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Re: “Locals meet on Ferguson

How about justice for Gilbert Collar, a white, unarmed 18-year-old under the influence of drugs was shot and killed Oct. 6, 2012, by Officer Trevis Austin, who is black, in Mobile, Alabama.

This was not in the National Media,
because they did a "White out" on this story.

Pass it on.....

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Posted by Jon Doe on 12/17/2014 at 3:38 AM

Re: “Elder outlines sheriff's new team

Good luck Mr. Elder! As you settle in I hope that your leadership will include qualified women. I am not sure that Maketa's girlfriends are actually qualified for their jobs.

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Posted by TruB on 12/11/2014 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Yes, it's asbestos

When I was young, this area was called Fred's Shacks. There were all sorts of old cabins, TB huts, etc., and Fred rented them out to the homeless. No telling what they will find if they keep digging.

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Posted by John Murphy on 12/10/2014 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Elder outlines sheriff's new team

Ms. Stanley – As a taxpayer and member of this community, this sickens me. Where did you get your information?

The Sheriff’s Office DOES NOT have 7 Bureau Chiefs nor have they ever! Actually they have 3 authorizations for 3 Bureau Chiefs – 1 in Detentions, 1 in Law Enforcement and 1 in Support Services. This equals 3, not 7. Therefore, incoming Sheriff-elect Elder will be adding an additional Bureau Chief for a total of 4.

Secondly, this idea that Larry Borland will replace Cardarelle is a HUGE mistake! She isn’t even a Bureau Chief let alone a Commander … but Elder is going to replace her with a Bureau Chief? Obviously he has no clue! I can tell you right now, Mr. Borland nor will anyone else in that office, for that fact, provide the level of financial work that Ms. Cardarelle does. She has a wealth of knowledge and has done exceptionally well as Comptroller. Mr. Elder needs to set aside his bias and be a true leader and embrace those types of employees rather than snuggle up with the like of Commander King, who has a file cabinet of internal affairs investigations for his misconduct. In addition, he would embrace the legal knowledgebase that Charles Greenlee provides to that Office instead of getting rid of another employee who otherwise was not part of the “boys club”.

Speaking of “boys club” … Elder is surrounding himself with all men. Either he is homosexual or sexist! Quite honestly, there are a number of Elder’s new Command Staff that are nothing more than useless. An example of this uselessness is Commander Bob McDonald, who mind you is being promoted to Bureau Chief, which only provides more evidence that Elder is just fulfilling political promises, which is unethical!

Lastly, this “will likely result in an additional high-level position," which really means that Todd Evans, Chief of Police in Fountain, is coming over as a second Undersheriff. This idea that there is going to be salary savings is misleading, which further confirms that Elder can't do his math corectly. Regardlessm, the Sheriff’s Office is due to implode and the taxpayers and members of the community are going to get stuck with the bill. Employees at the Sheriff’s Office need to do their jobs and not consume themselves with back-door politics and creating a top-heavy agency, which will eventually topple over.

Bill Elder has NO idea what the definition of leadership is and how to be a true leader himself. Just you wait. The Sheriff’s Office will implode soon enough.

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Posted by Asher777 on 12/10/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Red-blooded

Very interesting and explains a lot. Has Alex published this thesis? If so I would love to read the whole thing.

Posted by Arval Becker on 12/05/2014 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Airport could get a boost

So, what would the money be used for?

Posted by boomer47 on 12/04/2014 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Green turns to gray

No and Yes. LEED is somewhat of a "racket". But, there are many examples of certifications, accepted by professionals, and useful until something better comes along. The certification procedure is assessed frequently and updated.

Yes, there are ways to assess how well the building performs. LEED doesn't do this, it would be up to the building owners, if they wanted to. Likewise, it is the building owners' responsibility to upkeep the structure to maintain efficiency. Also keep in mind that, while many of the LEED measures save money in the long run, some do not (for the specific building), but still benefit the local environment, which is a primary goal.

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Posted by Greg Pope on 12/04/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Red-blooded

So timely! I was just pondering this question a few days ago. Thank you for the answer, Indy and Alex.

Posted by Julie Austin Willis on 12/03/2014 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Airport could get a boost

There is no reason to give taxpayer handouts to airports such as Colorado Springs. It may be underutilized, but it is not underfunded.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 12/03/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Green turns to gray

It would be interesting to compare energy use of this station versus a similarly manned station in another part of the city. Is there anyone looking at whether all these costly "green" initiatives ACTUALLY save money - versus just their PR claims? I wonder whether these huge buildings are really any more efficient than the older, much smaller, instances.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 12/03/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Green turns to gray

LEED certification is a complete and utter boondoggle and as more than a few real world results have shown, does not mean a building is any more green than more traditional constructions. LEED certification is just a way for a select few people to make money.

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Posted by Odin on 12/03/2014 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Chipping away

A Real Conservative - what are you talking about! I don't know much about the FPPA retirement since PERA dominates the news, but a city employee in PERA pays in approx. 8% of salary and the city kicks in 14.6%. Some school districts will soon be paying over 20% of salary for each teacher/employee due to changes for PERA in SB1. The state may "manage" the system, but the employer has to pay in the amounts I stated - not the state. I will add about FPPA, however, that I believe the city was required to pay in several million additional dollars a couple of years ago for that fund to remain solvent. So I'm sorry, but PERA & FPPA pensions are a huge issue for the city budget. Oh, may I also add that I am a retired member of the Federal Civil Service Retirement System in which the employee and employer pay matching amounts into the system of approx. 7% each. It has always been that way, and unlike PERA, no one has ever “tinkered” with the contribution amounts or the original agreed upon vested payout of 50% of high-3 year average salary after 30 years of service. Unless you forgot, back in 1997-1998 the state legislature arbitrarily increased benefits for PERA retirees to 70% of their high-3 salary after 30 years (up from 50%) and also allowed them to purchase credits at very low rates if the employee didn’t have the necessary 30 years. While SB1 made an attempt to reign in those benefits for future retirees, thousands retired under the 70% rule, thus SB1’s need to raise employer contribution rates.

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Posted by boomer47 on 12/02/2014 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Chipping away

Staci6: You were doing great until you threw in the red herring about pension-retirement funding. It's simply not an issue. All "rank and file" city employees are covered under one of two STATE retirement plans: PERA (Public Employees) or FPPA (Fire and Police). The city does NOT "fund" these plans, the state does. The city and the employees make contributions to the appropriate STATE fund, and the rest is managed at the state level. Every participant in the state (employer and employee) puts the same amount into the plans. Although there are some variations, no one puts in less than the minimum. In fact FPPA members (employees) recently voted to increase their contribution (NOT the city's contribution) over the next 8 years.
It gets kind of old hearing that the employees doing the real work in this (or any city) are responsible for any budget problem, especially when those complaints are based on erroneous information.

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Posted by A Real Conservative on 11/30/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Agreed: Bach broke it

Not agreed that Bach broke the city.

It was the 5 member junta on the city council that has embarrassed our city.

Keith King set the tone for trying to take power. He is the number one person at fault, followed close behind by Joel Miller.

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Posted by Rolfy1 on 11/30/2014 at 1:18 AM

Re: “Much ado about a C4C stadium vote

They are just like a pond of leaches and they are sucking this town dry. Who are the families running this town and I do not mean the mob.

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Posted by B.B. on 11/28/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Bach calls for more cops

We would need a lot less new cops if the mayor didn't think he was president! Why he needs so many to keep him safe is what the community should ask.

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Posted by B.B. on 11/28/2014 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Inventing the toke-alyzer

It's very likely the company mentioned in this article will be licensing Cannabix's technology.

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Posted by Nextbigthing on 11/27/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Inventing the toke-alyzer

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Posted by Nextbigthing on 11/27/2014 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Inventing the toke-alyzer

Cannabix tech will have a breathalyzer prototype within months. They are WAY ahead of the game compared to these guys.

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Posted by Nextbigthing on 11/27/2014 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Agreed: Bach broke it

Liz Anderson, John Suthers is currently the attorney general for the state of Colorado. He formerly served as U.S. Attorney, but he no longer holds that position.

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 11/26/2014 at 1:30 PM

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