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Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

Rms--"everyone who lives in this community should have the opportunity to speak their ideas and concerns and in so doing help make this area successful." 100% agree!

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 11/17/2016 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

Joel - you missed the major point of my comment - I did not call Springs Forward a political group only said they were the "funders" of the party in charge of all things El Paso County. I have lived here over 40 years and in all that time the democrats have never been in control of anything - however if they had been the ones in control I would make the same statement - the argument is not about which party is in charge - it is about giving those who disagree with your views a voice at the table and the opportunity to make suggestions for solutions which if given a chance might improve things for the entire community and not some powerful action group paying to have their best interests put first above community needs. The partisan politics of Washington has trickled down and taken over all levels of government to the great detriment of our nation. In truth I believe we would be much better served by non-patrician local governance. Everyone who lives in this community should have the opportunity to speak their ideas and concerns and in so doing help make this area successful.

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Posted by rms on 11/17/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

Colorado Springs Forward is nothing more than a new front group for the old Iron Triangle, and is still business as usual in the good old boy network of Colorado Springs and El Paso County:

Yes, they got elected a drug-warrior clueless career politician mayor. Still no cannabis revenue in the city, either.

Yes, they got changed the city manager system in the city to the strong mayor form of government--which has been a disaster.

Yes, they got raised taxes for roads because they can't manage a budget properly.

Yes, they want to screw up the downtown with City for Champions, which nobody outside the Iron Triangle developers want or need.

Yes, they hide in the background, because if the Iron Triangle were exposed, and there would be a political revolution in the city and county to toss out those people who are most responsible for the decline in the local infrastructure and the forced economic dependency on federal defense and tourism dollars instead of diversifying the economy into more manufacturing.

Yes, they were behind Amendment 2, and the area still hasn't shaken that, two decades later.

Yes, they've let development go amok in every direction, which is why east of Academy the streets run in every direction and we still don't have an east-west expressway.



Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...

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Posted by Tannim on 11/17/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

If -- it it true, as the gentlemen in the article states is true that Colorado Springs has a negative image around the nation - how does sending someone like Amy Lathen to represent Coloado Springs in Washington, D.C. improve that image? Can you imagine her in a meeting with Michael Bennet?

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 11/17/2016 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

You're wrong about CSF's political affiliation. Chuck Murphy is a D and others. If CSF was trying to get the money of a mostly Democrat majority, that would be their flavor-- it is purely a demographic analysis for them about what's needed to get their agenda met. Members have excorciated conservative voices for opposing their agendas more than they have done so for others. They are principle-less except in the principle of enriching themselves and providing the best opportunity to get taxpayer corporate welfare for themselves. That's all fine--it's a free country, but short of time-intensive personal research there is no way for the average citizen to know anything about "who's behind the curtain." Besides Pam and her informative approach, all the public sees is CSFs PR facade of wanting to "end divisiveness" and rainbow ponies, because that's what the Gazette puts out and shows up on billboards.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 11/16/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

It just proves why our government was intended to be at least a two party system - so that all citizens had some chance of having their voices heard. If one party controls all the elected positions and appointed offices that is not a democratic approach to governing. So it is no surprise the "funders" of the party in charge of all things El Paso County are the real ones running the City and County. And yes it is difficult to live here - discouraging when everyone complains about how bad the roads are and no one wants a downtown stadium yet they just refuse to give anyone not hand picked by the powers that be a chance of trying to make a difference. But if you and others with a different point of view leave then who will be left to be a thorn in their side? Someone has to at least try to keep them honest.

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Posted by rms on 11/16/2016 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

How comforting it is to know that a handful of wealthy patrons are looking after me and the city in which I live - even going so far as to provide me with a ready-made palette of candidates for office. Not.
One can only hope that, being fully accustomed to getting their own way, the members of CSF and like-minded other organizations will find at least one issue upon which there is hearty disagreement. One further hopes that each puts itself out-of-commission while doing battle to gain the upper hand.
The more I learn about the inner-workings of Colorado Springs, the less I want to live here.

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Posted by doonya on 11/16/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Casting Spells

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Re: “Casting Spells

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Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

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Posted by SailorMark on 11/05/2016 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Welcome to Kolorado, Klan Kountry

The Indy didn't lie. They printed a dated story from the Denver Post. Ed Quillen was a well researched writer and I miss my old friend dearly. The Dems and Repubs pretty muched switched places in the sixties what with the southerners running from the Kennedys and Lynden.
Look again at this article and surmise just which party today would best embrace this behavior.
Ghandi told us I like your Christ, your Christians, not so much.

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Posted by longtooth on 11/02/2016 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Mixed blessings

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Re: “Casting Spells

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Re: “Casting Spells

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Re: “Tyler Durden returns

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Re: “After 19 years behind bars, Shaka Senghor crafts change, inside and out

Excellent interview for this article, and a really good talk last night! About 1,500 people showed up and I know it was a very powerful story for all of us to hear. It's such an important conversation to have as a community, because it is a complex conversation and there are so many folks doing good work in COS to try and get in front of the problems, as well as to handle the mop up! Let's give them the support they need, or even better, rally to be part of the solution ourselves.

Posted by CeCe Beauchamp on 10/07/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “After 19 years behind bars, Shaka Senghor crafts change, inside and out

murderers should be executed

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Posted by apathetic on 10/05/2016 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Why is private security patrolling our public streets?

The best response to this type of overstep by downtown businesses is to shop elsewhere.

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Posted by null on 09/28/2016 at 6:01 AM

Re: “God Bless the Child

Child Protective Services has gone to the far side of capturing federal funding since this article was written. Snatching children not because they are abused but because they are adoptable, to service the highly lucrative adoption market in this country. Child protective services are the modern age Nazi's of America.

To learn the truth about forced removal, Foster warehousing, medical kidnapping, and forced adoption please visit our website at AmericasTakenChildren.com

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Posted by Geri Pfeiffer on 09/26/2016 at 5:52 AM

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