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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.

4 likes, 10 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.

6 likes, 2 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

26 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

6 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

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)

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.

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by happyfew on 10/12/2016 at 10:40 AM

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

sallie is too busy trying to con the voters into getting another term. if they ever worked on real issues that benefit the county and not just themselves we might see something get done.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by happyfew on 10/12/2016 at 10:03 AM

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

Is there any surprise here? Do not expect a recusal. In view of the massive donations Strand received for his campaign and has directly voted in favor of those donors' issues, do not expect any sort of recusal.

35 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 10/12/2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

Can we get more info about why Amendment 69 in its current form is bad? Or how specifically it would be different to be comparable to universal healthcare countries?

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Cameron LeVack on 10/12/2016 at 9:33 AM

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

This should have been done twenty years ago, but nobody had the guts to get it done. And here we are.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tannim on 10/12/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Busy ballot, tough choices for Colorado voters

And now, for the correct answers instead of the Indy's mistakes:

Amendment 69: ColoradoCare: NO
Amendment 70: Minimum Wage: NO
Amendment 71: Amending the Constitution: NO
Amendment 72: Tobacco Tax: NO
Amendment T: Slavery Exception Removal: YES
Amendment U: Property Tax Removal: YES
Proposition 106: Physician-Assisted Suicide: YES
Proposition 107: Presidential Primary: NO
Proposition 108: Primary Elections: NO

El Paso County 1A: Cable TV and telecommunications: NO

Palmer Lake 2A: Sales Tax Increase Extension and de-Bruce: NO
Palmer Lake 2B: Cannabis Excise Tax and de-Bruce: NO
Palmer Lake 2C: de-Bruce: NO
Palmer Lake 2D: Publish ordinances printed by title only, full online: NO
Green Mountain Falls 2E: Lodging Tax and de-Bruce: NO
Green Mountain Falls 2F: Cable TV and telecommunications: NO

Academy D20 3A: Tax and Bond Increases: NO
Falcon D49 3B: Tax Increase Extension: NO
District 11 3C: Tax Increase and De-Bruce: NO
District 11 3D: Tax and Bond Increases: NO
Hanover D28 3E: Tax Increase: NO

Municipal Fire
Green Mountain Falls & Chipita Park Fire 4A: Tax and Bond Increases: NO

Triview Metro District 5A: Revenue retention and de-Bruce: NO
Paint Brush Hills Metro District 5B: De-Bruce: NO
Stratmoor Hills Fire 5C: Revenue retention: NO
Stratmoor Hills Fire 5D: De-Bruce: NO

Local Citizen Initiatives
Palmer Lake 300: Cannabis Excise Tax and de-Bruce: NO
Palmer Lake 301: Allow and regulate recreational cannabis: YES

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Posted by Tannim on 10/12/2016 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Election influencers: Hiding in plain sight

There is a legislative solution to this that goes beyond transparency regarding funds: make it a requirement that the candidate/issue they support is actually in the voting district they vote in. The Koch Brothers would then only be able to fund issues in Oklahoma, and Philip Anschutz, unless he's moved, would be funding Denver issues. Transparency is still paramount, and they way to fix that is with campaign funding reform. First step? Repeal Citizen's United. Second step? Change the rules for non-profits.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Vietnamized on 10/11/2016 at 12:25 PM

Re: “A-69 backers push movie

Jim, I'll keep my insurance the way it is and gladly pay 3.3% of my taxable income to help everyone - not just the select few I choose to chip a few bucks to because they 'believe' as I do.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Vietnamized on 10/11/2016 at 12:17 PM

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