"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"
I'm glad a cowardly, anonymous CS Indy poster now is my judge. What an absolute demonstration of the anti-Trump idiocy! It should be a meme. Try to shame decent Americans who don't want law breaking political hacks and criminals in the White House and selecting up to five Supreme Court justices. No wonder he doesn't want to share his name. This kind of rhetoric and factless drivel is yet one more reason that Trump voters don't answer any poll questions.
Trump was not my first or second choice for President, but the picture of The United States he paints is a lot more like the one I'd fight for than the one Hillary Clinton and her legacy of corruption paints. I will enthusiastically cast my vote for him.
The hypocrisy of "never-Trump" and "Hillary no matter what" is astonishing. The very reasons many of this crowd say are why they support her, she immediately abandons when speaking in front of donors in private settings or contemplates taking a donation for her foundation. From the obvious underpayment of women at the CGI, to despots in sub-Saharan Africa that she and her husband supported for their donations who violated every human right they contend to support to their unabashed support of the regimes and powers that would murder all LGBTQ citizens. Supportive of women and children? Publicly demeaning a 12-year-old who was so brutally raped she couldn't bear children and then bragging about getting the perpetrator off? Yep that's anti-rape culture for sure. On judgement day, I don't know how I'll stand, but I'll make it my life's work to make it a good outcome. One things for sure, though: "happyfew" won't be making the call.
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.
I am disappointed in your endorsement of Amendment 71, the "Raise the Bar" amendment that will make it more difficult to place constitutional amendments on the ballot. If 71 passes, only wealthy organizations, corporations, and well-funded campaigns will be able to successfully affect our constitution. Grassroots organizations run by volunteers simply won't have the manpower to get important issues on the ballot. This amendment could take government out of the control of the people of this state and into the hands of multi-national corporations. If we just leave everything as it is now, the amendment process works pretty well and gives lots of people a say in our government, regardless of their money or power. Democracy is messy and inconvenient. We need to embrace these traits.
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.
Has there been any response about not endorsing JE? I will vote for her.
I usually use this cheat sheet to vote but I'm not in agreement with several of these endorsements so not this year.
WTF? Are you kidding? You didn't endorse Julia Endicott! She is the future of the Democratic Party in COS and is everything that we need more of in our city. I am extremely disappointed with a paper i have read every week since the first publication so many years ago.
When you didn't endorse Jerriah Walker during the last city election i almost gave up on the Indy. But i let it go and continued to support the Indy. Now this is worse. Julia Endicot is a super candidate and is just beginning her influence on the city.
I am embarrassed by the Indy. It use to be my favorite paper. After today i have a hard time paying any attention to them.
Amazing how the Indy never even bothered to talk to half of the candidates, ignored the Libertarian in all of the federal races, and in general undermine any credibility they might have by being nothing close to impartial or balanced.
We call that *BULLMANURE*!
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.
This Terri Carver?
"–Support oil and gas drilling in Colorado, which is a critical part of the state’s economy. I supported oil and gas drilling here in Colorado Springs.
–Support coal and natural gas as fuels for Colorado Springs Utilities’ power plants.
–Oppose current ballot initiatives to allow local governments to ban oil and drilling. These bans are a violation of private property rights for the mineral rights owners.
–I believe in the sanctity of human life, which includes the unborn. Roe v. Wade was a case of judicial activism, and an encroachment on state legislative powers under the U.S. Constitution."
I can see how fire mitigation is more important that these issues...
Terry Carver, are you serious? I'd like to know more about why you chose to endorse her over Endicott
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OK - my turn.
Robert Wyman: The Indy is expressing it's opinion, ala 1st Amendment, and asking everyone to become informed. I personally like to see where different newspapers are leaning - it helps me to decide whether or not to support their efforts at providing some semblance of journalism or not. And, no, I'm not stupid, as Tannim has claimed.
plaidsocks: do you really want everyone to have a dial-up internet connection just like you do?
Again, Robert Wyman: As long as you're fine with the panoply of health issues that arise from smoking, and as long as you're ok with kids spending allowance money on cigarettes, illegally or not then you pay the additional cost! I quit smoking when cigarettes went from $.75 a pack to $1.00 a pack at Thunder and Buttons. It was either the sixth or seventh time I had quit, and I never looked back. Three months later I participated in a Bud Light mini-triathlon and am still tobacco free. Nicotine is the most addictive substance on the planet, and one of the most deadly.
I'm not generally in favor of sin taxes, but this one may go some distance toward getting people to quit.
Dan 1: That's not the only thing Tannim is wrong about. It's easier to pick out the few things he may actually be right about. Tannim is like the VA - his default answer is NO. NO does nothing to change things...which tells me that he's just fine with potholes that could swallow a SmartCar, that ruin wheels, tires and shocks, about water systems that have been polluted for years, about police and fire departments who can't afford to upgrade their equipment, schools that are behind the power curve when it comes to keeping up with new student populations, technology, equipment and facilities, and so on.
Tannim is a reactionary in the most extreme sense - even though he calls himself a Libertarian. When I lived in Alaska I was privileged to visit much of the bush - there are all kinds of folks up there who are completely self-sufficient - maybe he would be more comfortable as a lonely curmudgeon in the Far North.
Margaux: Spot on! The oil and gas cartel is not at all interested in any kind of local control over their activities and will continue to be that way until they have squeezed the last ounce of fossil fuel out of the ground. They are scared to death of possibly having to clean up their mess - it would make their product more expensive, cut their profit margins, and make renewable energy the only reasonable choice...not that it isn't the only reasonable choice already.
Cameron: I believe the common mistrust comes from the nature and control of the advisory board, and I agree. The other thing that sets off alarms for me is the nature of the contributions that are in the 'against' column - heavy spending by the Koch Brothers and the current band of pirates in the insurance industry. I'm voting for it as a counter to big bucks opponents.
Robert Wyman: If you are a climate change denier I suggest you take a trip to one of our local (former) glaciers - St Mary's glacier is gone - as in not there anymore. The Greenland ice cap is nearly gone, thanks to the darkening of the substance that deposits on it from the upper atmosphere - cryoconite. The analysis of that substance indicates it has darkened substantially since 1950, and that darkening is caused by diesel soot and coal soot, both manmade. As the cryoconite darkens it affects the albedo (reflectiveness) of the ice, causing it to melt more quickly. There are ships using the Northwest Passage (Polar Ice Cap) now, and countries are still planning to exploit the petroleum resources there. And one more thing - every war since the beginning of the last century has been over oil. Is that the legacy you want for your grandchildren? BTW, the cryoconite study came from National Geographic.
"...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.
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