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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted by leloupe on 01/06/2017 at 7:15 PM

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

Anschutz owns the Gazette, so he knows fake news when he sees it.

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Posted by atomicbird on 01/06/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

I'm confused, as per the article, "The law also boosted the base minimum wage for waiters who must make at least minimum wage when tips are factored in from $5.29 to $6.28 an hour."

But Kanatzar says "he already pays much of his staff more than the minimum, and while waiters are generally paid the minimum, when tips are factored in they're his "highest-paid employees."" So....it sounds like this shouldn't impact him at all if his waiters are already making $6.28 or more with tips.

"Since he now has to pay waiters more, Kanatzar says, he won't be able to boost the pay of his kitchen staff as much." - Why would he have to pay them more if they are his "highest-paid employees" already with tips.

Did I miss something here?

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Posted by Laurie Vandenberg on 01/06/2017 at 8:54 AM
Posted by doonya on 01/06/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Save Cheyenne appeals ruling in Colorado Springs land swap case

With our country in decay by Billionaires buying favors from our Federal politicians it's disgusting to see our City Council and Mayor Suthers becoming whores to a billionaire! Hey Suthers....did he offer you a job ... you can tell us .... he already has US Senator Michael Bennet in his back pocket ! It's disgusting you have skirted the public process and input to do "The Bully of the Broadmoor" a favor. Dear City Council it us -we the citizens that have made this community what it is - NOT Anshutz. He is Johnny come lately on the Broadmoor also. You're so afraid of a little bad print press from this guy that you'll shaft the public. Shame on you REPRESENT US YOU COWARDS !! What's next ....gonna give him a reservoir with the same sheltering from public input.

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Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 01/06/2017 at 2:52 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs closes land swap deal with Broadmoor, opponents threaten appeal

With our country in decay by Billionaires buying favors from our Federal politicians it's disgusting to see our City Council and Mayor Suthers becoming whores to a billionaire! Hey Suthers....did he offer you a job ... you can tell us .... he already has US Senator Michael Bennet in his back pocket ! It's disgusting you have skirted the public process and input to do "The Bully of the Broadmoor" a favor. Dear City Council it us -we the citizens that have made this community what it is - NOT Anshutz. He is Johnny come lately on the Broadmoor also. You're so afraid of a little bad print press from this guy that you'll shaft the public. Shame on you REPRESENT US YOU COWARDS !! What's next ....gonna give him a reservoir with the same sheltering from public input.

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Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 01/06/2017 at 2:15 AM

Re: “Save Cheyenne appeals ruling in Colorado Springs land swap case

city politics at its worst! A strong mayor that sold out to the highest bidder. A billionaire Anschutz taking your land for his pleasure, or his guests. You for sure you won't get to have the pleasure of enjoying strawberry fields an open space held by your city for over 100 years. Thanks to this mayor and his crappy old city council and parks department!!

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Posted by el jef'e on 01/05/2017 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

A living wage is a human right and still in this life time I cannot understand why some resent and refuse that we all exist on this earth together.

The huge profits of an extremely few strangle the many. Complicity, allowing and participating in a socioeconomic system that allows some at the expense of the many warps us all especially if we do nothing.

Business owners small and independent usually struggle and often build "profit sharing" into their structure and these kinds of orientations are creating alternatives and supporting SUNRISE INDUSTRIES. Sunrise Industry's like solar and wind are more obvious in as a Sunrise industry because of energy need. Other Sunrise Industries that reinforce the infra structure think: roads, bridges, coastal ... and other concerns.

Businesses are and can be even more activly supporting "sunrise ideas" and "sunrise industrial growth" that put people to work and observe the concerns of the earth. It is cooperation that creates social ties, culture, art, belief and spirituality and so much more that makes may make us more "civil." We all have responsibility-individually and societally, I am the worse at this; I am working on this.

Those of us who work in the service industries have a right to make a living wage. I support the right of all to a living wage and the resources to support life, education, political participation and more.

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Posted by Robin Green on 01/05/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

Oh, I see, Mr. Bird. Everything is about name-calling for you. Maybe you think it helps avert attention from the facts. Read something academic--as opposed to late-night radio conspiracy theories--concerning supply and demand and you will learn that employees are in fact considered an expense; and with the minimum wage increase, employers are threatening to cut hours and staffing in order to cut--what was it--yes, expenses. Ask someone in business what the first rule in business is; I'll save you the trouble, the first rule is pay yourself.

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Posted by NotShy on 01/04/2017 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Tim Mitros is latest to "retire" with severance pay

Got to be a lot more to this story than appears here. Employees can be let go without cause in the private sector so the city must be offering sweet deals to entice the people that they do. Property owners are not aware of problems before they buy? The US Forest Service record of mismanaging forests is not a secret and building a home in or near a forest is a risk. Why does the city require certain roofing material and ban others? Fire danger. Build a house under a cliff...

We all know someone who works for the city do we not? Do you all have the same question as I do: How in the hell did you get that job??

And to those who favor paying more for what you already paid for: how are your roads?
Where does the Forest Service factor in when rain water pours down burned mountainsides and into the city? What about owners of land that are covered with asphalt or concrete? Motor City is lucky to be next to a creek? Their street is smooth as can be considering its location and that it was paved same time my neighborhood was and these streets are crap and are producing sediment in abundance.
If rainfall is a huge mystery then managing a city must be a nightmare. I know I am lost wondering about why "downhill" "downstream" are not being considered as alternatives then I see "EPA". Oh yeah. A strong mayor can squeeze the money right out of a budget so get the boss of the EPA to raise the debt ceiling. I will take my severance pay now, thank you.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 01/04/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Tim Mitros is latest to "retire" with severance pay

Suthers is a fool. He absolutely has no clue what a jewel he had with Tim working for the City. Tim Mitros went far and above his duties to help out flood and fire victims. He worked tirelessly. Let's see Suthers try to get someone even close to Mr. Mitros' dedication and work ethics.

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Posted by independentraghater on 01/04/2017 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

Minimum wage is no incentive for an employee to excel and it still is lower than it was in 1973 as far as the buying power of the dollar.
Restaurant (and bar) owners can drop the tipping scheme altogether and raise menu prices. Why should a waitstaff earn more because the cook is good? I know that feeling all too well, just as I did as a dishwasher too...way underpaid and treated as subhuman by the kitchen and waitstaff who went home daily with cash and clean outfits.
Business owner comparisons to CEOs is ridiculous. A CEO works for a company and its shareholders who expect a profit every quarter and if not that CEO is gone. Equality does not exist in the real world, only in generalizations. Bill Gates worth 90 billion?! Investors think so, I don't.
Pay a worker what he/she is worth and you have a good staff without problems. Overwork and underpay a worker then I advise you to not let them handle customer's food... or yours.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 01/04/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Local LGBTQ voices come to the Indy

Bookmarked! It's nice to see a friendly organization in an all-to-infrequently friendly world.

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Posted by Thomas Shea on 01/04/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Local LGBTQ voices come to the Indy

It is always a great feeling to find organizations that support the LGBTQ community. One of my favorites is the Pikes Peak Derby Dames. They are a women's flat-track roller derby team that is, not only inclusive of any and all woman, but also transgender females and anyone identifying as being LGBTQ. Recently they held a Skate-a-thon that raised money for Inside/Out! They are truly a remarkable group of ladies.
I am looking forward to reading this column regularly!! Finally!

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Posted by Brazalas on 01/04/2017 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

I define lefties as people who impute evil and bad motives to business owners and other successful people. You did that with " employees are seen as an expense that needs to be minimized". This is often the case, but not always, and less now than 100 years ago. With "maximum income ratio", both the need for incentives and the need for equality are addressed. With a guaranteed minimum wage, there is the constant risk that a business will go bankrupt; businesses cannot hire people who would otherwise add value to the business but not at the level of the minimum wage, so the people don't get hired at all. And the CEOs just keep on keeping on, increasing their income at the same rate as the percentage of raise in the minimum wage increased the wage of the entry level worker. With the minimum wage, equality is never addressed.

My son just started work about 2 months ago at a fast food joint. Although we are very glad he just got a 12% raise, we also know that the raise will come out of the pockets of the customers, and if the customers don't like the increase in the price, they will go elsewhere and my son could be looking for work elsewhere. "Looking for work" doesn't pay very well, if at all since he has only been working there for 8 weeks. I voted for the increase, but I think that "maximum income ratio" is a much better idea. But since when did the American people go to a much better idea?

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Posted by Roger Bird on 01/04/2017 at 4:51 PM

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