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Re: “Promise Lee on what's next for Hillside community

Thank you for this piece.

It really has me thinking. What are the lessons learned from the closure of South that we can act on now with the closure of Hunt? Is it possible to ameliorate the hurt, displacement and overall value statement that closing a community school creates?

I like the strategies around community organizing that Lee shares.

How can we strengthen some of the existing infrastructure that has already been established? What is the state of the newsletter? Is this something to resurrect? Who are the former and current block captains? How can we retain the existing captains and recruit new captains?

What will it take? Who can help?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by licanray on 02/01/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Coloradans conflicted on Trump's Supreme Court pick

religious freaks have no place in our politics or our courts.

perform your voodoo doctrine elsewhere please!!

15 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by happyfew on 02/01/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Teqnik G learns from the past

Dope read!!

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Posted by Macadoe on 02/01/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

Thats true Dave when there was a hand full of States and a few thousand people they thought it was the best way to go. And it was. But now that theres 50 States and millions that need to have a voice the way we have it now in my opinion is the best. If we stayed a true Republic only a hand full would have a voice. LIKE CHINA. But we are a Democratic Republic with Representation. My vote is my voice.

7 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Rocky Smith on 02/01/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Sheriff's Office's "fight club" results, and two inmates deaths

Yep! Sure did! And, like it or not, I still stand beside my post!

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Asher777 on 02/01/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

There has been a dichotomy expressed by Trump supporters that a nation cannot be both a democracy and a republic.-- Bill Durland

Technically true. A republic and a democracy, even a representative democracy, are not the same things.

Republics are rule by law, are always representative, and have an executive position which is not a monarch.

Democracies are rule by vote, can be direct or representative, and do not have an executive position.

The US is a Republic, albeit with some democratic principles, specifically we are a Constitutional Federal Republic. We are not, despite the fervent assertions of many, a representative democracy. In fact the founding fathers specifically did not want a democracy.

7 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Dave H on 02/01/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “El Paso County inmates say new jail contractor serves inadequate food

Asher, is it your job to blow every CSIndy story out of proportion? If you're not Sheriff Maketa with a different user name you might actually have what it takes to become Chief Editor at the Independent; since they enjoy blowing everything out of context (proportion, i.e. Trump).

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Silky Johnson on 02/01/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Sheriff's Office's "fight club" results, and two inmates deaths

Asher did you read the article?

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Silky Johnson on 02/01/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “El Paso County inmates say new jail contractor serves inadequate food

Sorry, but this story reads as sour grapes from Aramark over losing their long-term deal. It would be wise to keep the prison population well-fed in order to reduce their overall angst, but you shouldn't lose sight of the fact that this is a jail and not a resort.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 02/01/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs attorney admits converting clients' money to his own use

This is the second big story involving lawyers (see past articles on Terry Malcom). It seems like the profession as whole and state legislatures needs to implement some rules that prohibit lawyers from taking custody of client money. Really they should not have to touch client money.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Greg Yost on 02/01/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Sheriff's Office's "fight club" results, and two inmates deaths

Given the gravity and seriousness of this alleged "Fight Club," anyone in their right-mind would question why Elder kept this investigation in-house. I'm confident that most would agree, given the severity, the investigation should have been given to an outside agency for an impartial and objective investigation to reveal the real truth, not some Elder cover-up! Investigations of this nature, to include those involving a death of an inmate, MUST and SHOULD be investigated by an outside agency. Period!

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Asher777 on 02/01/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “El Paso County inmates say new jail contractor serves inadequate food

It has become pretty clear since Elder took office in 2015, that Sheriff Elder doesnt care about the safety of our deputies and the support staff working the floors at CJC. He doesnt care about the Patrol deputies on the streets risking their lives every day. He doesnt even care about the inmates serving time in our correctional facility. It is a disgrace that he and Command Staff are willingly standing by and allowing this to happen. What they are doing DOES NOT define leadership. It is a shame that no matter how many complaints are made or proof is shown, the so-called leadership of El Paso County DOES NOTHING to correct it. All they do is play their blame games, resort to their diversion tactics, or just blatantly ignore the problem hoping it will go away. This is another reason why so many dont stand up and say something. They know if they do, they will be black listed and their pleas will go unanswered.

El Paso County Government, to include the Sheriffs Office, has become a laughing stock in this community. They turn a blind eye to Elder's corruption, his discrimination against women, the promotion of sexual harassment in the workplace, the support of sexual predators (i.e. Commander Rob King and Lt. Bill Huffor), the engagement in financial impropriety, the list goes on. And now as taxpayers, employees of El Paso County, and members of this community we get to keep adding to that list, but see our Commissioners doing nothing about it. When will it end? Does something so bad have to happen before our Commissioners stand up and hold Sheriff Elder accountable? We have inmates that are deliberately being malnourished, deputies being put in unsafe and deplorable conditions, but yet Elder sits up in his Ivory Tower just laughing. Does someone need to die or be beaten so badly as a result for someone to actually stand up and defend us?

It is worth noting that what they have done with the food contract and taxpayer General Fund and 1A money that is being used to pay for it is blatant financial malfeasance and nonfeasance by an Elected Official (or in other words, financial wrongdoing and misconduct, but also the failure to perform an official duty). Lets not forget that simple procurement policies have been violated as well.

We see it every day! When will it end? When will the Commissioners "grow some balls" and hold Elder and his clan of cronies accountable?

6 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Asher777 on 02/01/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs renames stormwater division

All of what has been noted is true-ish. But my problem is a citizenry which seems either cowed or - worse yet - disinterested in the obvious fact that Colorado Springs' voters are being regularly manipulated by fancy-pants rulers. Knowing for certain that stupidity is not the issue, one has to wonder just what is holding back an intelligent and fairly balanced citizenry from insisting that such manipulation is not to be tolerated.
With any luck, this will be made crystal clear in April. Although, to be frank, much damage could be done just between now and then.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by doonya on 02/01/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Bigots, racists and Dominionist Christians rejoice in Trump presidency

Being rich is a sign of God's favor? Is that why your bible says, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into heaven?

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/01/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs renames stormwater division

Did they have to order all new business cards/stationery as well?

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Elle Ameno on 02/01/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs renames stormwater division

our stormwater problems stem from the cheap ass teabaggers around here, mostly repubicans, that don't want to pay for what they use. it costs money to live in a local governed society, if you can't afford it... move. this city is the perfect example of what happens with extended repubican control... crappy roads, underfunded police and fire departments, under-maintained parks and infrastructure (including stormwater) that is billions of dollars behind in maintenance. the other parts of this state that are not run by teabaggers are doing exponentially better!!!

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by happyfew on 02/01/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “The resurgence of the radical left raises questions

Anarchist punks hijack every peaceful protest and help the fascist PR campaign against reason and truth.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bill Burns on 02/01/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Suppression is the goal of many 'free speech zones'

The entire world is a free speech zone, but you have to MAKE it so and defend it every day because the fascist powers hate thought and reason and truth.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Bill Burns on 02/01/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “The resurgence of the radical left raises questions

There is a simple, non-violent tactic that works well in such situations. Instead of dressing in black and trying to block the entrance, dress casually and show up early to get a seat in the auditorium. Wait patiently for the program to begin. When the fascist walks up to the podium and opens his mouth, we rise to our feet, hollering anti-fascist slogans at the top of our lungs, and walk out on him.

9 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/01/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “City needs, after the march, a crappy cover, and more

The Democratic Republic that this Country uses does work. We vote as a majority then the Electoral Collegiate voters take the results of that majority in that State and cast the vote that represents the majority of that State. Its that simple. It was set up that way by our founders to stay true to our Republic while giving the people a voice. Back in the day the Representatives that were sent to cast a vote did so as they wished not what the people sent them there to do. So a Democratic vote was set up. Some times majority does not rule as in this case. More folks in the pockets of the Country that had the most Electoral College votes cast Trump. It happened before when Bush got in. If we were a full Democracy then we the people would have to vote everything that came down the pipeline. Every law, every person, all funding, everything, no Representatives. Now think about that. National votes for everything. That would cause the places with the most people controlling everything. Thats why we have State Representatives. Sometimes the Electoral College puts a fella in that the Majority didnt want as in this case but thats what its designed to do. Sometimes the majority rules sometimes it dont.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rocky Smith on 02/01/2017 at 9:00 AM

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