The article lists the cost per Prep School graduate at $93,800. It says that number comes from an Air Force audit published in 2005 looking at data from 2002 and 2003. I share your willingness to doubt the accuracy of things I read in the media, but the number and the attributed source seem pretty specific. And unfortunately, those numbers are from a decade ago. Nothing in the military seems to get less expensive over time, and I would be willing to guess that the cost per Prep School student is higher now than what was published in 2005. As for the graduation rates, the numbers listed in this article are consistant with historical numbers I've read in other places. Roughly 25% who enter the Prep School don't make it to USAFA, and another 25% who do don't graduate from USAFA. What surprised me are the percentages of Prep School graduates involved in honor offenses and other problems at USAFA. I would think the percentages would be LOWER than direct entry cadets. Not higher. Regardless of the specific cost per Prep School graduate, shouldn't a year of exposure to USAFA military and honor standards give them an advantage over their direct entry peers? If this has been an known problem since at least 2005, what exactly is being done to make positive changes? Is there a better solution? Even if this article is only mostly accurate, I can't believe USAFA can't do better. Is it even trying?
Anothergrad, I'd be inclined to say you might have a point if I knew for sure that the cost per student, graduation rates etc quoted in the article are correct. I'm willing to bet they are not. I'm also inclined to believe maybe there's some broad over-generalizing here.
Bach wants the Colorado Springs tax payers to chip in on a stadium for no team, a museum for an international corporation that has the funds to build their own museum, a medicine facility for a state owned university and a new visitor center for the federal government. I am glad he is so generous with our money. If it ever comes to a public vote I will be first in line to campaign against this project. This is all about making his friends and possibly himself richer. If it is about jobs, attract the tech industry again. One tech company can bring in more and higher paying jobs. In the 90's and early 2000's they were here. Do you remember when Intel and HP were here? Now Colorado Springs gets excited when we get a new retail store (Bass Pro Shops) that brings in new jobs that pay below the national average. The city government needs to look at an intelligent jobs plan and not how to stuff their friends pockets with cash.
The "poorest of the poor" were already covered by Medicaid. All Obamacare has done is redefine "poor", resulting in hundreds of thousands more Americans lining up for something someone else is paying for.
The AFA has lost the target and muddied the mission of the prep school and the scope of intercollegiate athletics.
The fact that ~170 of the entering class of 1100 cadets came from the prep school is not a problem, but the fact that nearly 50% of those cadets are athletes is disproportionate to the composition of the cadet wing. This gives an appearance of using the prep school to "redshirt" athletes, not promoting diversity.
Currently around 20%-25% of cadets participate in D-1 athletic programs. This commits nearly 1,000 cadets to these activities. This is a huge cost in personnel and resources. I did not realize the level of committing to D-1 athletic programs compared to other universities. Why does the AFA have 26 sports when UT has on 20? Cadets can get this leadership experience through military and club activities.
The AFA should focus on commissioning officers, not promoting athletes.
Gen Johnson, you've got a problem here. The Prep School is not a success story. There has got to be a more efficient way of meeting diversity quotas at USAFA than paying $12.6 million per year for students with a 50% washout rate. Are USAFA athletics really worth cashing in the integrity of the Air Force Academy by maintaining an admissions backdoor for recruited athletes who have almost no chance of graduating? If the data in this story is accurate, Academy leaders have been practicing willful negligence with the human and financial resources American taxpayers have trusted them with. It is time to clean house.
we don't need no stinking public input, says the fat cat developer buddies of mayor botch.
these guys are unbelievable!
More and more the Academy seems to be losing sight of its primary mission; to accept the best qualified applicants, then train and graduate them to become good Air Force officers. The AF Academy is not about football, but based upon the amount of athletes being groomed through the prep school you would think it is. The Air Force needs to get back to putting 100 percent prior enlisted through the prep school. They, at least, have earned the right to be there.
"Price tells other media he's been "spending a lot of time" with Chris Jenkins of Nor'Wood Development, owner of a big share of the downtown property eyed for the stadium and the Olympic museum."
This really smacks of collusion. If EPS, Inc. is aware of it (I'd be amazed if they're not) I imagine it would hurt the city's chances of closing this deal & getting as much cash as they can.
I know it's a small city, but the mayor should be slammed for putting together a deal that [on the surface] looks like a helluva sweetheart proposition for his close buddies. Nice payback for funding the strong mayor ijitiative and helping to get their "boy" elected! Scratch below the surface & I wonder who else stands to realize a windfall?
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A good question to ask might be: for all of the football recruits brought into the prep school in 2009--ultimately for the USAFA class of 2014--how many are on the roster and how many are still cadets in good standing. That might inform the overall return-on-investment question for both the P-school and the D-I football program.
I'm happy the homeless are getting essential benefits. However, many middle-class Americans are losing theirs due to unaffordable, terrible bronze policies that cover nothing but raise deductibles and out-of-pockets. My family will be uninsured in 2014.
And before it's asked. Yes, I've been on the Colorado exchange website and the policies are unaffordable in my situation. On the other-hand, I could stop paying my mortgage, become homeless and possibly be covered? Probably not.
I did not have a good experience with this organization. We qualified up until the face to face interview, and then we were told we do not qualify. That shows they didn't like our looks or something. Regardless, we were homeless, my husband has two Masters, I have an Associates, and they wouldn't even tell us why. They didn't have to they said. Anyhow, I am glad there are some people they help. That is a good thing.
How the Tea Party’s Apocalyptic Politics Are Destroying the Republican Party
Our modern prophets are fundamentally different. Their dogma springs from Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, through James Dobson’s Family Research Council, to the eerily omnipresent Fellowship and its C Street house.
For these apocalyptic prophets, the issues aren’t even political anymore; they’re existential, with Obamacare serving as the avatar for all evil. In this construct, any compromise whatsoever leads to damnation, and therefore the righteous ends justify any means.
Now if you are battling the forces of evil for the very survival of the nation, there can be no retreat, no compromise, and no deals. Like the Jewish zealots at Masada, it’s better to commit glorious suicide than make peace with the devil. There can be no truce with the Tea Party because its apocalyptic zealots can never take “yes” for an answer.
If you'd like to have your comments on this proposal heard at the state level, send them to:
Jeff Kraft, Director of Business Funding & Incentives
1625 Broadway, Suite 2700
Denver, Colorado 80202
In response to the comment by "Dusk" on 8/23/2013:
I am a nurse who is amidst my own health battle and struggling for answers toward a multitude of crippling symptoms as well. After reading your post, I strongly urge you to get tested for Chagas disease. The bugs you described sound like the Reduviid bug that dwell in areas that you were working and can easily be mistaken for ticks. They transmit the parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes the disease. A blood test can screen for it. I hope this helps and prayers go out to you and all!
BIBLE STUDY TOOLS 14.6. Delivered from the Wrath to Come
Some have understood Paul’s teaching concerning the delivery of believers from the “wrath to come” (1Th. 1Th. 1:10) as describing their exemption from the wrath of judgment which unbelievers will undergo for rejecting Christ (John John 3:18-19, John 3:36). But everywhere in Scripture, the benefits of redemption are fully and immediately applied at the time of redemption. Believers have eternal life (John John 3:15; Acts Acts 13:48; 1Jn. 1Jn. 5:13). The wrath to come does not speak of the potential judgment of believers which has already been averted by their saving faith, but the “hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth” (Rev. Rev. 3:10+).
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (Rom. Rom. 5:9-10) [emphasis added]
The justification is present tense and entirely complete. The believer stands totally and completely justified the moment he comes to faith. The wrath here is future.
The wrath of God here [1Th. 1Th. 1:10] is future, and hence, cannot refer to the general wrath of God against sin which is a present reality. This wrath is future. While Hell and the Lake of Fire are also future, they cannot be what this passage is referring to. By virtue of salvation, the believer is already redeemed from Hell. . . . the wrath that the Church is being delivered from is the wrath of the Great Tribulation. He is coming for the specific purpose of delivering the Church from the wrath to come, namely, the Tribulation period.
The salvation spoken of here [1Th. 1Th. 5:9] is future, and so cannot be soteriological, which is a present reality. The salvation here is eschatological, referring to the redemption of the body which will occur at the Rapture. It is this salvation that the Church has been appointed to and not to the wrath of the Day of the Lord.
Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, The Footsteps of Messiah, rev ed. (Tustin, CA: Ariel Ministries, 2003), 153.
Find this and more at http://www.biblestudytools.com/.
Im betting Pera will win because of their legal standing but I'm no lawyer. The liability, when RFPS went out, were placed on the leasing party, not the City. Several of us on Council did not understand that change but Melcher gave his legal opinion as City Attorney that the City doesnt have to pay PERA and Council Members Bennett and Williams who led this under Melcher's direction convinced Council and the citizenry. After all, it looked good getting all that money into a medical foundation for Colorado Springs after decades of paying for thismedical institution. Two lasting questions I have are: if City has to pay PERA what is interest percentage on monies not paid? That 275 million is going to be eaten through real quick if courts find COS responsible. Also, whats happening with the 16 Memorial employees that were going to sue for their agreed pension payments? Are they receiving their money directly from City? If so, where are those funds coming out of?
George W. Bush to Raise Money for Group That Converts Jews to Bring About Second Coming of Christ
Just like the conservative Christians here always sticking their noses where it doesn't belong (up other people's arses.) Look this up: there are two Returns with Christ, the first is FOR the born again believers, then after the book of Revelations stuff, the Return of Christ WITH the believers to re-establish the garden of Eden on earth. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Pope Francis' latest surprise: a survey on the modern family
Same-sex unions, mixed marriages, single-parent families and surrogate mothers are all mentioned in the prelude to a list of questions that get into the nitty-gritty of 21st century life:
• "What pastoral attention can be given to people who live in these types of [same-sex] union?"
• "In the case of unions of persons of the same sex who have adopted children, what can be done pastorally in light of transmitting the faith?"
• "Do [the divorced and remarried] feel marginalized or suffer from the impossibility of receiving the sacraments?"
• "In cases where non-practicing Catholics or declared non-believers request the celebration of marriage, describe how this pastoral challenge is dealt with."
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