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Re: “Watch movies on top of a downtown parking garage

Sounds like a blast. 2105 seems like a long wait though ;)

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Posted by Jose Colon-Bachiller on 05/18/2015 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Maybe next next year for progressives

@MVB - However, it still demonstrates the problem with young voters and the reason regressive policies won't go away. That low percentage point alludes to the general apathy problem amongst young voters.

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Posted by Andrew Barilla on 05/18/2015 at 1:40 PM

Re: “All hail, the military!

Pam, can you tell us anything about the "Colorado Wants You" organization chaired by Don Addy?

Posted by User on 05/18/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Waste Management closes public recycling spot

It's really odd how they closed this recycling spot. Why can't they leave it pen while still offering the public pick-up for those who want it? I think that would be a bit more fair for people like Arval here. Then again,. the extra fee they are asking for really isn't that much.

Posted by Rose Henderson on 05/18/2015 at 9:06 AM

Re: “The Blue Star

The food quality and the service is just not holding up to history of this place. People mention the wine list, but in this day and age, I can have any bottle of wine I want dropped at my door for 1/3 the price. If I'm going to pay the premium for the food and wine, I expect good service. Unfortunately, I believe the blue star has lost the edge in the service arena.

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Posted by George Rapko on 05/18/2015 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Judging a book by its colour

Mr. Benn opines, "I don't think it's about color anymore is it as [sic] about culture," as if that is an enlightened point of view, when in fact it is a thoroughly racist statement. Racism was never about color. Racism has always been about the so-called "inferiority" of Black people, and the Black race, and Black culture.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/17/2015 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Judging a book by its colour

"I do remember there being more tension between the English and the Irish than there was between white families and the Indian family down the street." Because the English have a long history of oppressing the Irish. To justify that oppression, the English came up with all sorts of theories establishing once and for all, and beyond any doubt, the abject inferiority of the Irish as a people and a race. Ultimately, the tension and enmity between the two groups was created by the economics of greed, not any actual substantial differences between them. Quite the reverse, as those differences were trumped up after the fact to justify and promote the continued subservience of the Irish to English will.

Similarly, American racism is not the product of color differences between two people who must live in close proximity to each other. It has always been about exploiting cheap labor, using prejudice and violence to maintain the second class status of the target labor pool.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/17/2015 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Judging a book by its colour

Great piece, Mark, as always. I think if disagree with Simon to some extent. Race is an obvious mark of difference. The ultimate tribal mark, so to speak, as we're very tribal creatures. Racial profiling is the obvious example. More black people are stopped and frisked than whites, yet Are statistically no more likely to be charged than the white people searched. You can't say race isn't involved.

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Posted by Sven West on 05/17/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Judging a book by its colour

One of the first things I learned was how big the divide is between blacks and whites. It still amazes me today. But I don't think it's about color anymore is it as about culture. A black person grows up conservative he's called an uncle Tom by other blacks. The three blacks being charge in the gray case are called white African Americans. What the??????

None of the shootings happened because someone looked different as your post suggests that simply isn't true and the outrage at these springs is always one sided. Yes black lives matter as does every other life.

But when a culture is fighting for more entitlement there comes a time when the citizens will say no

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Posted by Simon Benn on 05/16/2015 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Academy accused of targeting religious group

Wow people ... We are our own enemies. Fighting amongst ourselves when there is a much worse enemy outside of our borders, and inside as well for all we know, who wants to destroy us all because we're Americans. Isn't it about time to be respectful and compassionate instead of all the hate messages and disparaging comments I see above? I originally read this article for research and was curious was comments folks wrote, and kept reading and reading because they just kept getting worse, and worse. It really makes me sad because we should be United in the fact we are Americans and we live in a country where you aren't persecuted for your beliefs. Do individuals violate that principle, sure. But, the way to solve it isn't be spreading negativity and hate. Please carry on and make it your mission to be kind and have a positive influence in the world. If everyone did that, or at least a greater percentage than those that do now, this world would be a much better place.

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Posted by Bostonblnde on 05/15/2015 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Let the electoral games overlap

When the Affordable Care Act passed, Bob Gardner co-sponsored the state bill to establish a state health exchange. States that refused to set up their own exchanges had the federal exchange foisted upon them. No doubt Gardner will defend his decision as having been the best way to minimize federal government intrusion into local business, which does not contradict his stated basic opposition to the federal act.

My religion taught me to give people the benefit of the doubt, to be reluctant to accuse anyone of a serious infraction. So, I am inclined to dismiss Klingenschmitt's illogical conclusion as a misunderstanding rather than a deliberate attempt to mislead.

On the other hand, I am appalled and dismayed by Mr. Klingenschmitt's rush to judgement and casual accusation of dishonesty. Mr. Klingenschmitt likes to wear his religion on his sleeve. The admonition against bearing false witness is one of the Ten Commandments. Perhaps he does not understand what that means either.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/15/2015 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Arts Month begins with a mighty First Friday

I am particularly moved by the artistry of Neil Fenton and Phil Lear. Both are extraordinary talents.

Sean Alden Fitzgerald
Colorado Springs, CO

Posted by LocalReachMktg on 05/14/2015 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Suthers out-raises Makepeace again

In the Gazette editorial today, we are told that Martin is the reason there are potholes in COS.

Also today, an article on the front page tells of a city owned drainage ditch causing a landslide in Rockrimmon. The city, despite repeated requests by the homeowners, did not secure the ditch because there was no money in the budget. And yet Martin and other City Leaders are comfortable with spending $200M of sales tax revenue to build a stadium and millions more to upgrade access roads and build a parking structure and bridge to ATB park.

Potholes. Drainage ditches. Washed out roads. Fixing these is a top priority that will take years to accomplish. City Leaders who cared about COS and its citizens would use the sales tax they will siphon off to build the stadium to fix these problems. In fact, City Leaders should abandon their plans to build the stadium. No stadium. Now. And never.

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Posted by curious on 05/13/2015 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Let the electoral games overlap

How can this Gordon James Klingenschmitt claim a state lawmaker—whether a conservative Republican like Bob Gardner or anyone else—could "co-sponsor Obamacare" in the General Assembly? Does he think voters are stupid? Neither party had anything to do with enacting that federal law. It was Congress' doing. Klingenschmitt accuses Gardner of a "phony denial," but given Klingenschmitt's own flat-out fallacy, he sounds like the phony to me. Voters are sick and tired of that kind of fast and loose campaign rhetoric. I'm going to guess some BIG MONEY and SLICK CONSULTANTS out of Washington are behind Klingenschmitt's early use of the big lie.

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Posted by Sandy Vernon on 05/13/2015 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Let the electoral games overlap

Stan, I wasn't familiar with Klingenschnitzel's academic record other than that his alma mater really is the former Christian Broadcasting Network University. Back when he first made the news and I couldn't get enough of his loopiness, I did poke around on the Web but couldn't get past his uproarious YouTube "debate" with the Owensboro Baptist nut over whether God actually hates gays or just wants guys like Dr. "Chaps" to exorcise them. Not making THAT up, either. Check it out; this guy's a hoot:

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Posted by Ion Cscityhall on 05/13/2015 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Let the electoral games overlap

Speaking of fact checking, what WAS that issue with Corporal Kingerschnitzel's "PhD"? Maybe some of his other purported degrees, too? And to think that, in the first place, it was issued by a fringe diploma mill like "Regent University" (formerly the "Christian Broadcasting Network University"—not making that up).

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Posted by Stan Sloothe on 05/13/2015 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Maybe next next year for progressives

I would point out, as a CC alum, that most CC students are registered to vote in their home cities which typically would not be the Springs. I voted in Ohio the whole time that I was a student there.

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Posted by MVB on 05/13/2015 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Testing compromise passes, Maketa-related payouts considered, more

Testing deal reached? So what does prohibit assigning an accreditation rating (based on test scores) to school districts actually mean? Are districts not going to be evaluated at all this year?

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Posted by Gordon Reichal on 05/13/2015 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Let the electoral games overlap

Fact check on Bob's dishonest statement: "I've opposed Obamacare from the very beginning and continue to do so." No, actually Bob Gardner was the only Republican to co-sponsor Obamacare with 32 Democrats and put it forever into Colorado law, HB13-1266, proof document posted at gordonforcolorado dot com. Bob publicly admitted my document was accurate, so now he contradicts his own public admission with a phony denial. If he's dishonest about his record now, how can he be trusted in the future?

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Posted by Gordon James Klingenschmitt on 05/13/2015 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Standardized tests, potholes, cattle and water, and more

It takes 1.1 gallon of water to produce ONE almond. Americans eat millions of almonds every year. And we eat millions of pistachios and walnuts. 80% of California's water is used to grow vegetables and other produce.…

Grasslands build topsoil and sequester carbon - both good for the environment. My conclusion: to save water and build healthy bodies - eat pastured meat and dairy.

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Posted by curious on 05/13/2015 at 2:21 PM

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