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Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

If -- it it true, as the gentlemen in the article states is true that Colorado Springs has a negative image around the nation - how does sending someone like Amy Lathen to represent Coloado Springs in Washington, D.C. improve that image? Can you imagine her in a meeting with Michael Bennet?

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 11/17/2016 at 8:17 AM

Re: “City: Rolling in dough

Don't be misled. The massive hail storms that battered large swaths of the city is the cause of this spike in sales tax revenues - as residents were busy spending insurance claim money on car/home repairs and replacements. Next year their insurance bills will skyrocket and spending will likely tank.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 11/16/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “District looking for answers after failure of bond, MLO

The district might not think that an extra $100-$200 a year in property taxes is a big deal, but to many people it is, especially considering that insurance, utility bills, phone bills, cable rates, etc., are also on the rise. It was also a bad idea to think that people would swallow the whole $235 million pill all at once, especially since it was possible to look at the districts spending plan for it and see items that simply didn't seem that critical. A separate school maintenance bond would likely have passed since people can clearly see how the district has let the schools crumble in order to move money to other areas.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 11/16/2016 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

You're wrong about CSF's political affiliation. Chuck Murphy is a D and others. If CSF was trying to get the money of a mostly Democrat majority, that would be their flavor-- it is purely a demographic analysis for them about what's needed to get their agenda met. Members have excorciated conservative voices for opposing their agendas more than they have done so for others. They are principle-less except in the principle of enriching themselves and providing the best opportunity to get taxpayer corporate welfare for themselves. That's all fine--it's a free country, but short of time-intensive personal research there is no way for the average citizen to know anything about "who's behind the curtain." Besides Pam and her informative approach, all the public sees is CSFs PR facade of wanting to "end divisiveness" and rainbow ponies, because that's what the Gazette puts out and shows up on billboards.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 11/16/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

It just proves why our government was intended to be at least a two party system - so that all citizens had some chance of having their voices heard. If one party controls all the elected positions and appointed offices that is not a democratic approach to governing. So it is no surprise the "funders" of the party in charge of all things El Paso County are the real ones running the City and County. And yes it is difficult to live here - discouraging when everyone complains about how bad the roads are and no one wants a downtown stadium yet they just refuse to give anyone not hand picked by the powers that be a chance of trying to make a difference. But if you and others with a different point of view leave then who will be left to be a thorn in their side? Someone has to at least try to keep them honest.

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Posted by rms on 11/16/2016 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Water contamination, the election, bigotry, and more

why were we in Iraq again... oh yeah, W the torturer lied us into a un-necessary war. Why did W the torturer kiss the Saudi's ass... I mean ring / cheek... ??? why did W the torturer send all his Saudi buddies home the day after 911... ??? every president has considered Saudi Arabia as an ally in the region. perhaps that will change when gump becomes prez... he will just steal oil from the afghan's... the spoils of war... right???

Agree about most of the Bernie stuff though.

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Posted by happyfew on 11/16/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “District looking for answers after failure of bond, MLO

The school capital construction only applies to building a new building as I have understood it. this does nothing for the needs of d11 that already has too many schools. most school districts get nothing from the pot fund as it currently stands.

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Posted by happyfew on 11/16/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

How comforting it is to know that a handful of wealthy patrons are looking after me and the city in which I live - even going so far as to provide me with a ready-made palette of candidates for office. Not.
One can only hope that, being fully accustomed to getting their own way, the members of CSF and like-minded other organizations will find at least one issue upon which there is hearty disagreement. One further hopes that each puts itself out-of-commission while doing battle to gain the upper hand.
The more I learn about the inner-workings of Colorado Springs, the less I want to live here.

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Posted by doonya on 11/16/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “District looking for answers after failure of bond, MLO

Why do you need this money? Remember this?

Amendment 64
Use and Regulation of M arijuana
Ballot Title:
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution
concerning marijuana, and, in connection therewith, providing for the regulation
of marijuana; permitting a person twenty-one years of age or older to consume or
possess limited amounts of marijuana; providing for the licensing of cultivation
facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores;
permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities; requiring the
general assembly to enact an excise tax to be levied upon wholesale sales of
marijuana; requiring that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by such
tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund; and
requiring the general assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation,
processing, and sale of industrial hemp?

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Posted by birchlead on 11/16/2016 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Casting Spells

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Posted by Rachael Smith on 11/16/2016 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Casting Spells

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Posted by Rachael Smith on 11/16/2016 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Water contamination, the election, bigotry, and more

Under President Obama (who I voted for twice) we've sold about $110 billion of military weaponry (by far the most in our 70+ year alliance with the country) to Saudi Arabia- the closest nation the world has to being a true Caliphate. We toppled foriegn and soveriegn governments for selective economic interests, and groups like ISIS have filled the void of leadership.
It would have been great to not have Trump in the White House. When it became apparent that the DNC had corrupted the primary process (this has since been verified, even though we all really knew all along), effectively stealing the nomination from Bernie- where was the outrage? Instead, liberals and democrats got in line, and allowed the corruption of our democracy. Many liberals even defended it, saying HRC's been in politics so long, of course she would do corrupt things and we should grow up and vote for her anyways.
Nixon resigned for far less___

So what happened? I would say that we didn't deserve the presidency this go around. Thank god we didn't win it- imagine the precedent that would set? Forever submitting to the most corrupt politician with the ignorant and enabling consent that "politicians are just corrupt, we deal".

Again, to all the pseudo-liberals out there who saw the corruption of our system and encouraged all of us to roll over to it- this is on you.

As a veteran of the debacle in Iraq- take my word on it that our indiscriminate bombing of other nations- the 65 million refugees of the world which we largely caused displacement for -(highest # since the United Nations High Commission on Refugees started counting shortly after WW2)----- is the most important issue we need to address as a nation- not any of our chosen social causes, nothing beats this issue people.

If you vote for women's rights at home, for marijuana rights at home, for LGBT rights at home, but vote for politicians pledging support to Saudi Arabia, which actively practices sharia law and STONES TO DEATH- in the public arena, members of the aforementioned groups---- you really, really need to re-evaluate your activity in political processes.

The saddest thing is that Bernie would have won- and he didn't because he would have been a world peace president. We are going to keep killing innocents all over the world, regardless of who we try to elect. We will continue to topple soveriegn governments for select economic interests in deals made far from the public eye, and The coalescence of the pseudo-liberals to the agenda of the DNC, even though we all smell a rat- is the cause of us living in a tyrannical state where we have no Power to change anything.

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Posted by KyleJS on 11/16/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “POPs ballot measure in limbo

So sad to see how big money and politicians that are in their back pocket operate. We vote our mayor in but he won't allow the people to vote on a ridicules land swap that the majority of Colorado Springs doesn't want to go through! Ugg so frustrating! It's just the start of Anshutz land grab, wait till he gets rosemont reservoir and all it easements for the pipeline that goes right down Cheyenne Canyon. I'm sure it will be a great new horse trail from his new horse stables through seven fall up Cheyenne Canyon, to his new reservoir over to Emerald Fields and over to cloud camp! It will be epic ( for his guests) (all of which were once owned by Colorado Springs) He will be the proud owner of ALOT of land in c/s! I guess we can't do anything about it with a strong mayor and a very very rich man. "Cheyenne Canyon Master Plan".

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Posted by el jef'e on 11/15/2016 at 10:31 AM

Re: “America's beauty standards, helmet laws, TPP, abortion, and more

Jacob Purdom - If you want to wear a helmet, wear a helmet. If you want to wrap yourself in bubble-wrap to stay "safe", go for it. For those of us that choose differently, we just want to be left alone to decide for ourselves how we want to ride. We're adults and we do not need a nanny to tell us how to live and ride.

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Posted by Jamie Craig on 11/15/2016 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Local students protest Trump

Selling health insurance across state lines is a favorite GOP 'reform.' Here's why it makes no sense. Los Angeles Times

To healthcare economists and other experts in the field, however, the idea is nonsense. Heres Austin Frakt of Boston University and the Department of Veterans Affairs: I never understood the appeal of this idea. It only makes sense if you dont know what youre talking about. In fact, not even insurance companies like it.…

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Posted by guruD on 11/15/2016 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Local students protest Trump

Miss Maggie If you think for a second all this talk of rebuilding America is going to be cheap and benefit you then your the one hunting Unicorns. Corporations have made way to much money on Globalization to allow the clock to turn back now. I think you as well as plenty others have fallen into the same Political trap. Obama care or the ACA was a starting point. The Dems went to far and the Republicans sat on there butts and did nothing allowing it to go bat shit nuts. For 8 years they havent put together anything while the others piled on a bunch of crap. Its political hogwash. What we had before didnt work, what we have now costs to much because it covers to much and whats being thrown out there is just going to make matters worse. You raise cane over Government health care. You dont want them telling you how to run your health care but yet your willing to allow a corporation do it that only cares about one thing a profit. Do you really think for a second those corporations are going to lower prices because you buy it Kansas or Texas? Its the same company in a different state just less coverage for the same price then tell you its better. All the States that didnt take the ACA are still paying those huge prices. So how do think your going to save money? What needed to be done is allow Past illness coverage, major medical and basic coverage for all. But no that wouldnt have been political. The left had to add boner pills and pregnancy pills and the right just sat there with there thumbs in there butts. Now the Insurance Corporations have made major profits both on and off the exchange and there not going to give up them profits no matter where you buy it. Watch and see.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 11/14/2016 at 10:13 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Alt weeklies hail the new chief

These covers provided a great deal of entertainment. Best of luck, President Trump.

Posted by John Howell on 11/14/2016 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Local students protest Trump

Obamacare is nothing but a participation trophy for the underachievers.

You can whine all you want, obamacare is hitting the middle class in the pocketbook and all those freebies Obama gave out will begin to expire this year. It will get worse now. Rates and especially penalties will skyrocket starting in 2017. It's planned that way. It was the carrot for a singlepayer system you Socialists want to badly. The same one Colorado voters said a big NO at the booth 2 weeks ago.

So keep telling yourself that Obamacare is wonderful and unicorns still exist, the rest of us will be finishing what Obama could never figure out how to do, we will be rebuilding America, because that's what real men and women do.

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Posted by Maggie 1 on 11/14/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Local students protest Trump

I totally agree with you Rocky, a lot of promises made but not much on how they will accomplish this and I doubt the GOP will, but its up to Congress to fix ACA now after 6 years of stalling, all so the GOP could take credit away from President Obama. And who is going to feel the pain of this transition? The people of America. My roomie voted for Trump even though she worries about her daughter who is white and her boyfriend who is black and their mix-raced children, they are on Obama Care and will now suffer for her Moms vote. Stupidity to the max!!!

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Posted by guruD on 11/14/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Should we prepare for another Waldo Canyon or Black Forest in 2017?

Should we prepare for a disaster is the question! Golly, I don't know. If one lives in a house a fire extinguisher that functions is handy. A house in a forest an extinguisher is not going to quell a fire outdoors. The USFS fire suppression practices are what causes these fires to burn so intensely and for so long. What else does the Forest Service do? They sell timber. And I saw one officer recently trying to manage a forest by searching an older vehicle in a parking lot in a small town 100 miles from a forest. I would not have known it was a ranger but his monster 4x4 truck said so on the front fender. The military style he was dressed in including the standard shaved head were all calculated affectations to intimidate.
Then R.C. Smith, El Paso County's deputy chief of operations for the Office of Emergency Management and the county recovery manager makes a comment which seems to allude to global warming. Based on his childhood memory about it snowing every Halloween in the 1960's he is scaring citizens. It does not nor did it snow every Halloween. But fear monger they must.
Here is what it looks like
Avg Oct temps in the 2000's 84 79 79 84 74 83 81 83 78 82
Avg Oct temps in the 1960's 80 78 84 83 86 79 76 84 81 81
Global warming?? For fun look at 1948/50 averages:
1948 80 77 83 79 79 80 83 82 83 80
Global warming? No.
Dismantle the USFS and then watch the forests renew.
Lousy research dept at the indy...

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 11/14/2016 at 2:55 AM

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