what a boon it would be and PR promotion and attacking opponents as "divisive."

3) This is evidence that the City misled [lied] to the state on the existence of "base financing" for the project.

4) Why is the mayor calling on the General Assembly to modify the law and allow the same group of slick politicians and their well connected political and financial supporters to squander State dollars that could be used for role-of-government issues like WIDENING I-25 and instead funding ANOTHER downtown pet project?

Remember how the Olympic museum for 3 years was touted as a "100% private and state-funded" project? Now they're asking for $500,000 of taxpayer money and the taxpayer-funded "Conventions and Vistors Bureau" (CVB) is kicking in another $500,000 of "their" [our] money. Next, the City will have to commit to building $51 million in downtown infrastructure for the Olympic museum as a condition to get loans from banks for the Olympic museum. With interest, that infrastructure cost rises to $130 million. now we're going to repeat the process with another museum downtown?

Lastly, lots of people make it off their "deathbed." I'll believe the stadium project with taxpayer dollars is dead when I see a stake through its cold dead heart.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 02/07/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Downtown stadium off the table, new City for Champions project announced

This was a front-page story in the Gazette this morning and reading about the death of the stadium put me in a really good mood all day. It's taken City Leaders 3 years to conclude that the citizens don't want to use tax dollars for a stadium that has no purpose other than to make the developer who owns 19 or more properties in the area happy. Very happy. And very rich. The mayor has pointed out the obvious - hundreds of millions of tax dollars are needed to pay for stormwater, roads, and other infrastructure improvements and there's not one red cent available for frou frous. 3 years was 2 years and 11 months longer than needed to realize that building a stadium and forcing an unwilling public to pay for it was a STOOPID idea. Oh, well. Better late than never.

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Posted by curious on 02/07/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Skorman leaves Save Cheyenne, focuses on 2017 council race

All open space and parks advocates in Council District 3 need to rally for Skorman on April 4. If you're not registered to vote, now is the time!

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 02/07/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Bigots, racists and Dominionist Christians rejoice in Trump presidency

Amount of debt... Hmmm rich, wealthy, heaven... Such foolishness, I was hoping that dominionist christian would be defined in this article, what a blowhard.

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Posted by k okaymistet on 02/07/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Suppression is the goal of many 'free speech zones'

Typically these zones are designated by considering things like safety, impact on public thoroughfares and passage, business impacts, and security. This has been done by and affecting organizations of all political persuasions for decades.

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Posted by Dave H on 02/07/2017 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Suppression is the goal of many 'free speech zones'

CSIReader:

Apparently only "leftist violence" is a problem for you. Double standard, of course.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/16/politics/don…

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Posted by Bill W. on 02/07/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Suppression is the goal of many 'free speech zones'

From a safety perspective it makes sense to keep demonstrators and supporters from being too close to one another, especially since leftist violence has been rampant of late.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 02/07/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Two El Paso County jail inmates die in last two days

I was physically assaulted by an officer there. I have pictures and a formal statement. Do I need to file a sf 95 first?

Posted by Brian ONeill on 02/07/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

ASA WAAA thats the way it is. My personal thoughts on Trump are beginning to show themselves and its going to be a long painful 4 years. But regardless of my personal feelings it is what it is. The same thing I said to all the yahoos that didnt want Obama. In my opinion the only fair way is the EC. If ya didnt want him or Bush in office find someone that will appeal to everyone in this Country. Someone that can get the EC votes so every voice can be heard. You gripe because your person got more votes and lost the election well everyone in the less populated parts of this Country would gripe if they lost every election. How else would you or anyone else make it happen without someone getting the short end? Get over it man fight and voice your opinion with what were working with not what you think should be. Should be wont get a thing done.

Posted by Rocky Smith on 02/06/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Trump's beachheads and the War on Facts

alternative reality is the new administrations objective...

greaaaaaat!

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Posted by happyfew on 02/06/2017 at 8:50 AM

Re: “UPATE: Did dinosaurs and humans co-exist? Flier at USAFA says yes.

Discovery "news" is theocratic propoganda. It wouldn't pass a basic 6th grade level quality test for website reliability. The people publishing this psuedo-scientific garbage are not scientists. It's a guy named Chuck Anderson (no scientific credentials) publishing out of his basement- a clear sign of how desperate the evangelical movement has become. If seen in public, grab this cultist crap and throw it in the trash- where it belongs.

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Posted by cheshirecats on 02/05/2017 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Trump's beachheads and the War on Facts

So are you looking for comments in regard to stories because I have many that I have vetted that don't seem to be making any kind of coverage at all. I am very concerned about CNN and other cable news channels and Backpage stories of what I would consider significant corrupt indications power politics that we need to focus attention on if we want to make this country better. What is this column willing to do about that.?

Posted by gsteidinger on 02/05/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

Rocky Smith writes:
"The only way the smaller population can have a say about that seat is the EC."

Well, we just watched "the smaller population" select the President. We watched as "the smaller population" was allowed to pick the President in 2000. After those two debacles, why would any reasonable person continue to think that the President of All of us should (again?) be selected by a minority number of voters?
ALL Americans should have a say in who our President is, not just "the smaller population".
We don't need your redundant lecture about the organization of our government.
We need to have a democratic vote wherein ALL Americans have equal representation when we choose a person to fill the ONLY office that represents ALL Americans.
There is no longer any rational reason for the Electoral College to continue to exist in 21st Century America.
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And thanks, Mr. K, for pointing out the irony of Hamilton's advocacy for the EC. The very condition Hamilton sought to prevent via the EC has come to pass BECAUSE of the EC.

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Posted by asawatcher on 02/05/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

ASA Did I not say those were not States? Also Representation in Congress is already voted on by a Democratic vote by State were not talking of Congress were talking the office of President. One seat the top seat at a massive table of 3 branches of Govenment. The only way the smaller population can have a say about that seat is the EC. The only seat that is elected by the EC. They at one time allowed Congress to pick the President and vice President. Now we the people vote by State with so many electoral votes then those votes are calculated to pick the two who sit at the top seat. The President represents all of us Congress represents each State. Two different things, two different parts of Government. Congress and the President get to pick our Justice thats the 3rd part of our Government we dont get a vote on them.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 02/05/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

I find it ironic that the institution designed originally to prevent a demagogue from ever becoming president, instead facilitated it.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/04/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Make Colorado great again

Boulder's population is growing at a much slower rate than Colorado Springs, and yet, its economy continues to diversify and attract new business. Remember the scorn that Colorado Springs elite heaped on Boulder for its growth boundaries, and yet:

Foodies Know: Boulder Has Become a Hub for New Producers
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/busines…

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Posted by leloupe on 02/04/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

Rocky Smith writes:
"I disagree with you about the EC then the States with the most population would win every election."

No, WITHOUT the EC the PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE with the most VOTES would win elections.
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"Thats why the EC was put in place so the voters in Wyoming and Montana and Alaska still have a voice."

Wyoming, Montana and Alaska did not exist when the EC was put in place.
The Founders had NO idea how many States there would be, or how the nation's population would be dispersed.
The idea that each State, regardless of population, would have adequate representation was accommodated by each state having TWO Senators. The EC was NOT inserted into the Constitution to give greater voice to States with small populations.
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"that was the intention so small populations around our Country still have a voice."

Every Individual American should have an EQUAL voice in the selection of the ONLY office that represents ALL Americans, not some amalgamation of population created by arbitrary lines drawn on a map.
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"I don't want that voice taken from anyone in America no matter who it puts in the White House."

The EC LITERALLY disenfranchised MOST of the voters in the last Presidential Election, and youre worried about the MINORITY of voters not having a voice? Really?

In 21st Century America, the issues facing any U.S. Administration (the Presidency) are issues concerning ALL Americans. We no longer live in a world where news and information travel at the speed a horse.
The EC is an anachronism, a dead albatross, hanging from the neck of our aspirations for democracy.

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Posted by asawatcher on 02/04/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

Asa We are with out a doubt both. We vote in an election that is without a doubt Democratic but we are Represented as a Republic. I disagree with you about the EC then the States with the most population would win every election. Thats why the EC was put in place so the voters in Wyoming and Montana and Alaska still have a voice. They dont have the population as California or Florida or New York. But they have a voice. We vote each State then calculate the EC votes. Now granted those were not States when all this started but that was the intention so small populations around our Country still have a voice. I dont want that voice taken from anyone in America no matter who it puts in the White House. I have very strong feelings toward the Rights to all Americans not just the ones I agree with but all Americans. Even those that has no idea how our Government works. That was what our Founders wanted from the start and I wish everyone felt the same. But alas the selfishness in this Country wont allow many to see the true intent behind the founding of our great Nation. All are Created Equal. ALL!

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 02/03/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Tim Mitros finds life after city of Colorado Springs gig

We all know why Mitros was let go. He was getting too close to the homeowners who lost everything when our City Fathers chose to KNOWINGLY get in bed with Developers and build homes on landslides. I am clueless as to why these homeowners are not filing a Class Action lawsuit! It seems like a slam dunk to me!

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Posted by mbomcar on 02/03/2017 at 4:12 PM

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