Like it or not Cimarron is long overdue for a make over. As the entrance to the Rocky Mountains it should have always been a majestic drive. At this time it is a great example of urban blight with empty buildings, junk yards, an abandoned factory, a fence that forbids exit off this road and a creek that has not seen flood control in a 100 years. The crime is Colorado Springs was allowed to treat this portion of the west side as a dumping ground and will be barely responsible for its recovery if this 2 year construction project achieves that. There aren't that many homes along Highway 24 that will be directly affected unless you consider the mobile home parks. I won't miss seeing these unsustainable aluminum boxes. The concern for me is the construction and recovery will stop at the mouth of Ute Pass. This Pass should be further developed with biking and hiking trails and businesses that support this tourist activity. Why this opportunity has escaped the attention of Colorado Springs for over 200 years is the real mystery. It indicates the only sustainable thing CS city government can offer is ignorance.
To Kimberly"s post; It's truly amazing how people use religion as an excuse to act and say whatever they want under the shield of the moral "high ground" provided by religion. When people selectively interpret the Bible as a justification for their views, it baffles my mind that they don't realize how ridiculous it is to select the parts of the Bible that they like, while choosing to overlook the parts they do not like. While at the same time, acting in a way they see as validated because their opinion is sanctioned by God.
To question the difference between a civilian combatant and a military combatant sure as heck dont justify killing those boys on the beach. Even Israel said that was a huge mistake. Its foolish to even try to justify it that way. I have no dog in that fight what so ever Ive never been there I dont have any family there and as far as I know dont intend to. But I do question who is Israels enemy. Now what some label me as Liberal is my thought of as to why. For all the strides the Human race has made. Why are we still killing each other? Ideas and Money is the only thing I see as the answer and thats a shame.
I have been missing Sudoku "X" for several weeks.
please bring it back!
Excellent points Rocky. Since the Palestinian terrorists--I'll not mince words here--have no formal military structure or training, they must resort to guerrilla tactics, and sadly, bring harm and death upon innocent civilians as they push their agenda--i.e. extermination of Israel and all Jews (helluva display of theological tolerance, no?). Israel is certainly worthy of condemnation for their atrocities--the killing of the kids on the beach is inexcusable--but to suggest that blame can be placed on only one combatant in this scenario is ridiculous and transparent; and may both sides employ reason and calmer heads in the days ahead...
Such fanciful logic “prairie”, too bad none of it passes the common-sense test. You claim this is not a “fair-fight”. Quite true, and if you’re out-manned, outgunned and outmaneuvered, engagement may not be a wise choice, and if you still choose to do so, esp. when you’re targeting civilians while hiding amidst your own, then the consequences may be quite severe and potentially “lethal” (I fixed one of your misspellings; the rest I leave to you). Simply put, the Palestinians have chosen--freely and repeatedly—to fire missiles into Israel, and they do so in a haphazard and imprecise fashion from locations surrounded by their own innocent populace; so when the Israeli military (they actually have a formal one, not loosely grouped jihadists like Hamas and the PLO) locates the targets, are they supposed to use lesser weapons to even things out and level the playing field? If the Israelis hadn't developed such a potent fighting force, they would have been exterminated long ago, and the higher death toll is because Israel uses better, more precise weapons utilized by an actual Army, so the Palestinians can either cease with hostilities, or pay the price through advanced Israeli retributive capabilities (i.e. it sucks to have a rock when your opponent drives a tank) and while it’s certainly your prerogative to pledge allegiance to those war-mongers (I fixed another, you’re welcome) it is increasingly indefensible.
“Ethnic cleansing”? “Basic human rights”? “Slow genocide”? Thy name is Palestine. Jimi, the three Israeli settlers aren’t missing; they were murdered in cold blood, and whether it was by Hamas, the PLO or another fringe element doesn’t make them any less dead. I find the retributive killing of the young Palestinian boy to be equally abhorrent, and it’s this perpetual cycle of revenge that will keep both sides mired in this conflict for the foreseeable future, but those who committed that deed have been arrested and will be punished; has something similar occurred to those who murdered the three young Israelis?
“Hamas is not using civilians as human shields”. Preposterous, and a simple Google search using that verbatim phrase will provide ample, unbiased evidence of this.
Israel is like a geographical postage-stamp on a basketball-court of land mass whose inhabitants want nothing less than the full extermination of the Jewish people, and had they the resources and technology (i.e. military might) to invade, they would have tried to drive the Jews into the sea. Are you suggesting Israeli’s would do likewise? Do they have designs of expansion into any/all Muslim territories with an overt, implicit genocidal goal? They simply wish to be left alone, but when faced with the threat of constant, unbridled aggression, have no option but to retaliate. The biggest question: if a nuclear option existed for some Muslim leaders--specifically, Ahmadinejad--and other theological regimes, would they not exercise it? Yet Israel has feasibly posessed this option for years; if they’re truly “terrorists” why have they chosen not to exercise it?
An Iranian professor explains the problem:
Prolly not a popular stance right now but some things have me curious. Ill agree Israel has gone nuts in the past. But does Gaza have a standing Military? Is it there Military or civilian militants firing into Israel? From what I hear there Governed by a democratic elected Civilian Militant organization. So it brings up the question. How would you target Military if they dont have any and its the civilians firing at you? Who would you be targeting? Like Afghanistan pretty hard to know the difference. Damn shame its women and kids getting the worst of it and it needs to stop.
Jeff, if Netanyahu's ridiculous rationalizations make sense to you, go for it. But it is pretty obvious to the world who is dropping the bombs and who is being killed..... the death toll says all one needs to know. Maybe you Israel supporters need to get Hamas more lethel weapons next time so there can be some Israeli casualties, then you can bomb them to Smithereens like you want to.....
Excellent letter, Grace Yenne, you have said all that needs to be said. This bombing of Gaza is little more than murder by the Israeli army since Gaza is not a military installation and it is not a fair fight. Israel and their zionist supporters try to claim that they left Gaza, but the fact is that the people are not free to come and go. Israel controls 3/4 of the perimiter and has very strict regulations on what and who can enter and exit. Egypt controls the one international border. I am ashamed that our president and Sec. of State Kerry have not spoken out against this one-sided massacre, and I hold the US responsible since they fund Israel to buy all these bombs and planes. Pres. Obama, you have blood on your hands, too, along with the Israeli war-mongerers.
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Jeff. We must look at the root cause of the aggression, the ongoing occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine. The Gaza Strip and the West Bank have been occupied since 1948, with the Israelis continuing to take more land, breaking international laws, denying the basic human rights for the oppressed Palestinian people, and have turned Gaza into a giant prison because of the blockades. The latest offensive on Gaza has nothing to do with self-defense, it has to do with slow genocide, and Netanyahu using his power to make sure that the Unity Government, just announced in May, will fail. In addition, two Palestinians teens were murdered by IDF soldiers in early May outside of Ramallah, then the three missing Israeli settlers (which still has not been proven to be the responsibility of Hamas, even the State Dept said that), then the collective punishment campaign which shut down entire cities in the West Bank, including Hebron, (where I just spent one month working and witnessed this) arrested over 800 Palestinians, killed 20 Palestinians in the West Bank, and now killed over 200 Palestinians in Gaza and injured almost 2000. Please tell me who is protecting themselves, tell me who the terrorists are? Hamas is not using civilians as human shields, just today we saw on the news, even CNN, Israel targeting four children playing soccer, last week we saw reports of eight Palestinians killed watching a soccer game, and just two days ago an entire housing complex wiped out eighteen members of one family. Were the kids on the beach playing soccer, hiding a "terrorist" under the sand? We must end the impunity of Israel, we must end the 8 million dollars of U.S. tax dollars everyday to help commit these crimes, and we must hold Israel accountable for their crimes against humanity.
G. Yenne, criticism of Middle-east atrocities is justifiably leveled at both sides in this conflict, but since Israeli military forces left Gaza nine years ago, so who's the real instigator here? Over 9,000 missiles have been fired at Israel since their withdrawl; is the expected "civil" response a quiet, passive acceptance of this aggression? When Hamas fires missiles, it is indiscriminate and frequently at civilian targets, and they do so from mosques, schools, hospitals and private residences populated with human shields, then scream about excessive retaliation when Israel eliminates these targets. Israel frequently undercuts their own military effectiveness by dropping leaflets and actually calling neighbors to let them know about impending strikes and a perfectly encapsulation of these stark differences was proposed by Netanyahu himself: "Here's the difference between us: We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."
sad to hear about all the discrimination poor Guy is suffering. My heart bleeds purple piss for your unfortunate white ass.
you can add a finger to the raspberry ..|..
Publish - with respect, it seems that it is you who does not have a strong grasp of what non-profit means. It certainly does not mean that the organization doesn't pay salaries. It also does not mean that a highly-qualified, highly-effective leader of the organization should not be paid an appropriate salary.
You clearly believe that Mikey Weinstein, with his background as a USAFA graduate, law school graduate, USAF JAG officer, White House Fellow, with his almost three decades of experience, and with his demonstrated effectiveness as an advocate for the protection of the Constitutional rights of all military members, is overpaid.
I'd suggest that you don't have a handle on what an individual with that background is worth -- for if you did, then you'd know that he's worth much more.
As to your comment about being "turned into a believer", rest assured I am already a believer --- in God, in the importance of upholding the US Constitution, and in supporting honorable men like Mikey Weinstein who are willing to fight an unpopular fight.
Here's a link to Chicago's review of the situation...
Mrs Russel Where did the ruling say only morning after pills? The ruling stated any closely held companies can opt out if its religiously opposed to that part of the law. They didnt specify. Or did I miss something? Now H. L. went ahead and allowed the regular pill but that was there choice but dont think others will. Now the part I dont get is "Closely Held" If H.L. was truly closely held would they have the personal protection afforded them by a Corporation? In other words they have no personal liability by becoming a corporation but they have demanded personal religious protection. Hows that work?
Sorry, but I'm not barking up ANY tree, Clara McKenna. You can be soooo prissy, smug and snotty. Visit Sondermann personally and check out the south half of the park. You'll see a barren, ugly, stump-ridden expanse of weeds, woodchips and dirt where there used to be swaths of green, shade, birdsong and autumnal color (I go for runs on the park trails almost daily, year-round). THAT'S an improvement? Check out the lovely, lushly-wooded part of the park. A good 85-90% of it is also comprised of stately elms. Should they, too, be "banned" (as you so quaintly put it)? I applaud your declaration of faith in Forestry and its expertise (you're a very good girl), but you're the one barking up the wrong tree, Clara McKenna. No one is questioning Forestry's "expertise;" I'm protesting what’s being done to the parks – Sondermann in particular – by way of Forestry’s mission to rid them of non-native tree species (at a million bucks in taxpayer money).
Having just now perused your history of input on these pages and elsewhere in The Independent on this and other matters -- you would seem to be a frequent contributor -- I see that you chastise others for "bile" in their discourse. But an air of arch, smug, snotty put-down runs through your own pronouncements. You adopt a mantle of superior insight and acumen, flinging it stylishly over your shoulder as you ascend the lofty elevation from which you address the misguided and bestow correctives.
I'm puzzled by your pronouncement that you "know what can be done in landscaping with natives and those that mimic them." Bully. What, though, does that have to do with what happened to Sondermann or with the price of eggs in China? We ALL "know what can be done in landscaping." Me, too! And what "landscaping" are you alluding to -- the now de-treed, denuded half of Sondermann?
In your reply to this (which is certain, given precedent), please don't repeat the b.s. maneuver of charging my discourse with "bile." Yes, you piss me off. It's not because of your argument or your position, though. What rankles me -- what prompted this response -- is the unearned smugness, the coy, arch, dismissiveness, the presumption of superior acumen with which you contour and color your argument.
There's the rub.
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