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Re: “UPDATE: Parks benefit Colorado Springs economically, study shows

Wow, another study presented that a tax increase will give everybody a raise. Unfortunately studies like these are used over and over and reach the same result those who commission them want with little or no realistic counter point or analysis of the alternative. They get rolled out every time there is a scheme to get voters to intentionally part with more of their money. How much money and staff time was spent developing this marketing tool for another tax increase? Imagine if these same bureaucrats, whose issues are almost always rubber stamped by a compliant City Council were allowed to hike taxes without a vote. Whatever anyone wants to say about Douglas Bruce, TABOR is the only thing between us and California-style runaway taxes. We have high sales tax here, but we can only blame ourselves for voting to do it to ourselves.

The CORA denial is ridiculous. There is no applicable denial under the law because the report is in "draft."

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 01/10/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “PPACG executive and senior staff on indefinite leave

Not a surprise. I worked there for 5 years as lead ombudsman. I told Rob MacDonald that a current supervisor told me "I wasn't as smart as a man" and gave me a bad review and denied a raise, after 5 years of incredible reviews. Rob did nothing and I had to contact lawyers for what i deemed sexism. The Administration here is awful.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sowa on 01/10/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs wind storm wreaks havoc

Is the Y.W.A.M. compound okay?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sonney Dey on 01/10/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Wommack's pathway to prominence

I am so thankful for Andrew Wommack and his boldness to speak the truth in love. I listen to him daily and I do not pay a thing for it. Having said that, I tithe to my local church...but I am being led to give offerings to this awesome ministry that God is blessing so obviously. I totally believe his testimonies about supernatural provision such as gas in his tank. I have had miracles such as this myself. But then, I believe God's Word and it operates by our faith. I know that is challenging for you that don"t live by faith but you will have to take that up with God. He is your real issue here, not Andrew. God Bless this ministry in 2017 as I know He is. We love you Andrew.

Posted by Beth Jacobsen on 01/10/2017 at 5:04 AM

Re: “Inmates riot over food

The county jail is a shit hole, filled with corrupt, and ego driven staff, black mold, shit food, and mice feces in the kitchen. How this place hasn't been shut the hell down is beyond me. Somehow this crap gets swept under the rug year after year. Never mind all that though, they'll just make it bigger, as they plan to do in the near future, which is only going to make these conditions worse because they barely have enough funding to keep the current configuration operating smoothly. The new Sheriff is as bad as Maketa for letting this shit continue imho. Instead he'd rather get his 15 mins of fame for dancing in an elevator. Dumb ass.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Danny Boy Van Sant on 01/10/2017 at 1:19 AM

Re: “LGBTQ community allies show support

I am disappointed with the democrat party I have been associated with and voted
For My Entire adult Life. The dem party at least as the COS INDY portrays it- stands for nothing but hormone therapy for pre pubescent teens with gender confusion. Shame the f-*** on you- i don't think 7 year olds have a damn clue who they are- I am going to withdraw myself from
The dem party- or at least
This shitty newspaper- if this is all they can focus on

Posted by KyleJS on 01/09/2017 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Will voters be allowed to decide on parks funding?

Since there are 4 of six district Council members running for re-election, they can only advocate for so many tax increases without risking a response from voters tired of tax and spend practices. All but Helen Collins advocated for the $250 million road tax increase.

A new park tax would be a total dupe like nearly every other "only for this" tax increase. How many times will taxpayers be lied to by politicians? In the last voter-approved change to TOPS in 2013, Council refused to a include "maintenance of effort" clause so the existing parks maintenance budget would not be supplanted by the increase from TOPS tax due to the change. Unbelievably, immediately after promising not to do so, Council did exactly that before the vote even passed--and reduced the general fund commitment to parks by $500,000 in the 2013 budget. The Trails and Open Space Coalition caved on that issue just as they did on Stawberry Fields.

Revenues have recovered from 2008, but parks budgets have not even come close to what they were. Why? Because the City continues to spend money on other things like...City for Champions infrastructure and siphoning of City-collected taxes to the Urban Renewal Authority (URA). URA funding takes City sales and property taxes that would otherwise go to the general fund for things like roads and park maintenance and instead diverts those funds to provide direct corporate welfare to developers. Council approved 2 new URA agreements in the last year to the tune of tens of millions and will likely soon approve another for City for Champions. Yet there is no outrage for this practice by the likes of the TOSC...they simply believe that we just need to pay more taxes and trust a pinky promise that new funds won't get shifted or result in a decrease in City general fund commitments. Then, at the end of the ten-year "sunset" period, when the general fund is providing next to nothing to parks and what was being spent on parks has been shifted to other corporate welfare expenditures, we will hear screams from City hall that we can't afford for the ten-year tax to sunset because the parks will have NO funding if it does.

Besides the unaccountable "road tax" that has rewarded political donors in an unprecedented political payback scheme, the current administration is pondering unilaterally reinstating a stormwater tax, asking for a 100% increase to LART taxes, going in debt for City for Champions, promising City tax funding for C4C infrastructure without a vote of the citizens and now a .1 or .2 cent park tax too. When is enough going to be enough? And what faith was shown when a referendum-directed purchase of park land gets transferred to one of the City's biggest cronies for business development? Just say no.

In much the same way that refusing money to a drug addict to provide a fix is essential to prevent enabling the habit, a resounding no vote will break the addiction of politicians to ever-increasing taxes and squandering of existing taxes.

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 01/09/2017 at 9:24 PM

Re: “'Alt-right' agitator Milo Yiannopoulos named LGBTQ Nation's 'Person of the Year'

"Agitator?" Note to Milo: if this rag is using terms like that, then you're doing a fine job.

3 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by John Howell on 01/09/2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Zabel, Johnson in unlikely battle for El Paso County Democratic party chair

Did I really just read that a candidate doesn't know a "damn" thing about politics and thinks book groups are how to raise money for the party? Wow... The amount of work that needs to be done to activate the middle of the party is staggering. Dems lost the presidential race at least in part because the voice of the left fringe is so loud that us in the middle of the road are completely left out of the conversation. We need a party leader who has proven skills to lead and find common ground for us all to unite around -- someone who knows something about politics and does not wear her ignorance proudly on her sleeve...

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Chris Senz on 01/09/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Will voters be allowed to decide on parks funding?

The survey results presented by Ms. Weigel list response by percent - can you post the metrics that show the actual number of respondents and the district breakout? Thank you.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Robert Gentry on 01/09/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “By the hour

can I just pay and not have to do the CS? the case is 10 years old and I work full time

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Posted by Gabriel Brice on 01/09/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs wind storm wreaks havoc

The area around our www.truenatureroofing.com office in southeast Colorado Springs has lots of damage from all this wind. Both sides of the fence in our yard blew over and several shingles from the roof are missing. This is one wild storm!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Aden Hochstetler on 01/09/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “CDOT accelerates I-25 project north of Monument

In case you don't want to look up induced demand, here's an easy explanation. Imagine you regularly wear L-sized pants, and you eat junk food every day and have a sedentary life. Eventually those L-sized pants won't fit you. What's the solution? XL-sized pants! Now you can eat more junk food and move less. Later on, those XL-sized pants won't fit you and you'll need XXL-sized pants. The real solution is not buying bigger pants, it is to eliminate the need for bigger pants. Returning back to the traffic issue, the real problem is that our cities are designed in a way that we need to use our cars for everything.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Matt 2 on 01/09/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “More angst over Drake scrubbers

Rivera? that long ago? thanks

Posted by apathetic on 01/09/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Will voters be allowed to decide on parks funding?

Perhaps we should redirect the current .1 percent TOPS sales tax from acquisition of property to maintenance of existing parks and open space.

4 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Jim Bensberg on 01/09/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Homelessness vs. war, Donald Trump, working for peace, and more

Rocky...you are correct, however, Trump is more than just childish, Trump has some serious emotional issues.

I am not a psychologist, I would love to hear a non-partisan psychologist's thoughts on this, but I don't think one needs to be a psychologist to see this. You just have to have eye's, ear's and a mature brain with a mature thought process.

Trump for some reason has not matured emotionally beyond the emotional maturity of an adolescent.

This explains much, it explains why the republican debate degraded to a debate on who's wife is the hottest, or who has the larger penis.

It explains why he cannot take any criticism, why doesn't care whom it is he retaliates for criticizing him, war heroes, gold star parents, disabled individuals etc.

It explains his obsession with tweeting out his retaliation to others in an immature and disrespectful manner.

It explains when a journalist asks him why not just stop the silly war with Cruz on who's wife is hotter and going after the other's wife, his response was..."well, he started it, why do I have to stop?" Any one of us with an adolescent child knows that line very well.

We have elected to the most important seat in our government and in many way's the world a child.

In my 61 years of life, I have never seen this country in such a vulnerable way as we are now.

Our country, our democracy will not fall from bombs from Russia, China, or North Korea, if that becomes a reality, it will be Mutually Assured Destruction. We would all lose.

Our democracy will only fall if we crumble as a nation internally.

My friends, we are seeing that happen.

Our partisan polarity has become so intense, we can know longer think like adult Americans. We have become blind from our hatred for each other and to the vulnerability we are creating.

Fellow American's, unless we pull together as American's and not republicans, democrats, conservatives or progressives, we will split to a point where we can not be put back together and our nation and our democracy will fall.

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Posted by Lil Mick on 01/09/2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Excitment over Coachella reminds the world of Anschutz’s ties to anti-LGBTQ organizations

Yeah, Anschutz one day was so anti-LBGTQ that he funded 200,000 (at least) to anti-LBGTQ groups. Then the next day, he decides he "unequivocally supports the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation"? Wake up, people. Anschutz is a very smart business man. He will say whatever he has to say to line his pockets. But what he says and what he thinks, I'm fairly certain are two different things. He only stopped the outward hate when it was affecting him negatively. I'm sure he will still fund anti-LBGTQ groups through non-transparent corporations and will still do all he can to make sure they hit the non-transparent walls he has put up. He didn't get to be a billionaire by pleasing all the people all the time. He just knew who to please and when. As I said repeatedly about the Strawberry Fields trade, he WILL get Strawberry Fields. And it looks as though he has. Well, the Broadmoor has won the trade. But Anschutz/Broadmoor is potato/potata. The appeals are just a waste of time and money for those that don't have either. Anschutz can play the game as long as it takes.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by independentraghater on 01/08/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “CDOT accelerates I-25 project north of Monument

Induced Demand. Look it up.
Adding lanes doesn't solve congestion. Never has, never will. This will, like all other road building projects of the last 50 years, be an expensive, short-term solution that, in the end, exacerbates congestion, eats land that could be used more effectively, and saddles taxpayers with expensive maintenance bills for the next 25-50 years. It will do little to solve the mobility problem of COS-DEN.

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by rt on 01/08/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Homelessness vs. war, Donald Trump, working for peace, and more

Hate to say it folks but its beginning to look like we all lost. Our new President is all hurt over the fact that our intelligence has proof our enemies helped him win. Aw there just trying to say I didnt legitimately win. When he should be saying I still won but lets not ever let this happen again. But wait he knows things. Right? Now we are supposed to pay for that wall he promised and expect Mexico to pay us back. Ill bet next we will here when they get there tax return they will pay us. Im going to drain the swamp but bring in the same ones that were ran out 15 years ago because they were crooks. Im going to deregulate the stock market but its not because I owe them billions. Damn people cant you all figure out we just elected the most childish man in this Country to lead us. With a shit load of childish promises. Why the hell do you think Russia was so happy he won? Biden said it correct "GROW UP" but I think it should have been aimed at the whole damn Country.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Rocky Smith on 01/06/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “CDOT accelerates I-25 project north of Monument

Excellent news for those of us who aren't in defense and can't find good jobs in Colorado Springs! Bustang is useful, but can't get you everywhere in Denver. Colorado Springs was bound to become a bedroom community for Denver soon anyway, given the economic activity there is an order of magnitude greater. For every new restaurant, new office or apartment building in Colorado Springs, there are 10 in Denver.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by leloupe on 01/06/2017 at 7:15 PM

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