Well, I thought Mister Hazlehurst made an interesting observation, one that I probably would not have made, even considering that I grew up in the Springs only a couple of years younger than John. I recall NO kids of color in grade school, and maybe one or two in junior high. In High School (the first year it was named Palmer) there were some black and Hispanic kids, but I recall them as pretty much middle class. Being then admittedly quite naive, I was not aware of any racial tensions. The black guys I remember were popular. I don’t recall any black girls, but the bubble of white privilege I lived in rendered me oblivious to a lot of things. When I finally encountered blatant racism in the Army, it astounded me, and I had trouble dealing with some of my fellow “whites”.
Long story short… now when I visit my home town and see all the black and brown people that I meet on the street, encounter in businesses or live next door to my relatives, I must admit to having a feeling akin to the "warm fuzzies", a good feeling, not just toward my home town, but the whole country. Things have really changed, and if that’s a “liberal Utopiaville” well, I like it. And I’m not going to let Donald Trump and his dog whistle Republican minions poison my optimism by trying to lurch my country back into THEIR version of “Utopiaville”. It is as disturbing now as it was when I first encountered it.
Thanks, John, for the enlightened perspective.
This guy Tannim is either a really old crank or a 12 year old himself. The level of immaturity in his comments should embarrass him/her. I mean, "Hazy-hurts?"
Tannim - tabor? started by convicted Doug Bruce (not just accused) , that the kind of people GOP selcetes as candidates - Colorado GOP Gas tax should have been raised -- GOP costs us 1.23 when the tax to save would have been 6 cents. at least GOP Suthers helped raise taxes to fix our roads in Co springs
"state secret" reporter like sister - who damages gun control by making stupid statements about magazines that have no more bullets.
City leadership is either crooked or clueless. Not only are the potholes GETTING WORSE--- the malarkey "City For Chumps" is proceeding at record pace-
The entire construction zone between 8th street on 24 and the 25 interchange is a disaster. You dang near need an MSHA certification, hard hat and orange vest to drive through it.
Too bad Joel Miller was not elected as Mayor. We should probably go ahead and try and impeach someone, at least remind the bologna political class that we are maybe able to assert a bit of power? We sure could use leaders like Brandi Williams back in office- we have a lot of great opportunities- how fun is it to imagine who could replace Lamborn? so fun....
TOPS is flawed. What kind of land acquisition program fails to consider future maintenance and upkeep? Time to take TOPS back to the drawing board before it bankrupts us all to pay for its own shortcomings.
"Let's establish a funding mechanism for permanent dedicated sustainable funding for our parks system."
That's code for more taxes, y'all.
"Colorado Springs ranks in the bottom third of Front Range cities for parks land per person."
Acreage per person is irrelevant. Colorado Springs has a jeweled necklace of great parks: Palmer Park, Ute Valley Park, Bear Creek, Red Rock Canyon, Monument Valley, and of course Garden of the Gods, with plenty of smaller and pocket parks all over town.
If the goal is to preserve and protect our parks, then the Council simply needs to address it in the budget better. That's on them, not on the taxpayers.
"I was a snobby 12-year-old..."
And now you're a snobby 76 year-old. Haven't learned a thing, have you, Hazy-hurts?
Only a true schmuck like you could segue from a classic movie like Singing in the Rain to racism.
Why don't you enjoy the movie for what it is, and take your race-baiting with you somewhere else where less-evolved people drink that crap up?
Oh, wait, that place is your liberal Utopiaville...
Tom DeLorey: Doug Bruce and Helen Collins warned you about this. They were right.
David Johnson: see what Tom DeLorey was asking about.
Don McCullen: why so obsessed about voyeurism in bathrooms unless you're the one doing it? If you're so obsessed about sexualizing bodily functions, then only go to the bathroom in your home--where the bathroom is already transgender whether you like it or not. Just remember to put the seat down when you're done.
Tom and David. West Uintah drivers worry about a DUI for dodging craters. But the new gutters sure look nice. The city wants to extend Centenial. But before they do maybe they should take care of the one they have. We west siders are buying up moon rovers just to get home.
Respect the vote. How is smell more important than lives? The neighbors grill makes me sick every night! Why does the mayor want to make good citizens into criminals?
Smart innovative people - why are so many north of El Paso County?
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No, Bill, 2.5% is not within a "statistical margin of error" when the votes are counted.
John's racism is on display with the term "spear-carrier." Disgusting.
Tannim has it exactly right; not even Hillary suggested that she set up her illegal server for improved security. The real reason for the server is, in fact, simple: Hill wanted to avoid FOIA and Federal Records Act disclosures.
I realize writing for the CSIndy is not a sought after gig but can't the Indy do better than John's tinfoil hat ravings?
Chris Donahue: Do you even know what an "assault weapon is? Likely not. Do you know what the words "shall not be infringed" and "inalienable" mean? Like Scalia, likely not. My freedom is not to be sacrificed because pantywaists like you incorrectly think that responsibility is taught by prohibition, all in the socialist meme of "the common good." You are simply stuck on stupid.
Bob Kirby: Yeah, right. They won't want to break a nail.
Sally Alberts: Yes, Panama John McCain is a weasel, and has been for decades. Ask the Dineh how his sweetheart deal with Peabody Mining in Arizona led to their forced relocation from their reservation and subsequent cancer deaths from the mining operation. That's just one example.
"The real reason for the server is simple: Clinton may have suspected State Department emails were anything but secure and, control freak that she is, figured a private server was better. She was right. In 2014, the government belatedly discovered Russian hackers had penetrated State's system in 2006."
Hazy-Hurts tends to be a little stupid as his normal, but this one is REAL stupid.
Excusing 2,110 federal felonies (18 USC 793(f)(1) for those like Hazy who couldn't get a clearance to save their lives) in the name of being a control freak is more lame than a three-legged horse at the Kentucky Derby. Thinking that Hillary was taking the lead on transparency is so absurd that it defies explanation.
Hazy is just another example of someone who lost his mind years ago, but rather than lock him up in the loony bin where he belongs, someone else who lost his mind gave him a column each week to remove all doubt.
They should have made a "Thruway Highway" road out east 20 years ago, like they have back in NY and in Eastern states. That way trucks and cars that don't need to go thru the cities can bypass them to get thru the state quicker and safer for the population. We didn't get trucks dumping hazardous materials on the highways in the cities and less car congestion on the city highways.
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