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Re: “Climate change: Deal with it

Excellent rhetoric! I was at the Mayoral Debate and heard the ridiculous and uninformed comments of Candidate Amy. Thank you, John, for calling her on the carpet as well as others who continue to discredit the overwhelming number of scientists whose evidence has made our contribution to global warming an indisputable fact. I am willing to pay an increase in my utility bill for relocating and updating the Drake Power Plant. It and it's harmful emissions do not belong in our city!

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Posted by patriciamullen on 03/25/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Climate change: Deal with it

Thanks for the article. Sorry that it is still necessary to make people aware of how we are jeopardizing our own future by continuing to invest heart and soul into fossil fuels, but I'm grateful for those raising the alarms.

As for candidates, Makepeace is the only mayoral candidate who will state the the truth: that climate change is a problem people are causing and that we need and can to do something about it. (Suthers defers to the federal government for action). Up for council, Murray, Lee, and Carlson (and a few others) have all made strong statements affirming their desire to move away from coal to sustainable, non-GHG emitting pollutants. Check out their statements here:…

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Posted by lvanderpol on 03/25/2015 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Climate change: Deal with it

I'll bet every one of the deniers purports to be Pro Life and "lets keep the cheap energy flowing". Someone please educate me on how anyone can be Pro Life and also be Pro Pollution ?

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Posted by SilenceDoGood on 03/25/2015 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Horses at Bear Creek, change at the senior center, hungry kids, and more

"then they continued with the negotiations with the president (as is constitutionally accepted for anyone that can read)... after the good laugh they had"

happyfew, I guess your comprehension is off yet again: the Iranians are currently obligated to maintain relations, as it's politically expedient to do so at this time, but do you honestly think they approach Kerry and Barry with reverence, and a sense of impending capitulation to their rhetorical prowess and negotiating skills? (now THAT'S comical!).

Simply put, the mullahs and "leaders" in the Middle East will go through the motions and sleepwalk through talks--much as the POTUS does--then revert to whatever actions best suit them, as what have they to fear from our passive and detatched administration? Talk of we being angry as a nation? An arbitrary "red line"?

I'm curious, please provide an example of a foreign policy accomplishment or "win" that's taken place since BO took office...

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 03/25/2015 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Climate change: Deal with it

Thank you John!!!

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Posted by Nicole Rosa on 03/25/2015 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Horses at Bear Creek, change at the senior center, hungry kids, and more

Thank you, Roberta MacIntrye, for stating the obvious: our public parks are not for sale to the highest bidder, be it the Broadmoor or any other similar private enterprise. With all the resources that the Broadmoor has, they should be ashamed of themselves coming into the Skyway neighborhood and taking over the public park for their commercial trail rides. Of course they can pull it off, they have the wealth and influence to exert their will on the city, and no elected official has the guts to say NO to the Broadmoor. But they will do this at a loss to their reputation, and citizens will view them as the bullies like which they are acting. Thanks to the Indy for exposing their corporate greed.

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Posted by prairie chix on 03/25/2015 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Climate change: Deal with it

The many complex variables involved with future planning, management and oversight of CSU will most likely be a large part of the next four years - which do you feel would be the best management model for Utilities: City Council or an Independent Board?

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Posted by Member on 03/25/2015 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Horses at Bear Creek, change at the senior center, hungry kids, and more

"since the Iranians approach them with an attitude of comical indifference"

guess you missed the comment in response to the letter from the Iranians: basically translated to... what bunch of clowns wrote this, we understand the American constitution better than whoever wrote this joke of a letter.

then they continued with the negotiations with the president (as is constitutionally accepted for anyone that can read)... after the good laugh they had.

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Posted by happyfew on 03/25/2015 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Climate change: Deal with it

Many thanks John. Either John Suthers, Mayoral front runner, or Mary Lou Makepeace, would help put utilities governance on the ballot. A change in governance would help us be more responsive to the real risks and costs of maintaining public denial. Fortunately long term savings can result from recognizing and acting to reduce our emissions. We have not yet internalized either the costs of our pollution or potential savings available in the market from clean energy in ourr current portfolio based on highly-subsidized coal and gas.

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Posted by LTH on 03/25/2015 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Horses at Bear Creek, change at the senior center, hungry kids, and more

Mr. Van Horn, it's not difficult to reconcile our incarcerations with liberty, as our society allows incredible amounts of latitude regarding free-choice and individual behavior, until such actions become criminal in nature, as they sometimes will (i.e. such immense allowances will occassionaly foster abuse, but it's still the ideal system of governance, as other countries with repressive forms of government simply won't tolerate dissent or criminality).

I'm not sure what "bravery" has to do with this topic; are you suggesting we should "buck up" and allow convicted criminals to roam and intermingle with us instead of incarcerating them? Would you please elaborate on this?

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 03/25/2015 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Horses at Bear Creek, change at the senior center, hungry kids, and more

Mr. Gustafson, the epistle sent to that regime was essentially an op/ed simply reminding them that any actions on their part not considered suitable down the road might be nullified by a future administration, not a binding, legislative threat that will undoubtedly be implemented, as this Congress doesn't govern by unConstitutional legislative fiat like the POTUS frequently chooses to.

After all, the detatched ineptitude of chief executive and his flunkies must be bolstered in some way, since the Iranians approach them with an attitude of comical indifference and will play them like a two-dollar fiddle--care to bet on the eventual results of and pact, agreement or accord reached, and can you please explain how a simple letter amounts to "treason"?

As for "mental defectives" (I won't use the potetntially degrading term you utilized in your rant), it's impossible to top to the actions/inactions/missteps of the this administration, the party it represents and it's supporters, and the national citizenry has finally recognized this; a fact that the results of the mid-term elections have definitively proven.

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 03/25/2015 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Climate change: Deal with it

I've attended countless Utility Board meetings and listened ad nauseam to the Climate Change deniers delight in burning more coal. They foolishly believe that they are helping rate payers with cheap rates burning expensive coal because of the EPA is coming down hard on polluters.

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Posted by Solar Sam on 03/25/2015 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Climate change: Deal with it

Media polling to date does not really show Mrs. Lathen being a serious contender in the race for Mayor so her views on the causes of climate change/global warming are not important.

Her ability to draw negative national press attention to the region as one still in the dark ages is very important and potentially damaging to the effort to draw sophisticated people to the region.

Move Colorado Springs ahead. Move Lathen out to pasture.

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Posted by Staci6 on 03/25/2015 at 3:59 AM

Re: “Overcoming a sordid past

wonderful column, John. As a fellow little three contemporary (but not a Psi U guy) I'm thinking maybe you and I should be youtubed singing that song--if Will Ferrell would join us I'm sure it would go viral and we would go up in flames.

Posted by Murray Ross on 03/24/2015 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Suthers' reefer madness

Richard Nixon turned marijuana into a narcotic! That is political power! He did that so his detractors could be arrested because they liked marijuana and when in jail they were unable to vote for someone better than Dick. Then he started the DEA to terrorize everyone in the world and catch wrong voters even to this day (even though Dick is dead). Racist drug laws were no more! Now we have 2 million political prisoners in America. And your doctor must pay several hundreds of dollars every year to the DEA to be able to write your prescriptions! These DEA guys are real nifty but are banned from several South American countries. The countries were tired of being bombed and shot up by the DEA.
Can I join the El Paso Gang? I do not have girl parts but I like girl parts. I only use medicinal alcohol such as Peruna "Prohibition Tonic" which may or may not cause Jake-Leg, the jury is still out.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 03/24/2015 at 2:06 AM

Re: “Overcoming a sordid past

That song is just dumb. Now here is a real funny one about City Hall by Frank Zappa, Amanda, prepare to be disgusted again and again and who are you anyway to judge REAL music? Now, back to 1966!

"Brown Shoes Don't Make It"

Brown shoes don't make it
Brown shoes don't make it
Quit school, why fake it
Brown shoes don't make it

TV dinner by the pool
Watch your brother grow a beard
Got another year of school
You're okay, he's too weird
Be a plumber
He's a bummer
He's a bummer every summer
Be a loyal plastic robot
For a world that doesn't care
That's right

Smile at every ugly
Shine on your shoes and cut your hair

Be a jerk-go to work
Be a jerk-go to work
Be a jerk-go to work
Be a jerk-go to work
Do your job, and do it right
Life's a ball
TV tonight
Do you love it
Do you hate it
There it is
The way you made it

A world of secret hungers
Perverting the men who make your laws
Every desire is hidden away
In a drawer in a desk by a naugahyde chair
On a rug where they walk and drool
Past the girls in the office

We see in the back
Of the City Hall mind
The dream of a girl about thirteen
Off with her clothes and into a bed
Where she tickles his fancy
All night long

His wife's attending an orchid show
She squealed for a week to get him to go
But back in the bed his teen-age queen
Is rocking and rolling and acting obscene
Baby, baby. ..
Baby, baby. . .

And he loves it, he loves it
It curls up his toes
She wipes his fat neck
And it lights up his nose
But he cannot be fooled
Old City Hall Fred
She's nasty, she's nasty
She digs it in bed

Do it again
And do it some more
that does it, by golly
And it's nasty for sure
Nasty nasty nasty
Nasty nasty nasty
Only thirteen, and she knows how to nasty

She's a dirty young mind, corrupted corroded
Well she's thirteen today
And I hear she gets loaded

If she were my daughter, I'd...
What would you do, Daddy?
If she were my daughter, I'd ...
What would you do, Daddy?
Check this out
Smother my daughter in chocolate syrup
And strap her on again, oh baby
Smother that girl in chocolate syrup
And strap her on again, oh baby
She's a teen-age baby
She turns me on
I'd like to make her do a nasty
On the White House lawn
Smother my daughter in chocolate syrup
And boogie 'till the cows come home

Time to go home
Madge is on the phone
Got to meet the Gurney's and a dozen grey attorneys
TV dinner by the pool
I'm so glad I finished school
Life is such a ball
I run the world from City Hall

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 03/24/2015 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Pale, male and stale

Can we find something to not blame Doug Bruce for? Pathetic blame-game and how does one "soak" a poor person? "Poor" means to have very little if any money at all. I had some money but it fell into a pothole. If potholes get much deeper we will be able to see all the secret tunnels nobody knows about. The ones in which bootleggers and freed slaves inhabit. Those tunnels kriss-kross the country and politicians hide from constituents in them. Where the upstanding leaders sneak from City Hall to the many brothels that nobody knows about and engage in kinky sex that The Indy backs in every election not because of Douglas Bruce but because "perverse" rhymes with "diverse". City council should pay to do community service like everyone else.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 03/24/2015 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Election 2015: a passion pit

Frank Liebner of Larkspur is a self-described ultra-conservative and would-have-been billionaire had he not fought other people's wars around the world! He is also in favor of forcing people to vote. Head injury Frank? Forcing a person to vote? What's next? Telling them for whom to vote? That is usually what occurs in those situations, followed by imprisonment followed by executions. I would not think anyone who says "Electrical College" should vote. I have heard people say that very thing. Losing the Right to vote is something our screwed up judicial system uses as a punishment. Taxing someone for not voting is just plain screwed up.
By the way Frank, I stopped voting years ago because I just do not care for giving a lying thief the job of running my life.
Now, what the hell is "Ultra-Conservative"?

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 03/24/2015 at 12:49 AM

Re: “Overcoming a sordid past

Funny to see "The Independent" refer to another establishment as "irrelevant." Oh, the irony.

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Posted by Runt on 03/23/2015 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Pale, male and stale

Speaking of stereotypes, Mr. Riggins, you presume that those of us who agree with this article are too lazy to "do our homework" on the candidates, that we would mindlessly vote for any candidate on the ticket who was not an old white man. These presumptions reflect your own prejudices, not ours. You are the intolerant bigot.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/21/2015 at 12:34 PM

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