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Re: “Speaking up, speaking out

I don't think Kristin understands that a "free speech zone" prohibits "free speech" unless in a designated area.

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 01/04/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Homelessness vs. war, Donald Trump, working for peace, and more

Okay, I played a lot of "risk", while toking to JD. The Canuck mistook Japan for a powerful country that is not feeling suddenly lonely between Kim jong and beijing. Trump defaults on our debt...savings bonds are worthless, aaaaplus credit rating vaporized... maybe Tokyo too, keep an eye on Kuala Lampur, hehe. Anyhoo, we end up sending our pacific fleet to Yokohama, LIKE A CHUMP! Putin is stoked. China is broke. Japan is smoke. Lgbtqthcwwjd is a joke.

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Posted by kimjongbong on 01/04/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “LGBTQ community allies show support

HORRIBLE, UNIFORMED INDIVIDUALS AND ARTICLE SHOULD HAVE SELECTED MORE INFORMED LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS TO RESPOND..... AND, to use the term "lifestyle" as though being gay is something one chooses is insulting. Are you concerned? Hell, yes!!!!
Every single one of his administrative appointments is anti-LGBTQ. Some, like Betsy DeVos, Trumps pick for Education secretary, have simply donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-LGBTQ organizations. But others, like Mike Pence, his vice-president, have supported conversion therapy and signed legislation that sent same-sex couples to jail for simply filling out a marriage application. Which means that, despite Trumps apparent ambiguity on the subject, the lawmakers who support LGBTQ equality are very, very nervous and for good reason.

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Posted by Marlena Alvarado on 01/04/2017 at 5:33 AM

Re: “Who will fight for old downtown?

The article by Mr Hazelhurst (December 21) was both enlightening and necessary. The perspective he provided for the Pikes Peak region certainly applies to many areas of the country. It seems the protection and preservation of our priceless historic buildings and sites can be cyclical, victims of whimsical trends more often than not. American history will always be driven by economic forces that arent particularly sensitive to local cultural activities, marvelous designs or highly publicized associations with famous people. And yet surprisingly every era has its heroic personalities that seem to respond to a higher calling. That is the story of historic preservation. It can be the most challenging of exercises and yet the most rewarding and sustainable of all endeavors.

It is interesting to note how study after study for the revitalization of downtown Colorado Springs stresses providing accommodations for current and future young professionals. The result has often been modern high-rise condominiums near the periphery of downtown. Yet as the city moves forward in its mission to provide an inviting urban experience, and as we relentlessly pursue our long-honored infill development policy, we must as a 'community' endeavor to balance the old with the new. We need to work together to decide what older areas of town are worthy of preservation for future generations and how to allow sensitive, sustainable change to occur within these neighborhoods. Most of us now refer scornfully to those unenlightened decision makers of the past who arbitrarily demolished architectural gems (Antlers Hotel, Burns Opera House, etc.). And yet what scenario could be lurking just around the corner which would simply be a repeat of the tragedies of the past? What major housing or college or hospital or commercial complex lies maliciously on some developers drawing board? Will our descendants once again lament about our era of rampant modernization? Will they deplore our just plain sloppy stewardship regarding the city's precious past? In fairness some of our government officials have led attempts to respect the jewels of our community; they were generally able to preserve important areas while fanning the flames of the economic drivers that maintain the vitality of our city.

The Historic Preservation Alliance (HPA) serves the greater Colorado Springs area as your local historic society. Our nonprofit organization of 300+ members is part of a consortium of other voluntary, like-minded organizations existing in the Pikes Peak region whose primary purpose is to make our history available for those interested in being exposed to it. The HPA in particular provides tours of historic sites throughout the summer and a high caliber lecture series in the winter. We also lead the effort to preserve buildings and sites that are endangered or are in need of new life.

Our board understands and appreciates the article by Mr Hazelhurst, not only in the context of offering a factual history of our city, but as a call perhaps to stir the soul. Let us hope his concerns reach the ears of local officials, property owners and community leaders who have the power to take our beautiful historic city to a higher level of living while celebrating its heritage. With this hope comes the trust that they take measure of the mistakes of the past. Let us remain optimistic the public awareness Mr Hazelhurst so eloquently seeks can serve as the guiding principle in shaping this most honorable endeavor.

If readers are interested in the goals of the HPA or wish to become involved, please visit our website at www.hpasprings.org.

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Posted by arohr on 12/29/2016 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Chancellor's perfect exit from UCCS

This was a wonderful article, for a wonderful Chancellor! Enjoy your well deserved retirement!

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Posted by Leslie Roberts on 12/29/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “No faith in local leaders, or Donald Trump

Kyle just proved my point. Not a thought one just jump on what ever bandwagon coming down the street. From far far left to far out there right.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 12/29/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “No faith in local leaders, or Donald Trump

Too bad you stupid old democrats. I am
A Bernie bro who voted trump. When we told you HRC corrupted the primary- you scoffed. Sleep in the bed you made, stupid shits

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Posted by KyleJS on 12/29/2016 at 12:05 AM

Re: “No faith in local leaders, or Donald Trump

Trump was elected simply because he told the people what they wanted to here. Not the truth, not reality just what they wanted to here. Hes a salesman. People are gullible and will buy anything they are told they cant live without. There will be no wall, there will be no high paying jobs, theres nothing to prosecute, the swamp wont be cleared, Coal jobs are not coming back and the trade agreements are going to do nothing more then cost us more for the goods we need. The Terrorists will attack more just to prove he cant stop them. He hasent even taken office and on the news this morning hes taking credit for the improvement in the economy forecast. Its a forecast people not reality. He has fed the ego of the voters that counted in order to feed his own. His late night tweets prove that. The few Republicans that opposed him and were insulted by him are now jumping on his wagon in hopes he can or will do something great so they can get a pat on the back. The Democrats put a person in that had way to much baggage after 8 years of every radio host telling them how bad it has been. Why do you think there was only those two running as Democrats? Were in for one heck of a ride and the only hope we have is the Vice President and the few in Congress that are Statesmen can hold it together.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 12/28/2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Transparency and the Drake report, saving the trout, and more

Mick Ive backed you all along Ive given you your just due for your right to speak up but dude its just getting old now. We get it you didnt like Colorado Springs. Fine dont live here. I do like living here its my home and the few things I dont like or I feel need changed I advocate that change. With the problems we here in Colorado have does not make it the Hell you make it out to be. Ive been East and didnt particularly like it but I dont run it down at every drop of a hat or the people that live there. Enjoy Vermont be happy have fun and I and a lot of others will right here in Colorado. One of the great things of being American is our own personal pursuit of happiness.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 12/25/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Transparency and the Drake report, saving the trout, and more

Phillip Babbitt's letter is a very powerful letter. It should be read by everyone who lives in Colorado Springs and should be alarming.

This letter does not surprise me, I left Colorado Springs just over two years ago because I could no longer live among you folks. I moved to Vermont, spent two years there, Vermont rocks! I then moved to Maine for an employment offer, Maine is sweet, not as sweet as Vermont, but the folks in Maine are very friendly, accepting and the coast line is amazing.

I also believe what Mr. Babbitt is saying is one of the reasons your CC Tigers has fallen from a perennial NCAA tournament team, to one of the worst in D-1 hockey.

For a young person, Colorado Springs, the nasty right wing religion, the hatred of gay and lesbian folks that is so widespread does not seem like a fun place to live or go to school. So, young hockey talent is going elsewhere.

What young person wants to move to a city where they are going to be bombarded with extreme right wing comments, having to see open carry guns all over the place and having your right wing religion (it's not Christian) shoved into their faces. Just look at what is going on at the Air Force Academy.

Young people who do go to school there like Mr. Babbitt are going elsewhere once they graduate. Your town is not fun, your town and the majority of folks there are just nasty, angry folks, I didn't want to live around you folks anymore and I am 61, you are not an enlightening place where most young people like to live.

Unfortunately, I am convinced, you will not hear Mr. Babbitt as you will not hear me.

My suggestion to Mr. Babbitt and all the folks who hate living in Colorado Springs as much as I did...the northeast ROCKS!!!

People here are accepting, happy and fun to be around. It is beautiful here, you must come and see the fall foliage, and there is love here, unlike the anger and hate so prevalent in your city.

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Posted by Lil Mick on 12/22/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Berian's saga takes him to Rio for the Olympics

Berian, who was an unsponsored runner working at a McDonalds inside a Colorado Springs Wal-Mart two years ago, ran 1:46.15 in a race won by world record holder David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya in 1:42.15. Rudisha set his world record four years ago at the London Olympics.

American Clayton Murphy was the surprise bronze medalist, finishing in 1:42.93.

Posted by skyrunner on 12/21/2016 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

"Although the Electoral College should be updated to a more proportional system, " - David Naumann

The big issue with the Electoral College really isn't the Electoral College itself, but rather how the majority of the states implement it.

The Electoral College assigns the number of electors based on the total number of Representatives and Senators each state has in Congress. In the case of Colorado, we have 7 congressional districts and Representatives and each state has two Senators so that gives us 9 Electors in the Electoral College. Colorado, like the majority of the states, has adopted a "Winner Take All" policy when it comes to the assignment of electors. That means which ever way Denver and Boulder vote, that is how all of the state's electors have to vote.

Let me repeat, this "Winner Take All" approach is a STATE approach and is not even mentioned the Constitution or federal law.

Now, keeping in mind that the congressional districts are supposed to be roughly disturbed by population and are to represent the people, while each state gets two Senators and their purpose is to represent the state, to me the most correct way to assign electors is by winner of the congressional district with the remaining two be decided by the state legislature. The state could assign these two by proportion, by winner take all, or by legislative vote.

The down side to any proportional or district based assignment of electors is that it becomes far more likely that no candidate will achieve the 270 necessary electoral votes to secure the election, in which case the House of Reps elects the President and the Senate elects the VP. This has happened in the past and would be much more likely in a proportional Electoral College system.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/20/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

"In response to "The winner loses" (Letters, Nov. 30): You do not live in a democracy. The United States operates as a representative republic. " - Bob Wolverton

Not quite. The US is a constitutional federal republic. It is similar to, but not quite the same as a representative democracy. You, Bob, have mixed the two terms. Here is the difference:

Democracies are rule by vote, can be direct or representative, and do not have an executive position.

Republics are rule by law, are always representative, and have an executive position which is not a monarch.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/20/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

Mr. Hazelhurst,
Did I miss something where a CITIZEN OWNED utility has a responsibility to, in due diliigence, share potentially negative public health information that could damage the CITIZEN OWNERS welfare, but you and the board are arguing the opposite?

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Posted by Deane Bobbitt on 12/20/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Trump's inexperience, Colorado's primary system, Centennial extension, and more

Mr Mabon, in reading your letter more carefully it should be required reading for every public servant in the country. Bravo - they work for us, not the other way around, tho sometimes it doesn't feel that way.

And in corporatist Trumpland we'll all be workin' for the man...again.

Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Trump's inexperience, Colorado's primary system, Centennial extension, and more

Mr Casimir, roads don't last that long. TABOR has lasted longer...and the longer it lasts the longer we'll be dodging potholes. It would be innovative if some of our great materials engineers could get that to work though...then maybe TABOR could work, too - NOT!

Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Slice of Life

Should not be there in the first place. Had been me there would have been a few flat cones. Love to flatten cones!!!!

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Posted by JENSENBIZ on 12/15/2016 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Trump's inexperience, Colorado's primary system, Centennial extension, and more

Tannim, let me get this straight - our current President, former Harvard Law Review editor, Constitutional Law professor who has a 57% approval rating and scares he crap out of Putin (as does NATO and the former Lady Secretary) is the fellow more than half the nation wants impeached? Math challenged, you are.

I would vote for Trump to be your operating surgeon any day - maybe he could correct your attitude with some fine hand gestures or something.

Mr Mabon, freedom from religion is every bit as important as freedom of religion. Tannim fails to acknowledge that the bible was written by men, and severely edited over the years. It stands on its own until some self-appointed direct line to the almighty wants to cherry pick and change interpretations.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Where are the Trump populists?

CSIndyReader, if you are inferring that a retired General had a job that required him to make money (as in business?) you are looney. The military spends our money! When he finishes with the DoD he'll wind up at Boeing or Lockheed/Martin or some other tax dollar sucking defense contractor - or maybe as a lobbyist for all of them!

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

Howdy again, Longtooth! Rick Perry won't be a problem - he'll abolish his job and go back to Texas! That's if he remembers what his job is...

December 19th, folks - early Christmas if Trump doesn't get to 270!

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/15/2016 at 4:44 PM

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