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Re: “Defending 'Colorful Colorado' (and fighting Cory Gardner)

Mr. Hazelhurst,
There are numerous inaccuracies in your article. I did note that you made one correction, however several more exist. Yes, the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service manages the Endangered Species Act, not EPA, and they will make the determination if the Greater Sage Grouse is eventually listed. The Gunnison Sage Grouse was actually listed last year and is a small community of birds in a unique ecological environment in west central Colorado. The real story here is about the habitat that Sage Grouse occupy. It's not about hunting limits of the birds. The sage grouse environment is being lost at an alarming rate from grazing, recreational uses and infrastructure development. That is the main concern. AND, yes politics play a role to support corporations that fund these developments.

The Bureau of Land Management ( with the responsibility of protecting the public land of the U.S.) has tasked individual States to demonstrate their conservation efforts to protect the Sage Grouse and their habitat to prevent the U.S Fish and Wildlife from having to list the species under the Endangered Species Act...hence Mr.Gardnerer's bill introduction. If the Sage Grouse is eventually listed --- there will be no oil & gas development, no grazing, no transmission via power lines or pipelines in or near their protected habitat.

In reality, the State of Colorado needs a plan to balance commercial development and protection of the environment in respect to these "damn" Sage Grouse, which really means their habitat. Without their habitat, there will be no Sage Grouse essentially. Natural evolution? Maybe. My beef is the amount of money that is spent on protecting this habitat, could feed all the school age children that go without breakfast and dinner across Colorado for a year. There has to be a balance between development, use of the land, protection/conservation of the habitat, and opportunities for continued recreation on public lands for the bill to be successful. Good luck Mr. Gardner...meanwhile children go hungry because government entities will continue to extort money out of corporations to support the research for the Sage Grouse.

I'm not generally in favor of Republican agenda's but this one might actually have some traction.

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Posted by Life is a Slice of Pie on 05/04/2015 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Where the races live in Colorado Springs

Have even known some Hispanics who were Asian.

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Posted by Odin on 05/04/2015 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Where the races live in Colorado Springs

"Hispanic" is not a race. Hispanic/Latino is a ethnic/linguistic group. Most Hispanics are white and/or American Indian, though some are Black. We (Hispanics) run into this all the time when filling out forms, census surveys, etc. where demographic info is gathered.

BTW, self-segregation is a well documented phenomenon.

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Posted by Dave H on 05/04/2015 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Ranch Foods buys Federal - expansion underway

Is their commitment to Public Market still in place?

Posted by Lalahartma on 05/04/2015 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Ad responds to pastor down on LGBT citizens

Actually, those are not my words.

"Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman." - Hillary Clinton

"I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now for me as a Christian, its also a sacred union. God is in the mix." -Barack Obama

My point was never against marriage anyway. I just threw that in because of those here hating on Christians. My point was the pastor's ad had merit.

Eich donated money to a PAC, not a smear campaign. If you call him intolerant, you also have to indict the majority of CA voters who passed Prop 8. You also have to indict Hillary and Barry as those were their views at the time.

From USA Today -"Andrew Sullivan, a prominent gay blogger, railed against the pressure that led to [Eich's] resignation. 'You want to squander the real gains we have made by argument and engagement by becoming just as intolerant of others' views as the Christians?,' he asked. 'You've just found a great way to do this. It's a bad, self-inflicted blow. And all of us will come to regret it."

So, how did you enjoy being blackballed? Sounds like it put you in the mood to pay it forward.

Bakers and photographers have been fined and prevented from conducting business as they see fit by extremist judges. Fail to comply with LGBT tyranny and you go to jail and/or your assets are seized.

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Posted by PacksA9 on 05/03/2015 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Trail Etiquette

Uphill hikers may have the right of way to downhill hikers, but down hill runners have the right of way over up hill runners and hikers. It can be very dangerous to try to stop suddenly when running downhill.

Posted by voter on 05/03/2015 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Gay tolerance divides Skorman, Bach in mayoral debate

I just finished Merl Will Wallace's new book "Awakening in Change"! It is a fun filled action packed book filled with many examples gleaned from Merl's own life experiences. It details how Merl was frequently the center of Class action suits, and Human Resource malfeasance at the several firms where he served as a high level executive. Regardless of the outcomes of these suites Merl always managed to claw, scream and scratch his way to the top again. Merl has always said, " You can spray perfume on a bowl movement and there will always be someone dumb enough around to believe it is a special flower arrangement.
As the story goes, Merl became increasingly despondent during this time of his life particularly when his ex-wife caught him with her dog, and a jar of peanut butter. It was a tough time for both of them. Also during this time, Merl was instrumental in losing the Mayoral race for Richard Skormann. This was particularly devastating for Wallace as Skormann was like a father to him and both enjoyed time sitting around making fun of Wallace's small member .
During a moment of enlightenment , Wallace realized what he had to do. He bought a pair of snap on breasts, learned to tuck his very small member more securely and became the leader of Colorado Springs Gay, transgender movement.
This of course is just a brief encapsulation of the book. It has been a riveting read for me!!!! Thanks Merl!!!

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Posted by Bruce Longer on 05/03/2015 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Back on the bus

March came and went. Is there an update to this story?

Posted by Donna Coley Austin on 05/03/2015 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Female cops sue over fitness test


None of the female officers involved have ever had a problem with a pursuit or take down of a suspect.

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Posted by Dave H on 05/03/2015 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Female cops sue over fitness test


All officers have to take the test. And I don't recall ever seeing a male officer such as you describe on the city police force.

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Posted by Dave H on 05/03/2015 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Female cops sue over fitness test

Timothy O'Hara Casey ,

12 men failed

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Posted by Dave H on 05/03/2015 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Ad responds to pastor down on LGBT citizens

PacksA9, you ask me, "would you want to be treated the same way for your legally sound, Constitutionally-protected speech?"

In my misbegotten, but idealistic, youth I exercised my legal right to express support for a union. As a result I was black-balled from working in my chosen profession, which was theoretically against the law.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/03/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Ad responds to pastor down on LGBT citizens

Marriage is "a sacred union. God is in the mix." I respect your beliefs. Let me also point out that Christians have shown great tolerance in not legally blocking atheists and non-Christians from enjoying the benefits of wedlock.

On the other hand, a small but significant number of people claim to be LGBT and Christian at the same time, and they have founded churches to serve the LGBT community. In other words, Proposition 8 discriminated against Christians. Some may not consider them to be "real" Christians, but I think we all agree that the government has no right to tell them they are not, no matter how popular the idea may be with the electorate.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/03/2015 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Ad responds to pastor down on LGBT citizens

"LGBTs mounted a smear campaign..." Whereas Brendan Eich funded a smear campaign mounted by the pro-Proposition 8 forces against the LGBT community.

"When judges order fines and jail time because of beliefs..." When was Brendan Eich fined? When did he serve time?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/03/2015 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Ad responds to pastor down on LGBT citizens

Hardly. LGBTs mounted a smear campaign that in any other context would have been characterized as the worst kind of cyber bulling. When judges order fines and jail time because of beliefs, the Constitution lies shredded beneath the feet of LGBT Thought Police.

The deeper question is - should the world ever find out who MrK really is, would you want to be treated the same way for your legally sound, Constitutionally-protected speech?

Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time. Marriage is as a marriage has always been- between a man and a woman. For me as a Christian, its also a sacred union. God is in the mix.

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Posted by PacksA9 on 05/03/2015 at 3:31 AM

Re: “Ad responds to pastor down on LGBT citizens

LGBT activists exercised their "fully legal, Constitutionally-protected right of free speech" by publicizing Brendan Eich's donation to a political cause they do not believe in.

"This is one of dozens of examples of how militant LGBTs act..." Yes, they exercise their right to free speech and let the public decide for themselves.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/02/2015 at 5:43 PM

Re: “PAC attack

"Mark Slaugh gave money he manages..." Not money he earned, but money he manages for the anonymous donors who wish to conceal their identities. Far from contributing from his own pocketbook, it is most likely he is drawing a salary for his services. Not one of the people who put up the actual money he is throwing around has been named.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/02/2015 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Homeless shelters and programs in Colorado Springs

Don't go to the Salvation Army fresh start program. You will be homeless again with less hope and faith in humanity because they are greedy and are not helpful, you can't even follow rules because you don't know what the real rules are, the rules change at a drop of a hat. If you have children they try calling child protection service on all parents, mainly terminated ones and thats most. Case managers tell personal information to other residents. Resident manager sleeps with residents and if said no she lies to get you kicked out. Resident manager is drunk on property all the time and they claim to have a zero tolerance policy but that also depends on who you are and if your sleeping with the resident manager. I question why they still get money when they are not helping and if you don't kiss their backside then you are out. The first two months you feel safe and an positive outlook for the future but after that all you feel is stressed out because all you hear is your going to be terminated and have 20 minutes to get your stuff and get off property and then you need to make arrangements to get the rest of your stuff in about 5 days after that your property becomes their and the resident manager picks through and takes what she wants.

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Posted by helpfulfriend on 05/02/2015 at 4:27 PM

Re: “A challenge to young professionals

But the choices are awful!! We are politically still stuck in the 80s!

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Posted by leloupe on 05/02/2015 at 3:17 PM

Re: “PAC attack

MrK- No PM intended.

"Save the Springs of Colorado Springs got $10,915 from Every Vote Counts of Colorado Springs, run by marijuana advocate Mark Slaugh, and paid $10,810 to Newell Ledbetter Advertising Inc., for advertising."

Mark Slaugh gave money he manages to Save the Springs. STS gave it to Newell for advertising. How is this not identifying the people and parties involved?

The reporter makes her thesis statement in the headline ('much of it untraceable'), then proceeds to debunk her own headline in the body. How is this even a story?

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Posted by PacksA9 on 05/02/2015 at 2:57 PM

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