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Re: “Homeless street paper will launch January 1

Hi this is Raven from the Echo and we will be offering subscriptions for donations if someone would like to get a monthly subscription

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Posted by Raven Canon on 12/21/2016 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Chancellor to retire, Save Cheyenne vows appeal, and more

Thank you once again Pam, for your concise and factual wrap-up of the efforts taken on behalf of North Cheyenne Canon Park and Strawberry Fields thus far. A fresh perspective is never a bad thing.
We all know what the stalwart voters in 1885 meant to do. That someone a century later should choose to subvert those intentions for the sake of money shouldn't surprise anyone. A sense of unease brought on by this end run around the wishes of both present day and long-dead voters is best felt by people who care. Those who do not care very likely feel nothing other than the heft of good old American dollars in their pockets. As if money can compare to the betrayal of public trust.

In our country, under current social norms, it is lawfully held that violating the spirit of the law while adhering to the letter of the law is unfair.

Consider these synonyms for the word unfair:
unjust, inequitable, prejudiced, biased, discriminatory, one-sided, unequal, uneven, unbalanced, partisan, inconsiderate, thoughtless, insensitive, selfish, spiteful, mean, undeserved, unmerited, unreasonable,unjustified, unsporting, dirty, underhanded and dishonorable.

No wonder Mayor Suthers didn't list the Broadmoor Land Swap among his list of achievements in 2016.

Posted by doonya on 12/21/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Stormy weather: A winter playlist

Omg, just cause you know Kate Bush, and you're in Colorado, you are my new Hero!! I got to see her in England two years ago, it was amazing!! I live in Aurora. Thank you, the LP 50 Words For Snow is beautiful. She is underrated here in the US and is one of the most influential, extremely talented vocalists, an amazing composer, and one of the best lyricists of our times. The US needs to get it together. This Woman's Work is awesome!!

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Posted by KG on 12/21/2016 at 10:54 AM

Re: “More on mPACT, the local federal action coalition

Jill Gaebler is spot on in her argument. City government, the mayor, utilities, and all the entities that impact actions taken on behalf of citizens must realize the need for more, rather than less transparency. That may make their actions fall outside their comfort zones but that is the purpose of transparency -- to make public officials think before they act.

The peripheral organizations have to understand that when they act with a public agency, they take on a public role, like it or not. It's basic civics.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 12/21/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Berian's saga takes him to Rio for the Olympics

Berian, who was an unsponsored runner working at a McDonalds inside a Colorado Springs Wal-Mart two years ago, ran 1:46.15 in a race won by world record holder David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya in 1:42.15. Rudisha set his world record four years ago at the London Olympics.

American Clayton Murphy was the surprise bronze medalist, finishing in 1:42.93.

Posted by skyrunner on 12/21/2016 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Homeless locals share their most prized possessions

Thank you for doing this article. I was homeless for years here, until finally getting SSI with the help of others. I'm no longer homeless, but their plight remains in my heart, as it will throughout the rest of my life.
More stories, showing that many homeless are NOT drug-addicts or leeches are in dire need. Far too many folks are getting ignored and left behind, because of the idea that they are all lost causes or worse.
Thank you for helping to humanize my brothers & sisters...for who else will?

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Posted by Cameron Stone on 12/21/2016 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Time to comment on cable franchise agreement

I will be attending the first one and plan to inquire their reasoning behind Data Caps.

I've heard defenses such as it assures that others with have bandwidth and ensures fair use... but that's a load of BS. If I can get my top speed consistently during peak hours of use.. then there is no reason that I cannot maintain and bandwidth usage of that speed or close to it every night and day when there are people sleeping or at work and thus usage is even less in demand.

Internet access is not a supply and demand structure, its cost doesn't wax or wane depending on how much is produced. It costs the company a set cost whether I use 500GB or 500TB. They give me a cap speed of [255Mbps](http://speedof.me/show.php?img=161221150654-1772.png) (This was tested at 8AM, but the speeds are reliable and consistent) which resolves to 31.8 MB per second. For the sake of easy math and benefit of doubt, I'll use 25MB for my example. There are 3,600 seconds in an hour and if I was to maintain my bandwidth at a constant 25MB for an entire hour I would consume ~90GB. That is 9% of my monthly limit of 1TB in a single hour. AND that is JUST downloading, not counting data uploaded (backups, YouTube, streaming, gaming, family photos to Facebook). Yes, the average person or young couple are not likely to utilize even close to that much data, in fact, according to [Comcast help and support](https://customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support/internet/data-usage-average-network-usage) the median Xfinity customer data usage for August was 75GB. I could do that in an hour. I could do well over that in a day. I have.

Lets look at [Netflix](https://help.netflix.com/en/node/87), A single HD 1080p stream of Netflix can be up to 3GB per hour. a consistent and never more than 2-3 hours per night for a household of two would build to a monthly total of 270GB. Lets add a teenager in the house. Likely not watching the same shows as their parents and likely watching more Netflix than 2-3 hours a day. Lets assume 4-5 hours per day. That is another 450GB. Netflix alone for this family would already be 720GB of their monthly internet allotment. Or 72%.

Back in 2013 at the release of the Xbox One and the PS4 the size of the [average AAA game was 30-50GB](http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2013/10/31/how-many-games-can-you-fit-on-a-ps4-or-xbox-one-hard-drive/#1f7799914eea). We can use the median of 40GB for this example, not accounting for patches or DLC/expansions, it would be safe to assume a game or two would be downloaded each month as well. There is another 80GB.

YouTube. On your computer you can watch YouTube in 1080p, and this can use up to 66.63MB/minute, to a total of 3,998.06 MB per hour. Or about 4GB. Per hour of YouTube. Listening to YouTube red? 4GB per hour. Watching videos? 4GB per hour.

You can see how fast this will also add up to the already 800GB used data. And that was just a single couple with a single child. Lets keep in mind that in today's society of always on always connected we are getting pulled into more websites and more videos and pictures with our friends. We are uploading and share and seeing more about everyone around us. Oh... and Comcast/Xfinity now allows us to watch and use Netflix right on our cable box. That's great of them right? What they don't tell you is that it counts against your data and shows up on your account as its own router except the Make and model is "unavailable".

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I guess this kinda turned into a rant, but the point is there. They claim that there is a cap to allow equal usage of all customers... but if I can blow through my 1Tb in a day... did I impact other users? Are other users in a better position than they were when I was using my internet? When I know what speed is available in my neighborhood, and I know they have a speed cap on my neighbor to keep him at a lower speed, and my speed isn't even promised but claimed as UP TO*... how is a cap benefiting anyone other than Comcast charging me more? The hardware is in place, it costs them nothing more if I use 100GB a day or 10GB a day.


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Just did the math, If I was to keep my internet capped at 25MB per second for 30 days I would utilize 64,800GB. or 64.8TB. almost 65x my cap. However... to avoid going over I would have to take my speed and personally cap it to .384MB per second (1/65th of the 25MB). That's only 1.384 GB per hour. I am effectively given speed 65X what it would take to go over if run 24/7. Instead, the speed I am given, I am able to go over my internet in 11.1 hours. There are 720 hours in a month per occupant in the household. Presume a 40 hour work week for the two adults (320 hours out of the combined 1440) hours, and assuming a 8 hour a night sleep schedule another 480 hours out of the 1440 combines hours that leaves 640 hours of possible internet use. We can toss 3 hours of daily travel time leaving us with 580 hours possible time. But only 11.1 needed to hit the cap. Add in a teenager and the numbers become even more likely to hit that data cap because the usage goes up but the allotment doesn't. 2 kids. Friends. Family.

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As data usage grows, our dependency on that data will also grow, and at the current rate, it will be only a year or two before we are watching our home data usage just as much as we are our mobile data usage, with just as costly of fees for going over, except Xfinity will raise their hands and say "the cap has been there for years, we didn't change anything, you changed".

Everything is connected now, everything uses data, and we are charged as if data is a limited resource...

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Posted by Shane Gassner on 12/21/2016 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Homeless street paper will launch January 1

Looking forward to Reading this new publication! So will there be any actual places to get a copy, or will people need to try to locate a standing vendor?

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Posted by Pamela Van Wyck on 12/21/2016 at 8:28 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Local DA Dan May gets $32,000 pay raise

You must be kidding! Have any of the county commissioners had to deal with a case that involves Dan May? He's all about protecting his little group of attorneys and cares nothing for the ordinary citizen. We just gave $30,000 to a man that waves his wand and destroys innocent people's lives. Consider the facts out in front of you Mr. May before spending the county's money to prosecute cases that have NO MERIT!
Disgusted.

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Posted by JosieM on 12/21/2016 at 6:59 AM

Re: “Locals urge Obama to protect the Grand Canyon before it's too late

Permanent? No matter one's views on the issue, arbitrary royal decrees are not permanent and can be undone by later arbitrary royal decrees. That "phone and a pen" thing is a bitch.

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Posted by John Howell on 12/21/2016 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Coal kills, demonstrators say

What kills is an unreliable energy supply in a climate such as that of Colorado Springs.

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Posted by John Howell on 12/20/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

"Although the Electoral College should be updated to a more proportional system, " - David Naumann

The big issue with the Electoral College really isn't the Electoral College itself, but rather how the majority of the states implement it.

The Electoral College assigns the number of electors based on the total number of Representatives and Senators each state has in Congress. In the case of Colorado, we have 7 congressional districts and Representatives and each state has two Senators so that gives us 9 Electors in the Electoral College. Colorado, like the majority of the states, has adopted a "Winner Take All" policy when it comes to the assignment of electors. That means which ever way Denver and Boulder vote, that is how all of the state's electors have to vote.

Let me repeat, this "Winner Take All" approach is a STATE approach and is not even mentioned the Constitution or federal law.

Now, keeping in mind that the congressional districts are supposed to be roughly disturbed by population and are to represent the people, while each state gets two Senators and their purpose is to represent the state, to me the most correct way to assign electors is by winner of the congressional district with the remaining two be decided by the state legislature. The state could assign these two by proportion, by winner take all, or by legislative vote.

The down side to any proportional or district based assignment of electors is that it becomes far more likely that no candidate will achieve the 270 necessary electoral votes to secure the election, in which case the House of Reps elects the President and the Senate elects the VP. This has happened in the past and would be much more likely in a proportional Electoral College system.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/20/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Time to comment on cable franchise agreement

This agreement includes various rules about television service, but nothing at all about Comcast's internet service. WTF?

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Posted by atomicbird on 12/20/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Sorry Dems, biased media, the Electoral College, and more

"In response to "The winner loses" (Letters, Nov. 30): You do not live in a democracy. The United States operates as a representative republic. " - Bob Wolverton

Not quite. The US is a constitutional federal republic. It is similar to, but not quite the same as a representative democracy. You, Bob, have mixed the two terms. Here is the difference:

Democracies are rule by vote, can be direct or representative, and do not have an executive position.

Republics are rule by law, are always representative, and have an executive position which is not a monarch.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/20/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Canna Caregivers

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Posted by Richard Keiter on 12/20/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Latest Drake legal battle fizzles

Mr. Hazelhurst,
Did I miss something where a CITIZEN OWNED utility has a responsibility to, in due diliigence, share potentially negative public health information that could damage the CITIZEN OWNERS welfare, but you and the board are arguing the opposite?

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Posted by Deane Bobbitt on 12/20/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Time to comment on cable franchise agreement

Welcome to the 1970's.

Since this is a 10 year agreement the city needs to be looking forward, not backwards, and the future is broadband access, not "cable TV". This agreement should bind Comcast to increasing broadband access and data rates across the city - not just in the snob zones. They should also be told to provide this service to schools and the local government at little or no cost.

Another problem is that it doesn't tie the franchise fee to future Comcast rate increases or to rates in other parts of the country. Internet costs in Colorado Springs are among the highest in the nation, for no other reason than lack of competition. That lack of competition needs to be offset by givebacks or offsets in this franchise agreement.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 12/20/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Time to comment on cable franchise agreement

Obviously this agreement was not negotiated with the citizens in mind. Why isn't the city negotiating rates. The customers should not have to go to Comcast's customer service, which is notoriously bad, either in person or on the phone to some foreign land, where English is a third language and they read off script which makes no sense to help you solve your problem.
What other cable providers were invited to bid on this franchise agreement? Com Hem, Canal Digital, Cable Belgium, J:Com. Was it really opened up to other cable providers?
What are the current gross revenues? What are the anticipated gross revenues? How much over the next 10 years will Comcast invest in the infrastructure? Who will verify the numbers? Do we take them at their word? Will the city perform an audit? Will a independent 3rd party perform an audit and their numbers published for
all to see? Are the citizens getting the best deal?
How will this affect the Broadband expansion in the county and will Broadband be expanded in the city?
What about streaming video? Isn't that latest and greatest thing? If that's the case, why would we need Comcast?
Bottom line, technology is changing so fast, this agreement will be obsolete in 10 years or less and the city will be stuck with another diminishing revenue stream.
For once, the city should look to the future, not be an also ran, not grant the 10 year agreement, tell Comcast to take a hike, and get a company in here that will be good for the community or allow CSU into the frae.
If the city wants to get into the Cyber Security business it better have the infrastructure to support it. At what cost will Comcast supply that infrastucture and how long will it take them to complete? Is Comcast the right company to provide latest technology at a competive price?
The city has made some bad decisions in the past, i.e. Strawberry Fields , the Rosemont Reservoir to name a couple, and it"s time to stop making bad decisions.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 12/19/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Planned Parenthood, NARAL plan for the storm ahead

Thank you, Ms Stein, for your accurate well-written news story, reminding us that women's reproductive rights are being taken away by the states and are now badly threatened again at the federal level. I hope people are donating to the organizations who are working hard to protect rights, volunteering at the medical clinics that are licensed, and supporting other women like Ms Blackburn (not her real name). The public needs to stay aware!

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Posted by Lady Activist on 12/19/2016 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Springs math teacher sues the state to vote his conscience as a member of the Electoral College

It's nice to see all you right-wing nuts getting your panties in a wad about an obscure and very relevant clause in the Constitution - nervous, are you?

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Posted by Vietnamized on 12/18/2016 at 1:38 PM

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