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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: City Sage

Re: “Next big (city) election looms just eight months away

Dream on about young people on council. To do this job well with both council and utilities board responsibilities, our current reps put in a nearly full time effort. At $6250/year that works out to far less than minimum wage. In 2013, voters decided in a landslide that they didn't want to pay any more for this job, and here we are with a large group of retirees who can actually make the time commitment. It is unreasonable to expect a young person to be able to pay for food, rent, student loans, and generally support their family while also basically volunteering full-time to govern our city and utility company. Expect "Geezer City" to be the norm for a while.

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Posted by Gabe Caunt on 08/23/2016 at 5:53 AM

Re: “That's a lot of guns

Did the shitty sage hire these morons to waste time? Mine, yours, whoever, to cover his lack of rational thought and myopic view up his rear end?
Nobody will learn from this column or the weekly rag itself and it is easy to see that- unless you were born yesterday. You will learn to hate Douglas Bruce and not know who he is or was and end it with a preposition. You will not really learn about Wyatt Earp but will have assumptions instead. You will not learn that police carry firearms because they are sane, noble and deserving. They protect themselves with firearms. And kill citizens that pose a threat of any sort, that which will be judged at that moment. They do not consider the fear they instill to be a factor. Police are the sole possessors of sound judgement, citizens are not possessing of anything but drugs and guilt. And drugs are bad, mmmmkay, don't drugs mmmmkay, if you do drugs you're bad mmmmkay....
Earp was in law enforcement and protected the saloons and brothels that he owned. He disallowed open and concealed carry and that is understandable, all pimps that run things do not want to be challenged, they just want the citizen's money. Politicians and law enforcement ran everything. There was never a "stand in the street" gunfight, face to face, one on one. That is all myth except for the OK Corral where a dozen men settled a beef with firearms. The Earp's of course were on one side of that shooting, the side of the badge, law and order, The other side? Who cares, they lost. Not trained, just cowboys... you know, assholes with guns. Earp was a sociopath and sociopaths shoot dogs. Then they might tell you it was for the public good but they do not have to tell you anything at all. That's where we are now.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 08/23/2016 at 1:26 AM

Re: “Next big (city) election looms just eight months away

Woo! Bring on the new blood to join Gaebler and Murray!

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Posted by Lalahartma on 08/22/2016 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Next big (city) election looms just eight months away

I was disappointed when Brandi Williams lost to Keith King last election- I'd like to see her back on council. We need new faces and new thoughts on all levels

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Posted by KyleJS on 08/18/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Next big (city) election looms just eight months away

Prediction: HazyHurts has no clue what's coming, which is a cannabis revolution in the April election.

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Posted by Tannim on 08/17/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Next big (city) election looms just eight months away

old farts vote for old farts... who would of thunk?

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Posted by happyfew on 08/17/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “A look back at Trump's Springs visit

But yet when you see Trump rallys there are thousands of people there,and Hillary can barely fill a small church. I hope the Democrats aren't getting overly confident. Many voters wonder how Hillary and Bill made $150 million while supposedly being public servants.

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Posted by Kipper Doug on 08/05/2016 at 8:38 PM

Re: “A look back at Trump's Springs visit

"The crowd, ... was overwhelmingly white and older." Much of them are on Medicare and Social Security - or hope to be. If they vote GOP their Medicare and Social Security will dwindle under Paul Ryan's "Better Way" and find themselves destitute in their old age. Retirees who vote GOP are cutting their own throat.

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/03/2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Assessing the local economy

Best article I've read from you in some time John. Keep up the cynicism it's good for all of us.

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Posted by KyleJS on 07/30/2016 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Assessing the local economy

Rather than commiserate about the local job market, HazyHurts, come up with a solution.

Create jobs by diversifying the economic engine. The problem isn't Drake is downtown but that there are no factories that build anything heavy. Pueblo has the wind factory, the steel mill, and other industry. Colorado Springs hasn't bent steel for anything in eons.

This city has the ability to be an industrial engine, but nobody wants to pull the trigger. Why? It isn't the physical or economic climate, so it must be the religion and the government.

That's where the fixes need to be made.

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Posted by Tannim on 07/28/2016 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Iconic movie mixes nostalgia with history

Well, I thought Mister Hazlehurst made an interesting observation, one that I probably would not have made, even considering that I grew up in the Springs only a couple of years younger than John. I recall NO kids of color in grade school, and maybe one or two in junior high. In High School (the first year it was named Palmer) there were some black and Hispanic kids, but I recall them as pretty much middle class. Being then admittedly quite naive, I was not aware of any racial tensions. The black guys I remember were popular. I don’t recall any black girls, but the bubble of white privilege I lived in rendered me oblivious to a lot of things. When I finally encountered blatant racism in the Army, it astounded me, and I had trouble dealing with some of my fellow “whites”.
Long story short… now when I visit my home town and see all the black and brown people that I meet on the street, encounter in businesses or live next door to my relatives, I must admit to having a feeling akin to the "warm fuzzies", a good feeling, not just toward my home town, but the whole country. Things have really changed, and if that’s a “liberal Utopiaville” well, I like it. And I’m not going to let Donald Trump and his dog whistle Republican minions poison my optimism by trying to lurch my country back into THEIR version of “Utopiaville”. It is as disturbing now as it was when I first encountered it.
Thanks, John, for the enlightened perspective.

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Posted by asawatcher on 07/25/2016 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Iconic movie mixes nostalgia with history

This guy Tannim is either a really old crank or a 12 year old himself. The level of immaturity in his comments should embarrass him/her. I mean, "Hazy-hurts?"

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Posted by Deane Bobbitt on 07/24/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Iconic movie mixes nostalgia with history

"I was a snobby 12-year-old..."

And now you're a snobby 76 year-old. Haven't learned a thing, have you, Hazy-hurts?

Only a true schmuck like you could segue from a classic movie like Singing in the Rain to racism.

Why don't you enjoy the movie for what it is, and take your race-baiting with you somewhere else where less-evolved people drink that crap up?

Oh, wait, that place is your liberal Utopiaville...

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Posted by Tannim on 07/22/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “No chance for GOP against Bennet

No, Bill, 2.5% is not within a "statistical margin of error" when the votes are counted.

John's racism is on display with the term "spear-carrier." Disgusting.

Posted by Publius on 07/17/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Secrets reign over security in Colorado governments

Tannim has it exactly right; not even Hillary suggested that she set up her illegal server for improved security. The real reason for the server is, in fact, simple: Hill wanted to avoid FOIA and Federal Records Act disclosures.

I realize writing for the CSIndy is not a sought after gig but can't the Indy do better than John's tinfoil hat ravings?

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Posted by Publius on 07/17/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Secrets reign over security in Colorado governments

"The real reason for the server is simple: Clinton may have suspected State Department emails were anything but secure and, control freak that she is, figured a private server was better. She was right. In 2014, the government belatedly discovered Russian hackers had penetrated State's system in 2006."

Hazy-Hurts tends to be a little stupid as his normal, but this one is REAL stupid.

Excusing 2,110 federal felonies (18 USC 793(f)(1) for those like Hazy who couldn't get a clearance to save their lives) in the name of being a control freak is more lame than a three-legged horse at the Kentucky Derby. Thinking that Hillary was taking the lead on transparency is so absurd that it defies explanation.

Hazy is just another example of someone who lost his mind years ago, but rather than lock him up in the loony bin where he belongs, someone else who lost his mind gave him a column each week to remove all doubt.

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Posted by Tannim on 07/15/2016 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Cycling paradise? Not everywhere in Colorado Springs

The city that I lived in in California actually has more bike lanes than Colorado Springs does. There are bike lanes everywhere in CA, and when there isn't, they have signs reminding drivers to "Share the Road".

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Posted by Margena Holmes on 06/27/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Cycling paradise? Not everywhere in Colorado Springs

If you're not advocating then you're not helping. Attend meetings on road 'right sizing' and bike lanes, email and call your city council and mayor. Bike lanes in downtown are currently on hold and being pushed off due to lack of support. The only way to get more infrastructure is to advocate for it, its up to you!

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Posted by VazzedUp on 06/23/2016 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Cycling paradise? Not everywhere in Colorado Springs

I would absolutely love to commute to work every day throughout the summer. I generally trail hop now that the base of the Templeton Trail was repaved and the Santa Fe was repaved where it connects with Nevada... However crossing Nevada at Mount View is a very daunting endeavor.

As similar to the author of the article, going through Mountain Shadows & up Flying W is such a peaceful, beautiful ride. The moment you come down Vindicator to head to Rockrimmon though, the ride becomes absolutely terrifying. The bike lane narrows to be non-existent with the smallest shoulder and the worst road conditions. You try your hardest to be vigilant of pot holes or debris in the street that over take the shoulder but cars speed down vindicator at 50 MPH without changing lanes or observing a 3 foot distance. Safety in traffic is always the rider's largest concern, but the city should absolutely be doing more to alleviate the stresses that are controllable. If there are popular cycling spaces, bring out the street sweeper within 48 hours of a storm to clear the lanes. (If there even ARE lanes. If not, then lanes should be clearly marked.) Kate Brady needs to connect with each bike shop within the region and see where their group rides go (including Chik-Fil-A for their rides) to map where the popular cycling areas are.

Our city shouldn't just place a priority on these things when the USA Pro Challenge makes an appearance.

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Posted by Christine Markus on 06/23/2016 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Cycling paradise? Not everywhere in Colorado Springs

"People ride their bikes for fun. So, they look at their cars for when they want to go somewhere, and go to their bikes when they want to have fun." This is a self-fulfilling statement. Yes, I drive my bike to the trails. Because I don't want to get killed trying to ride to work. I am currently trying to figure out if there is a series of trails I could take to work without adding too much mileage. I would LOVE a plan for a bike-able city, but if our official person who gets paid to make decisions basically blows off the commuter bikers, what hope is there?

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 06/22/2016 at 9:57 AM

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