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Re: “Election: All about the party

The mayoral election was bought and paid for months ago. The old boys will now be rubber stamping the decisions of their donors.

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Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 04/08/2015 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Chemtrails concern continued

You're exactly one week late with this article...

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Posted by ccfan on 04/08/2015 at 5:53 PM

Re: “'Fluff' news, safe and clean parks, pot and the press, and more

What is truly ironic, and more than just a little bit hypocritical, is the "Respect Life Director" presuming to lecture others on tolerance and civility. The movement he belongs to has not only threatened life and property, it has successfully carried out its threats to murder, bomb, and burn, in its own efforts to "squash people who disagree with their ideas."

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/08/2015 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Election: All about the party

Money talks Money always wins So nothing changes...

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Posted by Peggy Sziklas on 04/08/2015 at 4:41 PM

Re: “'Fluff' news, safe and clean parks, pot and the press, and more

Gregory Olinyk Guest
Rank 50

A multi-part question for the candidates, the answer to which will likely never see the light of day. But first a little background info:

Our City Council is being asked to work 40-50 hours per week to govern a $250 million city budget plus a debt-ridden, $1.08 Billion dollar, Colorado Springs Utilities (“CSU”) operation. At a salary of $6,000 per year how can we ever attract true experts onto the Utilities board, which our Council members also govern? How can we attract “youth” onto the City Council if they cannot earn a living and support a family?

Even in this tough economic environment doesn’t it seem wise to spend what would amount to ½ of 1% of our current $250 million budget or $1,250,000 ($100,000 per council member and $50,000 for one staffer each) to protect a Billion dollar operation? After all, we pay CSU’s CEO $250,000+ only to be stuck with a $120 million yet-to-be-proven pollution scrubber.

Would you support this? If not would you be willing to reduce your salary to their level?

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Posted by GregO73 on 04/08/2015 at 1:53 PM

Re: “'Fluff' news, safe and clean parks, pot and the press, and more

Mr. Carmody: They're not trying "to squash people who disagree with their ideas," rather to be treated as humans who should get the same service as everyone else, regardless of the beliefs of whoever owns the business. You've got the KKK analogy exactly backwards; the KKK also denied service to some types of humans and went to the extreme of denying those types the right to live. Christians similarly attack those who are LGBT.

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Posted by scubafox on 04/08/2015 at 1:46 PM

Re: “'Fluff' news, safe and clean parks, pot and the press, and more

John Wark's letter of denial is one to which I also objected. Here's mine:
At current emissions rates, CO2 is released into the atmosphere nearly twice as fast as it’s removed. Our "atmospheric bathtub" is filling with CO2. We must stop and reverse this because, at current CO2 levels, more energy is absorbed from the sun than is emitted back into space. That's why the planet is warming and regional climates are changing! To prevent further warming we must cut CO2 emissions at least in half, not just halt increases. Despite flawed "common sense" thinking used by global warming deniers, global warming is an existential threat to life on earth. Billions will die, more species extinct. The physics of the system tells us that waiting for "direct, incontrovertible" proof sufficient to convince deniers is not an option. More on this: http://www.exponentialimprovement.com/cms/…

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Posted by scubafox on 04/08/2015 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Hello it’s him

Bet he'd trade a little 'substance' for $tardom related to his real estate issues.

Posted by John Yungton on 04/08/2015 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Need a court record? Good luck with that.

Inability to access these records can only help lawyers and those who can afford them. Every citizen has the right to access these records and this shows another example of a public official that's too big for her britches.

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Posted by andyb on 04/08/2015 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Boxed Springs: a mattress debacle

CMR does more than just "properly dispose" of unwanted mattresses, they employ a segment of our population that most other businesses won't even look at. Giving these people gainful employment helps keep them out of trouble, it offers a boost to self confidence, it allows a dignity many in the system never get. It isn't just about where to recycle your mattresses, hit up the gofundme page and let's keep this business alive!

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Posted by emilydianebailey on 04/08/2015 at 7:23 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Official recall of Helen Collins started

Hey Helen two of your buildings in Kansas City were condemned, And the tenants were evicted by the city on your special day. I hope you get recalled and have to live in these slums. Stay in Colorado, we send losers like you to prison. Not elect them to the city council. You all are smoking weed obviously

Posted by Lou Zher on 04/07/2015 at 8:30 PM

Re: “April Fools, climate same, looking ugly, and more

Maybe the Broadmoor and El Paso County Parks could strike a deal using the Jones Park Trail for commercial horse riding adventures now that the County manages that "wilderness" area, thus impacting fewer residents and municipal park users at Bear Creek Park.

Posted by Donna Scheeter on 04/07/2015 at 4:19 PM

Re: “April Fools, climate same, looking ugly, and more

"A few horses" is not how I would describe the Broadmoor's plan to build a commercial horse stable off of Cresta Rd. and Argus, and anyone like Marge who has a bucolic view of this project is really not aware of its impact on the neighborhood and on Bear Creek Park. There will be 20 horses stabled there, and the Broadmoor estimates 4-6 daily trail rides of up to 8 animals. In other words, it is pretty much a "corporate takeover" of the public park, accompanied by a 7 day per week commercial operation with manure, horseflies, smells, noise, etc. underneath a row of houses. This will not increase property values, and in fact, a down-zone to Agricultural will devalue homes in the area and rob the school district of much needed revenue. The former plan for 17 houses is dead, that fellow sold the land to the Broadmoor. Now lets fight the zone change and talk to Mr. Anschutz about donating the 8.5 acre lot to the park and keeping it as open space, an asset to all surrounding properties. I understand he is a very generous man and he would get a tax deduction, win-win!

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Posted by prairie chix on 04/07/2015 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Need a court record? Good luck with that.

In fact, Clerk of the Court Lynette Cornelius declares that those records aren't the public's records at all.

"It's my record, because I am the keeper of the court's record," she says in an interview. More from her later.

"It's MY record?" Who the hell is she other than a public servant and a low-level one at that!

This type of arrogant attitude from a public servant is why we need to come down hard on the county and demand they make available to the public what is owned by the public and another reason why it is essential people as Amy Lathen never again see public office once she has been defeated tonight in the mayoral race.

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Posted by Staci6 on 04/07/2015 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Protecting pedalers, disgusting Drake, when dogs attack, and more

Phil, your letter is all about Pit Bulls. An aggressive pit bull charging toward me? Yes, I'd fight it off/kill it if I could. Same with a Rottweiler and German Shepard, I suppose. Maybe Cujo too, if he was foaming at the mouth. But some of the shootings were little doggies, not charging, not being aggressive and the shooter just took off.

Posted by showmethemoney on 04/07/2015 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Boxed Springs: a mattress debacle

This city FAQ page — https://www.springsgov.com/FAQ.aspx?Catego… — does suggest four other places to take your old mattress "for proper disposal."

Posted by Matthew Schniper on 04/07/2015 at 11:05 AM

Re: “April Fools, climate same, looking ugly, and more

more denier non-science dribble! yes it still snows in the winter and gets colder... the ice caps get larger in the winter and melt in the summer... droughts happen and persist and then end...

the rate of change of these events over longer periods of time is what is being measured by SCIENTIST! real scientist, not some bought and paid for petroleum company hack. stop listening to clueless fake news sources and lets start believing facts... yes facts proven by 97% of REAL SCIENTIST.

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Posted by happyfew on 04/07/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Gazette: concerns beyond pot

This town took a hard right turn when the Sun shut down. This was not considered a substantially more conservative City than Fort Collins or Pueblo until 87-92 when our news became monotone, and our politicians started wooing megachurches and evangelical activists, and developers were handed thousands of acres of new land to build crappy houses on. The aggressive takeover and shuttering of the Sun allowed the 'Freedom' Newspapers' propagandists to take advantage of a largely transient military population to pull the wool over the local's eyes and make decisions that the Sun would have brought to light and debated (and lambasted). The decision to woo religious organizations from other states like Focus on the Family (Orange County, Ca) and pastors like Ted Haggart (Baton Rouge, La) changed this town from a live and let live community with tolerance for all shapes and sizes to one of hate and ignorance. The Lotus Eater boutique was a LGBT owned business that flourished downtown for many years. They and the many new age booksellers were picketed and harassed by our new influx of hateful transplants. The decision to annex Banning Louis Ranch was made at this time as well. A decision that set a course for unsustainable eastward expansion and an explosion of capital infrastructure costs right at the same time that our local paper championed Doug Bruce and his TABOR fiasco. All of this Citiy's primary issues can be traced directly to the closing of the Sun and the inability for people of reason to contrast the propaganda of the Gazette.You may have been happy to be at the Gazette at the time Ralph, but it was a terrible time for our city.

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Posted by dp72 on 04/07/2015 at 7:47 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Humans not to blame for global warming, Utilities chair says

Go here to see a graph of scientific climate data over 5 million years: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_age#/media/File:Five_Myr_Climate_Change.svg

This graph shows "the fluctuating sequences of glacials and interglacials during the last several million years" (i.e., the comings and goings of many ice ages). In other words, global warming is cyclical over millions of years, just as Bennett said. He has scientific data firmly on his side, and those who call him a global warming denier, like Pam Zubeck, are in fact science deniers.

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Posted by David Peterson on 04/06/2015 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Gazette: concerns beyond pot

I think I learned everything I need to know about pot when I saw "Reefer Madness" a few weeks ago. Maybe the Gazette got its talking points from that play.

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Posted by Cheryl Murphy Barry on 04/06/2015 at 9:32 PM

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