First...saying someone is not living in sin if they are married is double talk if you don't support the constitutional right for equal protection under the law as addressed in a marriage for all? Second...gay marriage is already legal in many states and most notably has been in other countries for quite some time. A international church will need to risk there tax exemption...by discriminating against someone or simply wake up and respect the laws of the land . A church based union is not effected by these marriages and if chastity is the issue than why doesn't the church work to ban infidelity in heterosexual unions? Discrimination is the key motivation as stated by the Supreme Court's statement.
As to UCanSeeClearlyNow's prior posting, I'd like to expand on his words: "....improving the downtown area is something private developers should be doing on their own initiative. The fact that nothing of substance has been built in decades tells you all you need to know about their commitment....." my question is WHY?
Why don't private developers commit private capital to re-vitalize downtown? There are probably many reasons; here are some as I see them, in no particular order:
- Start with the old Chief theater? I'm told it was a grand building but was torn down in the 1970s for something new and wonderful but the lot is still vacant? True? This may be a key incident to study why private investment failed then, why it continues to fail, and why the city doesn't have much respect for old gems (like city auditorium) that we should be milking for all they're worth to create uniqueness for our city. We've enough schlock in our suburbs, if they build schlock downtown it will not draw anyone to live, work or visit.
- Mayors and city councils got owned by James Dobson and Ted Haggard, who made this city a national laughing stock and created a reputation that our city is full of whack job evango-fascists bent on implementing evangelical sharia law on all of us. THAT is a deadly reputation to overcome and it will take another decade to live it down while people forget. Recent religious and sexual scandals at the USAFA pour salt on these wounds.
- TABOR, both the state and local versions of this insanity prohibit infrastructure spending that underpins corporate investment and development. Business people need a stable public-private partnership for long-term investment; these folks will NOT invest hundreds of millions of dollars in a city if their fate is left to a bunch of fickle citizens who pull the rug out from under them at the next election. Turning off street lights made us a national joke; our taxes are extremely low compared to other COLO cities and we could have raised taxes a tiny amount but TABOR prevented it. Recent disastrous fires and floods help cement our reputation for sorry-assed infrastructure and government. When investors look for places to spend their money with an eye on future returns we must be at the bottom of the list for most of them.
- We have a tiny underused airport with way too few flights. Denver airport RULES.
- We have no mass transit and only a skeletal bus system. Denver has great service.
- We have only a way too-narrow I-25 for travel to/from Denver; we stay a backwater.
- We have the worst member of Congress (Lamborn) who is a national disgrace.
- We have a new national reputation as an area with a lynch mob of gun-toting crazies.
Until these issues work themselves out, this city remains in a death spiral.
Meanwhile, the county has chimed in with a meaningless and worthless "me-too" of the Mayor's proposal for the downtown. What's THEIR plan? Crickets.
I'm not nuts over the Mayor's proposal, but finally there is something to discuss on improving the downtown.
Has anyone asked the Sky Sox yet if they want to move downtown yet.
Turn the whole government over to the younger generation and get rid of these relics from an unsuccessful era.
"El Paso County commissioners have voted unanimously to support the City for Champions proposal for Regional Tourism Act funds."
Surprise, surprise - a government entity supports getting more money.
As when it was initially created, improving the downtown area is something private developers should and could be doing on their own initiative. The fact that nothing of substance has been built in decades tells you all you need to know about their commitment.
The Independent has never made claims about being unbiased, so judging them on that basis is rather pointless. Our local daily, on the other hand, makes such claims all the time, whilst simultaneously posting some of the most conservative angles around. At least the Independent is honest with itself. If you don't know what you're going to get when reading the Indy, then you've been under a rock.
As far as Morse, he was a duly elected representative of our district who did nothing illegal. Recalls are typically reserved for ethical or legal violations by a representative—not merely because 11% of the voters in a district disliked the elected official's politics. This recall sets a most unfortunate precedent for representatives on all sides of Colorado's fences.
"bizarre recall elections"? What is bizarre in Ms. Stanley's writing style. It is certainly not journalism nor unbiased reporting. Her writing is typical CSIndy opinionated tripe. It is hard work to find facts. I am not surprised that the reporter as with most of CSIndy people did not like a recall. They have clearly displayed their pro-government anti-freedom stance and high levels of ignorance, butt-kissing and superciliousness. It is difficult to read the Indy and find anything thought provoking or informative. How many trees have to die to supply the paper they use? and Ms. Stanley, you should file a lawsuit against any school you attended and demand your tuition be refunded. Maybe even freelance and do an actual expose on the people and lies you have been fed then regurgitated as news. Dig deep beneath the fluff. Have you ever heard of The Pulitzer Prize?
I am sorry for those that defend an arrogant politician who has disdain for the Rights of Americans. Wait, "sorry' is not enough... I am appalled and completely disgusted. Freedom of The Press which is used to lie to the public will damage, for life, a lot of children. When authority lies to youth it is easily spotted by them, thus credibility and trust is gone forever. They disconnect and society becomes a fragmented mess. The sense of community is never regained and just as we see happening now, it becomes "us or them" not "we". Is it worth it to make a few dollars and doom your children? Do you think your government is going to help them?
Morse has never been able to hold a job, so he was a good candidate through whom to deliver the message: if you don't represent us, if you don't fix the problems, we are going to fire you.
Take heed Doug Lamborn, your job is more than voting with the crowd...we expect you to think and create and speak out. All of which means you are unqualified for the job.
For those going though this I cannot express how horrified I am that this woman chooses to treat her employees like this. Just an FYI. It is perfectly legal in Colorado to audio record conversations as long as one person (usually the one recording it) knows about it. I was involved in a work comp case with my former employer and recorded conversations with my supervisor and HR director. It was gold in my settlement case. So for the employees, if you can afford to buy a voice recorder or have a smart phone and can download a voice recorder app do so and have it on at all times while talking to your employer. It proves what was said and can benefit you. I made sure it was legal by calling the police station at their non emergency number. You have to be able to protect yourself in situations like these and the employer will say something that will help your case.
Duncan Slack, I am sorry that you got screwed out of pay. But I am glad that the court system helped you rectify the situation.
I would like to thank the Independent and Bryce for taking their time to publish this story, and let Colorado Springs not to support bussines like these. I hope that the word spreads around. Yes, she is a liar and a manipulative person that "fixes" a situation by calling the cops and getting restraining orders. She hides in her office when a situation comes at her. Her solution is to pretend everything is ok. Unfortunately she does not realize how much it affected myself and my kids, because her husband like she says (very often) has money and takes care of her. And I wonder how much does her husband really knows. She called me crying once because she had an argument with Mervine Hillstrom, her husband telling me that he HATES the curry leaf. Hopefully something good will come of this. Please do not support the curry leafi was a good employee, and she knows that going above and beyond for the restaurant and Mrs. Hillstrom. Regardless of hiring because we've been unemployed for a while like she claims, it is simply not ok to do this to people. My children depend on me like I depended on her to honor her checks for hours work.
Many times you can find companies with available jobs and employee reviews on glassdoor.com and indeed.com. glassdoor.com frequently has salaries and interview questions. Curry Leaf was not on either site, but maybe there is a way to add it!
The employees ran off the customers by inattentive even rude service...they killed the business and made it impossible for the owner to make the money to pay them...I stopped going there because of the help not the food.
Thank you, Colorado Springs Independent and Bryce Crawford for covering this story. People should NOT be able to steal from their employees. I have never eaten here and never will. I have worked in food service myself and I ALWAYS tip well and dine out frequently. One of my children is one of the many people who have taken the owner of this restaurant to court but has not seen payment owed by her. So I am spreading the word to my friends about her treatment of her staff.
I am also a former employee of the Curry Leaf. I sued Lana earlier in the summer and was awarded $2000 in court after she didn't show. Lana also employed her 18 year old niece who moved out to Colorado to work at the Curry Leaf and didn't pay her. There are many dispicable practices going on at the Curry Leaf. After seeing the way Lana ran the kitchen, I personally feel that there are health risks associated with eating food she has prepared. Do not eat at the Curry Leaf.
I boycotted this restaurant years ago when I learned from a former employee how they (mis)handle raw foods.
This restaurant, at one time, served the best comfort food in town. It went down the crapper well over a year ago. Surprised their doors are still open. A cryin' shame.
I have never been to this place and after reading this article I think I never will. I hope this is also a good lesson to those who wish to open up their own restaurant.
Wow, how despicable! Something similar happened to me at Cascabel's (a mexican restaurant off of GoG Rd) in High School. Meanwhile, the owner of the restaurant was walking around in designer clothing, driving a nice car. How do people think this ok???
The crap this lady pulled by stealing JJ's kitchen equipment in the middle of the night shows that she is a liar and a thief. This doesnt surprise me one bit.
After this report, I will never eat at The Curry Leaf. Sounds like this place could use an infusion of Restaurant Impossible rescuing, LOL.
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