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Re: “Coquette to open, Spice Island to close? More food news

I went to Spice Island Grill, and I had horrible service both times. The food wasn't great, either.

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Posted by Mandy Riggle on 03/24/2014 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Cimarron. Messing up your commute again.

Wait, wait just a minute. Isn't this whole thing going to be reconstructed during the C4C debacle too?

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Posted by Timothy Gore on 03/24/2014 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Waldo Canyon Fire witness?

so there were two vehicles? a van and a truck with a trailer does he remember what color these two vehicles were?

Posted by michelle on 03/24/2014 at 1:55 AM

Re: “Mayor appoints three to Urban Renewal Authority board

Wonder if they know the difference between urban decay and an empty field? The last group didn't.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 03/23/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Mayor appoints three to Urban Renewal Authority board

Anyone think it strange that two would resign at this time? I wonder what their resignation letters say? "Left per the request of Mayor Bach who did not trust us to use the proceeds from the TIF to his advantage". Please pass the rubber stamp to the left.

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 03/22/2014 at 5:29 PM

Re: “UPDATE: City appealing Studio A64 decision to Council

Sounds like a witch hunt. Stark has been in business for over two years and his application says it's a cannabis club. It's right there in the paperwork. That information wasn't hidden. Nobody was trying to put anything over on anybody.

There is nothing illegal going on. No citizens, no neighbors in the vicinity have registered any complaints about the club. The club checks id's to be sure nobody is in there that shouldn't be. The club doesn't sell marijuana, nor does anyone who goes there because selling is not allowed. He just provides a stage for small bands, for poets and comics. He sells sodas and water and tea, no alcohol whatsoever. He has created a safe comfortable space for people to get together for open mikes, for karaoke, for fun. Some folks bring marijuana to smoke and some don't, much like cigarettes.

If you believe that the will of the voters is being unravelled by our elected officials through scummy tactics like this, if you believe that a local business owner is being singled out and unduly harassed for providing a service that is not illegal, if you believe that people should have safe places to congregate and socialize with like-minded people who aren't doing anything wrong to hurt anybody else, then you need to get out and support Stark and Studio A64.

Even if you don't want to consume cannabis yourself, it's your rights being violated as much as anybody's when a government actively ignores a majority of voters to go after a businessman for seeing an opportunity and following through. That's supposed to be the American way, and our faux-leaders are showing their true stripes. They don't care what you think and they're showing you with actions like this.

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Posted by Sara Griffin on 03/22/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “UCCS chancellor wants C4C resolution changed

[Kraft] says "the city shouldn't expect to see any state money until toward the end of the year." What year? 2014? Don't the 4 venues have to be built, tourists flocking in, and sales tax growth mushrooming before the state returns a percentage of their share of our sales tax?

The plot thickens. Complications abound. Remove UCCS and AFA from C4C, rename the proposal C2C, and put the stadium to a vote of the people.

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Posted by curious on 03/22/2014 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Coquette to open, Spice Island to close? More food news

Twitter question from @odublain:
@MatthewSchniper @SpiceIslandGrl Wait, you gotta pay your taxes. Not depend on charity, right? And I'm a lefty. WTF?
Twitter response from @SpiceIslandGrl:@MatthewSchniper @odublain #notdependent #paidcurrent #oldaccountantdidntdojob #leftusscrambling

Posted by Matthew Schniper on 03/21/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Mayor appoints three to Urban Renewal Authority board

From the Gazette: It will take at least a year to determine how to structure and pay for a proposed $92 million downtown sports and events center, ... "That is why it is premature for the Colorado Springs City Council to say it will put the issue on the ballot", said Amy Lathen, El Paso County Commissioner.

Translation:

Put the voters to sleep for a year and push the deal through while no one is watching, and then write a confusing double-talk gobbledygook ballot item like the "term limit" fiasco.

Suuuurrrrrrre. Fool me once....

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Posted by OldCrank on 03/21/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Commenting on Craftwood Inn's closure

I am so pissed about this! Why did this happen? I'll tell you why: it's trickle down F.O.B.A.R. from health insurance. Let me explain by way of a dramatization: "Hi, I'm a doctor. I'm well-off & I'd like to eat dinner tonite with my lovely wife. Hey, we'll go to The Craftwood Inn & eat some exquisite stake & mousse tonite". That's what he used to say & do. Fast forward to 2014: "Hey...I'm a (sob) doctor...I can't afford to take my *formerly lovely wife to dinner tonite because the government screwed me out of a job (sob). Now we eat beans out of a can...if we can wrestle them out of the hands of all these goddamn raccoons (sob)." That's why.
*His wife is "formally lovely" because her husband can no longer afford her spa treatments due to healthcare/Obama

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Posted by Reginald Nuggets on 03/20/2014 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Mayor appoints three to Urban Renewal Authority board

At last . . . the focus of the conversation on C4C is moving away from the community leaders will decide on building C4C to the people will decide. See councilman Millers cogent comment at:

http://gazette.com/champions-backers-say-i…

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Posted by curious on 03/20/2014 at 11:14 PM

Re: “C4C gets a new face; analyst hired to vet the plan

" . . . the proponents want to make it impossible to stop the process by a vote."

That's their plan - and it will work - if we let it.
Only the City Council and County Commissioners can stop this. email them.

allcouncil@springsgov.com
dennishisey@elpasoco.com, darrylglenn@elpasoco.com, amylathen@elpasoco.com, sallieclark@elpasoco.com, peggylittleton@elpasoco.com

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Posted by curious on 03/20/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “C4C gets a new face; analyst hired to vet the plan

and according to the geezerette, it is too soon for the lowly citizens to have a say (vote). the proponents want to make it impossible to stop the process by a vote. they know the lack of transparency and the multitude of teabagger mentality of no taxes for nothing...period, will kill the chances of getting this done on the backs of the citizens. where was mayor botch?? he was probably lunching at the broadmoar with his rich developer buddies salivating at this C4C windfall for them... and them only.

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Posted by happyfew on 03/20/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

hot stuff writes, "The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, written by Thomas Jefferson was enacted as a law in 1786 and is NOT part of Virginia Constitution."

Thank you. I stand corrected. However, according to Wikipedia, the state's constitution of 1776 barred clergymen from serving in the legislature. That provision was ultimately repealed.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/19/2014 at 11:14 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

hot stuff, I am particularly amused by your contortions in trying to interpret your own misquotation of Benjamin Rush. The actual quote is, "I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as perfectly satisfied that the Union of the United States in its form and adoption is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament."

Note he did not write "Devine[sic] inspiration" and that "inspiration" is not capitalized, whereas he later capitalizes both words in the phrase "Divine Providence." What he is actually saying is that he did not believe the Constitution was the work of human inspiration at all, but entirely the work of the Divine.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/19/2014 at 11:04 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

James Madison sees in the Constitution "the Finger of the Almighty"; Alexander Hamilton sees "the finger of God"; and George Washington sees "the finger of Providence." Not one has seen in the document the fingers of the "Son of God" or the "Holy Ghost." Not one has said anything that could not have been said by a non-Christian. All of the statements are neutral relative to every and any particular religious institution.

Furthermore, a document may be inspired by Providence without being religious in nature. None of these statements call the Constitution a "religious" document--much less a "Christian" document.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/19/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

hot stuff, I never wrote that the entire Constitution was "copied from one state." You yourself write, "The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom... is the precursor to the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause in the Constitution."

You follow up by asking, "then why did the constitutional convention take so long?" The First Amendment was not written by the Constitutional Convention. It was written by James Madison during the first session of Congress. If the Constitutional Convention took "so long" it was not because the delegates were drafting the First Amendment.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/19/2014 at 10:15 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bible verse gets Mikey going, again

You are correct, hot stuff, and I was wrong, which is what I get for depending on my memory of school days long past. Nevertheless, you engage in semantic double talk. You write the First Amendment "...in NO way 'bans religion in state government.' It bans official state churches..." A ban on "official state churches" is exactly what I meant by a ban on "religion in state government."

Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/19/2014 at 10:09 PM

Re: “C4C gets a new face; analyst hired to vet the plan

" Department of Revenue will be unable to pay out revenues in one or more years if sales taxes do not exceed the base year revenue.”

With the net cast over such a large portion of the city - with military/defense sector being 40% of the local economy - with city budget being 56% supported by retail sales taxes - and with Base Closure and Re-Alignment due for review in 2018, with the potential of serious cuts to troop levels:

This is one very serious gamble 'betting on the come' and locally, the come may have already come and went. It is hard to see where payments could be for this shortfall in revenues resulting in no kickback from the state could be withdrawn from the already stressed-out city budget.

Downtown definitely needs to be upgraded. Needs a lot more thought than this?

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Posted by Staci6 on 03/19/2014 at 7:44 PM

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