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Re: “Southeast Colorado Springs seeing tiny turnout in city election

The data on the chart above was at one point in time - the ballots received/scanned changes daily M-F. The data updates can be found:

http://projectoneunity.homestead.com/2017-…

Posted by Staci6 on 03/25/2017 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Beware the Gazette after blatant editorials, mistakes

At least the Gazette isn't trying to run the Transgendered Queer perversion agenda down everyone's throats like the marijuana rag does on a weekly. Funny that Ralphie has such an axe to grind with a newspaper he worked for for several decades...sounds like a personal thing?

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Posted by Kipper Doug on 03/24/2017 at 8:10 PM

Re: “The camping trip from hell

Smart phones have turned us into pussies.

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Posted by Roger Williamson on 03/24/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Local letters on the Gazette defend Richard Skorman, urge voters to cast ballots

The second I get my ballot, I'm voting for Skorman!

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Posted by Judith Posch on 03/24/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Local letters on the Gazette defend Richard Skorman, urge voters to cast ballots

this is the fight of our generation... big money vs. working people. geezerette, developers and the big business are trying to buy another election. the rest of us need to step up and let the rich old geezers know they cannot buy the vote any longer. vote for YOUR best interests!! don't believe the fake alternative crap that is being printed by the geezerette. mainly... VOTE!!!

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Posted by happyfew on 03/24/2017 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Beware the Gazette after blatant editorials, mistakes

Why in the hell are the Gazette and GOP crowd here so afraid of Mr. Skorman?
Really, what is the source of their snarling hatred of that guy?

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Posted by OldCrank on 03/23/2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Local letters on the Gazette defend Richard Skorman, urge voters to cast ballots

I could not agree more that Mr. Skorman is being defamed over his opposition to the land swap, but I must complain about Jill Gaelber not acting on the facts to get the Land Swap overturned, see Facebook page COS Land Swap. The public is being lied to about the Swap and its appraisal and members of Council may not remain silent.

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Posted by Carl Strow on 03/23/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Local family endures homophobic and transphobic vandalism

I so badly want to do something for this family (and frankly put the neighbors in their damn places.) I just don't know what that is... :(

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Posted by Kelly Knight on 03/23/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Marijuana 'gifting,' dispensary ordinances pass unanimously

so in reality, they don't support business, or freedom

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Posted by Gary White on 03/23/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Local letters on the Gazette defend Richard Skorman, urge voters to cast ballots

Bensberg

I am sensing that the onslaught of this groundswell of negative attack campaigning, particularly directed at Mr. Skorman who has worked tirelessly for the community - has sapped the energy and interest out of this particular council election. And, that the mud-slinging is not playing well with local voters. And will backfire with Mr. Skorman winning by a substantial margin. And that your former commissioner associate will be looking for work a month after the election.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/23/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Local letters on the Gazette defend Richard Skorman, urge voters to cast ballots

This comment has no basis in fact and should be deleted from this blog. This is so off-base that a reply is unnecessary.

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 03/23/2017 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Transitioning early is beneficial for transgender children

This is so on the money. Many people assume that transgender children are just like other children, and suddenly decide they want to transition. For so many of us, nothing could be further from the truth.

Almost as soon as they can walk, transgender children will gravitate to their true gender. When forced to socialize with their birth gender, a trans-boy will play to rough, hurting the other girls, a trans-girl will be pushed, often into dangerous situations, their toys will be taken and not returned.

By elementary school, a trans-girl is getting bullied pretty regularly, and unless her parents are supportive, will try to hide the injuries and damage. A trans-girl may often get hurt on the playground, will be sick more often and longer. In some cases, these children are recovering from internal injuries that sometimes even turn fatal. Their parents still see them as a boy, but their classmates see them as a "Sissy"

A trans-boy often seeks out the other boys, and often does very well in sports and likes to rough-house with the boys. Unfortunately, because she is still a girl, the other boys may resent losing to a girl, even though she is so tough. With the girls, a trans-boy will often be isolated and rejected.

To survive, transgender children often become isolated, struggling to understand a world that makes very little sense to them. They don't know WHY they are the way they are, they just are. Often, transgender children are extremely and unusually intelligent, because of that isolation. I didn't like books about boys, and books about girls made me feel even more alone. So I read a LOT of non-fiction. I was reading at twice my grade level and by 7th grade I was reading engineering manuals. To be honest, I was looking for some way to change my sex to match my gender.

Puberty is a wonderful experience for a young boy, and a bit less wonderful for a young girl, but for a transgender child, it is a horrible and traumatic experience. Being told about puberty doesn't help either. Many trans-girls don't have testes until late into puberty, and when they "drop" it's like a death sentence. Some will even go so far as to try to castrate themselves. I tried boiling water, rubber bands to cut off circulation, and even a sledgehammer and a two-by-four. I've heard of others who soaked themselves in gasoline or lighter fluid and set their genitals on fire. There have been boys who have almost killed themselves trying to remove the testes with a razor blade or utility knife. Some accidentally cut the femeral artery and bleed to death.

Trans-boys often try to bind themselves, using compression shirts, ace bandages, and even electrical tape to make their breasts "go away". In some cases, this can lead to life threatening problems as well.

This brings us to suicide. Many transgender children have profound faith. They are praying for God to work a miracle long after other kids have given up on Santa-Clause, the Easter Bunny, Birthday Wishes, and Drumsticks. Transgender children never stop wishing, praying, and hoping for the miracle that will somehow turn them into their desired gender.

The suicide rate of 45% is shocking in itself, but there are factors that push that rate even higher. The more severe and intense the dysphoria, the higher the risk. The more opposition a transgender child experiences, the higher the risk of suicide. Many begin to hear about reincarnation and begin to see death as the only remaining option for getting the body and gender they have always wanted.

The WORST advice I ever got was from my father who said "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem". Being a severely transgender (transsexual) child, and getting no support from family, friends, doctors, therapists, or even psychologists, being trapped in my horrid male body was a PERMANENT problem. One year, I tried to commit suicide almost 100 times, including drug overdoses, lethal combinations of drugs and/or alcohol, walking in front of cars and trucks, and drinking/drugging myself into blackouts then starting fights with gangs that I had no chance of winning.

But what was most interesting, and frightening, is that I NEVER told ANYONE what I had tried to do, or that I was thinking about it, or even what I was doing when I did it.

I had two cousins, both transgender, who actually DID kill themselves. One gave himself the shot they used to put dogs to sleep - he knew the dosage because he helped his father who was a veterinarian.

The other cousin was taking lithium and drank a pint of hard liquor along with some sedatives dissolved into the booze. His liver converted the booze into formaldehyde and he effectively embalmed himself.

Both wrote their notes after taking the final and irreversible action, writing of how they had feelings and needs that they had been told were sinful. They knew they couldn't resist the temptations, so they took their lives, asking for forgiveness and salvation after taking the fatal action.

I know that both of their parents would rather have had them alive.

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Posted by Debbie Lawrence on 03/22/2017 at 6:58 PM

Re: “The fourth estate is in peril

I concur with the Smith legacy. I taught Alissa and Sam -- they never let other people do their thinking for them. Salut -- fight the good fight.

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Posted by schriendog on 03/22/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Reader: Leave the yard signs alone

Politicians littering public land with signs is the bigger problem, we should end that.

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Posted by Okiedokie on 03/22/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Update: Writers in Gazette have history of political consulting

A review of the Colorado Secretary of State's listing for Windhover Creative Partners LLC shows NO change in ownership or members - calling into question Wayne Laugesen's claim that he (and Scott Weiser) "left" the organization.

Perhaps Wayne and Dede could release the tax records for their business?

They certainly have not had any problem asking that of others.

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Posted by Matt Arnold on 03/22/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Update: Writers in Gazette have history of political consulting

CSaction video of the protest of the GAGzette: https://youtu.be/FbwN8PZVOU8

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Posted by Bill Burns on 03/22/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Dispute in Council District 5 race over false campaign claims

Being a 'political consultant' must be similar to being a defense attorney. Somebody has to do it and if you are good - you make great money. Which is the bottom line of politics.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/22/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Dispute in Council District 5 race over false campaign claims

Lying to people to win campaigns is not an attribute of a great person. Sorry. Schoolyard taunts? Why don't you read some of the libel put out by this "great person" and how she and the people that pay her have no issue destroying lives in order to get a few more votes. Sounds to me like she got caught committing a misdemeanor. Imagine if an opponent of one of her clients had a hint of a traffic infraction what Ms. Jack would manipulate that into!

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 03/22/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Transitioning early is beneficial for transgender children

Thanks @heidi - great article!

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Posted by Kelly Cummings Snyder on 03/22/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Dispute in Council District 5 race over false campaign claims

Mr. Miller, Have to respond. Sarah Jack is indeed a political consultant . . . and a great person that gives her time and energy to making our community better. Sorry you took the next step down for local political discourse by calling names like this is some schoolyard taunt.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 03/22/2017 at 10:14 AM

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