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Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

How can Pam Zubeck still get the details of the exchange wrong? Incredible...

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Posted by Jim Davies on 11/02/2016 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

Thank you once again Pam Zubeck and the Independent, for your unfailingly timely and thorough coverage of this increasingly complicated story. It would have been much easier on everyone if the Parks department had simply had the courage and foresight demonstrated by the Colorado Mines Land Reclamation Board just last week when it voted against Transit Mix's bid to commercialize the historic Hitch Rack Ranch lands and turn it into a quarry operation.
That board, in stark contrast to our Parks department and City Council, specifically cited the adverse effects upon "wildlife" and the "environment" in making it's decision. Those two words which were never spoken in all the hollow rhetoric of Broadmoor representative Jack Damioli nor that of Parks director Karen Palus. The CMLRB board, again in stark contrast to 6 of 9 of our City Council persons, heard the citizenry out and then acted in accordance.
I would like to encourage our City Council members to act as true public servants on November 7th, when given a second chance to reflect the wishes of the citizens who put them into office. If a general vote were held tomorrow, .
there is absolutely no doubt but that the citizens of Colorado Springs would support keeping that part of North Cheyenne Canon Park known as Strawberry Fields in public ownership.

12 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by doonya on 11/02/2016 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Local women claim business owners assaulted them

I know Andi Van Gogh personally and she is a responsible and compassionate person who would never attack anyone. I don't know any of the other people in this story, but it sounds to me like maybe our police AREN'T "very capable of sorting through information and evidence" to make the right decisions if they didn't take proper statements from the women.This case definitely needs to be looked at in depth.

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Posted by Sara Griffin on 11/02/2016 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Welcome to Kolorado, Klan Kountry

The Indy didn't lie. They printed a dated story from the Denver Post. Ed Quillen was a well researched writer and I miss my old friend dearly. The Dems and Repubs pretty muched switched places in the sixties what with the southerners running from the Kennedys and Lynden.
Look again at this article and surmise just which party today would best embrace this behavior.
Ghandi told us I like your Christ, your Christians, not so much.

Posted by longtooth on 11/02/2016 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Lawsuits take aim at chemical giants over poisoned drinking water

For some families this kind of toxic exposure could have meant congenital birth defects in their children--this needs to be looked at as well. There is a birth defects registry at where parents can enter for the record any pre-natal or pre-conceptual exposures. The data is used to correlate cause and effect with environmental factors. Any affected families, please consider doing this.

Posted by Shannon 1 on 11/02/2016 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Mixed blessings

I can't wait to come and visit this campus. My life has been deeply impacted by Andrew's ministry. He is a great man of God with a commitment to spread the gospel to the nations. Word of God is alive and powerful, a bunch of believers learning the Word of God will only benefit this community.

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Posted by Leah1 on 11/01/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “What does Colorado's political future hold?

"Both Sondermann and Dunn say that growth is likely caused by rifts in the Republican party, particularly on social issues. Dunn says the legalization of marijuana may have led some to the Libertarians, while Sondermann points out that as Republicans lose more elections some voters might see little reason not to align with a party that more closely reflects their views."

They would both be wrong. The growth is because millennials are increasingly disgusted with what they see as a dysfunctional government that does not meet their needs or wants, both socially and fiscally, so they are seeking alternatives, and that's the Libertarian Party. Legalization of cannabis, which the LP called for 45 years ago, is irrelevant, and so are GOP election losses, most of which are simply self-inflicted.

No, the real reason is that more and more people are realizing that the best way actually is minimal optimal government and maximal freedom, the generation shift is facilitating that realization, it's been going on and increasing since 2008, and the distrust of government and the DP/GOP duopoly is at record levels. The LP is growing because government, the DP, and the GOP all simply suck.

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Posted by Tannim on 10/31/2016 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

Vietnamized fibbed: "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."

Wrong, Cong. If you had a clue about libertarians, and you clearly don't, you would see that my correct positions are based on three things: improving individual freedom, reducing government, and keeping our tax money in our pockets. You don't know Jack Schitt about me, and the fact that you have to revert to namecalling and non sequiturs in order to fail to make a point, instead of actually addressing the context of what I posted, only shows that you have no argument and therefore no credibility.

Dan 1: The rationale is that both 107 and 108 are unconstitutional per Supreme Court rulings of 1986 and 2000 (both of which stated that the state mandating open or closed primaries are unconstitutional infringements on the First Amendment's Freedom of Association), we are a REPUBLIC, NOT A DEMOCRACY, and as a taxpayer who is not a Democrat or Republican I should not be forced to have MY tax dollars subsidize the internal machinations of two corporations. The proper way for political parties to decide their nominees is at their conventions, and their leadership at their caucuses, fully privately funded, at ZERO taxpayer expense.

Cameron LeVack: Ask Vermont.

happyfew: my "fair share" is a classic big-government liberal garbage comment. Why don't YOU pay my fair share instead? Oh, wait, because in your mind, that wouldn't be fair, but if government doubles your current "fair share", it's still "fair," even though it's the same amount. In other words, you want others to pay the same as you, but you're too dense to understand that the better way is for everyone to pay LESS.

Posted by Tannim on 10/31/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “2016 Indy endorsements cheat sheet

Note that in their endorsements, the Indy, like the Gazette, displayed a complete lack of integrity and honor by not contacting and talking to all of the candidates. Thus their endorsements are tainted and should be dismissed.

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Posted by Tannim on 10/31/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

There is an error in the description of the El Paso County Schoold District 20 (Academy) - 3A ballot question. The Independent says that there will be an increase in the mill levy if implemented. The text on the ballot for this question specifically says that there will NOT be an increase in the mill levy. THERE WILL NOT BE AN INCREASE IN TAXES! The proponents of this ballot question are asking for permission to use the taxes collected by the mill levy implemented in 1998 to be used to borrow money to pay for new construction and improvements to educational facilities in the district.

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Posted by Christopher Korch on 10/29/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “City studies financial impacts of developing the Banning Lewis Ranch

I'll cut to the chase. No, this development will not bring prosperity. Horizontal development never does b/c the math doesn't work. It relies on subsidies to survive over multiple life-cycles.
Here's what will happen:
Developers will pay to install all the first generation infrastructure.
The city will collect taxes for 25 years.
Those taxes won't come close to paying for the maintenance and replacement of all the infrastructure that was built in the first generation.
The city will borrow or (gasp) raise taxes to pay for the ongoing maintenance and/or replacement of all that infrastructure.

Colorado Springs already has a model of what works. It's downtown/the Westside/Manitou. It's dense, walkable, based around a grid, and is mixed use. It's adaptable and resilient. It's that way b/c it's based on the way we built places for thousands of years. Incrementally up and incrementally out. It builds individual and community wealth b/c it costs less to build initially and less to maintain over multiple life-cycles.…

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Posted by rt on 10/28/2016 at 9:36 AM

Re: “CC grads bike cross-country to challenge voters

I think the CC Catalyst does a great job of being a newspaper catering to that university. I'd like to read a story about some normal people in COS- a pipe fitter- dry wall worker- maybe a CNA- Stein's columns are suffering from lack of scope. Sorry- can't really relate to this story- I would have loved to bike ride across the country after I paid for my own education but I had to get a job and live in the real world. This is becoming a column exemplifying white privileges

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Posted by KyleJS on 10/27/2016 at 6:09 PM

Re: “PPACG orders investigation of executive director Rob MacDonald

Pam Zubeck I think you're a hero of local reporting. My comment isn't so much directed into the look into MacDonalds tenure but rather your insistence in this article on the need to widen I-25.
Once again I Implore this city's leadership - please don't waste the time and our money on widening I-25. No offense meant- but you are all so old, and this is why you think a wider highway is a good idea. When you were young, cars were more a symbol of your freedom- you went out to the drag on Friday nights- went to the drive in movies and then pulled up to make-out mountain for your first kiss. We get it- but you need to get that a car is no longer a symbol of freedom. Our generations symbol of freedom is the wonderful Internet. We don't want to even drive- notice how when we drive we are actually looking at our high-data, web connected phones?
Our internet is so wonderful that soon we will have it driving our cars!!! We won't even have to do anything- and the incredible accuracy of the necessary systems to have a self-driving car has shown we won't need huge highways- self driving cars will wreck less- they won't get lost- no wrong turns, no incoherent speeds in the wrong lanes, etc.

And- also consider that we have awesome- high speed rails all around the world which connect metropolis' like the one we live in. We prefer those places and are actively moving to them. We like to sit on a train to get us to the city for work- during the ride we like to scan Twitter- then arriving at the train station we Uber a ride to work. This is how we do things. Soon the Ubers will drive themselves (it isn't just Sci-FI, it is predictable progress).

So Pam- you are my hero and I love your writing and I am so sorry I went so far off topic- but this widening of I-25 obsession is a trigger.

So once again- pleeeeease city of COS, the PPACG and all movers and shakers---
Please don't waste money on a project that superior technology has made obsolete decades ago. We are a different generation- you are leaving soon and we will be sad to see you go, so don't leave us an outdated infrastructure and tarnish our memory of you all-

Simply imagine for a moment a light rail of some fashion connecting the front range- knowing that you could reliably get to Denver in 45 minutes for work. How many people move to Denver for
Work because it is not practical to live in the Springs and make the drive! When I graduated from UCCS almost all my classmates had to move to Denver or other cities to find jobs in our field- they all would have stayed in the springs and worked in Denver if a light rail were in place.

I just drove I-25 today. A sign above the freeway exclaimed "485 traffic deaths this year". This absolutely has to stop. It is the responsibility of the PPACG and our area leadership to properly develop this place. I think they have been so far off the mark something must be seriously wrong, or corrupted, in these agencies.

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Posted by KyleJS on 10/26/2016 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Proposition 106: The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act

I do not care what the pros & cons are. I believe every person who is terminal has the right to end their life with dignity. No one knows what they are going through. I don't want anyone changing me. Feeding me. Touching me in a manner that I have no control of. I would rather have the option to end my life. I never want to live without being able to follow through on my ADLs. (Activities of daily life. ) I strongly recommend you grant the decision to the terminally ill. I will vote that way.

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Posted by Rhonda Deegan-Richardson on 10/26/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “City studies financial impacts of developing the Banning Lewis Ranch

It will be interesting since Norwood/Broadmoor has complete ownership of Colorado Springs including Mayor Traitor John Suthers and at least six on Council.

Good Work Pam!

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Posted by Donald T Rump on 10/26/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “City studies financial impacts of developing the Banning Lewis Ranch

This should be quite interesting! thanks for the update, Pam.

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Posted by What's the Word? on 10/26/2016 at 10:54 AM

Re: “CC grads bike cross-country to challenge voters

Best of luck, Mr. Trump.

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Posted by John Howell on 10/26/2016 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Proposition 106: The Colorado End-of-Life Options Act

The truth of that matter is, that it is none of anybody's business when a person needs/wants to end their life with dignity. How does it possibly effect you? When I see extreme right wing conservatives rail against it, I want to scream at them for their insane hypocrisy. They have always maintained a position that they don't want governmental interference in people's personal lives, yet hypocritically believe that it is okay to try and tell someone what they can and cannot do with their body. I guess when it meets with their own personal agenda it's ok to interfer. Oh the irony is staggering

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Posted by Christin Mason on 10/25/2016 at 9:48 AM

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