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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: City Sage

Re: “Power brokers play a quiet game

I guess they are attempting to horn in on the Koch Bros. territory!

Posted by emw12 on 10/26/2016 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Downtown's second chance

Mr K, inclusiveness is the Christian way...I wonder why the good Christian citizens of Colorado Springs will recoil in horror at the idea of a raft of non-white, non-Christian immigrants showing up and reminding us how to strive to be better.

The world's population is already in population overshoot - too many people, too little food, water, oil wars with innocents in the way (collateral damage is a word that makes me physically ill)

Your thoughtful posts give me hope that some of the professed arch-conservatives might just listen in church or understand what they read in their Bibles and finally get the picture that we really all are in this together.

Posted by Vietnamized on 10/23/2016 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Sallie Clark's next horizon — governor?

Having been absent from Colorado and the Springs for the majority of her tenure I don't know what she has actually been a part of...but in looking at the county and city infrastructures, the problems with water, Fountain Creek, etc, then maybe retirement would be best for all.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 10/23/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Sallie Clark's next horizon — governor?

Run Sallie Run ......

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Posted by actionjackson on 10/22/2016 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Sallie Clark's next horizon — governor?

she never should of even had a third term except due to lack of integrity of her and the board and their admitted scheming of the election process... money, money, money above all else it appears.

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Posted by happyfew on 10/19/2016 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Predictions for the non-apocalyptic election

Has anyone considered that Trump is not genuinely running for President? Maybe Clinton just needed a buffoon for hire in order to make her appear to be a reasonable candidate. I would not be surprised to find Trump working for the Clintons. Either way, no matter who secures the position, there will be no winners in this election. Every American citizen loses this time around. A vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.

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Posted by hippyhelper on 10/16/2016 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Predictions for the non-apocalyptic election

Any elected official running for reelection who supported Donald Trump most certainly should lose. Trump has proposed "extreme vetting" for people immigrating to this country. I should think that those sycophantic supporters (make that mostly former supporters) of Donald Trump should have done a little "extreme vetting" of their own...almost everything that has come forward about this boorish lout is on the public stage, either in his ghost-written books or in the multitude of interviews and show out takes, leaked videos and vile comments directly from the horse's asses mouth. This goes for local elections as well as national down-ballot races.

There will be no change if incumbents who supported T.Rump are reelected. Throw the bums out.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 10/16/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Predictions for the non-apocalyptic election

Misty Plowright? Arn Menconni?

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Posted by Montaine Bronner on 10/16/2016 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Predictions for the non-apocalyptic election

No mention of Misty Plowright.

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Posted by Michelle Deborah Weisblat-Dane on 10/14/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Predictions for the non-apocalyptic election

Rosenbaum will win District 4. Ask the voters down here

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Posted by Liz Rosenbaum on 10/13/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Don't mess with Thomas MacLaren's local architecture

A great article. But the sad fact is that it's the history of this town, no matter who has been in charge, to destroy our heritage and our history. Chase Stone Center has to be the biggest eye sore right now and I won't even talk about the Chief Theater/Burns Theater. We just stick up anything and then try to use lipstick and makeup to make it appear acceptable. Thanks for your caring.

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Posted by Chuck Doudna on 10/11/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Our local leadership monoculture

Tannim, if you think Gary Johnson has a snowball's chance in hell of being elected - wait - I already said that! Apparently it didn't take. Trump is a thug, he hangs out with thugs, he answers to thugs and splitting the vote would make it possible for that thug to win. No freakin' way!

In a state that already has its share of stoners Johnson proved one more time in Denver that he was right at home. No offense meant - I partake as well...but I'm pretty sure you wouldn't elect me to office and I'm usually pretty lucid. Johnson isn't.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 10/04/2016 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Our local leadership monoculture

Sorry, HazyHurts, but I'm choosing Gary Johnson, along with the voters in this country who, unlike yourself, have a brain and haven't overdosed on the Stockholm Syndrome Kool-Aid (comes in red and blue colors).

The rest of your rant is your usual recycled nonsense that you've been spewing for two decades.

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Posted by Tannim on 09/29/2016 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Our local leadership monoculture

Good article by John, but in highlighting a lack of diversity, he did fail to mention that, if elected, I would bring a voice for an underrepresented Latino community and others to the region. I have demonstrated that I will be a voice for all, and that is why in addition to broad Republican support, the 2 Democrat city council members that John mentions in his article have both endorsed me over their own party's candidate for district 4. Longinos Gonzalez

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Posted by School Teacher 2014 on 09/28/2016 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

That's a phrase for the downtown crowd to justify collecting taxes citywide and dumping a lopsided portion of them downtown: police resources, park and trail resources, highway projects, museums, etc. It makes you feel better about pouring your tax dollars into the downtown area despite the overlooked needs of your own neighborhood when you hear "languishing core of the city," doesn't it?

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/27/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

The core city is languishing? My "sprawl" neighborhood is languishing! No library, no YMCA, no bike trails, only the tiniest neighborhood parks. The nearest shopping is not friendly to walkers or cyclists. The closest "open space" is closed off to the public. The core city looks much better to me. And is more expensive for smaller/older homes.

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 09/27/2016 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

Banning Lewis has not been developed because it is in a floodplain, and will require close to a billion dollars in mitigation to be safe for development. As soon as Norwood, the Mayor, and City Council figure out how to shift that financial burden to the taxpayers, development will begin. Until then developers will just have to keep building on landslides. Plenty of corporate welfare as it is, at least TABOR offers some protection for the average taxpayer.

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Posted by hippyhelper on 09/26/2016 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

Exactly right. Not a level playing field. Developers with a metro district mil levy get to pretend they're a quasi government entity and get tax-free municipal bond interest rates and after they establish a 20, 30 or 40 mil tax for 40 years for the entire area by having a "special" TABOR election whereby only the developer votes in the election. Then they get to get a sweet loan and are treated the same as a City borrowing money thereby reducing up front investment and risk while guaranteeing that the future residents will make those loan payments with their tax assessment or else get a lean on their property. Meanwhile, because the developer didn't have to make the same out of hide initial investment as those without those benefits, he can offer the property at an artificially low sale price. Most would-be buyers don't see the massive mil levy until they're at the closing table. City Council has created a complex web of an uneven playing field all over the City. They can then use those loan proceeds to build sub-par roads which the City takes over maintenance on a after a 2-year warranty all the while making payments from residents who had no say in a mil levy that's 8-fold of the City mil levy.

Regarding disdain for TABOR, would you prefer to have corrupt politicians under influence of their campaign financiers deciding how much of your money they'll take and distribute as corporate welfare?

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/25/2016 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

Can't run a government without funds, and, if I remember correctly, Mr Miller, you're the one who called for a level playing field. Special districts are far from fair and equal as far as beneficiaries are concerned, and JH make a good point for equanimity within the city limits.

I'm not into raising taxes, per se - but I'm not a Grover Norquist "let's shrink the Federal Government to a size where we can drown it in the bathtub" fan either...and that looks and sounds like what Jailbird Bruce had in mind when he penned TABOR and ran that con into the Colorado Constitution.

My suggestion? Raise the city sales tax. Sales tax is indeed the only fair tax because it is a use tax - you buy a clunker, you pay tax on a clunker. You buy a Lamborghini you pay tax on a Lamborghini. Sounds fair enough to me. For that matter, let's do that nationwide and put the Federal deficit to rest. Oh, and all you rich "patriots" - no more hiding your dollars offshore!

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Posted by Vietnamized on 09/24/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Our special district conundrum

"Moving On" in the liberal progressive mind: "Triple the existing levy and issue bonds..."

At least you're predictable, JH.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/21/2016 at 9:33 PM

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