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Re: “Reader: Remember to be thankful

"that I wasn't killed in a mass shooting."

Odds were 1 in 11,125 that you would be. I guess you dodged a bullet.

Posted by Huck Mucus on 11/15/2018 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Reader: Concrete Couch took on a project it can't handle

I will try to think of solutions,,rather than complain.

Posted by Roberto Arano on 11/14/2018 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Reader: Concrete Couch took on a project it can't handle

once again, the only people who really know what is going on around these camps are the ones who unfortunately have to live it. the thieving element needs to be taken care of and many hard working citizens are getting fed up. it is starting to feel like there will have to be something horrible happen before the police will begin to address the crime part of this...

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Posted by happyfew on 11/14/2018 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Reader: Concrete Couch took on a project it can't handle

I work for Concrete Couch. What should I do?

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Posted by Abraham Eliezer Schubarth on 11/14/2018 at 3:55 AM

Re: “Reader: Concrete Couch took on a project it can't handle

Don't just read about it; take a trip and walk through it. N of Las Vegas; W of Royer. An environmental disaster in presence. Careful - five gallon buckets for toilets, needles, and altered states of rage may be present.
This is not an Utopia. This is a horrific gathering of bodily waste and trash. Never mind the 10 cubic yard dumpster; the ground is right there. No effort required.

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Posted by NIMBY McSuede on 11/13/2018 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Reader: Concrete Couch took on a project it can't handle

Wait, the homeless is so much here that a local art group had to set up a camp lol this city is going to shit soooooo fast

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Posted by Paes164 on 11/13/2018 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Reader: We need safer streets

The Prophet Margin ,
A vehicle gets a green light in the same direction as a pedestrian's light, not across the ped's path. Peds get a green light only after the protected left turn phase has finished. If a ped is going across the oncoming vehicle traffic, then the ped is demonstrating example #2. So the only vehicles that should have a conflict with peds in designated crossing areas are drivers making unprotected lefts or drivers making rights. Also, the items I listed as #B and #C address your concerns. The cameras that you see at most intersections are basically just sensors and they do not normally record anything and are not normally monitored or even able to be monitored.

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Posted by Odin on 11/13/2018 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Reader: We need safer streets

Thank you for publishing, Mr. Schniper. To clarify my position and reason for writing, my concern is specifically with the intersections and the conflicting green and white signals, not just the streets in general.

Drivers get a green signal at the location they are expecting it, the one they are mentally entrained to focus on. They are not usually paying attention to the walk signals 30 feet away, which are being given to pedestrians at the very same time, carving the path of the driver through a left turn which crosses perpendicular to the walking path.

No matter how safe a pedestrian is, he is in the path of traffic while following his legally mandated timing and trajectory. Both are following the law but one is at multiple disadvantages and much more at risk for injury.

Putting two objects in the same space doesn't pan out well, this is a simple problem with a simple solution: Stop sending pedestrians into oncoming traffic, or stop sending oncoming traffic into pedestrians!!

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Posted by The Prophet Margin on 11/12/2018 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Reader: We need new traffic engineers

I second that motion, Malcom.

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Posted by The Prophet Margin on 11/12/2018 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Reader: We need safer streets

All of those things may be true, but they do not address the inherent safety conflict of drivers getting a green light to move their projectile right through the path of a pedestrian who cannot possibly be looking in all directions and is at a severe disadvantage in terms of line of sight when compared to a driver, who can glance at his mirrors and see everywhere very quickly. A pedestrian would need mirrored headgear for that.

There is also the issue of a significant speed difference. In the time it takes to turn your head 180 degrees, today's nimble cornering machines can come flying around the corner only to honk at you, or more. The intersection at Cascade and Bijou at Penrose Library is the worst.

I wonder what the cameras pointed at these problem intersections have to say.

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Posted by The Prophet Margin on 11/12/2018 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Reader: Manitou's values are at stake

Your tax money goes to the Broadmoor - whats new?

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Posted by rocket625 on 11/12/2018 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Reader: We need safer streets

Many of the pedestrians and cyclists who have been hit and killed have been:
1) Not crossing in a cross walk or at an intersection
2) Crossing when the signals were red
3) Not wearing reflective clothing, lights, or white clothing at night
4) Outside the designated lane, or
5) Combinations of the above

I have seen too many people trying to cross roads like Platte, Academy, even Powers, at night, in the middle of the block, and wearing dark or camo clothing. And guess what, if a pedestrian gets hit being that incredibly idi0tic, they are the ones who will get the ticket (if they live), not the vehicle driver.

That is not to say that drivers don't also play a huge part in this. Far too many drivers are:
A) Speeding (speeding is a factor in between 80 and 90% of all crashes and is a direct cause in about 15 to 20%, plus it dramatically increases the amount of energy and therefore damage in a crash)
B) Distracted/not paying attention to driving (including texting or listening to headphones/earphones, both of which are illegal)
C) Running red lights
D) Cutting in and out of lanes
E) Drunk/high, or
F) Combinations of the above

Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists all need to do a better job on our streets. When I taught my kids to drive, one of the things I engrained in them were that it isn't enough to be a safe driver yourself, you need to be watching the other people on the roads as well.

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Posted by Odin on 11/09/2018 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Reader: Your donations are ruining our city

If it isn't the homeless leaving the mess it will be teenagers and other I'm inconsiderate assholes. Some people just don't care. I have never been to a campsite I haven't had to clean before use in years.

Posted by Shannon Simmons on 11/08/2018 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Reader: Where is the limit?

You have already put up with it for far too long. Jimmy needs to put on his big boy pants and learn to take care of himself. Some people only learn the hard way.

Posted by Shannon Simmons on 11/08/2018 at 11:26 PM

Re: “Reader: Why we voted for Trump, in reality

Ya'll all must be so very disappointed with the result

Posted by Shannon Simmons on 11/08/2018 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Reader: That's a recipe for ruin

I completely agree. As a practicing anarchist I am never happier than when my clothing, attitude, or behavior offends some uptight self righteous Asshole in any way!!

Posted by Shannon Simmons on 11/08/2018 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Reader: We need new traffic engineers

All of these assholes on bikes need to read the rules of riding a bicycle on roads. They are supposed to follow the same rules as every other vehicle on the road such as traffic lights, stop signs,cross walks and all the other rules for driving as well as using hand signals when braking, changing lanes, and turning. When I was young these rules were enforced by the police and citations issued. Maybe all of you adults should learn to ride your bikes in the streets properly like the big kids and you won't be such bitchy pains in the ass for the rest of us on the roads.

Posted by Shannon Simmons on 11/08/2018 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Reader: Parks aren't only for the middle class

I live two blocks from Shook's run .I also utilize public transportation, and I went to high school at Palmer downtown. I have never been afraid of the homeless they have been a part of my life for 30 years. As a kid I hung out with them downtown at Acacia park and the been s station. The only thing that bothered me was being asked for cigarettes because they were hard enough to get as it was.Mostly I learned a lot about the world from many interesting conversations struck up with a homeless stranger. Now I walk with my grandchildren to all of the same places and we greet everyone we meet sometimes the conversations are a little odd, but intelligent well adjusted children understand that everyone is different in their own way and no more or less worthy of acknowledgement than any one of us. To give another example of my experiences with homeless persons was a few months back my car died at the intersection of Wahsatch and Pikes Peak. I was alone and my husband amindsns all at work. Other driver's honked and yelled as they drove around my disabled vehicle. Hipsters smoking and looking at their phones ignored me as did the construction workers across the street. As I frantically tried to call for help, two homeless men appeared out of nowhere and offered to push my car out of traffic. Afterwards I thanked them and offered them some cash to show my appreciation for their help when a construction worker started to yell at them for bothering me. Outraged I yelled at him and told him to go back to standing across the street and pretending he didn't see me. The most evil people in the world are the ones stand by and ignore someone who clearly is in need of help. So many atrocities have been allowed because of the indifference of those don't want to get involved. They only care if something directly effects them because that is all they have room for in their self centered lives. I prefer homeless people the ignorant self entitled assholes who comprise the majority of the population. At least they notice others in need and help when they can. Everyone else is too concerned with their own welfare to find even a tiny bit of empathy for a fellow human being.

Posted by Shannon Simmons on 11/08/2018 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Reader: Keep our creeks clean

As someone who was born and raised here Fountain Creek has never been clean.

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Posted by Shannon Simmons on 11/08/2018 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Reader: We must speak out against violence in all of its forms

As a native American I believe more violence is coming whether people want it or not because those of us who are continuously held down and persecuted by the religious right have had it with the powers that be and their oppressive judgemental rhetoric bullshit. I say bring on the violence and let natural selection serve its purpose.

Posted by Shannon Simmons on 11/08/2018 at 10:06 PM

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