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Re: “Solving Colorado's primary apathy

Open primaries would be a step in the right direction, but a "top two" primary would be problematic. Anytime there are more than two candidates a single vote to single candidate process cannot be guaranteed to accurately reflect the will of the electorate. While no voting system is perfect, a ranking system alleviates many deficiencies in such cases. See the Scientific American article "Ranking Candidates Is More Accurate Than Voting" by Dasgupta and Maskin. One of its first examples is from the results of a similarly styled "top two" contest in the 2002 French presidential election.
I would love to see the primary process completely remove itself from the party affiliation requirement, as in that all potential candidates for a post would be on the same ballot. To me, the current primary voting system lifts up political parties as gatekeepers to the political process instead of leveling them as the (useful) outside agitators and organizers that they are.

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Posted by Coro on 06/23/2016 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Manitou Springs School District launches an in-house culinary program

As long ago MSHS student, I find it ironic that the cooking portions of the old home economics courses are being revived as culinary arts. So many of our "old-time" great programs in schools have been cut to satisfy the standards movement in education (art, music, shop courses, mechanics courses, cooking, sewing, etc.) that today's students have great deficits in these areas of life long learning. While some kids pursued the community college opportunities offered at high schools, too many others were left to languish in the educational academic "everyone should go to college" land for the last three decades. It's great to see my alma mater getting back into the game and seeing it redevelop/reimagine some of the courses that were lost. BTW, I was part of a freshman boy group in the mid 70's who all thought it would be fun to take home ec. Many of the things discussed in the article were a part of that class, and I for one have always been grateful for the lessons in cooking, sewing, nutrition, etc. I still have tucked away in a box somewhere the shirt I made and every holiday I become the master of all things that require yeast. Mmmmmmmm!

Finally, may I suggest that MSHS not limit the courses to seniors - an earlier start in an elective like this can make a world of difference for a student.

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Posted by Brian Ridpath on 06/23/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Cycling paradise? Not everywhere in Colorado Springs

I would absolutely love to commute to work every day throughout the summer. I generally trail hop now that the base of the Templeton Trail was repaved and the Santa Fe was repaved where it connects with Nevada... However crossing Nevada at Mount View is a very daunting endeavor.

As similar to the author of the article, going through Mountain Shadows & up Flying W is such a peaceful, beautiful ride. The moment you come down Vindicator to head to Rockrimmon though, the ride becomes absolutely terrifying. The bike lane narrows to be non-existent with the smallest shoulder and the worst road conditions. You try your hardest to be vigilant of pot holes or debris in the street that over take the shoulder but cars speed down vindicator at 50 MPH without changing lanes or observing a 3 foot distance. Safety in traffic is always the rider's largest concern, but the city should absolutely be doing more to alleviate the stresses that are controllable. If there are popular cycling spaces, bring out the street sweeper within 48 hours of a storm to clear the lanes. (If there even ARE lanes. If not, then lanes should be clearly marked.) Kate Brady needs to connect with each bike shop within the region and see where their group rides go (including Chik-Fil-A for their rides) to map where the popular cycling areas are.

Our city shouldn't just place a priority on these things when the USA Pro Challenge makes an appearance.

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Posted by Christine Markus on 06/23/2016 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Assault weapons, Orlando, McCain, Lamborn and the VA, and more

Chris Donahue is the typical gun control advocate-knows nothing about guns, wishes to turn others into helpless victims, and states it would be "in order to help the common good". Just what is the "common good" exactly and I mean exactly. That there is only one true assault rifle that was commissioned by the military prior to WWII thus makes any other definition of "assault" invalid in regard to firearms. It is also shows the complete ignorance and arrogance of your President past and present. Hillary wishes to hold manufacturers liable knowing that it will drive them out of business but not realizing that the military would have to buy weapons from ???? If someone wants to do something for the common good then go out and do volunteer work.
Gun control advocates misspeak, fantasize, lie and quote stats that are meaningless, non-existent or impossible to even quantify. They wish for an outcome that will be a disaster and tragic for many years simply because they are afraid of firearms and attempt to hide that fact. They are also failures at history and it surprises me that they are given any credence at all or that their public school teachers were even employed in the first place. Frank Zappa said it best stating that stupidity was the most common element in the universe, not hydrogen.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 06/22/2016 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Assault weapons, Orlando, McCain, Lamborn and the VA, and more

Mr. Donahue trots out the same trite, tired rhetoric that has proven ineffectual time and time again as regressives seek to punish the law-abiding for the actions of criminals:

"people will not be legally allowed to own assault weapons" - If you mean full-auto, they already can't, but since you don't provide a proper definition, your intentional ambiguity further scuttles an already shaky premise, and by the way, no such thing actually exists, as "assault" is a verb, not a noun.

"Lots of innocent people have been killed with assault rifles" - Again, "lots" is (intentionally?) open to interpretation, but regardless, multitudes have been killed with handguns, shotguns, long-rifles, knives, bats, stones, cars, etc.

"We should at least give ourselves the opportunity to try it and see if it works" - As "Dave H" explained, we already did, and even the Dems in office at the time allowed the legislation to expire because it was so ineffective:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Assa…

When in doubt, fewer laws always trump (no allusion to a goofball intended) more, unless you need guidance regarding your thoughts, words and deeds.

"Let's try to care" - Spare us the hyperbolic, "I am more concerned than you because I support restrictions" nonsense; we ALL mourn for those killed, but the solution isn't in more intrusive, "feel good, do nothing" laws and regulations.

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Posted by LibertyForAll on 06/22/2016 at 5:52 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Mayor's survey of city workers can be withheld, city says

I had trust in Richard Nixon. That,too,was short-lived.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 06/22/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “He's baa-aack! Mike Miles appointed to charter school board.

This man sees dollars and data instead of human beings. Education is not business. Harrison School District was a joy to work in before him. He does not belong in education.

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Posted by suesun on 06/22/2016 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Assault weapons, Orlando, McCain, Lamborn and the VA, and more

"Worth a try" -- Chris Donahue

You have a short memory. We tried it before. It failed. Multiple studies showed it failed. We predicted the failure, but no one listened. Even the gun controllers whined about what a spectacular failure it was.

I also noted you mix up so-called "assault weapons" and assault rifles -- they are NOT the same thing.

Furthermore, people are 1.6 times more likely to be killed by an attacker using blunt objects like bats, 2.3 times more likely to be killed by unarmed attackers, and 5.3 times more likely to be stabbed/cut to death by an attacker than you are to be killed by an attacker using a rifle of any kind. (FBI CIUS/UCR, 2014, Table 8)

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Posted by Dave H on 06/22/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Cycling paradise? Not everywhere in Colorado Springs

"People ride their bikes for fun. So, they look at their cars for when they want to go somewhere, and go to their bikes when they want to have fun." This is a self-fulfilling statement. Yes, I drive my bike to the trails. Because I don't want to get killed trying to ride to work. I am currently trying to figure out if there is a series of trails I could take to work without adding too much mileage. I would LOVE a plan for a bike-able city, but if our official person who gets paid to make decisions basically blows off the commuter bikers, what hope is there?

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 06/22/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Assault weapons, Orlando, McCain, Lamborn and the VA, and more

Lawrence Martinez, would you mind defining "Capitol insanity"? I am sure it means different things to different people, but unless we know what it means to you, it is difficult to understand why you endorse a particular candidate. Thanks!

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 06/22/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “All aboard to pick a new bus station

The best location for a new bus terminal is the current location of the Colorado Springs Independent (Vermijo and Nevada). That block is an economic dead zone and will enable them to put the station close to the courthouse and the two new downtown C4C locations.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 06/22/2016 at 9:27 AM

Re: “All aboard to pick a new bus station

Wow, this will be a great way to ensure the current contract holder NEVER has the buses on time. They still have buses turning left across Nevada into the terminal instead of following the UPS rule of -no left turns-. (I'm sure Jenkins/Anschutz have some land the city can buy for 10 times what it's worth)

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Posted by Bill Burns on 06/22/2016 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Assault weapons, Orlando, McCain, Lamborn and the VA, and more

Brent, that was an awesome...awesome letter.

I lived in Colorado Springs when Manitou was making it's decision. I figured it would / should be a financial windfall for Manitou. Especially with Colorado Springs turning it down, I think something like 5 votes determined it, certainly not the will of the people.

So, tell me, does Colorado Springs or any of these right wing cities along the front range get any of the windfall of state tax dollars from weed for their city?

They should not!

Right wingers are all about "earning" things, well, they haven't earned this.

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Posted by Lil Mick on 06/22/2016 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Cycling paradise? Not everywhere in Colorado Springs

Amen. Better trails and cross town access would keep the bikes and cars apart, since these drivers (and now the tourists) have no idea what to do and how to act and paving these hideous roads would help everyone too.

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Posted by Bill Burns on 06/22/2016 at 7:42 AM

Re: “He's baa-aack! Mike Miles appointed to charter school board.

Mike is a despicable man. Or at least he was when his disrespectful leadership style hurt many, but most importantly, he left a wonderful, hard working, and perfectly diverse district in worse shape than when he started. His legacy of bullying, deceit and manipulation is still fresh.

The kind of humiliation and defeat he experienced in Dallas, is the kind that brings humility and empathy. I believe in redemption and pull for those who work hard, face the critics and overcome as a better human.

This is my wish for Mike.

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Posted by johntanner on 06/21/2016 at 10:13 PM

Re: “No chance for GOP against Bennet

Please don't compare anyone to Ted Cruz ever again.

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Posted by Deane Bobbitt on 06/21/2016 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Though Bernie's campaign looks busted, local delegates are still with him

Hillary 2016, lets go! Time for Sanders supporters to get behind the Democratic nominee and stop the real enemy, Trump. Sanders ran a good race, but he lost. Any person who cannot see the benefits of Hillary Clinton for president over Trump is probably a Republican racist, just like he is......

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Posted by prairie chix on 06/21/2016 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Manitou has recovered, maybe a little too much

The roads do need fixing, but it's not going to happen during tourist season, unless it starts interfering with business. If these people are moving to Manitou due to the fact that cannabis is legal, just to break the law in another way, then they should have stayed where they were because they're still breaking the law. We need more industry in both the springs and Manitou and fortunately or unfortunately the Cannabis industry is the only game in town. If we want to get these people off the streets the best way to do that is to make it so that they can always find a job with reasonable pay. People that are busy are less likely to get into trouble fact of life.

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Posted by TiredColoradoan on 06/21/2016 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Manitou has recovered, maybe a little too much

Restaurants in fixing but it's not going to happen during tourist season. If these people are moving to Manitou due to the fact that it is legal, just to break the law in another way then they should have stayed where they were because they're still breaking the law. We need more industry in both the springs and Manitou and fortunately or unfortunately the Cannabis industry is the only game in town. If we want to get these people off the streets the best way to do that is to make it so that they can always find a job with reasonable pay. People that are busy are less likely to get into trouble fact of life.

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Posted by TiredColoradoan on 06/21/2016 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Bike to Work Day is tomorrow

Looking forward to this! We had hoped for more information about precisely *where* in University Village, but I'm sure we'll figure it out once we get there.

Posted by Elle Ameno on 06/21/2016 at 2:30 PM

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