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Re: “Changes at Pikes Peak Community Foundation hang charities out to dry

PPCF is sadly a shell of its former self, and it's the community that will pay the price.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Zen on 10/18/2016 at 12:59 AM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

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.

24 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/17/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

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.

3 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 10/17/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

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.

21 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/17/2016 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

"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!

23 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/17/2016 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

1A is essential hardware for Hillary's panopticon.

2 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by plaidsocks on 10/15/2016 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

BTW, who needs someone to tell them how to vote? Are the readers of the Indy really that stupid? Or stoned?

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 10/13/2016 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

$2.59 tax per pack on cigarettes and the money will go to the poor?? Money will COME from the poor just as lotto money does. The War on the Poor continues...
Non-smokers can punish smokers and smokers are unfairly taxed again and again.
Was there something about taxes the started the American Revolution? And if there is a tax increase on any goods and services should it not be a fair tax? This is not a fair tax but a government shakedown, again, disguised as "public health".
If we are creating greenhouse gasses which some (you) claim is destroying the earth and a tax can fix that then let us tax fuels an extra 50% or more per unit! Gasoline 6 or 7 bucks a gallon sounds about right. Or 10 bucks. And "No home heating" days, you know, even and odd addresses type of thing.
Seriously though a tax of that magnitude will create a black market from which one could buy cigarettes that of course are stolen. Robberies could take place where the money in the drawer is secondary along with trucks being hijacked. Cigarettes will be quite valuable and nobody will stop smoking because of the tax. Easy to see, just as Prohibition stopped consumption of alcohol and everyone lived a clean life free of crime. Society has prospered ever since...

Since the ban on indoor public smoking started has the cancer rate fallen? I have not heard anything yet.

7 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Robert Wyman on 10/13/2016 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Traffic volumes grow, but I-25 widening project is beyond local control

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.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by KyleJS on 10/13/2016 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Changes at Pikes Peak Community Foundation hang charities out to dry

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?

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mr. K-- on 10/13/2016 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Two women Dems looking to break political curse in county commissioner races

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!

Posted by rainydays on 10/13/2016 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Homeless population swells

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!!

Posted by MamaBear1982 on 10/13/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

Tannim, you had me until here:
Proposition 107: Presidential Primary: NO
Proposition 108: Primary Elections: NO

What is the rationale behind objecting to improving the democratic process of presidential primary voting in CO? This would take the power away from the Party leaders and put the power of the vote back in the hands of people of the state. Your other positions lead me to guess that you lean either/both Libertarian or Conservative, so it kind of surprises me that you would not want to introduce proper primary voting to the state. I am all ears.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Dan 1 on 10/13/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Councilor Tom Strand allowed a city-funded agency to pay for an out-of-state trip

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

28 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Donald T Rump on 10/13/2016 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Changes at Pikes Peak Community Foundation hang charities out to dry

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.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joe123 on 10/12/2016 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

71 is horrific. We should all vote no on this. this is been laid out by special interests from outside the state..... oil and gas you better reread this. I am voting resoundingly now

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Margaux S Milchen on 10/12/2016 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

Plus not paying money for ANY bills or helping clean not even after his child or himself

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Posted by Kristyna Dzurik on 10/12/2016 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Legally, it doesn't take much for a guest to stake a claim to your home

What if everything is yours or in your name, yet they continue to use your stuff (breaking dishes, ruining tv's, or touching my kid's things)

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Posted by Kristyna Dzurik on 10/12/2016 at 2:12 PM

Re: “A transformed Fort Lyon promises homeless a second chance


Posted by Bobby Tagle on 10/12/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

typical teabagger comment... just say no to paying your fair share.

14 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by happyfew on 10/12/2016 at 10:40 AM

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