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Re: “New club 420 Speakeasy opens, sales tax revenue spikes and more

I recently moved to the Spings and saw you on the news. I was so excited until I saw there was a membership fee. What if I find that your establishment and I are not a fit?

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Posted by green eyes texas on 09/19/2016 at 7:03 PM

Re: “New lawsuit in St. John's Baptist Church saga

Prodigal's the Father's arms are open wide...come home. Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Time to pray, trust God and rebuild the walls - as Nehamiah did. And then open up the gates so that the King of glory can come in...Who is this King? The Lord God Almighty battle...come home!

Posted by Another voice crying out in the wilderness on 09/19/2016 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Local arts, police and crime, homelessness, and more

"Odin brings up a very good question. My question to Odin, ok, what is the Second Amendment about?" - Lil Mick

The Second is about the ability to keep and bear arms. This right is an extension of our inherent AKA natural or fundamental right to self-defense and community defense and it exists with or without the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment merely protects this existing right. One of the reasons it protects this right is because of community defense.


"it was originally about protecting the rights of citizens to arm themselves as a militia, keeping the militia, or military at that time separate from the government, enabling the citizenry to protect themselves from a oppressive government."

The military was never intended to be separate from the government. Please, read the Constitution. Being able to defend against an oppressive government is just one facet of a militia -- they were also for providing for immediate defense against invasions and insurrections, among other things.


"The Supreme Court and those who oppose gun legislation have made it clear, the need for a militia separate from the government is no longer necessary,"

Please, point to where the Supreme Court has said this.


" therefore that part of the Second Amendment can be ignored, it is not necessary.

So, since that is no longer the purpose, I argue, there is no longer a purpose for the Second Amendment."

You confuse the first 13 words of the Second Amendment with the reason the right exists. They are not the same thing. The first 13 words give one reason the right must be protected, not the reason it exists. Remember, the Bill of Rights does not grant any rights, it recognizes rights we already have.


"What we now have is a constitutional protection on a privately manufactured and privately marketed product. We have no such protection for any other privately manufactured and privately marketed products."

Except for the whole unreasonable search and seizure bit. Seems to me that homes are privately manufactured and privately marketed, yet there are Constitutional protections about when they can be searched, when they can be taken, and if we can be forced to share them. And even if true, so what? It doesn't mean that we can have any arms we please. It doesn't mean there cannot be any laws, restrictions, or limitations.

Therefore, I find your arguments to be extremely flawed and therefore not worth the electrons used to express them.

Posted by Odin on 09/19/2016 at 5:19 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Regional Building takes second look at questionable deal

John, Not the City. Regional Building is an enterprise made up of the City, County and the other jurisdictions in El Paso County and does not receive any public funds. It is funded by the fees and charges it collects from building permits, inspections, etc.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/19/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Council cracks down on homegrow operations — green chiles, bubba kush and all

I love how they added "all" to the "flora" portion. I doubt very seriously that anyone that grows veggies, is doing it indoors. They will only send the swat team out for cannabis, otherwise, they will look even more stupid if they spend 300k to send out the team for cucumbers. Nice try on hiding the blatant discrimination though. I don't give a crap about their "fire ordinance" I will live by A20, not by City Council and the Mayors made up rules. Thank you never much...

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Posted by Audrey Hatfield on 09/19/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “CSPD to beef up patrol

I strongly disagree with that statement. The community impact unit can be saying hi to kids when they don't have a call. Glad to hear changes. From south Texas, Corpus Christi, gang population is off the charts and yet you can always get a hold of someone on the non-emergency number and response times are much quicker. Not the only change needs to happen, but it'll keep us law abiding citizens safer as the city government does their job.

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Posted by Caleb Ryman on 09/19/2016 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Staci6 - I would think that recall petitions would be pulled. Owen, that member is not up for election, interestingly.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/19/2016 at 9:36 AM

Re: “D-11 says it needs more money to make schools safe, educate students

What ever happened to all the $$$ that was going to be saved by closing 9 schools back in 2009? I've never seen any report on what that move did to give D11 more funds. Now they want more?

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Posted by Carolyn 1 on 09/18/2016 at 10:30 PM

Re: “10-year-old is seizure-free after one year of cannabis oil

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Posted by Patricia Warren 2 on 09/18/2016 at 7:02 PM

Re: “The Gazette chews up two more papers

The Gazette still has 40,000 readers?

I'm shocked!

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Posted by billd on 09/18/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Medical and recreational dispensaries, cannabis resources in the Pikes Peak region

Maggie's farms is racist towards Jews. I went 2 this dispensary in manitou & got an 8th of a flower strain called juicy fruit. I smoked it & went to throw the container away - I always peel off my labels & written below in gold paint pen, like they've done on every container I've had, was the words Jewish fruit.. idk if they were making fun of the fact they thought I looked Jewish or calling me a fruit thinking I looked gay, maybe combo of the 2. I spoke to mngmt & 2nd in command said he fired the guy, then laughed at me when I said this could be a big legal prob. Please don't vote 4 or shop at any maggies

Posted by zumascoot on 09/18/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Cyclists say their lives are at risk from road-raging motorists

I was riding downtown in a 25mph zone in the right lane of a 3 lane, one way rd. - bijou. Passing the YMCA doing bout 15mph - fast 4 a bike, approaching Nevada & a lady in a car behind me blew her horn hard enough 4 me 2 get so pisses off I slammed my brakes on stopping dead in the middle of the rd making her slam her brakes. She screamed -get the f out of the rd it belongs to cars. I said f u this whole lane is mine kiss my a. She says not if your not going 25mph. I said its my lane at 5mph or 25mph & u can go around me. I spit on her car & she tried running me over & I smashed my bike in her window as she flew by. Car drivers its legally our lane b4 urs. Leave earlier if bikes r making u late or learn a lesson when I smash my $2k bike thru ur ignorant 2 the law window

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Posted by zumascoot on 09/18/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Case file paints picture of a "neighborhood watchman" killing in self-defense

My last name is Garcia. NO MATTER what happened b4 he walked up 2 the window & whether r not they knew each other, if he's got a permit 2 carry & some1s tailgating him he has a right 2 defend himself. Period. If lunged at thru ur window by any1 -ur mom or the Pres of usa- & u "say" u felt threatened 2 the cops afterwards it is the law that u r protected under. Period. The prob is punk kids -& adults who think its their right 2 punch some that says words 2 u u dont like. Racist r not. 1st amendment covers speech, not punches 4 words. Ppl might think they're gonna teach a racist old man a lesson with their fist. Better learn - ur gonna get a bullet in ur head legally

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Posted by zumascoot on 09/18/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “D-11 says it needs more money to make schools safe, educate students

Lost my job in D11 because I have a Masters degree and the other teacher did not. Spent many years teaching in some capacity in the district and it came down to money. I am not badmouthing the district, just trying to bring to light that funding does impact more than you think. They can't retain highly qualified teachers without funding.

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Posted by Tracy Borst on 09/17/2016 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

The G addressed the stormwater fee question yesterday. At least one council member is ready to move on this…

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Posted by Owen on 09/17/2016 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Ex-gay like me

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Posted by Isabel Claire Pascal on 09/17/2016 at 3:56 AM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law


After the election, what will be the public response to a likely re-introduction of the stormwater enterprise fee and finding $12-$15 added each month to their utility bill?

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Posted by Staci6 on 09/17/2016 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

"Doesn't seem likely though with elections around the corner."

Reference by local elected officials to the fact that an "issue will not be dealt with until after the election" - - or "Some council members may not want to act on this as elections are coming up" related to different issues.

What is the primary goal:

A) Being in office, or
B) Taking care of the public business while IN office, every year?

Critical needs and decisions need to be made four years out of four. Not three.

IE: the matter of addressing how stormwater will be funded.

Water does not run downhill on election years?

Or funding for adequate numbers of police officers:

"But, Suthers said, "I would be shocked if the City Council had the appetite to do it before the election, and I wouldn't blame 'em."

- - - John, maybe you should!

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Posted by Rick Wehner on 09/16/2016 at 10:51 PM

Re: “D-11 says it needs more money to make schools safe, educate students

Wrong. That is not why they are short on funds. Look at the facts before you spout your pseudo libertarian gibberish. Administration funding does not come from the same pot as capital improvements. As far as labor overhead look at the comparison of D11 with similar size districts and you will find a model of fiscal responsibility. It's time the D11 teachers end their $ 500,000 a year subsidy to the residents of D11. Subsidies of the 1000 plus employees using an average of $500 a year of their own hard earned money to adequately educate the children of this district.

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Posted by Robert Duensing on 09/16/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Rick, a 5 year moratorium can be a 5 minute moratorium if they want it to be. Doesn't seem likely though with elections around the corner. Thankfully Joel, all of these take a vote and while I know you are cynical about the election process, it is still the law of the land. My guess is that an initiated referendum is not likely.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/16/2016 at 4:36 PM

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