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Re: “Save Cheyenne loses bid for ballot measure on Strawberry Fields

For protecting parks - and utilities, it might be prudent to closely examine those candidates for city council endorsed by Colorado Springs Forward.

http://gazette.com/upcoming-colorado-sprin…

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 12/06/2016 at 5:27 AM

Re: “Save Cheyenne loses bid for ballot measure on Strawberry Fields

This whole land swap nightmare has to be fixed. The City has conducted a flawed public comment process, and withheld all kinds of important facts in the matter from the public. The good news is that the truth has a way of never dying. The City is not a sovereign entity, and cannot just do as it pleases. My personal demands for the City to disclose all information about the land swap and the Incline will never go away. Unless the City becomes honest and accountable in this matter, they will bring unwanted legal problems upon themselves. John Suthers led us to believe that as a former prosecutor he would clean up the culture that had developed in our City government, he is making a big mistake in doing the opposite. I manage a Facebook page named COS Land Swap that discusses the problems I am referring to.

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Posted by Carl Strow on 12/05/2016 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Save Cheyenne loses bid for ballot measure on Strawberry Fields

"Played like a fiddle" is exactly right Dana Duggan. And not just the Incline Friends members. The Broadmoor and it's clever owner are playing the entire city for all it's worth. There must be a day when the people of Colorado Springs stop being dazzled by the velveteen glamour - and yet surprisingly vacuous offerings - of the billionaire. (See "Glamping" - that's "glamour camping", as touted by the Broadmoor's ad campaign for Emerald Valley and Cloud Camp.) One senses that the Strawberry Fields issue is the turning point beyond which the citizenry of Colorado Springs is finally glimpsing with clarity the insatiable appetite of the man who has thus far succeeded in throwing his weight around with impunity. One only hopes that the awakening arrives at full maturity during the days and weeks before the April elections and that election day will bring some fresh air into every nook and cranny of our currently compromised City Hall. The men and women who are tasked to represent us ..... should represent us.
Please donate to the legal fund .... http://www.savecheyenne.org. Honor General William Jackson Palmer's exceptional vision for our stunningly beautiful parklands.
I'm a Penn State graduate and a citizen of Colorado Springs. Not terribly proud of either one at the moment.

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Posted by doonya on 12/05/2016 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Lamborn and the Black Forest Fire, meat-free living, gun control and more

Jill Coleman is an NRA schill who must run their local membership promotions. Every comment or letter pushes a membership in the NRA.

When you catch her and Ron's comments they sound like a pair of emotionally and mentally unstable people who shouldn't be around guns at all.

Posted by TruB on 12/05/2016 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Save Cheyenne loses bid for ballot measure on Strawberry Fields

You hit the nail on the head regarding the Incline. The people, especially the Incline Friends, are in for a rude awakening. They will have to charge to have a hope to fund the ongoing liabilities and maintenance. The Incline Friends members have been played like a fiddle. So much for unfettered access. Donate to the legal case. www.savecheyenne.org It is our only chance of stopping this nationally precedent setting case to commercilialize our precious parklands. Keep the Incline free and stop Anschutz from buying our historic parkland.

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 12/05/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Save Cheyenne loses bid for ballot measure on Strawberry Fields

Our parks swapped to a billionaire so the city can start charging for the incline! Mark my word in one year the city we tell us how they will start charging for the incline now that the city will own all the incline. So disappointed that the city didn't represent what the people really wanted! Guess it's pretty typical in this day and age. Trading away parks that the people of Colorado Springs voted in over 100 years ago is pretty despicable. Guess we the people really do need to protect our parks. Now more then ever Anschutz Lang grab isn't over yet.

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Posted by el jef'e on 12/05/2016 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Inmates riot over food

THAT'S THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN MAKE MONEY THRU ALMARK. they starve people and force them to buy food thru their "store". shouldn't be in jail but that's no reason to starve a person.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 12/05/2016 at 3:06 PM

Re: “The Trump presidency, deplorables, the media, and more

Mr. Carrigan;
After thinking about your letter for a while I have NOT been able to reconcile your claim that you are a Christian with your support of Donald Trump.
Like most guys, I've spent time in locker rooms. When in college I lived in dorms and a frat house. I too am a veteran. During those years I lived in barracks with a large cross-section of my fellow male Americans, poor to wealthy, educated to barely literate, and NEVER in ALL my experience, in ALL my life (and I'm an elderly geezer now) I never heard such vileness expressed toward women. No man that I encountered EVER asserted that he could sexually assault them with impunity because of WHO HE IS. By HIS OWN WORDS AND DEEDS Trump revealed that he feels free to lie, defraud, misrepresent, and insult anybody or any "group" of people he chooses, or to actually shoot someone on the street and not lose support. He has exposed again and again his moral depravity.
And there are apparently American citizens, like you, who are just fine with it.
Im sorry, Mr. Carrigan, but I have NO reason to think any better of anybody who backed or voted for this degenerate reprobate than I have for Trump himself...all the deplorables included.
Wear your "I voted for Trump" button if you're so proud of your vote, so I'll know the kind of character you carry around inside of you, regardless of your self-righteous claim of being a Christian.

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Posted by asawatcher on 12/05/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “AFA football coach uses tweets to evangelize

If you dislike my comments and can offer a rational counter argument consistent with AF policy, I'm all ears (or eyes)... (cue the crickets)

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 12/04/2016 at 6:37 PM

Re: “The Trump presidency, deplorables, the media, and more

The biggest failure of this election was the lack of quality presidential alternatives. You almost have to wonder if this is where the real election "rigging" is being done.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 12/04/2016 at 5:30 PM

Re: “AFA football coach uses tweets to evangelize

Lebotzke has now added a little "Tweets are my own views" comment in an effort to claim that he's exempt from the rules. I don't buy it. He still shows the football stadium with an American flag and anyone who can read sees that he is a football coach and recruiter at USAFA. Once again, what level of evangelism (or racism or bigotry) just this excuse? How does this single, hard-to-find line assuage the fears of a potential cadet and football player at USAFA that Coach L would treat him differently if the recruit WASN'T a Christian that agrees with Coach L's views? Would he have any chance at starting if Coach knew, or would he be 'forced' to trot down to the end zone with the others at the start of each game and "pretend" to pray?
Lots of people at USAFA manage to do this without the overt bias of Lebotzke. You can scan the other coaches' Twitter feeds and they seem to get the job done without the evangelism. And what Coach L does might be okay at a school that endorses a specific Christian perspective and then covers up sexual assault like Baylor, but Baylor is a private school--not a US government operated institution. I manage several Facebook pages. Some are quasi-official and one is my own. Even on my own private page, where I claim that all of the views are private and not to be associated with the government, with no overt photo that ties me to the government on my profile, I would never DREAM of posting anything religious or political because I know that I have subordinates and other airmen that visit my page and are my social media 'friends.' I don't want them to EVER think that I would judge them based upon anything besides how they do their job. So, I would rightly be fired (or at least counseled or disciplined) if I started my "feed" with a statement endorsing the Flying Spaghetti Monster, quoting Marx on religion, or denegrating those that happen to (in their private lives) believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible, Koran, or some religious text and those that see that religious view as the ONLY guide to lead one's life.
You're STILL wrong, Steed, and I'll continue to beat this dead horse until you get it right.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 12/04/2016 at 7:12 AM

Re: “The Trump presidency, deplorables, the media, and more

Hey Robert HUH No shit just what Ive been saying Congress dont or wont listen to us until we the people demand the money be taken out of the Capitol. Congress is supposed to control the President and keep him in check The President should the Congress and the Courts all of them. In the last 6 years the Congress has not done anything. The President went forward with what ever he felt he needed to and we ended up in the mess were in. What the hell did Clinton have to do with it? She had no power and still dont. We are now in the same boat we were 6 years ago the Government controlled by one party with no balance of power. Congress regardless of what party wont listen to us the people so long as we allow the money to set the policy. The only way thats going to happen is vote in the ones that advocate getting rid of the lobby that is controlling the Congress.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 12/03/2016 at 4:50 PM

Re: “UPATE: Did dinosaurs and humans co-exist? Flier at USAFA says yes.

Should such material be removed from a government office? Certainly. However, the question not answered in the article is whether the aggrieved retiree reported the flyer (or the previous incidents) to anyone on staff. This does seem to be important information, as I personally would imagine that generally the clinical staff is going to be more concerned with serving patients than with policing the waiting room. No matter how wrong or offensive an individual may find an action, not bringing it to the attention of the responsible parties ensures that no action will be taken.

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Posted by Michael Lindenbusch on 12/03/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “AFA football coach uses tweets to evangelize

'BirdManBlue's' post is directly on point and I appreciate the insight.

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Posted by Rael Nidess on 12/03/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “The tale of the dog

So sweet! I've adopted two dogs from Best Fur Friends and I'm sure there will be a 3rd soon. Great organization and great people.... the dogs are pretty awesome!

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Posted by Shannon Dionese on 12/03/2016 at 7:56 AM

Re: “AFA football coach uses tweets to evangelize

Whether it's a gov't owned account or not is irrelevant. He's an employee of the Academy (through the Athletic Dept) and he's using the USAFA "Brand" on his site. He identifies as a representative of the Academy, a coach, and a RECRUITER of cadets--and therein lies the rub. There's no issue with his religious beliefs--he's free to believe and practice as he sees fit. I defend that right every day. BUT, where he goes off the (legal) reservation is by proclaiming his faith on a site that he SIMULTANEOUSLY uses to represent and serve the Academy. He should and could have a separate Lebotsky account that's just for him and has no tie to USAFA (or claim to his job) where he can write all of the stuff he wants--and ISN'T followed by recruits or cadets.
Let's look at a couple of examples... If a leader (and he is one as a coach) at USAFA, on their team site or even a site that linked them with USAFA proclaimed that 'Religion is the Opiate of the Masses' and USAFA and the military spend WAY too much money on sky fairy fantasies (e.g., the Chapel and its impending $multi-million renovation) when their real mission is to educate cadets to be rational, critically thinking leaders of our Air Force, then that leader would be instantly called onto the carpet by leadership for this affront and insult to religious members of the USAFA community. It would give the impression that USAFA is hostile to religion--that would be wrong and bad. The same could be said if a dept head or AOC, on their own site with 2500 followers and USAFA branding said that the one true path was to serve Allah and not man. That would give the impression to that officer's subordinates that they might not be treated fairly, nor would recruits be welcome, if they didn't fell like that commander. In Steed's case, it's reasonable to assume that he might not be an effective recruiter of someone who isn't an overt, evangelical Christian since I'm sure his recruits are encouraged to "follow" his Twitter feed. If I was an atheist or Muslim recruit, I'd certainly look elsewhere.

This really isn't that hard. 99% of the military deals with it every day successfully. At work, it's about the mission and your job. If you represent your work, you keep your religion, politics, and sexual preference private--they don't belong at work. If you want to express political or religious views, you do so outside of work, in a manner that would not lead a reasonable person to think that you are endorsing those views and that the organization you represent REQUIRES or ENDORSES those views at the expense of other. Steed can have his own religious page, but he CAN'T do it as a representative of USAFA. He doesn't get it, his bosses don't get it and haven't taught him that, so they should all be disciplined for the damage they've caused.

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Posted by BirdManBlue on 12/03/2016 at 6:57 AM

Re: “Unlicensed vehicles are the norm on streets near The Broadmoor, tickets aren't

Well Ill give ya that one Robert and agree.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 12/02/2016 at 8:34 PM

Re: “AFA football coach uses tweets to evangelize

Are you sure this is a government-owned Twitter account? It seems to be his personal account. The article seems to skirt around this issue with innuendo.

If it is indeed his personal account then trying to shut him down goes against the spirit of his constitutional right to free speech. Surely this publication is all for free speech.

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Posted by dkenk on 12/02/2016 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Unlicensed vehicles are the norm on streets near The Broadmoor, tickets aren't

Tannim- When you are stopped by police ask them! I know if a person is cash poor and their license plates expire they then are charged another $100 when they finally register it. A fine for poverty. No moey? Then pay more. Billionaire? Forget it, (wink wink). For a police spokesperson to say they do not know if a vehicle is illegal must not have been on the force when Harley owners were being stopped so police could inspect exhaust pipes for the fine print stamped into the underside of the pipe for the EPA legal seal of approval. What department was it that switched their Harley's pipes back to factory from aftermarket pipes and who paid for it?
So drive without those permission papers and then go to jail and wait in there for trial to find out if you are going to go to jail. This is the same society that makes "community service" a punishment instead of a good deed. The same town that makes you sit in your car to warm it up before heading out on a cold morning- totally misunderstanding the entire concept of "warming up". They say it can be stolen if you do not sit in it. Well yes it can and that is called 'carjacking' and it is the police departments job to stop crime. Whoops sorry, I forgot, their job to investigate crime. . . I have seen police cars sitting empty and engine running so why can we not do the same? Same reason some believe police and police only should have firearms to protect themselves... If your neighbor was drunk and fired a few rounds off into the ground and you then came out and shot him fatally in the back all the while he never even knew you were on the other side of the wooden fence hiding would you be charged with anything? Would an officer if he did the same thing?
Permission slips to drive on roads you paid for but the roads never have any maintenance because the money you paid, it's... it's ... well it was somewhere in the budget but it disappeared, several millions gone, gone where? I dunno, oh well, let's vote and raise taxes because everyone wants to give up hard earned pay right? Doug Bruce is in jail so he cannot stop that measure from passing. BUT, If you do not pay tax then you need no permission to drive on roads that tax dollars are never spent on. (The burns in your car seat? Dropped your joint you were smoking creating Pot Holes... I digress I guess)
The Broadmoor contributes millions to the coughers I mean coffers and the rest is chump change from the lower-downs who golf on the no-smoking links but their car does a pot-hole-in-one everyday. Let's trade everything to The Broadmoor! I get dibs on a suite and one of them trucks that haul ass!

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 12/02/2016 at 7:09 PM

Re: “AFA football coach uses tweets to evangelize

Well said, Sir!

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Posted by Mark Gray on 12/02/2016 at 6:44 PM

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