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The mayor failed to say the words - but it was abundantly obvious what he really meant:
"Things are getting better ... FOR DEVELOPERS AND BIG BUSINESS ENTITIES".
Sounds like it was self defense, No indication that it was racially motivated and his mother requested that the video not be released; could be because the video is particularly damning to her son and she didn't want people to see it. I see nothing extraordinary about this situation. I do think that the CSPD should meet the family half way and let at least the his aunt view the footage to put their minds at ease.
Three Words: Protected Bike Lanes. Let's make it happen. It's unreasonable to expect cars, bikes and walkers to share the same strip of space unprotected from one another.
If gun ownership pre-existed the Constitution why did the Founders insist on the 2nd Amendment? Amendments followed the original Constitution, if memory serves. I called it a privilege because it is a privilege to live here. As far as hunting for horns, the meaning was a little unclear - maybe trophy hunting says it better. There are game ranches in Texas where you can pay $2000/day/per gun to hunt trophy whitetail, Blacktail (mule deer to us), elk (yes, elk in Texas - saw the biggest 8x8 bull I've ever seen on my project), as well as numerous exotic species...and those guys aren't interested in the tenderloin. If it were illegal to trophy hunt then all these Boone and Crockett lists would be meaningless. I prefer the youngest, tastiest elk I can find, and I don't shoot deer anymore - ate enough venison in my life, though it does make pretty good chili when mixed 50-50 with pork. I gave you a like because you stimulated conversation, even thou IMHO you were only partially right.
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"Local governments do not have the ability to create no fly zones for any aircraft. (The FAA released a Fact Sheet on this very topic)."
Actually the FAA simply says that consultation with the FAA regarding such a ban is recommended, not blanket rule that a city cannot do it.
Jim Krier While not a "multi-rotor" UAV, please see the link below. The fact is that people have in fact been killed and seriously injured in crashes involving RC aircraft. http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2013/09/05…
"As a liberal and a hunter, I hunt for meat, but there are many who hunt for horns, or for the 'manliness' of it all. " -- Vietnamized
Actually it is exceptionally uncommon these days for people to hunt strictly for horns, in fact it is illegal in many states.
"I have been hunting all of my life, and I feel no threat to my 2nd Amendment privileges afforded by the Constitution."
The Second protects a right, not a privilege, and it has squat to do with hunting. The right it protects is pre-existing, not something given by the Constitution.
"As populations have grown deer have been crowded into smaller and smaller ranges, "
And deer populations have also increased dramatically -- there are more whitetail deer in the US now than when Columbus arrived in the "New World".
"The real alternative to not hunting is not pretty. Deer overpopulate their range and die of starvation."
Quite true. In places like California where the Bambi huggers have held sway over what should have been a scientific decision on how many animals to harvest, what mix of genders to harvest, etc, they mismanaged their deer populations so badly that almost 80% of all fawns died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition before they were 1 year old.
"The mayor's office and City Council get along better."
Yep. They're all working on the same side.
"Olympic Museum ...Construction will begin this fall, he said, with work on utility lines."
Guess who will be paying for the utilities work, Colorado Springs Utilities customers? It will be disguised as "line extension assistance" or an "economic development agreement" or some other such deal for "special customers" as embedded in the Utilities Rules and Regulations. Not even the CSU Board will know where it's coming out of...but, rest assured, there will be some shortfall in the CSU budget as a result of the C4C utilities work. The expense will result in cutting elsewhere (like regular water main replacement that prevents breaks and sink holes) or raising rates. Estimates of C4C utilities costs in SW Downtown are over $10 million--that figure came straight from the mouth of one of the top CSU officers.
Some (less than 12% of it) of the other infrastructure for C4C downtown will come from public indebtedness of a City entity. The Urban Renewal Authority is finalizing plans to go into about $27 million of debt. The City's lawyers didn't ask citizens if they were good with the debt or who should be the beneficiaries of the debt, or even City Council..., but they did ask the private developer who will benefit the most from the debt what he thought. Payments will be made with non-guaranteed State funds. Like getting a mortgage on "potential income."
The majority of the $51 million in C4C infrastructure ($129 million with amortized interest) will come from--you guessed it: City sales and property taxes. That was the plan in 2013 and the plan has not changed. "Tax increment financing" that siphons City sales and property taxes away from things like roads, public safety and stormwater will be quietly passed by City Council with little debate whatsoever. Council's "pinky promise" for a vote on C4C specifically excluded the use of City sales and property tax in this way. All predictions becoming reality... It may take some large backing of rubber stamp Council candidates next Spring by the development community, but political donations serve as a spectacular investment vehicle in Colorado Springs.
BTW...George Fellows (the recipient of the lifetime achievement award) testified vehemently to City Council to kill C4C because it would financially destroy the City. He also contacted me personally when I was on Council to see how he could help in that endeavor.
Boy, I should have read this one first! I commented on the previous City Sage column about much the same subject. Dump Trump!
So, Mr Mudd, you're comfortable with a guy that takes campaign money from Russian oligarchs, idolizes the tyrant Putin (who plays him like a toy drum), is in hock to China, and has your vote because he "tells it like it is". Political correctness may be cumbersome at times, but as my Grandmother would say, "Good manners don't cost a thing, and they make you look good."
So, according to T.Rump, Mexicans are rapists, the David Duke crowd is A-OK, the American worker already makes too much money, our military is in shambles with its generals reduced to rubble, POWs (my Dad was one in WWII - he would have literally punched Trump out after his comment about McCain) are losers for being shot down over enemy territory, our African American population lives in squalor, and venereal disease was his personal Vietnam.
News flash, Mr T.Rump - you are a draft dodger, a coward, a bully and a general asshat. You are 6 inches taller than I am, but I would beat you up one side of the street and down the other and send you home crying like a baby. And I'm older than you are. Consider that a personal challenge.
A bike is an amazing machine that exercises the body and mind. You can smell the bakery as you pass it, feel the air rush past your face, or even wave at other cyclist as you pass them. I haven't been on a bike in ten years, however this summer I was able to go to Belgium and stayed at an Airbnb that came with 2 Dutch bikes. I couldn't believe how amazing it felt getting on the bike and riding along the canals to the beach. I felt like a kid again! (there the bike lanes are separated by a hedge or several feet from the street and if they are next to traffic the lane is clearly marked and respected). Anyway, when I got back to the states I bought a Dutch style bike and have been riding into town from Old Colorado City almost everyday. Typically, the only time people are aggressive is near the interstate. The city has some clearly marked bike lanes crossing I25, but the lanes suddenly end downtown. I think if we put some cops on bikes things might start to change. $500 for a nicely equipped bike that keeps the police engaged with whats going on or $40,000 for suv with the latest lights and gadgets.
Old Crank, I think you've been channeling my thoughts ever since I moved back to Colorado three years ago. But the problem is not just here...it's everywhere. My father retired from 30 years of military service. His native entrepreneurial spirit drove him to build condos in Ski Town USA in preparation for the 1976 Olympics, but the voters of Colorado torpedoed that world-sized event and my father's dreams. In Colorado TABOR and the criminal Doug Bruce (originally elected in Colorado Springs, was he not?) are the easy targets for our ire, but the thousands of nitwits who elected him and voted for TABOR as a Colorado Constitutional amendment are certainly equally to blame.
Speaking of my father, he made the incorrect observation that as a liberal, commie, pinko that I was I expected the government to take care of me. I reminded him that the government had been taking care of him his entire adult life, and I had drawn a total of 3 weeks unemployment in a 25 year work history. It pissed him off, but he shut up. Your comment about the retired military in this town preferring their mailbox money to actual enterprise was spot on.
Ronald Reagan is to blame for the general dislike of government and taxes. I realize that everyone remembers that Reagan cut taxes...but do they realize that he tripled the national debt and actually raised taxes 11 times? He was "The Great Communicator", but his message never resonated with me, and I still cringe when the Reagan name is bandied about as him being a great president. Mediocre at best. As far a Reagan bringing about the collapse of the Soviet Union, baloney! They did it to themselves with a war in Afghanistan and a top heavy bureaucracy that served themselves instead of their citizens. That Reaganesque word play is still with us today, and the anti-tax nuts are still at it.
Taxes are our ticket to a free and democratic society. Period. Without them we would have no military, no infrastructure, no police protection (can't afford them), no firemen, no education system, no nuthin'! If Trump's tax plan (like W's) somehow goes forward, or even Paul Ryan's plan, then the wealthy beneficiaries of said plans will continue to buy their favorite politicians and still have a handsome stack of change to play with afterwards. It's a self-perpetuating scandal that the average citizen continues to buy into and get screwed by. Wake up, people!
We need to try to reverse this course while we still can, anti-tax morons and their elected monkeys be damned. Repeal TABOR as soon as possible, elect sensible budget-minded statesmen/women who truly wish to make a difference and make this city a better place to live, streamline public services, institute laws like Great Britain that nullify elections if you lie blatantly about your opponent, require lawmakers to make laws instead of beginning their next reelection run the day after the were reelected the last time, limit campaigning to 6 weeks (like Canada), repeal Citizens United and institute real campaign finance reform, and start putting the country first instead of your political party.
Or cyclists could resort to self help, like they do down South: openly carry a firearm. If the laws don't protect you, protect yourself.
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“It's worth noting that Suthers failed to list among his accomplishments a land swap in which he and Council agreed to swap 189-acre Strawberry Fields open space to The Broadmoor for trail easements and wilderness property totaling about 400 acres, a deal that's triggered a lawsuit by opponents who protested trading the open space.)”
Thank you Pam. It certainly is "worth noting".
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