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Comment Archives: stories: News: Long Story Short

Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

Wasn't it ALC that represented the man that left his dog on a mountain to die for 8 days and got him what amounted to a slap on the wrist for such actions? I do not see where that is serving the animals at all. If not for the 7 or 8 that went up that mountain and backpacked that dog down, at which time ALC's client wanted said dog back,(luckily he did not get the dog back) the animal would have in fact died but you saw fit to represent a GUILTY man. How does that work?

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Posted by Angela Henson on 05/22/2014 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

Jennifer, my comment about my time at The Animal Law Center was meant to be "off the record." And the pit bull cases were contingency with statutory attorney fees if the parties prevailed, not pro bono. I didn't mean to start a war of words with you. God knows we will always have our differences. Juliet Piccone, founder of The Piccone Law Firm, Colorado Animal Attorneys and Animal Attorneys of the Rocky Mountains (non-profit).

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Posted by Juliet Piccone on 05/22/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

We at The Animal Law Center want to clear up a comment in this article made by a disgruntled former volunteer/employee Juliet Piccone. Her statement, that “everything is about the money” at The Animal Law Center, grossly misrepresents what we do and how we operate.
More than 95% of our cases are pro-bono or low-bono, because we operate on a shoe-string budget and strive to serve the public. Each of our highly accredited professional staff members receives far less compensation than our colleagues in the legal field. We make this sacrifice to sustain the firm and to serve the public interest of Colorado, as well as the national animal community. What little revenue is generated is either invested back into the firm or issued as minimal payment for work. Piccone was a beneficiary of some of that minimal compensation. I donate countless hours to legal cases and related causes and have spent the greater part of a personal inheritance to create and build this practice.
One example of the pro or low bono cases we’ve done is a pit bull service dog case out of Denver and Aurora. That recently settled case alone entailed thousands of attorney hours spanning five years. We also represent countless rescues, shelters, and non-profit organizations for little or no money. In fact, we don’t take a normal hourly rate for many of our cases.
Piccone’s indefensible comments constitute a pathetic effort to sully the work we do and they are offensive. It should be understood by all that The Animal Law Center is about animals first – not profits.
Jennifer Edwards, lawyer and founder of The Animal Law Center

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Posted by ALC on 05/22/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Conspiracy theories fly in race for El Paso County sheriff

Due to comments violating our policies against personal attacks and name-calling, we have disabled the commenting function on this and related stories. Those wishing to have comments published re: this story in our Letters to the Editor section are welcome to submit them to

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Posted by Becca Sickbert on 02/05/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “City government in 2014: Not just for haters

This is the same budget structure that was voted on for both 2012 and 2013. In both years the budget was passed without structural issues, maintaing the 5 department format.

Regarding stormwater, Mayor Bach has proposed a new regional authority to manage stormwater.

You can read more about it here:

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Posted by City of Colorado Springs on 01/09/2014 at 8:30 AM

Re: “PrideFest 2013 and a banner year for LGBT rights

Meet the Man Who Brought Marriage Equality to Minnesota

"In the past we spent a lot of time talking about rights and benefits and discrimination, and protecting the constitution," explains Carlbom. "And in Minnesota, what we discovered is that Minnesota’s definition of marriage is love and commitment, which when people follow love, the next natural step is to make a commitment toward one another to get married. And in Minnesota, we discovered that when we had an honest conversation, and when we had a natural conversation with each other, very quickly, both came to realize that same-sex couples want to get married for very similar reasons as straight couples. That’s because it’s all about love."

But that wasn't the end of the conversation, Carlbom explains. Using research culled from national and local partners, the MN United coalition had a very specific plan: Once they had established a common definition about the meaning of marriage, Carlbom and his allies relied on an age-old adage to illustrate why voters should oppose the amendment: the golden rule.

"When you say, ‘if marriage is about love and commitment, and that human beings believe in treating others the way you want to be treated, would you ever want to be told it’s illegal to marry the person you love?’" asks Carlbom rhetorically. "And very quickly, people come to the realization, they go on a journey — that, no, they wouldn’t want to be treated differently than they treat other people."

Posted by gurudori on 08/01/2013 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Backyard honey and political vinegar

How about having an old-style town hall debate between Bernie Herpin and John Morse,
this way the constituents of Senate District 11 can ask questions that they want answered. I would think we could come up with someone to be the moderator and a place to hold it. Maybe the league of women voters or some other neutral party.

Posted by Rob Blancken on 07/31/2013 at 2:41 PM

Re: “PrideFest 2013 and a banner year for LGBT rights

It was so nice this year that they were all way over in the America Beautiful Park in their cute little outfits and not right up our noses downtown.

Out of sight and out of mind made for a nice weekend for the rest of us too. Glad their event was as successful for them as a quiet downtown was for us.

We all won this keeping your sexual issues to yourself always did before.

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Posted by TejonTech on 07/21/2013 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Fracking's eco-impact

"As with tobacco in the mid-20th century, it may take a while for one side to "win" in the arena of public opinion."

But by then, the deed will have been done and we might find that they've permanently contaminated ground water over huge areas. When there's this much money involved, I trust no one, especially not the oil and natural gas industry.

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Posted by Bazinga! on 05/22/2013 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Long Story Short

I could see myself as the Queen of England too, but that wouldn't make me that!

Posted by Anita Zortman on 01/15/2013 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Long Story Short

K: You know I would never be judgmental, but just look at the guy. You can tell he is a loser before he ever opens his mouth. And, once he begins to speak, he leaves absolutely zero doubt.

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Posted by siggie on 01/13/2013 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Long Story Short

siggie, for once you an I are in complete, unreserved agreement.

What I find most amusing is the nimrod's desperate need to convince us that he actually has a life. His life is so full! But he still manages to find the time in his busy schedule to spend 24x7 doing nothing but monitoring this blog for every mention of his name.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 01/12/2013 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Long Story Short

This guy is an obvious nimrod.

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Posted by siggie on 01/12/2013 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Long Story Short

I am truly interested in how this will evolve, I am hoping bridges and gravel containment can be done with the whole community.

Posted by Carol Cromie on 10/18/2012 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Long story short

Please...just let the employees of MHS have some long awaited relief and get on with what could potentially be the best thing that has happened to CO Springs in a long while. This debate has taken a course of 4 years and the employees are EXHAUSTED with the roller coaster. The city should not be involved in the health-care business, and its time to let MHS join with the world-renowned LOCAL hospitals that WANT to build something fantastic for CO Springs. How can you lose? Its a huge compliment to the hard work and quality of care the employees provide, as the CEO and CNO of UCH & Poudre Valley have been visiting our hospital and have found a number of quality programs they want to implement in their OWN hospital. We have great quality happening at MHS!! Bringing a teaching hospital here to the Springs also brings dollars to boost the local economy. Its an exciting opportunity to be a part of. Yes, losing PERA is a huge drawback for some. This has been very difficult for those individuals, made worse by the indecision we are faced with waiting for your vote. We need to be able to move in a forward direction so those individuals can do what they need to do instead of sitting in limbo as well.

We aren't about big money and corporations, we are about keeping operations local and increasing our capacity to bring even greater quality healthcare to the Springs.

Please just vote "yes". Let us go....

MHS employee

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Posted by Jchance98 on 08/09/2012 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Long story short

Colorado springs has given an outpouring of thanks to the firefighters and other responders. "Every push meets a pull". Commemorative T-shirts? News channels pushing solidarity with a facebook picture change to the CO state logo? Not much sign of evacuees at shelters or in the red cross chow line. Yes, I am thrilled to know the support waiting had it been me. Seems to me the pet shelters filled up while most of the "well to do people" didn't use shelters, were not in need of Care and Share, Red Cross or united way donations. I am not worried that Care Share will use food donations to help many not impacted by the fire. What happens to Red Cross, United way and concert donations made to help the well insured fire victims?

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Posted by TruthB on 07/06/2012 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Long Story Short

While you boys drink margaritas, invite in Sheriff Michael A. Ensminger. That boy can really drink you under the table, counting on his notoriety to keep him out of his own jail. Mebbe not.…

It seems that our esteemed POST certifying committee, Paul Schultz under the auspices and knowledge of none other than Attorney General Suthers, has been regularly letting officers and sheriffs buy their Q&A. And they knew about it and they did nothing.

So for all you who think that Dan May (Ensminger's chief co-hort in crime) and his running buddy Suthers are above the law--well it turns out that they are.

Now tell me why it is that the local yokel TV stations are SCARED of running the real news. It takes the Denver boys to blow this out of the water. And that includes the indy, folks. Wise up and look in the local sewer where rats hide and smoke em out.

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Posted by Teller Recall Ensminger on 05/24/2012 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Long story short

Corporations are not people. They should be unable to contribute--period--to political anything. This is why 1/4 of america is now a third world country. When the American dream was born it was for the individual not large corprate enties whose sole perpose is to make a profit. Small business has died in this country, we barly manufacture anything--all because of corporations. It's time to take back our country not give it away.

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Posted by Lester Batson on 03/08/2012 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Long story short

Is the overworked use of the word "that" also an example of your superior writing skills? Three times in one sentence. Wow!

Posted by smartestman on 02/23/2012 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Long story short

George Bernard Shaw once pointed out that the problem for the liar is not that no one will believe him, but that he cannot believe anyone else. If I had contacted the editor and had convinced him to pull your comment, I would be the first to boast about it right here in this blog because, as you very well know, I am just that smug.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/22/2012 at 6:52 PM

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