Vietnamized: Since you are all about facts, could you provide some evidence for Trumps cocaine use? I'm not a Trump supporter, just a fan of logic over rhetoric and facts over baseless accusations. You are entitled to your own opinion... but not your own facts.
One more thing - if you disagree with me at least have the mental acuity to tell me why...and make sure you've got your facts straight. You are entitled to your own opinion...but not your own facts.
The only candidate that has talked about circumventing, upending or ignoring the Constitution is Donald Trump. I thought it quite clever that he accused Hillary Clinton of drug use when he is the one who should be worried about a drug test. If it were up to me I would take a hair follicle from each of them on stage tonight at the debate...then we could have a record of not just on the spot drug use, but recent history as well. Having been through the disco Eighties and watched the dry mouth and runny noses associated with cocaine use I would be surprised if Trump didn't test positive.
We don't need a reality show charlatan as the leader of this country. Tough talk is just that - talk. It takes much more to lead. The heaping piles of crap that have been dumped on Hillary Clinton over the years have been taking their toll on the more easily swayed among us. Goebbels was right - if you tell a lie long enough and loud enough pretty soon it will be viewed as reality...and then there's Karl Rove's 'perception is reality'. No, it's not, but it's hard to tell 'believers' that, because they 'believe'.
Don't screw up, America - this man is dangerous.
anyone still sporting a trump bumper sticker can no longer pretend to be religious, moral, an upstanding citizen, non-racist, non-bigoted, non-misogynist, or pretend to be anti rape culture. party over country... even if that party's candidate will lead this country into un-necessary wars, un-necessary confrontations with our allies, and the spread of hate, racism, and general un-civil and disrespectfulness that seem to follow this lying more than truthful, shady business dealing, woman assaulting, acting like a spoiled adolescent, only caring about himself asshole.
What this article fails to address is developing solutions for teen suicide. The article only addresses treatment AFTER the problem has developed to a point where it is a major issue. Ultimately, the primary cause for teen suicide is peer pressure and bullying in the schools. Depression and a sense of helplessness ensues thereafter. Our educational institute staff need to be trained better on how to prevent these issues from occurring on school property and parents need to hold their children accountable if they are the victimizers. The vast majority of teen suidides can be prevented if we become more actively involved in all aspects of our childeren's development. Whether you are a parent, friend, or educational staff member, we are all on the same team and need to be alert and quickly identify these issues early on and to do so every single day and stop it before it becomes a problem.
"...who owns a small business dependent on the tourism industry." Which is precisely why you want tax money to promote your business. I get that. Who wouldn't want government help to promote their business? Since Colorado Springs has a law on the books to help your industry, it should be all the more reason for you to want to get the most out of every dollar spent. Is sending Tom Strand to another state to learn about shared bikes and shared cars going to help your business or further "enhance the economy of the City," as the LART was enacted to do? Set aside your personal disdain for a moment to analyze what you're saying.
The City Ordinance (2.9.101) which instituted LART ahead of TABOR's passage, states, "The purpose of this tax shall be to attract visitors and to enhance the economy of the City and the Pikes Peak Region." This purpose has been hijacked to be used almost exclusively for tourism promotion. I absolutely did and still do unabashedly advocate for the contracting of marketing work on a competitive basis to determine that the maximum reach would be achieved for every dollar spent on marketing our City and region. Instead, we had the CEO of the CVB admit publicly that he had spent nearly 100% of his six-figure salary time promoting the special interest-backed "City for Champions" agenda to our own citizens instead of promoting our City to the rest of the world. That agenda will seek hundreds millions MORE of taxpayer dollars for tourist-related attractions in lieu of focusing those dollars on things like, roads, parks, police, fire and stormwater that will enhance the long-term economy of the City.
I will call you to task on your accusation that I "continually misquoted and changed figures and stats to accommodate your message." Anything EVER quoted and cited was directly from contracts budgets or financial reports--all public documents. I challenge you to find one item that was not 100% factual. In the unlikely event you do, I will correct the record immediately.
I see someone has pirated my T.Rump meme! Cool...except using the same name-calling, middle school format as The Donald doesn't make you look any smarter.
I see the same situations occuring over and over again - situations that could be rectified with perhaps different people calling the shots in elected positions. What seems to be the problem with making changes in government here? I fear it is the bogeyman called apathy - Dick Lamm warned us of this monster, and it appears that only the most rabid on both sides feel the urge to go out and exercise their franchise of self governance.
Become informed, take a position and VOTE!
No role at the CVB, just a local person (native) who owns a small business dependent on the tourism industry and as that citizen, I watched you try to dismantle the CVB three years ago. You constantly misspoke about the role the CVB plays in our community, you suggested hiring a third party to manage the marketing for our destination (that's exactly what the CVB is) and you continually misquoted and changed figures and stats to accommodate your message. I spoke to City Council, along with several other community members, the morning of the vote in December 2013 and conveyed how important it is for a small business, actually all businesses that support and benefit from tourism, to rely on the CVB for referrals, assist with local and national marketing and bringing awareness to the Pikes Peak region.
The best news was when the following year you announced you were resigning from City Council to run for Mayor. Oh, happy day!
PPCF is sadly a shell of its former self, and it's the community that will pay the price.
Dear Ms Reynolds. Please explain where I was incorrect on the sources of CVB funds. The overwhelming majority of CVB budget "comes from the collection of taxes." 100% correct--LART (lodgers and rental car tax) is a TAX. Two thirds of the TAXES collected go to the CVB whose overhead costs for "marketing" Colorado Springs comprise more than 60% of their budget. Do no citizens rent any hotel rooms? I know of many who were flooded out of their homes and stayed in hotels due to the failure of the City to prioritize stormwater funding. What about members of the military who are relocating? Or family members who visit? How nice for the CVB to take their money! I know many (including) myself who suffer damage to vehicles or maintenance issues who must rent cars to get to work or transport their families. These are taxes, not some magic dust. I recognize that you all think it's not enough--it never is. And the candidates whom you will support who travel and get around with tax money will probably soon place a doubling or tripling of this tax on the ballot, citing some taxpayer-funded study that was commissioned to show that a higher tax is exactly what we need.
I find it interesting how you try to get personal with my "miserable failure" in my bid for mayor, but can't bring yourself to make similar remarks for CVB cheerleader, Amy Lathen, who raised 8-9 times the money as I and received less than half the number of votes. But now she's bidding for you and against the taxpayer as the head of Colorado Springs Forward.
The personal attacks are unsurprising as you've consistently leveled them at me at every juncture where I've spoken for the citizens instead of the special interests you represent. I hope it gives you some satisfaction. I'd be interested in hearing your role in the CVB. You seem very passionate about it.
And this is exactly why we as a city should be thankful Joel Miller is no longer involved with City Council and failed miserably at running for Mayor. You are so uneducated when it comes to what the CVB's mission is, how the CVB is funded (hotel collected tax - not citizen based tax) and what the CVB does for this community. The Colorado Springs CVB's budget is very limited - actually pretty meager -compared to other CVB's marketing destinations of similar size. But you wouldn't know that, or even care, because you have no interest in becoming familiar on what a CVB actually does. Finally, our City Council is comprised of a majority of representatives, with the exception of Helen Collins, who actually give a damn about our community.
One last thing to say in this..."He asked for and received clearance from the City Attorney's Office, which ruled "that it was authorized and appropriate for me to accept funds from the CVB for the trip."
The City Attorney's office is the least ethical entity in the entire City government which says a lot . Yet they run the ethics process--even in cases when they are the subject of complaints. I can say firsthand that that happens. Somehow, they are the ethical authority to say that funds the CVB obtains from the collection of taxes can then be returned to pay for travel for one of the people who will approve their inflated budget. It's like a self-licking ice cream cone. It would be comical if it wasn't such a travesty.
"efforts to attract and retain millennials, and a bike- and car-sharing program. "I don't know that you can ever get that stuff second-hand," he says."
These are the sorts of taxpayer and special-interest, conflict-ridden trips that lead to eliminating lanes of traffic on research to "attract millennials." Great taxpayer investment.
What attracts millennials, just like everyone else, are low taxes, jobs and government free of corruption and cronyism. Good luck to us!
We really could use some form of light rail connecting the Front Range. The focus on widening I-25 is absurd- a light rail is more environmentally friendly than increasing vehicle traffic- it is safer- it is reliable. It does require a working inner city transit- again COS- get your head out of your behind. I have absolutely no clue how the city was bamboozled into the 'City for Chumps' project so quickly as we everyday sat through traffic looking at our failing infrastructure. And city leaders somehow have the tenacity to say 'we need to find funds'- well no- you need to stop blowing our taxes on corrupted projects.
Sorry- but really COS- get a frigging light rail.
I wonder if the deputy director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Abby Sienkiewicz, is related to the world-renowned Polish author, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Nobel Laureate and author of "Quo Vadis" and other famous novels. Is there any chance the Indy could ask and let us know?
We NEED the energy and new thinking that both of these candidates bring to the table! Liz will be an exceptional addition to the county!
I agree with both Catherine & Micheal.
Being a residentially challenged person in Colorado Springs myself, i have been told numerous times by others that the only reason they moved here is because MJ is legal & they thought they could open up the next"hot dispensary" but those plans fell through & they never really had a plan B for their life. So in that aspect, i have heard from at least 35% of the homeless population here. Most of the people who have said this also stay at the New Hope Center(RJ Montgomery) where their is case management to help those who genuinely want the help to get on their feet & aren't afraid of putting in their portion of effort to obtain independent living.
Micheal... I understand your frustration with lack of support from the city here. At least you got to leave!! Lol.
I have lived here in C.Springs since Nov 1, 2000 & been a part of the "tent city" here in Colorado Springs since the end of July this year. My personal story i will not get into here, just my experiences.
Thank whoever you want to for finally building more facilities for the homeless population!! It's about damn time this city realizes the issues here. A warming shelter in the winter months & only being a place to rest from 8pm-7am with no case management or other facilities (ex.Showers,laundry,food,ECT.), while it's great to get in out of the cold, it seems counterproductive. For those who choose this lifestyle, it's great!! No commitment, no overhead,ECT. Those who are trying to get their lives together again, it's almost like a false sense of security... Like the saying"you don't have to go home but you can't stay here!" So then when these places aren't open from March 31st-Nov 1st... Then what?? Many panhandle for hotel room money when they know a cold night is coming but there are so many that have taken advantage of the communities kindness, most people roll up the window & pretend like they don't see you. It's been hard for myself to get even $5 for gas if I've absolutely needed it. I don't personally like don't it unless it's absolutely necessary, like I've already ran out of gas. I personally live in my vehicle, a 1996 Chevy 1500 extended cab with a topper on the back to hold all my belongings. I can attest to some of the fighting among campers & personal property damage as well. Labor Day, some random(probably on some form of illegal substance)late 30's male threw a cement block into the windshield of my truck. Cops say it's a civil matter because it happened on "private property" belonging to the mission, no arrest for vandalism, no ticket written & the individual continued to live in a tent on the property. Four days later, I was told I could no longer park my vehicle anywhere on the "Rescue Mission" property by Bill, one of the higher UPS in the office & had police called there as well...
Police see my windshield broken & tell me I have to keep it on private property because they could impound my vehicle/my home due to obstruction of view & deem my vehicle inoperable to be on the street. Where I was supposed to move to, without driving my truck on the street & to another private property.... Because some asshat of society broke my windshield!! He continued to live there until yesterday!! This has kept me from seeking employment in which I had a job interview the day after this happened but had to cancel due to not having sufficient transportation now. The Rescue Mission won't even lift a finger in anyway to help me get I it fixed either. The one thing holding me back from getting on my feet now & not one agency in this entire town will help me!! Ridiculous!!
Meanwhile, I've sought refuge at the local Park & Ride under the I-25 bridge so I'm protected from the weather, can't drive my vehicle & praying everyday that it doesn't snow or rain cause I know the windshield is definitely going to leak!! Alot!!
Traitor Tom showed his true colors during the North Cheyenne Canon Park giveaway. Like our mayor, Traitor John, he is simply another political plant supporting the interests of the Broadmoor and Norwood organizations. They are not interested in Making Colorado Springs Great Again. #MCSGA
The only personnel left at PPCF have no experience running a community foundation. Butterworth, who is a CEO of two people, started his tenure as CEO by taking the first six weeks off. Its clear he is not competent to manage this organization and this transition is clearly a loss for the community.
Plus not paying money for ANY bills or helping clean not even after his child or himself
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