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Re: “All aboard to pick a new bus station

Oops missed it.

Posted by Lalahartma on 06/24/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Waldo, Black Forest Fire investigations lurch to a standstill years later

It's too bad that the next time this happens nothing different will result.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 06/24/2016 at 8:03 AM

Re: “10-year-old is seizure-free after one year of cannabis oil

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Posted by Loveth Lisa7 on 06/24/2016 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Centennial Boulevard project would link Fillmore and Fontanero west of I-25

The area is full of deer. On a hike last night on the Mesa Trail, I counted around 20 that were right out in the open. It's true, the private land owned by the Garden of the Gods club is getting trashed by dumping, high school kids making out, off-road vehicle drivers, and random campers. I ran into some people from New Mexico who have been camped out there for a week already. That aside, it's time we citizens start organizing to get the land west of the Centennial extension purchased by TOPS funds. Clean up the trash and re-vegetate the dirt tracks, and we have a fantastic addition to the city's open spaces. These are gorgeous scrub oak foothills (lush for Colorado), with high grass, a perennial creek, deep ravines and rolling hills, majestic cottonwoods, a riparian area full of hardwood trees, and excellent deer habitat. It has multiple access points, but it will need a real caretaker. The current land owners are just sitting on these properties (and hoping to develop them!) If successfully acquired, the open space could be larger than Sondermann park with even better trails. TOSC, let's get on this and make it happen!

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Posted by leloupe on 06/24/2016 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Centennial Boulevard project would link Fillmore and Fontanero west of I-25

I'm not sure how much wildlife there is given the hundreds of 4 wheel drive vehicles out there tearing up the native vegetation and creating erosion and all of the illegal dumpers filling the erosion with garbage and old refrigerators. having the road in and the area somewhat developed might give the open space areas a chance to recover and we might get some wildlife to move back in. I think some responsible development of the area would be the best thing for it... before all of it's hillsides and habitat are washed down to Pueblo.

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Posted by Mike Woelke on 06/23/2016 at 8:15 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Mayor's survey of city workers can be withheld, city says

What is your level of trust in the current city administration and how open and transparent do you feel it is? A two minute 'quick-poll' - thank you.…

Posted by Staci6 on 06/23/2016 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Should you vote for ColoradoCare?

The big issue is that a single state simply will not be able to do this. What type of coverage, if any, will people have out of the state? Are you hoping never to get sick or injured while traveling? Would you need to purchase additional insurance on top of your taxes? Why would the wealthy stay in a state that will basically have Medicaid coverage when they can move and get quality coverage? What about high-paying jobs that need quality benefits to attract the top talent? These are employees that want coverage that will allow them to go to top Specialists, such as the Mayo Clinic if they get diagnosed with a devastating illness. What about the top Specialists in the State that simply won't be able to accept the Medicare reimbursement rates? What about the thousands of people that pay no taxes but will flock here to get free healthcare? What happens when we see that 10% is not enough and a major tax increase is needed (which it will, there is nowhere that does this with just 10% tax)? What if the voters reject the increase? What services will be cut and/or rationed?

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Posted by RealityMan on 06/23/2016 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Solving Colorado's primary apathy

Primaries and caucuses are the candidate selection processes of the respective political parties. Those parties are private entities, not government agencies and should, therefore, be the full responsibility of the parties, not the taxpayers -- full responsibility meaning both financial and administrative. Open primaries, primaries versus caucuses, and "top-two" primaries all address a problem that is not a problem for the state to resolve. For one thing, there are political parties other than the two major parties. Also, there are independent candidates with no party affiliation. Given those potential alternatives plus the liklihood that many eligible voters find no candidate in a given election cycle will represent their concerns and interests, it is little more than hubris -- as well as demonstrably ignorant -- to accuse those prospective voters of "apathy" if they don't choose to participate in either the Democratic or Republican party candidate selection processes.

10 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Independent Voter on 06/23/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Ted Cruz picks Darryl Glenn in Senate race

Very disappointed in Cruz's endorsement of Darryl Glenn. Mr Glenn is all talk and no results to back his rhetoric up. Combined with a reluctance to respond to constituents emails, phone calls, letters, etc., which approaches Doug Lamborn-like levels of evasiveness, I cannot see how anyone who wants a results-oriented, truthful, representative of this State can cast a vote for Glenn.

Fortunately, this is a deep field and there are other good candidates out there other than Mr Glenn.

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Posted by mgoblue0970 on 06/23/2016 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Solving Colorado's primary apathy

Very disappointed in Cruz's endorsement of Darryl Glenn. Mr Glenn is all talk and no results to back his rhetoric up. Combined with a reluctance to respond to constituents emails, phone calls, letters, etc., which approaches Doug Lamborn-like levels of evasiveness, I cannot see how anyone who wants a results-oriented, truthful, representative of this State can cast a vote for Glenn.

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Posted by mgoblue0970 on 06/23/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Manitou Springs School District launches an in-house culinary program

This is such a great thing. Thank you Victor Matthews. And Matthew Schneiper, you're a gifted writer. Sharing/Tweeting!!

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Posted by Sean Alden Fitzgerald on 06/23/2016 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Cycling paradise? Not everywhere in Colorado Springs

If you're not advocating then you're not helping. Attend meetings on road 'right sizing' and bike lanes, email and call your city council and mayor. Bike lanes in downtown are currently on hold and being pushed off due to lack of support. The only way to get more infrastructure is to advocate for it, its up to you!

Posted by VazzedUp on 06/23/2016 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Solving Colorado's primary apathy

Open primaries would be a step in the right direction, but a "top two" primary would be problematic. Anytime there are more than two candidates a single vote to single candidate process cannot be guaranteed to accurately reflect the will of the electorate. While no voting system is perfect, a ranking system alleviates many deficiencies in such cases. See the Scientific American article "Ranking Candidates Is More Accurate Than Voting" by Dasgupta and Maskin. One of its first examples is from the results of a similarly styled "top two" contest in the 2002 French presidential election.
I would love to see the primary process completely remove itself from the party affiliation requirement, as in that all potential candidates for a post would be on the same ballot. To me, the current primary voting system lifts up political parties as gatekeepers to the political process instead of leveling them as the (useful) outside agitators and organizers that they are.

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Posted by Coro on 06/23/2016 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Manitou Springs School District launches an in-house culinary program

As long ago MSHS student, I find it ironic that the cooking portions of the old home economics courses are being revived as culinary arts. So many of our "old-time" great programs in schools have been cut to satisfy the standards movement in education (art, music, shop courses, mechanics courses, cooking, sewing, etc.) that today's students have great deficits in these areas of life long learning. While some kids pursued the community college opportunities offered at high schools, too many others were left to languish in the educational academic "everyone should go to college" land for the last three decades. It's great to see my alma mater getting back into the game and seeing it redevelop/reimagine some of the courses that were lost. BTW, I was part of a freshman boy group in the mid 70's who all thought it would be fun to take home ec. Many of the things discussed in the article were a part of that class, and I for one have always been grateful for the lessons in cooking, sewing, nutrition, etc. I still have tucked away in a box somewhere the shirt I made and every holiday I become the master of all things that require yeast. Mmmmmmmm!

Finally, may I suggest that MSHS not limit the courses to seniors - an earlier start in an elective like this can make a world of difference for a student.

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Posted by Brian Ridpath on 06/23/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Cycling paradise? Not everywhere in Colorado Springs

I would absolutely love to commute to work every day throughout the summer. I generally trail hop now that the base of the Templeton Trail was repaved and the Santa Fe was repaved where it connects with Nevada... However crossing Nevada at Mount View is a very daunting endeavor.

As similar to the author of the article, going through Mountain Shadows & up Flying W is such a peaceful, beautiful ride. The moment you come down Vindicator to head to Rockrimmon though, the ride becomes absolutely terrifying. The bike lane narrows to be non-existent with the smallest shoulder and the worst road conditions. You try your hardest to be vigilant of pot holes or debris in the street that over take the shoulder but cars speed down vindicator at 50 MPH without changing lanes or observing a 3 foot distance. Safety in traffic is always the rider's largest concern, but the city should absolutely be doing more to alleviate the stresses that are controllable. If there are popular cycling spaces, bring out the street sweeper within 48 hours of a storm to clear the lanes. (If there even ARE lanes. If not, then lanes should be clearly marked.) Kate Brady needs to connect with each bike shop within the region and see where their group rides go (including Chik-Fil-A for their rides) to map where the popular cycling areas are.

Our city shouldn't just place a priority on these things when the USA Pro Challenge makes an appearance.

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Posted by Christine Markus on 06/23/2016 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Assault weapons, Orlando, McCain, Lamborn and the VA, and more

Chris Donahue is the typical gun control advocate-knows nothing about guns, wishes to turn others into helpless victims, and states it would be "in order to help the common good". Just what is the "common good" exactly and I mean exactly. That there is only one true assault rifle that was commissioned by the military prior to WWII thus makes any other definition of "assault" invalid in regard to firearms. It is also shows the complete ignorance and arrogance of your President past and present. Hillary wishes to hold manufacturers liable knowing that it will drive them out of business but not realizing that the military would have to buy weapons from ???? If someone wants to do something for the common good then go out and do volunteer work.
Gun control advocates misspeak, fantasize, lie and quote stats that are meaningless, non-existent or impossible to even quantify. They wish for an outcome that will be a disaster and tragic for many years simply because they are afraid of firearms and attempt to hide that fact. They are also failures at history and it surprises me that they are given any credence at all or that their public school teachers were even employed in the first place. Frank Zappa said it best stating that stupidity was the most common element in the universe, not hydrogen.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 06/22/2016 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Assault weapons, Orlando, McCain, Lamborn and the VA, and more

Mr. Donahue trots out the same trite, tired rhetoric that has proven ineffectual time and time again as regressives seek to punish the law-abiding for the actions of criminals:

"people will not be legally allowed to own assault weapons" - If you mean full-auto, they already can't, but since you don't provide a proper definition, your intentional ambiguity further scuttles an already shaky premise, and by the way, no such thing actually exists, as "assault" is a verb, not a noun.

"Lots of innocent people have been killed with assault rifles" - Again, "lots" is (intentionally?) open to interpretation, but regardless, multitudes have been killed with handguns, shotguns, long-rifles, knives, bats, stones, cars, etc.

"We should at least give ourselves the opportunity to try it and see if it works" - As "Dave H" explained, we already did, and even the Dems in office at the time allowed the legislation to expire because it was so ineffective:…

When in doubt, fewer laws always trump (no allusion to a goofball intended) more, unless you need guidance regarding your thoughts, words and deeds.

"Let's try to care" - Spare us the hyperbolic, "I am more concerned than you because I support restrictions" nonsense; we ALL mourn for those killed, but the solution isn't in more intrusive, "feel good, do nothing" laws and regulations.

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Posted by LibertyForAll on 06/22/2016 at 5:52 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Mayor's survey of city workers can be withheld, city says

I had trust in Richard Nixon. That,too,was short-lived.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 06/22/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “He's baa-aack! Mike Miles appointed to charter school board.

This man sees dollars and data instead of human beings. Education is not business. Harrison School District was a joy to work in before him. He does not belong in education.

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by suesun on 06/22/2016 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Assault weapons, Orlando, McCain, Lamborn and the VA, and more

"Worth a try" -- Chris Donahue

You have a short memory. We tried it before. It failed. Multiple studies showed it failed. We predicted the failure, but no one listened. Even the gun controllers whined about what a spectacular failure it was.

I also noted you mix up so-called "assault weapons" and assault rifles -- they are NOT the same thing.

Furthermore, people are 1.6 times more likely to be killed by an attacker using blunt objects like bats, 2.3 times more likely to be killed by unarmed attackers, and 5.3 times more likely to be stabbed/cut to death by an attacker than you are to be killed by an attacker using a rifle of any kind. (FBI CIUS/UCR, 2014, Table 8)

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Posted by Dave H on 06/22/2016 at 10:41 AM

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