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Re: “Fed up!

We don't have to re-elect her, happyfew. Jariah Walker is a great candidate.

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Posted by el producto on 07/23/2014 at 10:59 AM

Re: “The shadows know

25 millionaires trying to run things...the rich should run everything... screw the poor people. profits over environment, profits over morals, profits over education, just profit... everything else just gets in the way of a few rich people making more money. I have a feeling that asking for more money after rejecting recreational MJ is not going to go over so well. the rich newspaper owners will sure and try to make a go at it I am sure. good luck with that.

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Posted by happyfew on 07/23/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Here's Peggy

This is why I whole heartedly support Jariah Walker! He is a breath of fresh air and even though he doesn't hold this office yet he is at all the functions and actively supports small businesses like mine Her Story Café. We need him to represent our community!!!!
Liz

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Posted by Liz Rosenbaum on 07/23/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Fed up!

another whack-a-doodle county commissioner... what else is new around here?

I am sure this will help with our city's image... and we just keep electing this type.

"these groups are animated by paranoia on steroids" EXACTLY!!

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Posted by happyfew on 07/23/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “The shadows know

This is the third time this group has formed, each time producing little more than a new FaceBook page with each attempt. But at least they are trying.

Mr. Snider is perpetually confused at what is going on with council.

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Posted by Staci6 on 07/23/2014 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

Paul T, actually LED lamps are a common source of interference for radios.

Posted by Dave H on 07/21/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Network nightmare

The first hire should be a true system architect. You don't use managers, network engineers, database engineers, or software developers to design a system of this size and complexity, as they are experts in their areas but often cannot see the big picture. System Architects are expensive, but they only need to be here for a couple of years every 6-8 years. They also ensure you get a right-sized and secure system that fits your budget.

After that you bring in an IT manager to work with the architect on the initial and year-to-year budgeting and when that is done he can move on to hiring and overseeing your engineers, developers, helpdesk, and procurement staff.

Posted by LivesLocally on 07/20/2014 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Freedom by bondage

Tejontech I think your a little to uptight to haemorrhage a "redhead" avatar. BDSM doesn't lead to abuse and less civility, a world of discontented selfish people with no personal accountability do. When we create a culture of playing the victim and always blaming others the moral fabric starts to decay. We have communities of houses and no one knows each others name. We have social media that emboldens people because of anonymity to say horrible and disgusting things to each other. We have a lack of education and critical thinking skills as well. So all this is to say BDSM is not the cause of anything.

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Posted by David Gould on 07/20/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Network nightmare

UPDATE: Now that an editor at the Indy has updated the article to correct errors in the Independent's original reporting, (related to total city IT expenditures since 2011), The Ombudsman will adjust its comments accordingly... So instead of being $85 Million over 3 1/2 years, or $24.3 million annually (as originally reported) IT spending by the City of Colorado Springs is now $38 Million for 3 1/2 years, or $10.8 million annually. Really ? So everything is "OK Now" ? NOT. Blowing $10.8 million dollars a year on IT with no results is still reckless, and doing it with a revolving door HR management style, (The department has had four CIOs since 2011) seems like a "shoot from the hip" approach to city government.

And when you do the research on Hogan Lovells (The "Law Firm" that the mayor uses to run the city apparently), their local Colorado Springs office has 6 people... 3 Partners, 2 Associates and 1 Council. When you look at their background and experience... their Partners have experience in contract disputes, construction, business torts, real estate, and banking, civil litigation and litigation avoidance experience in construction/surety, real estate, health care, environmental/toxic tort, and general business and commercial matters, with specific expertise in restrictive and protective real property covenant matters, transactional aspects of bankruptcy law and environmental regulations related to real property. Their 2 Associates do nothing but commercial and construction litigation, and their sole "Council" staffer or "tech guy" is an ex IP patent counsel at Ramtron International Corporation... TRANSLATION: NO IT EXPERIENCE AT ALL. And according to the Indy report above as of July 7, the city had paid the firm $2,735,234 since 2011, including $751,298 so far this year, records show.

And now the Mayor wanted $2M more for IT ? Seems like we should have Hogan Lovells pay back the $2M they were paid for "services" from 2011-2013 as it seems we are not getting a very good ROI on our IT money spent. Where is the "work product" from Hogan Lovells ? What is their assessment of our IT department ? What recommendations have they made ? Or is the mayor hiding behind Attorney Client Privilage ? Looks like the Ombusman is going to have to file a FOIA request to get to the bottom of this emerging scandal and absolute misuse of funds.

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Posted by Technolgy Ombudsman on 07/18/2014 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Assessor fined, Pride Fest a go, Broadmoor to buy Norris Penrose, and more

Thank you Mr. Anschutz for purchasing the Norris-Penrose EVENT CENTER and the 10K seat STADIUM. Now the taxpayers of COS won't have to squander future sales tax revenue building the downtown STADIUM/EVENT CENTER component of C4C. Including the World Arena, COS presently has an overabundance of STADIUM/EVENT CENTERS.

Are the VISIONARY mayor and "city leaders", those gentlemen who are so eager to build a STADIUM/EVENT CENTER downtown, aware that Norris-Penrose was formerly owned by the county - aka taxpayers - but had to gift the property away because it was losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and it badly needed repairs and upgrades. This is a cautionary lesson in what happens when you build it and they DON'T come.

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Posted by curious on 07/17/2014 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Network nightmare

This is an absolute EPIC FAIL in terms of the amount of money ($85 Million) that has been spent on IT and technology over the course of the last 3 1/2 years. That is $24.2M dollars a year ! Are you kidding me !!! We need to have a complete audit done on what this money was spent on... hardware, software, consultants, lawyers, temporary workers, the full monty. And when this report is published you fire every consultant, and lawyer that every touched this cities IT department and sweep it all out and put an EMERGENCY OMBUDSMAN TROUBLESHOOTER into place that can clean house, who does not report to the Mayor's office, (but only to the Citizens of Colorado Springs) and can put in place a short, medium, and long terms strategy. This is an absolute JOKE !!!

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Posted by Technolgy Ombudsman on 07/16/2014 at 8:35 PM

Re: “A place in the sun

So great that Mayor Bach is encouraging new companies and young talent in the Springs - NOT!!

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Posted by MargRita Williams on 07/16/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

as full spectrum LEDs become affordable ballast will disappear. problem solved..

Posted by Paul T on 07/14/2014 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Woodland Park's embrace of outdoor education could point the way for others

I think that this way of study is just what our young generation need. They spend all their time at home, in front of TV-sets and computer screens. It has become possible to do nearly everything online, from chatting with friends to getting ready papers (for example here http://myessayservice.org/ ) But we do need to take students out of their rooms as it is not possible feel the smell and touch alive nature. I believe that it gives us ability to restore our energetic resource and gives new vision.

Posted by Chris Long on 07/13/2014 at 4:15 AM

Re: “Oh no, 'GMO'

Well Taylor, I'm not sure who employs Mr. Wagner--nor do I care--but at least he cites credible, means-tested research and peer-reviewed studies in making his arguments, and if you can find better informational sources regarding the supposed inherent dangers of such foods than that provided by the AAAS, the WHO, the AMA and the others he's noted/quoted, I'd be happy to peruse their findings.

And you do have a choice in this matter--always have, always will--if you find a corporation and/or their products or services abhorrent, then simply avoid them; problem truly, easily solved, and much easier and sensible that railing about corporate robber-barons and net profits you don't approve of.

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 07/12/2014 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Oh no, 'GMO'

If they are afraid of the label there must be something to hide - simple as that.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 07/12/2014 at 2:59 PM

Re: “More support, less government

Ironhorse,

The system is broken regardless of what side you are on. I was down there at CSF once and a guy about ripped the door off the hinges. I initially thought the guy was nuts, but the more stories I hear the more I have changed my mind on my initial judgement. I know plenty of men who get their taxes held and bank accounts garnished because CSF is behind on updating their system to show paid in full. It is jut a mess for either party!!

Have a wonderful weekend though!!

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Posted by Coach80 on 07/11/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Oh no, 'GMO'

"What this is really about is freedom," = YES!

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Posted by Alessandra Desiderio on 07/11/2014 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Oh no, 'GMO'

Hmm.. Robert Wager sure does devote a lot of time to Anti-Labeling advocacy. Check out his twitter page lol, its full of exclusively PRO-GMO bullshit (https://mobile.twitter.com/RobertWager1). I suspect he is employed by a company with financial stakes in continuing the lies. For example they claim "GMOs are no different then traditional selective crossbreading", "GMOs have been proven safe", or "GMOs are feeding the poor". Yeah more like feeding Monsanto's annual net income of billions in profit. Either way people should have a choice, even if that means Monsanto's bottom line is hit. Its sad that in our world corporate profits are put over the publics well being.

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Posted by Taylor Black on 07/11/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “More support, less government

Coach80,

I agree that they are a joke.... I have heard your story from several people needing assistance with same results! I'm on the other end of the statistical end of your story being that I've always paid in full and on-time until the agency opened a case against me and created one mess after another. Preventing me from just following the support order provided by the court. Once they bullied their way into the situation I've been forced to be in arrears by one cent each month. That is until they decided to resolve that problem, by reaching deeper into my pocket and assessing a cool new formula they have to correct the arrears issue. They do this by taking an additional $74.00 to cover the penny difference.

Thankfully I have found resources that have helped me correct the issues at least for now as I'm certain there are many others whom have had the unfortunate experience of trying to deal with these people with little or no success.

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Posted by Ironhorse on 07/10/2014 at 6:29 PM

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