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Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

'curious': My comment was primarily directed at 'youth'.

Once again: it's impossible to know what homelessness is really like unless you experience it. I did experience it...and it was like a year-long nightmare from which I could not awaken. Bandaids did not come to my rescue -- indeed, it took a miracle to lift me out of the situation into which I had fallen. I was very lucky...and my life story is richer now having survived the experience.

I had no idea what it was like until I found myself living it. And unless you have lived it, you don't know either. Reading stories about it, talking to homeless people about it -- it gives you an idea, but you just don't know.

Not everyone who is homeless is an unskilled, alcoholic drug addicted head-case. This article mentions needles a lot but nary a word about bedbugs -- both of them, bloodsuckers. They proliferate motels and homeless shelters. How do you think you would find a place to stay or a job if you were a walking home for bedbugs? And that's just one example.

I suggest that anyone who really wants to know what it's like, anyone who really wants a earthquake of a paradigm shift: strap on a backpack and be homeless for one whole week.

THEN come back with your ideas for solutions to the problem. I already know you'd be at a loss for words.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Wish We Were Here killed as KRCC adapts to survive

What a shame. I am unfamiliar with the personalities, politics and backstory on WWWH. I am (was) a new listener. But I can tell you that from someone who knows the Strawberry Fields story inside out, upside down and backwards, the segment on the Broadmoor Land Swap was among the best reporting offered on the issue since the story first became public. I doubt very much that the land swap segment is the only broadcast of WWWH which was that good.
It's always about the money.

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Posted by doonya on 07/03/2016 at 4:21 PM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

I don't have to experience homelessness to understand what it's like to be homeless. I just need to listen to and learn from those in the trenches who know what works in raising the poor up and out of poverty. SERVING the poor - soup kitchens, clothes closets, day centers, mission trips - are bandaids - not solutions. Instead of providing ever more services, the helping industry needs to shift their focus to empowering the poor to help themselves. Recommended reading: "Toxic Charity" or "Charity Detox" by Robert Lupton.

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Posted by curious on 07/03/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “A teachable moment

If you ever want to watch the evolution of trouble, just follow Pete Lee...bedmates with the leftist embezzler and hypocrite Jan Tanner. Don't believe the hype.

Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “City tries to curtail use of Jesus in ads on bus benches

Yeah, that Mexican pendejo would surely know the right way to handle the homeless ARRIBA

Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 12:05 PM

Re: “City tries to curtail use of Jesus in ads on bus benches

Shouldn't this be under "ASK A MEXICAN" ???

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Posted by KitKat on 07/03/2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

To truly understand the problem is to experience it. Homelessness is an exhausting, hopeless, frightening abyss, and until you know what it's like, you really have no idea wtf you're even talking about.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Wave your bandera with pride

"I can't believe the Indy still runs this shamelessly hateful, racist, un-funny column"

In an age when people increasingly get their "news" on-line, hardcopy periodicals like the Indy and the Gazette have to resort to hip, "edgy" means to attract viewers, even if the results are the opposite of what was/is desired.

"have you no pride?"

This question answers itself in every issue...

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Posted by LibertyForAll on 07/03/2016 at 8:05 AM

Re: “UPDATE; City threatened with free speech lawsuit for Jesus ban

Yet another red herring. If Mikey likes it, then yes: the end game here is for Perdue to win his lawsuit so that bus benches can announce things like "Experience REASSIGNMENT SURGERY", "Celebrate ABORTION", and "SATAN is Lord". Yay.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 8:00 AM

Re: “5 surprising facts about homeless camps

Where else can people go when bed-bug infested motels on Platte are charging $100 a night? And I agree with Cameron Stone -- campers are too afraid to draw any attention to their sites, and in constant fear of early morning slash & burn police raids -- the type Josh Carrier used to conduct with gusto.

Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Wave your bandera with pride

I can't believe the Indy still runs this shamelessly hateful, racist, un-funny column -- have you no pride? If you're going to be so inclusive of this kind of unabashed hate speech, why not run a column called 'Ask A Conservative' -- it would be milder by far and funnier without a doubt.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Wish We Were Here killed as KRCC adapts to survive

Here's an idea, KRCC: do a "wish you were here" segment on the unsolved cold blooded murder of your former employee Jocelyn Sandberg -- or is she already out of sight, out of mind? How quickly some of you people forget.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 7:04 AM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

This town is truly a "great place to be homeless".... All the handouts do help a majority of the homeless in their efforts to get off our streets. Unfortunately, those freebies also enable a sizeable minority of the homeless who are jerks, bums, and derelicts to hang out in our community. We have lots of folks like this in our city but we do not actively support them in this way of life - why should we do so with homeless folks? Some agencies (not in our town) get to know their clientele and if they are not interested in changing their lifestyle, are OK with saying "Sorry, no more for now". This can be done with love and respect on both sides. I believe part of this problem is that "helping the homeless" has become an established industry here. We have a growing number of CEOs, vice-presidents, supervisors, and directors who have an interest in the status quo. The local industry has evolved into a grant-funded, slow moving Leviathan. Homelessness has a number of causes, and most of those causes have been place since the 1970s. It'll become interesting when sufficient citizens start saying "enough". I've been involved with several of the major providers since 1972 (helped start several of then, actually). I'd like to think we have learned a few tricks since those days. One thing I have learned is that endless handouts do not help everyone. I would hope we would examine other community's successes and try them here. Again, we are dealing with a Leviathan......

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Posted by OneMoreVoter on 07/02/2016 at 9:33 PM

Re: “5 surprising facts about homeless camps

More you don't know...very often ppl see homeless camps and start using the area as a dumping ground for their trash. Also, the Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful group picks up the trash in the creeks that were already there before the homeless, but the homeless often camp by those same creeks. Also, the homeless rarely make campfires, they're afraid of attention from fire crews and cops. The additional clothing and other materials don't create any more of a fire hazard than the millions of tons of straw, dead leaves and other forest debri already in existence.

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Posted by Cameron Stone on 07/02/2016 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Centennial extension, the state constitution, 'welfare queens,' and more

"Being ignorant is not a positive when you are attempting to revoke Rights of others"

Spot on, as those on the far-Left care not one iota about the rights of their fellow citizens, because if they agree with a stance or policy, they feel it should be supported and legislated to the maximum extent, but if they disagree, it should be banned outright, regardless of what tangible facts and hard data demonstrate and/or prove.

Such inclusive, self-centered, "Do what I say, as I know what's best for you!" thinking is becoming more prevalent in a segement of society that increasingly lets the gov't make decisions that used to be left to individuals, and is indicative of just how far we've regressed in terms of personal responsibility and accountability for one's actions.

"Mick" and "few" blindly dish out invective and disparagement during their irrational rants, then act shocked and offended when such verbalizations are reciprocated, further proving how little they actually have to say in their "all form, no substance" diatribes.

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Posted by LibertyForAll on 07/02/2016 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Springs Utilities board votes for status quo

Did Colorado Springs City Council make the correct decision to retain themselves as the Board of Directors for Colorado Springs Utilities? A one minute Quick Poll. Thank you.

http://projectoneunity.homestead.com/Counc…

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Posted by Staci6 on 07/02/2016 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Centennial extension, the state constitution, 'welfare queens,' and more

"Is LFA the old malcontent known as "tejon tech"?"

Hardly, but there's a reason you have to make presumptons like this to get attention: if you talked about yourself, no one would care...

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Posted by LibertyForAll on 07/02/2016 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Centennial extension, the state constitution, 'welfare queens,' and more

There is no debate on The 2nd Amendment, it stands as is. Gun control advocates have not been able to disguise their true goal and only fools would consider giving over their Right to defend themselves. Nobody protects you but you.
As the spokesman for every firearm owner I have been appointed to make this offer: We will sell our firearms, all of them, for fair market value to the US government provided that all law enforcement agents do the same. No more weapons at all. The only firearms that will be found would be illegal. At that same time all 911 calls will produce the proper authority within 1 minute, failure to respond within 1 minute will result in "fines" paid to the citizen of $10,000.00, cash, period, pay up.
Anyone who thinks or states that police NEED weapons and cannot possibly respond within 1 minute to 911 call has answered their own idiotic notions of gun control and the absurdities they spew about something they know absolutely nothing about. Being ignorant is not a positive when you are attempting to revoke Rights of others. The best a gun control advocate can do is stay home, keep their mouth shut, mind their own business, stop being bigoted and stop being racist. As I said, there is no debate and no argument, if you want to stop violence then go out in the streets and stop it. Good luck.

By the way- there is no "epidemic" of shootings. There is no "gun culture", if there was a "gun culture" then when someone opened fire in a public place the return gunfire would be immediate.
The odds of being shot are minuscule and almost non-existent so why do some keep up their tiring BS? Money, control, power? Mostly, yes. For others it is just fear and ignorance. Stop flinging it around. Just because you have the Right does mean you have indulge it

And commenter "happyfew" trying to insult others only reveals their own lack of education and is the winner of "Moron of the Week". Try not to let your children see how lame you really are or they just might kill you in your sleep.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 07/01/2016 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Centennial extension, the state constitution, 'welfare queens,' and more

Old, wrinkled, subservient hags can only weep into their Ensure because they know they're a dying breed--literally!--and that the measures and legislation they'd support to tell others what to do will never get passed.

You'll always be easily-led, frequently-manipulated, and outclassed by all you choose to engage with here; my condolences in advance for your future embarrassments, but I look forward to contributing to them!

Have a good night; may the nurses be prompt in changing you and turn you often so you don't get bedsores and I hope the lobotomy scar is healing nicely!

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Posted by LibertyForAll on 07/01/2016 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Don't believe every No. 1 ranking for Colorado Springs

Ralph is right about these "best places" lists, they are based on iffy criteria and usually with no real research to support them. Those looking for a best place are better off going to Sperling's Best Places, look at multiple criteria that have valid meaning to the user and select a city according to their own needs and wants.

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Posted by OldCrank on 07/01/2016 at 8:04 PM

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