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Comment Archives: stories: News: Local News

Re: “War gear for local cops

Dave, it was reported on, fairly widely, before Ferguson. Some of those same stories are being referenced in new stories tied to Ferguson, hence "resurfaced." We're not trying to fool or confuse anyone; just the opposite. And if there were similar programs predating the early '90s, we weren't aware of them.

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Posted by Robert Meyerowitz on 08/22/2014 at 12:49 PM

Re: “War gear for local cops

"reports have resurfaced that police departments are being equipped with free gear such as armored vehicles from the military."

Resurfaced? You make it sound like the reports went away for a while or were being covered up. Nothing "resurfaced", they have been reported on pretty constantly. And it didn't start in the 90s, that was just one of the more recent programs, it has been going on for decades longer than that. You can easily go back to the 1920s and find examples of this happening.

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Posted by Dave H on 08/20/2014 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Get the message?

You tweeted,

CO Springs Indy @csindependent
"Move to higher ground if water is approaching"? Really, we're not new to this flooding thing.

Then please explain why we kept seeing cars driving through areas they shouldn't have the other day and CSFD routinely has to perform water rescues during flooding.

Posted by Dave H on 08/15/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “City for Champions still controversial

This seems a bit backwards. Shouldn't we see the contents of the study before we finalize a resolution of agreement? No study is completely useless.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 08/12/2014 at 7:14 PM

Re: “City for Champions still controversial

is the opposite of tax-increment financing......tax-excrement financing?????

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Posted by Susan Mattheson Murray on 08/12/2014 at 6:26 PM

Re: “City for Champions still controversial

Anschutz owns more stadiums and event centers in COS than he and his entertainment impresarios know what to do with. He is the proud owner of: (1) the Broadmoor Event Center Complex - various venues totaling 285K sq ft; (2) the World Arena - an 86K seat multi-purpose arena & event venue plus an adjacent ice rink; and (3) the Norris-Penrose Event Center - a 36K sq ft indoor arena and a 10K seat outdoor stadium.

There is nothing unique about stadiums. Tourists don't come from thousands of miles around to visit a stadium. Every city already has a stadium or two or three. COS is not lacking in stadiums, but what makes COS truly unique is that we don't have a DOWNTOWN stadium, and even more shocking, we don't want one. The mayor, City Leaders, and developers, THEY want a downtown stadium, but not us. And we - the unenlightened, the skeptical, the dullards - don't think it's very sporting of the mayor and City Leaders to force us to pay for a redundant, superfluous, asphalt, concrete, fake grass, graffiti plastered, panhandler infested, garbage strewn, iconic and visionary stadium/event center.

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Posted by curious on 08/08/2014 at 6:56 PM

Re: “A transformed Fort Lyon promises homeless a second chance

Having worked directly in urban settings with homeless convicted ID drug users for years I can tell you that the Fort Lyon model is simply brilliant! Remove the homeless from the temptations/habits of their urban setting and they will experience and then demonstrate healthy behavior change!

Jack Broderick/FTT

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Posted by FITT Inc. on 08/08/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “City for Champions still controversial

Short version: Bend over.

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/07/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “City for Champions still controversial

So that the $45K C4C study is not a total loss, it will also look at other economic factors, such as military downsizing. Perhaps the studiers will also look at how to develop a business park at the airport now that COPT has withdrawn due to COS being a "slower-growth market." And, despite what the mayor and City Leaders tell us in the Gazette, how will a downtown stadium, fully financed and paid for by the public via future sales tax revenue, speed up economic growth?

Anshutz, owner of the Broadmoor, who has invested heavily in his own event center, also likes the idea of a downtown stadium/event center. But apparently he doesn't like the stadium idea enough to use his own money to build it, which he could easily do, being a billionaire, if he thought the idea had merit. Anshutz can read a financial prospectus as well as Trump and Buffett and Gates, his fellow billionaires, but there's just something about C4C's stadium project that is off putting. What could that something be? Billionaires, even civic-minded billionaires, don't intentionally build money losing projects, especially notorious money losers like stadiums, and this particular project is guaranteed to bleed red ink. Maybe Anschutz recognizes that COS is not as professional sports team crazy as L.A. and doubts that our citizenry, let alone new out-of-state tourists, will spend $100, including hotdogs, to attend an Olympic training event in the proposed iconic and visionary downtown stadium. Anschutz will spend his billions on only those projects where the numbers predict a profit. That's the way millionaires become billionaires, and the way billionaires keep on being billionaires. Skinflint Anschutz will let the taxpayers, most of whom are civic minded but none of whom are billionaires, pay for a stadium, whether they want one or not

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Posted by curious on 08/07/2014 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Urban jewel still awaits makeover

City Aud is a really neat old building with much history and character.
It will be a crime if the city and county fail to restore it and put it to good use.

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/07/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Oh no, 'GMO'

@robert wagner- The truth is that there is scientific evidence of health risks especially related to the chemical herbicides that accompany the production of GMOS. While there is no conclusive evidence of direct human harm, neither is there proof that long term exposure is safe for humans. Do you want to be the guinea pig? http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths_and_Truths/GMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.3.pdf

Labeling is a consumer rights issue. Organic certification is expensive and that cost is passed along to the consumer effectively pricing out low income people from that option. Don't you think that everyone has a right to information? Especially artificial(not occurring naturally) ingredients not tested for long term health effects?

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Posted by Jeremy Johnston on 08/06/2014 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Food fight

I feel that the judgmental commentary on what people were wearing and eating was unnecessary and put a cynical tone on an otherwise decent article on a valid community issue. You have a pretty solid reader base here in Manitou, why would you stoop to stereotyping people? Would you write something similar in regards to a predominantly African-American community, or a downtown community that is full of "hipsters"? Stick to the facts and let people form their own opinions on the issue in question.

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Posted by Madge on 08/04/2014 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Food fight

Yep. A non-profit store is one thing, but a deliberately negative profit store is just silly, especially if one goal of it is to demonstrate the economic sustainability of a local foods economy. Sounds more like "Give me money, so I can play Store." That's a cause that would lose the interest of funders rather quickly.

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Posted by Angela Kelly Klaassen on 08/04/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Food fight

"doesn't realize that store sales were never intended to make up all the revenues."

Huh? Where would they come from? Members? Grants? If you can't sustain yourself and if your business model calls for an unsustainable model, you deserve to be fired.

I like the idea of a local grocer/co-op in Manitou and I hope they succeed but you've got to change the business model from "all about hugs" to "let's at least break-even and hopefully make a profit so we can give back to the community."

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Posted by Hunter Willis on 08/04/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Hash oil explosions on the rise

Education is key here. These explosions are happening because people are following YouTube tutorials and doing their extractions without a closed loop system. With the proper equipment and training the risk of explosion is about as high as it is for your gas grill. Not to mention CO2 extraction which has zero chance for explosion. People should have the right to make extracts from their plants in their own homes, or for their neighbors and friends. Making the proper equipment more readily available and affordable while offering or even requiring certification courses is the solution to this problem.

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Posted by Mike Burgess on 08/01/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “The general and the whiz kid

"...69% of Halter's money has come from individuals, only 22% of Lamborn's has..."

People claim they want "local control" but if 78% of Lamborn's money comes from out of state firms and billionaires then Lamborn is not the choice for local control.

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Posted by OldCrank on 07/30/2014 at 7:22 PM

Re: “A major hitch

No good comes out of Bryan Construction & Scott Bryan!!!

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Posted by Jill Stanley on 07/29/2014 at 2:01 PM

Re: “A major hitch

All agreement MUST be in writing in the state of Colorado. Norris has several documents that acknowledge the agreement. He should be repaid for his generosity!

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Posted by Tammila on 07/29/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “A major hitch

How much is actually contributed to the military families?
Does anyone actually know?

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Posted by Simon Moore on 07/28/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “AFA picks visitor center site

So glad the City has so much money after paying for road repair and storm water drainage that we can pay for a welcome center for the federal government, a hall of fame for a Swiss company that raked in over $8 billion between 2009-2012 and a $90+ million stadium for no team.

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Posted by Navan Meath on 07/27/2014 at 9:55 PM

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