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Re: “Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation plans overhaul of Norris-Penrose Event Center

Recognizing that not everything in the world is somehow connected to The Broadmoor Land Swap of 2016, one cannot help but see an interesting thread buried in this article. If the right of first refusal (a title restriction) can be undone in this case, what does that say about the highly-touted, iron-clad right-of-first-refusal which was placed on Strawberry Fields?
The inclusion of that title restriction was used by both the city and the Broadmoor to reassure the public and help sell
their deal. Just sayin' .........

Posted by Mur on 04/26/2017 at 7:44 PM

Re: “More on fatal crash involving El Paso County GOP chairman

It doesn't take a lot of force to dent the bodywork of a newer model vehicle. I doubt the velocity of the SUV would be considered excessive enough to be described as "such speed". That being said, Trevor Dierdorff was certainly at fault, and "careless" would be an excellent description of his actions leading to the accident.

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Posted by Richard M. Shirley on 04/26/2017 at 6:37 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Cleanup costs for Colorado Springs downtown land: $4.4 million

To be clear, Richard Skorman wasn't rude and didn't "shout down" this person or anyone. He allowed her the full amount of time allowed anyone else and then told her she was mistaken in some of the comments she made. The video is available on the city's website if you'd like to view it and make your own judgment.

Posted by Pam Zubeck on 04/26/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Gazette reportedly lays off newsroom employees

Ms. Zubek:

I know some other former Gazette employees, dedicated professionals, who have left the paper. None that I have run into regret their decisions.

I'm sure your decision to leave the Gazette was a difficult one, but your contributions to the Independent and to journalism in this city justifies the change. We benefit weekly from your writing; I doubt you would have been able to do the same at the Gazette.

So...thanks. Your work is much appreciated.

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Posted by Bill W. on 04/26/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation plans overhaul of Norris-Penrose Event Center

Went to the rodeo ONE time. In 2005. All was fine until it was over and the event turned into an evangelical sermon. If I want a sermon I'll go to church. Never went back to this place. Never will.

I do hope they improve the facility. The one time we went a storm came up and the unpaved parking lot became a dust storm with all the wind. Dreadful. Nothing like a 3rd world experience in the world's only superpower. If that's the best we can do then sell it to China and let them invest it.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Aviation Museum announces big plans for new facilities

Great idea to expand the airport location. This should be the end of anything downtown, other than a bus stop to ferry people to and from the location. Why not use City Hall or City Auditorium as the bus gathering point for museum goers. Why not have Gray Line run the tourist buses like they do in 'major' cities. There is no shortage of good solutions; sadly there is no shortage of bad ideas foisted on taxpayers by the in-crowd in every city.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Gazette reportedly lays off newsroom employees

The uber rich love buying papers so they can spread their lies, like the biggest lie of all: Tax cuts pay for themselves. Ask Kansas how that's working for them under their version of GOP's voodoo economics.

Too bad the Gazette didn't let go of the flaming ideologue who writes their insipid editorials. Who needs Alex Jones when you have the Gazette's bizarro mouthpiece.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation has a history of giving

Went to the rodeo ONE time. In 2005. All was fine until it was over and the event turned into an evangelical sermon. If I want a sermon I'll go to church. Never went back to this place. Never will.

I hope they improve the facility. The one time we went a storm came up and the unpaved dirt parking lot became a sand storm with all the wind. Dreadful. Nothing like a 3rd world experience in the world's only superpower. If that's the best we can do then sell it to China and let them invest it.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “El Paso County looks to off-load detox facility

The facility IS needed. Issue is who funds it. If we can find the funding then the change of ownership isn't a concern. But what does concern me is this smells of typical GOP "YOYO" politics, i.e., You're On Your Own. You want detox, do it yourself pal, You're On Your Own. Why not tax the liquor trade to pay for the problems that it sells, one 750ML bottle at a time.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “City for Champions hits snags, generates controversy

Instead of anyone spending $28M for any stadium, that sum of money would be vastly better spent building the youth sports complex known as the Scott Hall Field of Dreams on the abandoned Colorado Crossing site. Let's do something for OUR kids and not the hotel and bar tourist trade.

Suthers' "Bridge to Nowhere" is a great idea to make it easy for the homeless population to get around and annoy what visitors we do have. Once word gets out on Yelp that ATB Park is swarming with homeless dudes swilling T-Bird and smoking weed watch how quickly it becomes a ghost town. But it will become a mecca for police activity, er, I mean an OJT site for new cops.

NO STADIUM. NO AIRCRAFT MUSEUM. NO BRIDGE. NO WASTED TAX FUNDS

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Science march draws nearly 1,000 in public display of nerd-ity

And how'd they get downtown? In their rare kangaroo mouse choking, squirrel squashing, seats 9 but I have 2 and 1 is at soccer practice SUV. Move back to Oregon you dipwads.

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 04/26/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Neumann Systems Group will close shop after two decades due to changing energy market

All patents and copyrights associated with this technology should revert to CSU and the taxpayers of this city, as we provided the money to build and prove the efficacy of the design and construction.

Our city should then market this technology to coal-fired power plants around the world as there is a dire need for improvement in air quality, especially in China.

We should not let Dr. Neumann, and/or any of his associates, walk away with these patents and milk foreign markets for billions unless our city gets the share it was promised in the original agreement.

Where is our "STRONG MAYOR" on making sure our city enjoys the revenue stream it was promised -- or has he been bought off, like all the other GOP types.

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Posted by OldCrank on 04/26/2017 at 12:17 PM

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Posted by Emilia Peters on 04/26/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Cleanup costs for Colorado Springs downtown land: $4.4 million

I am a supporter of Richard Skorman and pleased to see him in a leadership role. That said, after all the abuse he has taken in recent months, I find it disheartening to have a report of him speaking to a citizen in such a rude matter as president of City Council.

Contrary to current thought, politeness on all sides is necessary and sadly lacking. Shouting people down and dismissing them rudely leads to one thing -- mob rule. There is no need for this behavior anywhere. A citizen, has every right to speak. She is part of the public and if the ideas aren't out there, they can't be considered. It's called free speech.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 04/26/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Progressive churches prepare to protect immigrants in the heart of Trump country

how does your church say to treat others??? are you truly a moral caring person or are you not???

just because you go to church does not make you a good person... you must show it in your actions... well what is it going to be?!!!

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Posted by happyfew on 04/26/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Progressive churches prepare to protect immigrants in the heart of Trump country

The other two commenters, you can't actually believe that you could argue reason and facts with people who write articles like this, do you? I mean, the author goes so far as to say "...the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) focus was purportedly on removing undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes, but people with very minor infractions often got swept up.." So it's telling me that illegal (undocumented) immigrants with VERY (as if there's a difference between minor and very minor???) minor infractions aren't actually "criminals" convicted of crimes? Seriously? THEY'RE IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AND THAT'S A F#%KING CRIME!!!

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Posted by Mr Creepus on 04/26/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs reaches settlement in racial profiling case

Olinyks comment about Blacks that " crime sometimes seems the only way to survive" I feel needs to be addressed. An ignorant comment and a racist view or a view by someone who has had little to do with learning history. As it is said about history and not learning from it that one will repeat it. The lowest common denominators in society force us all to their level all too often.
What some do not understand is that of the many groups or cultures living here there are some that are targeted. From harassment to murder, those the United States government wishes to control are blamed for outrageous acts against "proper society" As Olinyk demonstrated in his Blacks=crime comment, government's tactics work quite well on those who do not think it through or see a pattern of behavior. Government simply studies these groups and observes what they do. When the appropriate activity is found it is criminalized. The War on Drugs began this way. Cocaine use by Blacks was demonized in the media and laws then were passed. Shortly thereafter police were shooting "crazed" Black men in the back and it was justified, thanks to a racist law. Plains Indians were forbidden to perform their private ritual known as the sun dance. And Opium being outlawed was to target Chinese immigrants. Marijuana targeted Mexicans in the 1930s. All the way to the 1960s when hippie liberal Democrats saw the criminalization of LSD and were constant targets. Humans using drugs goes back to the beginning of time and it is a boon for a government that wishes to control or eliminate certain groups. History shows that this is absolutely the case and not the way they would like you to believe.
The recent rewriting of The Civil War history is a glaring example of government propaganda and control. Suddenly the noble and valiant Northerners are the heroes who fought to free slaves. Wrong and absurd as well. Free the slaves into what? "You are free, go along now" "Go where?" "I don't know, you're free, now go, you cannot stay here because you are free. Get it?" Young white men in blue uniforms sacrificing their lives for Black slaves?? No way. The Civil War was about money, tax and trade. Ask yourself; if it was about slavery then why did it take 100 years before The Civil Rights Act was signed into law. No big rush was there?
Actual crime is generally committed by sociopaths regardless of their ancestry, social or financial standing. Using and/or selling drugs was not a crime at all until 100 years ago. Barrack Obama used drugs so was that his blackness showing? No.
Olinyks has shown nothing has changed and as wordy as he is he still cannot grasp what "profiling" means or maybe he does. He will probably tell us. I can't wait. He will help us lose Rights and live in fear of police, he will take us back to the stone age.

Posted by Bob Wyman on 04/25/2017 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Trump to skip Air Force Academy graduation

I did not vote for Trump. However, in all fairness, Trump is not skipping the AFA. Instead he is speaking at one of the other FOUR institutions that presidents rotate through. Pres Obama spoke at the AFA last year, and the normal rotation would put the president at the Naval Academy this year. This is a list of Obama's graduation speeches each year: https://www.google.com/amp/www.nj.com/articles/18376199/here_are_the_other_graduations_president_obama_has.amp

However, due to a scheduling conflict with an overseas trip, Trump is speaking at the coast guard graduation this year instead of the Naval Academy. This is one of the FOUR places in the rotation, not three as your article states. https://www.google.com/amp/www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/19/trump-to-keynote-us-coast-guard-academy-graduates-on-may-17.amp.html


See also this April 13th article (before Trump's Coast Guard speech was finalized) that details the four year rotation and the scheduling conflict: http://www.theday.com/article/20170413/NWS09/170419674

I don't care for Mr Trump at all. But your article is unfair. It leaves the reader with the impression he is snubbing the AFA. That is simply not true. He was not due to speak here this year, and he is in fact speaking at one of the four institutions where presidents speak each year.

Your point about speaking at a religious institution graduation is indeed worthy of examination, but it's unfair to frame your article as though he is speaking at Liberty instead of the AFA.

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Posted by indigogirl on 04/25/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs reaches settlement in racial profiling case

Olinyk! How dare you presume my levels of respect or disrespect. I asked you to guess why you may think I was profiled and a traffic stop occurred, more than once I will add. Police cannot stop someone without reason, and one does not not have to provide ID either. They asked for ID from the passenger in that car, and they had no cause. They also had firearms drawn, so should I assume it was a felony stop?
My response was not "kneejerk" and was actually a short version of what I almost posted yesterday. I will point out that your first comment was pure racist and bigoted hogwash, and one might guess you are a white supremacist just by what you stated. Would CSPD really like you defending their practices? Your answer will be quite interesting, and CSPD's would be even more so.
While you may specialize in claptrap, and the Indy is always trying to make a rose stink, I am a supporter of The Bill of Rights. There is but one race: Human. We have Rights granted by our creator and guaranteed by The Constitution. Spin it any way you wish, but your view will not stand up under the scrutiny of even the dimmest light of day. To those who are not as blond haired and blue eyed as you are, you owe an apology.
As for manners: I have them, but they will not be exercised or exhibited for the likes of you.

Posted by Bob Wyman on 04/25/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Trump to skip Air Force Academy graduation

Not speaking at the AFA but speaking at an Evangelical University? Well, if that isn't the most Un-American thing I've ever heard of... What a douchebag and an embarrassment.

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Posted by Candi Frank on 04/25/2017 at 4:18 PM

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