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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: City Sage

Re: “Dunlap becomes a defining issue

Political ads "... replete with sly innuendo, unfounded claims and carefully targeted libels." John, I believe you might have a bright future as a political ad writer.

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 09/03/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Dunlap becomes a defining issue

...the governor he could become? Gawd, I hope not.

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Posted by gregR on 09/03/2014 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Avoiding Ferguson's fate

Divide and conquer tactics used by big money keeps the races, genders, nationalities and age groups at each other's throats. It's an old formula that works and a majority of whites fall for it time and again. FOX / GOP / TEA / NRA / Evangelicals, etc are expert users of divide-conquer and fear-mongering to get money and votes.

Rather than write a book here, just look at recent comments from Ted Nugent or Gordon Klingenschmitt to see how this deadly sport is employed.

Jon Stewart destroys FOX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-cfi-zzNz…

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/27/2014 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Avoiding Ferguson's fate

John, this town is full of folks who are retired military with pensions now working for DoD contractors all the while complaining about other folks living off the public dole. Until we leave the past and get behind an organization like "Colorado Springs Forward" your vision of the future will come to fruition.

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Posted by Solar Sam on 08/27/2014 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Revolution at the door

I'd be happy if all the highfalutin' movers and shakers in city government would take time out from their fantasies to fix the roads. Uintah, Union, Constitution, Wahsatch, it doesn't matter. It's a battle to stay in your own lane because of the uneven patchwork paving. Residential streets near Palmer Park are even worse.

Downtown simply doesn't matter to the vast majority of the population that lives north and east of the Interstate. Look at where the new hospitals are. People north and east of Austin Bluffs often tell me they never go downtown because it's too far, yet they'll drive to south Denver in a heartbeat. It's a perception thing. If you want them to support C4C, you'd better show them a benefit.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 08/17/2014 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Revolution at the door

happyfew, your obvious prejudice against the elderly makes you no better than those you choose to criticize. The old people I know think Obama is too conservative.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 08/15/2014 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Revolution at the door

Obama got almost 40% of the vote in El Paso county in 2012. how many old white people have died since then? the tide is turning in this county so don't give up hope local progressives. we need to make our voices heard by bouncing lamebrain and at the very least getting moderates on the city council and in the mayors office. if not this city will continue to stagnate and lose young people...and continue to elect "nattering nabobs of negativity".

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Posted by happyfew on 08/15/2014 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Revolution at the door

Should Steve Bach choose to run for a second term, would you support or oppose a second term? Thank you for taking time to participate in the 'quick-poll' below!

http://projectoneunity.homestead.com/Mayor…

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Posted by Staci6 on 08/13/2014 at 2:25 AM

Re: “Bargain shopping with Anschutz

Agreed. I'm all for the things that Anschutz is doing. Saving the local paper, bringing in major talent to local venues and more.

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Posted by imjohn on 08/11/2014 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Bargain shopping with Anschutz

Crank who do you think is behind C4C if we build it he will come. No one has said who will own the stadium or access to it. Whos going to run it or anything else. Hes bought up just about every venue in town runs a very high profile entertainment business. Why do you think hes turned his attention to Colorado Springs after all these years of being in Denver. We went broke or undervalued and Bach got in office and is willing to sell it all off so he came to town a couple years ago and bought the Broadmoor. Very smart business deal buy a city for a few million put a couple hundred thousand in it sell it in ten years for a couple Billion. Its Jobs thats for sure just not the kind we need. Now if the man set up a huge manufacturing plant with thousands of high paying jobs. I would have ring around the collar from kissing his hiney. But as it stands just more of the same. Tourist Jobs part time seasonal jobs.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 08/06/2014 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Bargain shopping with Anschutz

Ah, unchallenged economic and political domination of a city by one wealthy individual?Nirvana. Funny how people of a certain political persuasion will welcome tyranny if it is imposed in the name of their personal, chosen ideology. It is an ideology often based on a combination of ignorance, meanness and bitter anger.

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Posted by newcomer on 08/06/2014 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Bargain shopping with Anschutz

Good stuff, so why not have him fund the C4C instead of milking taxpayer funds?

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/06/2014 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Trouble to the west

Like it or not Cimarron is long overdue for a make over. As the entrance to the Rocky Mountains it should have always been a majestic drive. At this time it is a great example of urban blight with empty buildings, junk yards, an abandoned factory, a fence that forbids exit off this road and a creek that has not seen flood control in a 100 years. The crime is Colorado Springs was allowed to treat this portion of the west side as a dumping ground and will be barely responsible for its recovery if this 2 year construction project achieves that. There aren't that many homes along Highway 24 that will be directly affected unless you consider the mobile home parks. I won't miss seeing these unsustainable aluminum boxes. The concern for me is the construction and recovery will stop at the mouth of Ute Pass. This Pass should be further developed with biking and hiking trails and businesses that support this tourist activity. Why this opportunity has escaped the attention of Colorado Springs for over 200 years is the real mystery. It indicates the only sustainable thing CS city government can offer is ignorance.

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Posted by Estaven Shepard on 07/20/2014 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Hearing Motor City echoes

With teabaggerism devastating our infrastructure I am sure many of our valued tourists will return home to tell everyone that Colorado Springs is now the "armpit of America". Way to go teabaggers.

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Posted by happyfew on 07/14/2014 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Hearing Motor City echoes

You hinted at it without really saying it. You're both a victim of sprawl as well. You've both overbuilt infrastructure and you don't have the tax base to maintain it in the long run. You've abandoned your core (downtown) and built consecutive ring-roads towards the plains.

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Posted by rt on 07/13/2014 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Hearing Motor City echoes

Spot on analysis Hazlehurst but the Republicans will dutifully vote for Doug Lamborn who's answer to economic growth is another brigade at Fort Carson.

When the military industrial budget cuts decimate our local faux economy...will the last business leaving the Springs turn off Martin Drake.

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Posted by Solar Sam on 07/10/2014 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Stakes high for November

Mr. Murray, I always enjoy your contributions because they are factual, informed, and to the point. The tale of the turtle and the scorpion is an African folk tale, and what the scorpion says before drowning is, "I stung you because it is my nature." In other words, the scorpion could not help himself. Even though he did not want to drown, even though he intended to keep his promise, he could not help himself, because it is in his nature to sting.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/08/2014 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Stakes high for November

John- this reminds me of the old story about the turtle and the scorpion trying to cross the river. Why should I 'trust' you asked the turtle. Because we would both drown said the scorpion. Halfway across, the scorpion stings the turtle and as they are both drowning, the turtle asks why the scorpion did it. Because, I am a scorpion! "Prize steers begin as pets, HOWEVER it is the public who will end up at the slaughterhouse if he is elected!" As you have pointed out, special interests are trying to finish taking control of our local and national politics. "Why should I trust you asked the public. His answer-Because, we would both drown." And, we will! In partisan rhetoric, bickering and paying back favors. It's not the promise, but the delivery. Service after the sale. Either he can be part of the solution, with solutions, or he is already part of the problem and will continue this path. Buyer Beware!

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Posted by wpmurrayIII on 07/08/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Cripple Creek's new gamble

Have worked up here in the Creek for 22 years...BTW, it was Craps and Roulette that were added when the limit went up...and have worked every joint in town and have been living up here since '97 and loving almost every moment of it.
Cripple Creek is still Cripple Creek because of one fellow who early on bust his butt and a few egos to keep it whole. Brian Levine steered the city away from the HORROR that Black Hawk/Central City became.
Glad to see the work on Bennett, it's good to see the city plan long term.

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Posted by Boomer49 on 06/26/2014 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Cripple Creek's new gamble

The issue is ACCESS to/from the town. Driving I-25 to the heart of Colorado Springs then fighting your way out Hwy 24 is a huge pain in the ass. It's a huge waste of time to get there and return. I'm surprised that no one ever notes this issue of getting to and from the town.

Cripple Creek's success required a limited access toll road from I-25 and Monument, over the foothills, connecting with Hwy 67 north of Woodland Park.

That will save an hour of driving for anyone from Denver and north of Briargate Pkwy. Need another good paved road from Cripple Creek to Canon City.

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Posted by OldCrank on 06/25/2014 at 3:41 PM

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