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Re: “UPDATE: Parks ballot measure down to the wire

it seems like the parks department is all about putting in gates and blocking off trails. the bathrooms are locked and if we are lucky they pick up the trash. be fine to see who is putting the money in their pockets and building swimming pools.

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Posted by rocket625 on 11/21/2016 at 4:22 PM

Re: “El Paso County Democrats make slow progress on local level

its sad the the democratic party used to be about workers and protecting people, now its all just hand outs and endless fees and taxes. if they never get another office i won't be too worried.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by rocket625 on 11/21/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “District looking for answers after failure of bond, MLO

Some odd comments on here. First, a Bond isn't exclusively (or even often times, anything to do with) building NEW schools. It's more commonly to support the upkeep of existing, in some cases quite antiquated buildings. Surely we don't want our children being educated for the 21st century in buildings barely fit for the 20th century?

I don't remember the district anywhere down-playing the cost, or suggesting that it the proposed additional taxes weren't 'a big deal'. They simply tallied up their needs, focused on those that were a most pressing priority, costed them accordingly, and presented that to the taxpayers.

What about the benefit to tax payers when they see an increase in their property VALUES? When you live in an area where the schools are modern, high-tech, and in high demand, local home owners benefit? What's the value of that?

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Melchett on 11/21/2016 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

The old boy network is alive and well here. Be nice if they would do stuff for all of us instead of just lining their wallets.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rocket625 on 11/21/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs Forward's wealthy and connected hope to steer the city into prosperous waters

Operative Statement:

"Members shall not be entitled to vote," because CSF's decisions are reserved for the board.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 11/21/2016 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Springs Forward spent more in 2015 than it raised

Sounds more like CSB, Colorado Springs Backwards.

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Posted by Bill Pellegrino on 11/20/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Water contamination, the election, bigotry, and more

Ahhhh, Tannim - the resident snarker and authority in chief. It's good to be home in Colorado again so I can again begin to get you to wipe the BS out of your eyes and see what a negative you are in any sensible conversation. All the letters and comments were spot on - especially the one where you commented that Democrats have had a long history of racism and bigotry - I agree, but most of us grew out of it, and Trump has brought it back to the fore. If this is who you are then you had better hope that someone opposed to your bigotry doesn't wipe up the floor of some bar with you. Mr. Armintor's issue with Trump U goes to the issue of character - Trump is not the non-politician he claims to be - he is a dyed in the wool political actor who will say anything to get the votes of each of the mini-groups he was able to drive wedge issues between. His staff's consulting with Putin's staff after the nomination, and his daughter's use of a photo op to sell her line of jewelry, coupled with the infomercial about the Trump Hotel in Washington being a gathering place for foreign diplomats and others seeking to curry Trump's favor are lining his pockets before he is even inaugurated give me great pause. The man has no character at all. To say that Hillary Clinton is in it for herself only and ignore the fact that Trump is exponentially more toxic in that area than she is to be blinded by ideology.

UCanSee, you obviously are drinking the Breitbart Kool-Aid, too. I read a lot, I have a high school friend who was Mayor of Little Rock, and I've probed for some speck of truth in this character assassination that has gone on for three decades but have found none. Oh, that Mayor of Little Rock was the only person to actually be convicted in the Whitewater/Lewinski fiasco and is not exactly on speaking terms with his former law office partner.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 11/20/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Homeless shelters and programs in Colorado Springs

I am about to be homeless I am a 35 yr old male with the ability to work and all proper documentation I need a reliable place for shelter while I seek employment and get a paycheck at which time I will seek my own place please someone help me I am willing to do chores as well as handyman work for lodging I have experience in plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and painting

Posted by Christopher Dirk on 11/20/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “After teen suicides, local school uses art to heal

Thank you Indy and Griffin for this well written and relevant article. Discovery Canyon Campus Community of students ,teachers,staff and parents make up a unique school. Like so many other schools, people come and go without interacting very much each day due to the many activities, academic demands, and personal focus. The continual stream of fish swimming together is a wonderfullly quiet, non-demanding reminder that we are truly not alone, even if we look different, see life or politics differently. I saw one of the fish on the floor the other day. It had fallen of the current and as I put "him" back up into the current I thought to myself that not one should be "lost" . Simple and very Real

Posted by mars on 11/20/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Time has come for Trump's revolution, and reflections on a Trump presidency

Tannim, you need to remember that the Constitution is not just made up of the 2nd and 4th Amendments. In Article II, Section 1 we are given the tools to right this wrong and we should use them while we can. Article II, Section 1 charges the Electors with voting the will of the people (1,152,000+ and counting for Hillary over Trump), and to eliminate unfit candidates. This is also restated in The Federalist Papers #68 where it makes the Electoral College the gatekeeper against demagoguery. Trump is a vulgarian at best and not the kind of national figure we should present to the world. At worst he is a con artist, racist, xenophobic mysoginist and a narcissistic sociopath to boot. But that's not the worst of it - the people he has chosen to advise him are worse than he is.

Don't wait to impeach this nutcase for his multiple conflicts of interest...then we get Pence and a theocracy. The time to act is now. Before the Electors vote. On December 19th.

It's also obvious, Tannim, that your primary news source has to be Breitbart and Alt-Right. Breitbart and Co have been sliming Hillary Clinton since she became First Lady - it is extremely profitable for them to do that. Who are you going to hate if the Clintons are gone? I'd say "try me", but you already do that.

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Posted by Vietnamized on 11/20/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Time has come for Trump's revolution, and reflections on a Trump presidency

Mr. Bremer,
Healthcare in the USA has failed in the "market-based" system, as evidenced by the staggering 14% of GDP we spend on healthcare--this is twice the amount spent by other developed nations. A study of healthcare economics is crucial, before opining on a subject . Give us your opinion , sure, but what are your opinions based on? Mine are based on university-level study of healthcare economics and 20 years of patient care and management.
Ann Forsyth, Physician Assistant

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Posted by Ann Forsyth on 11/20/2016 at 8:05 AM

Re: “Bible approved for AFB desk

I'm a Christian and I'm being persecuted! Someone won't let me ram my immoral "holy book" down people's throats!

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Posted by Kristy B. on 11/19/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Bible approved for AFB desk

Someone needs to place a Richard Dawkins book next to it on the same table and watch as the xtians scream that they're being persecuted just because other views are allowed to be expressed equally.

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Posted by Kristy B. on 11/19/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Springs Forward spent more in 2015 than it raised

The people in CSF excel at forming a coalition to further their goals. If those who oppose their viewpoints would whine less and form the same kind of coalition to spread their views, what an interesting and vibrant city it would be.

It's hard work. When the chance was there to make Richard Skorman mayor, those with similar viewpoints didn't vote. Heck, when those who saw that the strong mayor form of government was a crock didn't vote, they lost a big chance to further the local dialogue.

The loyal opposition is not helpless unless it thinks it is, but infighting and Internet opinions at midnight do not get the job done.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Clara McKenna on 11/19/2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Water contamination, the election, bigotry, and more

I got one question that maybe some of you can answer. If Clinton had really done all these horrible things why hasent she been convicted? Just saying innocent till proven guilty is still part of the American code. Is it not? Now before the " Right" jumps all over me for being "liberal" I didnt vote for Clinton or Trump I thought they both were the worst people in this Country to bring to the front. In my opinion Clinton had nothing to offer but what was in her baggage and Trumps ideas are ludicrous in this day and age. Draining the Swamp of Snakes and filling it with Alligators ant going to accomplish anything but more of the same that got us here.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 11/19/2016 at 8:15 AM

Re: “EPA sues the Springs

Typical myopic EPA action. They could instead be offering matching grants to incentivize action, but they'd rather flush a few million down the drain on lawyers than have cleaner water.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 11/19/2016 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Springs Forward spent more in 2015 than it raised

They are just marking time until it is time for them to select the six district-specific City Council members (April 4, 2017). You'd be wise to vote against the candidates they endorse, although resistance is generally futile when it comes to council races.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 11/18/2016 at 6:17 PM
Posted by emw12 on 11/18/2016 at 3:20 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Parks ballot measure down to the wire

"For all the many folks who are asking when and where to go to sign the petition:

We can't begin just yet, as the court proceedings are not yet complete. We are hopeful that we can start the petition drive early in the first week of December. For updates and an announcement of the start of the petition drive with details, please visit:

Save Cheyenne on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaveCheyenne/

The POPS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/protectspringspar…

and

http://www.protectourparkland.com - where you can also sign up to be a petition signature collector if you wish. We could really use your help. The more helping hands the better our chances of gathering the required number of signatures by January 4th.

As always, thanks to Pam Zubeck and the Independent for their unwavering attention to this story.

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Posted by doonya on 11/18/2016 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Brother Luck to host Chopped-themed pop-up dinner

Dear, Chef brother Luck;

I cannot afford one dish never-mind two. I want to help those in a boat like mine or financially worst. Too many older or disabled folks, try to live upon $400 to $750 a month. Not a week. Some families are thriving on $1,000 a week, and more. This is way over what 3/5' to 4/5's of the US population survive's upon. Bad pay, is way we have poverty hunger, and homeless.

Its why the US has disease, and premature death. Its a combination of bad diet, and people unable to afford the medication to ease pain. The greed of the Pharmacy company compounds the suffering of humanity. They have already made back their investment in older's drugs as Lyicra, MS Medicines, and biologic's, selling them at $150- $500 a pop. Now they are up to $500 to $2,500 to $6,000 for biologic's a month. Even the people making $1,000 a week cannot afford to have two ailments at a time. Never-mind someone with an income of only $700 in four weeks.

This is the untold everyday reality, of 3/5 and more of Americans. This is not how most of us wants to live. This is not how people Believe the majority of people in a land of wealth lives.

I want to use many avenues to tell the people the hidden facts of life. I would love to have a table sign, informing those who can afford a $95 a plate and worth it, about the other side where people are not paid Enough to cover their expensive. And to those who make much less than the break even cost even $20 can seem like a mountain equal to $1,000, for people who make $1,000 and more a week. I will inform those who can afford for there loved ones and them to eat your scrumptious meal, to feel grateful. I will ask not for Money, but for Ideas. Thoughts on how to make life better for people who survive in a hand to mouth existence, to live a better quality of life. How to pay all people Enough to cover the basics of life, with enough for emergencies, recreation, and a small vacation. JAN

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Posted by Marlene LAne on 11/18/2016 at 11:12 AM

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