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Re: “Pinned Down

I was in cleo wallace in Westminster from 94 to 99 i was restrained I had my arm broken and my nose broken I was in d unit for most of it I watched staff in D unit antagonize others just to slam them I watched staff grab a kid by the back of his head and split his chin on the quiet room floor

Posted by Chris Cumbie on 02/14/2019 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Jim Clark Wider talks style, persistence and bad neighbors

He's a fine artist, but he's also one of the finest people I've ever had the honor to know.

Posted by David Jones 1 on 02/13/2019 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Drugs and crime: Tracing the downward spiral of a decorated (and wounded) brother in arms

You missed a few highlights on Ken Boyd's life trail. Yes, he was injured in combat, just like many other soldiers have. Boyd made the active choice to not seek help, no one forced him not to make that choice. That makes him a self created victim.
What about ALL the other victims on Boyd's trail? They were created by Boyd and his actions. Can we blame his military combat injury and lack of seeking professional help for their trauma? Boyd's wife, who is currently in jail, is also a heavy drug addict, does his excuse cover her use of heroin and meth as being for his personal injury pain? You briefly spoke about his children, two of which are very young. Victims of their parents addictions, and junkie lifestyle- can the negligent they suffered be traced back to that combat injury too?
Boyd is a drug dealer- regardless of his military service, a self made choice. Boyd has willing destroyed other people, other families, other children's lives, by being a heroin/meth dealer. Can all of Boyd's victims use his excuse? Other people have served, been gravely injured and have not become a blight in society. Can we use the blanket excuse for all of Boyd's actions, or any other soldier that makes poor life changing personal choices? How often and for what kind of charges? Can this be used to excuse murder, rape? Does using this kind of excuse disrespect other hard working, soldiers who were injured who didn't become a junkie felon, like Tammy Duckworth and Dan Crenshaw?
A moral compass does not stop working due to a grave combat injury.

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Posted by KimColorado on 02/04/2019 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Pinned Down

I was there when this happened she was my best friend and like a sister to me when nobody could calm her down I could Parker will be missed but not forgotten

Posted by Danielle Martin on 01/20/2019 at 10:57 PM

Re: “CSFD fails to meet its response standards across the city

AMR leadership is crap and they care less about the employees or the citizens they serve. AMR only cares about profits and minimum staffing levels by working there crews non stop. It is the reason why they have a high turnover rate.

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Posted by Chad Stone on 01/20/2019 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Hunters, hikers and anglers can't access millions of acres of public land

This is a nice article. It is a little bit far from home.

I am uncomfortable accessing the Concrete Couch's "Quarry" experiment - that part of Colorado Springs is ruined for years to come.

A hundred people were granted access to land; and not provided porta-potties or basic sanitation access. Trash and debris blew all over the surrounding neighborhoods; and the vegetation in the area was either trampled to dust; or cut down and burned.

I care for these far away places; but will there be any local actions taken by the Concrete Couch to repair the damage that they enabled to our local outdoor areas?

Posted by Anthony Springer on 01/14/2019 at 11:53 AM

Re: “CSFD fails to meet its response standards across the city

But yet they want to get rid of AMR and really cause people to suffer. The citizens should be very concerned with them wanting to do this.

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Posted by YouGotToBeKidding on 01/05/2019 at 5:02 PM

Re: “CSFD fails to meet its response standards across the city

Unionizing firefighters won't do a thing for response times except to drive them up due to added costs.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 01/05/2019 at 3:42 PM

Re: “CSFD fails to meet its response standards across the city

What is Collective Bargaining?

Collective bargaining is a formalized, written agreement between an employee group (the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association) and an employer (the City) that gives firefighters a guaranteed voice in matters that directly impact firefighters and service delivery to the community. Currently, we are only offered a seat at the table with city leaders, as a matter of courtesy. We have no guarantee that the city will continue to offer firefighters a seat at the table.

Collective Bargaining is a long term solution to ensure that the experts have voice in public safety decisions for years to come. When Firefighters are directly involved in public safety decisions, the community and its residents benefit.

Why is Collective Bargaining Needed?
Currently, firefighters have nothing in writing that guarantees that reasonable agreements made between firefighters and the city today are upheld in the future. As such, firefighters and the residents of Colorado Springs are impacted every time the city experiences a leadership change. Regardless of changes in city leadership, we must strive to maintain our ability to provide and uphold high quality service to the community. Through collective bargaining, the Colorado Springs Firefighters Association can maintain a consistent and collaborative relationship with the City of Colorado Springs to ensure service delivery remains high.

What does Collective Bargaining mean to me?
Collective bargaining aims to serve four main purposes; to foster healthy and safe working conditions for firefighters, to provide firefighters with the tools and equipment necessary to do their jobs, to maintain high quality service to the community, and to attract and retain high quality firefighters locally. All of these elements have a direct impact on the safety of Colorado Springs.
Firefighters that are healthy and safe will serve our community faithfully for many years. Firefighters who are well trained and well-equipped will provide high quality services to the residents of Colorado Springs. Additionally, when Firefighters are treated respectfully and are compensated fairly, the fire department can attract and retain high quality employees so that the residents of Colorado Springs can count on quality personnel serving the community.
A Final Note
We are not taking away the ability for our City government to make decisions. We are not looking to raise taxes. We are not a group of people who are fueled by greed. We are a group of public servants who would lay their lives on the line for the residents of Colorado Springs. Most importantly, we are a group of firefighters who see the value of securing a long term system that would benefit firefighters, the community, and the residents of Colorado Springs.
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Major Benefits of Collective Bargaining
1. Ensure that apparatus (fire trucks to the general public) and equipment are maintained for service delivery. We currently have front line apparatus that are 22+ years old.

2. Ensure that Firefighters have a say in medical, dental, vision benefits (This would impact retirees)

3. Ensure that Firefighters have a say in any Health & Wellness programs and Initiatives

4. Will provide documentation for the hours and work schedule that firefighters are expected to adhere to (eliminating mandatory overtime resulting in 72 work periods)

5. Will give firefighters a tangible relationship with the city regarding any issues of safety for our members

6. Will potentially establish a more robust health screening system (to include cancer screening)

7. Will potentially solidify presumptive health care for cancer and heart related ailments (The city doesnt currently adhere to the state standard)

8. Will provide Firefighters a voice in all equipment purchases to include improved technology

9. Will provide a written agreement between the city and the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Assoc. spanning 1-3 years that is not subject to change with election of new city leaders

10. Ensures firefighters are compensated fairly to attract and retain high quality firefighters in Colorado Springs

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Posted by Tone Loc on 01/03/2019 at 2:52 PM

Re: “The Rev. Promise Lee's quest for a pardon

Hickenlooper issues executive orders making firearms laws without any concern for the Rights government is supposed preserve protect and defend. They all take an oath. This rag of a "newspaper" attacks firearms Rights as often as possible then fabricates a history of Americans who had no Rights with Dred Scott being the poster child (if you have read any history at all and understand we all have Rights given by our creator). Which way do you want it? Attack and blame the law-abiding, free the criminals and protect yourself with reckless laws penned by a monarch who dons his crown of shit.
Then here you feature a murderer and a list of his supporters none of which seem to have an inkling they are being fooled or see the glaring contradictions. Manipulated by a destroyer of lives, not a gun but a man who thinks he has paid his debt and is being rewarded. The audacity and insult the indy seems to specialize in, non-supportive of the First and Second Amendments, fabricating history to keep people at each others throats, writers of words daring to call themselves "journalists", all of which good people must struggle to guard their lives against-the sociopaths among us and the foolish who praise them. The very thing the Founders knew and their opponents cast aspersions upon in order to perpetuate evil masquerading as righteousness. Thomas Jefferson fathered no children of slaves, Benjamin Franklin said you have a Constitutional Republic, if you can keep it. Abraham Lincoln was a corporate shill and democrats were against civil Rights for 100 years and now point their fingers South but their hands are dirty. The media is the enemy of the People without any doubt.

Hickenlooper desiring to become president is the ultimate farce in your jungle of lunacy and your children will be ill-prepared for life, especially those who do not understand biology and place trust in government. Do not believe everything you read or hear kids, trust your instincts, the truth will out.
"If your children knew how lame you really are they would murder you in your sleep" Frank Zappa

Posted by Bob Wyman on 01/03/2019 at 12:46 PM

Re: “CSFD fails to meet its response standards across the city

Its concerning that Mayor Suthers downplays the issue, given that the starting point was one that did not meet the established standard and has only deteriorated from there. I hope this community supports giving a voice to the women and men that put their lives on the line on our behalf.

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Posted by ProudVet on 01/02/2019 at 1:34 PM

Re: “The Rev. Promise Lee's quest for a pardon

In what has been a very hard road for Promise Y Lee, I congratulate him in getting to the end of that part of it. May he use that Pardon well and for the Glory of Yahweh, in the name of Yeshua/Jesus.

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Posted by gregaj7 on 12/27/2018 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Concrete Couch wants to allow a temporary homeless camp at its new location. But is it a pipe dream?

The homeless in our neighborhood off of Fountain blvd are having sex behind the buildings and sleeping off their drugs and alcohol in the middle of private property. Passed out in the middle of a lot in the middle of the day. Mental illness is a concern as well as violence and dirty needles.

Posted by Yolanda Espinoza on 12/09/2018 at 10:53 AM

Re: “One mother's search for stability in Colorado Springs

I personal know her and there is A LOT of information missing from this story. She never paid for a hotel room, it was a church who did it. This story leaves out the facts that she left a good apartment here 2 years ago to go back to the guy who had beat her for years. She has hurt her family time and time again because she does not want to have rules and they have to clean up after her.
The fact that her children have to suffer over and over is what should be covered here, they need the services. They need a home with an adult who will protect them and not expose them to the things their mother does now. The writer forgot to talk about the drinking and drugs that caused all of this to happen to her.

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Posted by Karen Jones on 12/07/2018 at 12:30 PM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

Thank you very much for these instructions.
I believe that this is a great help for both me and for many others who use.

Posted by swapnali on 12/07/2018 at 12:48 AM

Re: “One mother's search for stability in Colorado Springs

Paula; this is not about me.
This is about people that are working to better themselves.
This is about wasted resources and charity that is being sent to support and encourage such items as the 'Quarry' camp that KRDO has been highlighting.

I'm not the subject here.
Please keep on topic; do not make this a vendetta, or personal attack. t/y

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Posted by Anthony Springer on 12/06/2018 at 7:35 AM

Re: “One mother's search for stability in Colorado Springs

So, Anthony Springer, what are you doing about it? How are you planning to give people more options? How are you intending to help this mother and her family get into a stable, secure, safe living situation? What did you do today to make a positive difference in this community? Maybe others of us can imitate your caring concern.

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Posted by Paula George on 12/05/2018 at 8:37 PM

Re: “One mother's search for stability in Colorado Springs

It is a very unfortunate thing that so much of the SRM and Marion House resources get tied up with the current 80903/4/5 litterbug / filth population. "Homeless" on purpose is a very different item than the ones mentioned in this article.

South Shooks Run is a disaster of a charity sponsored, if not encouraged; example of what not to be doing with resources.

Why are there so few options for the people in this article? One trip to the South Shooks Run corridor will be a visual of our wasted charity attempts. Litter, Trash, five gallon buckets full of feces - that is where the charity $$$ went in 2018.

At the expense of good people such as those in this article.

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Posted by Anthony Springer on 12/05/2018 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Being neighborly in the Springs increasingly means forming bonds with those suffering homelessness

This is a well done article showing the plight and challenges. The comments about Shelters are True and those using them often have no place to keep their belongings. They can't freely go find work when they need to protect their stuff.

OneMoreVoter makes some very good points about curfew and how some need a place to tend to their mental issues.. I think the support agencies do know they who they are dealing with. I find this sentence suspicious "I'm not sure if the various providers are even aware of the anger they are generating within our community by enabling chronic homelessness in a few (but very high profile) individuals. ". High profile Homeless? Talking in code about what you think is a known problem with a few people helps no one.

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Posted by TruB on 11/28/2018 at 5:32 PM
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