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Re: “'Gap' on I-25 now a 'top priority'

The problem is that the "gap" AKA: "Worm Hole" is almost entirely in DRCOG instead of PPAG and DRCOG is focussed on immediate Denver. Further DRCOG might better be called DR CLOG with respect to auto traffic as its dream is a mass transit world based on light rail and bikes.

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Posted by Merlin Klotz on 12/23/2016 at 3:49 AM

Re: “'Gap' on I-25 now a 'top priority'

So when the hell are the gonna start it

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Posted by Brandon Graczyk on 12/22/2016 at 10:37 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Senior staff at PPACG placed on indefinite leave

What's wrong with this picture?

Don't plan on I-25 being widened anytime soon...

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 12/22/2016 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Homeless locals share their most prized possessions

Thanks so much for wanting to help. There are so many worthy nonprofits in our community. Many of them are a part of our Indy Give! campaign (https://indygive.com/nonprofits/) this year and I know they would use your gift wisely. Catholic Charities (http://www.ccharitiescc.org/) is also a great local nonprofit that was willing to help us with this story and that provides a lot of our needy neighbors with the basics, such as hot meals.

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Posted by J. Adrian Stanley on 12/22/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Transparency and the Drake report, saving the trout, and more

Phillip Babbitt's letter is a very powerful letter. It should be read by everyone who lives in Colorado Springs and should be alarming.

This letter does not surprise me, I left Colorado Springs just over two years ago because I could no longer live among you folks. I moved to Vermont, spent two years there, Vermont rocks! I then moved to Maine for an employment offer, Maine is sweet, not as sweet as Vermont, but the folks in Maine are very friendly, accepting and the coast line is amazing.

I also believe what Mr. Babbitt is saying is one of the reasons your CC Tigers has fallen from a perennial NCAA tournament team, to one of the worst in D-1 hockey.

For a young person, Colorado Springs, the nasty right wing religion, the hatred of gay and lesbian folks that is so widespread does not seem like a fun place to live or go to school. So, young hockey talent is going elsewhere.

What young person wants to move to a city where they are going to be bombarded with extreme right wing comments, having to see open carry guns all over the place and having your right wing religion (it's not Christian) shoved into their faces. Just look at what is going on at the Air Force Academy.

Young people who do go to school there like Mr. Babbitt are going elsewhere once they graduate. Your town is not fun, your town and the majority of folks there are just nasty, angry folks, I didn't want to live around you folks anymore and I am 61, you are not an enlightening place where most young people like to live.

Unfortunately, I am convinced, you will not hear Mr. Babbitt as you will not hear me.

My suggestion to Mr. Babbitt and all the folks who hate living in Colorado Springs as much as I did...the northeast ROCKS!!!

People here are accepting, happy and fun to be around. It is beautiful here, you must come and see the fall foliage, and there is love here, unlike the anger and hate so prevalent in your city.

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Posted by Lil Mick on 12/22/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Homeless locals share their most prized possessions

Thank you for the article and photographs. If the public reads this and wants to help in some way, what would you suggest?

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Posted by maui1970 on 12/22/2016 at 7:33 AM

Re: “The Beach Boys' Mike Love weather surf, drugs and rock 'n' roll

He's still an asshole. Praises the fact that Brian mentions him positively in his press stories and yet Mike always likes to have a dig at his far more talented cousins in every interview.

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Posted by Andrew McIntyre on 12/22/2016 at 12:43 AM

Re: “More on mPACT, the local federal action coalition

Very small.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 12/21/2016 at 9:23 PM

Re: “More on mPACT, the local federal action coalition

Transparency is non-existent only when citizens don't demand it. This idea of a powerless electorate is nonsense, as the election of Donald Trump showed. I'm not a particular fan of Jill Gaebler but she's right on this issue. It's the Hans Christian Andersen story of the emperor's new clothes -- the power structure all undressed.

The transparency issues really started with the powerful mayor/dictator concept that Bob Isaac brought to City Council and have grown since. It's a quirky small town, no matter what the population figures show.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 12/21/2016 at 9:00 PM

Re: “More on mPACT, the local federal action coalition

'Transparency' at all levels of government is somewhat like the Tooth Fairy or Santa Clause - interesting concepts but non-existent. Colorado Springs seems to have been free of these kinds of 'transparency' issues up until the Rivera administration - and on serious decline with the current one of which Mrs. Gaebler is a part. The movement to fully fund a campaign to prevent Gaebler's re-election and replace her with a candidate more to the liking of the shadowy CSF group will most likely succeed - particularly with her getting under the skin of Beck and Finley!

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 12/21/2016 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Homeless locals share their most prized possessions

SOAR Caseworkers work with homeless individuals to help them apply for Social Security disability benefits. We advocate for & journey with our clients during the initial & recon applications. Your state Coalition to End Homelessness should be able to direct you to them. If you don't have a SOAR Program - your area needs one!!!

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Posted by Meg McBride Stuart on 12/21/2016 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Springs math teacher sues the state to vote his conscience as a member of the Electoral College

And don't forget - there are more of us than there are of them! You don't lose until you quit.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/21/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Homeless street paper will launch January 1

Hi this is Raven from the Echo and we will be offering subscriptions for donations if someone would like to get a monthly subscription

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Posted by Raven Canon on 12/21/2016 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Chancellor to retire, Save Cheyenne vows appeal, and more

Thank you once again Pam, for your concise and factual wrap-up of the efforts taken on behalf of North Cheyenne Canon Park and Strawberry Fields thus far. A fresh perspective is never a bad thing.
We all know what the stalwart voters in 1885 meant to do. That someone a century later should choose to subvert those intentions for the sake of money shouldn't surprise anyone. A sense of unease brought on by this end run around the wishes of both present day and long-dead voters is best felt by people who care. Those who do not care very likely feel nothing other than the heft of good old American dollars in their pockets. As if money can compare to the betrayal of public trust.

In our country, under current social norms, it is lawfully held that violating the spirit of the law while adhering to the letter of the law is unfair.

Consider these synonyms for the word unfair:
unjust, inequitable, prejudiced, biased, discriminatory, one-sided, unequal, uneven, unbalanced, partisan, inconsiderate, thoughtless, insensitive, selfish, spiteful, mean, undeserved, unmerited, unreasonable,unjustified, unsporting, dirty, underhanded and dishonorable.

No wonder Mayor Suthers didn't list the Broadmoor Land Swap among his list of achievements in 2016.

Posted by doonya on 12/21/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Stormy weather: A winter playlist

Omg, just cause you know Kate Bush, and you're in Colorado, you are my new Hero!! I got to see her in England two years ago, it was amazing!! I live in Aurora. Thank you, the LP 50 Words For Snow is beautiful. She is underrated here in the US and is one of the most influential, extremely talented vocalists, an amazing composer, and one of the best lyricists of our times. The US needs to get it together. This Woman's Work is awesome!!

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Posted by KG on 12/21/2016 at 10:54 AM

Re: “More on mPACT, the local federal action coalition

Jill Gaebler is spot on in her argument. City government, the mayor, utilities, and all the entities that impact actions taken on behalf of citizens must realize the need for more, rather than less transparency. That may make their actions fall outside their comfort zones but that is the purpose of transparency -- to make public officials think before they act.

The peripheral organizations have to understand that when they act with a public agency, they take on a public role, like it or not. It's basic civics.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 12/21/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Berian's saga takes him to Rio for the Olympics

Berian, who was an unsponsored runner working at a McDonalds inside a Colorado Springs Wal-Mart two years ago, ran 1:46.15 in a race won by world record holder David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya in 1:42.15. Rudisha set his world record four years ago at the London Olympics.

American Clayton Murphy was the surprise bronze medalist, finishing in 1:42.93.

Posted by skyrunner on 12/21/2016 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Homeless locals share their most prized possessions

Thank you for doing this article. I was homeless for years here, until finally getting SSI with the help of others. I'm no longer homeless, but their plight remains in my heart, as it will throughout the rest of my life.
More stories, showing that many homeless are NOT drug-addicts or leeches are in dire need. Far too many folks are getting ignored and left behind, because of the idea that they are all lost causes or worse.
Thank you for helping to humanize my brothers & sisters...for who else will?

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Posted by Cameron Stone on 12/21/2016 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Time to comment on cable franchise agreement

I will be attending the first one and plan to inquire their reasoning behind Data Caps.

I've heard defenses such as it assures that others with have bandwidth and ensures fair use... but that's a load of BS. If I can get my top speed consistently during peak hours of use.. then there is no reason that I cannot maintain and bandwidth usage of that speed or close to it every night and day when there are people sleeping or at work and thus usage is even less in demand.

Internet access is not a supply and demand structure, its cost doesn't wax or wane depending on how much is produced. It costs the company a set cost whether I use 500GB or 500TB. They give me a cap speed of [255Mbps](http://speedof.me/show.php?img=161221150654-1772.png) (This was tested at 8AM, but the speeds are reliable and consistent) which resolves to 31.8 MB per second. For the sake of easy math and benefit of doubt, I'll use 25MB for my example. There are 3,600 seconds in an hour and if I was to maintain my bandwidth at a constant 25MB for an entire hour I would consume ~90GB. That is 9% of my monthly limit of 1TB in a single hour. AND that is JUST downloading, not counting data uploaded (backups, YouTube, streaming, gaming, family photos to Facebook). Yes, the average person or young couple are not likely to utilize even close to that much data, in fact, according to [Comcast help and support](https://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support/internet/data-usage-average-network-usage) the median Xfinity customer data usage for August was 75GB. I could do that in an hour. I could do well over that in a day. I have.

Lets look at [Netflix](https://help.netflix.com/en/node/87), A single HD 1080p stream of Netflix can be up to 3GB per hour. a consistent and never more than 2-3 hours per night for a household of two would build to a monthly total of 270GB. Lets add a teenager in the house. Likely not watching the same shows as their parents and likely watching more Netflix than 2-3 hours a day. Lets assume 4-5 hours per day. That is another 450GB. Netflix alone for this family would already be 720GB of their monthly internet allotment. Or 72%.

Back in 2013 at the release of the Xbox One and the PS4 the size of the [average AAA game was 30-50GB](http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2013/10/31/how-many-games-can-you-fit-on-a-ps4-or-xbox-one-hard-drive/#1f7799914eea). We can use the median of 40GB for this example, not accounting for patches or DLC/expansions, it would be safe to assume a game or two would be downloaded each month as well. There is another 80GB.

YouTube. On your computer you can watch YouTube in 1080p, and this can use up to 66.63MB/minute, to a total of 3,998.06 MB per hour. Or about 4GB. Per hour of YouTube. Listening to YouTube red? 4GB per hour. Watching videos? 4GB per hour.

You can see how fast this will also add up to the already 800GB used data. And that was just a single couple with a single child. Lets keep in mind that in today's society of always on always connected we are getting pulled into more websites and more videos and pictures with our friends. We are uploading and share and seeing more about everyone around us. Oh... and Comcast/Xfinity now allows us to watch and use Netflix right on our cable box. That's great of them right? What they don't tell you is that it counts against your data and shows up on your account as its own router except the Make and model is "unavailable".

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I guess this kinda turned into a rant, but the point is there. They claim that there is a cap to allow equal usage of all customers... but if I can blow through my 1Tb in a day... did I impact other users? Are other users in a better position than they were when I was using my internet? When I know what speed is available in my neighborhood, and I know they have a speed cap on my neighbor to keep him at a lower speed, and my speed isn't even promised but claimed as UP TO*... how is a cap benefiting anyone other than Comcast charging me more? The hardware is in place, it costs them nothing more if I use 100GB a day or 10GB a day.


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Just did the math, If I was to keep my internet capped at 25MB per second for 30 days I would utilize 64,800GB. or 64.8TB. almost 65x my cap. However... to avoid going over I would have to take my speed and personally cap it to .384MB per second (1/65th of the 25MB). That's only 1.384 GB per hour. I am effectively given speed 65X what it would take to go over if run 24/7. Instead, the speed I am given, I am able to go over my internet in 11.1 hours. There are 720 hours in a month per occupant in the household. Presume a 40 hour work week for the two adults (320 hours out of the combined 1440) hours, and assuming a 8 hour a night sleep schedule another 480 hours out of the 1440 combines hours that leaves 640 hours of possible internet use. We can toss 3 hours of daily travel time leaving us with 580 hours possible time. But only 11.1 needed to hit the cap. Add in a teenager and the numbers become even more likely to hit that data cap because the usage goes up but the allotment doesn't. 2 kids. Friends. Family.

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As data usage grows, our dependency on that data will also grow, and at the current rate, it will be only a year or two before we are watching our home data usage just as much as we are our mobile data usage, with just as costly of fees for going over, except Xfinity will raise their hands and say "the cap has been there for years, we didn't change anything, you changed".

Everything is connected now, everything uses data, and we are charged as if data is a limited resource...

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Posted by Shane Gassner on 12/21/2016 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Homeless street paper will launch January 1

Looking forward to Reading this new publication! So will there be any actual places to get a copy, or will people need to try to locate a standing vendor?

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Posted by Pamela Van Wyck on 12/21/2016 at 8:28 AM

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