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Re: “Dissecting the Rockies' exit

Ralph, I know that this isn't sports reporting; it's sports commentary. But in marketing, your column falls under the "putting lipstick on the pig" category. The loss of the affiliation with the Rockies, no matter how incompetent the management or disappointing the the team - will cost the Sky Sox at least 25% of their paying customers. And building a fan affinity for the Milwaukee Brewers is a long term and costly proposition - which may not be worth the effort, given the standard two year contract and decidedly luke- warm welcome from the Brewers.

In short, this is at best a serious financial challenge for the Elmores, and at worst, a sea of red ink, just the color that pig is wearing.

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Posted by JohnKoury on 09/29/2014 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Inside Manitou's hot market

Good article.

Posted by Brian Matthew Pobst on 09/28/2014 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Inside Manitou's hot market

"Rebuilding Manitou Avenue made an enormous difference...Going from four lanes to two lanes, the wide sidewalks, the cobblestones. All the stores and restaurants lifted their game a notch."

That's the key. There was always value in the form. It's how our ancestors built..based around the dominant transportation mode, our own two feet. Those expanding suburbs of the north and east will never hold their value. There's no there there..no sense of place. It's all single use and you're screwed without a motor vehicle.
There are lessons in Manitou for CS if you look for them, especially OCC. Does W. Colorado REALLY need 4 lanes (6 if you count parking) for automobiles? Would a road diet encourage people to slow down and linger? Don't try to compete with the sprawl by catering to single occupancy vehicles. Be a city. Mix uses. Infill. Narrow your lanes, build bike facilities. Make walking a pleasant activity. Activate your public spaces. For the most part, it's cheap to do and provides a huge ROI.

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Posted by rt on 09/25/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Inside Manitou's hot market

I guess the retail cannabis shop didn't destroy Manitou.

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Posted by Lalahartma on 09/24/2014 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Selling public lands, minorities and the Park Service, and more

Jill while I am not opposed to the death penalty I will ask you where you get your information. First off the prisoner on death row dont have "free" TV AC and all that nonsense. They sit in a cell 23 hours a day if they want any extras they have to buy them with canteen funds just like all the other prisoners. Then it has to be approved by the Warden. Now as far as legal a death penalty trial takes years because they go through the mountain of legal maneuvers like there doing with Holmes right now. You know the ones like if hes sane or if cameras or if his mommy done him right or what color tie his lawyer wears and on and on. Then theres the years of his right to appeal. Four more court rooms and Judges before a Governor even sees his appeal hit the desk. These things take time and big legal money, big money. Yes there are some places and legal outfits that go to bat for the convected and a lot of times they find that there not guilty of the crime and that justifies the time and money spent. This is our system it does work 90% of the time and its a lot better then the system that your pushing for like the one in the Middle East where they just lop off there heads after just being accused. We are a civilized society and Hick has his right to oppose killing anyone regardless of there crime. I respect the man for not bowing to pressure from others for doing what he feels is wrong. Thats his right as a human and an American. Yes I agree the ones that Dunlap killed didnt have the chance he has but we cant change the past but we sure shouldnt change the system just because a bunch of people have there panties in a wad over not killing him. And killing him wont change the fact he killed them. Personally I think Prison should be a lot harder then it is. Making little rocks from big rocks or chain gangs is a lot better deterrent to crime then the death penalty. But Ive seen the inside of Prisons and am well aware of what truly goes on. Some can be rehabilitated some can not and those that cant should be worked and worked hard but again thats my opinion and as an American I have that right just as Hickenlooper has a right to his.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/24/2014 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Selling public lands, minorities and the Park Service, and more

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Posted by Staci6 on 09/24/2014 at 4:25 AM

Re: “The Springs' political game has changed

What kind of fucking idiot are you? Douglas Bruce was a "powerful agent" for change?? We can't expect "an individual of change like that to come around again?" Let's hope now. Yeah, Bruce sure continued his activism to reduce government expenditures and taxes in Colorado and in Colorado Springs in particular UNTIL being indicted for a decades-worth of criminal activity for "cheating" Colorado out of millions under the guise of charity and anti-tax activism. In 2011, Douglas Bruce was convicted of all counts in the indictment, including four counts of felony criminal activity including money laundering, attempted improper influence of a public official, and tax fraud after he was discovered to be using a small-government charity he founded to hide millions of dollars from the state department of revenue. He was USING A CHARITY to hide money he stole from hard-working Americans!!! Sure....he was against taxes, until those taxes conveniently lined his fat pockets. He was OKAY with stealing money from his fellow Americans. He's a sociopath. And before you cry conspiracy of some other junk nonsense, get yourself help for being an enabler of sociopathic politicians. For everything else, there is NO cure for stupid.

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Posted by Bill Boggs on 09/23/2014 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Marijuana community mourns teen, Council delays action and more

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Posted by Pueblo Potter on 09/21/2014 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

HSabin laments, "...the government shuts down on weekend... So why aren't you screaming about that huh?"

We would not dream of depriving you of that pleasure.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/20/2014 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

Tim Haley and Max Clow and Capt. Donald Martinez:

TIM and Capt Martinez: First Captain - thanks for your service.

Now as to your and Tim's claims:

A small percentage of the government was shut down by Obama's actions not Lamborn's. You make it sound like Lamborn has total power to control the government. He doesn't. Congress has TWO houses of power and all contributed to the supposed shutdown which was minimal at best.

You also forget that the government shuts down on weekend - big whoops! So why aren't you screaming about that huh? Stop with the drama queen act and actually look at the facts!!

And as to hurting VETS or Lamborn NOT helping the vets? Lamborn got the new health center on Fillmore and he got the Vets cemetery for this area - how is that hurting VETS? He recently shepherded a new bill through the house that HELPS the vets! Plus, a veteran that I know contacted Lamborn for help in getting his medical needs attended to by the VA in Denver. Lamborn acted immediately to assist this vet.

All Your claims are ridiculous. Please post PROOF of your iclaims here...please! Stop with the emotion and post FACTS please!

And as to Irv Halter not voting Democratic and supporting Obama? Who are YOU kidding? NOT ONE REPUBLICAN voted for Obamacare but Udall and Bennett did and so will Halter if he wants any "power" in congress and he wants to be anything but an "UNKNOWN!". They bowed down and so will Halter. You know the saying power corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely? Halter will NOT be immune - Udall and Bennett haven't been so how is he different?

MAX - you are just listening to liberal talking points without checking them out - stop doing that! You make yourself look foolish! Here are three sites for your to check and learn that indeed Clinton and Albright as well as Bush thought there were WMD"s in Iraq. Then do this - smack yourself upside your head while saying DUH:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/wmdquot…

http://www.rightwingnews.com/quotes/if-the…

http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/199…

Now all of you, please stop drinking the liberal kool aid please!

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Posted by HSabin on 09/20/2014 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

"Why were UN Inspectors allowed into Iraq to destroy WMDs "up until a short time before the war" started? Why did the US start the war when Iraq was cooperating in destroying their WMDs?"

Iraq was not being cooperative. At first they put on good show, but numerous previously tagged items were missing. They were trying to do just enough to make it look like they were cooperating. And they were only doing that because they were afraid we might attack.

"Saddam Hussein capitulated to every American demand for UN inspections and access"

Completely inaccurate.

We can rehash the entire chain of events leading up to the war and assign political motives all we want, but the bottom line is that Max Clow's statement that there were"no WMD" is blatantly false. Period,end of statement, do not pass Go and do not collect$200, full stop, the end.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/20/2014 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

Marxists have a saying, (I do not know which Marxist to attribute it to, but I suspect it was Lenin), "The government is the executive committee of the ruling class."

Americans have come to believe that government is an independent institution with no roots in any social class. In particular, dictatorships are viewed as deriving their power from the loyalty of a small number of armed troops with no allegiance to anyone but the dictator.

Based on this theory, Dick Cheney decided to invade Iraq and liberate the Iraqi people. He reasoned that once Saddam Hussein was eliminated, all the people of Iraq--people from every walk of life and social class--would unite to form a democratic government.

The bitter truth is that Hussein did not rule in a social vacuum. His government was the executive committee of the Sunni population, who make up the Iraqi ruling class. Sunnis did not welcome American troops nor do they support the new government, because they are the ones who are losing power. America is trying to prop up Iraq with a Shiite government, which will never work as long as the Shiites do not wield decisive economic power in the country, and that cannot happen without a massive redistribution of wealth. The Cheney adventure was doomed from the start.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/20/2014 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

"As for the power vacuum, it wasn't so much a power vacuum as a military unpreparedness that allowed ISIS to gain a foothold. This would not have happened had a new SOFA been finalized with the US."

In other words, there would be no power vacuum as long as American troops were the real power behind the new Iraqi regime. Native Iraqi forces were not so much "unprepared" as unwilling. They abandoned their weapons and fled at the first sign of resistance. Does anyone think Saddam Hussein's army would have fled in that situation?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/20/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

Why were UN Inspectors allowed into Iraq to destroy WMDs "up until a short time before the war" started? Why did the US start the war when Iraq was cooperating in destroying their WMDs?

Because the WMD argument was a red herring. It was a pretext to justify an irresponsible and reckless adventure that Dick Cheney had decided to pursue no matter what. Saddam Hussein capitulated to every American demand for UN inspections and access, and every time he agreed to make concessions, Cheney upped the ante and demanded even more. It quickly became obvious that Cheney would not stand for a peaceful resolution to the phoney WMD question because he wanted war.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/20/2014 at 1:58 PM

Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

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Posted by burtbryson on 09/19/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

Look at the UN Inspector's reports. There are reports of them destroying mustard agent right up until a short period before the war. Also note that there were 550 chemical munitions, primarily artillery shells, missing that had been previously tagged. At least two of these later showed up in IEDs and caused great concern among the ground troops and several troops showed signs of nerve agent after an IED made from an artillery shell of binary Sarin went off and had to use their Atropine auto-injectors -- this was even reported in the news. Luckily the Sarin either failed to mix properly (it was designed to use the spinning of the projectile in flight to mix the chemicals) or the chemicals had degraded so much that it was not nearly as lethal as it could have been. Most of the 550 munitions were eventually found, long after the invasion.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/18/2014 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

Dave H.

Who are your sources of information regarding the supposed WMDs in Iraq? Could you cite them?

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Posted by el producto on 09/18/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

"You are incorrect about the WMDs. They had WMDs. The UN inspectors were even destroying WMDs until just a few days before the war. And many WMD munitions that were there before and had been previously tagged were indeed missing. "

Very true, Dave. Max Clow and others who like the make the assertion that there were NO WMD in Iraq are flat out incorrect and woefully ignorant of the facts. Folks like Max are as much the victims of the anti-war propaganda as were many folks of the bad intel regarding Saddam's purported new WMD programs.

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Posted by Odin on 09/18/2014 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

"We regret the oversimplification." -- CSIndy

The difference between being allowed to separate vs retiring is not an "oversimplification", it is a gross mistake. For as long as Pam Zubek has been reporting on things in a location with a large military presence, one would expect that she would not make such gaffes, especially not after having been called out for several such errors when she worked at the Gazette. And yet, here we are.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/17/2014 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Halter vs. Lamborn, Ann Zwinger, the death penalty, and abortion

"Saddam Hussein had no, and desired no, quarrel with the U.S. They had no WMDs" -- Max Clow

Hold your horses there, Max. You are incorrect about the WMDs. They had WMDs. The UN inspectors were even destroying WMDs until just a few days before the war. And many WMD munitions that were there before and had been previously tagged were indeed missing.

This often repeated claim that there were no WMDs is blatantly false.

What they might not have had were the new programs that were touted by various nation's intelligence sources, though some still think there were some such items and that they were secretly shipped to Syria. It turns out that many of the programs that the intelligence services of several countries were pointing to were actually fake and done to make Iraq look stronger than it was to Iran.

As for the power vacuum, it wasn't so much a power vacuum as a military unpreparedness that allowed ISIS to gain a foothold. This would not have happened had a new SOFA been finalized with the US.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/17/2014 at 2:21 PM

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