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Re: “Walker campaign responds to Gazette editorial controversy

Either attending BoCC meetings in person, or observing them carefully as they are broadcast live on-line provides an excellent opportunity to observe the commissioners. Judging by the comments made on a regular basis by Mrs. Littleton, one wonders of perhaps she is way out of her league as a public official with so many of the issues seeming to sail right over her head. As the demands upon local elected officials increase in complexity, it will take a very alert and intelligent, analytical person to be able to discern the long term impact of their short term decisions. Is that Mrs. Littleton? Her comments today remind me of the advice many an old sage has given:

Be sure your brain is engaged before putting your mouth in gear.

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Posted by Staci6 on 08/26/2014 at 9:28 PM
Posted by gimmie a break on 08/26/2014 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Center for Aikido and Tang Soo Do Studies

This school brings what a true martial arts school should be to the Springs. The Springs is overrun with "martial arts gyms" full of people who don't know what the true meaning on martial arts is. This school is lead by an amazing sensei who is there to lead and respect you; he sparks a sense of confidence in people that most people never feel. As a female it is always intimidating to join martial arts; but this school immediately treats you like family. No martial arts is easy, and adversely can cause injury, but this is a non judgmental environment that makes it easy to go at your own pace and stay within your physical and mental limitations. I have nothing but positive things to say about the sensei and students. If you want to be respected and treated like family, I suggest going to this school.

Posted by hpmac21 on 08/26/2014 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Robin Williams, Hickenlooper and fracking, sisters' gratitude, and more

Old Crank - Lamborn is NOT the worst ever. He does NOT deserve to be booted out of office.

What difference does it make that he didn't attend? The speech was almost exactly the same as the one given before. Why honor the liar that is Obama by showing up? Why waste your time? It took courage for him to do so and I applaud his action. Did you even listen to the speech?

And as far as the tar baby comment, he did not say Obama was one - go back and read the EXACT WORDS and you will see where you are wrong. WRONG! Hurts doesn't it to know you can't read correctly?

and the ACA should be repealed. Obama lied about most every provision in it including you can keep your doctors, hospitals and the premiums will drop 2500 a year. LIES all of them. Are you getting a subsidy from us taxpayers? Is that why YOU like it?

The bills in the House contain such onerous restrictions on our freedoms that I am delighted they are being held there . But to both groups, I say a pox on their heads as they are NOT doing their jobs. The ACA was pushed through against the majority of Americans who did NOT Want it. NOW next year premiums are going up 7.5%!! what happened to the "affordable" part of it?

TINY URL: this link doesn't exist. Guess why?

Now tell me how you think there is a war on women huh? You repeat talking points with NO PROOF. Do you even know what a fact is? If so, post your war on women facts. we are waiting to hear them.

The only one who has a war on women is Obama who pays his women staffers less than his men. Now who has a war on women?

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Posted by Publisherpikespeakregionlivingmagazine on 08/26/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Robin Williams, Hickenlooper and fracking, sisters' gratitude, and more

OldCrank: To say Colorado has the BEST economy in the nation whether true or not and disregarding the source, would be better phrased as "sucks less than the rest of the nation".
As for depression of the mind and Robin Williams it is true that there is a stigma and that others do not want to deal with it. Imagine if all illnesses were treated as such. Williams was truly gifted but his performances were often textbook displays of manic behavior. A "reporter" calling him a "coward" exemplifies the state of journalism today. That reporter is a coward and truly ignorant which does qualify him/her for a job in media. Suicide is the sincerest form of self-criticism and takes courage along with debilitating depression to even entertain ending the only life you have. I do not mean feeling "low" but full-on depression. When you have it you know it and there is not many things that can be worse.
Long live The Fisher King.

And Hickenlooper is just another modern day politico where lies abound and self-importance is all one needs to be elected. And cash. Like Mayor Bach he too wears an imaginary crown and feels the citizens are not worthy of being considered while entertaining grandiose images of themselves for all to see. They do not see that we can see them as the arrogant fools they are, but feel we see them as they see themselves in a mirror.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 08/26/2014 at 3:49 AM

Re: “Memorial Health System money shows tiny gain for city

I have seen and been told by nurses on duty more than once that central supply is closed over the weekend and that is why they cannot get needed supplies. Same with post-surgery physical therapy, including getting patients moving after emergency hip surgery. I'm not prepared to believe nurses are lying to me.

In large part, nurses and other staffers are leaving in droves because cost cutting measures mean they do not have a bearable work load. It does come back to cost cutting more often than not.

It's not that simple, of course. Procedures to reduce infection are unclear and often not followed in the ER, in my experience, and there is little concern for elderly patients who are left on stretchers to soil themselves. Something is very wrong. It's definitely a worse hospital in terms of care now than it was before the UC lease, for whatever reason. It's a shame. It used to be a fantastic facility.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 08/25/2014 at 10:05 PM

Re: “UPDATE: New claim against Sheriff Maketa

That last quote..."to satisfy Maketa's own personal agenda", should be written on all the checks that will be written for the damage he has caused.
He is a dirty copy, a narcissist and a psychopath and everyone in his agency knows it.
Hoping that the good men and women of EPSO that have been impacted by all of this nonsense can remain strong for the homestretch and that justice will be served.

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Posted by Sophia Wright on 08/25/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Possible breach of ethics in latest Gazette endorsement

Good chance in November to change the tone of local politics: We have, in Jariah Walker, a businessman, who is actually invested in the community - generating revenue and with actual 'boots on the ground' experience in the world of business - which generates the needed revenue to support what we ask local government to provide.

Business. Not Politics. Which will best drive the local economy?

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Posted by Staci6 on 08/25/2014 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Memorial Health System money shows tiny gain for city

Clara, if you are referring to cost cutting measures, that's not necessarily the issue. Nurses have been leaving the system in droves. You can't run a hospital without nurses. But that's the real issue, anyway. When you lose quality of care, most likely it is always due to losing staff.

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Posted by jaipossible on 08/25/2014 at 6:48 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Local prof responds to Ferguson: Don't mess with the cops

Quibble over semantics all you want.

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Posted by Dave H on 08/25/2014 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Drainage campaign committee formed

What impact on voter propensity to approve the stormwater measure might result from El Paso county placing another fiscal matter on the Nov ballot? A one minute 'quickpoll'
Thank you.

http://projectoneunity.homestead.com/Fundi…

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Posted by Staci6 on 08/25/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Congressional panel takes up religion in the military

One person needing to be watched is Gordon Klingenschmitt, former Navy Chaplain who was booted out of the Navy for his over the top religiosity. He now makes ludicrous remarks about how U.S. Rep. Jared Polis would be "joining ISIS in beheading Christians." He's running in El Paso County for HD-15 for the GOP.

Story: http://gazette.com/colorado-house-speaker-…

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/25/2014 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Congressional panel takes up religion in the military

Go Mike !!!

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Posted by Corey Mondello on 08/25/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Talkin' turkey

A good initiative. Mutant varieties will show up long term effects. Probably some times worst effects on humans.

Posted by Michal on 08/25/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Memorial Health System money shows tiny gain for city

The issue always was whether the hospital could make the transition without substantial loss in quality of care. Based on numerous experiences with the elderly since October, I wouldn't put my worst enemy in Memorial. Cost cutting measures have definitely affected patient care. I think that's an overlooked and far bigger issue.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 08/25/2014 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Drivin' on sunshine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H901KdXgHs4

Posted by Jeff Lavin on 08/25/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Memorial Health System money shows tiny gain for city

Gary lets see Reports of loss were in record numbers 12 years before any deal was made. Running in the red for twenty years before that. Second Im a patient at the University in Denver and several of the Doctors there have relocated here several people I know that work there now get there paychecks from guess where? The University. The care there is three times better registration is three times easier and guess what else my records are accessible there. I agreed to have students sit in on some of the procedures Ive had done there. When my problems were to much for local doctors to grasp after there drugs screwed me up they sent me to the University because the University had the skill and equipment. So if there not part of the University then I guess there real good a faking it. Yes the MHS board dropped the ball on PERA but they had an out thanks to the lease and yet the city is still fumbling. Bad legal advise started with GREED. Yes I agree the lease funding is a mess but thats on the city leaders not the Hospital. No theres not any money to be made but there is a whole lot better care for the citizens and thats what we needed.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 08/25/2014 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Memorial Health System money shows tiny gain for city

Old Crank: You give the Koch Bros. too much credit for the Memorial situation. How this all started was from a hand picked committee (the usual suspects) during the Rivera administration which the public had very little input (as usual and nothing has really changed even with a 'strong' mayor). It started from one person's musings, "Why don't we sell Memorial?" Then it took on a life of its own and situation we have today--a real mess.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 08/24/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Memorial Health System money shows tiny gain for city

Rocky: MHS was not losing money. The only real loss came when the MHS board decided to get into derivatives and lost $32M. One board member advised against that move and the other board members voted 12 to 1 to proceed. Council abdicated their responsibilty for oversite of the board and that board is now gone. Prior to the leasing arrangement MHS was providing $77M/yr. in indigent care and still in the black.

The hospital also had a safety net which was a 1948 ordinance that allowed council to levy a mil levy on property to help the hospital financially if ever needed. It was never used. The citizens were stampeded into repealing that ordinance which took MHS's safety net away.

The first MHS committee was adivsed by both Patricia Kelly (the city attorney at that time) and John Suthers (AG) to resolve the PERA issue before proceeding and this advice was ignored. Hence, the the PERA problem which was exacerbated by bad legal advice since.

If a company goes into a lease and expects to lose money for the next 10 years that is a terrible business plan. Somewhere along the line that money will have to be made up. Using the $28M first year loss X 10, I seriously doubt UCH can absorb a $280M loss. UCH is a private non-profit and its management has to answer to somebody.

UCH is not affilliated with the Unversity of Colorado in any way. The name is mis-leading. The hospital portion was spun off from UC in 1986 into a hospital authority by the state legislature at that time.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 08/24/2014 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Memorial Health System money shows tiny gain for city

Memorial Hospital was losing money hand over fist before the lease. The city had no idea how to run a Hospital let alone make it prosper. UCH knew they would lose for the first ten years in this agreement they even said so coming in. The Cities handling of the PERA money is whats going to screw things up. They were handed the money to pay PERA but decided to try to keep it because of greed. The University is expanding its operations here something the city could never do on there own. PERA was and is a binding contract the city cant get out of no matter how much money is spent trying to. The courts have said so. The lease was set up to stop the bleeding not earn buckets of money. Get over the greed and pay PERA save the costs of more litigation and let UCH do what they do best by running the Hospital.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 08/24/2014 at 7:15 AM

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