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Re: “CSPD withholds investigation of cop who cost taxpayers $100,000 in lawsuit settlement

*yawn* Boys will be boys...especially when it comes to the CSPD...speaking of whom, is anyone other than me even just a tad curious to know whatever became of former CSPD Joshua Dwayne Carrier, the penultimate boy in blue himself? It's been a couple of years now since he was purportedly moved out of Colorado and into an east coast prison facility for his safety's sake...and out of sight, out of mind, I guess -- surely his justice is being served *somewhere*...right?!? Well it ain't necessarily so. Personally, and even though I'm decidedly not his type, Carrier's memory nags at me like a abscssed tooth and causes me to search for and gaze at his face almost daily. I came across a relatively recent selfie shot of JD sporting a red hat emblazoned with $$ signs -- yeah, that's right, cash money, dolla dolla bills, y'all...and the many young men he traumatized would do well to avoid downtown Denver, where I spotted him not even a week ago working as a concierge for a swanky hotel -- I found myself gazing up into his unmistakably hollow eyes...his all too familiar face veiled by a full beard and mustache; but it was him, or his twin; nearly dumbstruck, I forced myself to engage him in small talk about the hotel's rooftop pool...catching my breath sharply as I read the moniker on his name tag: "Joshua Jones".

Well, at least that menace to society Doug Bruce is securely under lock and key.

We have all been served up a half-assed report on Joshua Carrier; the rabbit hole starts at Mind Seizure, the commercial haunted house JD co-owned with his mother...and the peculiar fire that destroyed the TV parked in front of his house, which reportedly contained records his ghoulish moonlighting enterprise.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/26/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “The Ritz, Golden Flame Hot Wings, Panino's Restaurant

I love Panino's! What's a total bummer is all three locations prepare the food differently. I live closest to the restaurant on Dale and Tejon and prefer to drive to the one on 8th Street. We did try the one out on Powers and got one of the salads we always get at the 8th Street location - spaghetti salad but with mostaccioli rather than the spaghetti noodles. Completely different salad and not that great either.

Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 07/26/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Local farmers market doubles food stamps — how do they do it and why is it rare?

You are right ThinkitThrough that Farmers Markets have been targeting those folks with money but I don't think this is out of some kind of bias or snobbery. Local food is pricey because you can't produce food sustainably at a cheap price. Small local farmers have to make a living, so they have to sell their food at higher prices.

This Doubling program will make local food accessible to low-income folks WHILE giving the local farmer a new client segment. Great for the farmer, great for all community members and great for the planet. Thank you Nat for writing this article.

Elise Rothman, LocalMotive, PBC

Posted by Elise Rothman on 07/26/2016 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Racial disparities persist in marijuana arrests

Whenever there occurs a general decrease in some adverse outcome, groups with the lower baseline rate tends to experience larger proportionate decline in rates of experiencing the outcome while other groups tend to experience larger proportionate increases in rates of avoiding the outcome. Correspondingly relative differences in rates of experiencing the declining outcomes tend to increase while relative differences in avoiding the outcomes tend to decrease.

References 1 and 2 explain these matters fairly succinctly. Reference 3 and 4 discuss the patterns that have been observed in Colorado and Denver as both have generally reduced school suspensions. Reference 5 explains the matter to the City of Boulder with regard to criminal justice issues and reference 6 urges the American Statistical Association to explain the matter to the President.

But statement “since 2012, marijuana arrests among white kids decreased by 8 percent, but increased among Hispanic kids by 29 percent and among black kids by 58 percent” (original emphasis) suggests a substantial departure from the usual situation where all groups’ rates change in the same direction. But if the statement actually means that the proportion white kids made up of persons arrested decreased while the proportion Hispanic and black kids made up of persons arrested increased, that would simply be a reflection of the usual pattern. See reference 1 and Table 1 of reference 6. See also the July 1, 2016 preliminary note to reference 7.
J Scanlan

1. “Things DOJ doesn’t know about racial disparities in Ferguson,” The Hill (Feb. 22, 2016)
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/judicial/270091-things-doj-doesnt-know-about-racial-disparities-in-ferguson
2. “Things government doesn’t know about racial disparities,” The Hill (Jan. 28, 2014).
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/civil-rights/196543-things-the-legislative-and-executive-branches-dont-know
3. Denver Disparities subpage of Discipline Disparities page of jpscanlan.com
http://jpscanlan.com/disciplinedisparities/denverdisparities.html
4. Colorado Disparities subpage of Discipline Disparities page of jpscanlan.com
http://jpscanlan.com/disciplinedisparities/coloradodisparities.html
5. Letter to City of Boulder, Colorado (Mar. 5, 2016)
http://jpscanlan.com/images/Letter_to_City_of_Boulder_March_5,_2016_.pdf
6. Letter to American Statistical Association (July 25, 2016)
http://www.jpscanlan.com/images/Letter_to_American_Statistical_Association_July_25,_2016_.pdf
7. Rhode Island Disparities subpage of Discipline Disparities page of jpscanlan.com
http://jpscanlan.com/disciplinedisparities/rhodeislanddisparities.html

Posted by James Scanlan on 07/25/2016 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Heading for the DNC in Philadelphia

Mike --

Hope to see you here in Philly, where my wife is a Hillary delegate and I'm hoping all the delegates remember the lesson of 1787: the need to compromise in pursuit of the greater good!

Best regards,
David O. Stewart

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Posted by David Stewart on 07/25/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Heroin moves far and fast across the West — including Interstate 25

Daniel Malloy: You do realize that most heroin comes into the US at BORDER CROSSINGS, right? The wall of your dreams will not stop the flow of drugs at Border Crossings. http://theinfluence.org/surprise-donald-tr…

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Posted by Bill W. on 07/25/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Venetucci Farm suspends sales until water tested

"To connect people with causes that matter by advancing philanthropy, creating legacies, and fostering community stewardship." That is the mission statement of the Pike's Peak Community Founation.

Venetucci Farm is a legacy that fosters community stewardship - plain and simple. The farm was deeded to the Foundation *to be a legacy in the community*. It is a living, breathing example of this mission statement come to life.

Closing the farm is a disaster. If the board members of the Foundation do not reopen this farm, they are showing the public that they are quite obviously ill-equipped to make good decisions with large amounts of donated money.

I hope that large-fund donors to the Foundation are paying attention to this situation.

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Posted by localfood on 07/25/2016 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Iconic movie mixes nostalgia with history

Well, I thought Mister Hazlehurst made an interesting observation, one that I probably would not have made, even considering that I grew up in the Springs only a couple of years younger than John. I recall NO kids of color in grade school, and maybe one or two in junior high. In High School (the first year it was named Palmer) there were some black and Hispanic kids, but I recall them as pretty much middle class. Being then admittedly quite naive, I was not aware of any racial tensions. The black guys I remember were popular. I don’t recall any black girls, but the bubble of white privilege I lived in rendered me oblivious to a lot of things. When I finally encountered blatant racism in the Army, it astounded me, and I had trouble dealing with some of my fellow “whites”.
Long story short… now when I visit my home town and see all the black and brown people that I meet on the street, encounter in businesses or live next door to my relatives, I must admit to having a feeling akin to the "warm fuzzies", a good feeling, not just toward my home town, but the whole country. Things have really changed, and if that’s a “liberal Utopiaville” well, I like it. And I’m not going to let Donald Trump and his dog whistle Republican minions poison my optimism by trying to lurch my country back into THEIR version of “Utopiaville”. It is as disturbing now as it was when I first encountered it.
Thanks, John, for the enlightened perspective.

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Posted by asawatcher on 07/25/2016 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Heroin moves far and fast across the West — including Interstate 25

Mexico is the heart of the heroin trade let us cut the heart out and BUILD THE WALL.
Make no mistake the WHOLE government of Mexico is in on the drug trade and Mexican Cartels are entrenched in every major city in the USA. STOP illegal immigration and stop drug trafficking it is the same highway that lets them both in to OUR country.

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Posted by Daniel Malloy on 07/25/2016 at 4:43 AM

Re: “Mixed blessings

Dont know much about Andrew Wommack, but nothing can be more evil than WalMart, except maybe Amazon

Posted by Daniel Malloy on 07/25/2016 at 4:39 AM

Re: “Broadmoor makes move on city reservoir

Once again an entity of the city of Colorado Springs is in secret negotiations with the Broadmoor. Why would the city want to sell its water rights to the Broadmoor? Selling to another public utility? Yes. Selling to a private individual? No. If Bob Issac hadn't pushed in 1979 for incorporating the Broadmoor into the city and purchasing Rosemont from the Broadmoor, would we be having this conversation? If Anschutz gets his way will CSU sever service to the Broadmoor? Why continue it?

Is CSU following the philosophy of Parks & Recreation? If CSU can't maintain Rosemont get rid of it? What do the rate payers get out of this deal? Shouldn't it be up to the ratepayers to decide to sell "their" assets? "When you need to sell assets, whether a individual, family, business, or government, you're in deep financial trouble." Does $2.5B qualify for "Deep financial trouble."

But let's cut to the quik. Sell the entire city to Anschutz since he's already nickel and diming the city administration, kicking Anschutz up a couple of notches of the "What individuals can own more land" category. The city government can be disolved and the city renamed Colorado Springs brought to you the Broadmoor, an wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz corporation. The city's perimeter can be fenced negating anymore fencing being built by the Broadmoor. Filling potholes and repairing bridges would not be high on his priorities.

The pesky city charter can be dispensed with along with mayor, city council, and staff. The police and fire departments can be contacted out. An Anschutz board can be appointed to oversee the daily operations. No more self-aggrandizement committees on what they think the city should be.

What would be upside of selling the city to Anschutz? No property and sales taxes because there would be NO city government. Anschutz can impose his morally bankrupt economic and political philosophy on those who are left. He wants a libertarian life style. Now's his chance. After a few years he can join the economic/political successes of Kansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 07/24/2016 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Iconic movie mixes nostalgia with history

This guy Tannim is either a really old crank or a 12 year old himself. The level of immaturity in his comments should embarrass him/her. I mean, "Hazy-hurts?"

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Posted by Deane Bobbitt on 07/24/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Commentary: CSPD operates under a veil of mystery

The his whole debacle of the use of taxpayer funds to bankroll police abuse cases is part of the problem nation wide today. The city should not have paid for this obvious case of abuse. The officer should have paid, and his supervisors should have paid. And the remainder of funds should have come out of their pensions. We need to end the police union protection of the bad police by ending police unions and reinforcing the Public Service aspect of policing, not the self serving, "protect the police at all costs" attitude that prevails in some communities today. That must end.

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Posted by Deane Bobbitt on 07/24/2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “I-25: It's only getting worse

Tannim - tabor? started by convicted Doug Bruce (not just accused) , that the kind of people GOP selcetes as candidates - Colorado GOP Gas tax should have been raised -- GOP costs us 1.23 when the tax to save would have been 6 cents. at least GOP Suthers helped raise taxes to fix our roads in Co springs

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Posted by apathetic on 07/24/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Diana DeGette

"state secret" reporter like sister - who damages gun control by making stupid statements about magazines that have no more bullets.

Posted by apathetic on 07/24/2016 at 1:52 PM

Re: “City produces Acker settlement document

This whole debacle of the use of taxpayer funds to bankroll police abuse cases is part of the problem nation wide today. The city should not have paid for this obvious case of abuse. The officer should have paid, and his supervisors should have paid. And the remainder of funds should have come out of their pensions. We need to end the police union protection of the bad police by ending police unions and reinforcing the Public Service aspect of policing, not the self serving, "protect the police at all costs" attitude that prevails in some communities today. That must end.

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Posted by Deane Bobbitt on 07/24/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “City funds golf outing

Disgusting.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 07/24/2016 at 4:13 AM

Re: “Glenn to address RNC, and more on that criminal charge

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Re: “Broadmoor makes move on city reservoir

Dont give our public & private lands to the Broadmoor! Our Mayor, and the owner of the Gazette, the Broadmoor,, AND 5,000 adjoining acres...are hiding the truth. Now they want MORE. There was NO VOTE to give our stunning Strawberry Fields parkland to the Broadmoor. Philip Anschutz & OUR Mayor DECIDED it was BEST for THEM. With unqualified appraisals, it was traded for worthless land 1 1/2 hours away. Have you seen the huge gates at 7 Falls? The public cant even drive in without taking a Broadmoor bus. They don't have OUR best interests in mind. They will LOCK US OUT. Demand transparency for our parks & water. Or let the Broadmoor take them away forever. Many are working to have a vote on this next April. Please See: SAVECHEYENNE.ORG

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Posted by barbara coast on 07/23/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “City produces Acker settlement document

ONLY 100,000 SHE NEEDS A BETTER LAWYER.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 07/23/2016 at 11:23 AM

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