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Re: “Nor'wood negotiates to buy government land southwest of downtown

From today's front-page Gazette article: "We dont have to trade, said Councilman Bill Murray. We dont have to have that (Norwood) land. It should be put out to competitive bid. That property is going to be extremely valuable once the Olympic Museum is built. This is a sweetheart deal."

City Leaders are determined to "revitalize" downtown, and particularly the area SW of downtown in which Jenkins owns numerous properties. The vote on the land swap has been postponed until after the April 4 election, when it is likely - if money and propaganda can buy votes - that new faces that support the schemes of developers will be elected to the council.

The Gazette makes this deal appear to be complicated, what with the owner obligated to clean up the City's contaminated property. But it's really not so complicated. Jenkins sees the trade as being advantageous to HIM and that - not the Common Good - is the reason for the trade.

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Posted by curious on 03/31/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “State budget includes cuts to hospitals, transportation and education

I find it interesting that all the millions that are now being made due to legal sales of Marijuana and still they are cutting funding to education. Where is the money going. It is time for a reckoning and transparency in the funds for education where they are actually being spent!

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Posted by Julie Davis on 03/31/2017 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Introducing the new csindy.com

the site looks fantastic, Great job Craig!!

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Posted by tanyashaw737 on 03/31/2017 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs City Council urged to ban puppy-mill dogs from stores

FYI Elizabeth,
Puppy Mill is an official term set in a 1984 court case as being a large scale breeding facility where making money is the only concern. The well being of the mom's and dad's of those puppies is not considered.
Also, Humane Watch is an organization formed to discredit the Humane Society of the United States by spreading mistruths about them.

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Posted by Gary Daley on 03/30/2017 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs city election: turnout, voter reminders, "an honest error"

That would be the Koch brothers' dark money group, citizens protecting our constitution - who are also heavily involved in citizens for self governance, which is busily passing legislation in over 30 states that will destroy the constitution. Which, for the record, includes such charmers as sean Hannity, glenn beck, rush Limbaugh, mike Huckabee and the queen of Alaska, who can see Russia from her front porch - sarah palin.

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Posted by Linda Firth on 03/30/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs city election heads for the finish after sparring matches

As a politician who is "supported by conservatives," Ms. Crow-Iverson needs to assure voters that she is not colluding with Vladimir Putin to smear her opposition.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/30/2017 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Bison Brothers Food Truck makes Colorado Springs debut

Went to Great Storm Brewing last night and these guys were there. Super friendly, had a nice conversation with them. We shared spinach artichoke dip and sliders between 3 people. Demolished. Amber beer on tap was great too!

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Posted by Travis Bromley on 03/30/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Organizing the Donald Trump resistance

North Carolina Announces Deal To Repeal Transgender Bathroom Bill
The move comes as the NCAA threatens a 6-year boycott of the state.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-…

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Posted by guruD on 03/30/2017 at 7:00 AM

Re: “The environmental movement born out of Standing Rock

Our "water protectors"? Really? I don't think so. Why don't you call them on that boast and have them produce their records of water they have protected thus far? And how many of the millions of miles of pipelines have they protested at? The alternative to pipelines is trucks and freight trains hauling it overland. Sound logical, safe and or reasonable? One would have to be about 6 years old to buy into their fantastic notion, yet here you are, you write it and it is printed.

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 03/29/2017 at 10:43 PM

Re: “The disabled community has been freaked out by the health-care debate

For health care funding ask the State of Colorado since it receives a share of funds awarded in the Master Settlement Agreement from the lawsuit against tobacco companies. 1999 through 2016 Colorado received $1,599,012,220.77 total. This was to cover tobacco-related illness costs and education. Guess how much it actually is spent on tobacco related healthcare and education for those years? 23 million dollars and they are cutting that amount yearly. The total amount would cover just about everyone every year for health coverage would it not? But state governments are spending it elsewhere or selling their awards to security traders. This settlement will continue into perpetuity or until tobacco is no longer grown and sold.
Correct my figures if I read them wrong, that kind of money I cannot fathom, I live below poverty level. It is in the interest of the big spenders in every state's capitol to keep cigarettes sales going. They sure are not spending that money on healthcare but it is being spent. (They even charged the tobacco companies under RICO!)
When we hear the phrase "government funded" or "government backed" or "paid to the government" it is actually tax payers dollars. Government does not earn a dime but they can spend them and deny you and I anything they wish. They cannot "create jobs" either but they can eliminate them. It may be a blessing to not have a professional politician in The White House- after all, the Democrats and Republicans have been running the show for years and handpicking who gets to run... Guess what? They have screwed it up beyond belief. This president may have more in common with the common people than you know. (Obama went on and on about "it is time for common-sense laws". If he had a brain he would have realized that he was implying the laws they have been making were then nonsense. Or if his followers had a brain...) (nobody would pass a background check if our metal stability were to be measured as they have in essence driven all of us crazy)
God knows that since FDR the country has been in stranglehold that tightens more and more. Government created agencies that have done nothing but help tighten the noose need to be abolished. Meanwhile the propaganda machine has been fine-tuned and is so well oiled that many would be completely stupefied should they wake up and see the light. Nobody would or could run their own household the way government runs this country.
We live in the land of milk and honey they used to tell us, where we can be anything we desire. But something is terribly wrong in a society that uses "community service" as a punishment and punishes homeless people for begging- all in the name of "public safety". Standing on a median between opposing traffic lanes with painted sign asking for donations (milk and honey) is dangerous (you can't be that) yet standing in the street between two painted on white lines (a cross-walk) is totally safe?!
Land of the Free...

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 03/29/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Nor'wood negotiates to buy government land southwest of downtown

Jenkins and Anschutz own COS - what they want, they get. And the City has Jenkin's back. The article says: "RBD is in a situation where it can benefit the entire community by selling this property to Master Developer." Explain to me how the University Village Colorado shopping center on N. Nevada, across from UCCS property, benefitted the "entire community" and taxpayers when ALL the sales tax collected for 30 years goes to paying down the City's debt incurred to build UVC and NONE of the sales tax goes into the General Fund? The City's involvement in this enterprise was a great deal for the developer, but not for the City. And virtually all of the UVC tenants are national chains, a practice that is not supportive of Colorado businesses, and we can expect a "Master Developer" to bring in more chain restaurants and retail.

But Jenkins/Anschutz also want the appearance of legitimacy, and hence they buy and place their development supporters on the City council. Naysayers to developer's schemes to transfer the risk and costs of development to the taxpayers can expect to be tarred and feathered by editorials in the Anschutz owned Gazette, whose editorial board includes Anschutz's son.

Re the current election, I'm surprised that Gaebler is persona non grata with developers, particularly Nor'Wood/Jenkins, since she is on record saying that the BLR annexation agreement should be revised and taxpayers should bear millions of dollars of the infrastructure costs of Jenkin's BLR development, which is contradictory to the Judge's recent ruling that ALL infrastructure and other development costs were SOLELY the responsibility of the developer. It would be helpful for voters to hear from Gaebler as to how she as a Council member would vote on this issue.

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Posted by curious on 03/29/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Nor'wood negotiates to buy government land southwest of downtown

It would save us all a lot of time if we disband City government altogether and just build Jenkins an office to direct his plans for the use City assets and revenue to benefit him and his company. Why participate in the charade that we have people representing us?

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 03/29/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Big Medicine Cannabissary

awesome products, people, and prices. tasty! never disappointed. go here you will love it.

Posted by twcreme64 on 03/29/2017 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Skycastle:

"So why put your trust in them? Try thinking for yourself instead."

Why put your trust in them? How about because SCOTUS is a co-equal branch of the government created by the Founding Fathers in the CONSTITUTION.

Your eagerness to dismiss SCOTUS reveals your contempt for everything in the Constitution that doesn't make you happy. It's not a buffet where you can pick and choose. It's the CONSTITUTION, and you don't get to reject SCOTUS and then say you're just following the Constitution.

"Bill, you don't need a law degree to understand the basics of the Constitution. "

Actually, it appears that the law degree would be very useful for you, since you think your opinion is right and SCOTUS is wrong. You got that backwards.

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Posted by Bill W. on 03/29/2017 at 6:00 AM

Re: “A message to city voters: Rise above the negativity

" - - -we could be looking at turnouts as low as 15 percent in District 4 and only in the 35 percent range for the other closely contested district races."

On the date Mr. Routon posted this article ( 6 days from the election) the overall rate of return of ballots (voter turnout) was at 18.47%.

What do you feel is the impact of negative advertising on local elections? A five minute grass roots survey. You can also check the current voter turnout for your city council district - Thank you.

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

Posted by Staci6 on 03/29/2017 at 2:11 AM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

"supreme court justices often disagree with each other, and 5-4 decisions are common." But Skycastle always knows what is correct without even having (or appreciating) the benefit of a law degree. If you don't believe it, just ask him.

"So why put your trust in them?" Undermining the judiciary! Your Russian handlers must be very proud!

"Try thinking for yourself instead." Good advice coming, as it does, from a bot! If we cannot even trust the Supreme Court, we certainly cannot trust you.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/28/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Roll Up egg rolls hit and miss

Hi, Kayla! Thanks for your readership. I'm glad you've had good experiences with this food truck I found the service here to be pleasant and helpful as well.
This review comes from our Dine & Dash section every week, we run three short reviews of old favorites or smaller new players in the Springs food scene. In the past, we've run all three as a single web feature, but with the roll-out of our new website, we've decided to give each Dine & Dash review its own space, for reader convenience. That said, each Dine & Dash review is still only around 150 words, so we have to pack a lot of information into very little space.
Hope that gives you a little more info on why it's written the way it is. Thanks again for reading the Indy!

Posted by Griffin Swartzell on 03/28/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Reader: This is Trump's agenda

Bill, you don't need a law degree to understand the basics of the Constitution. One basic is limited federal power. The Constitution was designed to limit power to the federal government by giving it only certain, specified duties, listed in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, and the only way to legally give additional powers to the federal government is by Constitutional Amendment.

Do you disagree?
If you disagree, can you explain what the 10th Amendment means?

BTW - supreme court justices often disagree with each other, and 5-4 decisions are common. So why put your trust in them? Try thinking for yourself instead.

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Posted by Skycastle on 03/28/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Families of children with disabilities face a new challenge — Medicaid cutbacks

I know these comments were posted years ago but does anyone know if anything has changed? I'm currently watching a 18 month old severely disabled child who can't do anything for herself and probably never will. I feed her every 2 hours and each feeding takes 30 to 45 minutes because of swallowing and sucking issues. She also cries about 2 hours a day no matter how I try to soothe her! I recently found out her mom became a parent CNA to get paid to take care of her but definitely isn't passing it to me when I watch her. I watch her 25 to 30 hours a week for $3.75 an hour! My question is - does anyone know how much a parent CNA makes per hour in Colorado and what the guidelines are for how many hours per week/day you can get paid?

Posted by suebugd6 on 03/28/2017 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Southeast Colorado Springs seeing tiny turnout in city election

I still have to think that one of the greatest threats to our democracy is apathy. We talk (at least nationally) about voter suppression but then see low turnout.

Posted by Michael Lindenbusch on 03/28/2017 at 11:16 AM

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