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Re: “Reader: We know where this destructive administration is headed

Leon Trotsky Lives ?

Socialist/Communist Dogma is dated, you go Bankrupt.

China has overtaken Russia in just 35 years by measuring Performance, NOT Politics.

It Takes a Market !

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Posted by frank1946 on 04/18/2017 at 4:50 AM

Re: “Reader: Trump is only playing to his rich constituency

As a non-rich American, I'd like to express my strong support and best wishes to President Trump.

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Posted by John Howell on 04/17/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Downtown Partnership makes room for more local food trucks

Regulations. Red tape. Bureaucrats and politicians stifling food providers. Fridays - Saturdays - 12 hours. Govt busybody BS! And parking meters belong to the City - not to brick & mortar restaurants - so why do food trucks need to "partner" with them? If food trucks are successful, expect the brick & mortars to put their own food trucks out on the streets. This will be a significant way to "revitalize" downtown. Lots of people don't want to eat at sit-down restaurants. They'd rather grab a quick lunch from a food truck and eat it sitting on a bench or planter provided by the City. Take a lesson from Denver's 16th street mall - close Tejon to vehicles and parking meters and open it to the public and food trucks.

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Posted by curious on 04/17/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Downtown Partnership makes room for more local food trucks

This is awesome. I'm especially looking forward to the food trucks downtown. Austin has a busy downtown street they close down on Friday/Saturday nights and have tons of people, bars, and food trucks gathering. I could see this pushing Tejon in that direction.

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Posted by Matt 2 on 04/17/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Reader: Whose nose is bloodied by climate change?

nice well written letter!! the science deniers and our grabber in chief are set to take us, and the rest of the world, back 20 years. we can't let stupid people make decisions for the rest of us... when profit out weighs the health of our population we are doomed.

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Posted by happyfew on 04/17/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Skycastle wrote, "...power over the environment, wildlife, education, and health was never given to the feds..."

curious affirmed, "He's right and all those who disagree with him are wrong."

Then, curious, why do you "thank Trump for nominating - and the Republicans for confirming - Betsy De Vos"? Education is one of the powers you, yourself, say is reserved to the states and forbidden to the federal government. Yet, you are okay with the feds interfering with the states to promote your pet projects, "School vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling..."

That is called a double standard.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/16/2017 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Tax resisters see movement grow in Donald Trump's America

Annual war tax protest in Colorado Springs for 2017:

Posted by Bill Burns on 04/16/2017 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

"...I, not so brave..."

Don't be so hard on yourself, curious, and don't sell yourself short. You are in this every day and I have never seen you back down. And you are one the few--possibly, the only one here--to consistently admonish anyone engaging in gratuitous name-calling. I say this as someone who is more often in disagreement than agreement with you.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/16/2017 at 1:42 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

"School vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling are the only means of raising up a generation of freedom loving Americans..." who will gleefully sell that freedom we love so much to Vladimir Putin!

I am only a member of the "ignorant citizenry," but maybe some semi-pro Constitutional scholar can explain to us which article allows Russia, or any foreign power, to choose our president for us.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/16/2017 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Strawberry Fields planning continues, county pact still alive

As the author of the National Register document that placed NCCP on the National Register in July of 2009 I would refer people to the Federal Regulations governing the delisting of any Federal Historic Place. Sec. 60.15 Removing properties from the National Register. It is a process involving as much scholarship and political effort as the actual listing and is time consuming. NCCP was admitted to the listing under the Criterion Recreation, Entertainment and Conservation 1884-1959. It is reasonable to consider the proposed use for the property is the same regardless of ownership. The rights of the owner of a historical property are also explained, Sec. 60.14 Changes and revisions to properties listed in the National Register. Under this regulation the Federal government allows changes to historical properties including the altering of a boundry of a historic property. This action would require a new submittal for listing. I do not see a benefit to the citizens of Colorado Springs, or to NCCP by depriving it of its remarkable history and the recognition the park deserves. We should remember in light of our recent fire and flood history that living on the edge of a National Register park dramatically increases the amount of funds that come into the area and the speed with which they are transferred. The delisting of any historic property only hurts the citizens of a community and the future generations who can benefit from preserving something that defines who we are as a people.

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Posted by Missye Bonds on 04/15/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Reader: Whose nose is bloodied by climate change?

Foolish statements of a crazy person.

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Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 04/15/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “New downtown Colorado Springs tourism project shot down

We all know right wing nut job anschut and all his developer buddies just want to own this city. Till the people of Colorado Springs learn to not vote for the R on the ballot and look at the person or persons and then vote, maybe the city will survive.

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Posted by Norbert Pirri on 04/15/2017 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Agree with Skycastle on everything he says about the Constitution. He's right and all those who disagree with him are wrong. The ignorance of the citizenry re the Constitution is the fault of the public govt schools and the socialist teachers who are brainwashing their empty-headed idealistic students, who exit the schools thinking that diversity, racism, equality of outcome, and climate change are the problems needing fixing so that utopia can be achieved.

I thank Trump for nominating - and the Republicans for confirming - Betsy De Vos. School vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling are the only means of raising up a generation of freedom loving Americans.

It is BRAVE of Skycastle to present this opposing viewpoint in the Indy blog, and I, not so brave, applaud him.

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Posted by curious on 04/15/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Choice of lesbian commandant at Air Force Academy stirs debate

Once again the Air Force is it's own worst enemy. Web are now over 800 Fighter Pilots short, with the nmber projected to grow. A standing joke in the Fighter Squadrons is "What is the difference between a Fighter Pilot and a homosexual? A homosexual has a future in the Air Force"

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Posted by baghwan on 04/15/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda


" Why must SCOTUS be right? If they understood the Constitution, why would the justices disagree with each other so often? Why would they ever have 5-4 decisions? "'re embarrassing yourself. SCOTUS is the final arbiter of what is and what is not Constitutional. If you don't accept that (and it's been that way since 1803), you are a traitor your own country and its Constitution. When SCOTUS rules, it is by definition the LAW OF THE LAND.…

When you say "think for yourself," what you mean is "reject the government." Sorry. I won't do that.

I disagree with a lot of SCOTUS decisions, particularly as they apply to the 2nd Amendment and campaign financing. While I disagree, I still accept those rulings as the law of the land. That's the country we live in...a nation of laws, not a fantasy nation stuck in the 18th century.

Incidentally, you constantly bring up 5-4 decisions. Those split decisions have EXACTLY the same legal effect as any 9-0 decision. Your assertion that a close decision is suspect on its face is indefensible.

Dissent is routine and protected by the First Amendment. But for those who think we are living under a runaway unconstitutional rogue government, I have one piece of advice. Find a country...any country...that is better.

You can't.

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Posted by Bill W. on 04/15/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Strawberry Fields planning continues, county pact still alive

Thank you for reporting this Pam Zubeck and the Independent.

It is just so. Save Cheyenne's appeal has legs and the Broadmoor knows it.

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Posted by Mur on 04/15/2017 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs City Council: Let's take a closer look at campaign finance

Was a new record set by Lathen and Jack for the most amount spent for candidates to lose? For what Colorado Springs Forward is spending, they could be buying up prime ocean-front property in Nebraska.

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Posted by R Wehner on 04/15/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Propaganda, Syria, contemporary art, and our reality show President

How is this for a conspiracy theory: Trump is getting anxious because Congressional and FBI investigations are narrowing in on his campaign's collusion with Russia. He has tried to derail the investigations with tweets about phony "wire tap" conspiracies, trying to send the investigators off on a wild goose chase, but these tactics have only served to delay the investigations, not end them. So, he cooks up a cynical scheme with Putin to get Syria to use chemical weapons, so that Trump can feign outrage and shed a few crocodile tears for the innocent children--whose blood is on his hands as well as Assad's and Putin's--before launching a "retaliatory" missile attack, so he can pretend to be at odds with Russia.

The missile attack is a great propaganda success, in spite of being so ineffective it fails to actually halt Syrian use of the air strip, which was exactly the desired outcome--that is, to look like we are attacking, without causing any real damage to the Syrian war machine. But it gives Trump and his ally Putin a chance to rave and rant as if they have actually fallen out. Because of this phony, but well-orchestrated, con job, people start to think Trump could not be working hand-in-glove with the most vicious enemy of our nation and all of humanity, leaving Trump and Putin free to continue their clandestine campaign to destroy American freedom and democracy.

Fortunately, the plan seems to be failing, as it has not stopped the steady release of damning evidence against the Trump election campaign staff that is now pouring in even from foreign intelligence agencies around the world. Unfortunately, this setback may serve to spur the despotic duo into even more desperate and deadlier measures to hide their collusion in the promotion of their evil agenda.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/14/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs City Council: Let's take a closer look at campaign finance

...Ahh to have two hypocrite Christians in the same SCANDAL , Amy Lathen and soulless Sarah Jack. Yes they represent dark money that has a hidden agenda that only benefits themselves..... GREAT ! . They do not believe in a Democracy they believe Billionaires should be able to control the masses for their benefit only. We have seen the greedy "Bully of the Broadmoor" steal Strawberry Fields from the public, having $10 Billion , being 46th on the Forbes richest Americans list is not enough. He steals from the poor using shills like Lathen and Jack. Fellow Citizens let us FOREVER bury DARK MONEY CANDIDATES in this town !!

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Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 04/14/2017 at 7:03 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

In his very first post to this thread, Skycastle called Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, a "vile racist." Fortunately, Wikipedia tells the true story:

"Sanger worked with eminent African American leaders and professionals who saw a need for birth control in their communities. In 1929, James H. Hubert, a black social worker and the leader of New York's Urban League, asked Sanger to open a clinic in Harlem. Sanger secured funding from the Julius Rosenwald Fund and opened the clinic, staffed with black doctors, in 1930. The clinic was directed by a 15-member advisory board consisting of black doctors, nurses, clergy, journalists, and social workers. The clinic was publicized in the African-American press as well as in black churches, and it received the approval of W. E. B. Du Bois, the co-founder of the NAACP and the editor of its magazine, *The Crisis*. Sanger did not tolerate bigotry among her staff, nor would she tolerate any refusal to work within interracial projects. Sanger's work with minorities earned praise from Martin Luther King, Jr., in his 1966 acceptance speech for the Margaret Sanger award."

Skycastle went even further, calling her a "genocidal maniac." Wikipedia says: "Due to her connection with Planned Parenthood Sanger is a frequent target of criticism by opponents of abortion, although Planned Parenthood did not begin providing abortions until 1970, after Sanger had already died."

Perhaps, Skycastle believes promoting birth control is an evil, and tantamount to genocide! Or, he believes he has no duty to verify biased propaganda, as long as it seems to validate his prejudices.

Given these egregious errors and distortions of plain, simple facts, I see no reason to give any credence whatsoever to anything he writes or says.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/14/2017 at 12:43 AM

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