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Comment Archives: stories: News

Re: “Schools can't reveal a lot when one kid threatens another

D-11 talks a good talk on student privacy but fails in the execution of actually doing it.

Posted by Christopher Sartin on 01/13/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Tim Mitros is latest to "retire" with severance pay

I am sorry to see another great city employee pushed out. Speaking of Fleet Management, they are now in year 4 with Serco has the City been saving any money?

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by runrep on 01/11/2017 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Zabel, Johnson in unlikely battle for El Paso County Democratic party chair

while they're fighting to lead this social club, maybe someone should form a separate organization to work to elect Democrats to office?

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Edward Z. Perkins on 01/10/2017 at 5:09 PM

Re: “PPACG executive and senior staff on indefinite leave

Not a surprise. I worked there for 5 years as lead ombudsman. I told Rob MacDonald that a current supervisor told me "I wasn't as smart as a man" and gave me a bad review and denied a raise, after 5 years of incredible reviews. Rob did nothing and I had to contact lawyers for what i deemed sexism. The Administration here is awful.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sowa on 01/10/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Wommack's pathway to prominence

I am so thankful for Andrew Wommack and his boldness to speak the truth in love. I listen to him daily and I do not pay a thing for it. Having said that, I tithe to my local church...but I am being led to give offerings to this awesome ministry that God is blessing so obviously. I totally believe his testimonies about supernatural provision such as gas in his tank. I have had miracles such as this myself. But then, I believe God's Word and it operates by our faith. I know that is challenging for you that don"t live by faith but you will have to take that up with God. He is your real issue here, not Andrew. God Bless this ministry in 2017 as I know He is. We love you Andrew.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Beth Jacobsen on 01/10/2017 at 5:04 AM

Re: “Zabel, Johnson in unlikely battle for El Paso County Democratic party chair

Did I really just read that a candidate doesn't know a "damn" thing about politics and thinks book groups are how to raise money for the party? Wow... The amount of work that needs to be done to activate the middle of the party is staggering. Dems lost the presidential race at least in part because the voice of the left fringe is so loud that us in the middle of the road are completely left out of the conversation. We need a party leader who has proven skills to lead and find common ground for us all to unite around -- someone who knows something about politics and does not wear her ignorance proudly on her sleeve...

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Chris Senz on 01/09/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “By the hour

can I just pay and not have to do the CS? the case is 10 years old and I work full time

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Gabriel Brice on 01/09/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

I'm confused, as per the article, "The law also boosted the base minimum wage for waiters who must make at least minimum wage when tips are factored in from $5.29 to $6.28 an hour."

But Kanatzar says "he already pays much of his staff more than the minimum, and while waiters are generally paid the minimum, when tips are factored in they're his "highest-paid employees."" So....it sounds like this shouldn't impact him at all if his waiters are already making $6.28 or more with tips.

"Since he now has to pay waiters more, Kanatzar says, he won't be able to boost the pay of his kitchen staff as much." - Why would he have to pay them more if they are his "highest-paid employees" already with tips.

Did I miss something here?

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Posted by Laurie Vandenberg on 01/06/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs closes land swap deal with Broadmoor, opponents threaten appeal

With our country in decay by Billionaires buying favors from our Federal politicians it's disgusting to see our City Council and Mayor Suthers becoming whores to a billionaire! Hey Suthers....did he offer you a job ... you can tell us .... he already has US Senator Michael Bennet in his back pocket ! It's disgusting you have skirted the public process and input to do "The Bully of the Broadmoor" a favor. Dear City Council it us -we the citizens that have made this community what it is - NOT Anshutz. He is Johnny come lately on the Broadmoor also. You're so afraid of a little bad print press from this guy that you'll shaft the public. Shame on you REPRESENT US YOU COWARDS !! What's next ....gonna give him a reservoir with the same sheltering from public input.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rick Laurenzi on 01/06/2017 at 2:15 AM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

A living wage is a human right and still in this life time I cannot understand why some resent and refuse that we all exist on this earth together.

The huge profits of an extremely few strangle the many. Complicity, allowing and participating in a socioeconomic system that allows some at the expense of the many warps us all especially if we do nothing.

Business owners small and independent usually struggle and often build "profit sharing" into their structure and these kinds of orientations are creating alternatives and supporting SUNRISE INDUSTRIES. Sunrise Industry's like solar and wind are more obvious in as a Sunrise industry because of energy need. Other Sunrise Industries that reinforce the infra structure think: roads, bridges, coastal ... and other concerns.

Businesses are and can be even more activly supporting "sunrise ideas" and "sunrise industrial growth" that put people to work and observe the concerns of the earth. It is cooperation that creates social ties, culture, art, belief and spirituality and so much more that makes may make us more "civil." We all have responsibility-individually and societally, I am the worse at this; I am working on this.

Those of us who work in the service industries have a right to make a living wage. I support the right of all to a living wage and the resources to support life, education, political participation and more.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Robin Green on 01/05/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

Oh, I see, Mr. Bird. Everything is about name-calling for you. Maybe you think it helps avert attention from the facts. Read something academic--as opposed to late-night radio conspiracy theories--concerning supply and demand and you will learn that employees are in fact considered an expense; and with the minimum wage increase, employers are threatening to cut hours and staffing in order to cut--what was it--yes, expenses. Ask someone in business what the first rule in business is; I'll save you the trouble, the first rule is pay yourself.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by NotShy on 01/04/2017 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Tim Mitros is latest to "retire" with severance pay

Got to be a lot more to this story than appears here. Employees can be let go without cause in the private sector so the city must be offering sweet deals to entice the people that they do. Property owners are not aware of problems before they buy? The US Forest Service record of mismanaging forests is not a secret and building a home in or near a forest is a risk. Why does the city require certain roofing material and ban others? Fire danger. Build a house under a cliff...

We all know someone who works for the city do we not? Do you all have the same question as I do: How in the hell did you get that job??

And to those who favor paying more for what you already paid for: how are your roads?
Where does the Forest Service factor in when rain water pours down burned mountainsides and into the city? What about owners of land that are covered with asphalt or concrete? Motor City is lucky to be next to a creek? Their street is smooth as can be considering its location and that it was paved same time my neighborhood was and these streets are crap and are producing sediment in abundance.
If rainfall is a huge mystery then managing a city must be a nightmare. I know I am lost wondering about why "downhill" "downstream" are not being considered as alternatives then I see "EPA". Oh yeah. A strong mayor can squeeze the money right out of a budget so get the boss of the EPA to raise the debt ceiling. I will take my severance pay now, thank you.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 01/04/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Tim Mitros is latest to "retire" with severance pay

Suthers is a fool. He absolutely has no clue what a jewel he had with Tim working for the City. Tim Mitros went far and above his duties to help out flood and fire victims. He worked tirelessly. Let's see Suthers try to get someone even close to Mr. Mitros' dedication and work ethics.

10 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by independentraghater on 01/04/2017 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

Minimum wage is no incentive for an employee to excel and it still is lower than it was in 1973 as far as the buying power of the dollar.
Restaurant (and bar) owners can drop the tipping scheme altogether and raise menu prices. Why should a waitstaff earn more because the cook is good? I know that feeling all too well, just as I did as a dishwasher too...way underpaid and treated as subhuman by the kitchen and waitstaff who went home daily with cash and clean outfits.
Business owner comparisons to CEOs is ridiculous. A CEO works for a company and its shareholders who expect a profit every quarter and if not that CEO is gone. Equality does not exist in the real world, only in generalizations. Bill Gates worth 90 billion?! Investors think so, I don't.
Pay a worker what he/she is worth and you have a good staff without problems. Overwork and underpay a worker then I advise you to not let them handle customer's food... or yours.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 01/04/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Local LGBTQ voices come to the Indy

Bookmarked! It's nice to see a friendly organization in an all-to-infrequently friendly world.

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Posted by Thomas Shea on 01/04/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Local LGBTQ voices come to the Indy

It is always a great feeling to find organizations that support the LGBTQ community. One of my favorites is the Pikes Peak Derby Dames. They are a women's flat-track roller derby team that is, not only inclusive of any and all woman, but also transgender females and anyone identifying as being LGBTQ. Recently they held a Skate-a-thon that raised money for Inside/Out! They are truly a remarkable group of ladies.
I am looking forward to reading this column regularly!! Finally!

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Brazalas on 01/04/2017 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

I define lefties as people who impute evil and bad motives to business owners and other successful people. You did that with " employees are seen as an expense that needs to be minimized". This is often the case, but not always, and less now than 100 years ago. With "maximum income ratio", both the need for incentives and the need for equality are addressed. With a guaranteed minimum wage, there is the constant risk that a business will go bankrupt; businesses cannot hire people who would otherwise add value to the business but not at the level of the minimum wage, so the people don't get hired at all. And the CEOs just keep on keeping on, increasing their income at the same rate as the percentage of raise in the minimum wage increased the wage of the entry level worker. With the minimum wage, equality is never addressed.

My son just started work about 2 months ago at a fast food joint. Although we are very glad he just got a 12% raise, we also know that the raise will come out of the pockets of the customers, and if the customers don't like the increase in the price, they will go elsewhere and my son could be looking for work elsewhere. "Looking for work" doesn't pay very well, if at all since he has only been working there for 8 weeks. I voted for the increase, but I think that "maximum income ratio" is a much better idea. But since when did the American people go to a much better idea?

4 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Roger Bird on 01/04/2017 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Tim Mitros is latest to "retire" with severance pay

I know why Suther's nudged out Mitros. He didn't like the fact that Mitros was getting so close to those people who lost their homes when our CITY FATHERS got in bed with DEVELOPERS and allowed homes to be built on land THEY KNEW was in a landslide area! It doesn't get much worse than that! They chose GREED over SAFETY! Personally I think the homeowners should file a CLASS ACTION lawsuit against the City. It is absolutely going to affect the value of other homes in the area as well, even if those homes aren't on the landslide area. How dare the City put development OVER the welfare of the people! And who did the ignorant electorate vote for Mayor and onto City Council? All Republicans, many of whom (including the Mayor) were financially backed by DEVELOPERS!

18 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by mbomcar on 01/04/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

Of course it's a good thing. Business owners love to talk about supply and demand, although, as if employees are not also consumers. On the supply side, employees are seen as an expense that needs to be minimized; on the demand side, the more income a person has the more they will spend. Recognizing the fact that employees are consumers undermines the justification for the absurd 1 to 360 income ratio as discussed above by Mr. Bird. I would clarify, Mr. Bird, that no CEO, no matter how talented they think they are, is 360 times more valuable than the lowest-paid worker who puts their products on the shelves or provides their services. I wonder, Mr. Bird, what do you get out of making unqualified characterizations such as "unlike lefties?" Does saying something stupid help your argument? No. Enough.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by NotShy on 01/04/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Low-income workers just got a raise — which may or may not be a good thing

I call BS on what Kanatzar says. How many waiters does his restaurant employ, and what is the additional wage cost per day he has to bear? When you factor it out over the sales per day, what is the average rise in cost per meal served? I am willing to bet it is in pennies (or fractions of a penny), and so his entire argument is total BS.

How does he set the prices for meals? Can he give an accurate cost breakdown of every item served in his restaurant, or is it just prices close to his competitors, without an actual cost analysis?

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Druid on 01/04/2017 at 10:46 AM

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