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Re: “Back in the high life again

I believe he found a house and a vacant lot.

Posted by Cathleen Meadows on 07/27/2015 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Ann Zwinger

I loved every second with Ann...Finding monks hood wildflowers. Serving on the founding board of Catamount Institute....traveling and guiding together in Baja. Currently out environmental education students are reading beyond the aspen grove and I have purchases some of Ann's original prints that will be displayed at Catamount!

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Posted by Julie Francis on 07/25/2015 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Mike Kazmierski: one job-creator's manifesto

Sam Dehne, Lt Col, USAF (ret)

Update from Reno (July, 2015):
1. Col Kaz's "winning formula" owes 78% of its Reno success to his
being able to NOT be scared and jealous of legendary Reno
govt Watchdog Sam DEHNE.
2. This is just the opposite of 99% of the bureaucrats and potentates
in Reno.. and especially the Reno media mouses.. who for decades
have terrified of DEHNE's ubiquitously Documented TRUTHS.
"He (Col Kaz) was (and is) smart, plainspoken and fond of voicing
unpleasant truths."

Posted by Sam Dehne on 07/20/2015 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Confederacy's confusing legacy

lektrikwire, is that the twisted distortion of history that gets taught to White Southern children underneath the banner of the Confederate Battle Flag? If so, good riddance to it.

Those 600,00 casualties were the result of the Civil War, not the cause. The Civil War was started by the South to protect the heinous institution of slavery. Abraham Lincoln was the Great Emancipator, not a tyrant.

I thoroughly enjoyed your simplistic analogy, except the husband's "abuse" consisted of verbally chastising his wife for beating the maid, and the wife's idea of a divorce was to pull out a revolver and start shooting at her husband.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/18/2015 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Confederacy's confusing legacy

600,000 dead and sovereign states in ruin is more than enough evidence to show Lincoln's Union was more tyrannical than King George's government.

The South chose to leave Lincoln alone by seceding. His promise to preserve slavery in perpetuity via the Corwin Amendment ... rejected. Any potential future claim on the status of future Western states ... abandoned. The marriage could not be saved and the South wanted out, Lincoln's political trinkets not withstanding. Let the North have it all and let the South have her freedom. But like the abusive husband, Lincoln stalked, battered and beat the South into submission and forced her back into his home.

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Posted by lektrikwire on 07/16/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Confederacy's confusing legacy

Thank you, lektrikwire, for your one-sided history. I guess you never heard of John Brown or Bloody Kansas.

Yes, Lincoln did promise to leave slavery intact in those states that already practiced slavery, but he was elected on the promise of preventing the spread of slavery to any new western states joining the Union. This would have led to the gradual end of slavery, an institution that is now universally condemned.

This "same yearning for independence exercised against England" implies that the Union had grown as tyrannical as Great Britain had been, which is preposterous given the South had a vote in Lincoln's election, and Lincoln's declared intention of leaving the South alone.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/15/2015 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Confederacy's confusing legacy

"As the Confederate battle flag is lowered throughout the South, and as place names, memorials and plaques are slowly and inevitably removed..."

Yes, just as ISIS destroys historic christian, hindu and muslim shrines that have stood for centuries. Just as Communists 'disappeared' elements of history and religion that predated them.

Lenin said to destroy a country, you first destroy the family.

If there's one thing the progressive left has mastered, it is destruction. Enjoy your white guilt John. You deserve it.

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Posted by PacksA9 on 07/15/2015 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Confederacy's confusing legacy

Each of us with familial ties to the war have our own stories and perspectives. Mr. Hazlehurst has his and I respect his right to it.

That said, I seriously doubt his Union ancestor decided to make war on the South to end slavery -- the North could not have filled out its latrine details with the number of Yankees willing to leave their families and go die to free black slaves.

And why should they? At no point did Lincoln ever declare his intention in prosecuting the war was to end slavery. Indeed, not only did he say, in his first inaugural address, he had no intention to interfere with the institution, he said the Constitution gave him no right to and he endorsed the Corwin Amendment, passed two days before, making the permanence of slavery explicit.

Mr. Lincoln's war to crush the South's same yearning for independence exercised against England in 1776 cost well over 600,000 American lives. If Hazlehurst needs to beat his breast over his family's legacy of shame, he should start with that bloody act.

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Posted by lektrikwire on 07/15/2015 at 4:16 AM

Re: “Lessons still unlearned

Carol Cromie, the neighborhoods do have coalitions and even a council. Meetings for community input are held and very under attended. Mostly because the people are listened too but not heard. Also with your ideals a community without money would just have bad streets and drive down the property values because you are asking them to pay above and beyond regular taxes.

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Posted by TruB on 07/13/2015 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Lessons still unlearned

Fort Collins and Colorado Springs are nearly identical. Both cities have a large amount of federal employees, both have beautiful natural amenities, both are the same distance from Denver and DIA and UCCS is quickly growing in enrollment and available degree offerings that can compete with CSU. So why are they booming and we arent? Simple. People in Fort Collins pay much more in property taxes and those funds allow the city to maintain its facilities in a way that makes the city attractive to potential employers and potential students. If you want people to want to be here, we have to prove that we give a crap about the state of this citiy's facilities.

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Posted by dp72 on 07/13/2015 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Lessons still unlearned

We could have neighborhood coalitions to make each neighborhood niche become more inviting, and the city to allow us to rate projects in order of importance... We need the communication of the community's impacted citizens, in smaller blocks,to address concerns. Storm drainage, parks and recreation and infrastructure to be coordinated with the neighborhoods first. If it's your neighborhood, and you passionately cared, would you pay more for that pothole to get repaired you crunch thru every morning? Would your neighbors agree? Would you band together with the next 'hood for the same project? Can we?

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Posted by Carol Cromie on 07/09/2015 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Lessons still unlearned

PacksA9, did you just visit Portland and San Francisco as a tourist?--or, did you actually live there for any length of time?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/08/2015 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Lessons still unlearned

New York City is not a fair comparison. Yes, it does have some of the highest taxes in the nation, but the city is rich beyond belief, and most of the money collected by the state and federal governments go to fund the rest of New York State and the rest of the nation. New York City only gets a small piece of what it collects.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/08/2015 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Lessons still unlearned

The questions is really how can we fix our potholes and problems when New York City who always had some of the highest taxes in the country has potholes everywhere and constant traffic as well as smelly trash on the street every night. we try to compare ourselves to others when sometime the answer is to be creative and try something completely new that has colorado springs written all over it

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Posted by eh on 07/08/2015 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Lessons still unlearned

John, you really should rename your column 'SSDD'.

Even you are smart enough to know how to solve your woes in a matter of hours. You pack your stuff and move to Boulder. Or Portland. Or San Fran. There are any number of liberal cesspools that would make you happy.

But then, what would you have to complain about? You seem to prefer living a miserable life as a helpless victim than actually doing something to improve your lot.

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Posted by PacksA9 on 07/08/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Lessons still unlearned

The sales tax increase is only a single possibility and yet it seems to be the only one that is being seriously considered. This region is facing more than one critical funding issue and if the past 40 years has taught us anything it should be that sales tax revenue is not the most dependable revenue source for things like infrastructure which need sustainable funding not just a short term solution.

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Posted by rms on 07/08/2015 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Lessons still unlearned

From Mr. Hazlehurst's view as a veteran 'Sage' with an historical view of the city:

"It's easy to blame our dysfunction upon the 25 percenters, the obdurate Bruceites who oppose any initiative that might increase taxes or grow government."

How important will it be to the future of the region to "Fund the Future" and deal with years worth of backlogged infrastructure needs? With what information is currently available as to detail on the Mayor's tentative proposal for a sales tax increase, do you feel inclined to support or oppose this measure? A two minute 'Quick Poll' is available at the link below to register your thoughts. These polls are a citizen-driven volunteer effort and those who have taken time to participate are greatly appreciated! Thank you.…

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Posted by Staci6 on 07/08/2015 at 5:15 AM

Re: “Long and winding road reaches its rainbow

One addition to the advocates of 1992, Regina Dipadova and El Paso County Health Department, founder and supporter of Inside/Out Youth Services since 1991.

Posted by Regina Dipadova on 07/07/2015 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Long and winding road reaches its rainbow

Accept equal marriage and move on. Stop the claims of legal loopholes. Quit twisting the wording and intent of future legislation meant to fracture equality. It is so frustrating and stagnant when civil rights win and yet some continue to battle against progress.

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Posted by TruB on 07/01/2015 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Long and winding road reaches its rainbow

No, I never thought I'd see this day come to pass in my lifetime and I'm a kid of the '60s.

Yes, it would be nice if Colorado Springs could evolve to be inclusive of all its people that live here, and put all this nastiness behind us so we can grow and increase our employment opportunities with new businesses coming to our more friendly community.

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Posted by guruD on 07/01/2015 at 10:47 AM

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