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.
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.
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.
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.
"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!
1A is essential hardware for Hillary's panopticon.
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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